This would be me tonight.
I am extremely nervous about D heading back to school tomorrow. Her cold has diminished and it will be good for her to get back into routine but, bearing in mind that school is where Bunny is (or was)…somewhere and the fact that she has been extremely stressed since her hospital appointment, her painful injection and the yucky tablets, I’m concerned.
Concerned that she’ll blame school for losing Bunny, concerned that her emotions will overcome her at the slightest thing, as they have been this weekend.
It’s made worse by the fact that I won’t see her teacher as the classroom is upstairs and they don’t allow parents to accompany children up there. So I’ve written pages in her home-school diary, hopefully he’ll have time to read and digest it.
I can’t help being concerned, she’s my girl and, at the moment, she’s fragile. Very fragile. Even T said today “phew, what a day” after his sister had disappeared to her room in a flurry of angst yet again, after something which might normally be brushed aside.
I know it’s early days with the new medication and the yucky tablets but it’s really bad timing with the loss of Bunny.
Hopefully she’ll go in okay (ish) and have an alright day, I know there’ll be practice for her Christmas singing on Tuesday. I do know that I’ll be worrying until I see her little face peeking around the bottom of the stairs, looking for me in my usual place, waiting for her.
So, that’s how I roll today. Sorry it’s a “oh blimey, I don’t know” post but I haven’t felt like this since before she received her statement and that feeling is one of helplessness.
I hope everyone’s day has gone well, comments/RTs/shares as ever welcomed, thanks for reading Jx
Here’s what we thought..
The Croods are the last family left in a harsh, prehistoric world. Due to the fact that their friends have all met grisly ends, to say that the father is protective is a bit of an understatement but kind of an understandable one!
The film opens with a cave drawing-like animation, told in Eep’s eyes…
and the drawings are used by the father to empathise that it’s not a safe world beyond the cave.
Not surprising as they spent so much time in a dark cave, Eep is fascinated by light and how it travels through the tiniest chinks in their cave, it’s this curiosity which leads her to a new discovery – that of fire and a potential friend, Guy.
This is Eep, she’s feisty and desperate for adventure, she reminded me in looks of a Spice Girl:
Guy tells Eep that the end of the world as they know it is coming and once the family’s cave is subsequently destroyed, the family face a dilemma. Do they trust Guy and follow him to lead them to a new world or play it safe – as the dad wants to do – and find another cave?
Further complications arise for Eep’s father when it becomes apparent that Eep and Guy are falling for each other.
The characters in the family and Guy are very believable – a great assortment as in any family – and I particularly liked the Granny character and the interaction between her and the father.
The scenes where the family are chased by animals could be quite scary for younger children but the animals are extremely brightly coloured and don’t look menacing.
Our favourite scene was when Granny discovers fire, near some sweet corn plants. Chaos ensues with sweet corn going everywhere!
There was another real laugh out loud scene when egos overtook the dad and Guy and they ended up squabbling and tumbling over a cliff edge into thick sticky tar! So their descent wasn’t fast and traumatic, more like a snails pace. To try and get them out of the tar at the end, they enticed a tiger-like creature to pull them out via puppets, with an accompanying soundtrack played on bones by Guy’s little companion. It worked but then the tiger went to attack them, only to have tar on his backside, it stretched much just at the right moment and “wheeeeeeee” bye bye kitty!
The overwhelming message we gained from the film is that sometimes risks are necessary, even if you don’t always know the outcome and that fathers have been protective …well, pretty much forever!
The animation is spectacular, I forgot I was watching an animated film with the various scenery and rock shots. It must have been amazing to see on a big cinema screen.
It was extremely nice, though, to continue with our “DVD Sunday” theme with bowls of popcorn, the curtains drawn and the knowledge that we weren’t in a cinema and if the film needed a pause for the toilet or D needed some huge, tight cuddles (she’s had a stressful week), then it was okay and no one would mind.
The Croods is released on DVD tomorrow, Monday 9th December, it would be a great stocking filler for any child interested in animated films and dinosaur-type animals but a great film for the whole family to enjoy.
We were sent a copy of the DVD on pre-release for the purpose of this review and we really enjoyed it.
Here’s what 20th Century Fox had to say about the DVD release:
“DreamWorks Animation’s THE CROODS is the blockbuster hit that earned over £26 million at the UK box office! Written and directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps), it’s the must-see animated film of the year. When their cave is destroyed, the Croods family set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises…and a whole new world of adventure! Led by an outstanding voice cast featuring Oscar®-winner Nicholas Cage, Golden Globe®-nominee Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Oscar®-nominee Catherine Keener, THE CROODS is the perfect Christmas gift for 2013!”
