Sunday, 18 June 2017

Silent Sunday

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Silent Sunday

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Monthly Round Up : May 2017

We had three parties in May. Three. The kids have better social lives than I do!  We have a little routine now - I take E to the party (T hasn't had many invites yet) and D will take T out for a little walk or they pop into work to see Nanny and Grandad, before going to do some shopping. T is never that impressed when she realises we're going off without her but usually has a nice time with D regardless.

We took a trip to Banham Zoo (we're still making good use of our season tickets). The girls love a trip to the zoo and were absolutely shattered by the time we got back to the car. 

We had a trip to the local farm with our friends A and P, which actually seems like a lifetime ago.  It was nice and quiet and we just pottered around for a couple of hours before the school run.

We've re-introduced reward charts. There's a couple of things we need to focus on with the girls. T has been particularly... challenging over the past few weeks with tantrums and being particularly vocal. Not to mention the issues with nursery and not eating through the day. With E, its not that she's overly naughty but that she needs some reminders and positive reinforcement here and there.

T and I had a nice afternoon play date with my lovely friend R and her little boy, A.  With us both juggling work and everything that goes with two young children, it can be difficult to catch up so it was long over due. 

Its been nice getting into a routine of having a Monday to myself. I drop the kids off at school and nursery and then potter around for the rest of the day, doing as much or as little as I like. I've been feeling SO much better for it too!  

We've been making great use of our garden. I've been spending a huge amount of time outside, weeding and planting and generally pottering about whilst the kids play. Its been so nice.

D and I braved a trip to Ikea and spent an absolute bomb.  As its a bit of a trek for us to get there, when we do go, we are armed with a long list of what we want to get and this time was no exception. We came back with curtain poles for the three windows in the living room, a pole for the bathroom and new storage furniture for the playroom, not forgetting curtains for the bathroom, new cushions and a ton of other things.

And of course, we've had half term which was surprisingly easy with neither of the girls being ill. Honestly, its such a rarity it felt somewhat strange!  

I'm still having a few issues with my jaw and the lump that I have on it. I'm pretty sure its got bigger, although that could just be me being paranoid about it.  I've been having a lot of pain in my jaw and ear, as well as tingling and tightness.  The Doctor had hoped a week using a spray in my ear might make a difference but it hasn't and now I have to wait it out for my follow up appointment with the hospital as he said he doesn't have a clue what's causing the issues and whether its related to the lump or not.  So he's sent me away with some co-codamol and told me to wait until August, which is when the appointment is due.  Fab, no?


Monday, 5 June 2017

10 Things that Make me Happy

The lovely Kirsty from Winnettes (not-so) recently tagged me to share my 10 happy things, so here we go:

1 - Family
It goes without saying that my family makes me happy. They also drive me completely batty but I wouldn't have it any other way. I look back and whilst I miss having time to myself, I really don't know what I actually used to do with my time.  Being immersed in family life for almost five years (FIVE!), my days are non stop and I can't imagine it being any other way.  

2 - Seaside
I've said it before, I'll say it again. The seaside is my happy place. If I could live anywhere, I would love to live near the seaside.  I don't get there anywhere near as much as I would like to, purely because if we go during the weekends, it is such a slow road from ours and it clogs up so quickly with caravans and everyone else having the same idea.  Having said that, my favourite time to visit is whilst its still cool and you still need a coat. Walking along the promenade with the wind hitting my face and the sound of the waves crashing down is just my idea of bliss. Sigh. I really must make a trip soon... 

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3 -  Sales Shopping
I don't do anywhere near as much of this as I used to but I do love getting a good bargain! Before we had the girls, we would go sales shopping on Boxing Day and I would come back with bags and bags full of things. These days, I tend to pick up presents for the birthday box (incase I forget anyone or the girls are invited to a party) and things for the girls.  

4 - Having a good sort out / a clean home
There's something I find very therapeutic about having a good clear out and those being clean. Even if it stays clean only for a short time, I like being free of clutter and the room smelling fresh with a hint of furniture polish when I walk into it.

5 - Time to myself
If I know I have some time alone, without D or the girls, I find myself looking forward to it. I'm someone that loves some time to myself.  I like not having anyone to talk to and the quiet around me, not having the TV or radio on as background nose. Time to think, to crack on with jobs or housework or to do nothing at all.  I've always been the same. If we meet with friends or go away, I prefer to visit them, so that I can come away when I've had enough and I struggle if I have people to stay, with them being around me the whole time.  Some people find this offensive but its just who I am.

6-  Pamper session
Something else that I don't get round to doing very often is a pamper session.  I'm talking shaved legs and pits, foot scrub, face mask, nail and hair treatments, the works. These days I just tend to do something as and when I have a little time to myself. 

7 - Gardening
Something I'm really enjoying this year is gardening. More than I thought I would!  I'm finding it really therapeutic to get outside, planting and weeding the garden. My head clears and I just concentrate on the task at hand.... inbetween playing referee when the girls start bickering! Its not a big garden but its keeping me busy and now that there's a little bit of colour out there, it all looks like it is starting to come together, which is very satisfying.  

8 - Reading
I've always been a book worm and some of my earliest memories involve books. I can remember my grandparents reading religious stories to me when I would stay over, being curled up reading Enid Blyton books and visiting the library, looking for me.  When I was in infant school, my Mum had to come in to speak to the teachers because I'd read all the books in my age range and had started trying to pick those in the next age up. Apparently that wasn't allowed... until they'd spoken to Mum, that is!

These days I still read a fair bit, albeit to the children than for myself.  Since having them, I've not read anywhere near as much as I used to but in January I set myself a goal or 12 books. 1 a month. Slowly but surely I'm working my way towards it and reminding myself of just how nice it is to be sat down and immersed in a good book. 

9 - Catching up with friends
I'm not the most sociable of people, I tend to get quite awkward and I don't have many friends. Those that I do have, I've made through nursery and school. Some of them I will only usually see at drop offs and pick ups and the odd play date but when we do catch up, its nice to do so and I feel tons better for it. 

10 - Being Creative
One thing I really miss about living with my inlaws is the space to have my sewing things out.  Other than my sewing box and sewing machine, everything else is packed away - ribbons, buttons, fabrics, etc etc.  I'm trying to do something creative when I can, I'm loving using the chalk paints still and I have some hexies that I'm working on joining together to make into a pillow case. Creativity is good for me, I need to make more time for it

What 10 things make you happy? 


Sunday, 4 June 2017

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