Dream House – the boys dream

We have been invited by Ocean Finance to take part in the Lego dream house challenge. This is something the boy and I couldn’t turn down. We were sent a box of standard bricks to start us off, and after much discussion and thought the boy set about building.

I have found the boy recently is much more likely to want to build from instructions rather than his imagination, so it took me a while to convince him that this challenge was not so much about what you can build, like a cake, or a boat. But much more about what sort of home he can dream up, and that dreams and imagination while not always possible are something that you can make come to life with Lego. I know that I had clear dreams about what my dream house would be like as a kid. I think I am quite close, I have a big garden, two cats and apart from the fact I would love to look over the sea, we are all very happy here.

The boy and I had many in-depth discussions about what the boy wants to be when he is older, and he is still set on being an GB Olympic fencer. This is a dream he has had since we went to the London 2012 Olympics, and one I truly hope he has the opportunity of making come to life. It turns out the he has discussed this with his small circle of friends and they have come up with a plan to all live together. they decided that their dream house would encompass their combined dreams and needs with a home for the three of them. A large garden for the boy to practice fencing, while his friends programme computer games in the living room. Somewhere they could live close enough, but not in the same home. The boy also explained that this home would be in the USA, but that he would still only compete as a GB athlete coming home to see us whenever he could. Combined with the boys desire to become a policeman when he is grown up, and it would be a tough task to make a dream home where all these things could be included.

The boy decided that after building a basic home, window door roof! it needed a helicopter pad to land his police helicopter on. It would of course need a fast car for catching all those criminals, and lots of space to practice fencing. It of course would need a nice big sign to tell you that the police lived there and he was done. This is the boys final creation, a super dream Police house!

Ocean Finance Lego Dream House

I have loved having a peek into my son’s future, and where he sees his life going. I hope that he will continue to dream big, and enjoy what life has in store for him. For over 20 years, Ocean has been helping people create their dream homes throughout the UK. They provide personal finance solutions including personal loans, homeowner loans, credit cards and mortgages. To find out more about this super creative competition visit the Ocean Finance website here.


Magic Moment

Here is my Magic moment story for this week, It may not look like much to many of you but for me and our household it is a big achievement.

washingYes this little row of the boys pants, in with my general washing means that we are taking the first steps on a long road to get over the severe constipation which has been  with the boy from an early age. The boy had a Disimpaction at Easter, this was just the first step of what is going to be a long road to what most parents call normal. This is also a subject that no-one likes to talk about, but poo has become a topic of conversation in our house and one that sometimes has taken over family life.

The boy has been very good with all the medicine, and it is still taking a while to find the right combination of different medicines and times of the day to make sure that he goes to the toilet at least once a day. But it finally feels like I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Like most boys he still forgets to go to the toilet, and with the mixture of softeners and laxatives this is not something he can ignore for long. We know it will take at least 6 months to a year for him to regain complete bowel control, and we take each day as it comes.

The results though have been far-reaching, and not something you talk to the parents at the school gate about. Simple things like a sleepover, cub camp and even holidays have become less complicated. No more nasty washing bags, where I either throw the pants away, or have to wash while away. No more washing up to 5 pairs of trousers a day, yes the smell was that bad sometimes that he would have to change often.

Less stress on me, not having to constantly nag and remind him to change or go to the toilet means we are friends again. Bonus less washing, which every Mum would be happy about. The boy is super happy because for the first time in 2 years he can have fencing trousers, I had resisted these as they are bulky to wash and having to try and get them washed and dry twice a week was not appealing.

All in all this one picture, makes me smile more than lots of other pictures I have taken this Spring, and hopefully the boy will continue to improve, if we can reach another magic moment our holiday in 134 days time and with clean pants, will mean we can all have a great holiday.

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I dont do mornings!

I don’t do mornings!

There, I have said it, I am not a morning person, I never have been and I expect I never will. My family knows that there is an invisible “Do not Disturb” sign that is over me till at least 10am or the second cup of tea! The boy used to use his cute baby smile to try to bring me round, and it worked for a short while. Who couldn’t resist the cheeky grin, and wide awake blue eyes. You would think the presence of a small person in our lives might have changed our breakfast routine. Well it did slightly, but it also gave me the excuse I needed to go back to bed after breakfast. As they say sleep when baby is asleep.cheeky morning face

Now is where the population of GB will dislike me just a little bit! as I confess Dad M makes breakfast each morning, and brings mine to me in bed. OK, I know I’m lucky, but he is still a man and not completely domesticated, as the evidence in the kitchen each morning can prove. Yes he does the packed lunches, and feeds the boy, but that is where out breakfast treats stop! I still do the school run, and can be up dressed and ready to leave in 10 minutes flat. I have no idea how I ever used to get to work on time, well maybe on time ish.


