Monday, 20 December 2010

Well, had a panic but hopefully over now!

Well I know I've not been about much. Been not a very fun household here. :( caitlins been poorly with some bug, making her burn up and very clingy. Dr says virus but been 3 weeks now so shes going back tomorrow!
More importantly though my gran was taken into hospital last wednesday. :( She'd been sick for a week with nothing staying down so we took her in to be safe and they found a blockage. This was scary as she had bowl cancer 18 years ago so naturally we were worried that was back. Shes now had the operation to remove it though and is recovering well so feel like we can get back to normality a little bit. :)
So to lighten up the bad news heres a funny story about my son. We were in asda on saturday which was obviously busy and I stopped the trolley. going through his 'Why' phase as he is he asked why:
Cameorn - Why have we stopped mummy?
Me - Because that woman is looking at something and I can't get past her.
cameron (shouting) - Beep beep woman! Move your bum!
Oh my god I couldnt breathe I was laughing so much. She wasnt impressed but I found it funny. Its my fault really. I'm always tellign his dad to move his bum!

Monday, 13 December 2010

still cyber crop lol

Got a boring next few days so expect layouts at least untill I can figure out how to get photos from my iphone onto the pc. lol
So back to layouts. lol.
Some more old photos :) This challenge was '3 kings' rules were
- 3 photos
- Anything gold (paint, buttons, ribbon, etc.)
- Black Cardstock
- Torn paper
Pleased with this one. :)

This was the only layout I didnt like :( Looked different in my head. lol.

Had Mark print this one off for me from the other day as didnt have any snowy photos left. Rules for this challenge were:
- Use white cardstock
- Use a snowflake (punch/die-cut/hand-made)
- Anything silver/blue
- At least one button
Like this one as I dont usually do big photos but think this worked as shows her smile so well. :)

Another really different one. one thing I love about the cyber crops is I try things I wouldnt otherwise of thought of. This is a good example of that. the class was to write a letter to santa telling him what you wanted. I used it as a way to tell santa what happened this year with my family and what I hoped for them for next year.

So simple this but love it. just using strips of ripped paper. think the papers go great with this photo of Caitlin at her birthday party. the papers are called kaitlin too so ideal. :)

well off shopping tomorrow for the last of the xmas bits!! yes I know ive said that before. lol Think i mean it this time :)

Sunday, 12 December 2010

cyber crop :)

Well its been an interesting week. First my youngest neice was taken to hospital with breathing problems (shes ok now) then my poor gran got very sick. :( However she seems on the mend now. Food staying down :) So can sleep again now.
Well other than that not been up to a great deal so thought I'd share what I did in the recent cyber crop.
last year I made decorations of all the kids in the family. Obviously Lillie wasnt about yet so made this one of her this year. :)

How cute is my little baldy!! This challenge was called 'Santa claus is coming to town' and I had to use a photo of opening gifts and include red, white and black.
Only have a few photos of previous christmas' now so getting there in scrapping everything. lol. Saying that I havent devloped any since June so sure that pile will be huge again soon!

Love how this turned out. Its camerons first time meeting santa. Wasa digtal class but I dont like digi so did it on paper. :)

I LOVE these photos of caitlin. We were in butlins and she loved the dance games. Obviously couldnt do them properly but did her best to follow the lights. Love the little thumbs up she gave. :)

This one is blank as its a secret family recipie that will be put on there. lol. Every year my gran makes a big batch of scottish tablet. We have family we dont see all year but come down to my grans for the tablet. lol. I love this paper so didnt do much to it.

Well other than taking care of my sick gran we took the kids to a party at our local pen green. Mark takes them to dads group there each week and they had a big party for everyone. The kids loved it :) There were balloons and loads of food and a magic show which cameron loved. Great to see them enjoying themselves so much. :)

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Well today we braved the freezing winds and took the kids to see santa. Was a couple of hours drive to the garden center and with more snow predicted we went prepared! Boot had two quilts, crisps, flasks of hot choc and tea, sweets, fruit and a crate of fruit shoots. All just sat there though as was quite an uneventful trip lol. Still, best to be prepared!
When we got thewre we found out it was opening late as there were school trips first (no mention of that on the website but hay ho) so we went to the pet section first. Kids ended up loving this and stood talking to the parrots.

