Saturday, 30 June 2012

See it, Snap it, Love it: Peace & Quiet

In a house where naps are considered a luxury, peace and quiet during the day can be hard to come by.  So I was pretty stumped by this week's theme.

But then I remembered that there is always one point during the day when I can at least guarantee myself 5 minutes to sit down and have a cup of tea: snack time!

This photo was hastily grabbed whilst snacks were being demolished and Peter Pan had their attention.

For more See it, Snap it, Love it see the linky at Dear Beautiful Boy.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Why? Meme

I was tagged in this meme by Louise who blogs over at A Strong Coffee last week.  I didn't take part straight away as I wanted some time to think of the answers.  When my Other Half gets home and I'm reliving the day and all the random things Meg did and said I often say "why can't she" or "why did she" so I wanted to think back over some of the better questions I would ask!

So Meg, I guess my first question would be based around an event that happened just last week:

Why did you wee in the shower and not the toilet?

Why will you eat something one day, declare it as your favourite but the next time it's served to you say it's "yucky" and "disgusting"?

Why do you throw a tantrum if you're not allowed to walk but then get out of the pushchair, stop dead in the street and refuse to walk?

Why are you only interested in a toy once Eli has picked it up?

Why do you make a fuss and cling to my leg when I drop you off at nursery but refuse to leave with me when I arrive to pick you up?

Why did you announce I had "buns in the oven"?

Why do you knock on someone's door and then run and hide behind my legs?

Why do you never stop talking until someone asks you a direct question and then suddenly you act like you can't speak?

Why do you fall over fresh air?

And one for Eli:

Why do you give me a cuddle as a pre-warning that you're about to bite me!

I'm going to tag:

Cold Tea and Smelly Nappies

Momma of Mojo


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

What I wanted to be when I grew up...

Last week I had a conversation with Meg that went like this:

Me: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Meg: *Indignantly* "But I am growed up!"
Me: "Ok, you are a bit bigger than you were, but mummy means when you're as old as daddy"
Meg  "Ok" *thinks hard* "When I grow up I want to be..."

Now I know Meg is only 3 but I couldn't help my mind whizzing through all the possible different answers she might come up with.  There are the obvious 'toddler' ones: fireman, astronaut, teacher etc but then there are the ones that myself and my Other Half have talked about based on Meg's personality and interests, the top of the list being miscreant vet due to her love of animals.  Or, if we're honest, librarian as she's completely book obsessed!

I can remember being 7 or 8 and desperately wanting to be a teacher.  I asked my parents to buy me a white board and set it up in my room so I could practice.  I wanted to be a teacher for the longest time but, actually by the end of my time at secondary school that dream had changed.  I wrote in my Record of Achievement (anyone remember those?!?) that I wanted to become a barrister and then eventually, a judge.

Lofty ideas some might say.  And even that didn't come to pass.  I ended up falling out with my history teacher and flouncing out of college.  Which may have been for the best, in the long run as that summer I met my Other Half.  C'est la vie!

I was talking to a friend recently about how since having children I'm not sure what I want my 'thing' to be anymore.  I used to be very goal orientated and driven and now I feel a bit like I'm floundering with no real direction.  I have a job as a part-time Office Manager but I'm not sure whether that's a job I want to be doing long term.  Do I want to go back to work full time?  Do I want to try my hand at something other than admin?  These are all questions that have been going round in my head lately and I honestly don't know the answer.  It makes me feel a bit lost.

So, when having that conversation with Meg I was assaulted with the concept that the world is her oyster, and I want her to know that so very much.  She could do anything, be anything she wanted and I'm so excited to see what she has ahead of her.  And that goes for Eli too (although the jury is still out on what we think he will do!)

At the same time I can't help but wonder, how many people out there didn't end up following the career path they always thought they would?  How many of us were sidetracked by 'life' and have ended up somewhere entirely different?  How many of us went for something which felt 'safe' instead of embracing a sense of adventure?

