February Round Up 

That’s it, February is now over, well as of midnight.

As many of you may know, I’m not the biggest fan of February.

The beginning was a little shit, with the lasting effects of the never-ending viral thing, we’d played tag team with. Finally reaching  almost 8 weeks, it disappeared. Such a relief, I thought it would never go, still tire bit quicker; but February turned into quite an adventurous month.

Evening out with friends and parenting  crazy children, just a few of the inclusions for February.

 

 

 
Managing a couple of outings with my closest friend, we’ve been adventuring for three years now. We never run out of ideas for what do, we have seen some repeats, but although it may be the same location, it is NEVER the same trip..

February Half Term saw us at Barrington Court, later in the week a little trip to Seaton.

 

 

These days have helped a little in the run up to what is always such a heavy time of the year for us.

The run up this year, we have been kept busy with a fundraising event, which I am sure if you have been reading you will know, I had spent some time publicising it. If you’d read Barn Dance Success, you’ll know we had a great time, and raised loads of money and awareness.

I do enjoy the organising of events, getting things ready etc, I of course help regularly with my children’s Majorette troupe. I had said several times that I do hate fundraising, which to be honest is a little untrue, it isn’t the organising, with a low esteem it is hard to miss the support, we can’t ignore the lack of acknowledgement of our girl, doing these events is our way (personally) of doing something as a whole family, you know. To include all of my children together, even when they’re not all here, most importantly to raise funds and group awareness. I let the negativity seep through all the positive in which we have achieved in this past year. I’m angry at myself for letting it.

We have had so many people say how proud they are of us, inspirational as her parents and as the Little Daffodil Team (can’t forget you guys), but we – I have focused on the missed words of encouragement, it is to put it bluntly, shit. This really is something I, we need to work on.

We have done amazingly in the years since our daughter died, we could have given up, but we didn’t, we had no choice. We carried on breathing, whether it through tears, or laughter we did. But we have wasted so much time on negative CRAP, this is something I know I need to work on.

To know having friends is not about the quantity of your circle, but the quality of how unbreakable a bond is.

The realisation that sometimes it is better to not get that invite or play date, and be alone than run the risk of being hurt over something that in the grand scheme of things is minuscule.

I deserve better. I just have to learn to accept that part.

 

Anyway I have drifted far too much..

Barn Dance, it was amazing. We raised just over £1700, one hell of a night, with many, many requests of another…

 

 

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Curry night for us Daffs first I think…

Of course the day after we were met with Melody’s 5th Birthday, I have felt incredibly numb and cut off this year, I have had some tears. I go like this every now and again. Then the floods will come, it’ll hit me the same as it did five years ago. It is normal for me.

I still cannot believe it has been five years.

Final two days have been at home doing Barn Dance tying up.

And today has been Pancake Day, we had ours this evening.

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How Do You Eat Yours?

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Barn Dance Success!

Well, what a night!

The weeks leading up to the event was beginning to feel as if there was nothing going to fall in to place, with making a slow 50 sales it was hard to know whether it would be worth it. Well the days leading up to our event, proved amazing things come to those who wait. Our top target was to sell 100, it was our dream number, and was a comfortable number for our venue. We sold 104. So our ‘Sold Out’ went to plus numbers too.

We’re incredibly proud of this overall progress.

As for the night.

Pig Tails and Check Shirts filled the dance floor.

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I hadn’t been to a Barn Dance since I was about 14, and probably spent most of it outside with my friends, and a lot of people attending had never been to one either. Looking around the hall, if there wasn’t bums off seats and giggles on the Dance Floor, there were many smiles and laughter coming from the tables. It was warm, welcoming, and felt more like a family occasion rather than a Charity event.

 

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We really had a treat with our band – Ivor Hyde, whom at different points of the evening managed to get every one up dancing.

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They certainly knew how to get us all moving!

Highly recommend them.

Every single person we spoke to during the evening would say just how much fun they were having, which meant so much to us, after all of the planning and stress.

“Keep up the good work, you are making a difference”

As you can see even Mayor Dave Bulmer and Cllr Amanda Broom joined in on more than one dance.

“Fantastic Night!! Loved it”

If you followed my publicity posts, you’ll know just how amazing our raffle collection was, how lucky we were to have received so many.

