Saturday, 22 November 2014

Hello Saturday.

Unreleated picture of Molly and 'da dawg' taken a week or so ago.

So far today I have done a load of washing.
Watched Frozen and Tinkerbell.
Helped Molly write a letter to Father Christmas whilst listening to Christmas songs.
Redecorated her dolls house with her.
Made pancakes, AND sausage and egg rolls.
Bathed the baby.
And written this.

Not bad considering I feel awful and have been existing on hot water with honey and lemon for 24 hours.

Now I'd quite like it if the rest of November slowed down. We have some packing to do ;)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Bonfire Night

It's become a tradition to spend Bonfire Night with Molly's cousins in the village near where they live. There's a free display at a little pub and they put on a really good show while Jamie, Lindsay and I eat hot food and try and stay warm. Molly had the best time, however we had lost Alfie and Lillie when the fireworks began and Jamie was quing for food so it was just me and my girl. Perfect I thought so we found a spot on the 'hill' to watch them from, however you know when you're with someone who wants to be with someone else- Molly was like 'Where's Lil? Where's Alfie' in between each firework and I was like 'Just enjoy the display with me dammit'. Obviously I didn't say that but I thought I'd at least get another year of her doting on my ha. Anyway, pictures: 
^Worst family picture of the year award goes to..


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Halloween 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
We've had decorations up throughout October so Molly was very excited to go Trick or Treating with her cousins. Halloween morning she dressed as a fairy princess for Nursery. When Jamie took the costume into the living room to get her dressed in front of the fire I could hear her shouting YESYESYESYES!  
We'd been asking Molly what she wanted to dress up as for a while and for the first few weeks she wanted to be a Pizza. Which I thought would be really fun to make but then she saw a Power Ranger costume on my computer when I was browsing blogs and that was it, she HAD to be a Power Ranger and it's all she spoke of when the subject of Halloween arose. She wouldn't let me get a picture of her in her helmet at home but Gangan got a good one of her with her cousins sans helmet.. I got the joy of carrying that around the neighbourhood. She greeted any fellow Halloweeners with 'HAPPY TRICK OR TREAT!!' and I just could not get over how cute and small she looked in comparison to all the other brutish children.
Some Halloween crafting: 
I love the bits Molly brings home from Nursery, she is always so proud to have them on display. She also made her very own autumn leaves picture with Taid last week, he'd carefully dried them ready and she didn't want to stop and go home. Klaus didn't get a costume but he was obsessed with Pumpkin innards..
And thus concludes our Halloween. I've really enjoyed this October. I feel like we're busier than ever and I kind of love it/want it to slow down again. Though.. sleigh bells will br ringing soon eeeeee!

Monday, 27 October 2014

24

(I don't know if you've noticed but our kitchen clock is very broken.)
Also, do you think I could be the fourth member of Haim? That's pretty much my aim in life..

Sometimes I still feel like I'm 14. How was that a decade ago?? I still like Something Corporate and I had a binge on the Verve the other week. I read the Harry Potter series in two weeks last month. And Molly and I are killing it on the scrapbooking. I'm still always late (except for work). I've also been watching Buffy over the last few nights (hence the blog hiatus) though I watched that when I was 8? 9? There is no way that was suitable.

Anyway. I still stalk instagrams and blogs (when I was 14 it was Myspace profiles haha).

Today Jamie and I surprised Molly with a trip to McDonalds after nursery. She had a pretty rough weekend with tantrums and generally acting up quite a bit so she was told off more than I usually would have liked. So we took her to McDonalds (Sugar! Salt! ..IknowIknow) So we were eating our nutritious meals and I notice this older couple (late 60's, early 70's? I'm so bad with age) and they're both waiting for their food scrolling on their smart phones. Not talking, not looking at each other, scrolling. Just like in all those videos doing the rounds about putting your phone down. Crazy right? And then there's that blog entry I read recently about how we (internet, social media using parents) are forging paths for our children on internet ettiquette and how to not to get destroyed by the vortex. Or share too much. That's quite a responsibility. I love sharing ha. So many times I've nearly deleted my blog, quit facebook and decided to live without. But I can't. Not yet. 