All of these thoughts flew through my head in a matter of seconds and I was feeling quite jubilant about the whole thing before I was brought back down with a bump and reminded that, after all is said and done, Meg is still only 3 years old.

"When I grow up, I want to be able to touch the ceiling and the trees"

Good.  I look forward to that day.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Let's Play: Footprints

What you need:
- A long roll of paper
- Paint

What you need to do:
So very easy, squeeze some paint into a suitable container (we used a washing up bowl), let them stand in it and then let them walk along the paper.

Meg was totally fascinated by leaving her footprints behind her on the paper!

Probably best to be done outside to help limit mess.

Monday Me #2

This week has been so hectic I haven't had time to even stop and think about we're eating never mind focus on time for me.  It was one of those busy weeks where one of us was out every night apart from one, and then only because Eli suddenly came down with a high temperature so we cried off going out.

So, when I sat down to write this post my mind was actually blank at what I could put! 

But then I remembered that on Thursday my Other Half had come home with some stunning sunflowers - a complete surprise and not the usual supermarket flowers he goes for (disclaimer: no offence meant!).  It's been a while since I've been bought flowers unprompted so that was a lovely highlight in the week.

Then on Saturday he came home with a special Diamond Jubilee bottle of cava.  Again, unprompted.  It's been a fair few weeks, possibly even months since I've enjoyed the luxury of a bottle of cava all to myself.  Needless to say, I did go to bed a little bit tipsy (apologies to anyone who was subjected to my twitter ramblings!) but thanks partly to Eli's new blackout blind (he didn't wake until 7am which is an hour and a half later than usual!) and my lovely Other Half I got to lie in until 9.30am. 

So, although I'm slightly suspicious that my Other Half is after something - this may all be related to the tablet -v- laptop argument we're currently embroiled in - it has been quite an indulgent end to the week for me!

I'm linking this post up with Monday Me from The Mini Mes and Me. 


Saturday, 23 June 2012

Pretty Little Things: Calming Comforter

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This week's 'Pretty Little Things' theme is Calming Comforters. I find it interesting the different things that settle a baby. For Meg it has always been a muslin cloth. Doesn't matter what colour, she'd accept any as long as it was a muslin. Really though, her calming comforter is us. Even now at 3 she'd happily sleep in our bed instead of her own and we have to watch out for her creeping into our room in the middle of the night!

Eli is the total opposite, he has never wanted to be held by us and he can't settle if he's in our bed. He is however building his own merry crew of things he won't sleep without. It started innocently with a muslin cloth, the same as Meg. Then we added bear into the mix at 7 months (if you look closely at the top photo you can see bears foot!), then giraffe was added at Christmas and now mouse. 

He enjoys talking to the teddies as he drifts off to sleep and rarely wakes crying in the morning, he will instead be found chatting and squealing with his buddies. Hopefully he's finished his collection now and we won't run out of cot space!

For more calming comforters hop over to Hollybobb's blog.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Let's Play: Tissue Paper

We have been bored out of our minds this week with all the horrible weather.  Every time I promised Meg we could go outside and do some messy painting the rain would start up again.

So when she asked me again today if we could do something "fun" I had a brainwave.  I was originally planning to make streamers with them but once Eli saw me ripping up the tissue paper he came over and started throwing it up in the air and so we scrapped the streamers and just threw some paper!

It was so. much. fun.  Who would have thought?

The bottom left shot is me dropping the paper from a height onto them both, I love Meg's little excited face.

As you can see, the room was left in a total mess but we made the game last over an hour and a half so I think it was worth it!

All you need is some coloured tissue paper and willing little hands to help rip it.  Throw it, gather it then throw it again - so simple!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Yummy Mummy Meme

Thanks so much to Nikki at Girl Next Door for tagging me in this meme...any excuse to tell you all about myself :)  Not that I would consider myself a yummy mummy - I do my best though!

So, here are the rules:

1. When answering the question give as much detail as possible.  It's all about the finer details people!
2. Leave a comment here (Busybeemummybex blog where the meme was created).
3. Tag three or more people and link them to your blog.
4. Tweet #yummymummy when you share on Twitter.

