Monday, 6 July 2015
Since my stepson was around 7, we have done an annual camping trip. I have always felt strongly about kids having the opportunity to get away from it all, with a few simple toys like a balls, kites etc.

We have been to some great campsites over the years and have done many repeat visits to the good ones.  We had to take a break from the normal holiday in 2012 as I wanted J to be a bit older and stronger before we took him camping . We had always just got low end tents to go camping in, until the family grew.

In 2013 we purchased a Coleman Da Gamma 6, some camp beds, and a few new accessories, with the aim the tent would do us a good few years as it was a decent make and quality.

That was the aim until last year..........

We ended up camping when the tail end of Hurricane Bertha hit the UK, and the tent did us our holiday but the winds took its toll.  Over the past years we had never experienced weather like this, and our camping trips generally went without a hiccup. The tent did keep us sheltered and it was standing at the end but very crippled. When we pulled it down we seen the full damage of the tent.

With splits in the steel poles, the guy rope tags being ripped from the main tent fabric, poles bent in weird shapes, I was glad we spent the money on a decent tent but also resolved in the fact we would have to buy a new tent for next years trip.

When looking at the options this year, and my not so young body, I decided I would like to look into the options of a trailer tent. I knew that I wouldn't have the money for a new one so decided to look at the prices of the tents we would look at getting for the family, then look at the cost of second hand trailer tents. I found one that would be cheaper than the tents we were looking at, and went to look at it. The previous owner had a obvious and genuine reason for selling and was happy to show us it in great detail. I was sold ....

We brought this in Feb, which gave us a chance to get the things needed for it, having our first trip out in it in May for a long weekend over the bank holiday. J being older now, he had so much fun just running around, playing outside, taking small walks and just generally camping. He was so sad when we packed up and told me he wanted to go camping 6 times this year.

This started me thinking, why couldn't we make this a more often trip?  I think it will do him a lot of good just spending time outdoors away from the gadgets, tv and the mountain of toys he has accumulated.

Our normally annual camping trip has now turned into a more frequent trips, with the ease, comfort and space with the trailer tent

So far we have done 2 long weekend camping trips, with 3 more trips to come ....

A new direction to help my boy grow and learn as much as he can, have some family bonding time on a single income budget
Sunday, 27 April 2014

Over the past couple of weeks, I have given particular time thinking of messages that in itself are seemingly insignificant,  that can have a huge impact on your life. These thoughts were sparked by a message I received through ancestry.com.

But firstly lets just take this back a moment, back 11ish years ago.

I was sat in an yahoo chatroom chatting to some friends just having a laugh, as a fair proportion of them I also knew offline.  Well this one day I noticed one of the guys in there I had got to know only online as he lived the other side of the world, didn't seem himself.  So me being me, I decided to send him a message, I hadn't spoken to him really before privately and just sent him one word "smile" just from that simple message, one thing led to another.  I am now sat on the sofa next to him, over the other side of the world from where I was when I sent that message, having been married 10 years to him so far and have a son with him.

Now back to the message received a couple weeks ago. After my son was born I wanted to trace back as much family as I could for when he got older. My dad died when I was a child and didn't really get a chance to know that side of my family.  I was lucky to have a couple of  meetings with my dad's sister and her family but had lost contact when I was a teenager due to circumstances in my life.  I did try amd locate her a number of years later but due to the popularity of her surname it proved fruitless

I used the free trial on ancestry.com to do some tracing, however due to finances I had to cancel it after a month or so because needed a worldwide membership . In the time though I had got a significant tree mapped.

Fast foward a couple of years and I hadn't done much to the tree on the site but got a message from a lady's friend who had stumbled on my family tree link and sent a message. I emailed her to find out she was my dad's cousin, she didn't know of me and I of her. She was able to send me some pictures of my dad and best of all over easter she got intouched with my Aunt and then sent me her email so after so many years we have now reconnected.

I realised sometimes I have put off sending that message or enquiring on something and maybe now I should, you never know where it will lead.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014
One of my new years resolutions is to sit down and do all the bits I wanted to do over the past couple of years but kept putting off.

One of these was using all the pictures and videos I have taken of my little J , with the primary goal to make a DVD for him for years to come

I shed a few tears creating this first one, but it was worth it, so decided I would share them as I make them


Please enjoy



Please post a comment to let me know what you think of my first attempt of making this video

{ Just noticed that when I created my theme, I didn't add the comments box, its now added  - just click the word comments below }

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