Last week of term

Darcey was very excited on Friday. Because this week is half term for her! A week off school, but don’t let that fool you. It’s not a week off getting up early. Oh no, Marnie is teething (big bottom teeth) and the amber beads are not doing their job this time. They’re usually very trustworthy, but they can’t help the pain of the nasty back teeth! She’s got temperatures of 39 and struggling to sleep due to a nasty cough too. Poor girl is powering through though! Still giving smiles and annoying Darcey! Over the weekend we had the usual swimming class in the morning and Darcey impressed me so much this week! She can swim not only without a float, but can swim using her arms too. She stops a few times for the width of the pool, but she’s doing it! She’s doing so well and it’s amazing to see her progress each week. She had a birthday party and sleepover to attend that day too. So I dropped her off at her former childminders house for her daughters 8th birthday. The theme was MineCraft. Darcey has no idea what that is. But apparently she had the best time and ended up going to bed at 10pm. Almost four hours later than normal! We picked her up on Sunday morning ready to drive to London to see Matt’s Nan, Dad and step mum. “So what did you do at the sleepover then Darcey?” Her reply “I don’t know, I maybe did some dancing and I had pancakes for breakfast”. Great. I’m glad you had no clue what you did! 🙄🤦🏽‍♀️. The drive to London was easy, Blackwall tunnel was clear and we got there in an hour and 20 minutes! Amazing! Our first stop was to Nanna Nina, who has recently moved into a home and she loves it. She does seem so much happier, although gets annoyed at other residents who have no idea what they’re doing. She told us a story of a woman who puts her finger in the sugar bowl, licks it and puts her finger back in. DOUBLE DIPPING! 🤢. Nina is almost 100 and doesn’t look it or acts like it! She’s still got her wits about her. It was lovely seeing her.

We then went over to visit Dave, Jen and the cutest puppy dog, Jasper. Jasper was super excited to see more people at his house and it showed! He was trying to jump out of Jen’s arms when we got to the door. They call him ‘the 100 MPH dog’ he is just mad! But the girls have learnt to love him and there was a completely different atmosphere around him yesterday. Darcey couldn’t stop holding him and wanting to be near him! Now previously, if any dog went near her. She would freak out! To the point where she would scream and try and get to a high place (mainly us having to pick her up). This time. She had already said in the car “I’m going to be brave with jasper today”. She was great with him and so was Marnie. She did freak out at first when Jasper jumped up at her and tried licking her face (he is the same height as her when on his back legs). So she didn’t trust him for a while, but when she saw Darcey playing with him, she was able to give him cuddles. It was lovely to see the girls playing with him.

We took Jasper out for a walk over the common across the road from their house. It had been raining on and off all day, but that doesn’t stop British people going out! Winter coats on. Marnie in her buggy. Raincover on and off we went. It. Was. Flipping. Freezing! It may as well have been snowing. All the “moody clouds” were over head and forced us to walk back home at a quicker pace than when we started!

Around five pm we made the trip back home. This time the Blackwall Tunnel was heaving. We’ve made the same trip many times and every time it shocks me how people drive around that area. Cars pushing in the queue, driving over hatched lines and slip roads they’re not meant to drive down. It’s so bloody annoying and I’m glad Matt drives because I think I would get mega road rage if I were to drive around that part of London.

But we got home at around 7:15pm. Good driving Matt! High five! We put the girls to bed and sat down to watch SAS: Who Dares Wins. If you haven’t watched it. It’s basically some random civilians who have applied to take on the challenge of the tough process in becoming apart of the SAS. They don’t actually get into the SAS in real life, but it’s the last standing who are told they could do it! It’s great, but sometimes a hard watch! Watch it. See if you could do it. I couldn’t! I think I’d cry at the first challenge.

I’ve started doing my own projects this week too. Photos to follow. I get my inspiration from Pinterest. I ❤️ Pinterest. I look for craft projects and ideas for dinners mainly. We have a 4 weekly food planner for dinner at home and it’s primarily recipes from Pinterest. So thanks Pinterest bloggers for your great ideas! my calligraphy needs some work, but I think my first attempts are pretty awesome!

We love UNO in our house! Darcey picked up the rules pretty quickly. So we have evenings where we just play games. The girls love playing with PlayDoh”-doh-doh-doh” too!

Now it’s half term. A week with both girls and no work. It’s going to be great… She says. 😬🤫

Busy weekend!

