30 December 2012
29 December 2012
8 December 2012
I haven't started my Christmas shopping though. I have never felt so unorganised. That's what working five days a week does to you. Life goes a bit chaotic.
The children have however planned out their lists. I'm just wishfully pinning the things I like including this....
That quote is one of my favourites and my heart melts a little when Alban whispers it to me at bedtime.
As the dark winter evenings cut the days shorter we have been snuggling up on the sofa and Edith and Alban are currently enjoying watching Little Nutbrown Hare in the first DVD of one of our favourite books, Guess How Much I Love You?
by Sam McBratney.
"I like it because the field mice gets lots of blossom" - Edith aged 6
"I loved it" - Alban aged 4
The DVD has eight short episodes spreading the message of love and affection, so all good stuff, and would make the perfect stocking filler for youngsters.
2 December 2012
Over the last three months I have reduced my daily calorie intake and upped my exercise levels. I wouldn't say I've been on a strict diet but I have made sensible choices.
I've learnt to say no to the constant stream of cakes and biscuits in the staff room.
I've learnt about portion control because if it's on my plate I will eat it.
I've learnt not to eat when I'm bored.
I haven't denied myself the things I enjoy though.
I still have full fat mayonnaise - I'm with big Monica from Friends on that one.
I still have fish and chips - occasionally - but I watch the portion size.
I know I could cut out every 'bad' food and eat a lot less and lose more weight a lot quicker. But, I also know I would be miserable.
Anyway, slowly but surely is working for me and over the last three months.....
.....a stone of weight has gone!
To be honest I have been beating myself up a bit over the time it has taken so I thought I would look back to see what that stone actually meant.
Here are some images from a previous update post lined up with today's post workout pics...
23 November 2012
Now I'm back to work, the children are both at school and the husband is trying to get a business up and running. Stress levels are running high. Blogging gives me an outlet in the vast and wonderful world of the interweb but I feel my identity is shifting. I feel restricted on Melksham Mum. It doesn't give me the space to be just me. So I have a different stage for this.
I'll still be here for my family stuff, motherhood moans, Pinaddicts and other linkys but I'll also be over there. Being just me.
Please, feel free to pop in and say hi.
x x x
18 November 2012
Thank you Messrs Flowers, Vannucci, Keuning and Stoermer. I think I may love you. Especially you Ronnie ;)
10 November 2012
Being back at work and with the children back at school means the housework - gah - piles up and Saturday turns into chore day. Not much fun for anyone. I must get more organised in the week.
I need some sparkle to brighten up the dull days and dark nights.
We had some fireworks in the garden last weekend. That went some way to brighten up the darkness.
Edith and Alban watched from the safety of the conservatory. These being the same children who love the firework extravaganza at Camp Bestival being unsure of a few garden fireworks! Kids.
3 November 2012
To get my mitts on them was no mean feat.
Firstly I had to leave my husband with clear instructions for the tickets I wanted whilst I drove to Norfolk to see my dad for the last time.
After the continuous re-clicking and refreshing on numerous ticket sites he struck gold. Kind of. We have nose bleed seats of the highest extremes. But.....WE HAVE TICKETS!
Ah. We have tickets. What we didn't have is a babysitter. No Grandmas or Grandads up the road. No one to ask to have the children for the weekend - maybe I'm too polite and should ask people?
My mum lives in Norfolk and is unable to stay with our kiddies on her own overnight.
The in laws - as you may know - have abandoned us and now live in the Limousin area of France. My geography of France is rubbish but all you need to know is it is bloody miles away in the middle of nowhere with flights out running about once every six months. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration but at this time of year the flights aren't regular.
Anyway, we asked, and Grandma France is flying over next Wednesday so we - as in me and the husband - can actually have a night out.
The lengths I have to go to for a night out with the husband.
Can you beat that for extreme babysitting?!
I'm just praying there are no major disasters between now and then.
Whatever happens I AM GOING!!
x x x
2 November 2012
And rain and mud. Obviously.
Today we headed out to Brokerswood to dodge the showers, go for a welly walk, squelch through the mud and get some fresh Autumn air.
We didn't quite avoid the rain and picnicked in a heavy shower but that's what waterproofs are for right?!
x x x
1 November 2012
I have made fabric flowers in the past and have been wanting to make some rosette type ones for a while and I have finally had a go.
I found some old strips of fabric that I had used to make curtains and they measured about 32" long and just over an inch wide. If you want a bigger flower use a longer length and for a smaller flower use a shorter length. I ended up experimenting with two different lengths.
Firstly tie a knot in the end of your fabric strip:
These flowers can be used in a number of ways; attach a safety pin to make a brooch, add a hair slide, tie to a scarf....
I have now used these flowers here!
28 October 2012
It is a bit of a trek to get here and this time it has just been myself and Edith. A girls only road trip if you like. She has been a star and has been desperate to get to the beach - like mother like daughter - so today we went to get our coastal fix. We dodged the showers, flouted the rules of the beach, overdosed on sea air, had a look at the quirky coastal dwellings and picnicked in the car.
It was one of those making memories days - just me and my girl.