Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Bye bye fabric, hello leather!

Since we moved into our home almost three years ago now, we've had this blue fabric sofa already for us to use. Lord knows how long it has been there or how many bums and pairs of shoes had been laid upon it. I mean, it looked cleaned enough but wow...fabric sofas are a pain to clean aren't they? So over time, with children, this blue sofa became a curse.

Then, when our glorious little Annebelle joined the family, we knew the fabric sofa would have to go and soon! Well, once we could afford something new that is! Pipe dream considering the cost of things nowadays! So those early months with Belle passed and she soon started to climb up the sofa, walking round it, sticky fingers pathing a way for me to clean. Then came the stage where she could climb up ON the sofa, thus covering it more of whatever she had on her hands. It has been never ending and that poor blue has taken a beating. 

It was time for a change! 

So we decided to look into getting a 'new' sofa! Pennies would be saved and one day we'd be able to place our tired behinds onto something clean, soft and gloriously ours. However, before that day arrived our landlord dropped us a line "A sofa will be delivered to you tomorrow, let me know if you like it" err...ok! There was other talk of possibly having to remove the front window to get it in, but thankfully that wasn't the case. 

We had this delivered...
It was totally made for that corner of our front room and even though it was secondhand, we didn't care! The blue sofa could go bye bye! Our front room now looks soooo much nicer. The sofa is super comfy and as you can see, the kids love it too!

The Mad Mid Week Blog Hop!

Welcome to this weeks #MadMidWeekBlogHop

If this is your first time popping by, then welcome! It's great to have you! And if you're a regular then it's fabulous to see you again!! 

This last week we've celebrated by youngest little man, turning six. Hard to believe it's been six years since I've held his little warm skinned, newborn self in my arms. Now he is his own little man, in his own right! He had such a fun birthday lunch with family & friends and we even went out for dinner that night too, to his favorite place, Cosmo!
 
With all of the birthday excitement over the end of the week, we had a gloriously lazy weekend. Our weekend was filled with PJ mornings, sitting cross legged on the tables playing tablets, and even a little outside fun in the garden {when it wasn't raining!}.
Just a few things...your posts can be old or new, no giveaways please, no other linkys and please link up with a post & not a direct URL to your blog as those will be deleted

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Please make it round to as many other beautiful bloggers as you can. Doesn't have to be everyone! But sharing a little love is better than sharing none! xx

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Visiting our local Garden centre.

The kids and I recently paid a visit to our local garden centre, not only for a nosy round but to meet up with friends and their children for some tea & cake. What more reason do you need for a catch up? Cake is always a winner to throw into the mix, and the kids certainly didn't complain either.

We arrived a little early, so as we waited for my friends to meet us, we had a look round. We'd only ever been at his garden centre around Christmas to see Santa, as they put on an amazing Christmas trail every year, so it was lovely to see it in full bloom on a sunny afternoon. 

The kids made wishes in the new wishing pond, we were amused, if not a little creeped out by the dancing/singing band of Gorillas at the entrance and aww'd at all of the beautiful flowers and seats/swing chairs.
Bit of a photo dump! Apoligies! But the place is so pretty that I couldn't help but share! We had such a fun afternoon that we even went back the next day for breakfast and to buy some pots for the little cactus' we bought the day before.
I can see Hillside being a firm favourite to visit every few weeks, especially now our front garden is almost finished, therefore colour is needed in the form of pretty posies. 

Do you have a garden centre near you that makes for a fun visit?

Monday, 18 August 2014

Jacobs Birthday Lunch.

This weekend just passed, my youngest little guy turned six. His 'big' birthday party isn't for a few weeks yet, so he can enjoy it all with his wee school pals. So over the weekend we threw him a lovely wee birthday lunch with friends and family. His birthday actually fell on a Friday, which is a day that he is at his Dads, so doing this little birthday lunch was a way for both of us to spend the afternoon with him on his special day.

Jacob was beaming when he knocked on my door and I'll be honest, I couldn't wait to scoop him up for a big hug and tell him HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Which I did....when I flung open my door as I couldn't wait to give him a cuddle. His eyes where full of excitement and he immediately bypassed the living room {no presents there} and went straight for the den aka 'party room' and all I heard was "OMG ELLIE...LOOK!" hahahaha, and here was me still ushering guests through the door!

Usually we'd wait a while to open gifts but on this occasion I figured he'd burst if he had to wait any longer, so we gathered them up and took them into the front room. He was pretty stoked by his gifts, which I was pleased! Kids can be hard to please these days! But seen as he's a little pokemon madman at the moment, with this lot we couldn't go wrong!
After the presents where opened the kids had so much fun playing some minecraft together, and helping themselves to the party table. While us adults just chilled out in the party room chatting about gaming {as per!} and filling our faces with pizza. Annabelle napped throughout most of it too, so it was nice to be able to relax a little.
This lunch was nothing fancy, nothing big, but it was wonderful and Jacob had a BLAST of an afternoon. He was even pretty impressed when I cut his cake!
PINATA SURPRISE! Smarties. Yum yum! My first attempt at this sort of cake, so this was pretty exciting for me to see that it had actually worked! 

