Sunday, 31 May 2015

The Week That Was #22

Last Sunday, I took Miss C to horse riding. She was on friendly terms with Jocky again as she wanted to ride him. She did really well although Jocky does tend to do what he pleases and Miss C hasn't got the strength to stop him being a bit cheeky sometimes. After lunch, we went to look at a show house. We are potentially looking at buying a new build although the house we like won't be ready until late next year so we'll have to wait awhile. It's a lovely house and, whilst this house is good for us just now, I don't think it's our forever home and I think we will outgrow it soon. The kids had swimming lessons which Husband took them to. Miss C was swimming in the big pool and did really well.

On Monday, it was an in-service day for the kids and as I didn't have anyone to watch them, I had to take the day off college. We didn't get up too early, thankfully, and we spent the morning watching TV. After lunch we took a walk down to the park to feed the ducks and play on the swings and zip-slide. It was a beautiful day. The kids were definitely worn out by the time we got home.

On Tuesday, it was back to school and college. I had my final assessment to do which was all handwritten so my hand was aching afterwards. I finished early as I didn't need to go to my last class as I've done all the work for it. It was nice to go back to finishing at 1pm again. I picked the kids up from school and we decided to watch Britain's Got Talent after dinner.

On Wednesday, it was back to placement for me. It went in pretty quickly, despite being stuck inside due to the rain. I was soaked when I got home and so were the kids. We had snack, did the homework and then cuddled up on the couch to watch Britain's Got Talent.

On Thursday, it was Miss C's birthday. She woke up at 5.30! I told her to get back to bed and we got up an hour later to open her presents. She got lots of horse related toys, money and clothes. She did really well. She didn't have her cake today as we arranged to have this delivered for her birthday sleepover.

On Friday, I dropped the kids off at school and headed to the shops for my weekly food shop. I picked up bits for Z's sleepover including 2 big pizzas and plenty of crisps. After school, Miss C's best friend came over for a sleepover. They got changed, played together and then we went to Frankie & Bennys for dinner. It was really yummy and Miss C was quite happy when they played the Happy Birthday song for her. We came home and the girls and Z watched Peter Pan. They eventually went to sleep just before 11pm!

On Saturday, the girls were up at 7am which was fine as Miss L was getting picked up early as it was her birthday party later on in the day. Z went off to karate and was really excited as his friends were arriving after lunch to stay for a sleepover for his birthday. My Dad and Grandma arrived to visit along with my Dad's partner. The kids were happy to see them and we had some cake and tea which was nice. Miss C headed off to Miss L's birthday party which was a lot of fun. When I got home, all of Z's friends had arrived and a few of our friends turned up with cards and gifts for the kids. We had pizza and more cake and the kids played outside. They all headed to bed at 9pm but were up chatting for quite awhile.

Me & Mine 2015 - May

May. The month one of our family members celebrates their birthday.

Miss C turned 6 this month. It's hard to believe we have a six year old but we do.

This month I found out that I got an A in my college course Graded Unit and, of course, I was delighted and relieved. All the hard work and effort over the past 8 and a half months have paid off.

Husband has been enjoying watching Game of Thrones now it is back on the TV.

Z has been enjoying a topic at school where they get to make and film their own short story! He's also been practising hard for the upcoming school show!

Miss C is the star of the month of May since it is her birthday month. She has been counting down the sleeps to her special day, which has been a lot since her birthday is towards the end of the month. Her birthday was a quiet day with present opening in the morning and then playing with her new things after school. The day after she had her best friend over to sleepover and we went to Frankie and Bennys for dinner. She really loved her cake which was a complete surprise for us all since I just asked the lady to put some horses on a cake with a fairytale or Princess theme. She did good!

The countdown is now on to Z's birthday and the start of our Summer holidays!

dear beautiful

The Black and White Photo Project #46

My Sunday Photo 2015 #22


Saturday, 30 May 2015

365 Project 2015 Days 144 - 150

Day 144 - A yummy pasta and steak dish for dinner
Day 145 - An in-service day for the kids meant a trip to the park
Day 146 - Chilling after school in her onesie
Day 147 - Last photo as a 5 year old
Day 148 - Happy birthday Miss C
Day 149 - Time for some cake 
Day 150 - Time to do the birthday thing all over again for Z

Friday, 29 May 2015

What I've Been Wearing #10

A trip to a football game had me wondering what I was going to wear. I'm not a sporty person and I definitely didn't have the football shirt to go over a pair of jeans, so here's the look I decided to go with:

I just love the biker chick look. You really can't go wrong with a pair of skinny jeans and a long vest top. I actually prefer long vest tops over the short ones cause they hide my waist better. 

