Childhood · March · Parenting · Uncategorized

Nervous excitement and huge responsibility!

So today T goes off on her first her residential trip with school. She is gone until Friday with 39 other children! They are staying in a country house just over an hour away from home and will be taking part in nature walks, outdoor challenges, making their own films,arts and crafts and the thing she is looking forward to the most… dvds and hot chocolate in the evening!

I remember staying away in York with my class in year 6, T is only year 3 so this seems so early for me! But what can you do when she wants to go, has been planning what will go in her suitcase for the last month and cannot talk about anything else! It’s time to take that deep breath and let someone else look after your child. I remember feeling like this when she first started school. You are in effect leaving your child with strangers for the best part of a day. It’s a really horrible feeling at first and I ended up feeling a lot more upset than she ever was!

I have a feeling this is going to be the same. She has never stayed away anywhere that isn’t family before, Well apart from one sleepover at a friend’s house who lives a 2 minute drive from our house. I think I’m feeling so nervous about this because I can’t contact her. There will be regular updates on the school Twitter page but just not speaking to her until Friday is really going to be so hard for me!

I have been building up to this feeling all week trying to distract myself from how sad I knew I would be saying goodbye to her at school by continuing our normal routine this week. We did a workout last night and she read to us before bed, I went to choir and she’s had healthy meals all week.

My mind wanders at work and while I’m driving to how much I will miss her and will just count the minutes until she comes back Friday. I spent a lot of yesterday singing choir songs to myself at work and playing loud music in my car to drown out these thoughts for I know this will be an amazing experience for her and she will love the challenges and fun times with her friends in her dormitory. I cannot wait to hear all about it when she gets back but for now it’s time to dry the tears and think about me for a couple of days!

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Liebster Award Nomination!


The Liebster Award 2018 is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means β€˜sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome’.

I was nominated for this award by Anna J over at Repeat After Me, thank you so much, its lovely to hear you really enjoy reading my blog! Anna blogs about life as a Mum, teacher and wife who has recently moved into a new home which is all still being built and the challenges that faces! I have really enjoyed learning about her life in New Zealand and love that she did a similar series to me, 21 Days of Gratitude , after all its all about being grateful for the small things when you are a busy parent! Please pop over and give her blog a read, I think you will like it πŸ™‚

Here are the questions I was set;

  1. What movie do you REALLY wish had a different ending? I would have to say Romeo and Juliet. This is my favourite all time film, the Baz Luhrmann version, I grew up on this film and still know every word by heart. The moment they both take their own lives crushes me every time, Shakespeare knew how to write em!
  2. What makes you feel truly happy? My family. There is nothing I love more than knowing I have a whole day with my little family, even just breakfast in bed, a walk round the lake and a DVD evening is just perfect for me as long as I get to spend time with them, they are my world and I would be lost without them both.
  3. What is your favourite strange sandwich filling? Cheese and sweet chilli sauce – just try it!
  4. Where is the most memorable place in the world you have visited and why was it memorable? I would have to say Barcelona because I went on my own, yes my own. I was on my own at the time and wanted to go away so I went for 4 days and 3 nights and explored this beautiful place while T stayed with her Dad. It is a magical place filled with art, culture and sunshine and I cant wait to go back again one day.
  5. What was an act of kindness that stood out to you, in your life or another’s? I really enjoyed when we did the gift tree at Christmas. In our local shopping centre there was a tree filled with gift tags with a child’s age and name on. There was a mixture of all ages and girls and boys who wouldn’t get any Christmas presents that year as their family were not in a position to afford it. We took a tag and went and chose a few little things to go in a gift bag for a little girl and handed it in to the desk. It really meant a lot to me to know a little girl would be painting her pottery bird and colouring in her book that we bought her and hopefully we would have put a smile on her face while taking some of the pressure off of her family, after all its not everyone’s fault they are in the situation they are in, sometimes people just need a break.
  6. What is something you are proud of having accomplished? Passing my driving test! It took me 6 times and I didn’t pass until I was 21 but I got there in the end and love having a car!
  7. What 5 words would you use to describe yourself? Loyal, emotional, loving, kind and organised!
  8. What is the last thing you did that you feel guilty about? I honestly can’t think of anything sorry!
  9. If you were to leave your partner for a famous person, who would it be? Leonardo Dicaprio – sorry Scott! Going back to the Romeo and Juliet thing I’ve loved every film he has ever been in since this film and have seen them all! He does a lot to raise awareness of climate change and has his own organisation that undertakes projects all over the world, shame he doesn’t seem to be that great at settling down in a relationship! Looks like you are stuck with me Scott!
  10. When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably and what was it about? Again I just can’t think, I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time trying to keep myself busy lately, I’ve had catch ups with friends and spent time with my family but I feel like I’ve been really quite blurgh in my mood for a little while. I think stress at work and feeling lonely at home play a big part in this. This doesn’t mean I haven’t had fun times and haven’t smiled but laughed uncontrollably? I honestly don’t know and I hope this changes soon.
  11. What β€˜home help’ would you most like (personal chef, nanny, gardener etc) and why? I would have a chef. I have a collection of cookbooks, access to the internet 24/7 and yet still get stuck on new and exciting things to cook. To come home every day to healthy, nutritious meals cooked for me, lunches prepped and different breakfasts ready when I wake up would be a dream for me!β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-

