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  • sashybosashybo Forumite
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    Updated list of contents of present box;

    x2 FCUK men's body spray sets (will use for my nephews at Christmas)
    x1 FCUK ladies toiletry set (mum for Christmas)
    x2 mini Charlie body spray sets (will do older nieces at Christmas)
    x2 S&G mini foot cream tubes
    [STRIKE]x2[/STRIKE] x1 Carmex lip balm
    [STRIKE]x1 small box of gin truffles[/STRIKE] Past BBE so ate them as didn't want to give as a present :o
    x2 Shopkins notebooks (older nieces Christmas again)
    x2 fluffy pens (random girl presents)
    x2 photo frames (one for 30th birthday, one fancier but not my taste)
    x1 girls t-shirt age 1 size
    x12 assorted children's books (will be used for various friends' children)
    x1 small Lego Duplo bus (will do for one of my younger nieces at Christmas )
    x1 Muppets DVD (younger nieces at Christmas)
    x4 Sticker books (x2 for older nieces Christmas)

    Have also got an outfit each for my older nieces so their Christmas presents are done. Have leggings for my younger nieces so just need tops for them & another Duplo car. The boys presents will be finished with the EDT I've ordered.
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  • sashybosashybo Forumite
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    We took DS to the park again today & he had a shot on the swings then we took him round to the pond to see the swans & ducks. Whilst we were there a lady was walking past with her dog who just stopped & wouldn't move, turned out she wanted to come over & see DS in his pram. :) The lady explained that the dog is a therapy dog who works with children & she just loves them. :D DS was delighted & the dog was happy for him to touch her and I got a good cuddle too - she was gorgeous & had such a nice temperament. :) I would love to have a dog but just feel we wouldn't have enough time for one atm.

    We met a lovely friendly dog at my sister's last week too, he was so relaxed with DS and just followed him about to see what he was doing. DS was being a bit grabby, the dog was fine as a nice temperament but I don't want DS to think it's ok to treat all dogs like that so DS was removed from the dog if he started pulling at him etc. He knows to be gentle but he still thinks cats & dogs are toys so we have to keep an eye on him.

    Forgot to mention that the cats started chasing each other when I was doing yoga the other night & I got kicked in the head when I was doing child's pose. :mad::rotfl: Furry eejits. :cool:

    We went to Mr M's on the way home from the park for a few things then came home & had an argument over nothing much. Think we were both just tired & fed up. I went & had a nap upstairs for an hour which helped a bit.

    Not much done in the way of housework, just put clean towels away.
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  • sashybosashybo Forumite
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    DS & I got out into the garden this morning for an hour or so. DS had to be strapped into his pram for the first 15/20 mins as I was working in the front garden & there's no fence/hedge to keep him in, just the driveway down to the pavement.

    I managed to do a quick weed & tidy, planted a new hebe (£2.49 in Mr Al's) in a bare spot & removed the sweet peas which had died back. The climbing rose needs to be secured as has gone a bit wild but need DH's help with that. Still need to plant some bulbs too. I removed my Blackbeard plant as it wasn't happy & was being buried under the bigger hebes. I split it up & planted into a few containers in the back garden, hopefully it will do better there.

    In the back I let DS loose whilst I sorted the Blackbeard out & tidied up in the greenhouse. The tomato plants are definitely on their last legs now. The chillies have white fly again :mad: so have sprayed all of them too.

    DS was playing on the slide when it started raining quite heavily & I heard a screech. He was lying like an upside down turtle at the bottom of the slide & was not happy. :rotfl: Poor boy but it was funny once I realised he wasn't actually hurt. He had his new puddle suit on so just had to get him inside, wash his hands & strip it off and chuck it in the machine, it was very muddy. :eek:
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

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    Total Debt paid off £66,624 Car loans £13,833 Garage conversion £6,077, O/D 0% BT £1,940
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  • sashybosashybo Forumite
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    We went to playgroup again yesterday morning & DS had a great time - he managed to beg some mini chocolate fingers from a lady giving them to her grandson. :o He then crawled around the room putting his hands up to random ladies, wanting picked up. :rotfl: He spends as much time smiling at all the mums & grans as he does playing with the toys. :rotfl:

    The walk there & back gave me some exercise, especially pushing the pram up the big hill we live on. DS refused to nap more than 10 mins after playgroup even though he was exhausted. :( Finally got him to sleep for half hour around 3pm.

    Today & tomorrow I'm working late shift so have to drop DS & all his stuff off at my sister's on the way to work. Thankfully she can watch him for a few hours both days, DH will pick him up on the way home. Need to get his stuff organised then my own food etc for work.

