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This Is My 365 ~ 126-132

We’ve had some big moments with the boys this week and some firsts!

Bruiser discovered shoes with wheels, yes that’s right roller skates! He loved them and wasnt scared to move around on them either. He was though, absolutely distraught when he had to take them off when we left a relatives house. It gave me and idea for a Christmas present for him though.

Wriggler got another wobbly tooth, his 3rd! :( It’s almost a year since he got his first wobbly tooth and in that time he has only lost his two bottom front ones. But since then his big teeth have grown through and its been like he never even lost them. Wriggler loosing his teeth is just another reminder that he’s growing up (too fast).

Other events have seen Bruiser and Wriggler been creative as always. Bruiser has taken a new laid back approach to eating his yogurt at supper time and Wriggler is clocking up some miles on his scooter now. A day doesn’t go by that he isn’t on it. He must do a good three miles a day at the very least as that’s the school run round trip! Bruiser also decided that eating isn’t all that bad and has started tucking into and trying new foods. It’s still a very limited bland tasting yellow/orange/beige coloured selection of food but its progress! He even ate his lunch at nursery for the first time since he was a baby!

The highlight though this week was Bruiser moving into a big boy bed. My heart is broken, he really isn’t a baby any more. The cot was the last proper baby thing left in the house. But, he loves his little bed and im slowly getting used to it now.

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This Is My 365 ~ 119-125

Yey the wonderful weather is finally upon us :) Happy Days!

This week, Sporticus has featured heavily. Bruiser refuses to take off the Sporticus outfit. He’s worn it for nursery, shopping, generally playing and knocking about and he even tried to wear it for bed! He’s really enjoying watching Lazytown and acting out while he watches it. It’s not a side the Bruiser we’ve seen before so we’ve been encouraging it along and pretending to be in trouble so he comes bounding in, jumping and doing forward rolls to come to our assistance.

The boys have been Mummy and Daddy’s little helpers, in the garden, doing the house work and out shopping. Its kept them entertained while giving us the opportunity to get stuff done.

Wriggler and Bruiser proved this week that they can ‘work together’ not so much against us but to get what they want! Wednesday the shopping came, I put it all away and as usual removed the boxes before putting the things in the freezer. The boxes were all stacked on the side waiting to be taken to the recycling bins. On returning from school, I was upstairs getting changed, as I made my way down stairs, Bruiser was stood in the doorway to the kitchen shouting ‘MEEMEE’ ‘Meemee dare’ (in english… MUMMY! Mummy’s there!) and came running for a cuddle. At the same time I heard lots of commotion coming from the kitchen. I went in and Wriggler was crouched by his activity cupboard trying in vain to shut the cupboard doors before I saw. He didn’t manage it because all the boxes that had been on the side came crashing back out!! Yes he’d taken the boxes and tried hiding them in his cupboard to use later. I don’t know for sure that they had concocted together but, Bruiser stood in the doorway and purposely telling his brother when I appeared makes he suspect that they had!! Is the a start of things to come?? :)

I successfully completed my Makaton Beginners course this week. I’m glad it’s under the belt now so I can move on and do the enhanced course in July. Bruiser is above beginners level in his use of Makaton and is so ready for the next stage (which he already knows a fair bit of). This leads me on to a Makaton Story we created in our course this week. Bruiser already recognises a lot of the Makaton symbols and when he saw the story, he loved pointing out what he knew and then sat back while I read and signed it all to him. He loved it and Wriggler, he was very interested that Makaton has symbols that he can draw. Wonder where he will take that…

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This Is My 365 ~ 112-118

This week has been action packed. Three school runs a day make the days just disappear. Between that, and normal day-to-day stuff, and now my Makaton course, finding time to make sure the boys get to enjoy something other than the normal has been hard going.

I think the high light for the boys was the Firemen coming :) Our smoke alarms needed replacing, when I called the Fire Service and arranged for them to come round, I wasnt expecting an engine and four firemen turning up. But we didn’t complain. The boys loved exploring the engine and the rest of the week they enjoyed playing firemen and dressing up! Wriggler got quite creative with his outfit, who knew a blanket and a transformers mask could make a fireman!

