My Crazy Kids

My Crazy Kids

Saturday 28 December 2013

Boxing Day Afternoon Skating Adventure

We decided that for Christmas it would be fun to buy the boys some training roller skates.

After a few Bambi like attempts at skating it the kitchen, we thought it would be fun to take the boys out and let them have freedom outside the house on the path.



To be fair both boys were fairly good on their skates, they only fell over a few times but got straight back up and tried again. 


As you can see though my youngest lad got a bit bored and decided he wanted to be carried back hone from the bottom of the road lol.

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Monday 23 December 2013

Christmas Party

Today we took the kids to Zig Zags our local indoor play barn for their Christmas Party.

We meet up with our friends who we haven't seen for a while so all the kids could play and have pre-christmas fun together.

As well as being able to play on the climbing frames and slides the children had some party food and got to meet Santa and get a little present each.

To be honest this has been one of our only before Christmas chill time, we have had with all three kids due to various parties, performances and various shopping trips lol. 

I would just like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Wednesday 18 December 2013

Sunday 15 December 2013

Rockface Shave Butter : Review

I was recently contacted by Jane at msquaredcommunications to see if I would be interested in reviewing Shave Butter from Rockface.

At first I wasn't too sure what to expect as I am so used to using shaving foam when I shave so this was going to be a interesting new experience.

When the product arrived I was a little surprised, it was more like having a moisturising cream then a shaving product.
The time for a shave was due, I flicked the lid of the tube and to my surprise where I was so used to spaying foam out of a can I squeezed buttery cream out of a tube.

The shave itself was a different experience, where I was used to spreading foam around my face now I was rubbing a buttery cream in to my face wondering what this shave was going to be like.

This product is major breakthrough in shaving, following two years of development, Rockface has developed the world’s first Shave Butter.

Containing two of the most nourishing butters in the world, illipe and shea butter, together with coconut and aloe juice, new Rockface Shave Butter takes shaving to a new level.

This product is priced up at RRP £4.99, yes at first I thought this was a bit expensive, due to the fact I normally buy supermarket brand shaving foam, but after using this product the price matches its quality not only do you have a shaving product but you also have a moisturising product too.

This review is completely of my views and opinions.

My charity raffle day

Saturday 14th December was a fab day, for not only was I breaking up for my Christmas holiday but I was also holding a charity fun day/raffle.

As you might of previously read in my post titled Christmas is a time for giving, I have taken it upon myself to try and raise as much money as possible for The Lullaby Trust in memory of a little angel who goes by the name of Matilda Mae.

As my previous post informed you I tried to reach out to many shops, stores and sporting venues. I was genuinely shocked by the response I got, I fully understand that these companies/businesses receive possibly hundreds if not thousands of requests just like mine for various events and its not possible to accept everyone's requests with a positive reply.

So when the " sorry we can't help you this time " letters started falling on my door mat, I did start to get worried that I would end up with no or very few prizes at all.

Then came the shock, the complete and genuine shock. I received a letter from Kidderminster Harriers fc donating a pair of match day tickets, a small prize but a prize nether the less. Then Monmore Green Dog Track sent me six entree tickets, another small prize but a prize to add to my growing collection.

My market place manager then generously cash us thirty pound in cash prizes, a giant eeyore teddy and a Christmas hamper to a value of over fourth pound, all of which was greatly appreciated.


Then when I was at work next I received a letter from Worcester racecourse donating four complimentary tickets and I also received a letter for two complimentary tickets for a Worcester Royals cricket match.

My biggest coup by far was the generosity shown by Worcester rugby club who donated four match day tickets to the value of about £120.

The fun day was a big hit me and my colleague dressed in Christmas gear and held a coffee morning.

In total thanks to all our customers donating so kindly we raised a generous £210. This my not a massive amount by any means but it will still go to such a worthy charity.

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Friday 6 December 2013

Becoming a daddy

I was recently given the opportunity by katie to guest post on two under two, so I thought I would take up this opportunity by writing about becoming a daddy for the first time.

