Saturday, April 18, 2009

A girly birthday!

The time had to come.... my baby, my youngest, had to leave her toddlerhood behind to become a fully fledged pre-schooler... :( Some coming to terms still required!
An early start with strawberry delight for breakfast and present opening delight, then into the bus... and off to a Mc D's for breakfast (a first....probably not to be repeated;))
Then the fun... A day at Twin lakes fun park.... 5hrs of fun and jollifications, a picnic lunch before a tired drive home for a BBQ sausage and pasta tea with a bowl of jelly with very wibbly wobbly candles in it! In pyjamas and settled on the sofa to watch 'Charlotte's web'before a tired three year old girl snuggled into bed....

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mothering Sunday

(Apologies for the delay in posting this,I had written the post and put it in drafts, waiting for the slide show which I then promptly forgot!Oh well! Enjoy the photos)

An early start... a VERY early start! Not much chance of a lie in today! Down to Fetcham in time for the 0930 service at St Mary's (our previous church)and time to catch with many old friends... many of whom hadn't met Leah! Then off to Tata's for a love;y family gathering to clebrate mothers and Papytail's 70th! Stunning weather enabled the children (and a few unruly adults)to run around before we shared in a sumptuous feast both savoury and then cakes! Thanks Tata for hosting it, we had a great time, it'd been too long since the second cousins had met up. A tourist's journey back through London delighted the children with the well known sights and not too much traffic! Pooped to say the least could have been an apt adjective to describe our motley crew on arrival back in Linclnshire... but it was so well worth it :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Memories of a wonderful day...

What better way to celebrate a birthday than a day trip with the family?

Well, this was a special birthday, and so, deserved a special trip.

To help the transition into his septuagenarian status, three daughters (and token grand-daughter by default of being the only preschooler) joined the main man and his wife on a day trip to France, to remember! An early 5am start and we drove down past 'Le Touquet' for a lunch on the beach front in glorious sunshine. A supermarket dash to fill the boot with tasty goodies and then back to good old blightey. A day filled with family, fun, laughs, sand, shells, presents and lots and lots to fit in!

Thank you for a lovely day....

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy

It's been a while since I've blogged, so what better opportunity than to wish my special daddy a Happy 70th Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you Daddy XXXX

And as these weren't out for the 1st March you can have a photo of them for today instead!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Alladin's cave in Horncastle!

Making the most of Maman and Daddy's visit up, we went off exploring... Horncastle. We may have lived here for almost 5 years but haven't managed to venture that-a-way... In and out a few charity shops and then as we walked along a road... we peered up a cobbled alleyway.... and look what we found!

Amazing! We shall go again! Many hours will be spent browsing I shouldn't wonder!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

A trip to Holy island

When most people were snuggling up warm in their homes.... the mad Stainsbys did their usual thing... we set off at 3am on 31st October, to venture into the Northern wilds!

We arrived at the campsite to set up our new tent at 0830.

Then across the causeway to The holy island of Lindisfarne...

We had great fun exploring the castle,

and then browsing around the village and being castaways as the tide covered the causeway!

Fun? well it was until we realised everything had shut... even the pubs!!! Well God does look down on us and safeguards our well being....

we met an amazing lady,Carole, an employee of English Heritage who invited us all
into her home to warm up with hot chocolate and tumble dry some rather wet childrens' trousers until pub opening time!

Relieved to find our tent still standing where we had left it... despite the hailstorms and high gusts throughout the afternoon, we snuggled up all 7 in our sleepings bags.... mummy and daddy tucking into some rather tasty Lindisfarne mead to warm our cockles!!

A bright and sunny day dawned this morning and the boys were desperate to visit the "snook" part of the island, so to the causeway once more and a picnic lunch in the dunes before setting back down via Hadrian's wall (good old school topics!)... and popping in to see someone I have wanted to see for a VERY long time now....
Isn't she beautiful?!
A lovely short break... most enjoyable and most definitely memorable!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Hello! I'm back!!

I can honestly say that I don't quite know where the time has gone... I don't think I've been any busier than usual... After an initial step back from the PC to devote more time to family over the holidays... I can't seem to get myself back into the online swing!

Having learnt that my sister had breat cancer at the start of the holidays, emotions have run high, after a succcessful mastectomy and reconstruction her wounds failed to heal and she was re-admitted having contracted the dreaded MRSA... six weeks on the wounds are still not healed and she has been re-admitted yet again this time a staph. infection.. but all this is postponing the all important start of chemo....the anger, tears, incomprehension, frustration are beyong words... How Kaz herself is coping with it day to day is mind boggling and I personally can only account for God's grace in giving her the inner strength to stay sane. It's not my personal problem and yet it has affected me profoundly...I too easily lose myself in fearful thoughts...

Life goes on... or so the saying goes...

Tom lost his Godmother and we buried her earlier this week... an amazing woman, at the funeral we were asked to picture in our minds a happy memory/ visualisation of what Anne meant to us... she was such a special woman, 'chumbly', always smiling, cuddly and always offering a vast array of home baked treats for high tea. (and in the last couple of years after her stroke M&S goodies!!!)and never too many treats for the children.
But the picture that came to my mind was exactly this one
Happy with a baby to cuddle. You will be greatly missed Anne, and we will remember fondly the many happy memories we have of times shared with you.

Add to those two bombshells the many daily happenings, like first day of school (and not being able to get the photo off my phone), children finding it hard to settle into new school years, eldest sitting his 11+ (yes we still have selective education here in Lincolnshire and yes Matthew would like to go to the Grammar school)so secondary school visits and open evenings.

Isaac celebrating an all important 6th birthday:

Vision has still been going on (despite the lack of info on it's blog!)and Tom and I keep learning new songs, monthly family walks, and joining in activities in the new Children's centre not mentioniong starting a course to become a Homestart volunteer...

Well I may have been away but trying to catch up was quite daunting :) I can't promise to be back with as much regularity as I once did, but I will endeavour to come by and for those whose blogs I visit... I have been reading , promise, just not posting.
See y'all soon.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Friday fun...

Pyzam Family Sticker Toy
Create your own family sticker graphic at

Sigh.... it would appear that I can't fit my whole family in!!! We are SO used to being "larger than average".... however if you right click to view the picture you do get all 7 of us!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

For my big sis

Happy Birthday Kaz!
Probably not the way you were planning it! But a celebration it is, thinking of you, praying for healing... love you lots.