Now to the 'good stuff':

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
At the moment Eli is waking up at the crack of dawn so when I wake up for the first time in a morning I give my Other Half a good boot to wake him up and then he gets up with Eli and I roll over and go back to sleep.  When I HAVE to get up to get ready for work, the first thing I do is wash my face with cold water to try to help make my head a little less fuzzy.  Then I'll try and get myself ready before Meg wakes up. 

Do you shower daily?  Are you an early morning shower or an evening bath type?
We don't have a bath in our current house so my only option is to shower!  I generally try to shower when I get the opportunity.  Sometimes that means first thing in the morning or it can be as late as 10pm-11pm at night if I've not had chance during the day.  I really don't like having to wash my hair as it's such a faff - when I was pregnant my hair didn't get greasy so I could leave it for ages before needing to wash it, it was great!!  Sadly that's the not the case anymore *grump*

Do you wear make up daily?
Yes yes yes!  Even if I know I'm not going out during the day I don't feel like I'm 'ready' unless I've got make up on.  Plus, you never know who's going to show up at your front door!

What's in your make up bag?
I wear Bare Minerals make up so I have all the necessary kit for that - foundation, bisque, warmth, blusher and mineral veil.  Plus mascara and a very fancy eyeshadow set that my parents in law bought me for my birthday.

When you're having a slummy mummy day, what do you normally wear?
I dislike not getting dressed properly.  To me that means putting on jeans and not joggers.  I'd only wear joggers in the evening or if we'd been out somewhere and got soaked, then there's no greater feeling than putting on some nice comfy joggers!  But generally *whispers* I don't have slummy mummy days, just days when I don't bother getting the kids dressed.

Nails - how often do you get them done?
Hardly ever, the first time I'd had a real manicure was for my wedding day and I've never worn false nails.  Probably not even once a year.

Your top tips for tired eyes?
The obvious early night!  But I know how rare a full night's sleep can be!  I used to use a product called 'Garnier Youthful Radiance Caffeine Eye Roll-On' - I didn't replace it when it ran out although I do keep meaning to so for now I just use concealer.

Are you a Starbucks or Costa Coffee kind of girl?
I don't like coffee but I do love Costa Coffee's hot chocolate.  I drink several hundred cups of tea a day though (just kidding, but only because I'd be going to the toilet every 5 minutes!)

How many children do you have/want?
I currently have two children.  I'd happily have more biological ones but both myself and my Other Half feel strongly about adopting and so we'll probably not have any more of our 'own' in order to be able to adopt.  I'd secretly love to have a brood though!

What is your favourite place to shop for babies/children's clothes?
I find children's clothes so expensive!  Especially considering the mess they get covered in.  Next clothes have always fitted Meg nicely although for every day stuff I don't mind getting wrecked I shop at Tesco or get stuff off eBay.  For Eli, he's too slim for Next stuff so I've found Pumpkin Patch to be a good fit for him. 

Flats or Heels?  Everyday shoes are?
Flats all the way!  I'm not actually a big shoe person - I have a pair of gold ballet pumps that I've worn into the ground, a newer flowery pair of ballet pumps and a pair of white tennis shoes.  That's pretty much all I wear.  I have a pair of dancing trainers that I wear to Zumba and then maybe one or two heeled shoes I can dust off for special occasions.  Not very exciting I'm afraid!

So there you go - perhaps not such a yummy mummy after all :)

I am going to pass on the Yummy Mummy love to the following people:

Hannah @ CupcakeMumma
Louise @ A Strong Coffee
Claire @ Permanently in a Pickle

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Beautiful Blogger...

I was very surprised when I found out that Anne at Is Anyone There? had given me the Beautiful Blogger Award.  It's my first blog related award so I'm pleased to be able to receive it and pass it on, thank you!

So, in order to accept this award I have to do the following:-

1. Thank the person who gave it to you and link back to their blog.
2. Tell seven facts about yourself.
3. Nominate seven worthy people for the award and let them know.