My wife and I always knew we wanted kids, how many we are still unsure, but we always knew we wanted our own little family in our own home one day. 

My wife and I decided that we both wanted to complete our respective education paths and then think about getting married and having children.

A few years passed by, we worked hard and saved up to have a good memorable wedding and honeymoon. After having a few years of working hard and enjoying holidays abroad we decided it was time to start thinking about starting up a little family of our own.

We thought there was no better time to start trying for kids then on our honeymoon, so we did. We continued to try and try and continued to try for a child until one day my wife told me to pick up a pregnancy test on the way home from work.

At first I was full of mixed emotions, I was slightly happy, slightly scared, slightly nervous, slightly apprehensive to be fair I had all sorts whizzing round my head and we hadn't even took the test yet.

It was positive, so yet again my mind whizzed around like an out of control a balloon whooshing out of a child's hand. It was strange although we said we were ready for a child were we really ready for a child, only time would tell.

As the pregnancy progressed my wife became ill, she had to give up work earlier then planned so that put a different twist on the pregnancy. I now had the stress that work brought, the different daily stress that the pregnancy brought and the extra stress that my wife being ill brought.

My child's due date was about the 11th November, so we planned for the time off around that so work knew what I'd be taking as paternity leave. But as the pregnancy went on we had various scares and complications at one point the doctors thought it was turning an ectopic pregnancy, which obviously gave us added extra stress.

It came to the point that our final scan revealed that our ever growing baby seemed ok, so we thought it would be a good idea to take a vacation. As my parents live in Spain we thought it would be good for my wife to go and have some relaxation time in the sun. Although we were slightly apprehensive about being that far from home incase anything happened all was ok and we had a fab time in the summer sun.

As it got closer to the due date we brought the last few baby things we needed no I rephrase that we brought the shops worth of baby things we needed, as you do as first time expectant parents just incase you haven't got all things the little one(s) will need.

I keep saying our baby/child this is down to the fact that from day one neither of us wanted to find out the sex of any of our three children to be honest, a total surprise yes that's what we wanted a surprise whatever sex the little one was would be perfectly fine by us.

The due date was fast approaching, we we're in that two weeks before two weeks after window by now. So we knew that any day could be the big day. Work had adjusted my shifts just incase I had to rush off quickly, now we just waited.

The day we took my wife in to the hospital was a little strange for me, I was going about my daily jobs booking my parents room for their visit blissfully unaware my darling wife was continually having contractual labor pains.

It wasn't until late evening she decided to inform that she was having labor pains, once I foubd this out I was all a panic. I wanted to rush her straight to the hospital but my mother in law calmed me down and the situation and counted through the contraction pains before deciding it was advisable to go to the hospital.

As it was our first and my wife is very close to her mother she accompanied us to the hospital, by now it was about 11.50 pm, we arrived at the maternity ward at bout 12.30 am.
I was a bit up in the air to be honest as it was our first and I'll admit it being a man I really didn't know what to expect or how useful I was going to be or even if strangely I was going to be in the way.

Although a large number of people may question why my mother in law was with us whilst my wife was in labor, I for one was glad not only was she there for a chat whilst my wife sleep but she was also a big help in explaining things to us (well in particularly me) and generally being there for the both of us if and when we needed her.

My wife was continually seen to by a trainee mid wife. We said from the start this was ok because we were told a proper (shall i say) mid wife was going to regularly visit to check all was ok.

My wife fully followed all the trainees advice and tips regularly throughout the day, being constantly told "oh it wont be long now you, your baby will be with us soon" but this soon time never seemed to arrive.

The early morning rolled in to early afternoon then in to early evening and still no further progress, still being told "anytime now" that's all we seemed to hear after every check of the baby.

Gradually my wife's physical and mental status was deteriorating. We had been in the hospital now nearly somewhat 17 hours, we were all very tired and very much hoping and praying something would happen and it did.