So breakfast is important in the Soup Dragon House, the boy has to have something that will keep him going and learning, cereal, yoghurt and toast is preferred. Some mornings fresh fruit and the odd croissant for a treat. For me I like fresh grapefruit, cereal and the all important first cup of tea. For Dad M he has the same cereal each day, he doesn’t like change.

So what did my family think when I offered them belVita biscuits for breakfast?

The boy likes something healthy, and liked that these biscuits are a good source of vitamins, he is currently obsessed by what foods contain. BelVita met with his approval as they contain no colours or preservatives. I tried the new yoghurt crunch which go well with a cup of tea, I found them a bit dry without. Dad M was not fussed, as I said he doesn’t do change, so it might take him a while to get used to something new. BelVita are a good source of slow release carbohydrates so are great to keep you full for longer. This might even stop my horrid mid morning snack habit.

belvita breakfast

I would love to find out more about your mornings. Do you get breakfast in bed, or even a cup of tea, and what is your favourite food for breakfast?

“This post is an entry for #MorningStories Linky Challenge sponsored by belVita Breakfast. Learn more at www.facebook.com/belVitaUK.”

Discover your celebrity home style

Discover your celebrity “home style” with a fun quiz from Victoria Plumb, and find out which celebrity you take after. I like a challenge and when it comes to my home, I like a homely warm feel, so when I took the quiz I wasn’t expecting it to come out as

You are Mr or Mrs Glamorous
Your style is most like Joey Essex or Sam Faiers from TOWIE
Everything about you screams glamour; you always look photo-ready, whether you are working out, shopping in designer boutiques or snuggled up at home in your designer onesie. You crave home comforts that make a statement – a faux fur blanket, embellished cushions and lots of crushed velvet. You use neutral shades mixed with metallic. Pride of place are family portraits, kitchen gadgets and the keys to your Range Rover.


I couldn’t be further from this if I tried!

I have never done or had anything to do with style, and wouldn’t be seen dead near a designer anything. My home is floral, classic and not at all modern. I like my home comforts, hate velvet and you would NEVER find me in a Onesiie! As for a range rover, well I like them, in a “should be used on a farm way”, and think my little Fiat 500 is a much better choice for the area I live in!

home style

So what do you like in a home? are you glam and modern or perhaps more Downton abbey.

This post is an entry for #GreatBritishHome Challenge sponsored by Victoria Plumb, a source of quality bathrooms for every type of home. Take the “What’s Your Celebrity Home Style?” quiz to discover what your home says about you!

Disimpaction Part 2

Ok, so Disimpaction part one, didn’t go quite according to plan. Coming home from hospital was however a good decision and one that the boy was ok about. With lots of lovely sleep, and plenty of being allowed to do what he wanted during the day, the whole two weeks flew by.

As for the medicine, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. The boy needed the toilet more often, but all things being considered we had more clean pants, no accidents and even managed a day out in London on the second week. Our nurse came to see us and is very happy with the boy, I am still feeling apprehensive that we need to keep reinforcing that he will need to make sure he goes to the loo so we don’t end up back at the beginning. Maybe I am being a bit to hard on him, but I am still impressed.

We have had one dry night! now that the volume of liquid has gone down, and the smell which I usually associate with the boys clothing has gone. The boy has also been drinking all his water, as well as taking the Movicol. So now starts the next step, to keep going and now we introduce Senna, which is used to stop constipation. The next few weeks will see a mixture of different doses at different times to see which works best for the boy. Then long-term we can start to look at other problems like the night-time bed wetting.

All things considered I have to say I am very hopeful, while still being caucus. I keep asking myself why we didn’t do this ages ago. I can only think it was because I just didn’t know how the boy would cope, and you can’t give a child with diarrhea to a child-minder. Being at home has finally had some use, other than being the orderer of the mystery parcels!

The Outtakes

I love the idea of having a linky with the outtakes so felt I just had to join in. I have my share of outtake photos, mainly as the boy gets older and more opinionated he can be less cooperative somehow! Plus as they get bigger they move faster, so here are some of the “Other” pictures from this week.