Hi everyone,

Just to keep things light and breezy, my blog today is really a diary entry. Almost. My weekend started off with getting up early (well. All my days consist of getting up early!) and getting the girls ready for an outing to a TaeKwon-Do competition. If you didn’t know already, my best friends husband is my boss. He’s a 7th Dan Black Belt and has his own full time club! Round of applause please! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. I work for him doing his admin. I love my job! So he asked me to make cakes for the UTA fundraiser. Which will help get competitors to competitions around the world! I was in charge of making some cakes and selling them to parents and children at the competition. I took this role very seriously… most of the time. I’m lying! Ali was with me and I think he made a point of splitting us up at one point! 😳😂. She was sent to the judges table. And I was left to my own devises. Anyway. It was my first experience of a competition and any form of Martial Arts really. It was interesting to watch and Darcey loved watching the sparring. It certainly stuck with her when we got home, she was showing Matt some punches and kicks as best she could replicate! Glenn gave her a medal because in her words “Glenny, can I have a medal for being amazing?”. At the end of the day we made almost £300, just selling cakes and drinks. I’m sure it was my wit, charm and dry sense of humour that brought the customers to me! So that was Saturday.

Sunday, was a day of uncertainty once I woke up. Ali had randomly mentioned yesterday that she was running the 10K London Winter Run and asked if I would go with her. When I woke up. I wasn’t going, but I went downstairs and saw that Matt had remembered to take the buggy out of the car. “Darcey, do you want to go to London to watch Ali do her race?”

“Erm… yes mummy! I’ll get dressed right now!” This was at 7am! Quickly we got dressed, breakfast was eaten, teeth brushed, hair done and coats on! We were ready for when Ali drove up on the driveway at 8:15am and she was all shocked that we would come with her (she came to our house first because we live near the train station). So we walked down to the station, got on the train and set off to St Pancras. Once at Nelsons Column, there was 1,000’s upon 1,000’s of people there! Some cheering on their loved ones, wrapped up so tight because it was -4!! MINUS FOUR!! Good ole English weather. But we’re British, we can handle anything! Except Snow, if it snows here. The whole country needs help! It’s madness! Anyway, back to the race. We saw it all, penguin hats, brightly coloured wigs, super heroes, the odd buggy with a small child inside it being pushed by a parent AND an almost naked man! He literally had nothing on that wouldn’t leave anything to the imagination! It was hilarious seeing him try to run with this mankini on! Darcey was utterly disgusted by the whole experience, which made it all the more funnier!

Ali finished in an awesome time of 51 minutes! Which was cause for celebration and re fuelling of a Nandos. We 💙 Nandos! It’s one of those places when you have the same thing every time you go in. You look at the menu and think – I’ll have something different this time. Then you say to yourself, but what if I don’t like it as much as my normal choice?! It’ll be a wasted trip! So I always go for a lemon and herb chicken wrap with cheese and pineapple and the side of spicy rice. You can’t go wrong. It’s so tasty. And on my next trip, I’ll get a free starter. Life goals! Marnie decided that chicken wasn’t as tasty as just having ketchup on its own. And frozen yogurt is her favourite. We headed home from there. Got the tube back to St Pancras and the train back home. It was an eventful day and busy weekend.

Also.

To add.

Happy Chinese New Year! 🐷🧧

I’ll be making my own sweet and sour chicken balls and egg fried rice tonight!

Have a fabulous week!

That is all.

Bullies can do one…

So in the news recently there have been more and more cases of bullying online and teens especially committing suicide, it’s horrendous and so incredibly sad for those unfortunate enough to have to go through such an awful time in their lives! I was bullied in school. But not enough for me to want to end me life. I self harmed, but never had any suicidal thoughts, but being in school before social media (yes there was a time before social media, and we survived a day without looking at a mobile), it was probably a whole different ball game. I’ve always said to friends that I’d hate to be a child/teen now. It just seems too hard, what with all the pressure to be a certain size, not being the right ethnicity, penalised for being the wrong gender, having a different faith. Children these days seem to have it all thrown at them. What can we do to change it? Change the way “celebrities” post on social media, change who we see on reality tv, (I mean not just choosing the slimmest woman, the man with a six pack or even just an able bodied person) or just change views of the individual?? Whatever the answer, something needs to be done! We were told this morning that social media would be shut down if they don’t do anything about someone searching ‘suicide’. I think that’s a great idea, better still, should we get rid of social media altogether. 🤷🏽‍♀️

I wouldn’t have a clue what I would do to someone if they were the reason my girls were sad or even thinking they’re worthless and don’t deserve all good things in life! No child, or grown adult actually should think they’re better than someone else. They may be the most intelligent or the most popular, but that doesn’t give them the right to make someone else’s life a misery. Simple as that.

