Saturday, 24 June 2017

Englands No1

I was the first one up this morning, followed by Moo who went to wake up Smallest. Today we went to Smallest's Football Festival. We packed some breakfast, coffee and snacks and drove off to some very boggy fields for five hours of football. The recent rain had made huge puddles everywhere but luckily it was a beautiful day today so it didn't matter too much that our feet got a bit wet. Our camp was at the top of a hill under the shade of trees with a nice breeze around us. We were asked to get there at 9am for a 10am game but I think that was so they could make sure everyone was there and not rushing. We got there around 9:15am and the team were milling around before their team talk and some passing practice.

At just before 10am we all moved our chairs, picnic boxes etc down the hill, through the long grass, into the bogginess and down to the pitch. The team played well and won 3-0. Our referee was a woman and she missed a few tackles much to the disdain of the other teams' coach! Smallest played well but not so hard that he was exhausted. The pitch wasn't full size and the goal was nice and low. Everyone then marched back through long grass and the bogginess, up the hill and back to camp for some relaxation. Huffle, Small and I went off to get lunch for our campers and found a tiny little TimHortons where we purchased bagels and donuts and drinks which we took back and ate in the sunshine. While we were gone the kids had been playing with our Wind Cricket Ball and it had somehow got stuck up a tree. To try and get it down they threw their own footballs up there. Consequently there were three footballs and our cricket ball up there and they were throwing a huge piece of wood above their heads. A man climbed up in the end and got their footballs down but our Ball is still up there, too high to get down. I tried to talk to one of the Dads about it but he was so rude........... I can't even write about it he made me sooooo very mad. Every time I saw him after that I said RUDE MAN. He was French apparently. IDIOT!

The Team

We had reading, playing, eating and relaxing and a bit of time playing with Angels baby. At 1pm there was a parade. Not really sure why but all the teams congregated on the fields and a bagpiper piped them round while they held various flags of their teams. Then there was a long speech about.......... wish I could say but Small and I watched while the kids paraded and then walked back up the hill to camp. Smallest said it was very boring and they had to sit on the wet muddy grass. He was not impressed.

The Piper

His next game was at 2pm and this time we trudged to a different pitch but still though bog and long grass. This game we won 6-1. We were on fire! Our referee was a short, bow legged, kid-counting man. Every time the subs came on he counted everyone. EVERYTIME. And he made them come on and off into middle of the pitch in a straight line. REALLY? 10 year olds at a FESTIVAL!? Since we were winning easily, the coaches switched the team round and Smallest ended up in goal. He kept waving at us from goal. Huffle called him Dodgy Hodge a couple of times but he didn't let any in and the first thing he said as he came off was 'I didn't concede any goals'. He enjoyed it but he said he wouldn't want to do it too often.

No43 and DodgeHodge

Back up the hill we trudged (starting to feel like 'we're going on a bear hunt'), a quick word with the coach and we were able to come home. Unfortunately we got stuck in traffic but we got home eventually. While Smallest showered and had a play we sat on the porch. Huffle even managed or get a few plants in the garden while I watered them and pulled a few weeds.

Geranium. Allium. Gaillardia. Stocks. Penstemon

We all went out for dinner of a burger at our favourite local place. Fabulous chips and mine and Moo's burger was delicious. On the way we picked up some new eye drops for Smallest. Smallest and I went in and left everyone else in the car. We had to wait for ages so we were messing about taking photos and waiting for our buzzer to go off to let us know it was ready. When it did go off, Smallest laughed so much he trumped. Smelly rat!

Three kids in the back
Smiley faces

Back home Moo and Smallest played badminton, Small played on his tablet, I cleaned out PeterCrouch (he was starting to get algae on his glass and we think it might be from the direct sunshine he's getting. Need to keep an eye on that. Might have to move him. I helped Small pack his bag for his big Graduate Trip to Ottawa on Monday. He is tired and has the beginnings of a sty on his eye. Moo says it's because he's run down. I say he's run down because he's tired! I made him go to bed earlier than usual but now he has a TV in his room, who knows what time he turns it off!!!!!

Smallest went to bed and us grown ups watched Now you see me. We only watched half of it but do far it is really good.


Friday, 23 June 2017

Small's 2015 award*

We had loud storms from around 12midnight until about 3pm and Smallest was the only one who slept through it all. Huffle spent most of the night in the basement. Moo was up a couple of times and I sat up in bed, browsing Facebook and found some coupons to allow us free children admission for various places in the summer. Super.

Small had a fabulous time at his pool party and later at the sleepover but didn't get to sleep until the early hours of the morning when they went back to the pool and ate two breakfasts. He walked home (after I picked up his sleeping bag and pillow) around midday.