New Look is a favourite shop of mine for clothes. I can pick up a bargain with my student ID or in their sale racks which seem to be in-store constantly. The vest top I'm wearing cost me something like £3 which you can't argue with especially when they wash really well and hold their shape, wear after wear. It isn't too low cut either so I can hide my ladies!

New Look skinny jeans are great. They cost around £20 and if you buy the soft feel skinny jeans, they are actually pretty good quality for the cost. Fit wise, they do the job but of course, they aren't as good as the Jasper Conran skinny jeans I've owned before that really hold you in at the waist and gave a great shape to your legs and bum. But you can't argue with £20 really can't. 

I have a pretty love filled relationship with my Floozie French bags. I have a few now and this is one of my favourites. I love it so much that I tend to keep it hidden in the wardrobe with it only coming out for really, really special days. I love the colour and the little pom-poms and tassells attached to the zip. The lining inside is just beautiful. I feel like it needs to live in its own little clear dust bag and be on display somewhere. 

My Lipsy faux leather jacket has been hanging in my wardrobe alongside my bag since I got it. I've worn it a couple of times but sadly, the weather hasn't been good enough for me to wear it often. So when I saw the sun was out on Saturday I thought, what a great day to wear my jacket! 

My biker boots are from New Look and I think they work well with the skinny jeans and vest. I love them and wear them quite a lot. They are much easier to keep clean than my UGG boots. 

My make-up was from the Natural Collection range from Boots and I wore Honey by Marc Jacobs which I talk a bit more about in my vlog

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Interviewing my 6 Year Old

I'd seen a few of these "interviews with my..." vlogs and I thought it was a great idea to do with Miss C and Z, especially since I want to do some more vlogs.

What I noticed from filming both of the kids was the difference in the length of time it took them to answer. Whilst Miss C's video lasts around 4 and a half minutes, Z's was under 2 minutes. Their answers were also, for some things at least, a little surprising.

You can watch Miss C's interview below and if you'd like the list of questions, you can find them over on A Matter of Choice blog.

A Letter to my Six Year Old

Dear Miss C,

Today you turn 6 which is more than half way to 10 and that scares me. It is frightening just how quickly you are growing up and I think you have done a fair bit of growing in this last year.

You transitioned from nursery girl to school girl really well. You quickly made new friends even though you were placed in a class with all boys from your nursery session and no girls you knew already. I need not have worried as you quickly made lots of new friends including Miss L who is your best friend. Although, you did already know her from swimming lessons. I love that you have chosen your own friends for yourself, just as your brother did when he first started school.

You adore horse riding and since starting there a year and a half ago, your confidence has never faltered. You get straight on your horse and off you go. There have been a few scary moments when you've come off a horse but you weren't fazed and got straight back on. You even told the horse off. Pony camp was probably your most favourite week of the year so far. You got to spend a whole week with a horse called Sonny and you learnt all about stable management and mucking out the horses. You were definitely in your element that week.

You are still are really cuddly girl who loves nothing more than cuddling up with someone on the couch. I wonder sometimes if this is because you know you are the baby of the family or if you will always be the cuddly one. You give the biggest and most tightest hugs and you always says "love you, sweet dreams!" at bedtime. You always have to take a million teddies to bed with you too!

Your favourite thing to eat is definitely pasta. It doesn't matter what kind of pasta dish you have, it's always the dinner you eat the quickest. Followed by sweeties. You love sweeties.

Z and you are often the best of friends but you do have your moments. Z likes to wind you up; he knows just what buttons to press to get you to scream blue murder at him. But it never last long and you are back to being great friends after a few minutes. Your favourite thing to do together is a toss up between Minecraft on Xbox or playing tickle-fest on the trampoline.

This next year is going to be another big one for you as you move in to primary 2 after the school holidays. You won't be in the youngest group in the year at school any more! You are also super excited to go on your first long haul flight to Florida. I know you are going to be absolutely taken in with the magic of Disney and I'm glad because I worry that you're going to grow up too quickly and the magic will soon be lost.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday princess and an equally wonderful year being 6!

We love you lots and lots!

All my love, forever and always,

Mummy xxx+o

Miss C Turns 6

My baby turns 6 today! I can't believe how big she is getting and how fast it is going!