If you decide to accept the award, here are the 10 questions you will need to answer πŸ™‚

  1. What book are you reading at the moment?
  2. What is your new favourite hobby?
  3. Where did you grow up?
  4. When did you last “just do it”?
  5. What is your favourite TV show?
  6. Name something you are really proud of and tell me why.
  7. What is the most memorable trip you have taken and why?
  8. What do you most love about blogging?
  9. What is your favourite weekend breakfast?
  10. Name an act of kindness that you or someone you know has carried out.

I nominate:

  1. James Edgar Skye – his honest and sometimes raw blog details his battle with mental health. His passion for sharing his experiences to try and help others is clear throughout his blogging and I look forward to reading his posts.
  2. Bellas Babbles – I really enjoy reading this blog, it talks about everything from family life to anxiety to finding peace in where you are in life. She just has a way of writing that makes you want to comment and want to get involved in conversation.
  3. Fractured Faith Blog – Stephen writes about his past experiences in the hope to help others. He is open about his mistakes and where he is at with his faith right now, he blogs about topics that really make you think but also just wants to talk about the book he is writing and the marathon he is training for too! He is a really responsive blogger and really takes the time to not only comment on others blogs but reply to comments on his own blog. His family also write on this blog sometimes which is great. You will find it hard not to become a regular reader of this blog.
  4. Caffeinated Carly- Carly is a really sweet person who blogs about food, fitness, her home life and fun things she gets up to. She loves to receive comments on her blogs and with the delicious food she cooks and inspiring workouts she takes I leave plenty! If you want to see great food, a lot of fun times and be inspired to get fitter this is the place to go.
  5. Thefatdormouse Alison writes her blog from a village in France where she lives. She inspired me to carry out 40 Random Acts of Kindness with my daughter for lent. She is funny and honest throughout her blog which I look forward to reading, not to mention seeing her latest zentangling designs!

Rules of the Liebster Award 2018~
1) Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you.
2) Display the award on your blog.
3) Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
4) Provide 10 random facts about yourself (optional in 2018)
5) Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.
6) List these rules in your post.
7) Inform the people/blogs that you nominated.

For more detailed information on the Liebster Award 2018 visit here.

To accept the nomination, answer my questions, tag me and notify me of your post by commenting on my post! I look forward to reading your answers! Remember to nominate other bloggers so we can all continue discovering new blogs, building relationships, and supporting one another!

A child's perspective · ambition · Changes · Children · choir · feeling proud · March · positive thinking · Uncategorized

Positive thinking and self belief!

I got a comment last night “you sound so happy, And it’s so nice to hear you happy”. Proof that sometimes all it takes is some self motivation to turn things around. Sometimes there is no one else that can fix things but you, how fed up and miserable you feel about things can be resolved if you just take a big step and make a change.

Ok I haven’t quite made any changes yet but I’m well on my way and the most important thing is I know I can make a change, it is possible I just need to make it happen.

Don’t get me wrong I’m bricking it! Change scares me more than most, I am a natural worrier and if I could keep a routine forever I probably would but sometimes things need to change and it can only be for the better.

It takes confidence to make a change however big or small we have to start somewhere. We all need some self belief in our lives at times, it’s not a case of blowing our own trumpet more a case of just not selling ourselves short.

