Category Archives: The Boys

Our Two Boys – Eldest & Youngest and what they have been and are up to!

It’s Friday, Thank Goodness!

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It has been a very strange week, this week.  Youngest got himself a part-time job to fit in with his studies etc and it was working between 3.00am and 7.00am filling the vans for UPS for that day’s deliveries!!!  He has always, as has Eldest, been very good about getting up in the morning and they were never late for school as they were always up and bouncing about.  However I thought that getting up at 2.00am everyday would be a strain so I was setting my alarm for 2.00am just to make sure he was up!!!! 

He did get up but it was getting a little later as the week went on and by Thursday he and I were about on our knees!!!!  Needless to say he has decided it is not the right job for him and has left!!!  Both he and I then, of course, slept in this morning as we were both shattered!!!  DH was also away on Wednesday night for work and I never sleep well when he is not home, even with snuggle bugs Treacle on the bed!!!

I popped out today to get some flowers for our friends tomorrow and their 50th.  They are having a party in the Village Hall with a band and for supper it is fish and chips!!  So much nicer on cold evenings than a buffet and what a great idea.  I will get pictures!!!  Also did the grocery shopping and got back in time for lunch with Youngest and then managed to catch up with my work.  I am determined I am not going to get behind, it is just too much then to catch up on.

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Youngest is coaching tomorrow morning between 7.00am and 9.00am (definitely better times!) and DH is going with him to help with the swimmers and then we are taking Youngest to the train station so he can go and visit Girlfriend at her Uni and then DH and I are going to the Ploughing Match in Southwell, not far from his childhood home.  There are always exhibits from how they used to plough with the heavy horses as above and of course the modern version with tractors.  It is great fun watching the tractors race across the fields ploughing but in a race.  Again I will get pictures.

The weather is set fair for the weekend with warmer temperatures tomorrow and cooler on Sunday which will be ideal to get in the garden and start getting it ready for winter. 

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I have also had, in the last couple of weeks, some new Followers so Welcome along for the ride (!), thank you for following me and I hope you enjoy this journey we are on.

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This is Treacle today, soaking up the Indian Summer rays!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend, whatever you are up to.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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It’s Autumn.

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This quote for me says Autumn all over, the leaves turning, the nights drawing in and the Autumn weather.  Last night as Treacle went out last thing it was definitely chilly and had an Autumn feel.
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For all the children it was Back to School yesterday (although there still seemed to be a lot of children around when I went shopping in Nottingham!).  Our Boys have now finished their formal education after eighteen years between the two of them and yesterday felt very strange not racing around getting lunches and making sure they had all their books, sports kits etc and were smart in their uniforms and of course taking that “start of a new year” picture.
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As it is Thursday here is a #TBT picture of the last time they were together going to school.  Eldest was in Upper Sixth and Youngest was in Year Eight at the same school aged 17 and 13.  I was quite sad really, but that’s usual as I hated them going back to school after the six week holiday, I always loved having them at home with me.
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The conkers are starting to ripen and the children will soon be collecting them.  The Boys
Aunt & Uncle had a wonderful Horse Chestnut tree in their garden and their Uncle always collected lots of conkers for them.
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The Boys Godparents came for dinner last Saturday before they went off on holiday for a month (they are now retired!) and the day was warm so we made the most of it by eating outside again.  We have done so well with the weather this year and been able to eat outside lots and it has been lovely.  It was a lovely evening catching up on all the news and very relaxed. 
This weekend we don’t have anything on for swimming or work or compering so we are going out on Saturday evening to celebrate Eldest’s Birthday as he was away at college when it was his actual Birthday.  Hopefully I will get some pictures.  This is the last week that Youngest’s Girlfriend will be here as a week on Saturday she heads off to Uni.  The weather is supposed to be okay so Sunday we can get some tidying done in the garden and it will then be in great shape as we go into Autumn/Winter.
We will be making the most of the weekends in September as in October all the weekends are filled with either swimming or compering or work and before we know it, it will be November!!!!!  I cannot believe it but Christmas things are starting to appear in the shops!!!  We have lots of things on before Christmas but the stores cannot seem to resist getting things out already!!!!  I know we Quilters are making things for Christmas, as am I, but that doesn’t mean we need to see all the Christmas things in the stores!  I am trying to ignore it!!!
I hope you lovely lot are having a Great Thursday, tomorrow’s Friday!!!! 
Hugs, Susie xx
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Summer & Holidays.

