Thursday, August 30, 2007

Good News !

The Police have been in touch and they have a suspect !

They're taking 'him' in for questioning today. Fingers crossed its our guy !

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Settling In ..... and Stuff !

Aaron is home now from Scotland thank goodness. I truly hate him going away ... gawd knows what I'm going to be like if/when he ever goes to University !! I will be totally inconsolable !

We collected him from my mums on Monday, and brought him home. He was totally gobsmacked by his new Liverpool bedroom (aka "the shrine") and it really did help take his mind off the robbery. We'd invited two of his friends to stay that night, and all in all .. and despite the fact they were all still laughing and chatting at 1.30 in the morning .... I think he did really well his first night. HOWEVER .............

Tuesday dawned ... and so did the mail ..... and so did the packages.

The wonderful people of UKS had sent cards and gifts for Aaron and myself. There was a fabulous 'popper' book for both Aaron and I. There was playstation games, books and DVDs. All the while Aaron was opening these gifts, he just kept saying "why would strangers send me these things when they don't know me" .... he was totally overwhelmed by people's kindness and generosity.

The sentiments held within the cards and messages I have received have really helped keep me strong. I'm not a pessimist by nature, but even I was struggling to find the goodness in a break-in ... yet, my many friends have given me a reason for believing in good again - and for that, I can't thank everyone enough.

There are heaps of people I need to thank ... but I have promised them that I won't do it publically, so ... to all of those wonderful people who know who they are .... thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Barstewards !

On Sunday we had moved loads of boxes up to the new house in order that we could get a free spare room to put 'not important' stuff in ... so we emptied Aaron's room of boxes ... and my craft boxes that had been packed ... and took them to the new house.

We then spent the rest of the day putting up curtain poles, curtains and running backwards and forwards for more loops and curtain hooks ... by tea time we were physically knackered .. locked up and went back to 'hillcrest'.

Arrived at 'new' house on Monday morning to discover that we had been broken into We were met by utter chaos. We couldn't even get into the house because they'd jammed up commodes against the inside door (the elderly couple who lived in the house previously had a wide and varied collection of commodes) .... Honestly, you couldn't write this stuff ....

We managed to get the door open and were met by total carnage All my craft boxes were tipped up all over the ground floor of the house. Boxes of beads had been deliberately emptied and strewn everywhere (each box of beads was approx £100 worth) and I had 9 boxes ... rubber stamps everywhere .... papers trodden over ... absolute carnage ... I went upstairs, and all Aaron's room had been trashed .. everything pulled out their cuboards (that had already been sorted out) ... they'd stolen his books, videos, DVDs, playstation games, PS2 games .... hockey stick(which as worth £100 on its own) ... and worse than anything .. they'd stolen his brand new cricket bag .. containing all his cricket gear. His wicket keep gloves alone are worth £35.

The Police arrived within 20 mins and were absolutely fantastic ... the forensics came at lunch time and again, they were brilliant. Our new neighbours were in a total state of shock because nothing like this has ever happened. (sods law it had to happen to us).

Anyway, the Insurance doesn't start on the new house until Saturday (our proper moving in date) and the Insurance at 'hillcrest' won't cover it either despite numerous phone calls from me checking every nook and cranny in the contract. The alarm was cut so that never went off. A neighbour opposite heard banging and smashing and looked out but couldn't see anything - the huge bushes in the garden hid her view ... so we're stuffed ... absolutely stuffed.

Thankfully none of the large stuff had been brought to the house .. but neverthless, with Aarons stuff and my stash, we've lost thousands and of course Stewart and I are absolutely devastated.

I'm not bothered about my stuff, I had too much stash anyway - but why steal from a kid, the bastards knew it was a kid they were robbing from ... a lot of what has been stolen are things that Aaron had saved up for himself - and why trash the place ?? Whats with that ... surely stealing from someone is enough heartache without trashing someone's home ? It beggars belief.

Having had a couple of days to calm down - i'm now just thankful that no-one got hurt. All Aaron's belongings can be replaced over time .. and lets be honest, kids these days get and have so much stuff anyway.

We've now got the home contents insurance sorted and today the alarm fitters are arriving to install a complete new system that no-one will be able to hack.

I'd also like to say thanks to the very many people on UKS, Canny and SCS who have pm'd me, emailed me and telephoned me to let me know that they are thinking of my family and I. Knowing that people are thinking and praying for us has touched us deeply. Thank you.

Hugs 'n' snogs to you all xxxxxxx

Thursday, August 09, 2007

I am moving !!!

Unfortunately our 'old' house hasn't sold yet *insert sad smiley* ... as our buyers have gone AWOL. We haven't heard from them in nearly 6 weeks despite having paid for a full survey and all the searches. *insert another sad smiley*

However ... we were offered our 'new house' two weeks ago and we've been in there decorating it ready for the great move next week. To say i've been stressed is an understatement !!! We were supposed to be moving this weekend, but our new carpets can't get fitted until a week today and we therefore can't move in any of the big furniture until this is done.

We've had to empty Aaron's bedroom for now (thankfully everything in his room can be taken down) and he is now sleeping on a fold out camp bed - which he thinks is an adventure !!! The loft is emptied, and despite sorting through it all and chucking, tipping and free-cycling heaps and heaps ... the remainder still takes up every spare space upstairs !

Aaron is going up to Scotland with my mum this weekend, so it at least means we can fold up his camp bed and move 'non-essentials' in there so that we can start taking apart wardrobes etc in anticipation of the move ....

Anyway, its a nightmare and I never wanna move again .... So without further delay .... some photos of our new house. Please ignore the garden because it is completely overgrown ... once we've sold the 'old' house, we're going to have it completely landscaped and made 'pretty' !

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I've been tagged again .. but internationally tagged, if you don't mind !!!!

So to those people I am about to tag ... you need to read what you have to do here ...
So .......... i'm going to tag ...........................
I've been around the world ... so hopefully, you have linked to my tag and have followed me here. If you have ... thank you very much. Please collect your tag and pass on your PIF/RAK or Happy Mail as instructed.
Hey ....... imagine everyone in the world receiving Happy Mail ... how cool is that ?!!!!!!