How much belief do you think the Ireland rugby team had today when they beat England to win the Six Nations championship? πŸ˜πŸ€ Pretty sure they couldn’t have done it if they didn’t have some confidence in their abilities.

Sometimes you just have to take a step into the unknown and tell yourself it will be alright. That’s exactly what T did tonight when she performed with her school choir along with 11 other schools, orchestras and choirs in Peterborough Cathedral. Before tonight they had never sang before any more than about 50 people, tonight they sang with 330 other children to a packed cathedral! It was a fantastic performance and even though I could only catch glimpses of her as the cameras panned round I could see she was singing her little heart out along with the rest of them, up there believing she could do it and she did!

So it’s true that all you need is the support of those closest to you and some confidence in your own abilities to be able to do what is right for you. Im going to try from now on to be like T and just go for it 😁

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7 things that made me happy in 7 days week 8!

1. Mothers day! I love this day so much because T puts her heart and soul into showing me how much she loves me and it just melts my heart! This year I was woken up with a beautiful card, a plant pot she had spent over 1 hour making by herself at after school club, a bunch of flowers and a charm for my bracelet. We went out for coffee and cake and then a 2.5 mile walk/run in the sun before going to see Scott’s parents for dinner. It really was a lovely day. Oh, I sent my Mum a card saying I would love to take her out for afternoon tea but I’m not holding out much hope because I said the same thing last year and she was too busy all year. We aren’t very close so we will see.

2. Receiving this beautiful drawing in the post for T really made our day. The time and effort taken was honestly so thoughtful and we love how it looks in a frame in T’s playroom.

3. Muddy walks. This was a 1.5 mile walk with Poppy after it had been raining all morning. I decided to go through the woods as she had her coat on but it didn’t make much difference and she went straight in the shower when we got home! This said it was a lovely walk and just nice getting out in the small amount of sun we had that day.

4. A reassuring ear. So I have a tendency to get a little worried when I know we have a lot coming up to pay for. I think about a month or two ahead when it comes to finances and quite often get in really panicky about it. Scott will let me go on like this for only so long before just giving me a huge hug and telling me we will be Ok! We will manage, things will get sorted and I don’t need to worry. I need this and appreciate it more than he knows.

5. Parents evening! I know those words may put the feeling of dread into some parents but I have yet to get to that stage! T loves school and loves working hard to do well, so much so that our parents evening was over in less than 10 minutes πŸ˜‚

6. Brunch with a friend. I was treated to a great catch up, pastries, muffins and coffee. The perfect way to spend a morning!

7. Seeing T so happy at her riding lesson! Today was the first day she had no jumper for her lesson this year,the sun was shining and she went on a hack with two other girls and the manager which she was so excited about then she came back with the same smile!! 😁

Makes these boots all worthwhile!

I hope you have all had a great week and I would love to hear what made you happy this week!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

career · challenge · comparison · March · Uncategorized

How much does your work influence your home life?

In my work I have been tested as of late. I’m a patient person, I train new staff and monitor their performance so I am used to people making mistakes, but lately even my patience has worn so thin Im struggling to see it anymore!

This daily struggle added with an office reshuffle has been something that has impacted my enjoyment of work. It’s amazing how your mood at work can be lifted by just sitting with the right people. Sitting away from the people that make you focus, bring fun and laughter to your day can really have an effect on your mood through those 8 hours.

The worst thing is I have no choice but to remain professional and smile as I am the first face new staff see. No matter how much I am seething inside with a response to an email I have to keep smiling and complete the training course I am briefing.

So all this said I am lucky enough to be part time in my job with the option for overtime if my work requires it so thankfully I don’t have 5 days of this to bring me down and bring me down it has! I think of myself as a happy, friendly, approachable person at work. I am interested in others, always willing to help- I kind of have to be in my work but still, and I do my best to encourage others and complete any tasks set as quickly and efficiently as possible. At the end of the day I think I do a good job.

I think this is why I find it so hard when others don’t do the same. I care about my work and I used to enjoy working for the company and was keen to provide a positive experience for all new staff joining. Now when I think about work all I think about is how little work others get away with doing and how hard I work to make sure things are done and how it seems all in vain at the moment.

