Category Archives: Playgroup

Headless Chicken anyone?

Well, as ever it never stops at the Suki-Lou household!  Latest update is……I’m going back to work!

Yes!  This is the big reveal that I couldn’t mention before due to certain things needing to be sorted before going live with my announcement.

As the NZ project has been put back until August 2011, I felt it wouldn’t do any harm to keep myself occupied for the year and TBH the few extra pennies coming in won’t do any harm either!

I have been lucky enough to get a position back at my previous stockbroking firm, where I will be working 3 days a week.  Truth be told, I am not sure exactly what I will be doing but am not too bothered as long as it something that will keep the old noggin ticking over.

To ensure I am running around like a headless chicken, I have also volunteered at Little Miss’ playgroup, helping out once a week with general duties like putting toys out/putting them away etc.  It is the best playgroup I have found in the area, and everyone is so friendly (quite rare for this part of Surrey!), so it is actually more of a social thing for Little Miss and I.  It’s a win, win all round.  Sweet!

I must say, I really needed my year out to shake off the whole ‘suit‘ attitude I had going on (I was turning into a right old nobhead), and have been lucky to be given the time to figure out the whole motherhood malarky and become the kind of mummy I really wanted to be….if that makes sense!

I realise how fortunate I am, to be able to concentrate on finding myself again and have come out the other side as a more confident, yet chilled out happy bunny.  Big thank you to Hubster for my year off, couldn’t have done it without ya!!

With the NZ Project hovering overhead, it was also paramount to have the space to freely research and organise our move, I cant tell you how much stuff has to be done before jetting off!  Now that is all sorted, it is just waiting in the wings for the word “go”, something that gives me deep joy as I get a big kick out of being super organised!

So what with part time work, playgroup, my Suki-Lou blog, my Xarpie blog (which is still in its infancy) and the possibility of walking my cousin’s crazy brown lab ontop of all the usual household chores, I shall have every minute of my day full and as you may have guessed that is just how I like it!

Sayonara peeps!

Suki-Lou x


Busy as a Little Bee

Another month has just shot by and that means only one thing, half of 2010 is now nearly done!

Summer is finally in full swing here in the UK and we are loving it, spending alot of time in the garden playing with the hastily purchased sand/water tray, bubble machine and pop up tent!  It is so nice to be outside and enjoying the weather, instead of being stuck indoors.  Little Miss’ favourite game at the moment is playing with her toy tea set, I fill up the plastic teapot with water and am then poured lots of cups of ‘tea’.  It is a great way to keep yourself hydrated, as Little Miss is a very insistent tealady!  Go on, go on, go on, go on!

A large proportion of the UK have been suffering with hayfever this year due to the change in seasons being so sporadic, concluding in all the flowers and grasses going mental, the air has been thick with the stuff. As a result, the pollen count has been intense.  Even poor old Black Dog suffered a couple mornings with the wretched stuff and came up with hives all over her eyes and muzzle.  A visit to the vet was definitely in order as the previously prescribed Prition wasnt even touching the sides, and got some hardcore drugs to help get it under control.

As this is our last year in the UK, we have been trying to fit in all the events we would normally surpass, like the local agricultural county shows.  We went to the Cowpie Country Show with Little Miss and Black Dog and had an awesome time, we got there early, before the masses, and so were able to go around and see all the stalls and shows without all the argy bargy!  A couple of weeks later we went to the Surrey County Show, which was massive in comparison, but surprisingly not as good.  Maybe we just out country showed ourselves?

June is also a celebratory month for us, as Hubster and I celebrated our 3rd Wedding Anniversary….blimey, doesnt time fly when you are having fun!  We kept it a low key event and had a weekend of hanging and eating out…lots!  As token gifts were the order of the day, Hubster kindly gave me a bag of teeny tiny love hearts (aahh) and I gave a set of bath crayons to my one and only.  Ok, so bath crayons do not initially seem like a romantic gift, but I saw this at How Does She? and just loved the idea.

Life has been busy with Little Miss, she is such a chatterbox!  I thought I was bad, but blimey, I cannot keep up!  She is so much more confident these days too, sometimes she just astounds me!  We have been going to a great little playgroup on Monday mornings, where its not too busy and everyone is really kind and friendly and they have a great selection of toys.  Little Miss loves it, especially the craft table where there is a different theme each week.  We have made foam ties for Fathers Day, baskets, paper flowers, painted pictures and so much more.  It is so good there, I have decided to volunteer and help tidy up afterwards, to ensure it continues to run!

I must add that Little Miss is now entertaining the idea of potty training.  There has been alot of interest on toilets, potties and nappies of late, and I am sure that she is gearing up for it.  She is more keen on it than me, as I plan to keep her in nappies for as long as I can!

I have also been very busy surfing the web for party ideas as Little Miss turns TWO in July.  I cannot believe she is 2 already!!  I have seen some great ideas, I just have to discipline myself and get on with actioning them before the day is upon me.  I shall let you know how I get on in my next post!

The NZ move is still moving forward and we have now sent off all the paperwork in order to get that visa.  It should take about 4 months and so fingers crossed, all will be ok.  We need to start making big decisions about our current house and *gulp* it is all getting very real and a bit scary.  I have been very busy sorting out necessary paperwork, enquiring about pet shipping, furniture shipping, plane tickets, car hire, house rentals, there is so much the list is never ending.  It is all becoming a bit daunting to be honest!  There have also been talks with family members who are now realising that we are really going.  It is so hard to not feel guilty about leaving and it seems like staying would be much easier than going, but we know that NZ is the right place for us and so must keep strong through these hard times.  Dang it though, we will miss them all.

