Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Kids Cuddles and Muddy Puddles


Hello, its that time of the week again! How's your week been?  Its been a busy one here end of year school events and I'm quite looking to a calmer couple of weeks once the end of term hits. I find December and the run up to Christmas a stressful time, for many reasons and work has been busy too so I feel like I'm running around no end at the moment.  

So for this week's Tuesday Twinkler, I've chosen a post from Kids Cuddles and Muddy Puddles, talking about how to stay positive during the winter months. I have shared a similar post before but I always think its good to remind ourselves of the simple steps we can take to make ourselves feel better at this time of the year.


This Week's Linky

It has been lovely to see some new faces linking up recently - thank you, long may it continue!  

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Gratitude Journal #10



E's School Christmas Show
I cannot tell you how proud I was of E when I saw her in the school show!  She was a star, star number 12 (very important to know, I'm told) and was one of the first on stage.  She said her lines perfectly and really got into the dancing. So much so that by the end, when most of the other children were stood, slightly swaying as they sang, she was wiggling her his and moving her arms in time to the music, doing the dance as she had been taught. As the show ended, her teacher grabbed me to say how proud she was of her and how well she had done. As I walked through the hall, one of the Nan's told me I should be proud of her and how amazed she was at her performing and I had a number of other parents tell me the same. 

I know this is all very braggy of me but the change in her to the first year of school is just amazing. The first Christmas show she did, we didn't see very much of her because she sat at the side of the stage, sucking her thumb next to the teacher because she was scared of being infront of everyone. 

E's Dance Christmas Show
Each year the dance classes that E is a part of do a Christmas show at the local town hall. It gives them something to work towards and helps raise funds for the competition groups and any equipment that the group needs. This year's theme was 'night at the movies', with E's group given The Greatest Showman as their inspiration. E was dressed as a dancer/trapeze artist (loosely!), wearing sparkly silver tights, sparkly shoes, a leotard and tutu and a feather headdress. 


End of Term Looms
Whilst I openly admit that I struggle having the children at home with me all the time, I must admit that I am quite looking forward to the end of term. It means no more after school clubs, no alarms first thing in the morning and just taking things slower. I feel like we all really need to slow down a little.

Competition Wins
Between D and I, we enter a number of competitions on a regular basis. Recently, D has had a few wins, all craft related. Rather than keeping all of them for ourselves when the reality is we - I - probably won't use them, we're going to gift some of them for Christmas to someone who will hopefully be able to make good use of them. 

Thoughtful Friends
One of my good friends saw a mug out whilst shopping 'dachshund through the snow' with  sausage dog on it and brought me it as a gift because they saw it and thought of me.  

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Monthly Roundup : November 2018


All in all, November wasn't a bad month. Here's some of what's been happening:

We had next door's builders round for a meeting to discuss re-building our driveway wall.  This is a huge thing for both us and them as we hate the current wall, which was half knocked down by the seller's when we purchased it (long story) but we have other jobs to complete that are more important. Its a bigger deal for the builders though as without making the changes, they won't be granted their planning permission.  So plans have been drawn up to rebuild it to specifications that should be agreeable for them in terms of their planning permission and now we wait to see what planning have to say.  I'm keeping my finger's firmly crossed that the wall is approved!

Work has been crazy busy with a new website being launched and everything that goes with that. We've been continuing to tweak it and make changes and its looking good.

November was the month that I started to feel.... old. I had an appointment at the opticians who told me I now have to wear glasses "... most of the time...". And they weren't kidding, the only time they told me I don't need to wear them is when I'm walking!  I'm slowly getting used to wearing them but I do feel very self conscious in them and since wearing them, I've remembered why I don't wear jewellery. Because I constantly fidget with them.

The girls have had a couple of parties to go to this month.  One was at soft play and the other in a village hall, which D was super impressed to have to go to with E.  It was his idea of hell with lots of kids running around screaming and a loud disco. Never mind, I didn't feel too bad for him!


