First Trip!

Yesterday Oliver went on his first ever school trip to a local Farm and it’s got me thinking at how he is now growing up. 

The thing is I don’t know if I’m ready for it. I can vividly remember him being born and bringing him home from the hospital and now he is venturing off on adventures with his pre-prep school. 

When I went to pick him up from the school yesterday afternoon he was full of the excitement of spending the day with his teachers and friends and everything they had done at the farm, including seeing a Sheep race, and I am pleased that he is growing up and becoming independent. However inside there is a part of me that realises that this is the start of a long journey that eventually leads to him moving out and getting a place of his own. 

Now I realise that, that is a long way off but it did dawn on me, as he was telling me all about his day, that he was starting to move away from being almost completely dependant on myself or Keighley. 

Oliver starts Primary School in September and so I know that during his time there he will be having more day trips out and also trips out to friends houses and also trips out with friends. I also know that this is part of growing up and that every child and parent go through it. There is part of me though that has been taken by surprise by the speed it’s happened. As I said at the beginning of this post I can vividly remember Oliver being born and bringing him home from the hospital and also those first few days however over the last few months he has grown in confidence and character and now in experiences beyond Mum and Dad. 

There is a huge part of me that is looking forward to what the next few months brings in terms of Oliver’s development but there is also a small part that is sad to see that development. 

Happy Families Review


Now everyone is familiar with the age old game of Happy Families, whether it be Mr Baker the Baker or Mrs White the Doctor, it was a favourite of mine growing up. So when Phoenix Trading got in contact with us and asked us to review their updated version we jumped at the chance and with the summer holidays coming up this is a great buy and a great game that won’t cost the earth at only £3.50.

This version of Happy Families follows the tradition of the previous incarnations of having forty cards split into families of four, the major difference this time is that the families are animal families. Within the pack you have The Barker Family (Dogs), The Polly Family (Parrots), The Quackers Family (Ducks), The Nutty Family (Squirrels), The Mews Family (Cats), The Redbrush Family (Foxes), The Hoppity Family (Rabbits), The Furry Family (Koalas), The Hoot Family (Owls) and last but not least The Squeak Family (Mice).

When we first opened the box Oliver seemed confused as to what exactly they were and what he was supposed to do with the cards. However once I had explained the game he actually really enjoyed it. In an age of computers and constant entertainment it was great to see him enjoying a classic game from down the years.


Oliver has since asked for the game to be played a few times since and has also asked that Nanny and Grandad (on both sides) play in the future with him.

I would, and I dare say Oliver as well, thoroughly recommend this version of Happy Families from Phoenix Trading. They can be purchased here for only £3.50


Dealing with being out of work and new job nerves

As this is being released I will be starting a new job.  Having been out of work for three months due to redundancy I have had some time to enjoy family life and with all that has been going on in the last three months in some ways it was better that I wasn’t working.

Being out of work.

On the first day, first couple of weeks I was out of work it felt like a bit of a holiday, the routine of going to work every day was broken I was able to spend time with Oliver and get things ready around the house for the arrival of number two, as I called Leo then. Around three weeks in to the unemployed time was when Leo was born which of course was a fantastic time. So the time after that felt pretty much like the paternity leave I had had when Oliver was born, even though through both these times I was signing on and job hunting.

After everything had calmed down from the birth and we had got into a sort of routine including the appointments for Leo was when I started to feel a pressure to get a job. Now I hasten to add that I had no pressure from Keighley or external family members it was a pressure I subconsciously put on myself. After a month and a half of applying for jobs it really started to affect how I was feeling. All that kept coming to mind was they must think I’m rubbish or they would contact me to get me to come in for an interview,  the lack of communication from companies is what I struggled with most, however when it felt I was at my lowest point I got a phone call from the company I start work with today, ‘Can you come in for an interview on Friday please?’ Said the voice on the other end of the phone ‘Yes’ I said. I went to the interview and then waited for a phone call, after about a week I thought oh well I did my best, however that was the day I got another phone call ‘can you come back for a second interview?’ ‘Yes’ was the reply again. So I went for the second interview and left thinking I am really not sure how I did there.  The next day I waited for a phone call and by around 5 pm I thought I hadn’t got it. Around twenty minutes after that I got THE phone call. ‘I would like to offer you the job, if you would like it?’ said the voice ‘err Yes please’ was my reply. Now this was Saturday evening, can you start Tuesday ‘yes of course’.

So why is it that now I’m about to start a new job are my nerves are all over the place , it’s in retail for which I’ve worked in for fifteen years, so it’s nothing new, granted it’s a different area of retail one that I touched on briefly when in my last job.  Is it a fear of the unknown or is it purely because I’ve been out of work for three months or a combination of both.  One thing is for sure I’m going to grab the bull by the horns and make sure I do my best and also keep in mind that I’m doing it for the most important people in my world, which is my young family.