..that we’d have an extremely fraught day with D.
The combination of losing Bunny, a heavy cold, a hospital trip yesterday which involved blood tests, a busy environment and a painful injection, coupled with tablets to be taken twice a day from today have made for a very emotional D.
I don’t blame her in the slightest, the mixture of circumstances above have left me exhausted so goodness knows how she’s feeling deep down.
We’ve veered from her giving out rib-crushing cuddles because it makes her feel better to sudden stomps away to her happily customising a box that arrived today. She had no interest in the contents, just the box.
And then these:
Done from a children’s craft magazine. I think they’re great, especially the snowman, he had the tiniest little tinsel scarf supplied.
The tablets are the thing that will cause issues ongoing though, I’ve had some great suggestions for (hopefully) making implementation easier – thank you Twitter – and I’ve started a countdown on our big blackboard wall from 60 to 1 so she’ll be able to see how many days we have left. It seemed totally daft that she is having half a tablet twice a day and not just a whole one once, but I guess they know what they’re doing, it would have made it easier for us though.
T’s had a good day, participating and watching football. We’ve tried explaining to him why D has been a bit overwrought these last few days and unfortunately his empathy isn’t terribly high, but that’s our T, bless him.
A new day tomorrow, I hope everyone’s has gone well, comments/RTs/shares as ever welcomed, thanks for reading Jx
It’s getting close to Christmas and when I take a wander into town, the shops are full of all-singing, all-dancing electronic gadgetry. Toys that light up and enthral but ultimately toys that are battery requiring and plastic.
I remember happy holidays spent playing with wooden toys at my grandparents and I wanted my children to experience that too, as well as providing scope for imaginative and educational play. Their autism means that their ability to play can be impaired and so toys that encourage turn taking, conversation and participation are very much welcomed.
This is our entry and we’ve really enjoyed looking through the website and thinking what, if money were no object, we’d like to find under our Christmas Tree.
Firstly, something extremely practical, this Plan Toys Tie Up Shoe
A simple toy but such a great idea for shoelace and knotting practice. Something that can be tricky if the hand-eye co-ordination is delayed but something so necessary for life skills. It’s a great price too.
Two seasonal suggestions next:
Both of the above are perfect for small hands and again, will encourage hand-eye coordination and motor skills. They are both an ideal way to gently tell and manifest discussion around the true meaning of Christmas.
Balancing games are great fun and encourage participation as well as decision making as to where to place the pieces. The games are good for turn-taking and also to demonstrate that sometimes things can go wrong (ie. every piece falls off) but that’s okay, it happens. I chose these two games also because we love nature and enjoy participating in a Country Kids linky every week.
The squirrel and nuts above are just so bright and colourful, aren’t they? D has long held a fascination with the squirrel from the Ice Age movies and this would really appeal to her. It looks nicely portable too so could be taken on our journeys, we’d just need a table top or tray to play.
Similarly, Haba Animal Upon Animal looks a lot of fun!
I can envisage many fun times with this! Taking turns by animal type, colour or size, the serpent looks like an easier animal to position!
Building blocks are always popular in our house and D loves to stack them to make houses or buildings, or simply line them up – another autistic trait – these Haba Building Blocks Sevilla are just amazing! The possibilities for imaginative building play are endless. They would provide a great deal of sensory input as well, with their various shapes and colours.
There are so many fantastic toys to choose from and I could produce a list of 30 easily, but I’ll end with this one, A Lillputiens reversible Snow White puppet.
This is brilliant and three toys in one! The puppet can easily transform from Snow White to the Evil Queen and to the Apple Seller, an absolutely perfect toy for puppet shows and interactive story telling. D loves to create her own little puppet shows with the aid of lolly sticks, paper and Sellotape, she would absolutely love this! Once again, extremely portable and very easy to lighten moods with if we were in a busy shop queue.
We have really enjoyed looking through the many toys and if we were chosen to be toy testers would ensure that we provided honest unbiased reviews with plenty of photos with not only my views, but those of T and D too. They are a regular feature of my blog and love to provide input.
For more information about any of the toys we’ve featured, please either click on the individual links or here for the website.
There’s a fun meme during the blogging circuit at the moment and as I was tagged in by Kate who blogs here, I thought I’d give it a go.