There were also lots of sparrows just flying around eating the bird food! Caitlin though it was great fun to chase them about the shop. lol

We also fed some carronts to the reindeer. :) Cameron enjoyed this but caitlin wasnt too sure.

Look at this, my husband has taught my daughter to wink!

When we went to see santa you first had to queue to go onto his slegh ride. This was nearly an hour queue but both kids were great. was really proud as lots of kids screaming around them. lol. Tried to get a photo of them both smiling, this was the best I got. Cameron had been smiling for a while by this point so his was more of a gimice. lol

After the train you then had to queue again for 45 mins to see santa. Luckily there was a big electronic santa telling stories that kept the kids entertained.

Was actually amazed seeing santa because Id told cameron all day 'it wont be a train gift, dont be upset as it wont be a train gift' and what was it?! A train track with a blue train like thomas! Almost makes me belive in santa again :)
After santa we went to a shopping center across the road. Theres a paper mill there so I got the huge box of card on my desk for £3! Love it. Also got some more shimmer mist and a wheel of pins. :) Every year we also buy the kids a decoration each for the tree. When they grow up they can take them for their own tree. :) Caeron picked a wooden train (surprise) and caitlin loved this bird :)

Right going to get a pizza and watch inception with hubby tonight, considering Eclipse STILL hasnt came yet!!!!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

christmas tree is up :)

Or what there is of it! Some of our decorations we've had since me and mark first got together 5 years ago. So really have had their day. lol. We decided to just put them up anyway and buy some more in the sales. Because yes I am that tight. lol.
Couple of pictures of the kids concentrating :)

This star is now broken thanks to Bella attacking it. lol. Poor Caitlin was inconsolable but we promised we'd buy a new one and she could pick it. Watch she'll find one for £60 or something knowing her taste!

Very proud children. :)

Poor Camerons very much worse for wear at the moment. Was boiling all day yesterday and said his eye hurt, so took him for an emergency appointment at the dr who looked in his throat and said his tonsils are badly infected! He'd not once said his throat hurt! So got meds and hes picked up a bit today so hopefully still going to see santa tomorrow. :)

Monday, 6 December 2010


Ok so its all gone now but was nice while it lasted. :) We didnt get as much as other places in the uk but had enough to play in which was the main thing for the kids. lol. Was a bit wary gettig the sled out as last time both of them hated it and screamed the place down if i put them in it. Well obviously a different story this time!

Both of them loved it! We did plan on going to my mums as she has a big hill in front of her house but pulling them around the garden for a bit seemed to be enough for them. lol. Daddy also enjoyed himself. I was in the bedroom sorting out washing (not throwing snowballs at him out of the window, that was someone else of course!) and he came into the bedroom and hit me in the head with a huge snowball! How mean! Thought I was safe inside, obviously not. lol
So after the winter fun everyone came in for hot chocolate and watch toy story (for the millionth time, lol) Caitlin took this picture of mark and cameron with my camera, was quite impressed!

Glad I got her a kiddizoom one for christmas now :)

Friday, 26 November 2010

WHY do I do it to myself?

Mark says I'm just a glutton for punishment. lol. This year I got christmas done very early so as the big day approaches we have some pennies and some spare time. So what do I do, decide to redecorate half the house! lol. I've finished Caitlins room and made a good start on the loft, pretty much finished the kitchen and now moving onto the hall. lol. To be honest it's not really cost too much. I'm quite good at getting stuff from freecycle or using paint I've already got to make things cheaper. The pain for the kitchen for example I got for free months ago. I bought the pink paint for Caitlins room (for when I got around to it) and it was buy one get one free. So I just picked a pale green I liked but had no idea where to go. lol. Now its in the kitchen. :) The tiles we're going to do the hall in we got from freecycle a while back, another 'I like it but not sure what ill do with it, well its bound to come in usefull' thing. Its dreadfull as our garage is always stuffed with bits and bobs waiting to be used. But means the house is done nicely and cheaply! lol.
Well I've managed to do a few layout challenges and phtograph them in time to enter, lol. This one is from uks. Rules were:
One photo - Done
One word title - Done
Circle shape base - Done
Ripping - Done, circle was made by putting a pate on the paper and ripping around it. :)
Title has two meanings, its my son in the sun. lol

Another challenge, rules were:
Out and about photo(s): done
Sketch: done
Bling: done (top right hand corner
Non scrapping item: didnt manage this one. lol
Love these photos, a bit bittersweet really as was taken a while back when mark could run around with the kids. Cant really do that anymore. :(

Didnt go see peppa pig today. Took the kids messy play instead which they enjoyed. :) Then home to do the dreaded housework. lol. Not going out tomorrow, going to make some jam tarts I think. Caitlin loves helping with those. lol

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Where has this month gone!