    Our bank account looks horrendous as we are paid 4 weekly but all the bills come out monthly. Thankfully we get paid again in just over a week.

    Thinking of doing a small hamper for the outlaws for Christmas with nice tea, coffee, some new mugs, crackers, biscuits & a bottle of wine in it. We can take it down with us when we visit in November & save ourselves the postage cost too. :)

    Not looking forward to that visit, mostly because they are crazy but also because it will be freezing in their house as FIL hates putting the central heating on even when it's really needed. I'm hoping they'll have it on for DS though otherwise I'll have to put lots of layers on him & just be worrying that he's cold all the time. They also have an open fire in the living room & DS will be over to it like a shot. :(
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  • sashybosashybo Forumite
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    Nothing much to report money wise, I cashed another £20 out from PA & will probably put it towards Christmas.

    DH is working an overtime shift today & I have a rostered overtime late shift. My mum is going to watch DS for an hour or so between my starting work & DH finishing.

    DH & I took DS to ikea for lunch the other day & he really enjoyed the meatballs he had. As usual he was smiling at everyone & a few people stopped to talk to him. :rotfl:

    We bought a wee wooden table & 2 chairs for DS for the house, it was £20 which was quite reasonable. DH will build it for him over the next few days. I noticed that DS enjoyed sitting at the tables at playgroup to eat his snack so thought it would be good for him to have one at home too.

    We had friends over for lunch yesterday, their two girls were playing with DS and keeping him amused. They are 5 & 6 so were trying to treat him like a doll & he wasn't having it. :rotfl: They kept wanting to lift him & put him in the pram. :eek: He wasn't amused at all, had to rescue him a few times.

    Horrible day today, wish I didn't have to leave the house! After today's late shift I'm not back until Friday though. :)
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £15,319 extra paid off debt.
    Total Debt paid off £66,624 Car loans £13,833 Garage conversion £6,077, O/D 0% BT £1,940
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  • chaniechanie Forumite
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    sashybo wrote: »

    We bought a wee wooden table & 2 chairs for DS for the house, it was £20 which was quite reasonable. DH will build it for him over the next few days. I noticed that DS enjoyed sitting at the tables at playgroup to eat his snack so thought it would be good for him to have one at home too.


    I think I know the one you mean, as we had that for the children. The only problem was that DS kept spilling his juice on it and the hardboard warped. We eventually bought the plastic one and its still going strong,
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    Hi chanie, yes we looked at the plastic ones too, we'll probably get one of those when he's bigger. There's a good selection of stuff for kids there. :)

    The weather has been horrible since yesterday, pretty much non-stop rain. We were both working yesterday & today we only went out to Mr Al's, DS enjoyed sitting in the trolley.

    We got most of the stuff for the outlaws Christmas hamper for about £20 - a bottle of red wine, bag of ground coffee, Earl Gray teabags, dark Seville marmalade, a jar of colossal Greek olives, sea salt crackers, a tin of shortbread & chocolate orange thins. Going to get a bottle of amaretto & some whiskey miniatures and a mug each too. I'll probably put a few travel size toiletries in for MIL as well. Also ordered a photo calendar starring our DS for them.

    I also bought some gel sticky Halloween decorations for the windows in our interior doors - wee skeletons & pumpkins, they were only 89p and very cute. :)

    Will try to get DS out to playgroup tomorrow, might have to drive if it's still horrible weather. I have an appointment with the nurse later on for my smear test, not looking forward to it but it's not the worst thing in the world either. Thankfully I can leave DS at home with DH. :)
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

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    Total Debt paid off £66,624 Car loans £13,833 Garage conversion £6,077, O/D 0% BT £1,940
    EF started 01/09/19 £250
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    I did manage to get to playgroup earlier in the week but did have to drive as the rain was so heavy. DS was a bit clingy again but think it was the start of his latest cold/cough.

    Smear test was fine & didn't feel much at all, it was the first since having DS so was a bit worried but it was actually less uncomfortable than the ones pre-baby. Maybe it's just the muscle memory of the extreme trauma of my giant baby exiting with the help of forceps vs a tiny smear test. :rotfl:

    On Wednesday the weather was lovely, really sunny & warm, completely different to the day before! I walked into town with DS in the pram & was sweating.

    I went to the chiropractor for my back/pelvis & she sorted me out. I was a bit sad as my chiropractor is going back to live in America & she has been treating me for at least 10 years now so will miss her. :( Her husband is Scottish though so they will keep a flat here & plan on coming back for a few months each year. She said she will do locum work in the chiropractor practice when she's back so to look out for her. The girl who has bought the practice is nice but it won't be the same.