I haven’t watched much I’m A Celebrity this year but have been catching up on the general giste of who’s been the goodies/baddies of this year’s series, much of it is down to biased editing from what I can gather.
Anyway, here’s my answers:
1. What one thing about being a parent makes you scream “Get me out of here!”
Tricky one… but I think it would be the fact that my children have inherited (they were bound too, bless them) mine and Hubbie’s stubbornness. There is always a need to have the last word!!
2. What qualities would you bring to the jungle?
I like to think I’m quite rational and try to see things from a positive slant, although I might find that tricky if 10,000 creepy crawlies (how do they know it’s 10,000 by the way? does someone count them?!?) were dropped on my head. I also like to see things through to the end.
3. How are you likely to annoy people if you were stuck with them for 3 weeks?
Probably the fact that I don’t like to back down and if I’d had to shout “I’m a blogger, get me out of here!”, I’d be cross about it because I’d feel I’d let people down.
4. What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?
Oysters, without a doubt. They might be an aphrodisiac but to me they tasted like salty s n o t!
5. What item would you smuggle into the jungle with you?
My phone, although I’m not sure how I’d keep it charged up… I’d find it therapeutic to blog any issues away.
6. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
I spent the night in Hyde Park when I was 14. My friend and I had decided that London was THE place to be and we were always taking the coach up to see the sights and shops. A night in a park wasn’t glamorous at all, we were both scared stiff and were very glad to see the sun rise. I was SO grounded when I got home too.
7. Who would you miss most if you went into the jungle with a bunch of strangers?
Hubbie and the children. I would miss hearing how they were doing and the big rib-crushing cuddles that D gives out.
8. What celebrity alive or dead would you like to have with you in the jungle and why?
I’d love to sit around the campfire and hear the tales of someone like Rowan Atkinson or Billy Connolly, their motivations and any further aspirations. They would hopefully be able to lift spirits with some comedy too.
9. What would scare you about being in the jungle?
Heights. I don’t do heights terribly well. Whenever we go on rides at theme parks, in particular boat-type ones that rock extremely high, I’m the one with my eyes tightly closed whilst the children are laughing away next to me. My fear of heights is also how Hubbie and I met.
10. After leaving the jungle, you go to a luxury hotel. What would be the first thing you did on reaching your hotel?
I’d have a warm bath, with lots of bubbles and then a coffee.
11. Who do you think should win the Jungle Crown this year?
From the little I’ve seen, I think David Emmanuel is fab! He seems such a flamboyant character but very likeable.
12. Who is your least favourite celebrity in the jungle and why?
I don’t like watching people with hidden agendas, people who play games at the expense of others.
13. Which celebrity has surprised you most and how?
Well, again I think the producers have been very busy editing so that the viewers see situations that get over-emphasised. I’ve always thought Rebecca Adlington to be very honest and down-to-earth, more so after watching her exit interview last night (I watched it a day late so that I can whizz through the many adverts).
Those are my answers, it was a bit of fun thinking about them, I’m tagging in @ethansescapades, @oliversmadhouse and @vicwelton to see what they come up with, but anyone is free to join in.
Sometimes it seems like everything is just too busy to appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings.
Yesterday could have been one of those days. D’s cold all week, combined with the loss of Bunny (her comforter) made for a stressful hospital visit yesterday. She was poked, prodded, injected and blood taken so it was a relief to leave the hospital behind and head towards (what would undoubtedly be) a busy town.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the two places, there was a little oasis of calm and tranquility as we pushed her buggy along the canal path.
These ducks were quite happy just bobbing around in the cold water, occasionally quacking. D was also delighted to see a swan.
As we stood on the bridge with the Christmas shoppers rushing past, it was nice to take a look back at where we’d just been:
And where we were heading:
And just soak in that little bit of calm before we headed off to some busy, busy shops.
A little #CountryKids moment for us but it was refreshing.
As I write this post tonight, I’m feeling a battered autism parent, both mentally and physically.
We spent much of today at the hospital, for D’s clinic appointment. I’m pleased that they are being proactive, listening and genuinely want what is best for D long term, it’s been a long day though.
There was the appointment, then a wait for numbing cream to work for blood tests, coupled with waiting for the medication she’d be having, then the bloods and then an injection. No numbing cream was utilised for the latter and it was not popular.