I find it hard not to get worried about work at the weekend, Sunday night’s I can be particularly stressed knowing what awaits me on Monday. I come home after work and vent for several minutes about my day often needing a while to really get it all out and calm down. At work I have retreated into my shell, feeling unappreciated and unlistened to. I am left with a feeling I knew would come one day but I thought it would be my choice.

Maybe it’s time?

How much does your work influence your home life?

How do others around you deal with the stress you bring home?

Do I care too much and should I just be able to leave it all at the door?

I’d love to hear your opinions.

Lou x

challenge · Children · feeling proud · happy · kids activities · Kindness · Lent · March · positive thinking · Random Acts of Kindness · reflection · Uncategorized

40 Random Acts of Kindness continued!

So I wasn’t planning on writing this today but when we got an unexpected gift in the post I knew I had to post about it! So here goes, creeping up towards 30 days of random acts of kindness now!

24. Scott gave blood. Ok so I did sign up with him but there was only one appointment left the following day so I obviously let him go first! Yes I’m a bit of a baby when it comes to needles, They hurt and I usually end up almost passing out on most blood tests so the idea of giving blood as amazing as it is scares the life out of me because I just know I’m going to be the one person that faints! I’m still undecided on if I can do it or not yet but I was really proud of Scott for doing it. He is signed up now so will keep going regularly and even if I can’t get past my fear he has stepped up the Acts of Kindness by doing this one!

25. Surprise someone you haven’t seen in a while. Ok so it’s only been a few weeks since T saw her friends Chloe and Matthew but when we went for a playdate last week she suprised them with a little bundle of lollipops which they were really pleased with 😊

26. Make activity packs for the children’s ward at your local hospital. This one really made me proud. T spent ages with me sorting through her vast collection of activity books, pens, stickers etc and ended up with 6 little piles of ready to donate to the poorly children in hospital. The hospital were so thankful for us thinking of them and T was so excited to gift these little bundles away it really was a lovely experience and one I would encourage anyone to do.

27. Give a compliment. So without thinking I do this several times a week anyway but this day just happened to be a girl at work who had her nails done in a pretty pale blue colour. I said they looked beautiful and someone else said they looked like unicorn poop so hey ho! πŸ˜‚ T also told me my beef casserole dinner was really lovely bless her.

28. Be encouraging. So we had a chat about this one before going to work and school and I was really pleased to hear that T had told a boy in her class ‘Well done, You did It’ after he progressed from coming last in the maths test yesterday to first today! I also tried to be extra encouraging at work, even though I’m more than frustrated with the place at the minute!

Acts of Kindness towards us this week;

So today we received the most lovely parcel. Inside was a beautiful drawing of a horse for T along with an inspiring card. She was so happy to receive it and can’t wait to put the picture in a frame in her playroom so thank you very very much Thefatdormouse 😊 you have not only made a little girl very happy but Scott and I were also thrilled you took the time to write such a lovely message and create a piece of art just for our little T! I was inspired by you to start the acts of kindness in the first place and so to receive one back was just lovely.

Keep giving everyone! You just might put a smile on someone’s face after a tough day. 😊

Lou x

Children · Family · family time · feeling proud · food diary · happy · Healthy eating · Kindness · Lent · making memories · March · positive thinking · Random Acts of Kindness · Uncategorized

7 weeks of 7 things that made me happy!

So I’ve been appreciating the little things in life, for 7 weeks now! I know we all appreciate little things but writing this weekly post really helps me focus on the great things I have going on when I’m feeling flat or lonely. It’s just my little way of telling myself, and you guys, what how much little things can make you happy and how often spending money has very little to do with happiness.

1. Date day! Saturday we had the day together so we decided to do something completely out of character and walked to the local pub for lunch! We had such a nice time once we had walked to through the snowy woods, which was actually really pretty, to get there and enjoyed ourselves so much that with no deadlines and no T we decided to walk to the next one! It was like we were on a real date and was so fun 😊 Two alcoholic drinks before 5pm is only ever a thing on Christmas day in this house! Sometimes you just need to let your hair down, remember we only live once and play some scrabble!

2. Being a proud Mumma/Wife! Sunday T took Grade 1 ballet and Scott ran a half marathon. They both did so well and I spent the day being super proud.

3. T playing with her cousin. Sunday at Scott’s parents a few people decided to go for a walk to the nearby lake but T hadn’t brought a coat as I didn’t think we would be going anywhere so we stayed behind and she played with her little cousin Millie who is nearly 4. They built this tower and were very pleased with themselves.