Seven Facts About Me

1. I have an irrational fear which means I can't sleep without a duvet.  I can't settle for the thought that something bad will happen.  Unfortunately this means even in the sweltering heat I have to sleep under a duvet.  Not great news for my Other Half!

2. I love making lists.  I consider it to be something of a 'talent' (read obsession!) and currently have four notebooks on the go for various list making purposes.

3. I love notebooks! Partly it facilities fact number 2 but also, I just love pretty things and particularly pretty stationary.

4. I passed my driving test when I was 8 months pregnant on a residential course in Blackpool.  I don't think I deserved to pass and I know I messed up my two manouevres but I think the examiner was so concerned that I might go into labour at any moment that she let me off! The first thing she asked me when we got into the car was whether I knew where the local hospital was.

5. I'm a big Disney fan and I walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from the Lion King.

6. I'd love to travel.  My dream holiday would be to visit Machu Picchu in Peru.

7. I feel very strongly about adoption.  I believe that more people should adopt children from the UK and we hope to adopt when our own children are a bit older.

People I nominate for this award (not in any order!!):

1. Emily at FamilyFourFun - this is a new blog I've recently discovered but I've enjoyed reading her posts so much and look forward to reading more!

2. Kylie at Not Even a Bag of Sugar - Kylie's was the first blog I ever read and was really the one that started me thinking perhaps it was something I could do.  I think she's a fantastic writer and inspiration and I love reading her blog daily!

3. Sarah at ThisismeSarahmumof3 - Sarah takes some fantastic photos, I wish I had her talent!

4. Emma at The Mini Mes and Me - again, a fairly new blog I've found.  I love the style of Emma's blog and enjoy seeing how much she's achieved already when she hasn't been blogging for much longer than me.

5. Michelle at Mummy From The Heart - one of the first blogs I read after starting Catch a Single was Michelle's ONE blog post that made me realise there was so much more to the blogging community!

6. Dara at Mum Of All Trades - if it's possible to have blog envy then I have it for this one!  Such a clever and creative blog.  Come and live in my house please?!?!

7. Hannah at Cupcake Mumma - another blog I've recently discovered.  I love reading Hannah's post, not least because we seem quite similar!

I hope you all don't mind being nominated :)

Monday, 18 June 2012

Monday Me #1

Here's how I found my me time this week:

Started a new cross stitch
I LOVE to cross stitch.  I am naturally a very fidgety person and need to do something with my hands when I'm sitting still or watching the TV.  If I didn't cross stitch I'd bite my nails!  For the past three years I've been working on various birth samplers for people but this week I started a new project.  To be honest that's my favourite part, starting with the blank canvas...once it gets into the itty bitty detail I usually lose interest which is why it takes me so long to complete them.  I have four on the go at the moment and still haven't managed to finish either of the birth samplers for Meg & Eli!

Read my book
I managed to spend a good half an hour every evening reading my book this week - woo! This very rarely happens but it's a habit I always say I want to get into but never quite manage to.  It's nice to be able to spend a bit of time before going to sleep switching off.  I'm currently reading 'The Paris Wife' which is about Ernest Hemingway's first wife.  For anyone who follows me on Twitter you might have seen my complaint to the publishers about the errors in the editing.  That has been slightly disappointing but other than that it's a really interesting story.

Met a new friend for coffee (and cake!)
I took the day off on Friday to look at two schools for Meg but in between the two appointments my Other Half had the kids and I met an acquaintance for coffee, cake & chat.  It was so nice to not have to be constantly up and down dealing with things for the kids, chasing Meg or retrieving her from underneath another table where she would be trying to beg food from someone...I was able to just sit and chat and enjoy some delicious almond and raspberry cake (yum!) and make a new friend which was brilliant.  Something I haven't been able to do in a long time in fact.

