Friday, 15 August 2014


There was no doubt that this would be my word this week, as Cheese turned 4 today!
Scary to think how time has flown by, confirmation to make the most of everyday. Blink and it's gone!
With his birthday approaching Cheese has mastered the days of the week. Every morning we have had "what day is it?" and then counting the days down to today. One last skill he achieved as a three year old:-)

Although I was preparing last week for his birthday I did, of course, have a last minute panic. I have come to expect the doubt of "have we got him enough?". Thankfully I have also learned to stand up against it and say "yes we do, I'm not buying for the sake of it!" Start as you mean to go on, they don't expect a mountain so why should I get conscerned with counting presents!
So today is the day and Cheese has been having a great birthday. He doesn't like being the centre of attention and by lunchtime was already telling us to stop calling him birthday boy. He does enjoy the amount of chocolate cake he's allowed to eat though (absolute chocoholic!).

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Kids in the Car

Honestly want to know how good a driver you are? Easy, ask your kids. I was recently asked to share my views on the new Kids in the Car campaign that Road Safety Scotland and the Scottish Government are running, and after watching the commercial it got me thinking.

I must admit I am not the main driver, much so that when I do the boys always question why I'm sitting in Daddy's seat. I also have to admit that I am a very hesitant driver. When I took my driving test I lost points for hesitating at a junction.
But that is a good thing, right? Well on the Kids in the Car campaign website there is a questionnaire of 6 questions that evaluates your driving skills. This was my result:
' You’re a very careful driver and present the best possible example to your little passengers. Keep up the good work and make your promise to continue to be a better driver, so they grow up to be as safe on the road as you.'
Woohoo, feeling really good about myself I asked the boys what they thought of my driving. "You take longer, and sometimes ask other cars what they are doing, but you don't beep the horn like some Mummys".
Ok maybe I do question other drivers skills and manuevers, and for that split second I forget there are human sponges behind me that have nothing else to do but watch their surroundings, and that includes me.
It is so easy to become so focused when driving, and without looking in the rear view mirror, to forget that you are constantly being examined.
So in future I will be trying extra hard to think before reacting to other drivers actions. I want to explain why I am not happy with what another driver did, so the boys understand what was wrong, not leave them with the impression that you just make remarks everytime someone does something you don't like.
So if you have a spare 5mins ask your kids about your driving, even better ask them to draw you driving (and if you upload their drawing here you will automatically be entered into a family holiday competition ) and I would love it if you let know :-)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

M is for Marbles

Marbles = usually found in the corners of the room, or under the sofa cushions. When found they are used as currency, counting tools or construction material, very rarely used to play the game of marbles. :-)

I have linked up this post to PODcast weekly #alphabetphoto challenge. To see more 'M' inspired photos please click here.

Saturday, 9 August 2014


With only a week and a half left of the school holidays (boo!!) this week I have been trying to get everything ready for going back to school/nursery.
As well as the return to school next Friday our youngest, Cheese, turns 4! Don't have a clue where the time has gone, only that our little boy isn't that little anymore.
Now when it comes to Cheese his birthday preparations are always a struggle. His older brother is a breeze to prepare for, but we are always left racking our brains with what to get for Cheese. A bike? No, he uses his brother's old one. Clothes? No, he has loads that his brother has grown out of. Seeing a pattern? Poor Cheese is a victim of second child hand-me-down living. Brilliant (and thrifty) throughout the year, but at birthday time it makes things a bit trickier. Thankfully, according to him the only thing he would like for his birthday is a big chocolate cake and some ninja turtle socks, think we can manage that :-)
So this week has been ordering, and receiving, all the new school uniform and bits needed (including the all important black marker to label absolutely everything), checking gym shoes still fit, coming up with snack/lunchbox ideas, cake planning and present finding.
A week of preparing so hopefully I won't be running around at the last minute and panic buying!

The Reading Residence

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Our Month in Photos - July

With the exception of three days July was all holidays. This meant 24/7 family time with the blessing of good weather to get outside and run, splash, swing and explore.
There was beaches, play parks, bbq's and a day out to Landmark Forest Park thrown in :-)

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

L is for Lifeboat

This photo was taken at our local harbour.

I have linked this photo up to PODcast great weekly #alphabetphoto challenge. To see more 'L' inspired photos click here.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014