Its been a week for reading too. Bruiser spent some quality time with his Inclusion Worker who showed him how to ‘sign’ the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. The boys have loved sharing this book, its  favorite for them both. A trip to the library resulted in them each borrowing a copy of it, not to mention another family favorite, The Gruffalo and more books about space and planets!

Bruiser had a lesson in washing up the pots, but that didn’t last long and soon turned into a kitchen soaking play session :)

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This Is My 365 ~ 105-111

This week we have seen a turn in the weather for the better which has given us the opportunity to get outside more and enjoy the out doors.

There has been family time a plenty with cuddles on a lazy saturday morning and board games! The boys have enjoyed playing tennis and golf on the Wii a couple of times this week too. While Wriggler is actually really good and quite the competitor, Bruiser just waves his arms around pressing buttons. He doesn’t do that bad considering!

The boys got me on the trampoline for a few hours which was great fun. I havent been on a trampoline since I was at school. Boy did my arms and shoulders hurt the following day. The boys clearly are in much better shape than me :) It was so funny though. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend that any one with a trampoline, get on it with the kiddies. I couldn’t stop laughing!

Bruiser has been helping his Daddy wash the car. Turns out he’s more of a hinderance! He likes blasting the car with the hose pipe without a care in the world for who is in the way. They all come in looking like drowned rats!

I’ve decided that Bruiser is getting way too big for his pram, but clearly he’s not ready to give it up just yet. He likes a good old snooze on the afternoon school run!

This week, I even managed a night out on the tiles with the Yummies! Well, Mummy’s need ‘play dates’ too ;)

This Is My 365 ~ 98-104

This week heralded the start of a new era for us. You can read more about our New Beginnings over on this link. Bruiser has started his 3-yr-old funded nursery sessions. Its been so different not having him toddling round the house. Mondays for me were my half day kid-free time that I usually looked forward to but this week, I was clock watching. I had the full day to myself yet, I couldn’t wait for it to end and go and pick them both up. Wriggler though is loving that Bruiser will be at school more and looks forward to when he will eventually be able to play with him in the playground.

The boys this week have been inseparable. Everything they’ve done has been together. Bruiser loves following Wriggler around and copying his every move. A trip to Tesco resulted in the boys getting new chairs for their little room table. They even set themselves up in the shop and sat giggling away to each other.

Bruiser starting nursery has made me realise just how quickly he’s growing up. He had his hair cut last week which aged him a year to look at. Seeing the boys together in their chair’s at home this week has made me realise how tall Bruiser really is too. To look at their picture you wouldn’t have guessed there was nearly 4 years between them would you!

This week has been dominated by a cartoon that had previously taken over our house many years ago with Wriggler… Ben 10! and, its taken hold once again. This time its Bruiser that is captivated, while Wriggler tells him all about it and fills in the blanks for him ;) Ben 10 has even led their creativity. Bruiser one night disappeared upstairs and came back with an empty toilet roll holder, put it on his wrist and slapped his hand down on it like Ben 10 does with his Omnitrix! This then led Wriggler to show Bruiser how to decorate it and make it into a ‘real’ Omnitrix!

Wriggler is really loving that Bruiser shares his love for drawing painting and generally been creative and is so encouraging of Bruiser’s efforts. It’s lovely to see them playing together so happily!

Bruiser’s refusal to sleep and persistent waking up over the previous 3 weeks really took its toll this week. The sleep deprivation made us go against all our principles and get him in bed with us. Eeek. (something only done when I was breastfeeding or when they’ve been really poorly). But, he slept and it allowed us get to catch up somewhat. It was beginning to feel like house of the walking dead in a morning. But it didn’t last long and he was back to sleeping in his own bed and sleeping all night again! *phew*

Bruiser turned into Daddy’s little helper this week as we nose-dived into the decorating. The boys, Wriggler especially seem quite excited about what we are doing and took full advantage of our turned backs while we were busy :)

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This Is My 365 ~ 91-97

Second week of the school Holidays and Daddy was off for the whole week, much to the joy of the boys. They love having Daddy home so its been nice to spend some quality time together. We’ve been shopping, to the park, started decorating, bowling, got creative and just generally chilled out again!

