This is My Life

This is my life: My dad is visiting from Spain and stayed at our house on Friday night.  The plan (I thought) was that he was going to spend some ‘quality time’ with J yesterday morning whilst I took the little ones to a party at 10am. Z woke early and came and got into […]

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When ‘No’ Still Means ‘No’

They’d had a fun night.  They’d been flirting outrageously all evening: suggestive comments, brushing against each other as though by accident, eyes locking intently.  They were both up for it.  They knew this was going to move to the next stage. They were in a busy bar, surrounded by people.  She walked none-too-steadily around the […]

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Caravanning Cock-Ups

We’ve now been away in our caravan for two whole weekends and therefore feel we can now be classed as ‘veterans’.  We’ve lived and learnt…the hard way.  Here are our top ‘Caravanning Cock-Ups’ so that you can avoid the same pitfalls: Don’t buy Special K microwaveable porridge…unless you actually have a microwave in which to […]

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Rocket Men

I haven’t blogged for ages due to returning to full-time teaching but I wanted to share something from this morning that really highlights the differences between the personalities of my two youngest boys. M and Z are playing out in the glorious sunshine; hubby finally got round to building their new trampoline last night (with […]

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My Baby

I lay with my baby, breathing him in. Foreheads together, skin-to-skin. The sweetest of breath, the gentlest of snores; Long curling eyelashes, most perfect of pores. Cherubic of mouth and a cute button nose, Arm around my neck, tickling my leg with his toes. I observed him quietly, in wonder and awe; I tried to […]

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The Birds and the Bees

Josh and I had ‘The Birds and the Bees’ talk last night. We were all watching The Simpsons (hubby and I are never entirely sure of its appropriateness as a children’s programme but it makes the kids howl so we tend to let it slide).  Marge had made a deal with the Devil who had […]

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Contradictions

I’m a mass of contradictions, a big ol’ un-opened can of worms, I’m super anally retentive but would rather blog than eradicate germs. I don’t like pictures to be wonky or ornaments to be out of line, But washing, ironing and dusting stuff aren’t favourite hobbies of mine.   I like things to be neat and […]

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A Flying Start

So the Easter holidays have got off to a flying start.  Half an hour after getting up, Josh and Max came to blows over a small stretchy man that Max got in a party bag yesterday.  Obviously the hundreds, nay, thousands of pounds’ worth of toys in their playroom couldn’t hold a torch to this little […]

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A Hell of a Woman

I wrote this post last year for the lovely Rhiannon on her blog for a feature called ‘A Hell of a Woman’.  My Gran is currently in hospital yet again and at the grand old age of 92, I don’t know how much longer she’ll be around.  I’m going to visit her this afternoon so […]

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Whiplash, a Broken Ring and Sparkly Hearts

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I think we’ll set up a reality show at Chez Distressed Housewife, similar to The Osbournes, about all the mini disasters that have been happening lately.  It would make for great TV. For example, nearly three weeks ago a taxi driver crashed into me whilst I was waiting at the traffic lights.  […]

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