5/4/15 – Building Rome…

Over the last week I challenged myself to complete the following goals:

Write a ‘Family’ post

I wrote a post reflecting on how my life is like an aeroplane flight.  I talked about what things make my family off course and what things make us stay on track.  I looked at the things which affected us in both positive and negative ways.  I looked at the things I have already done to improve our situation and I looked to the future to find ways of improving things further.  You can read this post here: https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/destination-anywhere/

Have a family meeting with my children

Daddy’s LIttle Princess (DLP) decided that she wanted to call our family meeting ‘Planning’.  This is something they have in reception class at school where they decide on the activities they want to choose for the afternoon.  It seemed quite fitting so we are going to stick with it!

We started off with a little game.  I blindfolded DLP and lead her to a place in the house where returning to the starting point would be a little difficult but not unsafe.  I spun her around a few times for good measure.  I then told DLP that it was now her job to find her way back to the starting point.  DLP tried to return and seemed very nervous and worried.  After a moment I asked her if she would like some help or clues, she said yes.  I then directed her back to the starting point with instructions such as ‘move forward five steps’, ‘turn right’ etc.  When she was safely back I asked her if it was hard to find her way when she couldn’t see and had no instructions, she replied yes.  I then let Mummy’ s Little Soldier (MLS) have a turn.

Afterwards we sat down together and talked about us going through life together as a family and how sometimes we can’t see the future.  We talked about how we sometimes need assistance or clues to help us get to our destination.  We talked about how wonderful it was to have a family to rely on.  I helped them to understand how this was related to the game.

After the game we sat down and brainstormed some ideas for activities for the next week as I am going to be on annual leave.  We came up with the following list:  going on a train trip, a Spring walk, Making chocolate Easter nests, going out for lunch, going to the toy shop, going to the park, visiting Nanny and Grandad, Zentangling, buying new school shoes, school work and reading and arts and crafts!

I have also set the children and myself a little challenge.  We all have to think of one helpful thing and one kind thing we can do for each member of the family daily.

A fun bonding activity

This week we decided to make fairy cakes.  Both DLP and MLS really enjoyed this.  So much measuring, weighing, stirring and seiving was done and a great big mess made.  So much fun!

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Liebster Award no 2

I was nominated again by the lovely https://bekitschig.wordpress.com/

You can read my post here: https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/liebster-award-2-2/

My goals for next week are:

  • Continuing with our ‘Planning’ and bonding activities and complete as many of the activities the children chose as possible.
  • Complete the ‘Love in ten sentences challenge’.  Nomination by the lovely Edwina at http://edwinasepisodes.com/
  • Make a start on Writing 101
  • Write at least two posts on the first habit – Be Proactive.
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Liebster Award 2…

th-16I am very honoured to have been awarded another Liebster Award by the lovely https://bekitschig.wordpress.com/

Thank you very much!

Here are the rules…

  • Each nominee must have under 200 followers
  • Thank and link to the nominating blog
  • Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
  • Nominate 10 blogs and tell them that they’ve been nominated
  • Write a post containing the questions
  • Include these rules in the post

Here are my answers:

1.  Why did you choose the name of your blog?

I have a whole post about this which you can read here https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/whats-in-a-name/

2.  Are you still enjoying it?  Why (not)?

Yes, I am enjoying it immensely.  It has been very therapeutic and healing for me.  I have ‘met’ so many lovely supportive people, some who have been in my situation and others who have been in my partner’s situation.  Others have problems of there own and still manage to find time to support others.  Amazing people.  I have also slowly started to see some improvements in my own life which is incredibly encouraging.

3.  What do you do when you’re not here?

I work with adults with profound, multiple learning disabilities as a senior support worker.  I also have extra responsibilities as the staff team developer.  At home I am the mother to Daddy’s Little Princess (DLP) aged 5 and Mummy’s Little Soldier (MLS) aged 4.  My hobbies mostly include creative things such as drawing and crocheting.

4.  Coffee or tea?

I only drink green tea.  I do not like coffee at all – not even in cakes or puddings.

5.  What was your first record ever?

I remember my mum giving me ‘Shakin’ Stevens!  The first CD I ever bought was Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill.

