because raising a large family isn’t for the faint-hearted

Escaping the Decorating

Today I was supposed to be decorating the girls’ bedroom. Their new bunk beds are arriving on Wednesday, their new wardrobes are already in their boxes waiting to be assembled, all waiting for the decorating to be finished.

I went in and put my headphones on so I could blast my music. Becky was downstairs watching Reese (who was engrossed in Paw Patrol) and I put paint on the roller ready to decorating when my phone rang!

I had completely forgotten that Ryan was supposed to be somewhere today! Because of issues at school and his anxiety, he is under CAMHS (Child and Adult Mental Health Services) and the Trac 11-24 Project at school, which supports young children aged 11-24 who are struggling in school to try and encourage them and to get them interested in learning again. Trac 11-24 had arranged several activities at Glan Llyn and today was his first day and I had forgotten all about it!

After a mad rush I managed to get Ryan organised and three of the girls in the car along with Ryan and Gwen, Becky decided she would go to “work” with Nanny at the shop instead. I even managed to remember to change out of my painting clothes and into something more appropriate!

paddling bala lake

After dropping Ryan off at Glan Llyn,  we decided to have an ice cream by the lake but sadly the ice cream van wasn’t there today so the girls had to settle for paddling instead! After about half an hour we headed home to collect Becky and as we left Ruby shouted, “Look mum it’s still Bale instead of Bala!” (Bala changed its name to Bale to celebrate the success of the Welsh football team during Euro 2016.

sign saying y bale instead of y bala

Finally, we arrived home and I managed to do a bit more decorating. I got one coat of paint on the walls, but the big question is, can I get more done tomorrow?


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Rachel (My Crazy Brood)

Parenting Blogger & Mum of 5

Hi, I’m Rachel, the poor mum of this crazy lot! We are; Dad (Bob), Ryan (17), Becky (15) Ruby  (14), Rhian (11) and Reese (7). We also have Gwen the staffy dog, 5 guinea pigs and 2 hamsters. Join us as we navigate the craziness that raising a large family with additional needs can bring.


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