I feel like this was quite a rare week as I got to spend quite a few evenings on my own.  This week won't be anything like that, I'm busy every evening apart from Thursday for a start but hopefully thinking about this linky will force me to make some time for myself.  I love that the focus of the linky is about being something other than a mummy!!

You can find more Monday Me's here


Saturday, 16 June 2012

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

Quote of the Week: Life

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"  John Lennon

I spent a lot of time reading quotes about Life for this linky and found some fantastic ones from the likes of Mother Teresa and Albert Einstein but for me, this is the one that really struck a chord.

I think it's so accurate for where I often find myself; my thoughts stuck in tomorrow, my concentration elsewhere whilst I'm missing what's happening in my life right at that moment.  I love to make plans, it's important for me to feel like I've got hold of all the strings...I spend a good proportion of my time making lists for that very reason!

But...reading this quote has really made me think about how I miss out on precious time with Meg and Eli when I'm busy worrying about what needs to happen tomorrow, next week, next month even next year!

I'm not saying it's the wrong thing to want to plan, heavens, I'd never cope without thinking ahead but I know for myself that I can become overly absorbed in what's happening in the future and so I miss what's going on at that moment around me.

I'm setting myself a challenge this week to try not to spend too much time planning and thinking and to just enjoy each day as it comes.  I don't want to get to next year when Meg goes off to school and feel sad that I missed out on so much with her.  I always used to laugh at my dad when he would make comments about blinking and years going by but I honestly understand what he meant now.  Children grow and change so quickly and I do wonder where the time is going!

I found this quote at:

For other Quotes of the Week visit Cold Tea & Smelly Nappies

Friday, 15 June 2012

Pretty Little Things: My First Photo

This is my first time joining in with Pretty Little Things but when this week's theme popped up on my Blog Roll I just couldn't resist!  I've been wanting to join in for a while, but getting to look back at my babies first photos was just so tempting!

When I look back now I can't believe that they were ever so tiny, particularly Meg. 

She was born wide eyed and LOUD and she hasn't stopped or looked back since.  But once upon a time she was just this delicate little thing that threw us headfirst into the world of parenting.  For the first few weeks of parenthood both myself and my Other Half kept waiting for someone to knock on the door and say "ok, you've had your fun now we're here to take over".  Which, of course, was completely irrational but we just hadn't been able to mentally prepare for what being mummy and daddy to a small person would really mean.

So, after 9 hours and a lot of screaming (prior to the epidural of course!), this gorgeous little person arrived weighing 7lb 2oz...

Second time round it was an entirely different experience - not even being sure I was in labour, waiting as an electrician fitted our new oven, driving 30mins to the hospital and then sitting in the queue for the car park for 20mins, walking 15mins across to the birth centre all without a single painful contraction only to find out I was 7cms dilated...two hours after that Eli was born weighing 8lbs 13oz (he didn't fit in any of the baby clothes we had!)...

He looks smaller than Meg on this photo, I think her big squishy cheeks have something to do with that.  It's amazing though, how similar they look.  Despite Eli being darker they both have big blue eyes (daddy's) but all the other features are like mine.

I'm going to cheat here a little bit and add this photo of Eli too as it's actually my favourite and describes him to a tee...chilled out and totally relaxed!

You can see some more of this week's Pretty Little Things at Love From Mummy.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The World of Education

Tomorrow, for the first time as parents, we will be peeking our heads into the World of Education.  We are going to visit two potential schools for Meg and I am, in short, terrified!

We really have no idea what to expect.  I'm currently feeling all kinds of emotions from denial that Meg will ever be old enough to attend school, to worrying that she won't settle into the school we choose, even down to worrying that the Headteacher won't like us.  I feel totally unprepared for the entire experience.

What are we meant to ask?  What are we meant to wear?  Is it as much a representation of who we are, who Meg is, as it is the school showing themselves off to us? What should we be looking out for?
I know what you're thinking
- she's too cool for school
I've scoured the internet for advice and spoken to friends who have children older than Meg and the overriding comment I've found is "go with what feels right."  Which is great, obviously, if you are a person capable of making a decision and then not spending a huge amount of time worrying about that decision.  Which I am not.