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The lovely Sam Field ran the raffle on the night, making sure everyone had brought at least one ticket.

I am currently putting together thank you letters.

We hope the various winners are pleased with their prizes.

Along with the Dancing and the prizes there were a tiny team of bar staff,

Di and Marie, though they were incredibly lucky to have escaped the photos.

Then  we have the food, the Ploughman’s

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“Amazing food, really enjoyed it.”

Put together by Gemma Green, assisted by her husband in the kitchen, on the evening, serving teas and coffees, along with making sure every one had enough ham or cheese on their plates, most were keen for more.

Of course Gemma and Sam made up part of the team, with Tracy Coath and Julz Scott, to make the event possible.

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So, for us of Little Daffodils it was wonderful to raise the awareness of our group and of course the work also of the charity Towards Tomorrow Together.

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(I promise I was not singing!)

Went through many, many thank you’s, I must say a HUGE thank you to Dave Sibley for taking all of these photos for us, they’re perfect and have really captured our event.

and a little about little Melody and where Little Daffodils came from, which brings me to the stunning memorial bunting, where we raised a glass to all those named on the bunting and every baby, who didn’t get to come home.

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The important bit, we never imagined a week ago we would even have such a successful event, let alone the amount I am about to tell you we raised.

We are so grateful, and it really will help so many families, give so much resource in this area, that is very sadly lacking.

Our total from the Barn Dance and Raffle came to

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We are so proud of what we achieved, with so few of us, we enjoyed every minute of the evening, and loved watching everyone else enjoy it just as much.

So, a week a go if people asked when would the next fundraiser be?

We’d say, “on your bike” or “Are you Crazy?” with maybe a swear word or two.

But tonight after seeing the above total, and what we can achieve..

When is the next event?

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“We’ll see.”

Watch this space..

(Little Daffodils)

Thanks for reading .

Thank you for donations no matter how small.

Thank you for coming.

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Barn Dance and Raffle Twenty

Final Barn Dance post, well until the follow up. I’m really looking forward to filling you in on how it went. Hopefully it’ll be good news! (Glass half empty kind of girl).

Here’s the other half of the prize list, I know I keep repeating myself, but we ARE really lucky to have collected so many. There are a couple in these collages that weren’t in the original viewings..yes we have even more, there are also a couple still to be collected tomorrow morning.

I cannot believe it is only tomorrow. Where has the time gone? Doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago that we were going to cancel, (more like a month ago). Here we are.

We have raised so much awareness for Towards Tomorrow Together who support Little Daffodils, it has been wonderful to put a crack in the taboo, we really have only just scratched the service with how much we would like to change, particularly in the South West. This event will help fund what we’d like to achieve.

I have spent a lot of time speaking about Little Daffodils and what we do, who we are. So today in this final run up post I thought I would share the two babies behind the Little Daffodils’ Mamas. We’ve known each other since secondary school, but became really close after the birth of our babies who came after our losses..

It was October 2009 when Tracy and her family were met with the devastating words at a scan, that their baby’s heart had suddenly stopped. 

At 21 weeks Pregnant baby Beanie was born silently to Tracy, leaving the family heartbroken, departing the hospital empty handed, forever missing a little one. wp-1487886047105.png

I remember her story so well, much before my own. How sad I felt for her.

 

In February 2012 Julz became Mum to a micro preemie, born at just 26+6 because Mum was very poorly, weighing in at 670g she flew threw her early days with flying colours and was soon on the road to going home, with a discharge date all in hand. At 5 weeks old she contracted Sepsis in the NICU and sadly died on April 1st 2012. Never coming home. Leaving another family heartbroken. 

Melody

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I host another blog dedicated to her here

Thank you, these babies are so precious to us.

There are so many more families out there with similar stories, and some with not so similar but with the same outcome, that is missing babies.

We will help all we can locally to make sure noone is alone.

These are the final half of the prizes.

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Final round up.