I really should know what date it is as I look at my calender every day, but I still cant belive how quick this month has gone! I think its because a lots gone on so times flown really. It always made me laugh when I was younger and my mum and other adults would say 'Christmas has snuck up on me this year' thinking 'well how can it its the same time every year!' But now I'm the one organising it all I get it! lolMore layouts. lol, these were for challenges but took me so long to photograph was a bit late!
Kids at cheeky monkeys. lol, hense the title.

The challenge for this was what would you do with an extra hour, my jurnalling reads how I'd spend it with my kids. :)

One of my two with my neice Evie. :)

Snow allowing I'm taking the kids out to see peppa pig tomorrow. Will either go down really well or really badly! lol


Mess. thats whats on it. I did tidy it up on Sunday so really I should be pleased it's lasted so long! Also the best mug EVER! Our cat always bloody trys to drink my tea so a mug with a lid is ace. :)

We took Caitlin to get her photo taken for her passport today. Personally I think it's a bit daft that kids ones last 5 years. I get its just too expencive and a logistical nightmare to do it too often but Camerons photo was taken when he was 6 months and it now looks nothing like him. I think its some kind of unwritten law though that your passport photo must be dreadful. Marks honestly looks like one of those terrorist mugshots. With his long hair and glaring at the camera. Cameron looks daft as he had a cold so had to breathe through his mouth so his tongue is sticking out, and I look like the walking dead as I was 6 months prengnant and dealing with a sick Cameron at the time! Caitlins is no different. lol. she was NOT happy about getting her picture taken and the photo certainly shows that. The phrase 'if looks could kill' come to mind.
More layouts. :)
Cameron getting his cake for his birthday. Thomas, big surprise. lol

Love this photo. Think the flash went off the red or something but makes it look really evil. lol

Have dancing tomorrow with Caitlin, then really should sort out the wardrobe a bit. The christmas gifts are taking over! lol

Monday, 22 November 2010

Christmas list!

As I said yesterday the kids are really excited about christmas this year. I've shot myself in the foot a little as I told them when they open the last door on their advent calenders santa will come. So now they think its some kind of magic box and want me to open it all now! lol. My own fault really.
Well today hubby accidently left the wardrobe open with Cameron in the room and he spotted one of his gifts. Woops. I told him it was for his equally Thomas mad cousin Evie which calmed him down because he adores her. But to cheer him up I suggested we make christmas lists to send to santa so he knew what to bring. This worked and cheered him right up. lol. Obviouslt he cant write very well so he had to tell me what he wanted while I wrote it down. Wasn't surprised at most of them, 'Misty island lego, thomas nightlight (got them both wrapped already. :) ) But he also asked for a peppa pig dvd for Caitlin (so cute!) and a blue jacket, (his is green, obviously not thomas like enough. lol)
In my Diy maddness I forgot to share the bonfire night photos. :) We went to our local council display which wasn't too bad considering the problems they've had latly. I got a quite nice photo of me and Caitlin.

Can you tell it was raining. lol Kids enjoyed splashing in muddy puddles though. peppa pig has a lot to answer for!

Also forgot about this. Bargain! We went to the argos warehouse the other day to try and find curtain poles. We went when the kids were at nursery so we didn't end up buying stuff for them. Well we ended up buying stuff for them. lol. Wasnt toys though was more practical! Got a couple of bits for Caitlins room and this cute little table. Its got a bit in the middle cut out where you can store pencils and the like. £15 down from £60. :)

Some more layouts. This was was scraplifted from scrapbook magazine (i think it was)

An olllld photo with some more new dies. :)

Got to love it. they LOVE dressing in hats and scarfs in summer, see when I try and get them to wear them now, no chance!!!