We’ve had a few firsts again this week too. Bruiser fell asleep eating! with a mouth full of food no less. He’s never done this before not even as a small baby. I think the lack of sleep just lately is taking its toll. He also had a proper hair cut at the hairdressers and sat eyes closed while they did his hair on a number 5. He usually has it done with scissors while he has a meltdown (he hates his hair and ears been messed with). It’s never a pleasant experience but on this occasion, I think he enjoyed the sensation of the hair shears!

Wriggler got some new ‘rock on tommys’. (trousers with shoulder straps)… for those not in the know, years ago we got him a very similar pair and his Daddy taught him to say ‘Rock on Tommy’ while pulling on the straps. (I believe it comes from a programme back from our childhood or probably earlier.. ‘Cannon & Ball’?!) and although Wriggler has never seen it, the quote has stuck and so was born ‘rock on tommy’ trousers!

Bruiser has been very creative and drawn us some lovely pictures of our galaxy, earth and the big bang, definite pictures for the keepsake box!

The boys also enjoyed more cuddles in front of the tv… this time watching Easter Eggs Live that we recorded for them! They were fascinated!

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This Is My 365 ~ 78-84

Its been quite a week! They boys have enjoyed every minute. Their obsession for taking photos went up another level this week, I taught them both how to use the timer on the camera to take pictures of themselves. Looking through the pictures has been interesting and funny to say the very least. I’m going to share their photos in separate post of their own, but my favorite picture of them all has to be the one of them both cuddling together looking straight at the camera. I can’t believe how alike they really are and given their lack of photography expertise its a cracking picture, no missing heads or limbs and no random ceiling shot!

It would seem that Wednesday is fast becoming our ‘McDonald’s for tea’ day :) It was supposed to be our ‘after school park day’ now that spring is finally here but the weather isnt ready to play ball just yet! They both love the little treat, as soon I collect Wriggler from school they both shout ‘McDonald’s yeyyyy’ at me as we drive away!

The boys both went to the library this week so there are plenty of new books to read knocking around. Wriggler went with school and came back with a Science Encyclopedia. Bruiser returned his books but refused to let the Space reference books go back so we renewed those. He loves them and they make for great bedtime reading for both boys. Bruiser can now point out (without assistance) and say (in his own little way) big-bang, nebula, galaxy, solar system, Saturn, sun, moon, earth!

Snow flutters were fast becoming the theme of the week and by Friday excitement was in the air as we saw the start of heavier snow falls. But saturday was by far the best day of the year. The boys were overjoyed to wake up to a good 5-inch of snow. For Bruiser, because of the wind chill, it was simply too cold to be out in it much to his disappointment :(

Wriggler astonished us this week… get this, he can arm-pit-trump the Gangnam Style tune :D (who knew!) It was so funny to watch and hear. But he’s good!

The boys enjoyed cuddles with my brother, their Uncle while watching Captain America on Sunday at bedtime. Bruiser showed great affection towards his Uncle which we wouldn’t normally see so it was lovely to capture this special moment.

This week though heralded the end of the spring term for school… and despite the covering of snow on the ground, the Easter Holidays are now upon us. So began our craft extravaganza!

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This Is My 365 ~ 71-77

The last seven days have been full of fun, smiles, giggles and cuddles!

Having taught Bruiser to use the camera. I left him to his own devices most of the week with it. He’s took some cracking pictures starting with his fingers which covered the lens for the first day, but eventually the tv, his feet, seats, and his own face bless him.

Following on from World Book Day last week, Wriggler purchased a new book from his school book fair this week, Spiderman, Obviously! He pretty much read most of it that first night, on his own. He’s not a big reader but when he does read he reads so well. Wriggler also had lots of fun Friday for Red Nose Day at school. 

Me and Bruiser spent the day with my Nan, Bruiser’s Great Nan. She loved having us round. My Nan really got to know Bruiser a little better this time as Wriggler wasn’t with us. He came out of his shell so much more than he normally would. By the time we left he was calling her Nannan, which made her week!

The weekend was a quiet one spent at home to enjoy some quality family time. We put up the Trampoline for the boys. (well they had been waiting a full week for it) They loved it! It didn’t half tire Bruiser out though to the point of exhaustion. We had meltdowns a plenty! But the weather rained on their fun again sunday, only giving them an hour on it. I’m still waiting for my go ;)

The boys have also been enjoying some new films that we introduced to them, Ghostbusters 2 and Ace Ventura 2. Wriggler especially loves them, he even made himself his own proton pack. But the smiles while watching Ace Ventura were out of this world.

