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7 things week 10

1. Completing our 40 Random Acts of Kindness! I was so happy we finished this on a day where we could get out in the sun and feel like we made a difference. This project showed my little girl that giving is just as much fun as receiving and it’s not about getting things back in return but making other people happy with our random gifts. This is something that will stay with us for a long time.

2. Workouts with my girl. This month we smashed 13 workouts using kettlebells and our own body weight. A combination of HIIT and Ab workouts with some cycling and walking thrown in has meant this has been our best month this year and I am so proud of T’s commitment and enthusiasm even when she has had a long day she will always do just a few little exercises. Her confidence is improving and so is her strength. Next month we plan on changing it up a bit with new exercises to beat the Easter chocolate bulge!

3. New hair day! I decided to go lighter for the summer months and am so happy I did. Not only am I pleased with my hair but I also got a really good deal at the hairdressers so ended up getting two items for free which made my day even more!

4. My little ballerina made her Grade 1! 4 years of ballet and 4 exams later and she is now a Grade 1 and finally got her shield. Happy days!

5. Girls day. Friday we played beauty salons and made the most of no school for two weeks with hair chalks, braids and painted nails! After a great riding lesson we watched David Walliams Mr Stink and played games until T went to bed. I loved this day with my girl and will keep remembering it all week while she isn’t here.

6. Easter playdate! Our friends Zoe and Ruby came over for lunch and Easter fun, the girls had a great time making lots of Easter crafts and hunting Easter treats. I made the hunt a bit more testing this year and they had to complete an exercise for 30 seconds for every treat they found and with about 7 treats each that really got them moving! They were giggling and I felt good they managed to squeeze in some exercise even with the terrible rain we have had for the last two days.

7. Easter day with my girl. I picked T up from a sleepover this morning and when we got back the Easter bunny had been so we had the wettest, coldest Easter hunt I can remember round the garden! After counting up the bounty we stayed in the warm colouring for a while before braving a 2 mile walk with Poppy. We found a love rock on the way so it was all worthwhile! T was super happy with her new body warmer we got her for Easter too even if it wasn’t quite warm enough to wear it on the walk!

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We were really pleased with how our Easter table turned out!

I will miss this little face now until Friday, it’s been so great spending the last few days with her but I know she will have a lovely week and hopefully I will get to talk to her at some point.

Being happy isnt as easy when you are suddenly all alone but it’s these times when it’s good to look back on the fun you’ve had and the happy memories you’ve created together. Still, sharing never gets any easier and I will be counting the days until she is back home again.

I hope you have all had a wonderful Easter and I’d love to hear what you got upto,

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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A well needed Easter Weekend and a proud Mummy moment.

I love Easter weekend, ever since I’ve had T I’ve been excited for it to come around. The promise of Easter playdates with friends, arts and crafts, Easter baking, hunts, making our little Easter display on the coffee table and of course the Easter bunny visiting!

This year is no exception, We have all of the above planned and I can’t wait! With T being on a residential trip last week and then at her Dad’s for most of the weekend I feel like it’s been a long time since I spent a whole day and night with her so I can’t wait to just have some fun times together.

It’s been a stressful week at times with money stresses causing me and Scott to snap at each other. With a two week half term it’s easy to get caught up in the “how many expensive activities are you doing this half term” race. We are very lucky for two reasons; T doesn’t expect anything expensive to happen. If we come out and say we are going to do an activity for the day she would be super happy and very greatful but she isn’t someone who wakes up asking to do expensive things like go out for dinner or go to the cinema. Secondly she is easily entertained and doesn’t need these activities to be entertained. She is just as happy going on a nature walk round the local country park as she is at a bowling alley, I could make cakes with her at a cost of £1.50 and she would be as happy with her creation as if we had gone and made some expensive pottery some where.

She’s a good kid and I’m thankful with how she’s turning out.

This weekend is going to be spent appreciating my time with her as per usual I have to share so from Sunday evening she is gone. Unfortunately this weekend isn’t one we can spend as a family as Scott works the whole weekend so we just have to make the most of doing things just me and her.