I think this year has been super hard and without my realising it, I was on a real downer.   I wasnt depressed, just my mood was flat – for months.  It took me a while to figure out that I had lost my mojo!  I decided to forgo going to the doctors as I knew it wasnt something a prescription could help me with and instead visited a reflexologist.  A dear friend of mine had recently wowed me with her own experience of reflexology and so I went for it!  I have now had two sessions and it is amazing!!  As well as kick starting me out of my funk, I have also learnt so much about myself from just my toes and feet.  After giving birth to Little Miss, I realised my mind has little control over my body (it has its own agenda!) and so I am learning to listen to my body and give it what it needs – starting with reflexology!

Finally, to end the month on a high, Hubster and I set off for a long weekend away to enjoy the amazing Glastonbury Festival. We packed Little Miss off to go and stay with the Grandparents whilst we danced the nights away.  It was AWESOME and I’m sorry readers, but I barely took any photos – I was having such a great time, I didnt even think about it!  The weather was exceptional, not a rain cloud in sight and the bands were excellent.  We saw (in no particular order):

The Gorillaz, Mumford & Sons, Shakira, The Dead Weather, Ash, Muse, Scissor Sisters, Keane, Alabama 3, LCD Soundsystem, Bombay Bicycle Club and Ellie Goulding.

Admittely, it doesnt sound like a lot, but sadly so many of the bands I wanted to see clashed with each other, so some hard choices had to be made.  This was Glastonbury’s 40th year and they really went for it with the lineup.

Hubster was a festival virgin and did not like the idea of camping in a field with a gazillion other people, so we went mad and stayed in a luxurious yurt.  We also splashed out and bought hospitality tickets, which meant we had entry to the more exclusive parts of Glasto, though sadly the super duper artists must hang out in a extra special zone, which we had no access to.  I did spot a few well knowns though: the guy from Newsround, Andy Parsons and Michael Eavis (the founder of Glastonbury Festival).   The best bit about the hospitality tickets were the fact that we could escape the crowds and have a sanctuary with clean toilets!  It also meant we could zip through shortcuts to make it from one side of the festival to other in no time at all rather than fight our way through the masses.

Glasto 40 - Our luxurious yurt

Glasto 40 - Sunset on Monday

It was easy to have the Glasto blues when we got back home, but we missed Little Miss so much, it was great to see her again and have our little family all back together again.  Though the Grandparents did an amazing job looking after Little Miss, she was properly entertained and actually more tired than us when we finally got home!

Well, that’s all for now folks, but shall update you all after Little Miss’ birthday party which is just round the corner! I had beter crack on!!

See y’all soon


Snubbed at Playgroup

After a few months of your life as a new mum, your brain starts going a bit stir crazy staring at the same four walls and after taking a deep breath you decide it is time to get yourself out there and sign up for your first ever baby class.   As expected, it was hard work, what with being shy, not knowing anyone and feeling like the outcast.  Everyone else seems to get on really well & then your paranoia kicks in and you assume that they are all tremendous friends meeting up on a regular basis and you are still the newbie, not accepted into the group.  Depression hovers, and although you arent a glutton for punishment, you decide to stick with it and sign up for the second term – the teacher is friendly and makes you feel welcome, and Little One is loving it so much, it would be selfish not to continue, and hell, it’s only for 1 hour a week – so you make a promise to yourself, if it is becomes completely unbearable, you wont go back – the baby will understand.

You start to gain confidence as a new mum, and join other baby classes and although you feel like you are really putting yourself through the paces with the same fears, you learn how to ignore the judgmental glances and keep a friendly smile on your face.  You start seeing the same faces each week and some of the mums strike up conversation.  You are glad you continued, persevering through the tricker times.  Life gets better and a weekly routine develops.

Time passes and suddenly out of nowhere you get an invite to hang out with some of the mums outside of the baby class and even though you are bricking it, you accept and find that actually they are just as shy as you and it becomes as clear as daylight that everyone is in the same boat and your fears were all for nothing!

You begin to branch out and start trying the locally run playgroups, which before were too scary to even consider, you recognise your neighbours, friends of friends and even some of baby class Mums.  Life is sweet, Little One is making friends and so are you.  Happy days.

But as always, there is a fly in the ointment.  One of the mum’s attends two of the same baby classes as you and so with your new found confidence, you try to catch her eye and smile but she pretends not to notice,  clearly she suffers from shyness worse than you do as she doesnt seem to know anyone.  After a couple of attempts her attitude comes across as rude not shy, but you shrug it off, sometimes these things take time.

Then in your quest of finding the right playgroup for Little One, you turn up to what must be her regular playgroup – she spots you in an instant and blatantly does not return your smile.  You cant quite believe it, it was a clear snub.  She cant possibly believe this is stalking, there are only a few ‘good’ classes/playgroups in the area, and so the same mummies turn up in the same places time and time again.  She doesnt seem to have made friends with anyone and must feel like complete shite, you know all about this having experienced it first hand!  So what is her problem?

You realise you see each other about 3 times a week, infact you see her more other than your mates, and now its getting awkward…so what do you do?