Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The Gallery - Children

Isn't it funny how sometimes you'll be doing something or thinking of something and then days later it happens? This is how I felt about The Gallery theme this week. We were looking at old photos over the weekend including mine and Husband's baby photos and thinking about how much our children look like us when we were younger. Wee Z was amazed by our pictures, it must be strange for children to see their parents as children.

I wish we had a scanner so I could scan in some of the photos however I do have this photo on my computer. It's a picture of me and I think it was taken in Spain, I wouldn't even have been 1 yet.

This post is for The Gallery. The theme this week is Children. Go and check out the other fab entries.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Whoopie Pies - We've been baking again

I was browsing through my reader, catching up on my blogs when I noticed the gorgeous header on Nova's Cherished by Me blog. I tweeted her immediately asking what those delicious delights were called and had she made them herself. Nova kindly directed me to the recipe and I decided to give them a go for Husband's party on Saturday night.

We headed out to the supermarket, gathered all the ingredients and headed home to get started. Unfortunately, my sister and her partner had gotten a bit lost on their way to our house so we had to go and rescue them. By the time we got home and unpacked the shopping it was gone 4pm.

The Whoopie Pies were easy to make but it did take time to make them. Between beating the mix and spooning it in to the piping bag, which I got Husband to do, I was getting a bit hot and bothered. Whilst they were cooling I scoffed my dinner down and then got back to melting my marshmallows. Wee Z helped me with decorating them, we put Mini Jazzies on top as Husband loves them.

They did taste really good although the marshmallow mix didn't really taste of marshmallow and I think I would use less butter next time or more marshmallow. Overall, they were a big hit!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Reasons to be Cheerful - Week 3

My Reasons to be Cheerful this week are: -

  1. My sister and her partner are coming to visit us this weekend, all the way from Manchester. It will be lovely to see them and my sister's baby bump too.
  2. I've got a lovely gift voucher on it's way to me after some blogging I did over Christmas and it will really help out with getting some things for my (ever-growing) children.
  3. I just realised that we don't have to pay our council tax for the next 2 months...yipee!
Do you have 3 reasons to be cheerful? Then click on the badge and join in!

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy with a Heart

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Another Divorce on the Bed-post

So it has finally been announced that Katie Price and Alex Reid are splitting up. I'm not ashamed to admit that I am a Katie Price fan, though I'm not a die hard Team Price supporter. I like Peter Andre too and from watching her ITV series, I found Alex Reid to be a nice guy. I admire Katie for how she took herself from nothing to a very successful business woman with hard work and determination. I also feel, despite what the media may make her out to be, she is good mum to her children.

Only they know the real reason behind their split and it will always be blown out of proportion by the media in order to sell their papers and to hold readers' interest. I suppose the light at the end of all of this is that they didn't have any children together and although Katie's 3 children will lose Alex as a step-father, I think it must be easier than a child seeing their parent move from their family home.

I wonder what Peter Andre will be making of all of this though. I don't know how I'd feel if my Husband and I ever split up and we found ourselves in a similar situation. I think I'd be a bit disappointed that my children would be being taken through another unsettling time. However I think I would also prefer them to be in an environment where both their parents were happy whether that be with new partners or not. It is sad when any marriage comes to an end but I hope they can move on and find happiness wherever that may be.

The Gallery - Mother Nature

Here is my interpretation of Mother Nature.

The sun trying to burst through the rain clouds

Baby animals

Gorgeous colourful flowers

Feeling the grass on your feet or hands in Miss C's case

The ocean and the sand
This post if for The Gallery. The theme this week is Mother Nature. Go check out all the other entries!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Birthday time

Happy birthday to my wonderful Husband. It's his birthday today, however we had our celebrations for him last weekend. On Saturday we were supposed to be going out for dinner but with Miss C still feeling under the weather, we stayed in and we made a delicious dinner of fillet steak, roast potatoes and veg. The kids had chicken drumsticks. After savouring our steaks (we don't buy fillet steak often so we do like to enjoy every mouthful) I got his cake out and we sang Happy Birthday to him. Wee Z helped him blow out his candles, only 2 of them because the cake wasn't big enough for his age in candles...!

On Sunday, Miss C seemed much perkier so we decided to go for dinner to Xscape. We've been there a few times now and there is a great choice of restaurants but we stuck with our usual, Chinese, because Wee Z is still so fussy when it comes to food. At least going there I know he'll eat something instead of ordering something that he won't eat and end up wasting it. The Chinese restaurant overlooks the ski slopes so we got to watch the skiers and snowboarders whizzing past or falling on their bums and struggling to get back up. Wee Z found this most amusing.

I'm working this afternoon and Husband is working tonight so we won't be celebrating today but on Saturday we're having a bit of an Xbox Kinect party with some friends. My sister and her partner are also visiting so it should be a good night. Jen from the King and Eye suggested I should do a Vlog of the night, so I might get my new camera out and film some of antics to share.

