As we see the summer flowers colours dull and the sumptuous caramel golden sign of autumn around us I am grateful.
I have been a SAHM, how I loathe that title, for over 5 years now. I have found that along with the daily madness of 6 children that my lifestyle brings I have so much time to think and reflect.
This time last year things were fraught, relationships strained and stress loads high as we dealt, as a family unit with ill health amongst us.
My husband had triple heart bypass surgery.
I’ve posted about the emotional roller coaster previously but am so proud of us all as a family getting through it.
As parents we worry about how things will affect our children and it is only now nearly a year down the line that I can truly relish in the super little human beings that I am raising.
Adjustments had to be made financially, socially and on a day to day basis. No one moaned about missed after school activities, or that what they had been excited and keen to do but wasn’t achievable.
With the new school year it has given me great joy to have signed my patient, thoughtful girl up for Brownies a movement which she will love. Her excitement about badges, team work and camp have made my heart sing. I stayed her first evening. Watching her smile with her friends and participate in something which she had longed to join for so long was very rewarding. Seeing her cradle her special books walking home in the evening- priceless.
Football after school classes are giving the boys at primary schools good physical outlet for their endless energy. I love the coach an older gentleman who is firm and fair. We are not a ‘football’ family but enjoying this weekly exercise and fun is having positive affects in both of them.
The elder has also joined Cubs and is experiencing all the fun which goes with that movement. Having time away from both little brothers and big brother to be himself. Do silly things which 8 year olds do and love life. He was full of boundless eagerness to go and I’m just a wee bit regretful I was unable to give him the experience of Beavers the year previous.
The almost youngest, whom I think was most affected by all the changes that ill health and stress brought, is still my absolute shadow. At times it is overbearing as you feel slightly claustrophobic,especially when awaking to find him snoozing right beside you in bed. But this amazing fellow who has just discovered letters and reading won’t always be small and I am so moved that during the time when things were rough I was there for him and in all honesty he was there for me too. The harshness of the situation brought about a wee connection and bond that I cherish.
My eldest, whom I admire every day has coped academically. He’s learned to cope with workloads of school, whilst dealing with major issues and provided me with a tea drinking compadre. I’m extremely biased but he’s maturing and growing in confidence and I just couldn’t be more proud of how he conducts himself.
The season of change has brought us as a family saying goodbye to the baby days, everyone is loving our toddler and her cheeky quirkiness she brings our team. She brings smiles to frowny faces and song to everyday life. It really is a great privilege to see this wee character unfold and develop everyday.
Then there’s my husband, this partner in my crazy roller coaster life. I’ve seen a man who faced his fears, accepted his fragility and has built himself back up from his time of woe. He’s grabbed life by the horns securing a new job, enjoying his musical scene and working so hard at both. We know he did this for us, the family and what we work hard at each day for -the kids. I’m planning a cracking birthday party for him to mark his 40th year and exactly a year since his procedure.
Then there is me who questions her ability at most things and who’s confidence is not always at its highest. But I coped, through tears and heartache and I’m ok.
It’s made me appreciate the precious gift I have of a fabulous family, supportive loved ones and friends. I’m aware that even without support I am capable of doing it alone.
So this year has been ‘worth the wait’ to see everyone thriving, healthy, happy and enjoying life makes me a very happy Mamma GC x
A friend posted an interesting picture to Facebook encouraging people to plant flowers which would attract bees.
Whilst out and about we picked up some supplies for an at home activity during the holidays, nothing too expensive some flower seeds , including sunflowers, my favourite. Which are a favourite of the bee too 🙂
We planted marigolds, sunflowers, cornflowers and some poppies. We also planted potatoes, a new black currant tree/bush, and ensured our annual pot if strawberries were in a good condition.
The boys had tremendous fun loading pots and trays ready for planting getting grubby and digging just like the seven dwarfs , their favourite at the minute.
During the actual planting they listened carefully to my instructions. Whilst sprinkling seeds they used a great pincer grip which is ideal for establishing good strong fingers for learning to write.
We will take it in turns to water our plants and keep them healthy. Next step planting some vegetables.
Trying hard to approach the beginning of the school holidays in a manner I hope to continue for the next two weeks -we planned a day out.
Picnic packed full of goodies for adults and the kids, nappy bag packed too and we were good to go.
We live near good rail links so used them for out mode of transportation for the day to Glasgow. The weather was on our side too, a nice dry beautiful day. Train costs roughly £12.50 for the 8 of us. Scotrail has an amazing kids go free offer on during school holidays. Thanks Scotrail ❤️
The train was comfortable an easy journey changing at Partick and swapping trains to get to the Exhibition centre stop. A quick walk through the tunnel and meander through some buildings, a quick cross over a bridge and you are there. Clan Gc ready to take on the science centre.
I’d been on line previously to check out entrance costs etc – the internet a fabulous tool. Adults £10.50 and children over 3 £8.50. Quite expensive for a family day out for us. This cost dies not include the ‘sky safari ‘ trip to the planetarium, which was an added £2.50 each -£17.50 for us, baby going free.
We were delighted to discover that if using the Scotrail kids go free deal you actually get discount into the centre too. We managed to save a whopping £17 two if the kids going in for free. So we were delighted to pay a commendable £64.00 instead of £81.00!!!!! Excellent deal
The planetarium time we given for our showing was 3pm. After a quick food break we started our adventure to discover science.
The top floor was designated to ‘Body Works’ , all very interesting but a bit gory for my liking. The husband and kids were much more interested than I.
The exhibits were interesting, a lot testing your own body which the children enjoyed. How long can you hold your body weight? How fast can you sprint? I liked there were hands on learning opportunities all around. Even a cute body tabard which you stuck the main organs of the body on with Velcro.
I even managed to make a friend – a poor diseased man. Although quite repulsive I liked that this conveyed a good message to take care of your body.
From 3 we jumped to floor one ready for our star show. We got there early so we could be seated together. A wonderful lady Aileen was our host on our journey through the stars. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tales of the star constellations and all the different pictures we could see. It was informative and pitched just at the correct stage for all the family.
We decided to stay on this floor full of body changing mirrors, optical illusions and a huge enclosed exploration centre for 7s and under which was very welcome for the little ones to explore and let off some steam. In this enclosed area there were many hands on musical exhibits – the kids loved it!
When in the museum I was delighted how clean the whole place was and the general upbeat attitude of the place. Even when had a minor hiccup in the lift , the helpful assistant Arwen kept everyone happy.
Situated on the banks of the river Clyde you are surrounded by amazing views which are easily accessible through the large glass pane windows.
There were workshops you could take part in but we decided to avoid these as the younger members of our family would have found these a bit much.
We realised it was nearing home time so a quick pop to the shop to see what was on offer was on the cards. They had lots of pocket money items and my children were happy with their choices, sharks teeth, glow in the dark wands, crystal growing kits all bagged in paper bags which had instructions for science experiments on them – what a wonderful touch.
The journey back to the train was glorious sun splitting the sky as we walked past the BBC Scotland studios, we could see the tall ship in the distance and the wonderful transport museum. Which has given us an idea for our next day out!
Overall I would rate the science centre 9/10 losing out only to the expensive entrance costs. Perhaps a family ticket could be introduced? A great family day out – we will definitely be back.