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Sibling Moments #29

This month's photo features my siblings and their pet siblings; Jack and Jett the gerbils. Miss C is definitely the animal lover of...

Friday, 1 July 2016

An Exciting Month Ahead

Goodbye June and hello July!

July is always an exciting month for us as it is the month of the year that marks our wedding anniversary and this year it is a big one.

Ten years!

We're in double figures!

Ten years of marriage where there have been plenty of highs and lows but as a couple, we grow and learn from each other every day and we truly value our relationship, nurturing it as much as we possibly can.

We were going to plan to do something big for our 10 year anniversary, just the two of us, but that plan was scuppered when my sister announced her wedding date.

On July 23rd, my sister is getting married.

I'm the maid of honour and Charlotte and my niece are flower-girls.

The wedding is in Manchester which means we'll have to keep time off to go down and spend some time with the family. I'm really looking forward to it; I love a good wedding.

Between our anniversary and my sister's wedding, July is definitely going to be an exciting month!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

School is Out For Summer

As the clock struck 1pm, so began our summer holidays.

Zachary and his friends were red faced and red eyed as they left their classroom because their teacher is leaving the school to go to a new job elsewhere. I think they all loved having her as their teacher and are really, genuinely sad that she is leaving.

Charlotte came out of school, merry as can be, because she really does live for her weekends. She's always asking when the next holiday from school is but she was also super excited to be going to a friend's house for the afternoon.

Whilst Charlotte went to her friend's house, Zachary had his best friend over for some Xbox 360 play, meaning I was able to catch up with Hollyoaks with a cup of tea and a cupcake.

We decided to order Chinese food as a treat and Husband brought home the best kind of dozen...Krispy Kremes. The way to my heart is through my stomach!

I'm not exactly sure what we'll be up to during the summer holidays. In fact, it doesn't seem real that they have started already; this year has flown by! I do know that if the opportunity comes up for some supply work for myself, I'll be taking it and we've already looked into summer clubs for the kids to attend. I think they'll enjoy the opportunity to get out and do something a bit different every day too.

We don't have a summer holiday booked but I imagine that we'll have a few day trips here and there, including a visit to Edinburgh Zoo as my Grandma bought us tickets to go. We're also taking a trip to Manchester for a very exciting reason! I'm just looking forward to spending time with the kids without having to worry about college deadlines (like I've done in the last few holidays) and just chill out before it all starts again in August.

Me & Mine 2016 - June

June has been such a busy month! It began with Zachary's birthday and continued with weekends packed with things to do and places to be, and week days filled with end of college year work, school and full time proper work for me. So our photos this month are really chilled out and relaxed at home, something I think we all really need. Plus, the weather of late has been rubbish.

I finished college on 10th June. We had a lovely farewell, celebratory lunch at my favourite Italian restaurant with our lecturers. It was a great way to mark our achievement! I was hoping for a rest the following week but I was offered work at a local nursery for the Monday and I've been there ever since. I'm loving working in a position I really enjoy but it is also tiring, and I'm finding I come home every evening, ready for bed.

Husband has been working a lot this month. Late nights, weekends and day trips to England. We celebrated just how amazing he is on Father's day; not that we need a day to celebrate how fab he is. We are really lucky to have him as a Husband and Father. We went out for a meal, again at our favourite Italian restaurant, and the kids treated him to a bottle of his favourite bubbly. Of course, I bought it on their behalf!

Zachary has been loving watching and following the Euros. I couldn't tell you what's been happening in them, aside from England losing against Iceland earlier this week; I don't think anyone could have missed that. He really enjoys watching football and also playing football at school. He has already said, aside from wanting to be a Doctor, he wants to play football, perhaps in a 5-aside team at the weekends. I haven't had the heart to tell him that, as a Doctor, he will probably have to work weekends. He is really looking forward to being on holiday and having a break from all the school work.

Charlotte has grown so much in this last month, since she turned 7 in May. That may seem like an odd thing to say because it's only a month, but she seems to have taken a stretch overnight. I've had to clear out some of her clothes that no longer fit which is sad but also exciting because it means I can go shopping for new stuff for her. She's still loving horse riding and playing with all of her new toy horses she got for her birthday. She is also really looking forward to being on holiday!

You'll notice in the background of this photo we have a canvas of us all and we decided to re-create that photo. The original must be about 4 years old now! Look how much we've all changed!

The Me and Mine Project

Monday, 27 June 2016

A New WC

As well as having our main bathroom redecorated, we had our downstairs toilet freshened up. When the water leaked from the bathroom upstairs, it damaged the ceiling in the WC so it had to be fixed to.

The journey wasn't plain sailing at all; we have only just finished this week after months and months of work in the house. But, finally, it's done and we put the finishing touches to the room during the week.

We chose a mint green colour for the walls as it is one of my favourite colours and I thought it would add something extra to the room instead of it being white again. The canvas is from B&M and cost £4.99. It's such a wonderful quote too.

The glass floating shelves are also from B&M and cost less than £5. My reed diffuser is from Darceys in a limited edition scent which is no longer available, sadly, as it smells amazing. The mirror was a wedding gift from the girls at my Mother-in-law's work so it's almost 10 years old!

We had some flooring left over from the upstairs bathroom and Husband managed to lay this himself and put the beading on around the skirtings. He did a brilliant job. An engineer for a Husband always comes in handy!

We are really pleased with how the house is coming together. We've still a few bits we'd like to get done but these are just small things that can get done bit by bit. DIY certainly isn't my favourite thing in the world but when it's all done, I'm pretty happy with the end result.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Sunrise at 6am

Beautiful blue skies certainly make waking up at 6am a bit easier.

Just a bit mind.