D was absolutely furious with the shock of the pain and wanted to bolt. The only way I could calm her was to take the focus away and get her to hit my arm, as hard as she wanted and how she’d felt it hurt. And boy, it must have hurt because there were some very hard whacks to my arm, she’s got some strength! I’m not recommending this method at all, but it seemed to work. As (gulp), we have another in two weeks and then they’ll go to monthly, I need another strategy!
All things considered (and bashing aside), she did extremely well today and we just had time to find this before getting back for T:
It was a very tired T who came home after his two school football matches this afternoon, a good result in both though.
Unfortunately the combination of a tired T and a getting-over-today’s-events D has meant for some sparring – sometimes physically – which hasn’t done either of them any good. It’s getting so that they can’t be left in the same room, even if I’m just in the kitchen, in the next room. A combination of pre-teen hormones, tiredness and irritability I guess.
And still no sign of Bunny..
I’m glad today is over, D’s cold is diminishing and it’s the weekend. I hope everyone’s day has gone well, comments/RTs/shares as ever welcomed, thanks for reading Jx
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
We have a calmer D tonight, both in terms of her cold (she is slowly losing her Rudolph nose and red “moustache”) and the lack of Bunny.
There is still no sign of Bunny at school and I guess without D being physically there, they aren’t appreciating just how much distress Bunny’s absence has been causing. I’ll be requesting that letters and pictures go home on Monday and that’s about all I can do. What I want to avoid is an extremely cross D blaming everyone so if she can see me being proactive, that may help.
Bunny’s “sister” – on the right above – is gently being introduced, just in case, but it’s not the same in terms of all of D’s sensory requirements.
It has been nice to see D smile today, something that’s been absent for a few days.
We did her Christmas letter online here at DearSanta.com and that’s made her cheerful, the “elves” have acknowledged it too!
She has a hospital appointment tomorrow, so hopefully her lessening cold will enable her to sleep a bit better, Bunny anxieties aside.
T’s had a good day. He played in the school football team in a match today and has another tomorrow. Both matches are during the school day, which I find a bit strange but T was very pleased about! His school team won 5:1 and T scored a goal. A happy chap but unfortunately it didn’t extend to any empathy towards D.
A new day tomorrow, with new challenges and getting closer to the end of a quite draining week. I hope everyone’s day has gone well, comments/RTs/shares as ever welcomed, thanks for reading Jx
It’s Thursday and I’d nearly forgotten about R2BC this week. It’s been a long one. I’m going to start with why and then do a positive spin.
1. D’s bunny (pic below) got lost (we presume) at school on Tuesday. She is utterly devastated as Bunny is her little
carry-around anxiety soother, she (D) also has a heavy cold which means that Bunny is missing when she most needs her. But (glass half-full time), it’s meant that she can be at home with me and
have cuddles on tap.
2. D also has a hospital appointment tomorrow at which there’ll be blood tests and the likely outcome is
fortnightly injections. Another occasion where Bunny would have been very welcome. But (glass …etc) I’m pleased the consultant is seeing us, is taking things forward.
3. We went to see the Christmas lights being switched on last Saturday, it was very busy and D tolerated it all for 25 minutes, which was 24 longer than I
expected. She went “ooooh” when the lights switched on, as did everyone, a collective “ooooh!”.
4. T is having a much better time
at school and has been playing in the school football team. They have games within the school day, which pleased him no end, one day and one tomorrow. His team won 5:1 today and he scored! A very happy but tired T tonight. 5. The decluttering is still continuing. D’s room whilst she’s been off. Lots of books and toys destined for
the charity shops. Hopefully there will be little folk round our way who like Wonder Pets/Ben and Holly/Peppa Pig, I’m sure there are.
6. We seem to have a little tradition on a Sunday afternoon now, curtain drawn early, lights off, popcorn at the ready and it’s DVD time. Last week was Despicable Me 2, this week will be The
Croods (as we have a pre-release copy for review). It’s become a nice, snuggly time and, unlike the cinema, if someone needs the toilet or fancies doing something else, that’s fine, no pressure.
7. I’ve moved from Overblog back to WordPress and self-hosted. I feel so much more in control and am not waiting around for emails to be answered, that never are. Which leads to..
8. I’ve had an idea for a linky for a while but Overblog did not seem compatible with linky or badge codes (not for me anyway). I need to work out
how to make a badge and then I’ll be running.
So, there we go. I’ve been so disappointed for D this week (Bunny-wise) that I didn’t think I had any Reasons and I’ve found 8!
Positivity rules! Now we just need Bunny back….