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This Is My 365 ~ 64-70

This last week has been wonderful. Filled with more precious moments and memories to treasure!

It started off on a low point though. Bruiser went to the hospital this week for his blood tests which are part of the screening process. This was an awful time for both me and him. He didn’t want the preparation creams putting on his hands or arms and whilst he didn’t react when they began taking blood, on noticing the needle in his arm he went into panic and tried to get away. In the end it took me and two nurses to restrain him while another finished taking his blood all the while he was screaming his lungs off. Not something I ever want to have to do again.

The rest of the week was great though. I registered onto the Beginners and Enhanced Makaton Workshops. I start in April. I cant wait to take our communication with Bruiser onto the next level. We also received confirmation for Bruiser to start his 3yr funded sessions at our local children’s centre… in 4 weeks no less. I’m going to miss him so much. I’m not ready to let him go yet. In the meantime, im going to make the most of every minute until he starts.

Thursday was World Book Day and Wriggler got to dress up for the day in celebration. He went as his favorite Comic Book Hero Spiderman!! In true Spiderman (aka Wriggler) style he was swinging from the rafters on his webs from the moment he got up that morning!

The Boys have been very arty and crafty this week. They did lots of drawings. Bruiser even drew round his hand for the first time. His scribbles looked nothing like a hand shape, but he tried bless him. It was lovely to see the concentration on his face. While at school and nursery, They also made their Mothers Day cards for me. Which are perfect I might add! Sunday whilst I was out on my ‘Spa Day’, they made a pop out Super Mum picture and some tissue paper roses. All simply beautiful and so very precious. More keepsakes for the box.

Saturday we bought a Trampoline :) But in true British weather style, Mother Nature decided against letting the boys enjoy it and it rained all weekend. We’re hoping to have it up by next weekend though. Watch this space!

We also had a few more flutters of snow this weekend. Monday was best though, the boys were very excited to see that it was white over outside when they got up!

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This Is My 365 ~ 57-63

This week has started off just lovely. The weather albeit still cold ish, has been lovely and sunny. Dare I even hope that spring is on its way?

This last week has been quite busy to say the least. Bruiser had his ASD screening assessment Tuesday. I’ll talk about that in a later post. But we came away from that with a mountain of information to start reading and we now await dates for a whole host of other appointments/therapies to attend. I’m starting to feel quite overwhelmed now! Think I need a bigger diary too, that or a PA ha ha!  Me and Bruiser also went to his second to last ‘stay and play’ group. I’m going to miss it when it finishes. Its been lovely to mix with other parents whose children are on the spectrum. I’m going to have to keep in touch with them all.

The boys loved going to the park on Wednesday straight from school. The weather was lovely, it wasnt even cold. For Bruiser it was an opportunity to go that little bit further on his scooter. Wriggler just wanted to climb! He likes been high off the ground! This was followed by tea at McDonald’s. Happy Meals all round :)

Wriggler’s new topic at school this term is Space and he’s been coming home telling me all about it. He’s taught me a wonderful rhyme to remember the order of the planets ‘My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets’ and did you know that Mars is the 4th planet from the sun ;) This led onto Wriggler building a Rocket with the table, chairs and some large blankets on Saturday morning for him and Bruiser and playing ‘Space’! It’s lovely that they play together so well. Yeah there are a few little disagreements but they usually centre around Bruiser not getting the sharing or turn taking. But, Wriggler is really starting to understand more and be more accommodating towards to his little brother even if it does result in a few tears from him along the way. They shared a lovely moment this week when Wriggler shared some music on his tablet with Bruiser, each listening through an earphone a piece. 

We spent some quality time at the weekend with some close friends and their children. Bruiser even joined in after a few hours. I say joined in, he played along side them! There isn’t a quiet minute with 5 boys aged between 1 and 6 running around but its great to see them all playing together so lovely.

Bruiser got his first pair of boxer shorts this week! He’s not potty trained yet but will remain accident free when left nappyless in a room with a potty. Watch this space :-). Wriggler has loved playing snap just recently after getting some cards in a party bag. I’ve even been teaching him some cool card shuffling which he thinks is just brilliant. He’s all thumbs at the moment, but I’m sure he’ll get the hang of it.

