Steam train

Today we went to Sherwood Steam train. It’s a nice little place with a working steam train which we had a lovely ride on


Hannah and her grandad even got a chance to pull the chain that made the train  whistle and we also got to look at the furnace




We went through gnome village




After we had a nice cup of coffee and hannah played on the park


It’s a great place for young children hannah really enjoyed it


Through the Door

I‘m linking up with @Oliversmadhouse

Ever since my daughter started going to school we’ve had a problem with her going, she would become violent and extremely upset, after about 6 months nothing had changed in fact she was getting even worse, there were days that we couldn’t get her to school something had to change. After some thought we decided that a different school would be a lot easier, the school we had in mind was a lot smaller and it was closer to where we lived.

The first few days were hard, again she didn’t want to go and my legs bore the battle marks, last month we had been given some tablets from the doctors to help her sleep as she could still be running around until gone midnight or singing in bed until about 2 in the morning, we were reluctant to give them to her at first not wanting to go down that road, but after some thought we decided to give then a go after all we had nothing to lose.

That night we gave her the tablet in her drink we couldn’t believe it she was a sleep for 10 pm for the first time since she was 9 months old.

The next morning i woke her up for school, got her dressed and set out, the walk to school was really nice full of chatter until she saw the school gates, all the talking stopped she grabbed my hand, we walked round to her class where her teacher was waiting and she walked straight in, over the next couple of months it was amazing she walked to school with no fuss and could be seen skipping into class.

Then came the May half term holidays after a week off it was time to dig out her school uniform again, on the way to school as always she was talking none stop,  we got round to her classroom door and instead off skipping in she froze and flung both her arms round my leg refusing to let go, her teacher was at the door waiting to welcome the children back into school, she saw Hannah, and came over and spoke to Hannah still she didn’t move, so her teacher took her by the hand and we both walked her to the door, we finally managed to get her in the classroom, where i left her in tear’s.

This happened for the next 3 days me taking her and leaving her in floods of tears, both me and her teacher became concerned and i explained that she had done this before at her last school as well as nursery, and we didn’t know how to help her overcome this big step, her teacher said that she will have a think and see if she could come up with anything.

The next day we set out for school, we got to her classroom door again she froze clinging to my leg, her teacher came over and asked her if she would like to help so and so water the plants and lo and behold she took her teachers hand and walked into class with no tears.

Over the next few weeks it worked wonders, she still froze at the door but as soon as she was assigned to a job she was happy walking into class and leaving me.

As always you can never have too much of a good thing, her teacher came over and said she would like to try and get Hannah in school without giving her a job to do. I could see where she was coming from but i was also worried that she would revert back to her old ways.

So last Tuesday i walked Hannah to school, as we got closer to the gates there was a notice saying that they had found a bee’s nest and we couldn’t go in our usual door instead we had to used a different classes door, Hannah waited until she caught her teachers eye and being asked to go inside before walking into class. She still struggles everyday to go into class but least i’m not leaving her in floods of tears.



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I swing

I’m linking up with @oliversmadhouse #magicmoments

Friday was Hannah’s swimming lesson for months now after leaving the pool she’s been asking if she could go to the park which you can see from inside the swimming baths but the weathers not been great for it

This Friday was different we had SUN and with it being half term we decided to take her to the park it was a bit of a risk as she doesn’t like coming away but we was hoping that with her having swimming lesson straight after it would be a lot easier

First thing she did was run straight for the climbing frames which includes monkey bars these have become a firm favorite with her lately her dads always nearby in case she needs a little help even if she doesn’t want him there always the independent

Next she moved onto the roundabout which didn’t last long spying a free swing and running right over I’m sat on the beach and as soon as i see she’s heading for the swing i wait for the yell mum can you push me but it never came instead she jumped right on and started swing all on her own



it melted my heart to see her do this all by herself after all those years before when the doctors said that she may never walk but then came the words that i had been waiting for mum can you push me which really made me smile 🙂

Before she came off the swings me and her always have a swing together its part of our swing ritual