Annabelle finally woke up after a shocking 3hr nap and got straight to making new friends over a packet of skips. 
Sharing a birthday with your child is so precious and sharing it with friends and family make it so much more fun! Now roll on his BIG pokemon party with bouncy castles, face paints and MORE cake!

Friday, 15 August 2014

How can you be six?

Today, this once very newly born, with a hint of copper on his head and those gorgeous soft skinned chubby cheeks, turns six. Six! How can this day be here already? It only seems like yesterday I was there was his first smile, his first time sitting up, crawling, walking and so much more. He has done nothing but make me smile since that very moment he was born. The day he decided to begin his arrival out to the big wide world, also feels like yesterday. 
I remember getting Ellie ready for nursery as I sat on the edge of my bed, all 39 weeks + 5 days pregnant. All of a sudden as I was pulling my little girls uniform sweater over her head I felt a trickle from down below. It was continious. No pains, just leaking. I knew it was time, because my waters have only ever broken 'normally' with my firstborn. Each since I've had trickles which have been a caused by ruptured membranes according to the midwife. 

So anyways, no contractions so I decided to carry on as normal. Except I didn't take Ellie to nursery, I decided to have a girly day with her instead {aged 3}, as it could very well be the last one before she has a new little baby Brother to share Mummy with at home. 
So we went clothes shopping, we had some lunch together and by the time we got home it was around half three in the afternoon. We'd had a wonderous morning/afternoon together. Just us girls.

Once home I left her with Daddy at home as I ventured to the hospital to be checked over. We had no babysitters you see, so we had to split the responsibilities. I go have a baby, he minds the house and daughter. Simples.

Once I arrived at the maternity ward and I was lying on the table having my ever so undignifying internal exam I never thought I'd hear the words "Oh, I can feel his fingers!" from my midwife. Apparently my little guys hand was placed right on top of his head. 
Long story short, that hand on top of his head? Slipped out over the course of the next few hours and the very painful, twitching feeling I kept getting every few moments turned out to be my beautiful little unborn sons fingers, clawing and moving IN my birth canal. OUCH right? Yeah...you could say that. Took me forever to demand another internal exam to confirm it, as I knew this labour wasn't going to progress and I had a feeling something wasn't right. Finally they did the exam {they must've thought I was another crazy, hormonal pregnant woman!} but she was shocked when she practically shook his hand as she went in. I was taken straight away to the labour ward. 
A few crazy hours later hearing talk of "We may have to break his collar bone" and words like "get the gas and air, we'll try pushing his arm back in first". But before I knew it, an emergency c-section was being performed and when speaking to Patrick, my very lovely and sweetly spoken anaesthetist, who that evening would be taking his very lovely girlfriend out to a posh restaurant for dinner, kept me grounded. Distracted from the fact that I was lying open on an operating table, awake. Never a non-scary experience. 

Where was my husband {at the time} throughout the birth? In the corridor, not allowed to be by my side as we had no sitters and he was carrying a three year old with him. He was gutted, I was hormonal after having gone through a pretty scary 18hrs. But he was here. Our little man. Born at 12:14pm August 15th weighing a beautiful 5lb 9oz. He was perfect. Quiet too. There wasn't a peep from him. He needed a little oxygen when he was born but after a few hours he was next to me. All pink, plump and perfect. 
Today he celebrates his sixth birthday. He is such a joyful little man. He has the most beautiful little soul that I doubt finding a girl good enough for him will be easy for me to approve of. I swear he has more than one heart inside that tiny frame too, because, it's impossible to hold the amount of love he has for his loved ones in just one little heart. Impossible.

He is a sweetly natured, kind, funny, cute, crafty, stroppy but handsome little man and I am so so proud to be his Mummy. To have nurtured him this far and for many more years to come. He's still a little shorty {gets that from his Mum! Sorry son!} but hopefully he'll have a little sprout soon! But until then, I can hold on tightly to my little boy, who all too fast is growing into a little man.
Happy Birthday little man. We love you to the stars and beyond!! 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Mad Mid Week Blog Hop.

Welcome to this weeks #MadMidWeekBlogHop

If this is your first time popping by, then welcome! It's great to have you! And if you're a regular then it's fabulous to see you again!! 

I don't know about you guys but summer has well and truly placed a mega huge FUNK on my blogging habits. As lately they are very few and far between. Not to the mention my current techinical hiccups, including a constant "missing operating system" popping up on my PC. So she's on her way out and certainly making me aware of that!

I have so much to share with you guys from our summer and I am sure I will get round to it eventually! i.e. once the kids are back at school most likely, haha! Time has been slipping through my fingers at such a speed over this summer I am shocked its almost over.

Also, do to said 'technical hiccups' I have had issues being able to comment from last weeks MMWBH! Apologies for that! But I'm working on it. So i will get round everyone once my PC will allow me too! I keep getting silly 'cannot load page' errors and all sorts. Very frustrating.