Since her 5th birthday, Miss C has had a pretty busy year. She started school in August, enjoyed a pony camp in the Easter holidays and has come on leaps and bounds with her swimming lessons.

She has made lots of new friends at school but has found herself a best friend who she adores. It's so cute how excited she gets when she knows her bestie is coming for a play date. They are absolutely bonkers together and it is so fun to watch their friendship blossoming.

I wish I could have measured her at age 5 and then again at age 6 to see just how much she has grown. She definitely has grown a bit although she's still teeny and in age 4 clothing. We keep telling her she needs to eat up all her dinners so she can be tall enough for all the rides in Florida which seems to be working as motivation!

I made a video of photos and some video footage I have of Miss C from the last year which you can watch below. Music credit to One Direction as she loves them...I won't be offended if you mute the video though!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Macro #TheGallery

I love a bit of macro on my DSLR.

I love that shooting in macro mode means you can get really, really close to something and pick up the finest of detail.

Flowers and plants are one of my most favourites things to capture in macro. You can see how delicate they are and how detailed they are.

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Monday, 25 May 2015

A First Family Football Game

On Saturday, the sun was shining which had me very excited and relieved because we were heading to watch our first football match. Z was especially excited because he loves football and has been asking to go and watch a real life game for awhile.

Originally it was just supposed to be Z and Husband going but then Miss C decided she wanted to go which meant I felt obligated to go along too. I didn't mind really as I quite enjoy watching a good game of football. Not that I understand it much; I just know you have to get the ball in the goal and do that as many times as possible.

It was quite busy when we arrived at the grounds and there was a fun day on for the kids before kick-off. The kids had fun playing with toys and dancing for prizes. Miss C got her face painted like a lion. When it was time to go and get our seats, we managed to get really good ones so we could see everything. Z and his friend were pretty hyper at this point.

Miss C, whom I was worried would become bored and restless, absolutely loved it. She was cheering the team on and shouting, "wake up boys!" when the team weren't doing too good. Z and his friend really enjoyed the match although they were pretty disappointed when they lost. And I really enjoyed myself as I managed to enjoy some sunbathing whilst cheering the team on. You really do get quite in to the game!

I made a vlog of the day which you can watch below.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

The Week That Was #21

Last Sunday, we didn't get out of bed until 10.45am! We must have needed the sleep! It was another miserable day. We're getting pretty fed up of the mixture of weather we've been getting lately. It's almost like a stop-start on Summer. We played a few games after breakfast and after lunch Husband took the kids out to town before heading to swimming lessons.

On Monday, it was back to school and college. I dropped the kids off and headed in to college to get some work done. We were finding out the results on our Graded Unit today and I'm pleased to report that I got the A I needed to get in order to move on to year 2 of my course. I finished early too which was a huge bonus. The kids were doing homework when I got home and after dinner, they played outside on the trampoline.

On Tuesday, I dropped the kids off at school and headed in to college. I've only two things left to do and then I'm done! I still  have to carry on going to college until mid June but the end is in sight! I managed to finish at 2pm so I picked the kids up from school and we headed home for some snacks and some reading. Miss C is doing so well with her reading books!

On Wednesday, I dropped the kids off at school and headed to placement. The day went in quite fast and I had organised a fruit and veg activity for the class which was really fun. After school, the kids wanted to play their tablets and I caught up on Hollyoaks. After dinner, the kids enjoyed some bouncing on the trampoline.

On Thursday, it was day two of placement. Not much longer to go now! After school, the kids and I just chilled out together in the living room. Even the cat joined us. The weather had changed again! The kids did manage outside for awhile after dinner though.

On Friday, I dropped the kids off at school, did my shopping and then finished off my last piece of college work! Well, I'll still have bits and bobs to write from my placement but in terms of actual reports and assessments I'm done. Husband and I picked the kids up from school and headed in to town to get Miss C some new shoes and to pick up football tickets for the game on Saturday.

On Saturday, after Karate and lunch, we headed to the football with the kids and Z's best friend. The sun was shining and it was a really fun day. I made a vlog of the day which I'll share soon. The kids had a brilliant time even though the team lost. After dinner, we dropped Z's friend home and then watched Britain's Got Talent.

The Black and White Photo Project #45

My Sunday Photo 2015 #21


Saturday, 23 May 2015

365 Project 2015 Days 137 - 143

Day 137 - A few games on a quiet Sunday morning
Day 138 - Playing Minecraft again
Day 139 - Miss C is doing really well with her reading
Day 140 - Woken up by this little cutie pie
Day 141 - Felix enjoying Hollyoaks with me
Day 142 - These are so good!
Day 143 - All set for her first football match

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Getting an A on my Graded Unit

September saw me start the journey of mature student life. It was tough. It was an eye-opening experience. There were lows but mostly highs. There was lots to take in.