Then came her 10 minute warning that we would be leaving soon which made her run back to the monkey bars 5 minute warning and she was off everywhere swings slide roundabouts

Time to leave, at first she was reluctant to come off rushing to yet another climbing frame after telling her “that if she didn’t come off the park nicely we won’t be coming back for a while” giving her to the count of 3 and telling her “that she might be late for her swimming lesson” she finally decided to come off to which we told her “because she came off the park nicely we would bring her back soon”

Bowling fun

Today we decided to go bowling mixed with a spot of shopping

we even managed to persuade sam to come with us as well which is good as he doesn’t like going out much

Hannah was really excited its become her new thing to do

We arrive and collected our shoes and set the lane up which took us a while to figure out and we was all set

Hannah didn’t want to use the aid and was finding it hard bowling without it but managed to knock a few pins down until at one point her ball went in the next lane which was a little funny

It was nice seeing sam enjoying himself he and he did really well getting a strike and was winning until I played my last ball

Then we had a few games of air hockey

First to go was sam against his dad which dad won by 2 points

Then Hannah beat both me and her dad

The final game was against me and sam which he managed to beat me

We hadn’t had any lunch so we went to mac’s for dinner which Hannah played in their play area before we hit the shops

It has been a great day with lots of laughs

Ikea family

The other day we went to ikea

On the way there Hannah was sat in her booster chair eating candy floss and singing songs asking every now and again if we where there yet

We told her to let us know when she saw ikea after a while she shouted “I can see ikea family”

On entering the car park Hannah got really excited as they had built the new out doors play area and she wanted to know if she could go and play on it and we said if its open then yes

She practically ran there eager to see if she could play and yes it was so off she went for 10 mins and then we decided to have a drink

As soon as we walked through the doors we knew something was different they had face painting and a balloonist there

They was celebrating 25 years

But first we needed a drink so off to the cafe we went while we sat back and enjoyed a cuppa Hannah went to play in the indoor area

Now it’s time to start shopping but first Hannah wanted a balloon she choose a white balloon and the balloonist made it into a dog for her

We grab a twirly trolley and Hannah stood on it until we reached the spinning chairs which she has to have a spin on

After a while we moved on after going so far they had a activity table set up and a person drawing people’s faces which Hannah was more interested in so we queued up and when it came to her turn she sat down while she drew her


We said we would get a frame for it while we was there

After we had walked round the first half it was time for dinner there meatball and chips are the best

Time to see if we can book Hannah in the play area they have with it being half term she has to wait half a hour before so booked her time slot and carried on shopping

The time came where Hannah could go and play we waved her off and contuied on our way round we picked up a few things for the house and of course a picture frame for Hannah’s drawing

It was time to pick Hannah up and go for our final cuppa on coming out of the cafe Hannah decided she didn’t want her dog balloon so she gave it away to a little boy 🙂

So of we set for home with a boot full of goodies 🙂

Monday are sometimes great

Today was the first day of half term and its gone really well

After a bit of cleaning we went to asda to pick up some last min items for cake making

Me and Hannah chose to make a marble cake so we needed to pick up a extra mixing bowl and some grease proof paper then we headed home

Before we could start baking we had a meeting with our support worker who is going to see if she can help us get Hannah to school in the mornings without to much trouble

She had brought round some jigsaws for Hannah to play with and to try and interact with her and was surprised that she could do all the jigsaws without any help

After she had left it was time to bake

First we lined the cake tin with grease proof paper

Hannah did all the mixing and even helped weigh the ingredients out

The only bit she couldn’t do was mix the coco as it needed hot water

Her is how it turned out



After the cake had finished baking it was time to get on with tea which in a way was sad because the kitchen smelled so good

Time just seemed to fly by and it was time to get ready for swim club

Hannah was really enjoying herself that she was flapping her arms around not sure if was down to her doing so well or the music that they had playing loud

Time to settle her down for the night with one of her library books

Sometime Mondays are so good 🙂