Tuesday, 21 June 2016

When the time comes to say 'Enough babies now'! It doesn't mean the broodiness ever goes away or the 'Five is enough' comments are justified

Our time has come. No more babies here. As people chirp the same line every day of my life "Are you having any more" I 'confidently' respond with a No.

Some people even respond to their own comment themselves without giving me a chance to respond. "Are you having any more, five's enough isn't it". It's like they have made the decision for me because they feel it's their job.

Is five enough? Five may be more than enough for some people which is why they feel the need to comment. One is enough for a lot of people! However, there are lots of larger families out there with 5, 6, 7 or more children.

Whilst looking back through the generations it was the norm to have a large family. My Mum was 1 of 7, the OH's grandad was 1 of 11 yet I bet they didn't get the digs and comments that get passed around so freely nowadays.

So here we are, a family of 7. Our eldest is 19 although still needs as much care and attention as the 3 year old! They aren't the most helpful children or the best behaved but then that is our own doing so can't really complain. That's not to say every day of our lives is a complete living hell. It's hectic for sure but then you wouldn't have 5 children and think it wouldn't be.

I spend my days feeling like I run a soup kitchen, I regularly become mediator between squabbling siblings and the clothes washing mountain has never been conquered.

I spend my days watching Peppa Pig, the same episode kinda grates after seeing it 50 million times but it's what the children want. They want you to push them on the swing, play Play Doh, read books or go to the park. I don't want to spend my days saying no because I've got washing to do or hoovering that needs to be done. Our house very much has a lived in look!!

One day my babies will be grown up and gone (not for a while yet) but I certainly don't want to look back and say that I didn't spend enough time with them, that I was always saying no to them, that their days weren't filled with fun and laughter in between the squabbles.

If the OH turned around to me today and said he wanted another baby I would say yes straight away, however he definitely doesn't want any more! I am also very happy that they are all growing up (too fast) and Thing 5 is due to start school this year. It is all very strange to know that in just a few months I will have 4 children in school and 1 that has gone through school and out the other side already. I will have so much more time on my hands, I can sort out the unruly house, redecorate, concentrate more on helping out at schools too and enjoying my new found freedom.

The broodiness will never go away though. There is no magic switch to turn the broodiness off once you've finished building your own brood. I thought there was, I thought recently that I was done, I thought that my adamant No to people's burning question of "Are you having any more" would be convincing enough to them and to myself.

So there, I am letting everyone know. It's mixed emotions. I am looking forward to my new found freedom during the day time but I am still broody. This week definitely marks the end of an era and the start of a new one that I'm not sure I am ready for.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Our review of Snoopy and Charlie Brown; The Peanuts movie, available now on DVD and Blu-Ray. A fab, fun film for all of the family.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown; The Peanuts Movie review

With a wide range of ages in our household it is difficult to find a film that all of the children will want to sit down and watch. However, The Peanuts Movie was a hit with everyone. 

Whenever a film gets put on there is always a grumble either because it isn't appropriate for the younger ones or the older ones are 'too cool' for a kids film now! 

When The Peanuts Movie arrived I was unsure what reaction it would get. It was my youngest, aged 3, who was the first to request to watch it and that was as soon as he took it out of the postbox! 

With children aged 3, 6, 9, 12 and 19 they all want to watch different things all of the time. There are only a few films that they are all happy to watch together and luckily this kept them all entertained. 

It is such a sweet film as Charlie Brown tries to get the attention of the new girl in class. He is such a shy character yet tries to do some lovely things to win her attention. Learning to dance for the school Winter Dance and writing a book report whilst she is away from school. Inevitably, things go wrong and his things don't go to plan ending in disaster. Then he gets a perfect score on his test paper but when he realises there is a mistake should he own up or gain the love of his life??

Snoopy, as always, tries to help out Charlie Brown as much as he can as well as writing his own love story on a typewriter about a beautiful dog.  

This is such a sweet film with Charlie Brown making some cute, yet funny mistakes whilst trying to gain the new girls attention. The film also features all of the other characters such as Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Linus and many more. 

We received the dvd only a few days ago and it has already been watched around 8 times that is how much they have enjoyed it. Sometimes Thing 5 will watch it on his own but all of the children have sat and watched it together and they all thoroughly enjoyed it. There were no early exits to go and find something else to do which sometimes happens with other films. 

You can see what others thought of the movie and a trailer for it here.

Whether you are having a movie night or a rainy day movie time, we would highly recommend this film to all ages. 

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