We even made a little purchase which we collect this weekend coming. A surprise for the boys… cant wait to see their faces :-)

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This Is My 365 ~ 50-56

This week was back to school for Wriggler. For Bruiser, well he had a very unsettled week. I think he’s still getting accustomed to the new routine which is very different to that of late and he struggles so much with change. He’s also been learning new skills and his behaviour always takes a nose dive when new skills emerge. We’ve had meltdowns a plenty.

This week, Bruiser learnt how to ride the scooter. In fact its been the week of the scooter! He’s quite a pro now, for his age :-) I even let him scooter to school to get his big brother and back home again. Bearing in mind its a one & half mile round trip, up hill for half of it. That’s pretty good going for little legs. It also reinforced for me what I have been long suspecting, that Bruiser is in fact left-handed. He rides his scooter with the opposite leg to his brother and most other right-handed children that I see out and about.

The ‘unwelcome guests‘ made a brief return thanks to a playground hat swapping game. Grrrr. Dont even get me started on the other parents’ neglectful maintenance of their children’s hair!

We spent some quality time with my family on Sunday, the boys loved playing on the drive with their scooters and chasing Zeus, my dads golden retriever. The boys love visiting their Grandad and he in turn loves them coming round but his ears aren’t half glad when they leave :-)

It would appear that Wriggler’s obsession with Gangnam Style is catching. Bruiser now has the ‘moves’ and can even sing along to his favorite bit…. ‘hey day day day day bop bop bop bop bop’ (hey sexy lady, whoop whoop whoop whoop). Check them both out in a video here.

Wriggler proved he can still fit inside the play cupboard and he finally built a sweet dispensing gadget with his lego. He was trying for a money activated one but the lack of moving lego parts but a dampner on his efforts. Hes not given up yet though!

Oh and we had more snow! :-)

This Is My 365 ~ 43-49

This week has been fun-filled to say the least. Our half term holiday continued. I love having both my boys at home with me. I miss Wriggler terribly when he’s at school and each school holiday is a constant reminder of that.

We enjoyed a lovely play date with some close friends at Monkey Bizness in the next town along from us. This worked out great because their children were still at school and so we took full advantage of their off-peak prices and food offers and we pretty much had the full place to ourselves for the 4 & half hours we were there! Lots of fun had by all and very sleepy kids that evening meant for an early night :)

We also discovered that we had ‘guests’ of an itchy nature :-( You can read all about their little visit here. But lets say we never want to see them again.

This week heralded the end of era… my Hubby went for the snip. Whilst I can’t actually carry another baby due to what happened in my pregnancy with Bruiser, I can still get pregnant. So to lay to rest all the worry and stress of falling pregnant and the emotional heartache it would bring, it was decided that a more permanent method of prevention was required, He stepped up to the mark like a real man and I am so proud of him :-) Thank you Hubby.

It was Film Club again this month. This is a group we have been put in touch with for children with special needs and their siblings. It meets every 4-6 weeks at our local cinema. This time it was ‘Wreck it Ralph’… which we all loved. For Bruiser, he doesn’t really watch the films all that much, he likes to run around and repeatedly flip his seat up and down. But that is the beauty of the group, no one there cares, there is no huffing or tutting from disgruntled people that my son is ruining their viewing, because their kids are doing the same! For Wriggler, he gets to do a normal family activity that he would otherwise miss out on because of Bruiser’s difficulties.

We had some quality time cuddled up watching a new film (new to the boys), Home Alone! Wriggler loved it. But what child doesn’t at 6 yrs old! It made me feel slightly old though, I can’t have been much older than Wriggler when it first came out :-/

My Hubby and the boys treated me on Valentines to some lovely wine and flowers. Bruiser’s eating continued to get better, he eagerly tucks into his meals now. However, with new found ‘skills’ comes the loss of others.. this time its his behaviour that’s taken a nose dive. One step forward, three steps back… we’ll work on that another day! Wriggler’s been practicing his Gangnam moves on a YouTube tutorial. He gets better at it every day :-) He’s also been loving some lovely new books I’ve been sent to review. I’ll tell you all about those another day, watch this space!

