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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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    • dawnybabes
    • By dawnybabes 17th Jul 16, 10:43 AM
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    Pulls up a chair ....

    My DS renewal was sorted in 6 days just renewed it for 2 years which seems stupid (unless anyone has a magic cure for autism ????)
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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 17th Jul 16, 11:17 AM
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    Pulls up a chair ....

    My DS renewal was sorted in 6 days just renewed it for 2 years which seems stupid (unless anyone has a magic cure for autism ????)
    Originally posted by dawnybabes
    Welcome to the mad house!

    It is crazy how some awards are for years (supermans was 8 years the last award!) and others get 18months/2 years Like Missy H! unfortunately Her condition doesn't have a magic cure either Dawn! I'm sure they know how much we love filling in the renewal forms 6 days however is amazing!! I know my friends renewal took 11days so fingers crossed Missy H's is sorted for 2nd of September or else we are in a pickle!!

    How old is DS Dawn? Stripes and I are very familiar with raising these boys!

    Make yourself at home, Stripes may even share the custard creams if she didn't snarf them in the twiilight hours

    Mrs H x
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 17th Jul 16, 11:24 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
    Originally posted by stripes
    Firstly this is the best news I have heard for ages!! I will confess to it making my eyes water alittle so proud of the journey our boys have been on over the years!


    Secondly, surfing the web at 3.37 am the King to blame? Here you will need these later

    And I claim hm sausages rolls but really I bought the puff pastry in a roll we just squidged the sausage meat alittle and did some clever cutting and folding, superman thought painting them with raw eggs was amazing so I guess I actually did make them at home
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 17th Jul 16, 8:37 PM
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    Stripes that is amazing news about the King . Lol at jizz! It aint a proper diary without it .

    Sorry about your interupted night Mrs H. Hope you managed some rest. Does your library have a summer reading challenge for the kids?

    Will you make it to Legoland? We got a good deal with super breaks Xx
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    • stripes
    • By stripes 17th Jul 16, 8:52 PM
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    Thanks guys it's been a long time waiting for my kid to say mum xxx

    It's so easy to take them for granted, it really makes me appreciate Missy Stripes, I never get tired of her voice and her so called singing.

    Dawnybabes there's plenty of biscuits but if Mrs Hinge offers her Jizz its best to decline!

    Mrs Hinge another busy Summer hols then
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 17th Jul 16, 9:51 PM
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    Dawnybabes there's plenty of biscuits but if Mrs Hinge offers her Jizz its best to decline!
    Originally posted by stripes
    From my research in to the alternative meaning of "Jizz" I can safely say it wouldn't be mine being offered

    Pure filth.
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 17th Jul 16, 9:54 PM
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    Stripes that is amazing news about the King . Lol at jizz! It aint a proper diary without it .

    Sorry about your interupted night Mrs H. Hope you managed some rest. Does your library have a summer reading challenge for the kids?
    Sumer reading challenge is on and started a week ago, keep meaning to have a look at it but am usually to flustered keeping them under control and "library appropriate"
    Will you make it to Legoland? We got a good deal with super breaks Xx
    Originally posted by please-let-me-be-lucky
    Legoland is a possibility for a day trip, missy h and superman are entitled to a free carer ticket so would just be the 3 little Hinges to pay for.... we have to see... maybe towards the end of the holidays and it can double up as a treat for master H's birthday. My baby will be 5
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 17th Jul 16, 10:17 PM
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    How is he nearly 5????!!!!!

    We will be at Legoland towards the end of August, but toofar for us to do as a day trip so combining with a few days away and Harry Potter world etc Xx
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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 18th Jul 16, 5:26 PM
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    How is he nearly 5????!!!!!

    We will be at Legoland towards the end of August, but toofar for us to do as a day trip so combining with a few days away and Harry Potter world etc Xx
    Originally posted by please-let-me-be-lucky
    I think it took us about 2 hrs last time we went, I had looked at overnight stay to do the same as Superman is HP mad but by the time we factor in the pet boaring, pertol, entry etc... it was just too much will be top of the list when we are debt free and have some mone spare!

    And yes it is frightfully scarey that Master H is turning 5 in a few weeks my baby boy is starting school. Mr H says that must mean it's time for another I think he is bonkers

    Lovely day out today and relatively cheap (3 car parking and 6 for icecreams) we took a picnic and plenty of drinks and spent the day playing in the local deer park, the little Hinges and I paddled and fished in the stream whilst Mr H grumbled it was too hot and hid in the shade. My feet feel as rough as sand paper after the sharp stones but we had a blast! bumped in to a friend too which is always lovely

    Deciding what to have for tea, Superman wants Cheesy mash, missy H wants GF pasta, mr H wants chips and frozen chicken junk and master H dislikes everything it maybe a quick mayflower curry sauce veggie curry jobby with some sw chips for me. Must reiterate I am not a resturant an we don't have a never ending menu

    Mrs H x
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • dawnybabes
    • By dawnybabes 18th Jul 16, 9:26 PM
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    How is he nearly 5????!!!!!

