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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 14th Jun 16, 10:26 PM
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    ".......Learning to dance in the rain!!"
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    • 14th Jun 16, 10:26 PM
    ".......Learning to dance in the rain!!" 14th Jun 16 at 10:26 PM
    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It is about learning to dance in the rain!"

    The house of Hinge has moved on hugely since I first joined Mse and started "Unhinged!" and I felt we needed a fresh page to mark the place we are at in our journey! Back in those days we were very much under a huge black storm cloud, dodging the rumbles of thunder yet these days we are very much donning our wellies and certainly jumping in lots of puddles if not doing a little dance in the rain

    June marks Superman's 8th birthday, His annual meeting at school to review his progress and the beginning of his transition in to year 4!! Master H is also on the transition train and his declared his new school totally "awesome, cool, wicked!!" Missy H is looking forward to her day in the west end and her drama workshops and is on the welcoming team to show the new school recruits around on their visit days!

    Debt continues to reduce on our Dmp with SC, It is time for our annual review and I have made the execuetive decision to switch to self management in view of our plans to offer full and finals when Mr H's inheritence arrives. We are currently sitting at £13k owing and aiming to clear the balances with some cheeky reduced offers...... well, like they say If you don't ask you don't get!!

    I'm currently in DLA form hell with Missy H's renewal forms Why do they make them so complex?! The whole process is draining!

    Health/diet/sanity wise I'm firmly on the wagon!! 34lbs gone this year so far and plenty more to go I have found a love for exercise classes and clubbersize if my favourite Thankfully the dark cloud above me seems to of upped and left and with out any external demands or stresses I'm trundling along nicely!


    Now to stick the kettle on and wait for my sofa buddies with the biccies!!

    Mrs H x
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
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    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 15th Jun 16, 9:01 AM
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    A lovely, positive post. Good luck with the next part of your journey.
    Don't let yourself be controlled by three things: people, money or past experiences.

    2018 My year of creation, living life and learning.

    The purpose of life is to create a life of purpose. Richard Gregg
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 15th Jun 16, 10:35 AM
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    • 15th Jun 16, 10:35 AM
    A lovely, positive post. Good luck with the next part of your journey.
    Originally posted by parsniphead
    Thank you Parsniphead and welcome to the chaos that is the Hinge-household!
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 15th Jun 16, 10:51 AM
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    A early screetch from Superman saw us all up at the crack of dawn.... he was experienting with his rubix snake he got for his birthday and got his finger stuck no harm done other then a stubbed toe from when I dashed across the landing bog-eyed-semi-awake

    This morning I've dropped both boys of at school/preschool and braved the rain to make it to Aldi! All unpacked and a lovely beef brisket is now in the croc pot for tea and some chicken thighs roasting in the oven for a lunchtime salad! I'm taking 5 minutes to throw my boiled eggs down my neck and slurp this 'orrible concoction that is fruit tea..... caffine free and supposedly good for me if is a long way of Stripes custard creams and a milky cuppa!

    Meeting at school soon, so best get a wriggle on but it is safe to say I am looking forward to it! Superman has settled in amazingly at his new school and doing awesome. His early morning wake up call means I've had time to tame my unslightly bedhead do and slap on some war paint. Always feel more confident when I'm less "au natural" and more "yummy mummy"

    Thankfully I get text alerts on my bills account as I had forgotten to transfer the DD money over this month ready for them going out today.... saved me the embarrassment of unpaided bills and the expense of bank charges! Must be more money focused, I've been preoccupied with Superman's birthday and Master Hinge's school visits.

    Right time to dash!

    Mrs H x
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 15th Jun 16, 4:04 PM
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    • 15th Jun 16, 4:04 PM
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    • 15th Jun 16, 4:04 PM
    Custard creams
    Don't let yourself be controlled by three things: people, money or past experiences.

    2018 My year of creation, living life and learning.

    The purpose of life is to create a life of purpose. Richard Gregg
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 15th Jun 16, 4:42 PM
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    Lovely new diary Mrs H, so pleased that things are going well, especially pleased that all the little H's are settled and enjoying school etc, just such a shame that their school lives could not have begun in this way, but life is as it is and it is "now" that is important.
    MM
    xx

    Not really keen on biccies, but could lob a few buttered cheese scones your way. I too bought some fruit tea for health reasons, it actually tastes OK, but I cannot stop mainlining on the english breakfast stuff
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 15th Jun 16, 5:08 PM
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    • 15th Jun 16, 5:08 PM
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    • 15th Jun 16, 5:08 PM
    Lovely new diary Mrs H, so pleased that things are going well, especially pleased that all the little H's are settled and enjoying school etc, just such a shame that their school lives could not have begun in this way, but life is as it is and it is "now" that is important.
    MM
    xx

    Not really keen on biccies, but could lob a few buttered cheese scones your way. I too bought some fruit tea for health reasons, it actually tastes OK, but I cannot stop mainlining on the english breakfast stuff
    Originally posted by maddiemay
    Welcome to my new abode MM, the venue may of changed but rest is just the same

    It certainly is what it is or was what it was..... either way it's done now and they are all doing great!

