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Sunday, 15 October 2017

#Blogtober17 Day 15 Old Photos

Old photos well I have a lot of them! That's what Facebook is good for, saving photos so you can go back and look at them years later! 

This is a photo of James on his third birthday and a photo of me when I was three! Everyone says that James really looks a lot like me at the same age. In fact James once thought this photo was actually him with a wig on! This is actually one of my favourite photographs of me as a child!

I really cannot see anything of Freddie in me as a child yet. I think Freddie looks more like his daddy!

I love looking back at old photos as they bring back so many memories. This one of me for example was June 2008 in Dublin just a couple of months before I met Andy. I had gone to Dublin for a few days with my best friend Michelle so we could go and see Westlife at Croke Park. We really didn't pack for the weather as when my flight landed a few hours before Michelle's it was scorching hot and I had to ring Michelle back in Aberdeen and tell her to bring summery clothes and I had to go and buy a few bits! 

This was taken on O'Connell Bridge over the River Liffy.

This is me and Andy the first time I went down to Surrey to stay with him and we went to Thorpe Park for Fright Night! The maze we went into was absolutely terrifying and I can remember shaking like a leaf when we got out! We had had to queue for hours as the Maze kept braking down! Lucky it was a nice day and we had friends with us in the queue!

This was also the day I met Andy's mum and dad for the first time! I totally fell in love with Thorpe Park this day and it was the first of many visits!

Some of the best photos for me to look back on are the ones from our wedding day. Even though I was ill, it really was the best day of my life! 

The photo of me and my dad was taken by my cousin Pete and it is one of my favourite photographs from the day.

The one of me and my mum, on the wall behind me is actually my mum and dads wedding photograph.

We were married on March 19th 2011 at the Sun Hotel in Warkworth, which is actually the village my mum and dad now live in!

My honeymoon definitely holds some special memories so looking at those always makes me happy although it was our last holiday. We visited SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and my complete favourite was Discovery Cove where we got to swim with the Dolphins. 

The Dolphins we had at our experience were called Yoshi and Dexter and well I totally fell in love with them!

We also met Mickey and Minnie Mouse when we were at Magic Kingdom. There is actually a Christmas shop all year round at Magic Kingdom and we bought some Mickey and Minnie bell decorations for our tree that we have used every year since we moved into our  first flat in the North East in 2012.

Another photo that holds memories is this one my cousin took of my Nannie with James when he was about six months old.

James adored my Nannie and we both miss her very much. He was 21 months old when she died and he still remembers her and talks about her now. 

I really wish she had met Freddie as he really is such a little bruiser and the total opposite of his big brother! 

So for me I use old photographs to preserve special memories of special times.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

#Blogtober Day 14 Novels

Day 14 and it's all about novels.

Before I had my boys, I was a proper bookworm. I could often read two or three books in a week. Now I'm lucky if I can read two or three a year! 

My favourite authors are Cecilia Ahern and Cathy Glass.

I first started reading Cecilia Ahern's books when Nicky from Westlife started talking about them as she is his sister in law. I got her first novel, P.S. I love you when it was first released and I loved it!
I think I must have read it three or four times in that first year. The book was later made into a film and to be honest I really didn't like the film it was not true to be book at all. Another one of her books which I loved was made into the film Love Rosie, which was good, but again it was not true to the book.

I first got Cathy Glass books when I met Andy. He had read a couple of them and leant them to me as I needed a new book to read on the train when I was commuting up and down the country. Nine years on and I think there is only two or three of her books I've not read! Cathy Glass is her pen name as she is a foster parent and all her books are based on real life stories of children she has looked after. 

I've not really got any other favourite novels apart from the babysitters club series that I read as a teenager!


Friday, 13 October 2017

#Blogtober Day 13 Movies

So today is all about movies. I used to love a good romcom, but since having the boys I love nothing more than watching a family film with them. 

James went through a stage of wanting to watch the same film over and over again when he was a bit older than Freddie is now. We went through a stage of watching Bolt three or four times a day. It was the same with the Thomas movies! He would come home from nursery at 12 and all afternoon it would be Thomas or Bolt! 