I'm not even going to think about the fact that we aren't applying for her catchment school and so we may not get any of our choices...that's a whole post on it's own!

It is such a massive decision.  This will be the school that kicks off Meg's education.  It needs to be a place that encourages her to learn and that creates a positive environment for her and teaches her to enjoy the learning process.  If we get that wrong...well I can't think about all the possible negative consequences.

I'm planning to take along a notebook so I don't get flustered and so far I have come up with the following questions:-

- What facilities/amenities are available?
- How is the reception class structured, in what ways are children encouraged to learn?
- Is Physical Education a priority (I am particularly concerned about this as Meg is very high energy!)
- How do teachers deal with challenging behaviour (I am basing this question on Meg's general strong willed behaviour now, I have everything crossed that by the time she's 4 she won't be such a madam...a mother can dream!)

Hopefully I'm not too far off the mark with these and I will be able to come up with some more.  If you have taken the time to read this and have children already in the school system it would be great to hear what you asked/did when getting ready for your first child to start school.

Underneath all the worry I am quite excited about the next stage for Meg - I have great first memories of school and I can't wait for her to start.  Just, obviously, not too soon - I'm going to need to spend the next year mentally preparing myself.  I anticipate that the only first day tears are going to come from me! 

My (only) Euro 2012 Post

Yesterday I was subjected to a very lengthy explanation from my Other Half about why England are going to win Euro 2012.  In case you are all avid football fans, I'll share the wisdom...

Apparently in 1992 Denmark had failed to qualify for the Euros but then out of the blue Yugoslavia was disqualified and all the Danish players were called back from their summer holidays and set to play.  Surprisingly they then went on to win the tournament.  My Other Half's 'logical' conclusion is that Denmark won because there was no pressure.  The players just felt lucky to be there in the first place. 

It therefore follows that for this competition England are going to win because the media haven't been building up our hopes of glory.  People aren't as enthusiastic about our chances and therefore the pressure isn't on the team.  My Other Half feels that, in fact, the whole thing has been completely downplayed.  So, by the laws of reverse psychology (or something) our chances of winning have been massively increased.

On paper, I have very little interest in whether this is likely to happen or not.  Honestly, I'd much much rather be watching rugby.  I simply cannot be doing with all the amateur dramatics.  Come on guys, if you fall down, brush yourselves off and get back up.  There's just no need.  I prefer a game where if a player goes down and stays down it's because they've genuinely been knocked out (not that I enjoy the idea of someone being knocked out, I don't have secret violent tendencies or anything...)

My Other Half however is a huge football fan and is recording all the games.  As a family we will be expected to sit and watch the majority of them with him.  Lucky for him Meg likes to reenact what the players are doing accompanied by lots of shrieks and body rolls and Eli likes to scream and shout with excitement so I get a small sense of enjoyment from that.

Eli getting a closer view of the match

That said, it would be nice to win something.  It's our turn isn't it?  And, despite not being that interested in the ins and outs of the game itself I can't help but feel nervous whenever I watch a match. 

So Roy Hodgson & the England players, if you've taken time out of your busy schedule to read this - catch yourselves on and win this tournament!  Or actually just in case my Other Half is onto something - you've no chance so just give up thinking you might win...ok? 

Thursday, 7 June 2012

My Tiny Terror

Oh Eli, when did you go from being my little cherub to being my tiny tearaway??  You used to be SUCH a good boy, always smiling, always ready for cuddle.  And now?  Now you'd give your sister a run for her money.

Meg, bless her, I expect it from.  From the minute she was mobile she has performed dives and faints even Didier Drogba would be proud of.  She's the only child I know who can cross an empty room and arrive with a bruise.  But you...Eli, I didn't expect it from you!

Nobody told me that having a boy would be so different.  It's almost deliberate.

You are in everything...all the time...every minute of every day.

