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My baby starts preschool!

Published 09/01/2014 by RiceysWifey

Today was the last time I’ll ever have to take one of my children for their “first day at preschool”!

If you’ve noticed I’ve been pretty worried and stupidly working myself up since Christmas!

I had a meeting shortly before Lexie was due to start so that took my mind of it. Then got her dressed (first pic) out the door and off we went!

Got there walked in the teacher “mrs peters” has already taught both our boys a few years ago so we know her and she knows our family which is nice. In fact when nick was at preschool I was pregnant with Lexie so she’s seen Lexie almost every week of her life. She spoke to Lexie and handed her a name tag, this name tag has Lexie printed on it along with a Ladder (obviously phonic based) then mrs peters pointed to the self register board and the letter L and proceeded to ask Lexie to put her own name on the letter! They do this every single day when they go to school and before they leave they remove it and put it back in the pot.

We then wandered to the scissors to do some cutting, Lexie’s eyes bright with excitement that was when I knew “were ok this will be ok” mrs peters handed me a piece of paper and whispered “mobile number then leave and come back in a hour”

I did what I was told.

Whilst walking away through the school I thought omg I’ve left my last baby at school I have to say I was heartbroken. I sat In the car for twenty mins… Worrying checking my phone… Then thought “bugger I need a wee” dam my weak bladder lol rushed home went for a wee , checked phone no calls….

I went back a hour later to find my beautiful poppet extremely engrossed in the computer and happily chatting away to other children.

The right photo is the sheer glee caught on her face. She is now a big girl going to big girl school.

Me…I’m still heartbroken but so very very proud πŸ˜‰



Bank holiday Monday

Published 26/08/2013 by RiceysWifey

Today is bank holiday Monday, and also the start of the last week if the kids school holidays. We decided to make the most of it and head out for the day.

We chose animal farm adventure park in burnham on sea, very close to Weston-super-mare and Brean. All well known holiday places in North Somerset.

The journey takes around a hour for us living in south somerset so easily done. Also on their Facebook page they had a special offer which entitled us to pay only Β£5 per person, under 2’s free. So a cheap day all in all.

They had animals including horses,goats,rabbits,pigs,reptiles,alpacas,llamas. All of which could be fed by purchasing animal feed at the desk when entering at a cost of Β£1.30 per bag. we chose not to do this as Lexie is still quite young and this was her first big experience of petting animals.








They also had several play areas, such as a fort themed play area, a mining for gold area (which was pretty rubbish), trampolines,go karts,ride on tractors,bouncy castle and a huge indoor barn play centre all within close proximity. Along with a zip wire … Which the kids enjoyed , despite the look on Nicks face !







The also have several *special guests* who appear everyday during the summer holidays … Today’s special guests were Ben & Holly from Ben and Holly’s little kingdom children’s television programme.



Lexie was absolutely mesmerised by actually seeing them for real!

All in all a fab few hours out, not a full day but a good four hours!

Holiday 2013

Published 18/08/2013 by RiceysWifey

Fun times happy times long days laughter sillyness all in all perfect family holiday! Included a few beach trips to porthcawl onto restbay which was beautiful! And Trecco bay beach. a visit to “jump” indoor play centre so we could relax whilst the kids run wild, ice cream which was divine, swimming pool several times, water slides, play parks water splash play ground. The caravan was brilliant , one double room with en suite, a centre lounge and two twin bedrooms with another bathroom at the opposite end. Kitchen facility was definitely adequate for a family of six. Small grass area outside for the kids to play within sight, round the back a patio area for bbqs! Can’t fault the holiday itself.
















The only thing I can fault is fibromyalgia taking me prisoner on the fifth day. So much so… We came home. I gave in to it I simply couldn’t carry on. Lesson learnt to book a Monday to Friday holiday next year not a Saturday to Saturday!

My Hubby

Published 09/07/2013 by RiceysWifey

The title of this doesn’t quite cut how i wanted it to sound (if that makes any kind of sense). I just thought I’d take a little time to write a few things about him.

We met in April 2004, face to face that is… You see we met on the Internet, AOL chatrooms to be precise!! He was at the time 20 I was 28 and a single mum to Kayleigh. He was working at where he still is now here in Somerset. I was in the middle of the MOsT awful time in my life imaginable.myou see my ex (Kayleigh’s biological father) was a complete moron. He was abusive, mentally emotionally and physically. I had reported him to the police on several occasions, however always faltered when it came to the signing of my statements. So therefore he wasn’t prosecuted. Myself and my ex were not together yet he still ruled mine & Kayleigh’s lives.

in the April a friend needed help, both Chris and I knew her via the chat rooms. So one night when she called for help Chris went and picked her up from London and bought her to myhouse in Gosport, near Portsmouth, Hampshire. This would be the first time I actually MET Chris face to face. I was sooooooo nervous it’s untrue!! The feelings of lust/love which ever you wish to call it were already there. Butterflies when I got a text or when the phone rang, but this time OMG I was actually going to meet him!!

