All hail Mr Cadbury!



Happy Easter everyone! I hope that the Easter bunny visited your house last night with lots of chocolaty goodness! I love Easter. I mean who doesn’t love a day when it is fully acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast! All hail Mr Cadbury!

Last year baby boy was only a few months old at Easter and so despite me being told that ‘just a taste of chocolate’ would be fine for him, I stood my ground and refused. I was told that I was mean for not allowing my infant son to try chocolate on his first Easter but it didn’t bother me and I just ignored it. This year is different though. Baby boy is 14 months old and I do let him now have the odd bit of chocolate as a treat. He doesn’t have it all of the time but every now and again is fine. Mr K and I have bought him a little chocolate bunny. We didn’t go overboard as, much like christmas and his birthday, we know that our many family members will also buy him something and so his Easter chocolate will probably last until Halloween!

My mum is looking forward to setting up an Easter egg hunt for baby boy and his older cousin. He was too young last year and in all fairness is probably still too young but he will enjoy me frantically running around the garden with him making a fool of myself. I love these special days. People say that days like Easter and christmas have lost their true meaning and maybe they have in a way but for me they are all about family and spending time together. Surely that is as good a reason as any to celebrate!

Do you have any Easter traditions?

Image credit – http://www.babywonderland.co.uk/parenting/holidays-a-celebrations.html



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Hello… Is it me you’re looking for?

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I had a random thought earlier today… I thought that it was time to properly introduce myself.

So, hello! I am Mrs K or Kimberley to those who know me. I am mother to baby boy and wife to Mr K (not sure that he would appreciate his photograph on display – camera shy). I am a reluctantly working mum who despite enjoying her job as a special needs teacher, wishes she could be at home with baby boy every day to watch him grow and learn.

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Baby boy is a fun loving, energetic 1 year old who is into everything at the moment. Motherhood is hard work but it is definitely worth it and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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We are a cloth bumming, slinging, ‘trying to find our own way in this new chapter of our lives’ family. Blogging about our ups and downs helps me to make sense of this new found chaos around me.

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A few facts about me:
I love to sit down and lose myself in a good book. I love watching Audrey Hepburn movies (she is my idol). I am addicted to cloth nappies. I am extremely disorganised. My family and friends are the most important things in my life.

So there you have it. This is me. I am very pleased to meet you.

Do you have any questions for me?

Valentines Day – it’s growing on me!

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I have never really been a fan of Valentine’s Day. It always seemed to be rather unnecessary and overly commercial! I mean, why do you need just one day to show someone that you love them? Shouldn’t you do that every day?

Since I met Mr K though my thoughts on Valentine’s Day have thawed over the years. Don’t worry, I’m not about to get mushy and say that it is because I met the love of my life etc (I did but that’s not the point). My thoughts have thawed because even though you should let your other half know that you love them every day it doesn’t mean that you do. Let’s face it, life just gets in the way. That doesn’t mean that I don’t know that Mr K loves me or that I go around totally ignoring him for 364 days of the year. It just means that for one day a year it is actually quite nice to make a real effort to show someone just how much they mean to you. A nice card and a box of chocolates go a long way.

So today in my newly thawed out loved upness I presented Mr K with a thoughtful card and a gift pack of specialist beer (I know the way to his heart).

I myself received nothing!

Do you agree with Valentine’s Day?

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Love my job – SEN teaching

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I am loving my job! I wrote a post before Christmas about how things were looking up with the start of a new job and I just needed to follow up with how much I am loving it.

I am teaching in a school for children with special needs and I can honestly say that it is the most fulfilling teaching job that I have ever done. The children in my class are fantastic. They are inspiring me to teach in a way I have never felt comfortable with before. I have become the over the top, singing, dancing, making a fool of herself teacher and I am having so much fun doing it.

We are doing a topic on space and so last week I made a huge tub of moon sand (8 cups flour to 1 cup baby oil – have a go) and we took a trip to moon. We played in the sand, exploring it with our hands and feet (and sometimes mouths!) and then we had a moon picnic. This week we made rockets and went zooming around the school with them. I could be found pushing a child in a wheelchair singing ‘zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon’ at full voice. It was great. I have been a dingle dangle scarecrow on more occasions than I can remember and I believe that I am the most enthusiastic participant of ‘the wheels on the bus’ in the class.

Of course it comes with challenges. Instead of trying to differentiate a lesson for children between 2a and 5c I am wondering how I can make my PE lesson inclusive for a child who is visually impaired, one who is hearing impaired and three with varying mobility. I am having to think in a different way and teach in a different way. It is fantastic though. I always believed that I preferred a structured teaching approach. I was Mrs K and was actually quite strict. I made sure that something written was produced each lesson and prided myself on fully marked books full of ‘well done’ stamps, positive comments and next steps. In this role there is virtually no ‘produced’ work. Most of the lessons are sensory but that doesn’t mean that learning is not taking place. I can see progress everyday. Tiny little steps of progress but progress none the less.

I believe that I have found my future in teaching. My position is only temporary until the end of the summer term but I already know that I do not want to go back to teaching in a mainstream school.

Do you love your job?

P.S Any sensory activity ideas welcomed!

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Where did last year go?

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First off I would like to say a belated Happy New Year to each and every one of you. May this year contain much joy and happiness for you and your families.

Now that that is out of the way please can somebody tell me where 2014 went? Surely it wasn’t a whole year ago that I was heavily pregnant getting ready for baby boys arrival. It can’t even have been that long ago that baby boy was born. However here I am with an almost 1 year old! Where did the time go?

Whilst I am happy for the new year and all that it brings I would like to ask that 2015 not disappear as quickly as 2014. That is my plea!

Image credit – http://family-wise.co.uk/where-did-2014-go/