4. Healthy eating. This was dinner Monday night, paprika chicken with jacket sweet potato and sweet corn and olives. It was so tasty and we all really enjoyed it. There have been a few meals this week where we have all said ‘that was a really healthy dinner!’ But so as not to bore you here is proof that we do have treats also with our breakfast one day this week of waffles with fruit and honey!

5. 40 Random Acts of Kindness. We are still enjoying this challenge so much and at the end of this week have undertaken two acts that I think have to top the list by far! One T and I completed together and one Scott did on his own. I will keep you guessing until my update next week but they have to be the most proud we have been so far in this challenge and will make the biggest impact for sure.

6. Wildlife! Ok so that might sound a little strange but today has just been a day for it,we have today been able to sit in our conservatory again thanks to the warmer weather and so have seen bluetits and a robin feeding from our bird feeders which is so lovely. Then this morning just pulling out of our road a small deer ran across in front of us and this afternoon driving home I saw another deer feeding next to a different road! I really do feel so lucky to see these rare little creatures and love living so close to the local country park. Here is a little squirrel having a nibble on the bird food!

7. Watching the six nations rugby with T! This weekend we got T back early because she wanted to watch the rugby with us so we got set up with crisps, drinks and even some Twirl bites which T let us have one each every time Ireland got a try! πŸ˜„ It was great fun cheering on Ireland with her.

Have a great weekend everyone, thanks for reading!

Lou x

Adult braces · body confidence · Dentist · feeling proud · goals · March · Uncategorized

Adult Braces- slow progress

It has been a long wait for my orthodontist appointment this time! It was 8 weeks anyway and then it was cancelled last week for this week so it felt extra long. Apart from a broken wire mid way and my back wires popping out a few times when I’ve eaten crunchy food I have felt this time has been really uneventful!

But, as the orthodontist told me today “it is all moving along nicely!” I just couldn’t see an awful lot happening on my top teeth as they are slowly moving in to position so my centre line is where it needs to be. This will take some time but she is really pleased with the progress. My gaps along the sides at the top will get smaller as she moves the teeth into them and the space that is left will have teeth “tucked into it” towards the end apparently!

On the bottom I knew nothing had happened this time as I had some brackets moved last time I could only have a ‘soft wire’ fitted which means it’s just sitting there resting and not doing any actual pulling just until the brackets have time to set. This time she plans to have all the gaps closed along the bottom and once that is done and they are all nice and straight she can put the final wire in!

Now I don’t really know what this means as I’ve not done this before but it sounds good to me so I’m now really excited to get to the final wire stage!

So there might not have been a lot of progress that I can see myself this time but everything is progressing as it should so maybe an end goal is in sight at the 2 year mark after all!

feeling proud · happy · kids activities · Kindness · Lent · making memories · March · positive thinking · Random Acts of Kindness · Spread It · Uncategorized

40 Random Acts of Kindness- still giving!

Another week down in the 40 Random Acts of Kindness we are doing for lent this year and here is an update on what we have got up to! I’ve also added some acts of kindness that we have had done to us this week at the bottom!

18.Talk to the check out worker about his day.
So I actually made the effort and asked him how his day was! Don’t get me wrong I would normally say ‘Hi but to actually have a full blown conversation about the snow and how he was felt a little strange. I hope he left feeling it was nice to have someone make an effort for once.

19. Make hot chocolate for your family on a cold day. So with the ‘Beast from the East’ bringing us a lot of snow last week we had plenty of cold days to choose from but we chose Sunday for this treat. Yes it was as good as it looked 😊

20. Leave a loving post it note in your partner’s car. Monday T left this cute note in Scott’s car so when he went out to help his Dad with his Nans garden he saw it. He was really pleased 😊

21. Do not complain today!! Now I’m going to admit this was a toughie! All you have to do is say ‘phew I’m tired’ or ‘Wow it’s cold outside’ and you have failed! By the end of the day I had turned it into being maybe a teeny bit sarcastic with Scott and T and T found it hilarious. Scott on the other hand was not so pleased at me saying ‘I know I asked you to take the bin out last night but I know you must have been so tired from work and this morning you probably just forgot because you get up so early so if you could possibly manage it now I would be so greatful my darling husband’ πŸ˜‰ I don’t think we realise just how much we love a good moan! Maybe it’s just us Brits or maybe it’s the same worldwide but I did find this one hard.