If you don’t like someone. That’s fine. You don’t have to like everyone and not everyone will like you. I’ve said that to Darcey ever since she came home sad from school saying a girl in her class said to her “I don’t like you, Darcey”. Explaining to a five year old that it’s ok not to like everyone, but you just have to be kind was surprisingly easy. She totally understood. I’d like to think she’s nice all the time. She isn’t. She can be grumpy towards her friends, but at five, she’s still learning how to manage her emotions. I just have to keep telling her to be kind even if you don’t like someone. Always be kind. You have no idea what their life is like outside of school.

That’s me done for today. Netball night and I’m ready to win. 💪🏼🏐🥇

What a weekend!

So the weekend started with Darcey swimming. Saturday morning. Nine am! She’s doing so well and managed to swim without a float again this weekend! Super proud. Hopefully she’ll be going up to the next hat fairly soon, which she’s super excited about!

The afternoon was lovely, with a party for my friends little girl and catching up with a couple of the girls I used to work with at the school. After having a chat about being mums, it seems to me that I’m not the only one who struggled with a baby. I always knew I wasn’t the only one, but it’s comforting to know I’m not alone when it comes to the emotions that comes after having a baby. One of the girls I spoke to said that she was in complete shock when she had her first child. She wanted to have her old life back, wanted to just be her own person and not have to wake up in the night and deal with a vomiting, crying baby. The freedom she had before her first child was greatly missed! I loved having Darcey. But it was after having Marnie all those same feelings came about. If anyone is struggling with a first baby, second or if you’re crazy, third baby+. Just know. You’re not alone!

Anyway. Back to the rest of my weekend. So today was a day in London Town with Matt, the girls, sister and brother in law, their boys and matts mum and step dad! It’s started off heading to the train station for ten o’clock. Went to the platform the screen told us to go to. I quickly noticed that there was no way a train could get to the platform we were on. There was a huge STOP sign on the track. So after asking the guard at the top of the stairs. “Yeah it’s been changing all morning. It’s platform 3”. So over the bridge we go. With a coffee, two babychinos and a buggy! Only to be told that no, in fact the train will come along on the 1st platform. So back over we go. Still unsure that was the right decision. Announcement over the tannoy “the train now approaching platform 3 is the 10:00 service to St Pancras”. 🤦🏽‍♀️ “Right. Run Darcey!” I pick the buggy up. Run up the stairs with Darcey and rush her back down whilst the train is just about approaching the platform. The doors open and we’re half way down the stairs! “Hurry up, Darcey!” We made it! The children sat down and played a game of Harry Potter Top Trumps (the best Top Trumps!) and the surprisingly quick journey to London began.

Once we got to London, it was a slow walk down to the underground to catch a train to Knightsbridge to spend the day at the Science Museum. Darcey liked parts of it, but she managed to spend most of her time acting like she was a pre teen. “Ow I’m bored, I already know that, pick me up, I know”, but she loved the interactive parts. My nephews were well into it all though. Which was great to watch! I’m not quite sure what Darcey will be interested in yet. There’s nothing really that I can think of that’s she’s desperate to want to learn. When does that happen? How does that happen? I’ve tried to get her excited about things like Netball, dance, drawing. Nothing really captures her attention. 🤷🏽‍♀️

My Sister in Law and I played a great game of “bogies”. If you don’t know the game. It’s great. You walk around a public place (normally a library or supermarket) anywhere works. And take it in turns to say “bogies” until you’re actually shouting it. The person who can say it the loudest, wins. Simple, yet hilarious game! I won every game we played. Obviously. 😏

14k steps later. We got home and the girls are going to bed at 7:30pm. I’m knackered. Matt is sore and the girls are still bouncing around! Why?! How?!

Goodnight! 😴

Getting my fitness on!