Bell’s Whiskey

Sweet Bouquet

Body shop hamper

Perry’s Cider Voucher

Yeovil Town Football Club Tickets

Children’s Rainy Day Hamper

Silk Scarf

Evening Hangbag

Haynes Motor Museum Tickets

Angel Eyes Photography Vouchers

Wine

Mulled Wine

Thorntons

Sainsbury’s Voucher

Sarah Hodge Voucher

Chocolates

Trinket Box

Yeovil Railway Centre Ticket

Walk In Voucher

Fleet Air Arm Museum Voucher

Hair Inspirations Voucher

Pecorama Voucher

The Big Sheep Voucher.

These are some amazing prizes.

Cannot wait to see who wins, I hope they will be as pleased them as we have been obtaining them.

Raffle Tickets are now available just on the night, you have until 8pm to purchase WITH cash before we draw them.

Good Luck to Every One.

To everyone coming to the Barn Dance I will see you tomorrow night.

Thank you for purchasing tickets.

We will also be running a cake stall, with yummy homemade cakes some made by us including Dairy Free, also some donated by Tracy’s Mum, Julia and Gemma’s Mum Ros thank you Mums!

So once you’ve had your Ploughman’s (and hopefully won on the raffle), you can tuck into a delicious cake for pudding!

We’ll like to see all of these gone too..

Thank you to every one who has been reading and following.

See you on the other side..

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Barn Dance and Raffle Nineteen

I promise there isn’t much more to go..

I hope I haven’t bored you too much, but this really was the easiest and best option to get us out there, our event, the cause…every thing. More detail than just a one time article.

To be honest I have enjoyed writing about it all. I will also be doing a follow up, with hopefully a sizable amount of money raised and all important photos!

First things first…

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Within the last hour or so we never thought we’d have been posting such an update, a week a go we’d barely made 50 sales. I won’t lie it felt incredibly disheartening.

However

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That’s right, we hit our upper target, we’re really pleased.

It makes it more exciting seeing the words in front of us. Been hard work, but we’re here two more sleeps, we’ll be there.

I’m here with a little reminder of our raffle prizes.

I hope you have your ticket, there are still a few of these available, we’d like a Sold Out sticker for these too.

Here we go, I’ve put them together for these next two posts.

We’re so grateful.

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In this slide show we have

(I have previously mentioned all who donated and will again in our thank you’s)

An Ear Piercing Voucher

CineChard Tickets for Bridget Jones’ Baby

East Lambrook Manor Garden Tickets

Beautiful Mosaic Pig Picture

Plush Henry and his adventures story books

A Chair with Fox Fabric

£10 Voucher for Razooks

Hand wash

Wellington Boots

Devon Railway Centre Tickets

Woodlands Tickets

Crochet Cushion

Seaton Tramway Tickets

Wookey Hole Tickets

Darlington Vase

Signed Bath Rugby Shirt

£10 Voucher Country Butcher

Boston Tea Party Voucher

Bottle of Wine

Milky Way Entry

Taunton Town Football club entry.

Pure Beauty Voucher

As you can see we have some fantastic prizes on offer, we have been so lucky.

We’re really touched by everyone’s generosity.

Good Luck to anyone who has purchased a ticket and thank you.

See you tomorrow!

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People Who Have Made The Barn Dance Happen.

Behind the scenes.

A short break from the raffle prize lists, to once again sharing the lovely people who are making this Charity Event happen.

I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy. If I am brutally honest, there have been times where we have felt completely let down by the place we call home, and have had a cross word or two between us.

Tensions ran high, it has been stressful and at times disappointing.

We very nearly cancelled on a couple of occasions.

But we really are stronger than that, and for me (I can’t speak for the other ladies but I am sure they’ll agree), the awareness building for Little Daffodils has been of great importance, getting us known within the community. Letting people know what the Charity and the group is all about, by blogging rather than relying on other resources, we’ve been able to publicize the support in more detail.

As I have mentioned before 100% of the monies raised this coming Saturday will go towards helping families through the most darkest of times.

I’ve mentioned several times about group support, but there are things which would seem small to you, but huge to newly bereaved families.

Proper informative packages, leaflets with personalized information.

Example when we left the hospital, we didn’t get the Butterfly Box, we received leaflets and poems which are aimed at families who suffer miscarriages and stillbirth.

We were neither of those.

I won’t go into too much detail here, but there were so many things we weren’t told, so for me this is such an important thing I’d like to help change.