Today has been a great start, she got her Grade 1 ballet exam results and she passed with Merit 😁 She is super happy as you can see and so are we. What better way to celebrate than a fish and chip dinner! It’s been a long time since we had fish and chips and we don’t really buy takeaways so this was a real treat for both of us!

I hope you all have a great weekend planned with your loved ones and I would love to hear what you are getting up to.

Lou x

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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.

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7 things – No 2

Hi guys,

I enjoyed sharing my 7 things that made me happy in 7 days last week so I’ve decided to make it a regular feature on my blog.

It’s so good to look back at the week and say ‘meh, I didn’t get up to much’ when if you look back at all the little things there is a lot to be thankful for.

So here are my 7:

1. Having a family party for Louis 18th. Last Sunday we all suprised a very embarrassed 18 year old with balloons as big as him, Well almost, a cookie cake which is his favourite, a few token ‘You are 18 now so you need one of these’ gifts and a big fat family sing along. It was cheesy, embarrassing and he loved it. Job done.

2. T got over her sickness in just one day! The little trooper took just one day in pjs to kick that nasty bug into next week and was back at school before we knew it. A day off work affects the whole household and having a poorly person to worry about does too so I’m so pleased she didn’t take long to bounce back and is now eating normally again, which brings me on to my next point….

3. Cooking good food. This week has been one for tasty meals that you can’t wait to eat. Food that you are desperate to be ready and sad when it’s gone. The sort of meals you take your time over every mouthful and make those ‘mmm’ and ‘oooohh’ noises when you eat. We started the week with Tarragon chicken, had a delicious steak with sweet potato jackets Wednesday and today had slow cooked gammon, delicious!

4. Watching T in her ballet. 4 years ago this week my little dot started ballet lessons. She was so excited to go and do ballet like she had seen Darcy Bussell do on her ballet DVD and hasn’t stopped loving it since. In this time she has been in 3 major productions and taken 3 exams with her 4th scheduled in a months time. Sometimes she might get a little grumpy if she can’t get a step right at first but she is a determined little thing and won’t give up on something until she gets it right. I was so proud watching this week, we only get to watch the lesson right before an exam, with Scott, his Mum and Ts Dad all there to see her too I was beaming and so happy to see her enjoying her dancing so much.

5. These pictures.

I got sent them and told how much I was loved and it made me very happy ❤

6. T had a fantastic riding lesson and her confidence continues to soar 😊Today they did pole work for the first time and she had a great hour. Her instructor is leaving at the end of this month which we are very sad about but I’m hopeful whoever takes over the class will see how much she tries and how far she has come.

7. A Friday night movie night in with my family. Usually every Friday Scott will work a late and T will be at her Dad’s so I am mostly alone. Tonight they were all home 😁 We lit candles, had a fire and watched UP while munching on fruit pastilleeees- fruit pastilles to the rest of the world that aren’t 8 years old. It was so nice to have them here.

8. I know it says 7 but I had to mention I finished my book and it was good I have a whole post planned for it this weekend so watch this space.

Thank you for reading,

Lou x

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Bursting with pride 

I love being a parent, yes it has it’s stressful times, moments where you wonder if they will ever stop talking, normality will ever be regained or a meal will ever be eaten without a play buggy being parked at the side of the table but I have to admit I really do love being a Mum.

T makes me proud on a daily basis but the last week she has really blown me away. So it started last Saturday when we went swimming with some of our friends and T discovered all the new skills she learnt on holiday could be used back home and she wasn’t scared anymore. Infact she was trying to show her friend just how easy it was to put her head under the water! (This is the same girl that would cry if she got splashed a few months ago!)

Sunday we took T riding, she was a little nervous as it had been 3 weeks since her last lesson due to our holiday. The lesson had one of the biggest groups I’ve ever seen and at the start it didn’t go so well when she forgot a turn. After that things picked up and they ended up playing tig on horseback! T was giggling away and you could see she was really enjoying herself, it really was just lovely to watch.

All lined up ready for lesson to begin!