Smallest went to school in the bucketing down rain. It was a weird weather day once again. Extremely heavy rain resulting in a river running down our road, followed by intense thick fog which cleared very suddenly on our journey to collect new bathroom paint. We went on to knitting and sat and chatted and knit and crocheted for a couple of hours with a strong black coffee (sooo tired). Huffle worked in the loft and painted some of the bathroom when we got back with some nice grey (definitely grey this time) paint.

Moo and I rushed home so we could pack some lunch to get to Smallest and take his class to the golf club for lessons. However it had been cancelled and it seems no one thought to let me know. NICE! So instead we had a nice leisurely lunch.

This afternoon we went to Homesense and another home shop looking for bathroom accessories and bought a basket/bag for under the shelves to store old towels, a basket for the toilet rolls (every bathroom should have one) and a slimline bin that's fits nicely beside the vanity unit. I didn't see any towels I liked so I'm still on the lookout for those. We also popped to the Charity Shop but there wasn't anything we wanted there so we came home.

Small was still on his iPad where we had left him so I made him get up and do something and when Smallest came home, they played badminton for a while. After dinner we all played MarioKart. It was just us four but after some persuading and intense coaching from Huffle, Moo was playing and doing quite well.

Today's new Blooms

Smallest's football practice was cancelled thank goodness so we had no pressure to do anything this evening. Tomorrow he has a tournament and we have to get out early BOOOO!

*we noticed that one of Small's trophies for last night had on the wrong date. It said 2015-2016 - tut tut!

Thank you for all our lovely comments on Small's Graduation. He says thank you too.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Demamerma Sugar

Smallest woke up Small at 7am only to be told he wasn't going to school today. Small went back to sleep. Smallest went off to school by himself which is what he will be doing for the next four years. Awwwww. Mid morning we got an automated call from school saying that someone in our household had missed the morning attendance call. (We actually got the message on our landline, mine and Huffle's mobile and then on email - at least we know if they never get to school we will definitely be informed, no chance of ever skipping school these days). I made a call to the Secretary who said "aww your baby is graduating, I remember when you first arrived here..........."

Huffle helped me to upload the photos for the year end assembly and worked in the loft. Moo advised me about ironing and I ironed everyone's outfit for tonight while Moo swiffed and sorted the dishwasher and kitchen. Small finished his homework and biked to school to hand in his asssignment and empty his desk. His teacher pretended he didn't see him. There was only one boy there today and he was grumpy that Small was allowed to stay off.

Moo and I had a couple of games of Skip-Bo (3-0 to her so far). This afternoon Small made some flapjack for his party snack later. He had a list of things he needed to do like clean his shoes, shower and get his overnight stuff together.

When it came time for getting ready this evening it was a big kerfuffle of shining shoes, tying ties, defluffing suits. Everyone looked lovely.

We had to get to the ceremony for 6pm in order for the Graduates to be photographed as a group. There was an awful lot of just standing around but as I knew most of the parents and teachers it wasn't too bad. I got plenty of photos. They had to make a procession to walk up to their seats while the band played though they were missing their Tuba player (Small is their only one till next year). There was a speech by the Principal and then each student was called up to recieve their graduation certificate.

Next they had the award ceremony where Small picked up awards for Science, French and Music. Considering there were only fourteen graduates, he did really well. Three of them picked up most of the awards and for once I was pleased they didn't give them out to everyone in a very inclusive way. He also got $150 and that was what he was most pleased about. Huffle and I were very proud of him, Moo had to wipe away a tear as he walked to his seat and Smallest whooped when he got his awards.

After we had a bit of food, we had to dance with our graduate. So that was me and Small. It was nice because we had a chat and a laugh and although it started quite awkwardly, it was okay once we got started. We were asked to leave so the students could enjoy their party. I know that Small just wanted to get on to the next party which involved a pool and pizza.

Back home we put Smallest to bed who was a little star this evening. Good as gold, supportive of his brother and looking very smart too. What a lovely pair of kids we have.

Huffle picked up Small at 10pm and brought him home to change and then took him to his pool and pizza party and sleepover. Have fun Big Bear, you deserve it. See you tomorrow.



Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Small went off for his last official full day of elementary school and came home with homework and a bag full of 'recycling' (school work). The rest of his class are not going in to school tomorrow but he has decided he will finish his homework and walk to school, hand it in, empty his desk and walk back. Smallest said there weren't many people in his class today as they were at the ultimate frisbee tournament. He came home with pumpkin stamps on his face!!

Moo and I went off to aerobics and worked hard. I pulled something in my lower abdominal when I was doing a last set of sit ups. I'm hoping it's not too bad! We worked hard and did lots of squats OUCH for tomorrow. When we got home we picked up the paint from yesterday and our shopping bags and headed out.

