Moo turns 2!

Yesterday was Marnie’s 2nd birthday. She woke up in my bed with Darcey singing ‘Happy Birthday’. Darcey was welcomed with the response “NO!” And a slap. 🙄. Great start to the day.

She opened her presents from the three of us and we got ready for the school run. After taking Darcey to school, we headed out for some party supplies. I’d already been to Costco’s for a couple of pizzas the day before, so yesterday was cups, plates and banners. A few other things were purchased too. New hula hoops and a couple of teddies for both girls.

To make it clear. I’m not “one of those parents” who give the non-birthday child a gift on the birthday child’s actual birthday. The things I got Darcey are hidden and I will give them to her on another day.

So, anyway. I prepped the party food during the day. The party was starting after Darcey had finished school. Everyone came over and filled the house pretty quickly, but I love the madness! We played some games, filled up all the children with sweets, cake and pizza and sent them on their way. Marnie did well for presents. Clothes, toys, soft animals and puzzles! She loved opening them all (with the help of the older children).

I got to the end of the day and thought “How on earth is she 2 already?!” It feels like I’ve blinked and she turning into a little girl. She’s just not a baby anymore. She’s talking up to five word sentences and just becoming more bearable to be around, which is always a nice feeling. Roll on Darcey’s birthday in October.

Also, I’ve come to the realisation that I’m turning into a ‘Pinterest Mum’ and do you know what? I’m fine with that.

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. 😬🤫

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! 😴

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!