2020 · March 2020

Daddy’s Birthday – 11.03.2020

Happy Birthday Daddy! My husband turned 44 today. His birthday request was that we didn’t buy birthday cards and that he wanted us all to put into a contribution to pay for a years registration of Disney Plus.

Being the big Star Wars fan that he is, he is very much looking forward to the launch of Disney Plus UK on 24th March. He’s been intentionally avoiding any and all spoilers of The Mandalorian, and is literally counting down the days to the launch!

Keen to encourage the girls to be creative with their gifts for Peach, I asked them to make a birthday card each for him (and to save ourselves the potential extra cost of £12 for said cards). There was a little bit of disgruntle at the beginning, but they all took the task and made it their own. And it is lovely to see their individual creations 😍

I have found that present and gift ideas get harder the older we get. We tend to have an idea of what we would like to get ourselves, but for others we struggle. Also, having five kids; we often think of other ways the money on a gift for each other can be spent on either something for the girls or something in the house 🤦🏼‍♀️

I took the girls shopping at the weekend to pick a gift up each to give to Peach. They each had £5 to spend, and they did so wisely. They put their money together to treat him to a bottle of rum (I purchased 😉) and then bought him a little gift each of either his favourite snacks, sauce or chocolate.

Peach and I had a lovely lunch together at Tithe Barn in Cosby. And then this evening, we have had family round for a Ponchinello’s Pizza and an amazing homemade Biscoff Cheesecake 😍

2020 · February 2020

The wonder of the internet – 27.02.2020

Today is my Daddy’s birthday. My dad lives in America; those who know me well, know that I am a Daddy’s girl.

Nearly two years ago, it was my 40th Birthday. My amazing husband, with the help of the amazing friends and family that I have, got together and paid for my Dad’s ticket to fly over for a week. My birthday present was a hug from my Daddy……

I am very lucky to have such a good relationship with my Mum and my Dad and that although they have been divorced for over 30 years, they can still communicate well with each other.

It was wonderful to see my Dad on Facetime again today. The girls and I sang Happy Birthday to him and we got to hear about his day. Our girls have a great relationship with him too, considering he has been in America since well before the were all born.

Selfishly, I miss my Dad being local to me. When my Mum and Dad divorced, my Dad moved to be near his parents, in Welwyn Garden City. We would spend every other weekend there with him, visiting Aunties and Uncles, Grandparents, or spending the weekend with him on our Uncles Boat Byrona. Whilst I know that on occasions I was a pubescent teenager, stroppy, hormonal and demanding, I do remember that I would always ask my Dad to move closer to us. Even when he got a long term girlfriend in Leicester, he continued to live in Bedfordshire. In June 2004 my Dad flew over to Kansas to meet a lady that he had been chatting to online. With the exception of the travels my Dad undertook as part of his career in the Army, this was my Dad’s first holiday location outside of the UK.

I remember the phone call from my Dad while he was in America telling me that he was having the time of his life and that he didn’t want to come back. I told him that it was normal and that most people never want to leave their holiday location. Then a few days later, I got a phone call from my brother telling me that he had picked Dad up from the airport after his holiday and that he was moving out there. I was absolutely gobsmacked! For years I had been asking him to move from Bedfordshire to Leicestershire with no success, but he went on a two week holiday to Kansas and was moving out there. I genuinely felt like the world was falling away at my feet.

Within 10 months, my Dad had sold his house, moved the majority of his belongings into storage, shipped his prize possessions over to Kansas and was happily married to the love of his life, Sheila.

For my Dad, I am very happy that he found love again, that he followed his heart and he is living his dreams.

When my Dad visits the UK, I am like the small child that just wants to be with her Daddy. I’ll be his shadow, I’ll want to share every moment with him and I want my girls to know him like I do.

I want them to be as fortunate as me; to have loving parents/grandparents around them and familiar to them. ❤