Nursery tomorrow and hopefully finishing off the kitchen!

Just ironing tomorrow! lol

Its a bad sign when I'm looking forward to just doing ironing. lol. Seems like its been non stop from the word go lately! Been doing lots of little crafty projects, diy, housework, but really pleased as seeing the results. :)
Well as the kids have been such stars recently in letting me get on I promised I'd do something special with them. My original plan was to take them out on their bikes but its been SO windy and foggy here that went out the window! So made a gingerbread house with them instead. :)
They really enjoyed it and are getting so excited about Christmas which I love. They're old enough now to understand the whole santa thing so are much more involved. They were really good with the house too, being really gentle putting the sweets on. lol

This is the finished result. The kids were more than happy to eat the leftover sweets. lol.

As well as the DIY I've been doing some layouts. I'll stagger them though as done about 9 at my crop. lol.
This is Caitlin in her dads cap, such a girly girl she is. lol

This really went wrong, lol. I wanted to cut the circle into a quarter and use it in the corner. Don't know what happened when I cut it but didn't work out that way so just adapted it as best I could. Quite like it though. Used one of my new tim holtz dies too.

Ok I admit I got bored with this one. lol. Did the bottom then planned to decorate the top under the tile. Didn't though and just shoved it on. :)

Planning a nice night for me and hubby tomorrow as not spent much nice time together lately. Fingers crossed it goes well. lol. Things tend to go wrong when we plan nice things!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

nearly done. :)

Yey! I've been working in Caitlins room, repainting it and getting it ready for her new carpet yesterday. Well that's all done and we put all her furniture back and she LOVES it! We also bought her a toy storage unit from our local Argos warehouse. Bargain for £10!
I love how proud she looks here. :)

she had these butterfly stickers in her room before, but silly mummy I am put them in arms reach so most got ripped! Lol learned this time!

Just need to pick up a curtain pole from argos tomorrow and I'm done! Then onto the loft, lol

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Christmas is officially coming!

I love how everyone has their own idea of what symbolises the start of Christmas. For some it's getting the tree out, or lights going on in your town; for a lot of my friends it's the red cups in Starbucks, for me, it's the cola advert! As soon as I hear the 'holidays are coming, holidays are coming,' I know christmas is on the way!!!!
I saw the ad for the first time this year last night and have been feeling all Christmasy since. :)
And I know I can't be the only mad one who feels like this as there's a facebook group dedicated to it. :)
Though there is also a group for people who talk to toilets :s decipher that how you will! Lol

Monday, 15 November 2010

Blogging from iPhone!

Well since I got my iPhone I don't go on my pc as much. Before I'd go on to check my emails and end up doing 8 other things, now I just check from my phone. Lol. However I've never blogged from here before, so here's my first try! Can't figure out how to do photos, so that's a first for another day :)
Since I last blogged I've been busy, I had my crop Saturday which was great fun as usual :) our last until January which is sad but we're all so busy with Christmas and other things there's just not the time. Speaking of which I've also gone into the big Christmas diy maddness! I know lots of people that pretty much re-do their houses and buy new couches and everything but I've never bothered. This year though I've got the home improvement bug! So far I've repainted Caitlins room and have ordered a new carpet, and plan to board the loft, paint the kitchen and attempt to put new Lino down. Lol. Key word there being attempt! I've never done that before but the Lino cost £50, to get it fitted was am extra £110!!!! So no thanks! Even if I mess it up twice and get it right third time I've still saved £10!
Right I'm off to watch I'm a celeb. And continue to wonder why on earth Gillian mckeith is there. Lol

Wednesday, 10 November 2010


A broken camrea charger! Had my camera on charge and the kids got a hold of it and managed to put off the plug part. :( So waiting for a new one in the post. Using hubbys at the moment but don't like it. lol.
But in the meantime heres a few more layouts I've managed. :)
Cameron on his birthday, getting the obvious!

This was for a challenge on uks but didnt upload in time. This is a photo catilin took of herself when she was using my camera one time. Love how proud she looks.

Caitlin dancing in Butlins

Love, love, LOVE this cardstock. Got it from the range on sale, keep meaning to go see if theres more but not had a chance yet.

Ok so short and sweet! lol. Been volunteering at a homestart fundrasier today so tired!