I guess that's why I don't put too much out there anymore though. If I'm not comfortable reading it aloud to my friends, family and colleagues it's not ok to type. Then again I do believe in this quote: 

'You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.' - Anne Lamott 

I read this on (surprise surprise) twitter. Very liberating. And scary. I certainly have been very badly behaved, and I'm sure will continue to be.

This has been quite a 12 months. I began 23 in Ostend, this year I began 24 with a wide smile from Molly. Both good beginnings. I found a part of 23 pretty tough. And I'm glad to be 24. I'm also glad to be nearing the end of this year. It's been good, interesting and I've definitely grown. As a parent in particular. I have to be SO careful what I say/do/wear. Everything she is just drinking in. I'd hate to think anything negative I say become her inner voice. But equally I don't want her to think she can get away with being totally narcissistic. My world revolves around her, but not many others will. Empathy is quite possibly the most painful and useful quality to possess. But to teach that, well, it's hard. I don't want to pop any bubbles.

Sometimes this year I haven't looked at myself in the mirror for a few days. And I've pretty much stopped wearing make-up. As such I've noticed my face change. I might start wearing it again, it was a theme in my birthday gifts. 

I probably say this every year but I've recognised how truly lucky I am to have a wonderful network of sweet, intelligent perfect girl and boy friends. And my family is fucking awesome. Little, big and extended. I am very, very lucky. Jamie and I have gone through many stressful situations and kept our gamefaces on. GO TEAM. We've also made it our for a few date nights, which is funny 'cus we don't even like each other ;)

24 has all the makings of being a fantastic year. I hope I can add a little more education into it. A bit more writing. A blog name change, this is the year I will do it (do I sound like a broken record). And saying yes to a few more things. At 24 I also get to see my beautiful perfect sister marry. And even better I get to be by her side while she does it which makes me well up at the thought.  

24 is going to be really good. I can feel it.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Groom Room

A few weeks ago the lovely pet people at Pets At Home sent Klaus a grooming pack and invited him for a trip to the Groom Room at our local store. We use the vets at Pets at Home and Klaus had his nails done at the Groom Room when he was a puppy, but he's never had the full treatment.  We arranged an appointment on a Sunday so that we could take him together as a family. The last time he went to the store he was having his stomach pumped so we weren't sure how he'd take it. 

He insisted on Jamie cuddling him before we handed him over to the lovely team of ladies:
As it's a drop off service, we decided to leave him to it rather than peer through the windows as we didn't want him to see us and think he was being picked up. While we waited, Molly and I looked at the fish (everytime we drive past Pets at Home she asks to look at the fish!):
And then we did the food shop (aka buy Molly stickers and some snacks):
Klaus had the full VIP Treatment, and my god did he smell incredible. As part of this he got a little Halloween themed bandana!! We've always wondered if Klausey would be a bandana dog, but he's so fiesty had never bothered, but he responded quite well so we may get him another and maybe even try out a jumper this winter.

When we left him with the ladies we were a bit anxious as to how he would handle the experience having not been left at a groomers as a puppy, but when we picked him up he was in a really chipper mood! And before anyone says, of course he would be as we've just picked him up- he was really depressed and anxious after his doctors visit. I think he really enjoyed the clean because he was so relaxed and happy! I would definitely recommend the treatment, and we'll take him again as a special treat after Christmas, though I must say I really didn't want to walk him afterwards because I didn't want him to get smelly again!

After:
As for the at home kit, so far he barks at the conditioner spray (we already knew that as we bought another fragrance in this range when we first got him as a puppy) but I am in love with it, we spray his bed with it regularly too. The shampoo has a BONE on the lid, and the Pet Head conditioner smells amazing so that's a big thumbs up from me. He LOVES the cleaning wipes, he just lies contently there while Jamie wipes him down. The towel is also a hit as Jamie walks him at 6.30am every morning and most of the time they come home damp and cold so it's perfect to give him a rub down before he makes the living room smell of wet dog. We haven't tried the clippers yet as he's only just had them done, but they're one of those dog essentials I've always meant to pick up. 
All in all, he's a very happy clean pup. Thank you Pets at Home!

*This post is not sponsored but we were gifted the Groom Room visit and the at home grooming kit. As always all opinions are my, or in this case Klaus' own.