2012 · August 2012

Thursday = Hump Day – 23.08.2012

Apparently, according to my husband, I had too much time on my hands today……
It would appear Thursday’s are our “hump day”. If there’s going to be tears and tantrums, mischief or mardy’s, it’ll be on a Thursday.
Firstly, well done to our extra guest last night. I only had two minor interruptions through the night. One from Ruby because she needed the toilet and the other from our guest and to be fair to her, I’d put it down to Ruby as our guest called out for me 5 minutes after Ruby’s yelp. All in all the sleepover was a success and I had to wake the girlies up at 7.30am.
I managed to get 5 children washed and dressed before Dude and Missimo were dropped off. Then 7 children fed and out of the house by 9am 😊
The gang were fabulous at helping me set up for Totstime and played really well.
On the way home Dude asked if he could have a nap after lunch. I treated them all to some alphabet spaghetti for lunch.
Aj was asleep in the car, Dude, Missimo, DM and Ruby were playing in the garden, and Penny was pottering with her finger in her mouth. They all seemed really lethargic and in need of a smile, so I made their names out of the spaghetti. It worked a treat, they all loved it 😊
Their afternoon was chilled, they laid on the settee, all cuddled up on each other and watched Cinderella followed by Horton Hears a Who. I hung out two loads of washing, put on another two loads and made dinner.
R&P both fell asleep during Horton, experience allows them 20 minutes, fortunately Penny woke herself but Ruby had to be woke up :o( She was seriously grumpy. We tried the cuddle technique, I woke her up and instantly swooped her into a cuddle. After a minute or two I started to talk to her and get her interest into drawing or playing – nope! I sat and had cuddles with R&P together for about 10 mins. Every time I put Ruby down she just started crying and shouting at me. I tried distracting her with toys, but she just wouldn’t give in. In the end I took her to her bedroom and explained calmly that she couldn’t keep screaming and crying at me. I asked her to stay there until she had stopped crying and that she could then come down. She got herself in a sorry state. I went back up after 10 mins and she was still going. I walked into her room and sat beside her. We had a cuddle and then I brought her back downstairs. We didn’t last 5 minutes before she was back upstairs in her bedroom! I held her hand down the stairs, but let go to pop into the kitchen. She stressed and started crying. I asked her to stop and she did, but then when I turned to stir dinner she started again. When I asked her what was wrong she just cried. I ended up putting her back in her room. As I sat in the lounge, we could hear Ruby screaming and crying. Penny turned to me and said “Mummy, Ruby need duddle you” – bless, even at two years old she’s so aware!
I went back up to Ruby, we had another cuddle and a chat and she came downstairs. She stayed downstairs this time.
I also had DM have a crying session because she was tired and didn’t want to go to gymnastics…. We sat and had a chat, and she wanted to stay with Dude & Missimo. Eventually she came round and went to gymnastics 😊 My issue with her not going to clubs like her gymnastics and swimming is that our belts are extremely tight at the moment money wise and we can’t afford to waste money by paying for a lesson that DM doesn’t go too.
Whilst all this was going on Dude and Missimo were also playing up. Missimo was sat quietly playing with Aj when Dude tried to wind Missimo up by taking toys from her. He was tired and bored. Then Missimo decided to start calling Dude silly names – oh my word – at one point I felt like screaming. In the end, I promised Dude and Missimo they could have dinner with us and slowly the kiddies began to behave! Calv joined us for dinner and it was lovely to have us all together.
I’ve been out again to swagger-size. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and definitely danced off some tension! I have very little rhythm and definitely two left feet but it’s a giggle with good friends 😊
I have a good friend’s 40th birthday party to prepare for tomorrow. I have a few final details to complete and pull together and then plan to dress the function room on Saturday. I love parties! I love making birthday’s special for people; to see their faces full of emotions and happiness is incredible! And hopefully there’ll be lots of happy memories made this Saturday 😊

2012 · August 2012

Heart on hands – 18.08.2012

I’m slowly but surely recovering from the hectic week it’s been.
This morning I managed to take a trip into Hinckley, by myself! It was lovely being able to pop from shop to shop without stopping, and being able to walk down an aisle without attempting to squeeze a pushchair past people whilst being told you’ve got your hands full.
We had a busy afternoon planned. Our first birthday party was for family friends, whose son was celebrating his 5th birthday. It dawned on Peach and I that we hadn’t seen these friends since their son’s birthday last year! Whilst we may keep in touch through Facebook and the occasionally text, we’ve not actually had a proper catch up for a year 🙁
It was lovely to see Noel, Est & Leon and we are definitely going to see them before Leon’s 6th birthday!!
We had to leave Leon’s party a little early, so that we could get the girls to another party. This one was for another family friend whose daughter was celebrating her 6th birthday!
We arrived 5 minutes late, which for us is very good going 😉. We had to do a quick costume change in the car and then get the girls into their second party of the day. DM went dressed as Jasmine, R was dressed as a pastel pink fairy, P was dressed as a pink Minnie Mouse and Aj was dressed as a bright pink fairy….. In typical Dixon style, there was lots of PINK!
We all had a wonderful time; DM, R&P had a glitter tattoo on the back of their hands. There was lots of running around and when everyone sat down to eat their party food, Penny was practically asleep at the table! A combination of both parties and the heat was a little too much for her.
I can quite confidently say now that after 1 week of no mishaps, Penny is potty trained!!
I have been changing nappies every day since 11th May 2007. The quantity of nappies being changed daily, increased twofold in January 2010 and became copious in January 2012. I can happily say with cheer in my voice….
Yay, only one lot of nappies to do each day now 😁
We got home from the parties, got the girlies to bed, cleaned up and sat down to watch tv and eat our dinner at 8pm! Not bad for a full days work 😉