100% aftercare for ANYONE who has to leave the hospital with an empty car seat.

This is all a tiny drop in the ocean, but a step in the right direction to have more positive aftercare stories. The aftercare is an important part of our story.

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Okay, I said behind the scenes, but I like to talk and I wanted to squeeze in a tiny bit more about our cause, because that is why we are here, right?!

As I have mentioned previously, there have been a small amount of us organising the event, including some who have added some finishing touches.

Little things like, table decorations.

I won’t reveal just yet, but they’re perfect.

Hand created by Tracy (of Little Daffodils) Mother In Law – Maureen Coath.

She has a lovely eye for detail.

Small touch but really a huge input to take the stress away from us,whilst we deal with front line things.

So Thank You.

There will be photos, but for now no spoilers.

Photographs we’ll be having local photographer Dave Sibley.

Down to earth, genuine guy has offered his services for the evening,having used him for a family event,he certainly comes highly recommended.

Thank you.

Cannot forget our husbands, Raffle Prize collections in various surrounding areas, various publicity, listening to crazy ideas and rants.

Thank you for putting up with us.

As mentioned we ended up with various places helping to boost our raffle ticket sales, we’ve been incredibly grateful for this help.

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Dove Tails, who have not only hosted some tickets, but donated prizes too.

We are sad to learn of their closure, but hopefully it’ll be temporary.

Lisa of Baron’s Chard took some tickets off of our busy hands.

Also Eleos Cafe became host to raffle tickets.

The bunting in the photo was made by the lovely Sarah, to help with ticket sales..

Not captured in the slideshow is Sarah Jones of The Phoenix Hotel, as well as doing her own charity awareness she has taken time to promote our raffle tickets too.

Councillor Amanda Broom took some raffle tickets off our hands to help sell them too.

Thank you to each of those mentioned for what seems like tiny touches are huge things to us.

I know I have already mentioned them above.

But this Business really has gone above and beyond with their support not only for the event promotion, selling Barn Dance and Raffle Tickets,but for what we do as a local group.

They have let us have use of the rooms upstairs for our monthly meets, where we can provide a drink, even cake and a listening ear in a really relaxed location.

On top of this, they have offered the use of another of their rooms to hold an awareness session for local professionals.

We, I am incredibly touched by their generosity and support whilst we build ourselves up from the ground.

I, for one am incredibly thankful to them.

Unfortunately as with the other photos it is a recycled one, and haven’t been able to include all members, but he(Nat) won’t escape for Event Round up photos…

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This is Sarah and Emily, Emily along with Nat (who I’ve yet to capture), are usually there to serve drinks at our sessions.

Sarah made the lovely bunting which you can see beside her.

Always smiley and very friendly.

Eleos Cafe, who were also crowned best cafe in the South West,

what a wonderful thing to achieve.

We really are so grateful for the things they have helped us to do.

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Please stop by and grab a slice of cake and a drink.

(Did I mention they even do Allergy friendly cake?!)

Every one here and people who have donated will all get a mention on the night.

Plus in my round up blogs.

We just would like to go above and beyond for those who have for us.

I am going to mention our team again.

Julz Scott

Tracy Coath

Gemma Green

Sam Field.

From publicity to

raffle prize obtaining to

Band Booking

and Ticket Sales,

Food Preparation

to simply organising bales of straw to hopefully complete the look.

We’re looking forward to seeing the end result, enjoying a fun evening, with maybe a Pimms or two.

Will we do this again?

Are you Crazy?!

Barn Dance and Raffle Take Eighteen!

We have as little as four days until our Charity Barn Dance and “epic” raffle.

We have managed to raise a lot of awareness with our publicity, which as a new community group in Chard it has been really worth while.

As a Charity, Towards Tomorrow Together is such a fantastic cause, and certainly deserves the awareness.

Baby loss affects so many people, from all walks of life, all ages, any gestation. Nobody is immune.

Unfortunately it is the ultimate taboo, and can be really hard to get the work that baby bereavement charities do. It is a grief that can last a lifetime.

Lost memories.

Lost dreams.

An empty chair. 

Hope that was given only to be snatched away. 

The devastation that follows, lives on.

As a group – Little Daffodils, who are supported by the wonderful Towards Tomorrow Together aim to help pick up the pieces, to light up the most darkest of times.

