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BLOGMAS #21 | LAST MINUTE DASH

Yesterday I did my last minute dash into town to get the last little bits for Christmas (mainly Dylan's presents). Why are men so bloody hard to buy for. Whenever I ask Dylan what he wants for Christmas he always says nothing and I would quite happily get him nothing so that he can spend his budget on me......but that would be pretty tight so off I went into town yesterday with absolutely no idea what to buy him. Luckily I did come home with a couple of bits. 

I came home, put on a Christmas film and pottered about the house adding bits of Christmas here and there. Some eucalyptus in every room, christmas hand towels, christmas bedding, twinkly lights, cookies and a cup of tea. Its been so nice to just wind down this week and savour the Christmassy vibes. 

Dylan drove back to work at 6pm and my mum came over to look after Fletch so that I could go to the Zumba Christmas Special, which was great fun and I dressed up with some antlers and a red nose. I had hoped to get an early night but I stayed up reading until about 11:45pm eek. Maybe tonight hey?

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BLOGMAS #20 | MOUSEHOLE

I wish every Monday could be like this Monday. Another lie in with 9 1/2 hours sleep, can you tell I love to sleep. Porridge in bed with a Christmas film on for background noise (it had Zack from Saved by the Bell in it, I think it was called 12 dates of Christmas) lots of colouring in at the table. I absolutely love colouring in, its so therapeutic and luckily Fletcher seems to feel the same as he will sit for hours colouring in. A visit from my mum and niece, a couple of games of Hungry Hippos and Guess Who whilst sat by the fire. Dylan icing his Christmas Cake and making a royal mess of the kitchen! Finishing the day off with a trip to Mousehole to see the Christmas lights. As with a lot of Cornish folk its a tradition to go every year and see the lights. I remember my parents taking me when I was little and how magical it felt to me so I want to make the same memories for Fletcher. He had a wonderful time running about on the beach and looking at the different lights. We stopped for a spot of dinner on the way home and afterwards Fletcher fell asleep in the car on the way home so we put him straight to bed when we got in...........thats my kind of bed time routine haha

A pretty awesome Monday if you ask me.

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BLOGMAS #19 | CARN BREA CASTLE


I woke on Sunday after an amazing lie in with over 9 hours sleep (thanks hubs) and after looking out of the window decided I wanted to take a trip up to Carn Brea Castle (we can see the castle from our lounge window you see, check out yesterdays Blogmas for the view of the Castle) I had not been up there in years, it was a dry day and I love getting outside so we all got our coats and scarves on, bundled into the car and drove up the the top of Carn Brea.

I literally felt on top of the world up there. I put a pic up on Instagram and mentioned that my problems felt so small whilst I was up there looking down on the world. I took a moment to gain some perspective on life. Life is unexpected and some things are just way out of our control, but its how we cope with lifes unexpectancies that shape us as the people we are. Yeah life can be tough but it can also be pretty bloody awesome and no matter how bad you're feeling there is someone out there feeling a tonne worse. As I get older i'm learning so much about myself. I'm so grateful for what I already do have in life, supportive family and friends, a truly wonderful husband (and dad to Fletcher) an absolute dear of a son who has taken a lot more crap than he ever deserves, a roof over our heads which we worked hard for, food in my belly and my own health.

I'm enjoying the smaller things in life like a beautiful sunset, a stolen kiss from my husband, listening to music whilst I walk the dog, breathing in the fresh air, dancing, when Fletcher says the funniest things, getting lost in a good book and do you know what it feels marvellous. And when I'm feeling a little bit down i've been reminding myself that I won't feel that way forever.

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BLOGMAS #18 | THIS AND THAT


I don't really have a picture to go with this blogpost so here is a picture of the view from the top of my road. I have this thing with the sky. I just love it! On Saturday after staring the day off with a little yoga session we mostly ran errands in the morning and then cleaned our cars in the afternoon before my sister came over to get her hair and make up done for a Christmas do that she was attending that evening.  

Although it was a day of not really doing anything much you would not believe the fun we had washing the cars! Fletcher had the time of his life throwing soap suds all over me and it was great to get the cars washed because boy did they need doing. Just doing something so small like washing the car as a family brought so much joy to Fletcher. It really is the little things in life isn't it.

I've been enjoying my annual leave so far, having nice slow mornings, plenty of cups of tea and lots of mince pies. I've also been thinking of things I can do for myself after my session with the psychologist. 
  1. I'm going to start a yoga class in the New Year.  I have always loved yoga and I think I would really benefit from doing it in a group. 
  2. Continue with Zumba because I just love dancing so much and quite often get lost in the moment. 
  3. I love reading before bed so I want to always make time to do this.  
  4. Bubble baths because who doesn't love a bubble bath
  5. Get pampered
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BLOGMAS #17 | WINTER WOOD


Schools out!!!! We kicked off the start of the Christmas Holidays with a bang. Fletcher finished school at 2pm on Friday and we took him to the Rogue Theatre in Tehidy Woods to see Winter Wood. It was a magical evening with dancing fairies and twinkly lights leading the way to the marquee where the show took place. It was a very relaxed, laid back atmosphere (right up my street).

