Sunday, 25 January 2015

365 Happy Day 3/52

I am sitting typing this whilst tucked up in bed with a Lemsip and feeling extremely sorry for myself. It feels like we haven't had a week without illness since October. I have been soldiering on, nursing the boys and trying my best to slap a smile on it but to be honest it is starting to take it's toll. I started to feel fluey and was suffering with a sore throat last night. I've been in bed all day trying to recover whilst hubby and my mother in law nurse the boys; Jamie has diarrhoea and John has a viral infection. There was little in the way of happiness today but tomorrow is another day, onwards and upwards. 

Here is my round up of the week

January 19th 

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January 20th 

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January 21st

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January 22nd

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January 23rd

January 24th

January 25th
My favourite photo of the week . . . 

January 26th

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I hope I have much more healthy photos to share with you all next week. I'm off to finish my Lemsip and hope for a good nights sleep. 

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

365 Happy Days 3/52

At the start of the week I was sure that the universe was conspiring against my 365 project when my mobile phone (which is the most convenient way I find to take photos daily) was dropped down the toilet and went to mobile phone heaven. However, I managed a few grainy photos on the old Nokia I am using while my phone gets fixed and it inspired me to take the DSLR out when I probably would've just opted for the camera phone. Here is the run down of the week ...
January 12th 

January 13th 

January 14th 
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January 15th
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January 16th 
January 17th 
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January 18th

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

365 Happy Days 2/52

Well first week back at work is always painful. When I am working I find it really hard to fit in photos because my days can be quite hectic with little of any substance to photograph. When I come home I am so busy spending time with my boys that I often forget to take any photos.

I managed though and here are my snaps from week 2.

January 5th

January 6th 

January 7th 

January 8th 

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January 9th 

January 10th 

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January 11th 

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

365 Happy Days Week 1

I have loved taking part in my 365 project last year and technically im not quite finished yet. I've still another month to go. I haven't shared any on my blog, just on facebook and instagram so I thought I'd do a weekly round up on here starting from the 1st of Jan. I'm linky up with lots of other snap happy bloggers over on The Boy and Me's blog to help keep my momentum going. 
Here are some of my snaps this week  

Jan 1st - My annual truffles and chocolate biscuit cake baking 
Jan 2nd - We always spend time with my husband's family on the 2nd. This is my eldest with his auntie.

Jan 3rd - Brotherly Love, my favourite photo. 

January 4th - My own little Box Troll

Obviously I only have 4 photo this week as the link up is going to be every Sunday. You can check out my daily feed on instagram (Grumpinator)

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

My Top 5 Achievements of 2014

Last year I wrote the same blog post and found it easy.  It was a really busy year. This year has been totally different. Much more chilled but here's my best bits...

1. Taming My Black Dog
At the age of 31 I decided it was time to start being who I want to be and not who I think I should be. I decided to get a tattoo on my wrist as a symbol of the changes I was making and I've contemplated breaking out the hair dye although the horrified look on my husband's face made me hold off, for now . I've started speaking up for myself and being more assertive.I make no apologies for being open about struggling with my mental health. People are entitled to share what they feel comfortable to share. I believe that hiding these issues makes it a taboo subject and adds to the shame and guilt you already feel for not coping as well as you feel you should. I've been in counselling a year come next week and I can wholeheartedly say it's the best thing I've ever done.
Taking 1 hour week, every week to focus on myself has allowed me to realise who I want to be, what is important to me and where I want to take my life next. It's been so positive for me and my family. I finally feel like myself again.

2. #365HappyDays
I managed to take part in a 365 project for longer than 100 days without giving up. It started as #100HappyDays but became so much more. I really enjoyed taking photos that made me smile that I've carried it on. I will hit the year mark in Feb. I'm proud of myself for sticking at it. I've taken some lovely photos over the year.
3. New Job, New Start
I was feeling brave. I loved my job before I left for maternity leave but I wanted to drop my hours for a better work life balance. My work couldn't accommodate me so I had to make a choice between staying where I was settled and happy but with full time hours or moving somewhere else for less hours and taking the risk that I would regret the move.
I've settled in well to my new digs and I'm so happy I made the decision to drop 2 days. I get time being mummy and being the old me who was work orientated and career driven. I'm not the same person anymore but it's nice to still keep a bit of that side of things alive.

4. Singing and Strumming
2014 saw me pick up the ukulele and actually play it. I took a course to qualify me to teach it in schools and I fell in love with this little piece of wood. Every time I play it I feel happy. It's the best remedy to a bad day.
I've been singing much more this year. I set up a duo with my friend Fee but circumstances found us filling in as lead singer in a resident band. We job share it so we can both keep a bit of weekend time with the family. It has worked well and I'm really pleased to be working again. We are focusing more on weddings next year but there is plenty work booked in.

5. Surviving a Great Loss
In March we lost our beloved dog Ruby. For a long time after I felt like a huge hole had been torn in my heart. I saw in her in shadows everywhere I looked in the house. She was an amazing dog, one of a kind. She is greatly missed but we survived and moved on.  We remember her and honour her memory. We set her ashes free on a beautiful beach in Skye. We think of her when we laugh about her silly ways, when we talk about how Kaiya is gaining weight as she no longer has to compete for what Jamie drops from his high chair. We felt the loss of her this Christmas when we only put out 1 dog stocking. She wasn't just a dog. She was a member of our family and she lives on in our memories.
So here's to next year. I'm not making resolutions but im looking forward to writing this post next year and seeing how far I've come.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my posts. It's my 4th blogoversary today. Can't believe I have been blogging for 4 years. Thanks for giving me an audience for my ramblings xx

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Buddy Blog Day 24: Bye Bye Buddy

Today is Buddy and Holly's  last day. John has been weepy at the thought of them disappearing back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. I'm hoping that the presents distract him.
As a parting gift they have made a special Christmas Eve box. They filled it with new pyjamas, a Christmas film, a photo frame to be filled with a photo of John, Jamie,  Buddy and Holly. There is scattering of golden coins in the box along with candy canes and reindeer dust. The Santa key is also included as we don't have a chimney.
Tomorrow is really the start of Christmas for my family.  My Dad who lives in Czech Republic celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve, as is traditional there, with the Christmas meal of carp being served and toys appearing at night time after leaving a window open for baby Jesus to sneak in.
We start our traditions on Christmas Eve  too by visiting grandparents, watching a Christmas film together and going out for dinner. Last year Buddy organised a festive bath for John which he will do again this year (perhaps omitting the green dye and glitter in the water). We also read The Night Before Christmas for the bedtime story.
It has been amazing to witness John's reaction to his elf friends again this year. I hope that this will be a tradition I can keep going as long as he still believes. It's magical.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Buddy Blog Day 23: 2 Sleeps, Santa is Watching!

This morning we awoke to find dusty white footprints all over the living room and a mound of white with '
2 sleeps written in it. The footprints led to the kitchen where a half eaten mince pie and carrot lay.

Holly's note explained the mystery. Santa had popped by to praise John for his kindness, to encourage him to continue, especially towards his parents and to remind him that Santa is always watching.

I can't believe it's only 2 more sleeps.  So very exciting!!!