Buddy was poorly again, quite seriously this time. Honestly, I thought the children were bad but he's on a whole new level. We came home from shopping on the Saturday to find he had been sick and had diarrhoea, which took 9 days to clear up.  We had a visit to the vets and they were also able to speak to me a couple of times on the phone.  We don't know what caused it but suspect he had probably eaten something (again) that he shouldn't have.  I really don't understand how though as I'm careful to keep a very close eye on him. I was mortified when they weighed him as he only weighed 4lbs. That's teeny and because he had lost so much weight from being ill, his poor little ribs were visible.  Thankfully since 
he's been better he's regained weight and is looking healthy again. Phew! 

Unusually for me, I had a night out with some of the Mums I know from school and it was bloomin' lovely to see everyone without their kids and being off Mum duty.  We went for an Indian and I'm hoping we manage to do it again soon.




We took a trip on The Polar Express a couple of weeks ago and it was brilliant, the girls absolutely loved it.  The performers did an amazing job, talking to everyone and remembering their names and story and then getting us to join in.  We were lucky to get first class seats when we booked so they were a little roomier and comfier than standard. We all enjoyed a cookie and hot chocolate, we saw Santa and sang Christmas carols and the children were given a silver bell.  The only thing I would have done differently would be making sure they girls had had their dinner rather than a snack before as they spent the whole time asking if we were still going to take them to McDonalds once we had finished on the train!!

Here's to December, which is looking pretty full with events, mostly for the kids, it has to be said! Have a good month all!

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Where the Wild Things Were


Happy Tuesday Folks! I can hardly believe we're in December and Christmas is just a few weeks away.  I must admit, I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed, there's so much to do!  The next couple of weeks are packed with various things for the girls - Christmas shows (school and dance), three school trips, two school discos and the usual after school clubs.  I'd say so long to my social life but luckily its pretty non-existent these days!!

This week's Tuesday Twinkler is a post from Pandora and Max.  Her eldest child has just finished school and headed to Thailand. The post is, to me, bitter sweet, a celebration of growing up and independence, for both Mum and child. I'm so glad these days are a while off for us (although I know they'll creep up and be here before I know it!).



This Week's Linky

It has been lovely to see some new faces linking up recently - thank you, long may it continue!  

Please don't forget to follow the rules below, it only takes a moment to share your post and the linky.


Linking
* You can link up to one post per week, old or new.  Any additional posts will be deleted.
* The linky will open at 6am Tuesday and close at 23.55 the next day (Wednesday).
*  Please add the Twinkly Tuesday badge to the bottom of your post.
* By linking up, you are giving me permission to use the images from your blog if featured as a Tuesday Twinkler.

Commenting 
*  Please comment on my post and at least two other posts, including the one directly before yours and as many others as you can - we're all busy but lets show other blogs some love. 
* I will comment on as many posts as I possibly can but please do not be offended if I don't manage to visit your blog. Rest assured, I'll continue to choose a Tuesday Twinkler.
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Monday, 3 December 2018

Gratitude Journal #9




Not Having to Cook
I was lucky this week with two nights off from cooking!  We had one night where we walked into town to see the Christmas lights after they were switched on and met my inlaws in the local Weatherspoons.  Dinner was delicious!

And then, after I finished my full day in the office and went to collect the girls from my in-laws with D, they had made us a roast dinner! Honestly, it was the perfect timing as I had the start of a heavy cold and really couldn't be bothered to cook.  

Christmas Shopping
Well, finally making a start on it! Mostly stocking fillers, but its a start!  I've tried to buy things I know they'll make use of, e.g. hair clips, lip balms, notebooks. 

New Mattress
We've had our new mattress a couple of weeks now. I'm so pleased with it, I'm not waking up anywhere near as achey (still achey though!).  Before, I was unable to lie on my left side because I found it too painful whereas I now can. 

Toy Clear Out
I was really pleased with the girls on Saturday. I told them they have to tidy their playroom and get rid of a few toys to make way for new toys at Christmas.  They filled up a box without any complaining and have since added a few more things. Between us, I've also taken a couple of bags of things, as well as a box of baby and toddler toys and they've not noticed they've gone.  I think they have so many things and it really frustrates me when they aren't played with, so I'm grateful for the clear out.

Coffee
Last week I picked up a box of baileys flavoured coffee and they were delicious!  Perfect as a mid afternoon pick me up.
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