    Funnily enough the lady who owns the therapy dog we met in the park the other week turned out to be a friend of my chiropractor. :D I was telling her about meeting the dog & she was asking me questions & then was like "That's my friend!". How strange. :)

    After the chiropractor DS & I went to see a couple of my friends for a while. On the way home I met my cousin in the street, hadn't seen him in ages so we had a chat for 15 mins or so, then I dropped in to see my mum for a while. Finally got home about 20 to 7! DS & I were exhausted!

    I've been at work on earlies the last two days, my mum had DS yesterday for half of the day & he walked about 10 steps on his own when I went to pick him up. :j:T He's not repeated it since but I'm convinced now that he's not walking because he's lazy rather than because he can't. :o
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £15,319 extra paid off debt.
    Total Debt paid off £66,624 Car loans £13,833 Garage conversion £6,077, O/D 0% BT £1,940
    EF started 01/09/19 £250
    Debt Free Diary to try & keep spending in check.
  • sashybosashybo Forumite
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    We've actually had two dry sunny days in a row here. :j DH & I took DS out into the garden yesterday so that he could play whilst we cleared out the greenhouse for winter.

    DS enjoyed getting wet & muddy in the grass and playing on his slide so was good for him. Hoping the weather stays dry for a few more days as the grass is sodden & DH needs to give it another cut before winter sets in. The garden furniture could do with a chance to dry out too before being stored away for winter.

    So far today all I've done is hoover the living room & do a few surveys. Have been working out what I still need to buy for Christmas & don't think it will be too much more. Need to finish the outlaws hamper, get a few things for DH, my sister, tops for my youngest nieces, a small shared gift for my brother and his GF (probably alcohol) & finish my mum's present.

    Need to start DS's sock monkey, buy him some small toys - probably cars & a small activity cube and a book or two. Don't want to get him too much as he doesn't need it and still doesn't really understand Christmas anyway.

    Have found a local charity that is asking for gift donations for Christmas presents for children up to age 18 who otherwise won't get much/anything at all. I have ordered a few toiletry sets online for the teenagers as I imagine this is the more difficult age group to buy for/get donations. I also have some books for younger children in my gift box upstairs that I will donate. The drop off points open next week so I can drop the gifts off on one of the days I'm at work.

    I like practical charity ideas like this as it's more tangible than giving money. I feel really sad thinking that there are kids who won't get anything for Christmas in my local area. I'm an emotional wreck since having DS & hearing about all the awful things that happen to children even in their own homes is unbearable. :( So doing something like this makes me feel like I'm helping, even though it's not much in the grand scheme of things.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £15,319 extra paid off debt.
    Total Debt paid off £66,624 Car loans £13,833 Garage conversion £6,077, O/D 0% BT £1,940
    EF started 01/09/19 £250
    Debt Free Diary to try & keep spending in check.
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    Got a £10 [email protected] voucher from SB last night & cashed some shop&scan points in for another £20 of vouchers. Used this to order mugs for the outlaws hamper & some toy cars/trucks for DS Christmas. :T

    DH has asked for a console game for Christmas so will try & save any further vouchers towards it & will wait for Black Friday/Cyber Monday to see if there are any deals on the game he wants.

    Going to get DS a small wooden activity cube, roughly £15 but have seen it for £12 so will hold off for a while. He can play with the big fancy one at playgroup - it's just a bit much at £60. :eek:

    I'm going to look in Mr M's for tops for my younger nieces as their children's clothes are always nice. I also have an offer on my more card for 3000 points on my next £30 shop & this will get me another £5 voucher. We will then have £20 of vouchers towards Christmas food shopping. Mr Al's already have their nice frozen Cumberland sausage rolls in, they're nice & only 85p for a bag of 50. Keeps DH happy. :)

    I have ordered Christmas pjs, a couple of tops & a jumper for DS from Mr A which I can pick up after work later in the week. There are so many road closures around me atm that I'll need to plan my route though. :mad:

    Need to look out my brushed cotton bedding, think we might need some new stuff as it's getting a bit bobbly. Love brushed cotton for the winter. :)

    Another dry & sunny day so will take DS to the park later & maybe feed the ducks and swans. Think he will like that. :) Apparently you can feed them frozen peas (defrosted).
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £15,319 extra paid off debt.
    Total Debt paid off £66,624 Car loans £13,833 Garage conversion £6,077, O/D 0% BT £1,940
    EF started 01/09/19 £250
    Debt Free Diary to try & keep spending in check.
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