Around 9ish that night they arrived, I looked out my maisonettes window and saw them Getting out of the car! ARGH this is IT!!! The door knocked! I saw Tay first… Gave her a huge hug and welcomed her into my home! Then this was it eeeekkkkkk the moment of truth! Would those feelings be true? Would he like me? Or me like him? Ya knowin the flesh? Not photos or phone calls but for REAL?? Well I can honestly say meat moment when he hugged me I knew! He was THE one!! I not lily loved hem but I was officially IN love with him from that moment onwards!”

He knew about Kayleigh, wasn’t worried. He knew ll about her father… Wasn’t bothered. Didn’t care my house was less than perfect or the estate I lived on was rough as dogs. He just liked and wanted me for me. Nothing more nothing less. So anyways the following day Chris and Tay left, it was decided that cause of the pressure I was under at the time Tay couldn’t stay with me, and Chris had a 3bed flat in somerest so Tay went back with him to start her new life. Over the following months Chris took every opportunity in coming to see me late at night and leavi g early hours so Kayleigh’s father wouldn’t find out. Was all very cloak and dangers at that time. Which become increasingly frustrating! In the July I was on holiday with my parents for my mums 50th birthday, along with my dad and brother and his family! Chris and Tay were coming down each night and staying til early hours so my family wouldn’t know ! Sneaky!, on the 9th July 2004 we were officially a couple!! In the september I had to move from my flat to a house, Chris even paid the deposit on the house, helped me pack up unpack and generally did everything to settle myself and Kayleigh into our new home. Things were going very fast and I found juggling Kayleigh’s fathers demands and abusiveness along with havinrelation axing relationship happening with Chris, Kayleigh truly adored him but without prompting from me she NEVER mentioned Chris to her father not Once!! In thdice ember Kayleigh’s father attacked myself and Kayleigh in our house. As soon as I managed to get him out I rung Chris explained what happened and he very calmly said “baby call the police and just see what they advise you to do” so upon his advise I did this. Within ten mins they arrived taking statements, photographs the lot I was so confused. Didn’t really know what was going on. My phone was non stop all his family trying to speak to me making threats everything was manic.

chris came later that evening after panic alars had been installed and her father was arrested instantly they found him. It felt strange. I was alive Kayleigh was alive, Chris was there, everything all of a sudden was quiet, that is the on,y way I can describe it…so very very quiet.

that year was THE best Christmas I, WE ever had together, we got engaged, laughed & smiled and never had I seen Kayleigh so very relaxed without a care in the world.

then January came! Chris hard a huge car accident which left him unable to walk for five month, the amongst the fact my tenancy running out and the attack taking place we decided to move, to Somerset, close to Chris work.

That was January 25th 2005….. Since then we have had three houses, three babies, one marriage, made awesome friends that we class as family. Holidays fun laughter but most off all…… We have US!!



Published 06/07/2013 by RiceysWifey

This morning myself and hubby were up relatively early with the younger 3 kids. We had decided last night if the weather as turning out as planned (see first pic) we would head to a fave beach of ours at Weston super mare in North Somerset.


As you can see it was a lovely weather report. So at 9.15am we decided, make picnic, organise spare clothing for the kids and pack chris’s VW T5 van up and go. We set of and all I can say is the further we got from south somerset the more over cast it was becoming. But we carried on and decided no matter what the weather be like in Weston we were going on the beach and making sandcastles!! Lexie has recently watch a episode of peppa pig where they built sandcastles so obviously she was thrilled with this idea!! The last time we went to the beach was probably over a year ago now.

We arrived at 10.15am and the parking spot we choose was actually ON the beach itself. We drove across and unfortunately we hit a slight hump in dry sand… We got stuck !! I couldn’t help but laugh but a panicky laugh at that!! There was a large family parked next to where we were attempting to park and the father of this family explained to chris he had done the exact same thing only a hour before us!! The father along with other members of his family helped push us backwards to regain the grip and we headed to a different spot on the beach, right next to the wall so safe for the kids to dig, run and play!!

We spread out a big blanket and the kids were extremely happy to be set free!!










Now I never pic favourite photos as I love all my photos of all my children but the following one I absolutely fell in love with. I didn’t even think it was going to be a photo I would use in this blog…. How wrong was I!!


And finally… My totally amazing husband whom I honestly could not live or breathe without !!


I love my Ricey family … And today when we were there…. NOTHING and NO ONE else mattered!!

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