This Is My 365 ~ 36-42

After an eventful week last week, it was nice to relax a bit this week and really get back into that normal feeling. But, it wasn’t easy-going by any stretch of the imagination.

This week we started our ‘starve Bruiser of crisps and chocolate to make him eat’ mission. Its going really well and Sunday he tucked into fish fingers and fries with his brother and enjoyed almost every bit!

The boys have enjoyed some more lovely cuddles. I love that they are so close and their bond is unbelievably strong given their age gap of almost 4 yrs. I can’t not capture those precious moments.

Bruiser is loving his new books from the library. They might all be reference books about Space, but he loves them and they make for perfect bedtime reading ;)

Wriggler was his usual creative self and Bruiser learnt how to clean his car :-)

While Bruiser was at nursery Monday, I took the opportunity to spend some quality time with Wriggler on his first day of the Half Term holidays and do anything he wanted for the half day. We ate bacon butties in our local cafe and then burned it off on the Wii after followed by some creative fun drawing and colouring. It’s the little things!

A very busy week but we all had lots of fun!

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This Is My 365 ~ 29-35

This week was all about returning to normal. Hubby has returned to work after an extended period off. For me and the boys we were settling back into our normal daily routine.

I can tell you now, there was nothing normal about this week! Nothing went to plan. I was laid up with, id like to say cold, but it felt more like flu. It completelty took the wind out of my sails. I spent most of the week on the sofa coughing, spluttering, sneezing, feeling cold and generally very sorry for myself.

Then Friday, the only day that I actually felt something that resembled human, turned into a night mare day which resulted in an ambulance trip to A&E with Bruiser. He split his head open on the radiator after falling over his own feet running through the room. Hes ok thankfully, and was running around the waiting room in A&E after having his head glued and steri-stripped. Nothing stops him!

By god i was glad when it was the weekend. No more rushing around.

But inbetween all that we did enjoy some quality time together. We went to the library after school. Wriggler kicked Bruier’s butt on Wii Golf. The boys had fun pretending to be Ghost Cars! and Wriggler even adapted the pram to make it into a Rocket for Bruiser. That kid can create something out of nothing!

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This Is My 365 ~ 22-28

These last seven days have been so busy. I needed to get out and about to get Bruiser’s birthday presents but with the snow mounting up outside, and both the wing mirror glass on the car having fallen off, it made it impossible to get out and about much, if at all! However on making it to Argos to collect a present it was funny to see Bruiser spontaniously break into the ‘gangnam style’ dance in the middle of the shop. The song wasnt even playing!

Bruiser started his first ‘stay and play’ group for children on the Autism Spectrum.

The snow went out with a bang on friday though giving us one last weekend of snow fun. Probably the last of the winter! But with the happiness of snow comes the tears of the ‘big melt’ and im afraid to report that our Snowdog didnt make it :(

However, this week will be remembered as the week we celebrated Bruiser’s 3rd Birthday!

This Is My 365 ~ 15-21

This week started off pretty normal. We had lots of family fun, spent quality time doing jigsaws, the boys practiced their ‘gangnam’ dance moves. But by Friday, we were inundated with the white stuff :) #happydays!

We had a brief break from the snow on sunday when we spent the day at their grandads. But its fair to say, we spent a lot of time outside! (im glad the boys share my enthusiasm for the white stuff) Lots of fun had by all :)

This Is My 365 ~ 8-14

Bruiser putting his Mr Tumble and Iggle Piggles down to sleep

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Bruiser putting his Mr Tumble and Iggle Piggles down to sleep

Wriggler, engrossed in his creative world

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Wriggler, engrossed in his creative world

Browsing their CBeebies magazine.

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Browsing their CBeebies magazine.

School morning. Breakfast time.

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School morning. Breakfast time.

Wriggler wearing his old robe. I can remember when that touched the floor when he walked!

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Wriggler wearing his old robe. I can remember when that touched the floor!

Wriggler performing his 'floating fork' trick

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Wriggler performing his ‘floating fork’ trick after learning how on youtube!

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After hearing their excitement at the snow when they opened their curtains, i peeked round the boys bedroom door…. this is what i saw!
Awwwww

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This Is My 365 ~ 1-7

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