    We will be at Legoland towards the end of August, but toofar for us to do as a day trip so combining with a few days away and Harry Potter world etc Xx
    Originally posted by please-let-me-be-lucky
    I'm on Hol at mo so just a quickly.

    Yes Jizz is something totally different here ! Won't be having any thank you

    DS is 13 autism, ADD, hyper mobile, dyspraxia and a few others !!!

    Have you looked at (can't remember exact name and wifi crap in Cyprus) Merlins wish or Merlins wand ? You can get free tickets to legoland.
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    • dawnybabes
    • By dawnybabes 18th Jul 16, 9:27 PM
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    I'm on Hol at mo so just a quickly.

    Yes Jizz is something totally different here ! Won't be having any thank you

    DS is 13 autism, ADD, hyper mobile, dyspraxia and a few others !!!

    Have you looked at (can't remember exact name and wifi crap in Cyprus) Merlins wish or Merlins wand ? You can get free tickets to legoland.
    Originally posted by dawnybabes
    And really sensitive coeliac as well .....
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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 18th Jul 16, 10:28 PM
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    Merlin magic wand I think it is, they only do tickets once per family and often the legoland tickets are allocated very quickly, we applied a few years ago and got some sealife centre tickets but unfortunately couldn't use them.... even though we returned them we aren't able to apply for tickets again.

    Missy H is hypermobile, she isn't an "offical" ceoliac but she is very gluten and dairy intolerant. The gastro people say it is seen alot in children with connective tissue problems! Superman was found to be hypermobile too when assessed by the OT and physio during dyspraxia review, Apparently again there is a big link between bendies and Asd..... it is on my list of things to research!
    Living in a superhero induced haze
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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 22nd Jul 16, 11:13 PM
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    Week 1 of the holidays complete we all survived.... infact we have had a fantastic week!

    Today Superman and I braved Asda! it took forever..... Superman was very Helpful Then he helpfully made some banana bread for Missy H, marinade some meat ready for a BBQ tomorrow and peeled some spuds for tea He then laid on the sofa in his pants and declared mummy jobs hard work

    Mr H is on a mission, I wish I could say his motivation was a good thing but it's OCD and anxiety fuelled, he isn't eating or sleeping properly and is restless. Today he has been rearranging the living room, we now have a huge pile of the books/puzzles/jigsaws for the charity shop, 2 black bags of junk for the bin and a much tidier cupboard! He has cut the grass, jet washed the patio, drive and decking oh and the bins! all in between washing all the (clean) clothes from everyones wardrobe and re-ironing them

    I've done all my admin and filing that I've ignored not done for months and entertained the little Hinges inbetween Mr H dragging me in to this cleaning frenzy

    Budget has been done for August and our holiday planner is filling up with play dates and trips out. Bagged a groupon deal for a splash park that made it 25 for the family ticket instead of 55 it is still pricey but if we take a picnic it makes a good day out!

    I picked up a camping bbq, giant skittles and some space hoppers really cheap at Mr A's for our camping trip in a few week Missy H is booked on the yearly autism siblings support group camp at 18 and a water sports trip with a local youth group a bargain at 5 so I pick up some pumps for her to go kayacking in for 3!

    Converted some Eon reward points in to tesco points, due some more vouchers in august I'm hoping they come in time for me to exchange for days out for the summer, there is a lovely place we want to visit but it is eye wateringly expensive!

    Mrs H..... who is wating for Mr H to finish sorting out his sock drawers so I can go to bed
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    • dawnybabes
    • By dawnybabes 23rd Jul 16, 9:55 AM
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    Sounds like a fantastic summer ahead.

    We've lots planned too, starting with me singing tonight at the Barbican in York !!
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    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 23rd Jul 16, 1:16 PM
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    All sounding brill apart from Mr H's anxiety. At least it's manifesting into something useful though.

    Sometimes I wish I could lie on the couch in my pants and declare mummy jobs too difficult too .
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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 23rd Jul 16, 4:31 PM
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    What a spanking day!

    The little Hinges are in the pool and the BBQ is all set to go! I have some of my favourite people coming for some good grub and a well needed knatter, They are the 2 people I could call on for anything and they will help me bury Mr H under the patio if my urges to shove a pillow over his head when he finally sleeps get to strong


    I've set up my online banking for my santander account, it's been unused for 12months but I want to try something new with out weekly spends. Mr H is rubbish with cash.... he loses it! and he is too handy at borrowing my card to nip to the shop and coming back having spent a fortune. We have a budget of 200 a week for food, petrol, activities and the kids milkshake money/tuck money for school, I plan on sending that every monday from my main bank to my unused account so that once its empty it's empty and Mr H will have to make do. Hoping it will help me keep an eye on the bills account and should avoid the moments when I realise he has spent more then we have allocated! I'm waiting on a new e-reader to set up the payment online as mine is dead! spent 25minutes on hold to natwest rewards lastnight only to be cut off unanswered managed to lock my account and only way to get back in is to ring them..... seems they don't want to talk to me

    Really need to get my saving pots going, recently we've frittered away our monthly car/emergency/clothes/xmas amounts so they are all empty and I'm getting uneasy about not having an emergency fund.
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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 28th Jul 16, 10:32 PM
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    Time is flying this summer!!

