Monday, 10 October 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011
So last night we did the curlers again. I put in her hair 50 or the wiggly worm curlers and she tried to sleep on them last night. I hope next year her hairstyle calls for straight.
I did buy a curling wand but I'm not having much success with the curls staying in. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I can get the curls in but they fall after an hour. Not good enough when they need to be in for about 4 - 5 hours.
Here are the before and after shots taken for performances a few weeks ago.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
What response would you expect from the school when you raised your concerns?
Would you expect that a parallel could be drawn between the "lifestyle choices" of someone who is gay and a convicted pedophile?
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Photo by tanakawho
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Firstly I want to say that I hope my family and friends are safe and that their properties are damage free.
I'm not exactly sure of where I stand in terms of who or what is to blame.
Obviously there are many opportunist thugs out there on the streets just looking to rob and destroy whatever they can but there also seems to be a lot of youths out there who are hurting.
Please don't misunderstand, I am not in any way excusing their behaviour, it is so far removed from anything I can comprehend but I cannot help feeling that in some way some one has failed them.
Is it the parents, the teachers, the government, the system?
I've been reading a lot of opinions and can agree partially with both sides of the argument.
I agree that we make our own choices and decisions in life but we can't choose who we are born to or where we are raised. As children others make choices for us. Right or wrong.
My generation is blaming the kids, maybe my generation failed them. Maybe by seeing this coming and leaving the country 10 years ago, I failed them.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Monday, 1 August 2011
Jon and I were both pretty sore and tired yesterday, his excesses due to soccer and mine due to my Saturday morning long run so we decided a trip to the movies might be nice.
On the way, we were discussing when was the last time we had been to the movies as a whole family. Can you believe never?
We were going to see Mr Popper Penguins until we realised that Jim Carrey was in it. I can't stand him, and I really don't think I could have managed a full movie. We looked at Captain America and found that IMDB has rated it PG - 13 and the parental guide didn't look too bad. A few scary bits but for my girls who are major Dr Who fans, probably ok. But - the cinema has it rated M.
M or Jim Carrey. Sorry to say but Mr Popper's Penguins was never in with a chance.
Captain America it was. Vmax and 3D. The girls loved it, though didn't really understand it. For me, it was ok. Vmax was nice and I only got nauseous twice from the 3D.
Baskin Robbins afterwards for icecream and home for a roast beef dinner and birthday cake.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
My dad had 88 first cousins, who all married and most had several children which makes for a very large family. We obviously are not really close to them all but we are to many and at the end of the day in our family, "family is family".
Another family member has passed away, sadly from asbestosis, the same condition that my uncle has.
The treatment that we were hopeful of for my uncle has failed and he is declining quickly. He starts another treatment next week.
Gran had a fall trying to escape from her nursing home and broke her hip, she has just had a hip replacement. She fell again trying to escape the hospital and had to have another surgery. She didn't look like she would pull through but they found out she was anaemic and have treated that. She has improved and she should be back at the nursing home this week.
She no longer knows who I am and gets upset trying to remember. The best I can do now is to write and on better days, my family will read her my letters.
Not a positive post, I know. I am having difficulty finding a positive tonight. I'll try again tomorrow.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
I had a great session, was totally exhausted and felt on top of the world.
Today, during my weights session, I was thinking that maybe it wasn't such a good idea, and now having walked around the shops for 4 hours and lead my own group class tonight, I am pretty sure it was not a good idea!
Would I do it again?
Without a doubt. :-D
Monday, 11 July 2011
Friday, 8 July 2011
Ever since I got back, I've been thinking of all the places I want to see. A lot of these places I used to think about before I had children. I'm sure when the mummy hormones kick in, they include a huge dose of Travel Bug anti-biotics because I haven't thought of these places for a long time.
I would love to go to Russia, Prague, Canada, Alaska, Singapore, Hong Kong even back to the UK to see my family.
