Today it is my son’s 10th birthday.

He is having a happy day and is very excited at entering double figures.

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I have pinned a smile on my face, bought him the presents he wanted and a big surprise too. I have made a cake to his specifications. His brother and sister gave him treats too and he had money from my brother which he says he will save.

I feel strangely sad, a little bereft as my youngest child becomes that much older and more independent.

So I am going to cheer myself up by giving you 10 awesome facts about my boy.

1. He weighed in at a mighty 11 pounds and 8 ounces at birth. We have learned over the years that this bothers him so we don’t talk about it but what a bouncing baby!

2. Always adventurous, he climbed before he walked. No household mountain was too high and I think he will conquer many peak as he lives his life.

3. I have never met anyone who did not like my son. He is socially confident (unlike the rest of us) which makes him very easy to be around. I nicknamed him Charimsa ages ago and it suits him.

4. At the age of 3, he tried to make my terminally ill Mum better with a mini egg. Poignant moment and a sign of the sweet soul that exists beneath his full-on personality.

5. He had the best relationship with my late Dad. He is all boy and my Dad enjoyed that very much. “Stick them up!” my Dad would say and they would have a mock boxing match. Dad was also the one Ramsey liked to read to most.

6. My husband has 7 children in total. I think that Ramsey is the one who loves him most. He won’t have a wrong word said against his Dad and since my Dad died, Him Indoors has become his best male adult friend.

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7. Ramsey has a scar which has ended up being an attractive part of him although he could so easily have lost his eye when he had a fall whilst I was juggling two under two and turned my back when I should not have done so. It is a reminder of challenging days and post-natal depression.

8. Ramsey appeared in advertisments for Tesco and NatWest and saw absolutely no reason to be nervous. He has the most amazing self-confidence.

9. When my son hugs me, it is like the sweetest medicine. I think he has healing powers.

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10. Ramsey is gifted, has a kind heart and excels at everything he attempts. What is lovely about this is that he has not a hint of arrogance.

Did I mention that I loved him very much?

Happy Birthday Ramsey!

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What am I cheerful about this week?

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1. Mr Cameron having denied me my Child Benefit for weeks has paid up.

2. I am loving walking both in town and amongst Autumn leaves.

3. I had a great quality time one on one with my soon to be 10 year old boy in town yesterday. Simple and wonderful pleasures.

4. It is Half-Term which means less stress as only one person needs to leave the house at daft o’clock.

5. I survived my darling daughter ripping the beautiful stickers off her bedroom walls after I put them up for her as a suprise. I rescued them and put them above my headboard in my bedroon. I am not too old for purple sparkles even if she is.

6. I am loving the support people are giving each other over on my blogging group on Facebook. Blog Builders rock!

7. I have started shopping with a local butcher and am enjoying the experience of cooking for my husband again and of getting some great deals on decent meat.

8. I took a photo of myself straight out of bed in my new pink pyjamas and actually thought I looked quite beautiful in my own individual way.

9. My son has just told me “I love you but then again, how couldn’t I?”

There are other reasons but that will do nicely for a little round-up.

Let’s focus on some lovely positives and Autumn reasons for cheer.

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1. My teenage son was recognised in a creative writing competition. He struggles to get things down on paper in time so this is quite an achievement for him.

2. My daughter continues to amaze me with her creativity and story-telling skills. I see a future for her in blogging or whatever comes next.

3. I had some fantastic quality time with my tween son watching all 3 Back to the Future films. It was interesting to revisit and to wonder where we might all be in 30 years’ time.

4. My husband has amused me with a brilliant response to an email from school.

5. We have had some lovely walks celebrating Autumn in all its colourful glory.

6. The sofa has cushions, blankets and a duvet so lots of snuggling is going on.

7. I love my home and I adore my new area.

8. I find I have a more balanced life these days by being proactive and by mixing things up a bit.

9. I am loving the support bloggers are showing to each other on my new Facebook group Blog Builders.

10. It’s Friday and I am ready for the weekend!

Now go forth and check out some incredibly cheerful bloggers.


Reasons to be Cheerful

Joules we have recently launched a fun competition inviting all budding designers, doodlers and wellington boot lovers to design some Joules wellies. The winner will see their design put into production (with all proceeds going to CHARITABLY JOULES) as well as winning a luxury Forest Holiday worth £5000!

When we heard about the competiton we immediately checked out the details of the competition. My 11 year old daughter in particular was very excited at the idea of entering. She loves arts and crafts so this is right up her street.

My sons were less interested although they did start listening intently when I told them about the prizes.

It could be you!

It could be you!

Competition Details

Win a luxury break worth £5,000

3 nights in a golden oak treehouse cabin plus lots more

10 runners-up will each receive a £250 Joules gift card.

The winning welly design will go on sale at Joules.

All proceeds from the sale of the limited edition winning welly will be donated to our charity partners via CHARITABLY JOULES.

So on this one, it seems charity wins too! Get doodling!

I am sharing my 9 year old’s thoughts on Back to the Future Day. We are watching Back to the Future Two having enjoyed the first film earlier today.

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1. “Actually Mum, Eighties music is not that bad!” as he danced and clicked his fingers.

2. “Were they any laws back in the Eighties?”

3. “That plutonium looks just like the chemicals we mixed the other day”

4. “It does seem that people who are plonkers as kids turn into plonkers as adults”

5. “Fifties music is not as good as that in the Eighties – too much sax!”

6. “The music is suspenseful but the film is so old that we know what happens”

7. “Both Doc and Marty are way smarter than my brother”

8. “You do realise that this film is about the butterfly effect

So there you have it! Back to the Future Day as I try to remember if I ever expected my son to be quite so amazing when I thought about the future in 1985.