Half Term Hell

I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and write, so decided I’d cover half term and what we got up to!

Thursday – First day of half term

We had a homework and library day. We spent the morning reading TJs school books and we did the work in his homework book. Then we took a walk to the library, found out about some Halloween events and picked up a few new books to read. Then we had a lunch in lunchboxes because TJ always asks for packed lunch but because he’s eligible for free school meals I’m mean and say no. We then played with different toys and read some more books for the rest of the day.

Friday

Today’s activities for today were reading, playing with Lego and another lunchbox lunch before heading to the park to burn off some energy that he seems to have all day everyday.

We then walked home along the beach and got a slushy. I will never get bored of living at the beach.

Saturday

Saturday is a martial arts day. We got to martial arts for 10, and he went in for 45 minutes whilst I waited outside in the freezing cold because parents can’t stay on a Saturday, and it’s too far to walk home because I wouldn’t make it back in time to pick him up. We then went to the doctors because I had to have my flu jab and were in and out within 10 minutes. After a bath when we got home, we changed the bedsheets and curled up watching movies for the rest of the day.

Sunday

Today has been a reading morning, we read one of TJs school books, and then we decided to make a pritt stick monster set. I’ve never been so stressed in my life. It kept falling apart everytime I tried to do anything.

We got there in the end though, and about 5 minutes after I took this picture the dinosaurs head fell off, along with a spike from his back and his tail. Looks good in this picture though so that’s all that counts right???

The rest of our day is going to consist of making rice krispie cakes, and eventually sorting TJs toys out because we need to make room for new ones.

Monday

Soft play day! We went to our local soft play area allll dayyyyy, literally opening until tea time. TJ had a mini meltdown at lunch because “the beans on his plate was touching the other food” but other than that, no problems! He played nicely with others and even saw a couple of his friends from school.

Tuesday

This morning we made the other pritt stick monster set, it went a little easier seen as how I cheated and used cellotape.

Next we had lunch, and then it was Halloween cakes time! We made rice krispie cakes with Halloween decorations and Halloween cupcakes too!

They turned out great!

Not long after we had to head to martial arts, where TJ got yet another stripe! Only 5 more to go until he gets his next belt!

Wednesday

Today was a clusterfuck. And thats putting it politely. TJ woke up in an awful mood and literally everything set him off. He didn’t want to do anything and everything was upsetting him. I finally got him to put his patch on because it needs doing for an hour everyday, and we started writing his numbers and then spelling the numbers. He wasn’t really concentrating but we got through it. Then we did some sums which he adores so he did them easily and it was fine, then I asked him to write Tristan, which he’s more than capable of doing, and all hell broke loose. He started screaming, kicking, throwing stuff, the anger coming from him when he has one of these outbursts honestly scares me. The school provisionally have said he’s got ADHD and a low level of autism (due to not wanting to be touched, not allowing eye contact and having sensory issues when he’s having one of his outbursts) but I really am unsure. What I do know is that there’s no stopping him when he’s like it, I just have to let it fizz out. He went onto the naughty step and after being put back 3 times after getting off, he took himself upstairs and into his bed where as I write this he’s fallen asleep. I’m gonna let him have an hour nap and see how he is when he wakes up. We were supposed to be going to the duck pond to feed the ducks and the park nearby but I threatened that we wouldnt go if he was naughty so I can’t go back on that, so we won’t be going. Which is a shame because we don’t have another free day where we can go, unless we squeeze it into Friday somewhere. Here’s hoping for a better afternoon because I am exhausted already.

Turns out he wasn’t asleep, he was just quiet. He came down a little while later and seemed to have calmed down. We had lunch, and then decided to go to Tescos. Big mistake. Meltdown after meltdown and then he crawled most of the way home.

Thursday

We started our day by going to the library for a Ghosts and Ghouls stories and crafts session. TJ loved listening to the stories, and made a Frankenstein door hanger and then a ghost, and also some colouring.

Bowling and arcades was our plan next. He almost beat me at bowling, which was not good for me ego, and we played lots of different arcade games.

Friday

Sea life centre day! Today we went to the sea life centre for the Ascarium 2018 Halloween event. Luckily we had some half price vouchers for kelloggs cereals so it didn’t cost too much, and we had a lovely family day out.

TJ had to find different items throughout the centre and write them down to win himself a little treat. At the end of the walk round, there was a witches lair set up, and the woman dressed up as a witch explained all about recycling and keeping litter out of the oceans etc, and it was really good. She asked the children to pick up rubbish she had scattered around and then gave them a plastic cup in return. After this room was the reptile room where TJ got a badge for touching a cockroach.