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As you know our Children start their summer holidays a little later over here and today is their last day of school.  Obviously Eldest and Youngest have now left their school days behind but it still reminds me how much I loved having the Boys at home for the six week holiday.  A lot of my friends would moan about having their children at home for so long but I always thought of it as a joy.  I was very lucky that I work from home so was able to look after the Boys and still work, but I did modify how I worked when they were off, so I could spend the day with them.

I always tried to arrange things to do, not every day of course, but activities that we could do which did not cost a lot or anything at all.

Here is one way of choosing what to do on holiday.  Get some lolly sticks and write down an activity on one end and on the other put a “D” for a dry day or “W” for a wet day.  Put the sticks with the activity inside a jar filled with rice for no peeking and then the Boys would in turn get to choose a stick, depending upon the weather and off we would go or get on with the activity at home.  They loved it, especially the surprise of what we would be doing that day. 

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The sorts of activities I would have down would be baking for the day, walking Treacle at Chatsworth House, Visiting a Museum which they had not been to before (they are all free to enter in this country), Visiting the National Forest, this one particular year they picked out the material for their quilts, playing Badminton or Tennis. going swimming for the fun of it instead of training (!), going to the Library where they took part in the reading scheme for the summer, visiting our relatives, Going on a picnic, paining pottery, the list really is endless. 

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This was Summer 2002 with Kelly and they had been out in the garden all day and as you can see making mud pies!!!!  Eldest is six and Youngest two

By doing the sticks it gave them the choice of what to do rather than me just saying we would be doing this and that which they loved, especially as they got older.  The first day of the holiday we always had a “Pajama Day” when they could get up when they wanted and have whatever they wanted to eat and basically do nothing structured for the whole day.  It was also a good day for me to decompress after the frantic last few weeks of term.

They loved baking and they both got their Scout Badges for cooking.

We always had to visit any steam train festivals!  Also on holiday in Scotland.

The only thing they hated doing, which I insisted on doing as soon as they had broken up for the summer, was to go shopping for their new uniforms for September!!! They hated it but I hate crowds more, so always took them on the first week of the holiday.  By doing this I was able to get all their names sewn into their new uniforms and knew that everything was ready for the first day back.  It also meant I was able to get all the sizes as the shops do start to sell out.  The only thing we did do the week before they went back to school was get their new shoes/plimsolls/rugby boots etc.

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Ready for the New School Year!

Now they are both working!!! But it still feels like the first day of the holidays to me!!!

Saying that it is house jobs day today and grocery shopping and a huge basket of ironing!!!  The Boys might have been on holiday but Moms always have house jobs to do!!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful Summer Weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Terrific Tuesday & Wednesday Wag.

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Yesterday The Queen and the Country celebrated 100 years of the Royal Air Force, which is close to my heart as my father served in the Air Force during WWII.  There was a Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey in the morning with several members of the Royal Family attending, followed by the presentation of New Colour to the Air Force by the Queen in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, followed by the biggest flypast ever.

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The Queen watching the flypast.

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The new Duke & Duchess of Sussex on the balcony.

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The RAF Pipes & Drums Band.

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The planes in the flypast just kept coming.

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Finally the Typhoons flying in the 100 formation.

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The RAF Squadrons spelling out RAF 100 in the Grounds of the Palace.

Watching the whole event made me very proud to be British and to have the connection with the RAF.