22. Make gifts for your neighbours. Tuesday morning we left these cute little parcels on our neighbours door steps. We knew one would be found during the day and another was slightly more hidden so it hopefully stayed safe until the evening. T loved making and hiding these.

23. Tell others you are spreading kindness and encourage them to do the same. Today I received my bracelet from Spread It. I found these guys on Instagram a few weeks ago and they share stories that just make you happy and have a motto of ‘Be Kind, Do Good, Show Love!’ They have a small range of merchandise and I got sent a bracelet which I love and as well as sharing it on my Instagram I’m going to tell everyone that asks about it. 😊

Acts of Kindness towards us!

  • So this week so far I have had an elderly man let me go ahead of him in the shop as I only wanted one thing, I said thank you and as I left told him to have a good day!
  • Yesterday 4 more books were left in our community library that we set up in a little shed next to our house at the start of our acts of kindness! I’m so happy people have taken to the idea and I’m fast collecting plenty of reading material!
  • T made something secret for me at her after school club and when she went to collect it to take it home she found another child had taken hers home! The after school club were so great they actually rang the parent of the child and it was brought back into school the next day! 😊

Anything you can do to help someone, however big or small can make a difference,imagine if everyone did just one thing today how much happier everyone would be!

Give it a go, Make someone smile! 😁

Lou x

Ballet · body confidence · Children · confidence boost · Family · feeling proud · Marathon · March · motherhood · Parenting · positive thinking · Running · Uncategorized

A great day in our little world

Today has been a day for being proud of my two favourite people. When a big event comes up everyone gets a little nervous me included. All week I’ve wanted to wrap T up in bubble wrap and sit her in a padded room ready for today. If I am honest I would have put Scott in there with her too! Snow, ice, slush and just generally freezing temperatures meant the mumma bear in me just wanted to keep them safe for the big events they had been working hard for.

But I watched her go off to school in snow storms, have a riding lesson in the snow and even saw Scott go for a run with several inches of snow on the ground. Of course they survived, my aniexty was squashed and they both woke up ready for their big day.

At 12 noon T had her Grade 1 ballet exam, This is her 4th exam since she started ballet 4 years ago. We got there in plenty of time and she was prepped to within an inch of her life, not a hair out of place, clean nails and ears and with a freshly ironed ballet dress- this may all sound extreme but they deduct points if their presentation isn’t as it should be so I really try hard to make sure she looks great. She was happy she didn’t need to practise her routine and with the other two girls in her group both there that just left her to be called by her teacher. An anxious half an hour wait ensued and although I chatted with the other mums I was really feeling nervous for her the whole time.

The smile on her face when she came back through the door told me there was no need to be! They were all thrilled with their performance and said the examiner was really nice. Really as a parent what more can you ask for?

Our other big event today was Scott running the Cambridge half marathon. Although he hadn’t done as much training this week as he would have liked he has done several long runs since his last half marathon in October with his furthest distance being 17 miles so I knew he could handle today. The only thing I was slightly concerned about was the conditions, but luckily the temperature raised and the snow had mostly gone by the time he ran.

There was an app we could use to track his race but with it continuously crashing there was nothing we could do but wait for the phone call to say he had finished. It came just as we were leaving the house ready for the exam.

He was over the moon with his run as he had beaten his previous half marathon record by 6 minutes completing the course in 1 hour 20 minutes! We were so happy with him and couldn’t beleive he came in the top 100 of over 7000 people!

The free non alcoholic beer he was given at the finish!

No one knows how hard I’m working with T on her body confidence, we have been doing HIIT workouts mostly 3 times a week since January started, and focusing on healthy eating and positive attitudes. She is changing in body shape and attitude. She is happy to work out with me, she looks forward to our excercises and she can tell she is getting stronger and fitter from it. The most important thing is she hasn’t told me she doesn’t like her belly since we started these workouts. She will always be my beautiful girl but days like today where she looks and feels amazing in herself and I’m sure danced beautifully if our practise showing was anything to go by, I feel like I am doing a good job.

It may only be a dance exam and Scott may only have run a running race but in our little world these were big things and I am so proud of everything they achieved today.