My course, HNC Early Education and Childcare, is almost finished. I have about two more things to do and then I'm done. Finished. Roll on the Summer holidays.

But I had a big thing to do before I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had to get an A in my Graded Unit. The course is a pass or a fail and only this one part of the course is graded. And it is the decider as to whether I can continue on to year 2 of my course. On my way to Bachelor of Arts in Early Education and Childhood Practice.

On Monday, we found out our grades. I knew where I was in terms of my grade because of how we handed in our reports but still, I wanted to be sure and I wasn't telling anyone until I had received my final paper back.

I got an A!

All my hard work paid off and I can safely say, it has been worth it just for that alone.

I made a vlog, talking about why I applied for college and what it has been like going back to education after a very long time away from it.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Landscape #TheGallery

The beach. How I long to go back to it. The weather hasn't been good enough for us to take a trip down to the beach yet but it's so beautiful to look out at the ocean with a bag of chips followed by an ice cream when the sun is out. I just wonder who might be sitting at the other end doing exactly the same thing.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Clementoni Toys - Review

We recently received a couple of toys to review from brand called Clementoni. I hadn't ever heard of them before but after a quick Google, I found their website and saw that they make a huge selection of toys for children of all ages.

Miss C received the Crazy Chic Nail Salon which she was absolutely delighted with. She loves getting her nails done so she was really happy to see her own mini nail salon kit when she brought everything out of the box.

Inside the box there is a work station, three nail polishes in pink, purple and blue, decorative nail stickers, micro beads, shimmer decorations and coloured glitter. There is also a nail file and a nail polish dryer that requires x2 AA batteries which are not included (grr!)

Once the batteries were installed thanks to Daddy, Miss C wanted her nails painted. She had a good go at it herself as the handles on the polish are small enough for her to use by herself. She decided to go for pink with a little ice cream cone sticker decoration, Very cute!

The next day, all of the nail polish had come off however that is fine because the polish is water based so you can either rub it off yourself or file it off using the nail file. Miss C decided she wanted to have blue nails with gold glitter and Daddy very kindly did them for her. She used the nail dryer to dry the polish in between coats.

The Crazy Chic Nail Salon is suitable for ages 6 and over. Miss C is almost 6 and was supervised at all time using this so she was safe and sensible. There are lots of small bits so you wouldn't want to leave it sitting within the reach of a smaller person. It was really easy to put together and all the compartments mean the polishes and stickers are stored away. Miss C can't wait to use this for her  birthday sleepover with her best friend, Miss L.

Z has been after a microscope for awhile now so he was thrilled to see the My First Microscope arrive for him to review. Inside the box there is the pieces to put the microscope together, which was really easy to do. There is also some plastic microscope slides, tweezers, pipette, test tube, a beaker and a Petri dish.

The microscope comes with a small leaflet full of information on how to use the microscope and different types of things you can look for when using the microscope. You can try things like fibres and hair, salt crystals, onion cells with salt water, different types of pollen and fungus and mould spores...well that is how they discovered penicillin!

The slides are plastic so you can use them, clean them and then use them again which is really handy and saves me having to source new slides. Unless they get lost of course! I felt that they could have included a small case to store everything in so we can put the box away.

Z is delighted with his microscope and already has a list of things he wants to look at. The microscope is really easy to use and focus to get a clear image of what you are looking at. It magnifies the image up to 300 times.

My First Microscope is suitable for ages 8 and over and is part of a huge range of Science & Play toys available from Clementoni.

We received these toys for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, 18 May 2015

A First Vlog

Yesterday I posted my first vlog to YouTube. Vlogging is something I've been thinking about doing for awhile and when Laura tagged me in the Liebster Award, I thought, what a great idea for a vlog. I'm hoping to do a lot more vlogs over the Summer holidays and whilst we are on holiday in Florida!

So here I am, breaking my vlogging cherry!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Week That Was #20

Last Sunday, we were up early as Z was going to a First Communion at the local church. Husband took him a long as I took Miss C to horse riding. She decided to ride a different horse today called Teddy. He's Jocky's best friend and a bit older so he wasn't in to cantering much for her. After horse riding, we headed home to get ready to go to lunch with our friends. It was really lovely and yummy! By swimming lessons I was ready for a nap!

