Today after swimming we did a few crafty things around the house. My new paints arrived AND my glue gun, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer on that one before we get going. One of the obvious things to do is hama bead creations, as ever.
H got two sets at Christmas to top up the bead tub – and on seeing a picture my sister sent to me of two footballers, H and I set about making Gareth Bale in retaliation. (they did a Manchester United player)
Gareth Bale, if you end up reading this, you’ll be pleased to see that it’s an uncanny likeness. You even have a football.
Anyway, once Gareth Bale was made (by me, with H’s directions), she set about making a horse, which became a Super Gareth Bale Horse (I have no idea why) with H offering a full description.
He’d better not go and leave us now, it’s getting difficult trying to explain to H why people leave football clubs as it is.
Okay, so we’re not well off. We’ll probably never have a mortgage and benefit from paying half of what we’re currently paying as it’s out of our grasp these days (yes, I have major regrets I didn’t just buy somewhere in London when I first got here when places were 30k). Our rent and childcare costs are high – but this is something we know and accept – and happily fork out almost £1700 a month.
But then. Something happened today. My friend A reminded me about the free childcare hours that will kick in for H from September. Incredibly, this could potentially reduce our nursery costs by over £200 a month. Crikey. To say I’m gobsmacked would be fairly accurate. I mean, over £200! That’s a lot of money.
We get by every month, and we do occasionally eat out, but things like my pension have been neglected – and I’m only 18 years from retiring, potentially. Which is mildly scary considering I may have nothing to live on (but hey, I did a year of maternity leave…) – it’s like things are slowly coming together.
So yes, I’ve come out of today feeling quite positive about things. Nursery do all the hard work as far as the free hours go, so all I have to do is provide some documents and wait.. just over a month.
Having said that, we’re hitting the birthday madness for H and her friends. I was pretty pleased to find a Hama Maxi Beads starter set for half price at The Entertainer yesterday (I’ll be heading back for one for H) which was a really good price and something I think she’ll get a lot out of – if she’ll be patient enough! Only a month to find out…