Happy Birthday Baby, Love you lots xxx+o

Sunday, 16 January 2011

New Baby Visiting

When Wee Z was born, he was the first grandson in both our families so of course, everyone was eager to meet him. Husband's family live less than 10 minutes from us so it was easy for them to come along to the hospital to catch the first glimpse of our new baby and have a cuddle. My family are scattered about everywhere and my Dad was the only person in my family who was able to come to the hospital to meet Wee Z. I know it was lovely for them to meet Wee Z within a few hours of him being born but for me it was horrible. I had Wee Z at midnight after a long day in labour which meant no sleep. His first few hours were spent trying to get him to feed properly, with little success and still not a lot of sleep. By morning I was exhausted but I still had a bath, got cleaned up and got myself and Wee Z ready for our visitors.

Wee Z
As well as Husband's parents and brothers and my Dad, a handful of our friends came to visit us too. It was lovely to see them but I was so tired I didn't really feel with it. I was craving sleep, my eyelids were heavy and I was entering my emotional moments where I would cry at the smallest thing. I remember bursting into tears when I couldn't put a nappy on Wee Z and had to ask a midwife for help. Feeding was still not going well and the hospital weren't prepared to discharge me until Wee Z was feeding properly. He was also bordering on having to go and have treatment for jaundice. Our family were still coming in at every visiting time to see Wee Z, keen to get plenty of cuddles and take pictures. It seemed that as soon as I had him and myself settled to sleep, someone would turn up to see us. I was finding it really hard to tell people to give us a few days to ourselves so Husband and I could bond with our new baby.

The lack of sleep became so bad, on my third day in hospital I was hysterical. I wanted someone to take Wee Z away so I could feel some sort of normality again. No one had told me it was going to be this hard. I was allowed to go home 4 days after I had Wee Z and Husband had managed to change his holidays at work so he could be there with us. I think I would have completely broken down if he hadn't been there. When we decided to bottle-feed Wee Z, Husband took over the night feeds and I started to feel much better after a few decent sleeps.

When I found out I was pregnant with Miss C, one of the first things I told Husband was I was not having any visitors whilst in hospital, except for my Mum and his Dad. When we told friends, they were very supportive and most of the family were ok about not visiting straight away. I didn't blame the amount of visitors we had with Wee Z on my failings to feed him myself and my intial bonding experience but I felt that it made a big contribution. I ended up being a week and a half early with Miss C and only Husband and Wee Z came to visit us. I didn't feel bad that no one else came, I felt it was the right thing for us and allowed me to rest when Miss C was sleeping and get to grips with feeding her and bonding with her. It was totally different from my experience with Wee Z and I felt much more relaxed.

I was discharged 2 days after having Miss C and the first person we had over to visit her was Husband's Dad. He did have words with Husband about not being allowed to come to the hospital and I know that Husband wasn't too happy about his Dad not visiting either but it was quickly forgotten. I think once he saw how well Miss C and I were doing he understood my reasons. Everyone else got to meet Miss C at Wee Z's birthday party 3 days after she was born although no one got to hold her because it was Wee Z's day and I didn't want that taken away from him.

Some people might not have agreed with my decision around visiting Miss C, but I felt I did what was right for us. How did or do you feel about having visitors with a new baby? Did/do you want them straight away or are you or did you ask them to wait a few days?

Thursday, 13 January 2011

All Teeth and No Sleep

The last couple of days have been exhausting. Miss C is teething. My poor little girl. She is constantly crying, her cheeks are scarlet and she is running a temperature. No amount of teething gel, cold soothers or paracetamol seems to be helping her. She just wants to cuddle in with Mummy or Daddy or Wee Z, whoever will have her really, and feel sorry for herself.

We went for a walk on Tuesday with Mummy N, Miss E and Wee L just down to the park. It was a cold day, but it was dry and craving fresh air, we wrapped up and off we went. Wee Z still uses his buggy board unless he is with another child so he was happy to walk all the way alongside Miss E. They were so cute walking along together, holding hands.

When we got to the park, we went to the play area but it was so icy we kept slipping so we decided to have a quick nosy at the animals and then head across the road to another play area that was basking in the winter sun. Lovely, no ice! I put Miss C on the swings for a little while and as soon as we decided to go, she got very angry. That was the point at which my exhaustion began. As soon as we got close to our house she started crying and screaming. This carried on right until bedtime. Fresh air and long walks always help my 2 to sleep (although Wee Z has no trouble sleeping these days!) so I was looking forward to an early night.

I went to bed around 9.30 and read some of my book, eventually falling asleep about 10.30. I can't have been sleeping long as Miss C woke at 11.00, 12.00, 2.00, 3.30, 4.30 and then my alarm went off at 6.45. She's been like that every night since Tuesday and it's starting to take its toll. It's like having a new baby again. She seemed a bit perkier at bed time tonight, so hopefully I can manage a full night's sleep. I'm turning in for an early night though, just in case!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Gallery - Body Parts

Little fingers, little toes, perfect ears and a button nose.

Big blue eyes, dimpled chin, chubby cheeks and a cheeky grin.

Small hands, tiny feet, the cutest babies, I'll ever meet.

Wee Z

Miss C

This post is for The Gallery. The theme this week is Body Parts. 