Yesterday was her weekly ballet lesson and we were looking forward to going as we thought she might find out about her exam results. Well after the lesson she comes running out with her certificate and she got a Distinction! 😁 I’m so proud of her, She really does love ballet and sees the exams as just another part of the lessons, there is no stress or worry at all. We checked back on her 3 previous exams and this is the highest mark she’s achieved and the most complex exam. Needless to say she got massive cuddles and kisses after this!

Yesterday was a busy one so right after we got back from ballet we had a super quick turnaround and T was off to the school disco! Yes it does seem like I live my life for T but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way, she’s my mini me, my tiny best friend and my little ray of sunshine and I would be lost without her ❤ 

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16 miles, a ballet exam and a happy girl.

So this week was another tough one at the start with lots of short walks due to bad weather but I made up for it as much as I could on my days off racking up 6 miles yesterday! It felt so nice to walk a different route and actually get a tiny bit lost at times. I knew roughly where I was all the time but trying to find the exact way home was a little challenge that I think I needed to push myself to rack up the miles. Throw in a short walk with Tiana and Poppy this afternoon and my weekly total is 16.2 miles! 

I’m so pleased I’m well on my way to my target of 60 miles this month with just over a week to go so if next week is a good one I might even break 60 miles! Still can’t believe how much I’m enjoying walking, It’s not costing me anything, I’m building my fitness and I’m still finding new routes from my house. I feel so lucky to live where I do with so many nice paths to explore all within my reach.

This morning was also very exciting because T had a ballet exam that she had been preparing for a long time. I felt like I should be part of dance moms being up at 7am on a Sunday to plait and clip her hair into the neatest, most hairsprayed ballet bun possible! T is too small to be nervous yet which is great so we just get one excited little girl ready to try her best for the examiner! There was a group of 3 and they all had solo parts also but all in all the whole thing only took about 10 minutes at the most. The best part was when they all came out smiling ear to ear really happy with their performances. Some people would wonder why I would want to give up my Sunday morning to put T through an exam at only 7 years old but that is why  because she loves it! She was so happy after her performance and so pleased with how she had done there was no stress or anxiety and not a single hint of worry. Some people may say that she will never be a ballerina but neither will a lot of the girls that go to her dance school but for me it’s not about that. It’s about a hobby that she enjoys learning and having fun doing and as long as she wants to continue ballet I will continue to give up my Sunday morning lie ins to ready her for exams.

My little ballerina
Ballet bun hairsprayed within an inch of its life!
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Christmas Cheer

So here it is a whole week since I had 4 teeth out ready for my braces to be fitted and today is the first day without any pain relief! What a week, I’ve lost half a stone, been tired, emotional, powered through work and existed only on a liquid diet but I can still say I’m pleased I did it all in one go. The thought of going for two separate visits and doing all this twice is pretty awful and as a Mother and working wife I’ve still managed this week as usual just pumped on pain relief so it can be done people!

This week is definitely ending on a much better note than it began, T had her last ballet lesson this year yesterday which means it’s time for us to watch! This is not something we get to do very often so it was a really enjoyable 45 minutes watching what she is learning for her next exam. No I’m not one of those pushy parents, T has done ballet since she was 4 after she started dancing to a ballet dvd with Darcy Bussell and she hasn’t looked back since. We go once a week and she does a show each summer and an exam each spring. When she first started she didn’t know a single child in the room and apart from needing to be walked in the room she didn’t need me at all. Since then she has had friends join and leave but this doesn’t bother her and she always looks forward to her lesson every week and always comes out with a smile. I love that this is something she can do and enjoy that doesn’t take up too much of her time and I don’t need to push her into. Plus her cousins who are now 19 and 16 have been ballerinas since they were tiny too so I think watching them just makes her excited to be like them as she gets older.

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So not only did I get to watch ballet yesterday but it was also the Christmas nativity performance at the school during the evening, yes it was a busy day, and it really was a fantastic Christmas story with plenty of humour and lots of singing so just perfect for a nativity. My little innkeeper did me proud!

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So finally tomorrow is our family Christmas! All my family will be enjoying a Christmas dinner, exchanging presents and playing games, after a 2 hour drive to get there! So the presents are packed, the puppy is bathed and our outfits are set for the morning, here is to the chaos that will follow! 😊