The nursing staff changed over and our new mid wife, after hand over checked my wife and baby and all hell broke loose so it seemed.

By this point my wife had nothing left in her, her tank was empty so was her reserve tank. She had been pushing all late afternoon under the instructions of the trainee mid wife.
Little did we know there was a problem, the babies shoulders were in the wrong position hence not allowing baby to be delivered by my wife.

As I said all hell broke loose, we went from one mid wife to a full surgical team within minutes and my wife was being prepared to be rushed down to theatre as she could no longer give birth herself she need assistance.

They gave her a epidural and off they went. I was whisked off in toe too, my mind was a mess. Will my wife and baby be ok whilst sorting that my mother in law was sat in a room unaware how her daughter was at all.

I waited outside the theater room for what seemed like hours when intact it was more then likely minutes, I was taken inside all I could see was my wife laid out flat on her back legs in the air and doctors, surgeons and mid wife's around her.

I was seated by her head, facing her so I could talk to her and comfort her in anyway possible.

The surgeons did there work, pulling and prodding all the time I kept thinking my poor wife she isnt a rag doll she cant be pulling up and down this theater bed much more surely.

Then eventually after lots of pulling and pushing, my wife not feeling a thing of cause the baby was safely delivered. I got to hold my child, how proud was I that we had brought such a lovely little baby in to this world.

My wife was saddened by the fact that I got to hold our new born son first before her due to being in theater and all.

My son and I were taken away to another room to have various paper work filled in. I kept looking out of the window over looking the surrounding area, thinking it's bonfire night let off the fireworks for my new son, at the same time worrying like crazy if my darling wife was ok as she was still in theater.

We were all soon reunited in the maternity ward, by now it was half past seven and after, it had been a very very long somewhat plus nineteen hours of being in hospital, but and a massive but both mummy and baby were thankfully to report both ok.

Well that's my story of when I became a father for the first time, thank you for taking the to read it hope you enjoyed it.

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Our Walk to School

As some of you maybe aware recently I had an accident on the motor which lead to me being without a car for nearly two weeks.

Oh the pain and hassle of using someone else's car was beginning to take its toll on me, but thats a whole other story for another day lol.

Being without my own car on my days off meant I had to walk my boy to school, yes for some it's an everyday occurrence but for me I'm normally in work that time if day.

Well on this day the sun was out the sky was blue so my wife and I thought why dont we take the other two children for a nice walk to pick their big brother up from school, so that's what we did.

We wrapped L-A up her winter snow suit and put her in her pram. We put TP in his winter coat and wellie boots picked up the bread for the ducks and off we went.

We are lucky enough to live right next to a very picturesque canal which happens to run half way parallel to my sons school, so instead of walking along the main road we decided to take the canal route instead.


Its was a really nice change to be confronted by hungry swans instead of busy road traffic lol.


Monday 2 December 2013

73 Days : Our Homeless Journey

I was recently asked by my good friend Gary Marquick if I would be interested in reviewing his new book 73 Days : Our Homeless Jorney that he was awaiting publication of.

Of cause, when a friend asks you to review his new book, you can only but jump at the chance, so obviously I did.

I waited patiently for days whilst the book was in its final publication stages, then finally the joyful text came through to say it was live and ready to read.

Straight away I jumped on Amazon and downloaded it ready to read once I returned from work that same day.

As soon as the kids were in bed and soundly asleep I began to read Gary's story.

I must say in advance I knew they had been through some rough times of late as a family in the whole, but I never knew exactly how's rough things actually got.

This book is a deep inside into the troubling world that unemployment (due to severe Ill health) which lead to homelessness can turn a families life completely upside down.

In this book you find out how quick a happy normal family who have everything going for them can have it all cruelly taken away from them in as blink of an eye.

It is a well written book with a truly deep insight into homelessness.

Sunday 1 December 2013


My Lovely daughter L-A posing for Christmas lol.

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