Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas...

This is our first Christmas minus those pesky tonsils and I have one word to desribe it - LIFE CHANGING.

Cue our second grotto trip of the festive season and I will leave you with what my boy said...

My boy: "Mummy, will it be the same Santa as the one at school?" (their Christmas Fayre)
Me: *quickly changes the subject* "Oh isn't it cold sweetheart"...
The husband: *looks slightly pale*

I'm not ready for that conversation yet...

 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Fool proof banana cake...

I'm not the world's greatest baker, in fact I rarely bake at all to be honest, but with my boy's tonsils having just come out we are spending a lot of time at home indoors, so I'm trying to tempt him with sweet things. I've got my baking groove on!

We went with nothing too fancy - a simple banana cake, but something I've always wanted to try to make and guess what? I did it and it turned out soooo gooey and tasty, plus the kitchen is still standing. That's a bonus.


My boy is doing well, the recovery is pretty tough going but we are recovering - slowly, slowly. For a split second I though 'gosh, what have I put him through' but then he perks up and eats and that thought is forgotten. 

Day 5 - we are ready for you....

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Holidays...

Summer has been and gone and for the first time in a good few years I have that real longing to explore abroad. It has been nearly three years since we holidayed overseas and I miss it. I miss travelling and everything that comes with it.

Of course we are slightly limited nowadays. Travelling in the school holidays is super expensive - have you seen the prices?! It's a bit of a dilemma for someone who has travel in their blood. What do you do?

For this exact reason we have holidayed in the UK and it has been wonderful, there are some beautiful places but the weather really does play a part. When you're in Wales and Cornwall in the middle of August and it's barely 14C, holidays in sun-drenched locations seem very desirable! As fantastic as the UK can be, it's been years since we hopped on a plane. 

So, we are trying to save to see what adventure we can afford next year if possible. It's tough and I have no idea how people afford a break abroad with more than one child, the prices are extortionate. Mental note to self: get in there early to secure that free child place or pay the (heavy) price. 

Wish me luck, mission abroad starts here. Ok, well after Christmas, after numerous family members' birthdays in between, after some winter repair jobs for the house (something is bound to break down), after both cars MOT's and road tax are due. And whatever else gets in the way...

You get the picture, life throws obstacles and all kinds of sudden, unforeseen bills your way. We'll give it a good shot and see where we end up. I'm currently trying to think of some money saving ideas but i'm pleased to report I've been whole heartedly converted to Lidl, maybe that will help a little?


















Saturday, 20 September 2014

Robots...

Arts and crafts usually = mess  and that's something I don't do a whole load of with my boy.  It's probably my worst nightmare and the control freak in me gets a little carried away when we do (I can feel my blood pressure rising when those playdough colours get mixed up and don't get me started on the mess when we cook...it's everywhere!). 

We did however have a little craft session the other day after school and I just have to share it with you. My boy loved it and took them into school the next day and guess what?! 

NO MESS. ANYWHERE.

That's right, we did the whole 'sellotape' thing and used stickers. Combine this with a huge dollop of imagination and here are our robots with magical powers...



I love them and also love the fact my boy enjoyed this so much. He's not all that into getting messy with painting, saying "mummy, I don't want to get my hands messy" etc, so this was perfect for him...and for me too as no cleaning up was required...

Monday, 8 September 2014

Photography...

Today I did something a little out of my comfort zone. I sneaked off whilst my boy was at school and finally went on that photography course I had booked myself onto months ago. 

I very nearly didn't go, nerves nearly got the better of me, but I'm so pleased I did. In those few hours I was there I went from only being able to turn my DSLR on (get it onto some form of setting, usually the portrait or close up and literally take the picture) to using my camera in fully manual mode.

That's HUGE for me. 

I repeat, M.A.N.U.A.L. Mode. I'm can't quite believe that but now, I must remember to practise or else I'm sure I will forget everything.

Here's some of the finished shots with no editing whatsoever. What do you think for a first attempt?























I felt so happy and inspired behind my camera. I thought for a moment, gosh, imagine having that type of feeling from your job...

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