You empty cupboards so you can sit in them, you chew wires, you throw toys at Meg and it's actually a game to you, every meal time (without fail) you rub your hands from your chin all the way up your face into your hair and swish them around just to make sure the bits of food stick in the really hard to reach bits of hair, you fall headfirst into toy boxes and then headfirst out of them again, you get your feet stuck, your arms stuck, your head stuck in places you shouldn't be trying to get short my darling boy, you are a nightmare!!

Is it just a boy thing? 

Up until probably four or five months ago Meg couldn't cope with having anything on her hands, if she was eating with her fingers we'd have to wipe them every 3 mins or so and then she'd carry on.  If her top gets wet from washing her hands (even just a spatter) we have to put a new one on.  I think Eli would probably fill the sink up then just dive headfirst into it.  After he'd drenched the bathroom floor of course.

I can't turn my back for two minutes without hearing some high pitched shriek followed by the patter of Meg's feet as she comes to tell me that Eli's tried to climb behind the sofa again and got his head stuck or he's somehow wedged underneath the easel...the list is endless! 

When he started to crawl we baby-proofed to the level we had done with Meg.  Then we realised that wasn't enough and we baby-proofed again.  But that still doesn't appear to have stopped him getting into bother - we need to turn this place into Fort Knox!

Is there some kind of help manual for mummies of little boys?  I don't think I'm mentally prepared for the walking years...everything about E makes me think he's going to be one of those mud diving, worm eating, creepy crawly catching chase your sister round the room types of toddler...and I am so not ready for that!!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Falling off the (blogging) wagon

It feels like an age since I've blogged.  Since I've even thought about blogging to be honest. 

When I started 'Catch a Single Thought' at Easter I filled a good percentage of my day either thinking about blog posts I could do or actually blogging.

Then the past two weeks have been fraught with stress and various different situations and I just didn't have the head space for thinking about sharing.

When I started blogging I thought it would be easy, I spent a good deal of my time writing after all, just a case of sharing my thoughts to the wider cyber world but I've actually found it quite difficult.

I want my posts to be relevant and interesting - not just my mind drivel...and entering into the blogging community I've found some amazing blogs which have made mine feel somewhat lacking.

It's a whole tangle of blog designs and promoting and PR opportunities that I never imagined.  And whilst that challenges me to think what can I do with my blog it also makes me wonder whether I'm capable of sustaining this for the long haul.

When all is said and done, I write for me - to give me a sense of all the various things that go on around me.  If I didn't write these things would just swirl around in my head anyway.  But it's so much more than just...writing.  Or it seems that way at least, maybe I've got completely the wrong end of the stick.  I do lean towards the melodramatic side of life ;o)

Anyway, it seems I've fallen off the blogging wagon and after spending a week or two dithering over the whole thing I'm going to get back on. 

I've signed myself up to the Tots 100 blog camp in October and whilst I am absolutely terrified of going without anyone I know I think it will be a good challenge for me.  And from what I've read, will teach me a whole heap of things about the blogging world which, quite frankly, I just don't understand!

Either that or I'll try and persuade one of my good friends to attend with me so I've got someone to hide behind!

I also think I set the bar too high for myself - I don't think I'm capable of blogging every day.  My lifestyle doesn't allow for it with two small children and various other commitments so I need to be realistic about what I can achieve. 

I've started to meet some really lovely people and I'd like to stick it out as I hope I can build some really good friendships.  I hope the blog camp will also allow me to meet new people (and I am also desperately hoping I'm not the only nomad there!)

No doubt there will be several more self-indulgent nervous posts about blog camp - hopefully anyone reading will just indulge me!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Let's Play: Jubilee Bunting

What you need:
- White paper or card
- Triangle template (there are loads online if you google them)
- Paint

What you need to do:
- Trace the triangles onto the white card and cut out (best to do this before asking your toddler to sit down as they will become very impatient!)

- Let your toddler paint and decorate the triangles.  These could be done in any colours but we chose jubilee colours so we could hang our bunting up.  We used lots of different painting methods, brush, finger prints and spots.

Then we strung them together and hung them up.