We tried to paint on the bathroom wall yesterday and it looked like rice pudding, not at all grey as we wanted. Huffle tried a couple of coats and we left it and kept looking at it but it definitely was not the colour we wanted so we took it back today. At first the lady who served us and advised us (who definitely knew we wanted a bluey grey rather than a taupe grey) kind of shrugged and didn't really want to help us. Funny how different people can be when they are selling to you! The main man came to help and painted our paint on the swatch to prove it WAS the correct colour and then added some blue to try and make it greyer. It didn't work so he added some yellow, which also didn't work and added another colour. None of these he showed me. In the end he decided he would give me one of the paint tins back (unchanged) and gave me a credit note for two new tins of my choice. He then helped to find a better colour and gave me three colour swatches that matched the tile (after he scanned the tile to get a colour match). We went food shopping and came home for lunch. The swatches were left stuck to the bathroom wall and by early evening we had all decided on the one we thought was right. Hopefully I can get it on Friday and we can try again. I may get a call from the company but I am to tell them the coverage was bad.

Another lunchtime spent watching a Gotham, poor Moo, each one is worse than the one before. Moo made us a Rhubarb and strawberry crumble and I made sausage, mash and veg for dinner. We got to sit in the garden in the sunshine until the boys came home. Smallest's chore was to pull out the thistles in and around the jungle gym. Moo and I pruned the forsythia and lilac, picked up Smallest's thistles and weeded part of the veg garden.

After dinner Moo and I took small to his football practice and walked until my step counter got to 14,000 steps (obviously that was the day's steps too. I think we walked just over 4,000 while he was practising and we got to sit and watch too). Smallest and Huffle played badminton, Sorry Revenge, Robot Lego and FIFA.

I had an email from one of the teachers today asking if we had any baby photos of Small for the end of year assembley. He doesn't know but these are the ones I sent in. I hope he's not too annoyed!

In Grandad Ic's cap
Dippy Egg in Weymouth
Pirate boy
Potty training with Monkey


* we are trying to teach Moo the names of singers she hears on the radio when we are travelling. We did this with Grandad and it was hilarious. The clue we gave to Moo for one was 'a famous sheep who's button fell off'. ShaunMendes. She got the Shaun but but then said 'sew it'. Yes Moo Shaun sewIt! Another one we tried was TheWeekendfeaturingDaftPunk. We told her it was a Saturday or Sunday and one of our fish's names! She came up TheSaturdays and PeterCrouch. Small would like to see Grandad and Moo challenge each other. It would be very funny!


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Don't kiss snails!

I had a dream about returning a Rubix cube to Tesco and they were asking me how long I wanted to wait for a replacement or for it to be fixed and then I was woken up by Smallest. To be fair one of our Rubix cubes is broken but it's a bit sad that that's all I ever to dream about!

The boys went to school. Small now has mainly free periods where he reads a book he has already read in order to get a slightly higher mark for his report card. Today he brought home a schedule for his Graduation Trip. They are going to Ottawa and it looks like they are mainly going to museums. One of the evenings they have a dinner dance and he has to take formal wear. Ooh fancy! I hope the weather is better than it has been just lately. Today we had rain, hot sunshine, thunder, more rain, more sunshine, lots more rain and some sunshine. Very weird unsettled weather.

I took Moo to work after the kids went off. We had a brief time in the garden digging up Colchicums before we got rained on and went in for early coffee and a brownie. Eventually the rain stoped and we got to plant, weed and pick strawberries. We had to go in for shelter when it thundered and rained again. At some point the rain stopped very briefly and we went home for lunch with Huffle who had the usual Tuesday Boiled Egg ready for us. We brought home lettuce, a jar of horseradish sauce, a silphium (cup plant) and a stachys.

A very rainy potage
Lovely climbing hydrangea

Moo helped me plant up some plants in our garden before we came in to escape the mosquitoes and Moo went on rain watch to keep an eye on the washing. Of course, it rained again. I don't know what's happening with the weather, it's officially Summer tomorrow!

After dinner we left Small at home watching the Blue Jays and playing on his tablet and took Smallest to his football game which was another far away place. This time Huffle went on the Toll road which was much less stressful, quick and easy. Smallest's team lost but they played hard. The pitch was awful, bumpy and rough with more weeds than actual grass. The ref was terrible and it was the first match that we have been to where our Coach shushed the parents when we should have had a penalty. Smallest played exceptionally well as usual and I made him and Dan men of the match. We got rained on. It was quite cool too!



Monday, 19 June 2017

Zero to both is the score

At some point during the night, Huffle decided to put the fan on as it was very hot. Unfortunately our ceiling fan has the light attached so when you switch the light on, sometimes the fan comes on. Also when you turn the fan on, sometimes the light comes on. Last night I was startled awake by the light. I wondered what it was.