Saturday & Sunday

TJ was at his dads, and me and Keiron had a chill weekend which was lovely

Overall we had a fantastic half term, and I hated it when TJ went back to school, I’ve realised we really need to make the most of the time we have when he’s not at school, because I miss him so much all the time!

A Day in the Life

My days are all over the place at the minute, we do allsorts. But Mondays through to Thursday TJ is at nursery, so I decided to wait until today (Friday) to do our Day in the Life. The plan for today is housework, picnic in the park and some movie time if we have time.

Our day started at 5:30am, with TJ yelling about it being morning already. Although actually I was awake at 4 because the cat decided that was exactly the right time to meow in my ear hole and wake me up.

5:30am

Not going to lie to you, I’m a terrible parent. I put Peter Rabbit on for TJ, and dozed back off beside him. He kept waking me up every 5 minutes to inform me of what was happening in the film.

7:30am

I’d been awake on and off now for 2 hours at this point, still groggy and moody because I stayed up until midnight video calling my partner (who I fell asleep on the phone to as always because I’m always tired) I figured it was time to get up properly. Woke up to some messages from said fella, wish I have to lame and admit is one of my favourite things ♡

8:30

I’m up and dressed, it took an hour to persuade TJ he needed to actually be dressed for the day. Eventually he settles on mismatching top and jogger bottoms, before going down and forcing his nana to make his breakfast of cornflakes.

9:30

Time for kiddos patch, he has to wear a patch for an hour everyday to strengthen his right eye. Which is fine except to get the best from it he needs to be doing something that requires him thinking etc, we tend to do puzzles, or practice his writing. Today we did a puzzle that needs the words spelling out. It took the entire hour but he did really well, and then of course wants a sweet.

10:30

I finally get some breakfast, I’m supposed to be following slimming world, but I slipped and enjoyed a massive bowl of cornflakes. TJ spots my breakfast and screams until I make him some toast.

11:30

My uterus is attacking me and I want all the chocolate, send help

11:35

Some giant chocolate buttons may have fallen into my mouth.

11:45

Nana has gone out with her friend, so me and TJ have come upstairs. He wanted to watch Peter Rabbit again (he doesnt have this much screen time I promise, i just feel crappy)

12:30

Sandwiches for lunch, nice and boring. Followed by a trip to the park.

I had to run to and from the park to add some miles to my MyMarathon miles- we did 1.2 miles! (https://mymarathon18.everydayhero.com/uk/danielle-kirk if youre interested)

3:00pm

I think the sun tired TJ out a bit, he wanted to come home. We went to the library on the way home and picked him up some books. So here we are chilling at home again, watching telly.

4:15pm

The attacking uterus wants chocolate again, only there’s none left and I’m skint. Send help.

5:15pm

Just realised I should probably feed my child at some point. There’s hotdog pizza in the fridge that was brought yesterday reduced. Definitely a lazy meal, but I feed him fullof fruit and veg as much as I can the rest of the time so it’s all good.

5:30

Nanas friend just came over with a minion fart gun for TJ, I give it an hour before I throw it at the wall.

6:00pm

The demon has been fed. Went upstairs, and im out of pads, had to ask nana to sit with TJ so i could leg it to Tescos.

The woman that served me gave me the most sympathetic look ever, it was wonderful.

6:30pm

TJ is supposed to be heading up to bed so he can brush his teeth and get into his pyjamas and then have a story before bedtime at 7pm, but hes decided now is the perfect time to give the dog a hug. Good job they’re cute.

7:10pm

The demon is finally in bed. After a fight over what pyjamas he was going to wear for bed, and some casual bribing with a story. I read The Dinosaur that Pooped the Past to him, which he adored, and I enjoyed the Back to the Future references of course.

7:30pm

We’ve got chicken thighs and some potatoes that were brought and needed eating up today so I made a tomato sauce and fried the chicken with it, and cooked up the potatoes with some veggies for mine and nanas tea. I’ve gotta say, it was pretty tasty! And all syn free on Slimming World.

I’m now sat watching Emmerdale and the other soaps, and then heading to bed to eat those giant buttons from earlier, watch a film called Forever My Girl, and video chat with Keiron. I need an early night though, TJ’s going to lunch with his dad tomorrow which means me and Keiron can go see the new Avengers film, even though its already been spoiled for me, before taking TJ to the beach after the movie. Then Keiron is staying in Hunstanton so we can hang out Sunday too 🙂