To leave nobody alone.

Every single penny will go towards this support, to raise awareness and to also to teach professionals a unique type of empathy, that many parents of babies who die don’t see.

Every penny will go into supporting your friend, your daughter, your brother, your sibling.

We are grateful to the very kind donations we have received to complete our amazing raffle prize pile. So touched that people have listened and wanted to help.

Thank you.

Today we have

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This prize consists of tickets for Two Adults and Three children to gain entry to this fantastic location.

Situated in Sparkford, Somerset, being a charity themselves they took the time to donate this wonderful prize.

This itself is definitely worth buying a £1 raffle ticket!

If you don’t win, be sure to pay a visit, my children love it here, especially my avid transport fan son.

A chance to sit in some finest vintage vehicles, learn about the history of transport of days gone by.

I’m looking forward to visiting again.

 

Haynes Motor Museum

Huge thank you.
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I am the Mum. 

There was an article recently about parents, Mums who look at their phones too much in the playground.  

I am one of those Mums.  

I don’t miss their faces as they leave the class rooms, I see them smile at me as they leave their day behind. 

I’m the Mum who hides behind her screen, I’m a little on the shy side.  But I’ve heard the whispers, seen the avoidances.  

I’m the Mum with social anxiety which plays a part. I’m awkward. 

I’m the Mum that doesn’t always get an invite for a cuppa or to be part of the conversation.  

I’m the Mum who feels incredibly lonely in the playground. 

My phone makes me feel less alone. 

I’m the Mum who doesn’t make friends easily.  The one who wants to be your friend but doesn’t know how.  

I’m the Mum who is simply misunderstood and is actually really nice. 

Who just wants a natter and a cuppa. 

So don’t judge the Mums with the phones, speak to us instead. 

You may gain a friend.    
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Barn Dance and Raffle Take Seventeen

I can’t believe there are only five days to go, though if I’m honest I’m not really thinking too much about the Barn Dance, more for the weeks ahead. Being our little girl’s birthday less than a week away, it is for us as her family an obvious hole, where we’re not doing last minute preparation, like other families would be when leading to a birthday, well like we do with her siblings.  

I’ve had such wonderful support from my online friends, well I say it again, they’re more than just online friends,  this past week, and I know they’ll be holding tight this next week and some too.  

This is indeed why a face to face group, one to one, communication is so important to parents who’ve lost their children,  when hope was taken, the road is long,  that there’s a friendly understanding face waiting to hold you up, while you pause for a moment to gather your thoughts and learn to breathe.  

Towards Tomorrow Together who support Little Daffodils who hold monthly meetings are such a fantastic cause, one day I hope no-one will feel alone.  
I’m here again to entice you for more tickets.  

We really don’t have many left.  I’d really like to see the back of them…  

We have 

Pure Hair and Beauty voucher, which entitles the winner to a back, next and shoulder massage.  

Perfect for the hard working people of Chard and surrounding areas.  A moment to relax, and be pampered. 

Thank you. 
Next we have 

A £10 voucher for Country Butchers of Holyrood Street,  a generous donation, at perfect timing ready for any Easter meats or for the promised heatwave that is on its way, get the BBQ meats from your very own local butchers. 

Thank you. 

Nearly there! 

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February Round Up Two

February Half Term

Today we have reached 2017’s 50th day. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been sharing a photograph a day, head over and see..

Day 50 of 2017 already!

Well, this one really should have been Round up Three. But Take two would have just been a report of sickness and poorly children.

All but baby C took to having sickness of some kind on the week before half term. Each having days off. I wasn’t well –  still and although the Mister escaped actual sickness and stomach flu, he too was under the weather.

Towards the end of that week, the seven week long (well for me) virus, finally faded. The Mister felt better and was able to collect raffle prizes for our event at the end of the month.

As you can see Round Two on its own would have been just as shit as the earlier weeks.

I’d wanted so much to leap into 2017 with the blog instead, tripped, stumbled and sneezed my way into the New Year.

I did manage an evening with this lovely lady.

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Majorette errand, meant a few drinks, giggles and a flat car battery (her husband was DES).

