Sunday, 24 February 2013

24/2 Newsround BBC Filming and more

I have realised that I can't start each blog with an apology for being so rubbish at writing intermittently, and should accept my life is too chaotic to be regular and reliable.  Since I last wrote I turned 40.  And what a great birthday it was.  I have never been so spoilt by so many friends.  A cracking party topped it all off.  It had a black and white theme, with everyone dressing up for the occasion, looking fabulous.  Anyway, I don't feel a day older, but perhaps because I look and feel nearer fifty, forty seems a fair label :)

It has been half term, and a hectic one at that.  After my Dad's cancer diagnosis a couple of weeks ago, the family have been adjusting.  My sister was due to leave the country on work, and her five year old was to be looked after by my parents.  Last minute change meant she came to us.  Three kids and a dog for half term kept me busy but we all came through in one piece, with some great help from Alex's care assistant.  Think I will treat myself to a back massage now.

And finally the week finished off with the  BBC visiting us a couple of days ago to do a short film on Lucie.  They interviewed Thomas (having to first get over the hurdle of explaining there was no chance of interviewing Alex), then filmed me taking Alex and Lucie for a walk.  It went as well as can be expected with all the variables.  We had Michelle from Support Dogs here to assist, and also Alex's care worker, so enough hands on deck.  It should be on CBBC Newsround either end of this week or next, but will also be online, so I will include a link when I have one.  It will only be very short as these things always are, but yet again another notch in raising awareness, which is always a step in the right direction.

And so after a lovely evening with friends last night, I am feeling slower after enjoying the rare pleasure of champagne, oo, I could get a taste for champagne!  Yum. Dave has taken Tom to watch rugby and Alex and I are watching DVD's.  I really need to practice my presentation as I am speaking to a large group of Teacher Trainees tomorrow at Hope University, so could do with brushing the cobwebs off my talk.  But it will get by somehow, and I will have Lucie with me to keep me nice and calm!!  Back to my lazy Sunday, and joining Alex with the 74th viewing of Beauty and the Beast.....


  1. Hello,
    I am a student at Liverpool Hope university and your presentation today was truly inspirational! You have such positivity and after reading your blog as a family you have come such a long way! Your children are one of the main reasons I want to be a teacher and I hope one day I can have a positive impact on a child's life.
    Keep smiling and raising awareness :) xx

  2. Hello there. I am a PGCE student and I attended a conference you spoke at back in Sept 2012 at Liverpool Hope. I just wanted to send you a quick message, as during that one hour input, you made a huge impact on me and potentially changed my teaching career path too!!! Being a teacher within special education is something I hadn't actually considered until the seminar - but I was intrigued and inspired. I have since spent some time in special schools and have loved every second of it - I have also requested that my final, and largest, block teaching placement be within a special setting. My University agreed and I am delighted to start teaching within a specialist ASD base on placement tomorrow!!!Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more blogs xxx

    1. Hi Jess, I am not sure if you can read my reply, but worth a try. I just wanted to share how touched I was to read your comments. Its not always clear how people will respond when you share your experience, but this has been so wonderful to hear. I am sure the path you have chosen will be very rewarding, and I wish you the very best in your new placement. Thank you, you inspire me to continue. Alice.