As you can see the boy was less than impressed at dressing up and having photos taken. The funny part is that once he had tried on his new waterproofs he decided he actually rather liked them and wanted to go to bed in them!
the outtakes


Today I am taking the boy for an x-ray, but don’t worry he hasn’t broken anything! His Fencing teacher would never forgive me if he had. Today we are going to the local hospital to finally find out if there is something wrong with the boys bowels. He has always had a problem with going to the toilet, not something you talk about with people on the street, but something that affects every part of his life.

So what will they do, I have been told it is simple as they will just x-ray his intestine area and that is it. But the slightly more interesting part has been the boy having to take a series of tablets, called a transit study. The boy has taken 3 tablets one each day for 3 days then a rest day then the following day the x-ray. Each of the tablets contained tiny little markers each one a different shape. Day one was a ball, day two a stick and day three a mini do-nut shape. These should show up on the x-ray and the doctor can then tell how fast or slow food is traveling through the boys system.

In a way we are all quite interested to see the results, and as there will not be a bad outcome we are not worried about the findings. If they do find a blockage then this can be sorted, if they find a normal system this is good news too. So after 8 years of trying to convince the medical world that I thought there was something other than just being a boy, it will be interesting to see if I was right. On the other hand if I am wrong then I could be back to square one, and the laundry will continue to build up.



Getting ready for the weekend

Getting ready for the weekend is not something that I have had to think about for some time. This weekend however is my blogger Mums Night In, sort of Christmas party for people who I only know online. This is not something I would have even considered doing a year ago, happy in my 9-5 office based job with a local charity. But these people have been a bit of inspiration, and something I think I needed. Without all their help, support and the odd ear bending session I would not be where I am now.

Where is that…

Considering how long it will take me to drive to Southampton to collect two strangers (and lots of wine and chocolate) then drive north to Oxford for the baton handover and final leg to Birmingham. The mixture of apprehension and excitement of meeting most of these people for the first time, even though they feel like old friends. Finally hoping I don’t disgrace myself, as I have been threatened with sleeping in the bath.

I know my blog has been very quiet this week, but with the hospital appointments, decorating, Christmas shopping, school productions, after school fencing, steel band rehearsals for our Caribbean concert which is tonight! I just don’t seem to have enough hours in the day. But watch out next week, as I have some great giveaways, more games, fun craft ideas, decorating tips and plenty of food reviews.

Now I just need to find some more hours in the day…

Here are a great bunch of Mums, who have all helped me in one way or another. (In no particular order!)

Mary, Zoe, Fiona, Angela, Anthea, Pippa, Jenny, Eileen, Tami, Laura, Kelly, Anna

yes that it’s the lucky 13!

Scan Day

Today is scan day, and all the dragon family have their fingers crossed for a quick mend. Dad M has been in more pain than he thought with his leg, and has realised that there was actually no way he could have spent a day at work.

I think I will have to ban the hours of watching daytime repeats of Magnum PI and Kojak, and find him something more productive to do! But all in all the first week with the temporary disabled dragon has been better than I though. We have found a new use for value cling film, which allows him to have a one leg shower without getting the plaster wet, and at 60p for a roll is much cheaper than the bag socks you can buy.

So this afternoon will be the important scan, and while I am head taxi driver, I will have to leave Dad M at the hospital, as the boy has a maths parent workshop. Hopefully all will go well and we can collect a happy Dad at the end of the day, so here goes…

What a difference a week makes!

What a difference a week makes, this time last week I was finishing off the last of two weeks worth of posts so that I could get on and start the decorating.

This week I am sitting here with no decorating done, wondering how on earth I am going to get the time to get anything done in the next two weeks.

Here is the culprit!


OK, so that may be a little mean to insinuate that Dad M wanted this to happen, that couldn’t be further from the truth, but it has certainly changed the family dynamics at least for the foreseeable future. We have always shared a lot of the childcare, jobs, housework etc… Now it feels almost like being a single parent family, and I am worn out already! Trying to negotiate around hospital and scan appointments, job interviews, as well as school clubs. I have already become Mum the Taxi! to be fair I was already but now I have two customers to juggle.

We are of course all hoping for best case scenario, which would be three months in plaster as opposed to the six months in plaster. Christmas will be interesting as one of the boys Grannies will also be immobile, I have threatened them with sticking the pair of them to the sofa and decorating them!

So what to do first, do I continue writing up posts in the hope I can catch up enough to have some free DIY time. Or do I just go with the flow, I guess in a few weeks time I will know the answer to that question, but for now I will sit here and procrastinate!