Jon didn't come home for lunch today, it appears that he is at the Pharmacy getting another course of Travel Bug anti-biotics. We're not going anywhere for a while. :(
Good job Sydney summer is on it's way! :)
Thursday, 7 July 2011
- that I have been happily married for 16 years
- that I have 3 beautiful children
- that my son is nearly 12 and turning into an amazing young man just like his dad
- how many broken nights sleep I had when I had the joy of breastfeeding each one of them
- all friendships I have enjoyed and the late night parties (obviously in the past now)
- the trips away to remote cottages with friends and lying on the grass looking up at the stars and singing loudly to Oasis until the stars disappeared and the sun began to rise
- the countries I have been lucky enough to visit
- the stress and worry that my extended family have caused, though I am still blessed to have them in my life
- the wrong decisions I have made and the lessons I have learned from them
- the countless hours spent waiting in Doctor’s surgery’s because my child is unwell again
- that I lived and loved the 80’s and everything about them
- that I watched Charles and Diana get married on live TV
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Monday, 4 July 2011
- You're doing it for you and no one else
- You are improving every week
- Just give it a go
- You can do it
Friday, 1 July 2011
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Monday, 27 June 2011
Sunday, 26 June 2011
My kids have been performing 'magic' tricks with a deck of cards recently. It's been quite hilarious to watch them trying to pull the wool over our eyes with their 'magic'.
Saturday, 25 June 2011
My run was hard today. Mentally and physically.
When I was rudely awakened this morning, I had no idea where I was (not that I am usually anywhere else other than my bed) what day it was or why there was a loud alarm type noise in my bedroom.
However I quickly remembered that it meant it was time to get up for my run class.
From that point until we were stretching afterwards, the negativity in my mind was relentless. For those of you who have children, imagine that your child is at you non stop, whingeing about everything. Well that child was in my head for an hour.
- I can’t do this
- It’s too hard
- I’ll never make it up that hill
- I wonder if I can switch to another class
- Why am I doing this?
- I’m not a runner
- What, another hill
- ...and you want me to do it twice
- Only half way there
- Still 10 minutes to go
The point here is that we all have days like this.
During the run I didn’t realise that the positive in me was winning this little internal battle, but it did win.
I finished the run and I will be there again next week to do it all over again!
Friday, 24 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Friday, 14 January 2011
I don't think I have anything that I have never told anyone. I am a very open person and keep very few (if any secrets). I don't spill my whole life to everyone I meet and can be quite private, if that makes sense, but I do talk to those that are close to me. I am selective about who I tell certain things to but not secretive.
Do you find that you have different friends that you tell different things to?
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
February is close and again this year I am giving up alcohol for the month. I enjoy a glass or two of wine and I like to drink socially but I am very aware of all the youths out there who struggle with drugs and/or alcohol. I also have an 11 year old boy who in the next few years will be exposed to alcohol outside the home and at that time I will have no direct control over how he handles the situation. I do hope however, that what we teach him in the meantime will influence his decisions when the time comes.
By participating in Febfast, I hope to show him, that although his mum likes a glass of wine, she doesn't need it to enjoy herself and that it is no hardship to say no. In fact he also knows that for the last 2 New Years Eve's I have not had a drink and have been the driver, why, because it was more important for me to have a good time with friends that lived a few towns away than to have that drink.
Anyway, I know the timing isn't perfect and that you will already have dug deep to donate to the Queensland floods, but if you could consider helping me to raise money by clicking this link and sponsoring me to stay alcohol free for February I would really appreciate it.
Of course, I would love it if you could join me instead. Alternatively please just spread the word that Febfast exists and maybe more people will sign up for an alcohol free February.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Not only are these people suffering now but they will continue to struggle for months, maybe years to come. I just want it to be known that my thoughts are with those facing difficult times.
I was looking through flickr to find a photo that inspired me to write about, then I remembered that my dad had sent a few pictures to me just before Christmas.
Our home town in Northern England had quite a lot of snow recently, so much in fact that roads and schools were closed and the "bin men" couldn't/wouldn't get out to collect the rubbish!
Not only is this picture a reminder of my family and hometown but it also reminds me of my childhood.
See, when I was small, I loved the snow, we built snowmen and had snowball fights, we went to the Abbey to sledge down the amphitheatre, usually on big black bin bags because the sledges broke on the first decent.
I remember the sound of the snow crunching under my feet, catching snowflakes on my gloves as they fell to the ground, seeing that every snowflake was different. I remember coming back into the house with cold wet feet and red cheeks from the cold.
When I got older and started working and driving, the snow was a huge inconvenience. It appeared that it snowed briefly and before you knew it, it had turned to a dirty wet slush and then ice that was dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians. Trying to rush to work on ice was not fun in the slightest.
I love this picture because my dad sent it and because it reminds me of the fun times we had together when I was a child.
Monday, 10 January 2011
Too much opportunity for procrastination if I use the family computer in the family room. I can see the dirty floors, the ironing, the dishes.