On the walk down there was lots to see.  They deck the woods out in lights, beads, baubles, ribbon and have fairies singing, dancing and throwing fire about. Once we made our way to the marquee there was hot chocolate with marshmallows for everyone and the children kicked off there wellies and sat on the cushions at the front complete with blankets to get really cosy. The guys on music were absolutely fantastic and I really had a blast singing along to all the christmas songs, everyone got involved. We all had a really amazing time and I will be returning for more shows in the summer.

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BLOGMAS #16 | CRY IT OUT

On Thursday I met with the Clinical Psychologist to talk about the anxiety issues I've been dealing with surrounding Fletcher's diabetes. 

Fletch was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes back in 2014, he was just 2 1/2 years old. It was a tough time but somehow Dylan and I were able to cope with it pretty well. I think the fact that I work on the Children's unit at the hospital helped because I hear about all the other horrible conditions that children have and it is heartbreaking.  Thankfully diabetes can be treated with insulin, I just wish they could work on that cure a bit quicker. 

It was a very tearful session but so beneficial. I felt like a load had been lifted just talking about how I felt. She was really lovely and understanding and kept reminded me that Fletcher really would be ok. She actually asked me a really important question "what do you do to relax"? And it kinda threw me a bit because I didn't really have an answer. I think I've been so focused on looking after Fletcher and being a total control freak that I've forgotten the things that I enjoy and how to relax. She gave me lots of tips on how to relax, some breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation exercises and basically told me I needed to make time for myself which I am totally taking on board. 

I am learning a lot about myself and am learning to live in the moment rather than worry about whether Fletcher will be a reckless teenager and refuse to take his insulin (yes these are the things that keep me up at night) I'm going to be kinder to myself and put less pressure on myself. I definitely need to learn to let it go.

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BLOGMAS #15 | NO MORE WORK

FINALLY I've finished work for Christmas! Oh it couldn't come soon enough. I haven't taken any annual leave since the summer.......say what!!! Its no wonder i'm feeling well and truly frazzled. I think i'll make it my new years resolution to take time off more frequently and stagger it out a bit better throughout the year.

I cannot wait to have 18 whole days away from work though. Its Fletcher's last day of school on Friday and I simply cannot wait to do some family stuff, have a ton of lie-ins, get festive, listen to Michael Buble on repeat and watch some Christmas films.

I also really need to get my shit together and finish my Christmas shopping and start wrapping too. I've left it so much later this year. The one good thing is that we don't do Christmas cards.  They are such a ball ache aren't they? No one likes writing them, you spend a fortune on the stamps, they take forever to write out.  For the last 3 years we have donated to Diabetes Research so that saves me a lot of time every year. I also actively encourage my friends and family not to give me Christmas cards 1. because I feel bad that they won't get one back and 2. because it will more than likely just get thrown straight in my recycling bin (sorry but its true I hate the card clutter).

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BLOGMAS #14 | THE GIRLS

On Tuesday I had my girl friends Steph and Amy over for our annual festive get together. It was a lovely evening full of chit chat, laughter, ginger beer and ALL THE CHEESE. It's always such a pleasure spending time with them, the 3 of us always have such a giggle and I feel so lucky to have such wonderful friends.

We had ourselves a little buffet style tea with some camembert, mozzarella sticks, Wensleydale cheese (I told you there was  a lot of cheese) bread, crisps, grapes, carrot sticks. It was all delicious, I could pick at buffet style food all day I think.

I can't wait for our next catch up in January. We're going to watch Fifty Shades of Grey because none of us have seen it and cringe at the sexy scenes haha!

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BLOGMAS #13 | JOSEPH

It was Fletcher's school nativity yesterday and he was giving the part of Joseph........pretty chuffed about that! Last year he was in preschool and was a shepherd and we literally made his costume out of an old pillow case and a scarf that Dylan got whilst he was in Afghanistan a few years back. This year I thought I'd better push the boat out and buy a costume. I found this one on eBay for the bargain price of £7.

I had to work in the morning but took the afternoon off to watch his performance. I was actually so excited to watch it. He was a little nervous in the morning, bless him but he was such a little star, rocking away whilst he was singing and he put on his big voice so that everyone could hear him. He totally nailed it. How I didn't cry I have no idea but I was super super proud.

I'm so close to finishing work for Christmas now. My last day is Wednesday and it can't come soon enough. I am so ready for the break...........I really really need it.

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BLOGMAS #12 | PENROSE NATIONAL TRUST

I had the nicest day yesterday. I woke at 9am after having a lie in (thanks husband) ate my croissant and got ready for a day of fun at Penrose Estate in Helston.  Penrose is part of the National Trust and  has the nicest woodland walks. We made wreaths there last year and had such a lovely day that we decided to go back and do the same this year. However it was slightly different this year in that they weren't doing wreath making (sad face).........but we managed to forage around with the help of some of the staff and make a wreath anyway. I used just holly and ivy and have some pine cones, orange slices and cinnamon to add to it (which i'm hoping to do tomorrow after work).

The kids had a wonderful time making Christmas decorations. I find it really hard to not get involved when Fletcher is getting crafty, I always want to take over because I want things to look a certain way but i completely let him take charge and didn't really get involved at all. After all the excitement of wreath making/getting crafty we had a spot of lunch and had a little walk around the estate. I think its up there as one of my favourite places to visit on a sunny day, and boy was it a sunny day. It was the perfect cold crisp December day.

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awin