Today DH and I went to see a show case of the work done by Youngest this year, his final year at college before he goes off to Uni or something else!!!!!  We not only saw his work but work by the other students and it was all very good and of a high quality.  I am sure they will all do well with their final marks.

Today, of course, is Wednesday Wag but Treacle was in all day on her own as we were out but probably a good thing for her as it has been very warm today. 

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This is when I come in.

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When Daddy comes in!!!!!!

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Still watching the wonderful tennis matches but so sorry to see Roger Federer go out but great for Kevin Anderson to be in the semi-finals.  It really has been an open Open this year with lots of different names coming to the fore.

Tomorrow is house jobs day and I am also going to go to the gym for the first time in over a year and as you know it is never that day or the next when you feel it, it is the day after that so probably by Saturday I won’t be able to move, tee hee!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

Hugs, Susie xx

 

 

Twenty Years.

Warning – Picture Heavy Post!

I know today is Friday and usually we do #TBT on Thursday, but I saved this for today.

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Fourteen years ago Youngest started school at the age of four years and nine months old in Reception Class.  Today is his last day of formal education after fourteen years.

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This was taken last September aged seventeen years and nine months old!

This also brings to an end for DH and I twenty years of taking them to playschool, school, college and:

Going to Nativities, plays, concerts, Easter productions, Harvest Festival productions, Christmas productions, End of Term Shows, House plays, endless sports days in baking sun and pouring rain, Parents’ Evenings, Fundraising events, endless bake sales, getting their new uniforms and sewing their name tags into everything including their socks and handkerchiefs  (!), buying school supplies and getting extra for after the first week when they had lost most of what you bought originally (!) sewing costumes the night before the event, collecting Youngest from his first trip out at senior school at 3.00am as they were stuck on the motorway because of an accident (!), several trips to A&E with both of them when they had hurt themselves playing sport, being there when the first relationship crashed and biting you tongue when you didn’t like the girlfriend that they thought was terrific (!), encouraging them and explaining why they needed to revise for their exams and then picking up the pieces when the results were not as they had hoped, but they were ashamed to admit that Mom and Dad were right!!!!!!!  

I could go on with a lot more things but you get the idea of the last twenty years and I would not swap one second of it ever.  I might have not said that at the time but I never meant it!!! I loved taking them to all the things and seeing them doing things and being there as their Mom and the same goes for DH being their too of course.  Working for ourselves meant that we were able to be there and see all this and do all this with them so we were very lucky in that respect.

The following pictures are both of them taken on the first day of school each September until Eldest left.

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I just now need to go and cry for a little while!!!!  These pictures always make me this way!!!!!

We are taking Youngest out tonight for dinner to celebrate his finishing and then he is working all weekend.  DH is at home tomorrow and then is out tomorrow evening being the Compere for an event and Sunday he is out all day as it is the Crowning of the Carnival Queen and picnic on the park.  I will be staying home and quilting as I have plenty to keep me busy. 

The weather is going to be hot again but not as hot as some places such as the East Coast of the US where they are going to get temperatures over 100°F and I know some parts are already getting that, so our paltry 84°F is nothing really.

I hope you lovely lot have a fantastic weekend whatever you are up to and if it is hot where you are stay inside, stay cool and drink plenty of water.

Hugs, Susie xx

#TBT.

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No matter how old or big they get I will always be their Mom and love them always.

April 2007 Loch Ness aged eleven and seven. People always used to ask us if we were going Monster hunting on Loch Ness and I used to say no we don’t have to, we are taking two with us!!!!!!  They always used to pull faces when I said that but I didn’t mean it.

There was a quote from an episode of “Madam Secretary” in which Elizabeth McCord says “it is hard parenting adult children” and she is so right.  We are in that phase at the moment and sometimes it is as bad as when they were new born and you had no clue what you were doing then, well it’s like that now!!!

But I still love them to bits!!!!

Have a Thrilling Thursday, Friday tomorrow.

Hugs, Susie xx