On Monday, it was back to school and college for us all. I handed in the final part of my graded unit! I've still work to do until the course finishes but I was glad to get the graded part out of the way. Now I just need to wait until next week to find out if I have the A I need to get on to year 2 of the course. I picked the kids up from a friend's house and we came home to have chili con carne for dinner. It was yummy!

On Tuesday, I felt awful in the morning so I took the day off college. I dropped the kids off at school and got on with some of my work at home. Thankfully we're near the end of the course with pretty much everything done so I knew I wouldn't be missing much by being off for the day. I picked the kids up after school and Miss C tried out a game I made for the children at school to help them with their number stories. We had a lovely chicken tikka masala for dinner, homemade by me and then we had an early night.

On Wednesday, it was placement day. I dropped the kids off at school and headed there. It was a busy day and I was glad of my cup of tea when I got home. The kids had fun playing outside on the trampoline together.

On Thursday, it was a lovely day. I put my washing machine on timer so that the washing would be ready to hang out when I got home. Sad the things I get excited over! Miss C was loving the sun but I think she went a little too far with the vests and shorts. It wasn't that warm!

On Friday, I dropped the kids off at school, did my shopping, finished some college work and then picked Miss C up from school. It was miserable! Z was off to his best friend's house for tea. Miss C and I came home and she decided she wanted to paint her nails and watch a movie. We watched Wall E in bed.

On Saturday, Husband took Z to Karate whilst Miss C played and I got on with my mountain of ironing. We had a pretty chilled out day, only popping out for a few errands. After dinner, we got in to our PJs and watched Britain's Got Talent.

My Sunday Photo 2015 #20


The Black and White Photo Project #44

Saturday, 16 May 2015

365 Project 2015 Days 130 - 136

Day 130 - Miss C enjoying her chocolate cake after lunch
Day 131 - Miss C making sure her plant had plenty of water
Day 132 - I'm loving Louise at Sprinkle of Glitter's YouTube channel
Day 133 - A cup of tea was very much needed after a day at school
Day 134 - Miss C enjoying the sun
Day 135 - Practising painting her nails herself
Day 136 - Daddy did a much better job 

Friday, 15 May 2015

Sibling Moments #17

Bank Holiday Monday, we headed to the park with a friend and her son. The weather was lovely although it was still a bit chilly and cold enough to warrant jumpers and fleeces.

Z and Miss C had a great time together. Miss C loves to try and copy her brother and she always shouts for him to watch her. Often she won't do things with us encouraging her but if her brother encourages her then she'll do it.

Of course, with Miss C copying her big brother, my friend's son was loving watching and copying Miss C and Z. And when they noticed it, they started showing off. Not a good idea with a toddler about but it was also really cute to watch. I think Z and Miss C would make excellent siblings to another child but I don't think they'll be getting the opportunity any time soon.

dear beautiful

Sleepovers and Making Date Nights Happen

Having children is absolutely amazing and so rewarding. I love my children unconditionally and I'd do anything for them. Having said that, Husband and I do need our time together as a couple and we try to do a date night as often as possible.

The biggest struggle when you have children and you want to have some couple time is finding someone to look after them. Childcare is something that isn't always easy to find and whilst there are a few options such as babysitters or nannies, friends or neighbours, we're lucky that we have Husband's family who offer to help out every now and again.

Initially, I found it pretty difficult to cope with the fact that I didn't have my Mum close by to take the kids and because of that, Z and Miss C didn't go to their Gran's (Husband's side) for a sleepover until 2 years ago! I'm confident in saying that had my Mum stayed closer, they would have been having sleepovers a lot sooner and probably on a regular basis. I always loved going to my Gran's for a sleepover!

When they went for their first sleepover, I was a bit anxious but I knew they were in safe hands. Husband and I went out for the night and enjoyed a really long lie the next day. It was fabulous! We really enjoyed spending a full day and night just the two of us and not having to worry about what the kids were doing. We could just be us again. When the kids came back the next day, they couldn't stop talking about what a great time they had.

Since that first sleepover, the kids have been sleeping over at their Gran's every few months. It's great fun for them as they get to run around the fields at the farm and tire themselves out. Miss C absolutely loves it there because there are animals to feed and look after. On her last visit, she got to see a brand new foal who came right up to her for a cuddle. It's great for us as it means we can enjoy more than a couple of hours to ourselves. Our time as a couple is equally as important as our time with our children as a family.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

What Z's Been Wearing #9

Z was invited along to two of his best friends' First Communion at church on Sunday. Z has definitely gone through a growth spurt as when I came to look out a shirt for him, he had none that would fit. Luckily we had some smart looking tops that did fit!