    We've ticked off some of the little Hinge's "paid" activities this week and padded them out with more picnics in the park!

    We terrorised the forest and had a morning building dens, Superman found a spot with a man made campfire pit so we pretended to keep warm whilst we sat in our den and ate our picnic

    Missy H had her choice of activity and we went to the pottery studio.... she had a fabulous time, the boys however were pains in the @r54 and played up. I think next time this will be declared a girlie day and they will be left at home! eye-wateringly pricey at 46 but that did include drinks, snacks and cake! The afternoon was a free trip to the stables for some horsey fun and fresh air well as fresh as a yard full of horse sh!7 can be

    Tickets booked using CEA cards for the BFG next week, I popped by when shopping and saved the 3 online booking fees still 24 but I have a cupboard full of snacks and drinks ready to take with us!

    The boys have a SALT appointment tomorrow so will be a quiet morning chilling before we go and the weekend is full of birthday parties so free/low spend days.

    The car has 1/2 tank of fuel so none needed this week sure makes a difference not doing the school runs filled the fridge today (tesco sent a booklet with some 4 of 40 spends) and the meal plan for the next week has been done, trying hard to get back on the SW wagon after a terrible week!

    I may of started the uniform shopping have squirrelled away new pencil cases and pens, water bottles and lunch bags, polo shirts and socks coats,shoes, book bags, trousers and jumpers to go! have found a 5 reward m&s voucher which will help

    Finally sorted out my reward account glitch and worked out that 3% cash back on my DD's is 69 a year after fees Love free money!
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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 11th Sep 16, 3:16 PM
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    creeps in..... tiptoes around....Echo! Echo!

    So we not only survived the school holidays but we had a smashing time! We made it camping for a few nights with friends, glorious sunshine, lots of water sports and paddling..... Super found a mud pit and gave everyone willing a swedish mud bath

    The last few weeks has seen Master H turn 5 and start school he loves it! Declared school awesome and on his first day asked to go again tomorrow He had his party with his preschool friends just before they finished the summer for school, was abit sad to think he would be leaving them as only 2 will be going to his school the others are in another catchment area..... I needed of worried he settled in to school amazing and has made some lovely new friendships.....

    Superman has embraced year 4 and thinks his new teacher is the best thing since cheesy mash and the new topics are totally "frickin' awwwwwesome!"

    Missy H is exhausted and her return to school has been nothing but a bodge job and poor planning but she is just getting on with it! She is back in long term physio and her fatigue is the worse we've had to deal with but her spirit is high and she continues to let nothing beat her.

    I had a major meltdown when Missy H's DLA was not renewed but we asked for a reconsideration and heard back 3days later (before I could send in any extras!!) that they had awarded her a better rate then she had been on and for another 2 years! It makes me really mad how it is pot luck as to who processes your forms as to if you get help or not

    These last few weeks have been a "fighting for Missy H" time, sorting dla, school, wheelchair services, Gp/consultant communication over meds etc.... fingers crossed for a smoother ride of it now.

    I am loving my new "healthier" life style.... bootcamp, zumba and clubbersize and my new stress outlet and I love every minute of them! managed to only gain 2.5lbs in the 6 weeks holidays (couldn't juggle weigh in and children with ice cream and park visits ) and that came off (plus another 1.5lbs) in the last 2 weeks

    How is everyone?

    Lucky, Stripes you lovely ladies enjoy the summer? How did back to school go?

    Maddie are you still galivanting around in your van seeing the wonder sights?

    Mrs H xx
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 11th Sep 16, 8:26 PM
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    Cannot type on this tablet so just for once will be brief lol. Pleased you had a good summer, weight loss and boys being happy about school, but boo to having to fight everything for Missy H and that she is having to battle so. We are still going off on lots of jaunts in N Wales ATM. Mr MM decided to get us a c'van more suited to the decrepit old girl that I have become, it is lovely!
    MM xx
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • please-let-me-be-lucky
    • By please-let-me-be-lucky 11th Sep 16, 8:41 PM
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    to DLA initial refusal but to reconsideration result.

    Holidays sound greatand yay to school return being frickin awesome .

    We had a lovely summer, just gutted it's over.

    Lucky, who got a puppy yesterday for her birthday today
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