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Remembering my 18th birthday

My Brother-in-Law turns 18 today, Happy birthday!

I remember my 18th very well considering the amount of fun juice we consumed! My Dad and his partner took me out for dinner and then we popped into our local for a few drinks. My actual birthday was on a Wednesday night so it was rather uneventful. However, the week of my 18th birthday marked a very special event in my life.

On the Friday after my birthday I went to a tattoo shop and got my tongue pierced. Thinking about it now, I don't really know why I wanted it pierced. I had kissed a guy before who had his tongue pierced and it was the weirdest thing ever. My Dad told me I shouldn't have it done...which is probably why I did have it done! The tattoo shop was across from my local so after acquiring my mouth metal, I met up with a few friends and we had a few drinks. It must have been mid-afternoon when the pub started to fill up. It's very rare for anyone to work late on a Friday here, most of the factories and offices close about 2.30pm. More of the regulars started to show up, including Husband, who at the time was just a friend. I was thinking to myself that he looked pretty gorgeous that day, I don't think I had really noticed before. The drinks were flowing, the food was lacking, and by about 8pm we were all starting to feel pretty merry. Husband-then-friend and I were chatting and flirting and it was turning into a really fun night.

As the pub was closing, one of the guys decided to have people back to his house to continue the drinking. We bought some cans from the behind the bar and off we went, a large group of us, to this guys house. He had a gorgeous garden and it was surprisingly warm for an Autumn night. Husband-then-friend and I were sitting on a bench, chatting away and he had his arm around me because, although it was warm, I was feeling chills. I could feel real sparks between us, the night was electric, the air was charged. We decided to go for a walk, so we said our goodbyes and off we went together. We staggered down the road to a wall where we decided to sit and chat and it was there that I shared my first kiss with my Husband. My tongue was swelling up at this point but it was still magical. It was amazing. It was the best birthday ever and the start of my beginnings of true love.

Friday, 7 January 2011

3 Reasons to be cheerful

Another great idea for a blog-hop has been created by Michelle at Mummy From The Heart. Michelle always seems very positive and happy so it's very fitting that she's come up with the "3 Reasons to be Cheerful" theme to her blog-hop. Make sure you go and read all the other entries and be sure to add your own too.

My reasons to be cheerful this week are: -

  1. It's Friday and I'm not working this weekend so I have 3 full days to look forward to and enjoy some time with Husband and the kids.
  2. We're having pizza for dinner tonight - my favourite!
  3. I've ordered the sports game for the Xbox Kinect and it should be here today or tomorrow so we can play that and enjoy some healthy competition!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Our Christmas in pictures

Opening presents

Fighting over the scooter already

Great new books from Bella

We love board games!

A Hetty Hoover from Bella and Pops

Where am I going to find the time to play with all of these toys?

I'm not wearing this silly hat!

Christmas dinner


Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Bring on 2011

I don't think I've actually said it; Happy New Year!

My New Year was spent quietly at home with my family. The children were in bed for their usual time of 7pm and Husband and I stayed up to watch Jimmy Carr's new DVD and were in bed for 11.30pm. Nope, we didn't see the bells. I'm just not a fan of New Year, I prefer Christmas. Of course, the lack of babysitters does make it hard for us to be able to go out and party at New Year.

At the beginning of 2010, I wrote a blog post about my fantasy hopes for 2010. They came to nothing, much like most fantasies. However, I like to write my fantasy wish lists and feel free to let me know what yours are too.

  • Win the lottery! This was on my last list too and I have to keep being optimistic or it'll never happen, right?
  • Meet someone famous! Ideally Hayden Christensen (of course!) but I'm not fussy, I'd just like an autograph and a picture.
  • Have someone offer to decorate my full house for free and then have it featured in Ideal Home magazine or the likes. (This is just to save me the money and Husband the job!)
  • I still want to become a best-selling author. I'm working on this one!
Some of the things that will be happening in 2011 -

  • Miss C is turning 2
  • Wee Z is turning 4
  • My sister and her partner will welcome a baby girl to the world in April (possibly May, fingers crossed little madam comes on time!)
  • We're going on our first family holiday abroad and going with friends too. I can't wait!
I hope everyone has a fantastic 2011! Make all your lists (fantasy or otherwise) come true!

Monday, 3 January 2011

11 things for 2011

Rebecca over at Two Become Four created her own meme for 2011 and although I'm not a resolution person, I do like a list so I decided to take part. Here are my 11 things I should probably do in 2011.

  1. Decorate our bedroom and by that I mean I'll choose the decor and I'll get Husband to decorate.
  2. Change the carpet on my stairs and landing.
  3. Re-paint the bathroom.
  4. Re-paint the toilet.
  5. Re-decorate Wee Z's room as bright yellow and jungle animals are not cool apparently.
  6. Move Wee Z into a "bigger boy" bed.
  7. Move Miss C into a "big girl" bed.
  8. Clean under our bed.
  9. Clean the oven. I mean really clean it.
  10. Learn how to change a light bulb.
  11. Learn how to change a tyre.
Can you think of 11 things you could/need to do in 2011?

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