The boys went to school. Both are winding down now. Small found out that it's pointless to go to school on Thursday (his graduation from Elementary school) as there would be no work to do and no one else would be there in his grade. Ummmmm. Smallest got invited to a paintball party this coming weekend and is very excited. I had to sign the obligatory waiver saying he could be shot, blinded, disabled and I would not sue. Ha! We'll see about that!

Huffle worked mainly from Small's bedroom and was found skulking by the barn when his new solar lights from Vietnam were delivered. I helped him to string them and have no idea what they will look like. We'll have to wait until the sun goes down or maybe even tomorrow when they get some solarness.

I left Moo doing washing and went to my exercise clas which is normally in the afternoon but we switched it around. Although my arm is better after last week, I did trap a nerve in my shoulder and it is now suffering. ExerciseNic made sure all the exercises we were doing were not hurting me though.

Once home, I had my shower and Moo and I went to get our hair cut. Moo likes her hair being cut here and I only have mine cut once a year (except it might have been longer!). Moo had a lovely cut and I had half of my hair cut (ie half the length). I think I had about five inches off but it needed it despite me saying I wanted it on my shoulders, it's a little higher than that but nice.

We came home for lunch with Huffle and introduced Moo to our occassional lunchtime viewing programme, Gotham. I'm not sure she was impressed and to be fair it was a bit weird today. We went to the paint shop and picked a white/grey for the bathroom. The greys were so varied it was difficult. We popped to the cafe for a coffee/tea and went in a couple of shops before coming home. We bought Small some shorts and Smallest some ice poles (freezies).

Moo sorted washing and sat in the sunshine while I made dinner. The boys came home. Smallest helped me to clean out PeterCrouch before setting the table and playing on his tablet. Small cleared the table before Smallest set it and he too went on his tablet. No piano lessons today, I thought I would give them a break after their recital.

After dinner Huffle took Smallest to his football practice, I took Small to his football practice and Moo went with Garfunkel to the Garden Club on my behalf and learned how to prune.

Lovely second flowering from our clematis

Small's team won 2-1. He was the Captain and he organised his team very well. They only conceded a goal when small came off for a break. I walked round and round the track until I did over 12,000 steps and then sat and watched the game. Towards the end there was thunder and lightning but they carried on playing.

We currently (10pm) have a storm warning that lasts until the early hours of the morning. Small got up not being able to sleep as it was too warm and too noisy. Huffle disappeared into the basement. Smallest slept and Moo went to bed.



Sunday, 18 June 2017

Little Bob Big Shorts*

This morning we made Huffle's Fathers Day breakfast of thick toast and various spreads. It was a very nice change to what we normally have. Afterwards he opened his card and presents. Plants (knifophia, hollyhock and primula), a spoonerfly for the garden, some fudge and a painting from Smallest. Plus we gave him the big smurf from the garage sale last week which was at DonNoQuotey's house, which he was very pleased with. We sent Huffle onto the porch to chill while we set up the presentation.

Today we performed BritainsGotTalent. The sofa was set with our Union Jack tablecloth with upturned ramekins for buzzers and a foil covered bowl for the golden buzzer. Smallest was dressed in a suit as DavidWally, Small had a shirt open showing a hairy chest as SimonCoward. Moo had on a low dress as AmandaHolding and I had a long dress and hair up as AlyeshaPixie. We played our video, beautifully edited and put together by Small and ad libbed through the performance with Huffle watching as our audience. I think he liked it.

We all cleared up and got ourselves slowly ready for Smallest's football practice. The weather started off today with extremely heavy rain and a bit of thunder but by the time we got to football it was scorching hot again. We found a place in the shade and played Top Trumps. Moo is truly one of the Jammiest game players EVER! At the end of the practice, Smallest gave one of his coaches a packet of Walkers Cheese and Onion Crisps that Moo had brought over for him. His Dad is from Leicestershire so he knows walkers very well and was extremely happy but said they probably wouldn't get home before he ate them all.

Feeling hungry, we headed for our favourite pizza place and all had a calzone. Yum yum. After our dinner we went out to the lake where we were stopped by a security man and told we couldn't have a BBQ without a licence. It was very busy and our aim was just to wander the beach and sit and relax (as Smallest had forgotten his shoes and was still wearing football boots!!). However the beach was gone due to the very high water levels of the lake. There was nothing. Instead we sat and watched the kids playing on the Splash Pad (not ours as they were either too old or not hot enough). We tried to push Moo in the water fountains but she knew what we were trying to do and managed to escape. *So we watched a tiny boy with shorts too big who was desperate to join in the fun but a little too scared to go through the water jets. It was nice just sitting and chilling and laughing at the little ones.

Back home we chilled on the porch with an ice cream and had a visit from MrsRoyal. We watched the final of BritainsGotTalent and the boys went to bed.