I think it’s time I introduced you to my family.
First up here are my older two, Son no1 and Eldest Daughter

Ok, I’ll admit it, this photo was taken 20 years ago 🙂 No1 son is now studying for his Accountancy degree despite having Asperger’s Syndrome. Eldest Daughter is learning Japanese.
Now here is big girl, who from now on wants to be known as Star!
Of course she is my star, with a 16 year gap she was long awaited. Last year she was diagnosed as having high functioning autism and although things are going well now we have no idea what the future will hold for her.
I’d like you to meet Boo! so named even before she was born.
She’s my cheeky five year old who never fails to entertain. She doesn’t seem to hear things the way everyone else does which causes much amusement. Especially the time she was dancing around with a stick pretending to be a Biscuit Ear!! (musketeer) 
And here is baby no 5, most often referred to as The Little Man
He might look like an angel, but believe me, he’s a little devil 🙂
So there you go. I do have a photo of me and the Other Half, but that will have too wait because I can’t find it (???)
Here’s some family facts:
Each of my children has a grade of lighter hair, starting with no1 Son’s almost black hair, to Little Man’s blonde locks!
I started with a boy who was born by Caesarian Section, and finished with a boy born by Caesarian Section, the three girls in between were all natural births.
No1 son and Boo have brown eyes, the rest have blue. I have brown eyes, dad has blue.
My first three children are all really tall and lanky, the youngest two are shorties!
My lightest birth weight was Eldest Daughter at 7lb 2oz, the heaviest was Boo! at 9lb. 
No1 Son was 10 days late, Eldest Daughter was born 2 hours after her due date, Star was 2 weeks early, Boo! was born 2 1/2 hours after her due date, Little Man was born on his due date. So only one of the five went past their due date!!
My longest labour was 18 hours for no1 son which resulted in an emergency section. My shortest labour was Little Man because he was elective section (i.e. no labour) the others averaged 5 hours!
Eldest daughter was breech up until her due date, she turned and I went straight into labour. Little Man was breech and refused to turn.
Linking this up to 3children and It ‘Oldies but Goldies‘ because even though I’m biased I think my family is beautiful 🙂
(unfortunately I can’t get the button to work but the link above will take you to linky)

With the little ones off school this week I’ve been trying to keep them busy. Yesterday we went for a walk and picked up some gorgeous autumn leaves in all shades of golden brown, yellow and red. They were a little damp so we stacked them on the buggy shopping net and by the time we’d walked around the shops they were almost dry. I left them spread out on the table for a little more drying time. Then we pulled out the glue and paints and let the fun begin.

3ChildrenandItThis has been submitted to 3Children and It’s Oldies But Goldies Blog Hop

See my badge at the side there ———>
It means that I have been chosen to be a Center Parcs Blogger and I’m really excited. I won the opportunity through a competition by Tots 100 and my Pinterest Board.
I’ve always wanted to visit Center Parcs but haven’t up until now, so it’s going to be completely new and fresh to me. My family love outdoor activities and being in the countryside. We don’t even mind cold weather, we just love being outside. I’m sure already that we are going to love it at Center Parcs.

Yesterday I was invited to Sherwood Forest Center Parcs to meet the PR staff and other family bloggers. We had a lovely relaxed day and took in a lot of the sights as well as an activity and a lovely lunch.

The activity was painting pottery which was good fun. I’m not really an arts and crafts person (unless you count my cake decorating) so it was a little out of my comfort zone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it’s definitely something I will be doing with my family when we take our holiday.

before and after 🙂

The finished product

There were a lot of holiday makers there, obviously enjoying the October sunshine. I love the idea of travelling around the park on bikes. The play areas are fantastic, my kids are really going to enjoy those, and the boating lake looks like fun too. We’ve been canoeing before so we know that’s something we’ll be doing as a family.

We had a lovely lunch at the Forester’s Inn before setting off for another walk and getting to see some of the lovely accommodation on offer. The tree houses are amazing.

I think we have finally decided that we are going to take our break next Spring, around April or May. We have also decided who we are going to ask to go with us, yes we can take another family too! We will be going to Whinfell Forest and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Before then watch out for some fun activities and challenges that I will be set.

I’ll leave you with some photo’s;

Catch up with some other Center Parcs family bloggers:
Jo, from ‘Thoughts From the Kitchen Sink
Jenni, from Ginger Bisquite
Rachel, from Here Come The Girls

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This competition is now closed

Sid Sloane from CBeebies is soon to be touring with his fabulous new stage show, Sid’s Show. The show will be crammed with songs, games and magic as Sid embarks on a journey to find his favourite socks and shoes. Sid will travel to the bottom of the sea, the jungle and outer space in his quest that will delight children aged over 3 years.
Find out more about the show by following Sid Sloane on Twitter 
and liking the facebook page 
The tour dates, starting 28th October 2012 and finishing 30th June 2013 can be found on the site http://www.sidsloane.org/

We have on offer a family ticket, comprising four tickets in either of the following combinations: 2 Adults and 2 children, or 1 Adult and 3 children, to any single performance on the tour (winner to decide – subject to availability). NB. The October dates are not included as part of the competition. Please find general competition Terms and Conditions copied below.

For your chance to win just answer this simple question in the comments:
‘What has Sid lost?’

Winner will be announced on 31st october 2012.
Good Luck!

Terms & Conditions:

1. This competition is
open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of
Ireland aged 18 years or over, except for those associated with the production
company, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.

All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these
terms and conditions.
All entries must be received by the advertised closing time date.
One entrant shall win a family ticket comprising of either: 2 Adults & 2
Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children to a single performance on the UK Tour

5. The winner may be required to take part in publicity.
6. All prizes
are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The prize is subject
to availability.
7. Events may occur that render the competition itself or
the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the
Promoter, and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or
amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the
Promoter as a result thereof.
8. Raisie Bay  is responsible for the first part of the promotion, which is the
publication and adjudication of the competition. All other facilities connected
with the provision of the prize are the responsibility of the Promoter.
English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall
10. The October 2012
performances are not included as part of this competition.

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I was asked to write a post for Wriggly Rascals, a fabulous advice website. Moira is typical of many mum’s who think there may be something wrong with their child’s development but don’t know whether they should do something about it. I’ve been in this position myself, twice now, I reacted differently each time so hopefully my story will give a view of what you should do if you ever find yourself in this position.
Please take a look at my story on Wriggly Rascals and while you are there you will find lots more interesting questions answered on pregnancy, babies and toddlers.

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About Wriggly Rascals
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Motherwell, a frustrated mum of twins Mhairi and Archie to get mums together to
share pregnancy, baby and toddler advice via quick surveys to get the facts
about what other mums do. Our mums pass on loads of great tips to mums who have
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