ANYWAYS...this weeks, what's happened? WELL....we've taken Annabelles bedtime bottle away, last night was her first night and she went over grand. Naptime will be another story I think. We've got a fun N.I blogger meet to go to this week, cannot wait for that! Just hope the weathers kind! AND the big one...my youngest pup also turns a big six this weekend too! So party party party is on our schedule for this upcoming weekend!

Also....THIS IS MY 800TH POST!!!! *blows some poppers*

Just a few things...your posts can be old or new, no giveaways please, no other linkys and please link up with a post & not a direct URL to your blog as those will be deleted

If you do link up please do pop over to your host, Super Busy Mum, leave me a wee comment to let me know you've linked up. During the week I will comment on each of your posts, along with giving you a wee shout out on Twitter and now sharing on my Google+ also. 

Please make it round to as many other beautiful bloggers as you can. Doesn't have to be everyone! But sharing a little love is better than sharing none! xx

Sharing the blogging love is what these linkys are all about!

Now lets get hoppin'!

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Super Busy Mum


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A growing waistline.

Lately I've not cared what crap I put into my body. Not at all. I've just eaten what was handy, quick, something that didn't require cooking and I would ingest that bad boy {or boys!}
Half of the time would you believe that it didn't supply me with the joy or comfort that I'd hoped? I even felt disgusting for eating it, but did that emotion stop me from taking another bite? No. Of course it didn't. 

I have been living off toast {carbs}, milk {full fat FYI MORE carbs}, biscuits {sugary garbage - albeit tasty!}, crisp sandwiches and overly crowded dinner plates, filled to the sides with far too much fatty food, and the occasional side order of veg. I've went down a road that I've not been down in a long while and I'll be honest, I don't see any road signs to get off it. 

I can feel the pounds piling on. I can feel their excitment to be attached somewhere, feeling overly comfy, settling in their fatty roots with no intentions of leaving. With age, losing the pounds gets harder, way harder than the normal 'hard' of shifting those fatty demons. 
I'm no spring chicken, but I'm not some golden oldie either. I'm thirty four. I shouldnt be carrying around all this weight. I should be taking care of myself. I should be making my children proud to point me out of a crowd, rather than a fat mess waiting for them. I shouldnt be wearing size 18 dress sizes, I shouldn't have boobs bigger than a humans 'normal' head size - true story, and I shouldn't have more chins than a chinese phonebook!

I've been here many times before. Wishing for a direction. Wishing for some miracle fat loss remover to just knock on my door and make me lose a dress size a week until I'm at my desired weight. Sadly we can dream! I don't feel sexy. My womanly curves are drowning in access baggage and I feel like I am losing....myself.
I need a change and I need it STAT because I can feel those veins struggling with blood thick with fat & sugar. I can feel my heart under strain, needing someone to take some of that pressure off.  If I keep on the road I am on I am going to end up doing myself some real damage that cannot be fixed with salads and bike rides.

So come Monday {after the birthday celebrations of my son who will turn six this weekend}, I am starting a regime and I need the help of all of YOU to keep me on track. I need support, encouragement, and my god some form of will of the Gods to help me stick.at.it! 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Siblings - August 2014

We have had a lot of cute siblings moments this month, from swinging in cosy garden chairs together, jumping on trampolines, holding hands on the route home and even simply sitting enjoying a show together.
I love the photos I have been able to capture of the kids together so far this month. I hope during the last few weeks of Summer, I'll be able to snap up some more!
http://www.dearbeautifulboy.com/2014/08/siblings-august.html

A sweet moment.

Approximately 10 years ago, I remember a time where I'll never forget. My firstborn and me were co-existing on the same front door step, side by side, chatting in the light shining on us from the porch. Night had fallen, hoodys where on to keep the chill at bay and we had a very important task to take care of.

Rhys was experiencing his first wobbly tooth. At the innocent, sweet and tender age of five, his first tooth was wanting to break free. Rhys was never good with pain, fear of the unknown, I mean, would it hurt giving it that final tug? Will it bleed? Will I bleed to death? These questions where being fired at me, with worry in his eyes and "Mummy, I'm scared" splashed all over his face. 

So doing the Mummy thing, reassuring him over & over. Being there to answer his questions, however far fetched they may seem. I was there for him every step of the way through this quite worrisome time for my son. I knew once it was out he'd think "What was I fussing about!?" but until that moment, I was his person, his wing man and his support.

After a little silence he spoke to me a question that made my heart flutter, "Do you think God will help to pull my tooth out?" he asked. I took a deep breathe and said "Well, I'm sure if you ask him, he'll help you to pull your own tooth out, nobody else can do it for you" I said. He considered this and thought OK, lets do it. The big finale had come, he was prepped, fired up and ready to yank that little pearly white beauty out. 

AND HE DID!

He gave it the slightest, most gentle 'tug' and out it came, no blood and he wore the biggest, toothless grin you ever did see. Super proud moment for us both.


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