Here's what he wore:

The long sleeve roll neck tops we received from Vertbaudet in a pack of three. We went with black because we thought it looked the smartest for the occasion. Teamed with jeans from Next and his rather trendy Timberland boots and Z was ready to go.

I actually wish I had a blazer for him as that would have just been the cherry on top of a smart yet casual young boy look. 

Such a handsome boy!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Animal #TheGallery

We have three cats in our house but Felix, the baby of the trio, is definitely the cheekiest.

He likes to chase poor old Morgan, the eldest cat, around the house.

He loves to cuddle up with Jazz, who is only a year older than him.

And he loves doing things he isn't suppose to. Like sleeping on the radiator.

Can't you just see his face saying, "what?!"

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Some Tips for Saving Your Pennies

Having worked in the financial sector for over 10 years, I am pretty savvy when it comes to money. I can tell you all about children's savings accounts, ISAs, term deposits and even offshore accounts. I think I'm pretty clued up on managing our money and making sure we budget and live within our means. In this day and age, it's really important to have good money sense. 

With five months until we head on our first family trip to America, we're saving and we're saving hard. Holidays like the one we have planned don't always come cheap and we knew we'd have to save quite a bit before going in order to get the best out of our holiday. We had to think of ways we could reduce our outgoings and save money here, there and everywhere.

Every month we put a percentage of Husband's salary in to a savings account and any money I earn through freelance work also goes in to the savings account. Right now we're saving our spending money and just waiting for the Dollar exchange rate to hit a great rate before we convert any money. We have an instant access savings account so whilst it doesn't have the greatest interest rate, we can put money in whenever we wish and draw it out whenever we need it.

Aside from that though, it's the little and most simplest things that help us save our pennies. Here are a few of the ways we've been doing it:

  • Any coppers or silvers go straight in to our whiskey bottle. We even encourage the kids to do the same if they happen to find a penny and pick it up!
  • Loose change or left over change goes straight in the bottle too. If I break a £10 note and I have a few £1 coins left, I'll pop them in the bottle.
  • Rounding up! If I spend £24.50 in a shop on my card, I'll pop the 50p in to our savings account.
  • Similarly, if my savings account needs an amount to make it a round figure, if I can, I'll pop the difference over from my cheque account.
  • Meal planning and sticking to the shopping list. We do, of course, allow ourselves the odd treat or takeaway night but by having a fixed meal planner, we've managed to save on our weekly shop by only buying what we need for the week.

What tips do you have for saving your pennies? 

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Spontaneous Sunday Afternoons

I love a spontaneous day out! Don't get me wrong, I love having plans to look forward to but there's something so fun about doing something completely off the cuff.

My friend text me asking me if we fancied going for lunch on Sunday. Not having any other plans after horse riding and before swimming lessons, we decided to book a lovely little restaurant in town. I was excited to go as we hadn't been in awhile and with two courses for £11, we knew we were on to a winner.

The restaurant wasn't too busy and as there were six of us, we were seated at a big table in the corner of the restaurant, kind of tucked away from everyone else. It was lovely! Miss C walked in and decided she wanted a chair with armrests, just to be different from everyone else, so we had to shuffle seats about.

The main menu read amazing but we all opted for something from the Sunday Roast menu. There were lots of lovely dishes to choose from. I opted for a Thai curry with rice, vegetables and prawns. Husband had a slowed cooked braised steak and our friends chose steak and beef. The kids decided they wanted to have a breast of chicken burger and fries.

The food took awhile to come out but we weren't in any rush and it gave us the chance to chat and catch up. The kids did pretty well waiting for their food. The waiter brought their food out as soon as it was ready and the kids were thrilled to see a mini pot of tomato sauce for their fries.

Our food followed shortly after and it was worth the wait. It was so good in fact, I forgot to take photos! I was just so hungry!

We all decided to have a pudding and chocolate fudge cake was a popular choice at the table. Again I forgot to take any photos of the food but did capture Miss C eating hers.

What a mess she was!

After clearing our plates (and Miss C), we chatted some more and Husband and one of our friends ordered some more wine. Another brilliant way to spend a Sunday afternoon...drinking wine. 

We went to lunch at 1.30pm and left at 4pm! We didn't feel rushed at all and it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon with the kids and good friends.

Of course, I was almost asleep in the spectator area for swimming lessons.

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