But, I've been kicked out. The very first day Jon was off from work, he moved in his laptop, his MP3 player and speakers, all of a sudden it was a necessity to buy a new chair 'rolls eyes'. The only time I can gain access these days is if I am bearing a cup of tea and/or food.
I have to change this!!
ps I did ponder over the title of this post given that you know my husband is out or work but then I figured, it could be procrastination so I left it.
pps I still haven't showered or snoozed from the other day, but don't panic, I have post dated these last 2 posts.... oops
Saturday, 8 January 2011
How cool is Dexter? I love it. I have always enjoyed crime thrillers but got bored with CSI and all those shows, also really really hated the TV adverts.
But... I love Dexter, it has everything and it so much better to watch it on DVD, you don't miss anything, can put it on when you want (even if it's a little too late)!
We don't watch much TV but Dexter is a must.... and House, love that too!
What is your must watch TV program?
Friday, 7 January 2011
It doesn't take much to conclude that I don't get enough sleep.
I wish it was as easy as going to bed earlier but I don't want to. I enjoy spending time with my husband and the only time we get to do that is a few evenings a week, after 9pm-ish.
Daytime snoozes are not usually an option due to the kids being home at 3pm, however this afternoon, I have no clients, I have done my training, made muffins with the girls, so afternoon tea is taken care of - therefore I should be sleeping, but no - because I committed to blogging more frequently.
There done for today, I'm off for a shower and a snooze - wish me luck (probably regarding the snooze not the shower) :)
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Of course I am proud of them, they really are great children, they are beautiful and intelligent, they are kind and caring, they are child like but can behave like grown ups. Yet they can still drive me crazy.
They are untidy and leave the house a mess, they roll their eyes if I dare to ask them to pick up a toy or put a plate in the dishwasher or tell them to get off their computer, ipod, wii, PlayStation, to turn off the TV.
But I smile when
- I hear them laughing
- they play together
- they sing the wrong words to a song
- they help each other
- they seek my hand to hold
- I find a picture they have drawn of me with I Love Mummy written on it
- they get their words confused
- they sit on my knee
- they flutter their eyes and I am jelly
- they touch my hair
- they say I look pretty
- they think I have lost them in a store and they catch my eye and smile because they know they are safe with me
- they tell a joke that doesn't work
- they are sleeping
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
For many this goal for 2011 will sound very lame, for me it will be a huge challenge but one that I am ready to face.
The goal - Twelve Nights out in 2011.
I guess that roughly equates to one night a month, which to me sounds difficult (when will I find the time?) though twelve nights from 365 is more than achievable.
To be more specific that is 12 nights out with company. As much as I love going to concerts with my husband the goal is to interact with people outside of my immediate family.
For financial reasons, (ie a babysitter costing a fortune) it may be that I go out on my own with girlfriends while Jon looks after the kids but I'm sure on occasion we can both go out with a group of friends.
Rules - it must be fun! It must not involve sitting around a dinner table with "friends" complaining about their lives, partners or discussing horrific stories in the media.
I will need to be selective I think.
Saturday, 1 January 2011
In my defence 2010 has also been a pretty big year for me. On the plus side my business has grown and has provided us with the much needed extra income, however that hasn't come without a cost.
Towards the end of last year it became clear that whilst I love what I do it was taking over my life completely. It didn't help that Jon's role at work was also becoming more demanding of his time and attention.
The result was that neither of us had any energy left to focus on ourselves, each other, our children (other than doing what needed to be done) or our future.
We realised this a few months ago and made the decision that this had to change. This is easier said than done when you are in the middle of it.
Now Jon and I may not have been in the same room much for the last 6 months but it seems we were still on the same page.
I signed on with a new business coach and my goals are to grow the business while providing a balance with the rest of my life and Jon resigned from his job in mid December.
He doesn't have a job to go to and we are not sure whether going back to a high pressured job is the way to go for him (despite the fact that he is very good at what he does).
Jon is very motivated and very driven and in the 10 days or so between the resignation and Christmas eve, he set up a business, is in discussions to go into partnership with another business and is applying for jobs.
This should be a scary time for us. We have a huge mortgage and big monthly expenses with all the activities we provide for our children, but we are not afraid. For both of us it feels like things are exactly as they should be.
This post was supposed to be about how I would find something to write, it seems it wasn't that difficult after all.
Anyway, some of my facebook friends are taking daily photographs and some blog friends are writing daily blogs with the help of http://dailypost.wordpress.com/
I will try and post something 5 days a week. I can't promise 7, I am after all looking for balance, though I have a feeling I may find it here.....