Out – Word of the Week

This week we have been out quite lot which is why it’s my word of the week.

It’s been really quite an exciting week and not just because it’s nearly Christmas.
We’ll start on Monday. My husband had an important driving lesson that he really didn’t want to miss, but the younger kids were still at school and had a family afternoon where parents could join them for a Christmas decoration making session. I really didn’t want to let them down but I can’t go out without Graham, so I had a dilemma.
I solved it by getting Graham to get me to the school before his lesson. Then I managed to spend the afternoon with the kids. Afterwards we had half hour left before the end of Graham’s lesson so he could fetch us so I decided that we would do it by ourselves. With the help of the Little Man we managed to get my wheelchair to the car. Then with the help of Boo, I managed to get the wheelchair in the boot of the car and we went home! I felt so independent. I know I had the help of the kids but it still felt like a huge achievement for me. I’d not been out without an adult’s help before.
Then on Tuesday morning, bright and early at 8am (Well not so bright but you know what I mean) Graham had his driving test. He’d managed to get a cancellation and told him to go ahead and book it as the kids would have broken up from school by then. Wrong! The kids didn’t break up until Tuesday afternoon so I had to get them to school, on my own!! I got them up, dressed and ready for school and then packed them in the car. Now, it may have been easy getting the wheelchair in the boot the day before but getting it out is another story. Not only that, I would have been alone getting back to the car and wouldn’t have been able to get the wheelchair back in the boot by myself. So, plan B. I parked as close to the school as possible. Then when Joseph’s little friend tapped on the car window to say hello I opened the window and asked his mum to take Joseph down with her. Of course she agreed. Every single morning I see them go past the car so I knew this would work, but back up would have been to get Boo to take him down, which would have meant her being late, but it would have been her first time late since September. The problem is, the Little Man’s school entrance is not visible from the road, no matter where you park. For Boo it was easier as her school entrance was in plain view, so I could just watch her go in from the car. Another accomplishment for me. The first time this year I’d taken the kids to school by myself. It was also the last time this year!
Now, let’s get on to the exciting bit! As I said, Graham had abandoned me and the kids in favour of a driving test! Well, it was okay, because he PASSED! So now he can drive us around instead. This is such good news because we are often unable to get anywhere because I’m not well enough to drive. Also, I can only drive for short periods because of the pain it causes me. Also, it frees me up to take my full dosage of medication which I don’t at the moment as it would prevent me from driving. 
So, for the rest of the week Graham has been going out every day getting used to the car and, well, just because he can. Today we are off visiting family, dropping off cards and presents and Graham will be driving us. He can also go  and pick the Turkey hamper up so I don’t have to. It’s going to make such a difference having someone else driving other than me. 
As always I’m linking up to Jocelyn’s Word of the Week linky and would like to wish all my readers and anyone from the #wotw linky, a very merry Christmas!
The Reading Residence


  1. liquoriceuk
    December 23, 2016 / 7:13 am

    Well done to Graham for passing his driving test and to you for managing to get in the car with the children's help and for managing to take them to school by yourself. Sounds like Graham being able to drive is going to make a huge difference for you all though. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas 🙂

  2. December 23, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Well done, Graham! Great news and it will make such a big difference for you all. Sounds like you've been doing so well yourself, too, those are big milestones. Have a fabulous Christmas, thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  3. December 23, 2016 / 11:06 am

    Well done you for doing the school runs!. That's fantastic and well done Graham! It sounds like him driving has already made such a difference to your life!
    Merry Christmas x

  4. angiemwebster77
    December 23, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Great news Anne ! congratulations to Graham on passing his test what an early Christmas present. Good on you for getting out and about this week as well. Have a wonderful Christmas and a good new year xx #WotW

  5. December 23, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Sounds a great week for achieving lots, super impressed with the loading of the car just you and the kids. Yay to independence! Have a lovely Christmas and New Year

  6. mummyhereandthere
    December 23, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Congratulations on your Graham passing his test, then will help loads and give so much more freedom. Merry Christmas X #wotw

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