    Roast beef, yorkie puds, roast potatoes, mash and veggies for tea! Not sure I'll have the heavy stuff it's clubbersize this evening and I don't want to enjoy it twice
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 16th Jun 16, 11:29 AM
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    • 16th Jun 16, 11:29 AM
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    • 16th Jun 16, 11:29 AM
    Morning folks!

    I collected my 2.5stone awards at fat club today

    Superman is home today after a vomitting spat at school yesterday he is perfectly fine today and currently being a tazmania devil terrorising the living room!

    Dinner tonight will be roast chicken and chips with spring greens.... or it will be when Mr H finally loads the DW and cleans the sides!! He is preoccupied with the PS4 and I am getting rather impatient and frustrated ......10.....9......8....and breathe!

    Bank looks good, I've caught on on my admin/budgeting and slightly panicked that it is Missy H's birthday in 3 weeks time and I've planned nothing and bought nothing! Then I remembered I have loads of tesco vouchers exchanged for a meal out, plenty to cover the food so just drinks to buy..... It's all good

    Mrs H x
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 17th Jun 16, 3:52 PM
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    • 17th Jun 16, 3:52 PM
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    Today I have booked master H's birthday party for a bargain price of £99.....the offer is for 20 children, 2 hours soft play and a hot food buffet all we need is a cake and to turn up no stress Just how I need it to be!! I also bought 2 new bras (much needed I was down to my last one ) and 3 new summer tops (size smaller!!) at £3 each in the asda sale!

    Superman is home from school this afternoon.... he has found that if he makes himself sick he gets time off it isn't that he doesn't want to be there as he loves it there, its just that he wants to be home with me more School are working on helping break this habit but its small steps!

    Cod, chips and veggies for tea.... so a throw it in the oven job! I'm bushed so a quick tea is in order. Not sure why I'm running on empty today.... i went for a 5minute rest at teatime last night and woke up to superman at 4am

    Mrs H x
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 15th Jul 16, 2:15 PM
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    School's out for the summer!!

    Missy H has just arrived home, Superman and master H finished yesterday!

    Holiday prep began with a huge "what to do?!" planning session! We currently have a grid with all our days off, appointments and planned activities that are already booked I love any excuse to get the felt tips out

    Superman Helped with the shopping, he walked around Aldi with his new calculator adding up the prices...... thankfully the bill came to £63.08 and not the £44908,76 that he had predicted

    I snapped up some bargains in last minute bidding wars and bought superman some bits to design his own comic books it is his new passion and after spending hours researching on youtube he is ready to begin Also found some curtains reduced in the B&Q sale to fit the huge patio doors, match the decor perfectly and are fully black out lined.... May stop the neighbours getting an eyeful of Superman or Mr H ironing in his pants

    So what has everyone got on their summer holiday survival list?!

    Mrs H x
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 15th Jul 16, 5:10 PM
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    Late to the party but I'm here!!

    Well done on the 2.5stone! I'm piling it all back on at the mo .

    How did you get on with changeover from DLA to PiP? DH was called for an assessment last Sunday, so we are just waiting for the decision letter now.

    Jealous you've broken up for summer! We have one more week Xx
    Debts @ LBM £23,729.31. Debts @ 08/04/2016 £0

    NSDs achieved in 2018 13/60
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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 15th Jul 16, 6:01 PM
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    Late to the party but I'm here!!

    Well done on the 2.5stone! I'm piling it all back on at the mo .

    How did you get on with changeover from DLA to PiP? DH was called for an assessment last Sunday, so we are just waiting for the decision letter now.

    Jealous you've broken up for summer! We have one more week Xx
    Originally posted by please-let-me-be-lucky
    3st 1lb down now but I've damaged a tendon in my foot and haven't made weigh in for 2 weeks.... i fear it will be a mighty gain

    Missy H is under 16 so will stay on DLA if they agree to re-award it to her. I've just finished the forms and they are ready to post Monday.... been waiting on clinic reports etc and they've taken forever!! I have a bad feeling about it all and predict another battle!
    Fingers crossed Mr Lucky's assessment went well and he gets the award he deserves!