Freddie, however has not reached the age to sit and watch a film. Not that I haven't tried! He just prefers to keep himself busy with toys on the floor!

When I was at university, it was in the days of Woolworths and cheap DVDs so I had loads of girlie films on VHS and DVD. 

My favourite all time film is Grease, closely followed by Mama Mia! Both of them I have seen on stage too! Grease I saw in Manchester when I was at university and Mama Mia I saw on Broadway when I went to New York with my best friend! 

So yes this is a short but sweet post as both me and James have been ill.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

#Blogtober17 Day 12 Love

When I first saw the prompt for today was Love, it did puzzle me at first then I though well what do I love and well that would be my family.

Andy, James, Freddie and my parents.

Those five people are the people I love most in the world. 
Then there is other things I love like my friends, cups of tea, watching football, Manchester United the list goes on!

Then there's destinations, I love Malta. I had many happy holidays there with my parents as I was growing up. Orlando I had a brilliant time here on my honeymoon with Andy. Dublin I had many happy trips there with my friends as I was growing up! Manchester I had three happy years living there while I was at university. I was walking distance to the city centre and spent many afternoons wandering around the shops or going to the old Granada studios gates to see who was going in and out of coronation street!

So yeah is is a really rubbish post for today but yes I love my family more than anything in the world!


Who hides here? Footprints in the garden review

James has just turned five and all through reception year he was a very reluctant reader. He does however love having a story read to him. So you can imagine his joy when we got sent a copy of Who Hides Here Footprints in the garden by Rachel Coverdale to review. 

As he has just started Year One we are making a bigger effort to help James with his reading and this book has helped him along side the books he brings home daily from school.

James absolutely loves being outside, I think this is partly to do with him doing forest school at nursery and then again in reception! 

James loved mummy reading the book to him and seeing the different footprints that the animals make. He was really good at guessing which animal made which prints. 

He is very excited as Year One are about to start doing their Autumn Term of forest school in the secret garden and he is wanting to take the book in to school to show Sophie from Stomping Grounds as he is hoping he will be able to spot some of the footprints in the school garden!

Overall this is a brilliant book for reluctant readers like James! His reading has really come on in leaps and bounds in the last two months! 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

#Blogtober Day 11 Kitchen

Kitchen, What can I say about my kitchen other than I absolutely hate it!

We have now lived in our house for just over two years and its only now I am starting to get ideas about what I would like to do with the house! 

The kitchen is definitely the first room downstairs I want to work on as well it is terrible! There is definitely not enough storage! Especially for a family of four!

Our kitchen has two parts to it, The main part where the sink, table and washing machine are. Then we have the utility area which has our cooker, chest freezer, tumble dryer and fridge freezer!

They are both completely different! The main part is white and blue with a wooden daedo rail around the middle. and the utility is just white. They are different units in each room and the utility is also down a step making it much lower than the main kitchen. But what is the same about both parts is that they both lack storage!

The main part has one high double cupboard, which has little shelves on each end. Then it has one low corner cupboard and one low double cupboard. We then have four draws and a wine rack! The utility has one upper double cupboard and an upper single cupboard. Then it has a lower double cupboard and a lower single cupboard.

What I would like to do it move walls back between the main part and the utility part to open them up and bring a bit more light in, I would also like to raise the floor in the utility to make everything the same height. I would then have the same units running though both parts with some extra upper cupboards in the main part of the kitchen.

We would also add an extracter fan above the cooker. 

I would love to also knock the big walk in cupboard which is kind of under the stairs out to give us more room for a better table. 

It feels like everything is jammed into what storage we have so I would love more space! So yes this is my plans for our kitchen! And sorry there is no photos of it but it is too much of a mess!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

#Blogtober17 Day 10 Joke

Day ten and its Joke! 

James has been learning lots of jokes since he went into year one at school. He also likes to try and make up jokes!

This is his favourite that he made up himself!

Andy made up the next joke, but James has tried to claim it as his own!

So yes my husband and son do like to try and out do each other with bad jokes! I'm hoping as James gets older he will actually have a few better jokes, but I'm not holding my breath!