So I’m almost two weeks into the ‘Insanity’ workouts! And I would like to think I’m doing really well! Ali gave me her old Fitbit with the heart rate tech on it. I love it! I’m in the ‘honeymoon’ stage with it all. Checking it every so often. Using the app, which has new features since I stopped using it a while back! I didn’t get round to doing a workout yesterday, but since the 7th January 2019, I’ve done 12 workouts and played Netball! So a day off is much needed. I’ll be back on it later today. Matt is back at work today since having ‘the snip’. Well. Tonight and I’ll be getting the bed to myself, which is always something to look forward to! We have a busy weekend planned. Darcey has swimming in the morning at the local leisure centre then another 1st birthday party to attend in the afternoon. Sunday is a whole day in London! I’m sure there’ll be lots of steps walked that day! 🚶🏽‍♀️There will definitely be photos to show from our weekend antics!

If there is anything you would like me to talk about. Please drop me a message. I don’t want to clog a newsfeed up with things that bore you. 😵 also if you do like what I’m writing. Please share it with your friends. It’s the only way of getting my name out in this giant planet we call Earth! I’m thinking about doing some Pinterest stuff soon. Baking is a favourite past time! Pinterest is great for amazing recipes. I want to get in on that action too!

Over and out for today. Thank you for sticking with me. 😘

No more babies…

So we came to the decision together a while back that Matt and I don’t want anymore babies. Surprisingly it wasn’t a hard decision. After having Marnie and quickly realising she wasn’t going to be an easy baby, we were 100% positive we didn’t want anymore! We always said if we had Marnie first, she’d be an only child! So today is the day that Matt has taken the plunge to get ‘the snip’. The girls and I have stopped at the local Costa to indulge in a hot chocolate while we wait for him to be done.

He was playing it cool earlier, but I could tell he was nervous about it.

Roll on the next few days.

On a separate note. We’re going to a 1st birthday party later today. Matt won’t come because of… well… you know… ✂️

Netball mad!

Ali and I headed from home just after 10am and smashed our car singing to ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack. We are amazing singers, but will leave our lovely voices to ourselves. We don’t need to steal the spotlight from anyone else. It wouldn’t be fair.

So we’re at the Arena Birmingham watching five games of Netball! Loughborough Lightning, Team Bath, Manchester Thunder, Sirens, Pulse, Storm, Wasps, Celtic Dragons, Stars and our most favourite team MAVERICKS! Mav’s are playing Thunder at 7pm.

It’s so nice to have time away from the girls. I love them dearly, but I knew the day would go from bad to worse when Marnie woke up whinging before I even went in to get her this morning. So today was much needed! They stayed at home with my friend and little boy and had a fab day by the sounds of it all. Hopefully tomorrow will start in s better note.

Well we’re on our way home at 21:45 with a loss at the start of the super league for this season. Not the best start, but they win some, they lose some. We still love Mavericks. Especially those Corbin sisters. They can do no wrong! That’s enough from me tonight. I’m almost home and ready for my bed. It’s been a long day. ZzZz

Where did photos go?

So if you’re a parent or relative of a child you will probably have the same issue as me. What to do with all the random photos of the children on your phone? I will sometimes just delete the random blurry photo, but most of the time I just keep it in the album on my phone, that is until my phone gets angry at me for having only .2 of a GB left and I can’t do anything but watch Pinterest videos of Calligraphy (I actually did do this tonight, it’s a new thing I’m going to try for this year!). What happened to having a camera? You’d fill the film, take it to the printers and within a week they’d be ready for you to pick up and leave in a drawer somewhere around the house! With all the intentions of putting them in a lovely album. Obviously. So every time my phone gets mad at me. I take my photos off my phone put them on my Mac and double back them up on a memory stick. But now I’m thinking to myself – I’d really love to make some albums. Get a few photos printed for the girls to look back on rather than scrolling through thousands. Yes. Literally thousands of bloody photos and videos! They’ll get bored looking through them. I know I do. I should do a dvd of all the videos I’ve filmed too. Oh the possibilities are endless. Or maybe they just end at albums and dvd? I’m not sure. I do have random photos like this one that I would send to Ali with the caption ‘I’m going to make her bankrupt!!’ and forget to delete it. What do I say to Darcey about this one? Oh yes. I remember that day. It was the time you got Junior Monopoly Christmas 2017 and….. Blah Blah Blah. What a boring story! She won’t care if she got a board game one year. She’ll just want to see lovely, funny, mad photos of herself. I’m going to do it. I’m going to get photos printed. Actually printed so I can hold them and flick through all those memories of the girls when they were small for a short time and put them in an album. I’ll report back once this mission is complete!

Darcey is back at school!