    Mrs H x
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 15th Jul 16, 6:09 PM
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    Oh right, I thought DLA had been scrapped completely. Fingers crossed it's awarded to Missy H without battle. I totally understand what you mean, I'm geared up for a fight too Xx
    Debts @ LBM £23,729.31. Debts @ 08/04/2016 £0

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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 15th Jul 16, 6:19 PM
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    Oh right, I thought DLA had been scrapped completely. Fingers crossed it's awarded to Missy H without battle. I totally understand what you mean, I'm geared up for a fight too Xx
    Originally posted by please-let-me-be-lucky
    I believe they will swap all DLA adults over and any new over 16 years claims will be PIP before they tackle the children. It's daft as on PIP Missy H would be entitled to enhanced rate for both based on the points system yet DLA battles to get low rate anything

    I hope it goes through with out a hitch Lucky. Do you have uch planned for the summer?

    Mrs H
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • stripes
    • By stripes 15th Jul 16, 10:30 PM
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    Happy shiny diary Mrs Hinge and may I be the first to spell out jizz
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 16th Jul 16, 2:02 PM
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    Happy shiny diary Mrs Hinge and may I be the first to spell out jizz
    Originally posted by stripes
    trust it to be you Stripes

    You found me!!

    How are you? and my good friend the King? he still ruling? I hope your braced and ready for the summer jollies and not too at it all!

    Pass the biscuits around and budge up your hogging the sofa

    Mrs H x
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 16th Jul 16, 2:30 PM
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    Yesterday I decided to do my annual review with SC for our Dmp, for the mean time I have decided to stay with them until we find out what is happening with Mr H's inheritance. I have had to reduce our payments by half as things have been really tight recently and the thought of another 12months like this is horrifying, we missed a repayment in June (i must of had my head in another place ) and the letters/calls from that was enough to stress me out! It has made our DFD much further away but we know this is just short term until we can offer settlement payments.

    Barclay card are threatening to cancel my repayment plan they have never defaulted the account in the 3-4years we've been on the dmp but threw the threat of it at us this week, i would fight for it to be backdated if they did I'm annoyed as their debt isn't my highest amount yet they get 60% of my total monthly debt repayment, I wish they would just pass it to a debt collector as they are terrible to deal with

    We continue to battle the food bills as weekly shops creep up, dieting isn't cheap and Missy H continues on a restricted diet. I paid £3 for her biscuits the other compared to 69p for the boys "normal" version maybe it's time to get my a&£$ in to gear and get baking again. If anyone finds my inner domestic goddess please direct her back my way, she's wondered off again

    Summer needs to be super cheap. no holiday planned other than a few days camping with my friend and all the kids.... Mr H is staying at home to deal with the animals to avoid cattery/coarding fees! Days out look to be the way forward, just need the sun to shine as picnics in the many many local parks are free The woods behind us are great to explore and have some amazing den building areas.

    The little Hinge's wish lists this year consist off:

    Swimming
    Den building
    Cinema
    Bowling
    Legoland
    Zoo
    Musical and trip to london booked as part of missy H's birthday kids week means her place was free and we booked train tickets super super cheap
    Camping..... friend paid half the site fees so £35 for the 4 nights will cook at the tent other then maybe fish and chips one night.
    Baking.... fingers crossed it will help cut the food bill at the same time oh and fill their hollow legs
    Picnics at every park
    A day at the beach
    Gardening
    Movie marathon
    Lots of Ps4 Minecraft

    I'm trying to include lots of library trips for new books, our new bedtime routine is really helping.... 7hours sleep from superman one night last week , we have the usual arts and craft cupboard over flowing and we have a action plan from school to keep Superman tuned in to mathsover the holidays

    The little H's have just demoished the Hm sausage rolls they made this morning and it looks like we are heading out to the forest! Should be interesting as I'm currently on crutches..... if I'm not back by bedtime send out a rescue party

    Mrs H x
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 16th Jul 16, 8:46 PM
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    We made it out of the woods

    My evening looks very much like an ice pack, trashy tv and my knitting
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • stripes
    • By stripes 17th Jul 16, 3:37 AM
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    Yes the King still rules although Missy Stripes attempts of joint rule has been thwarted by myself, one is enough!

    Missy Stripes is celebrating her 6th birthday end of July but it seems like she's 6 going on to 15!!!! Cheeky cheeky ! Wonder who she gets it from

    The King has become such a lively boy now and has started sounding his phonics, he muttered his first mum word a few weeks ago, I nearly fainted. To new readers to Mrs Hinges diary the King is non verbal autistic, he is 7. So a massive development milestone in our household

    Nice to read your posts again Mrs Hinge so plonk yourself down and let's munch some custard creams
    • stripes
    • By stripes 17th Jul 16, 3:39 AM
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    Yum homemade sausage rolls!

    You must start posting your receipes Mrs Hinge!
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