 

 

This week  saw Valentine’s Day, so many moan about it is so commercialized, (History of Valentine’s) and if we love the person then you don’t need Valentine’s to do it. Well, step aside while the rest of us enjoy opening a parcel or two. No we don’t “need” a day, it is just nice, we can’t afford to spoil each other every day, like people would have you believe, so it is a good excuse to do so. I like spoiling my husband.. As he does me.

He brought me a Sloth!

He took the day off from work, but of course it wasn’t to be the romantic meal for two.

 

It involved a trip to soft play (In Half Term? Yeah, I know crazy, crazy people!)

We stopped in for lunch at the Bell in Yeovil, part of the hungry horse chain.

Nice food, but still no dairy free pudding! Disappointing.

Still, was a lovely day.

An outing friends took us to National Trust property, Barrington Court in Somerset.

No matter how many times we go to these places, we-they never seem to tire of the adventures there.

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As you can see by the final photo, getting them all to sit nicely for a photo, is like nailing jelly to a tree..

We’d brought a lovely dress for this one from a charity shop, little something to boost her birthday pile.

The mistake being she was with us when I brought it, so she did  wear briefly, then Daddy took it away, and has hidden it well. The next day she wanted to wear it again, we said no, then attempted to find the bloody thing until I said that actually Daddy has worn it to work.

This was her response

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Loud!

It was very loud. She still believes days later that Daddy has now lost the dress at work.

Naughty Daddy..(Unfortunately I don’t have photographic evidence).

Saturday surprised us with reasonably nice weather, so took an impromptu visit to the beach, although it was chillier at the coast.

There’s a lovely new park in Seaton, I say new it’s refurbished and has probably been there a while.. But it is clean, tidy all equipment looked well looked after.

(Same goes for Seaton’s other park actually).

We took a short walk along the sea front, it was really lovely to take in some sea air. Hopefully it won’t be long until it’ll be a lot warmer, for longer days out.

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When we returned home the three year old, stated

“I had a wonderful time”.

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Stunning Beach.

Today, being the day before school was to sort School things out, then take the big ones to their Dad’s for a few days.

Not before a bit of camera fun at home.

Baby C, who has actually shot up suddenly over night, is turning into a right little comedian. There is never a dull moment, and she is following in her Drama Queen Sister’s footsteps.

Once the big ones had been dropped off, we snuck off and had a McDonald’s

Diet begins tomorrow.

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I’ve been okay, mostly in the run up to her birthday, there have been days where it has felt heavy, but I’ve managed to talk it out to hubby or my friend from afar (fellow loss mama), dance it out or basically just grump it out.

Today, it dawned on me emotionally that a week from today it should have been her birthday. A living room full of presents and cards.

But instead it is a quick shop for a balloon next Saturday and a cake she’ll never eat.

It is wrong, on so many levels, I hate this.

The tears suddenly from nowhere appeared, was brief as I contained them, but the sadness of not being able to do anything “proper” for her birthday next week.

I know there are those who think why bother, M won’t know she is dead.

But we do. Don’t judge what you don’t understand.

Feel lucky that you don’t.

Five years ago today, I’d been to hospital twice the first time was to have a half day ‘MOT’, I was sent home only to return with regular contractions. Thankfully they had stopped.

I remember everything, just not everything about her…

If you follow mellybellyandme.blogspot.co.uk, you’ll already know how shitty I feel this time of year.

Right now I want to shut myself away.

 

I’m out..

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Barn Dance and Raffle Take Sixteen

Six day until our great fundraising event.  In aid of a fantastic cause.  

Barn Dance featuring Ivor Hyde with a ploughman’s supper.  We’ve also our epic raffle taking place during the evening.  
Today’s prize reveal includes 

The Big Sheep tickets, which as you can see are worth £27.

This is a fantastic prize, at a location suitable for the whole family,  set in beautiful North Devon.  The perfect day out. 

Thank you. 

Next we have 


Tickets to our very own cinema here in Chard.  Showings are held in the guildhall, these tickets will entitle the winner to see March screening of Bridget Jones’ Baby.  I’ve yet to see this film, but have heard it is hilarious.  Stars the lovely McDreamy (GA fans will know..😉). 

Thank you. 

We’ve little raffle tickets left.  So get yours before they’re gone.  
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