So today, Darcey is up and ready to start her day back at school. “I’m so excited to see my teachers! I’ve missed them”

I’m so glad that she loves school. It really does help that I’m not one of those parents who have to bribe her to stay or peel her off my leg while she’s screaming bloody murder because I’m leaving her…. in actual prison!

I would say that I’ve enjoyed a lie in since she’s been off. This is almost far from the truth. She’s still been up before the crack of dawn. We’ve got her a Gro Clock that changes from stars to the sun when it’s time to get up, so I had to change the time of that from six am to 6:30. Half an hour makes all the difference, said no one ever!

Darcey walking to her big school for the first time back in September.

Fast Forward a Year!

Ok, so now I’m up to date with everything here’s an update on the past year. It’s been manic! After Darcey’s 4th Birthday party, we obviously had to start preparations for Christmas, but first we had to finalise our plans for extending the house. We were living in a two bed end of terrace, but needed the extra space and after looking online at houses near us, there was nothing we wanted to move into. We knew that we would be better off extending. So after finding a builder who could do what we needed in our budget, we cracked on in November 2017 and with a few set backs and arguments with said builder, it was final finished in May 2018! It was a hard slog and at one point all four or us were living in one bedroom. It was tough and surprisingly, Matt and I didn’t argue once about it all. We did have to move out, I went to Ali’s house with the girls whilst Matt went to his mother’s house. But we finally got back in and it was all grand! It’s still a work in progress inside with decorating to do in the living room, but we finally have the big kitchen we both wanted, utility room, playroom I wanted for the girls – obviously, and a big double height bedroom we both wanted! Darcey has her own room, but it still desperate to share with Marnie. So now that’s all done, we’re ready to get the back garden done. It’s looking a bit neglected and the fence panels are on their last legs!

The back door is now Patio doors and there is a bit more grass on the ground now. The two windows on the left is the extension.

I went on my first weekend away with ‘The Sizzling Six‘ to Center Parcs. What a weekend that was! ‘The Weekend Away for No Reason’ we had T-Shirts printed and everything!

us. In a phone box. It’s what we do.

Marnie turned 1 and her attitude grew too, I didn’t think that was possible, but it was. It seemed like she was turning a corner at one point when she could tell us what she wanted. Words she can say now: Mama, Dada, More, Please, No, Ta, Love You, Bowl, Drink, Teddy, Football, Woof, Miaow, Chocolate. She has the attitude and strops that could give a 16 year old a run for their money, but she will smile at me and it just melts my heart. But she’s still a madam (putting it lightly!) and I do still struggle with her on a daily basis! But she’ll get there, hopefully and this will all just be a distant memory. She says with hope and crossed fingers!!

Our walls still need painting, if you know anyone…

Matt’s dad has been unwell for the most of 2018 and was taken into hospital on Mothers Day and ended up leaving on or just after Fathers Day. It’s been a tough year for them and we have made sure his step mum was coping with it all and he made regular trips down to London to see him as much as he could! He came out and was recovering slowly, but doing so well. We saw them at Christmas and he seemed to be unwell again and we were told by his step mother that he was taken in again on NYD! So another uncertain time worrying about what’s going on with him.

We had a lovely 1st Christmas in our big house and had family over for a big meal! It was fun to entertain, but so tiring! Not sure if I’m up for that again this year. I need an emoji!

Father Christmas thought Darcey deserved some presents in 2018. I didn’t!


So now we’re in 2019 and I can honestly say I’m looking forward to this year. I love birthdays and can’t wait for Marnie to turn 2 in April. My birthday is in March, Matt’s is in July and Darcey’s is October. I don’t do New Years Resolutions, but I did make a promise to myself that I would be 2 dress sizes smaller before this Christmas! Now I’ve put it out there, I have to stick to it. I WILL stick to it. I’ve got the full set of INSANITY DVD’s and I’m looking forward to getting back into doing them everyday with Matt again! Oh and also it’s England’s turn to host the Netball World Cup this year and I’m travelling to Liverpool with Ali for the weekend in July to watch a few games of Netball! Mega excited about that!! Not sure if I’ve mentioned it in a previous post, but I love Netball! It was my first love before meeting Matt. Ive been playing since I was 16. I was late starting, but as soon as I did, I never stopped! There’s me back tracking again. Any way, back to now, what was I saying? Yes, so this year is going to be great! I even might start a new business. More on that anther time, if I get round to doing it.