6.  If you had a never ending supply of money and all your needs were being met.  What would you do with your life?

I would be of service to others.  Firstly helping my family,  then through charity work.

7.  Which show from your childhood do you still really love?

I think all 80’s kids tv was pretty amazing!  I absolutely loved Fraggle Rock, She Ra and Thundercats.  Wish those were still on!

8.  Would you like to share a guilty pleasure?

Lindor chocolates – eating too many!

9.  Freedom is…

Being able to be myself with nobody judging.

10.  Being kitsch is…

Filling my home with homemade crochet goodies.

I will not nominate another 10 blogs as I have done so already for this award.  Instead, if you like my questions, feel free to answer them.

Here they are:

  1. Do you have any bad habits?  What is stopping you from breaking it?
  2. If you could develop a new talent, what would it be and why?
  3. If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be and why?
  5. What did you enjoy doing as a child and do those things still bring you satisfaction?
  6. What can you do well?  What are your unique traits and strengths?
  7. Who is your biggest influence in life?  What qualities do you admire in this person?
  8. Imagine it is 20 years into the future, What is your list of accomplishments?
  9. What ten things are most rewarding to you today?
  10. What is your biggest long term goal and how are you going to achieve it?

Liebster Award…

th-16Thank you to John Zokovitch for my very first Liebster Award.  It is much appreciated.  You can check out John’s blog here at :

http://johnjzokovitch.com/

Rules:

  • Each nominee must have under 200 followers
  • Thank and link to the nominating blog
  • Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
  • Nominate 10 blogs and tell them that they’ve been nominated
  • Write a post containing the questions
  • Include these rules in the post

Here are my nominees:

https://cherylbecker.wordpress.com/

https://rachelsbooknook.wordpress.com/

https://handikwani02.wordpress.com/

https://ourgreatpursuit.wordpress.com/

https://abhidnya.wordpress.com/

http://dadojodest.com/

https://amomentinmymind.wordpress.com/

https://ahinayoga.wordpress.com/

https://lifeisnicenstuff.wordpress.com/

https://2020spiritualvision.wordpress.com/

My questions from John:

1.  What’s the story behind your blog name?

I have written a whole post about this.  You can read about it here:

https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/whats-in-a-name/

2.  Who is the one person who you think reads most of your posts?

Definitely me!  I’m forever reading everything over to make sure I’m not repeating myself too much.

3.  Last meal on your last day?

Lamb shank, minted New potatoes and kale with gravy!  Green tea.

4.  Dog or cat?

Dog.  I have had dogs most of my life.  We currently have a flat so it’s not fair to keep a dog but as soon as we move to a house, getting a dog will be my top priority.

5.  Where do you fall in the birth order in your family? (Oldest, youngest, middle child, etc.)

I am the youngest of three sisters.

6.  Have you ever deleted a post after it has already appeared on your blog? Optional: Why?

Yes, this one actually!  Accidentally pressed publish before it was finished.

7.  I post mainly via my ________________ (laptop, tablet, phone, desktop, other).

Tablet.

8.  What is the strangest place you have been in the last year?

I don’t get out very much at the moment so I don’t think I have been anywhere strange in the last year.  The strangest place I’ve ever been is written about here:

https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/a-strange-new-world/

9.  What is the last really kind thing someone did for you?

My little girl made me a lovely Mother’s Day card and got her Daddy to get me my favourite flowers and chocolates.  Daddy also got a takeaway in the evening so I didn’t have to cook.

10.  What will you do next after you finish answering these questions?

Think of ten questions for my nominees.  Play with my little boy for a while then off to pick up the little princess from school.

Here are my questions:

  1. Do you have any bad habits?  What is stopping you from breaking it?
  2. If you could develop a new talent, what would it be and why?
  3. If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be and why?
  5. What did you enjoy doing as a child and do those things still bring you satisfaction?
  6. What can you do well?  What are your unique traits and strengths?
  7. Who is your biggest influence in life?  What qualities do you admire in this person?
  8. Imagine it is 20 years into the future, What is your list of accomplishments?
  9. What ten things are most rewarding to you today?
  10. What is your biggest long term goal and how are you going to achieve it?