Sunday, 30 December 2012
As I've mentioned before, my Mum gives the kids their gifts a few days after Christmas to spread it out a bit, so last night was Christmas take two :) Put a little spread out and kids absolutly devoured the cheese and crackers! They won't touch cheese sandwhiches but ate all of that! Typically the crisps and ham sandwhiches I put out for the kids were left *rolls eyes* They got some great stuff as usual. Cameron got more Ben 10 stuff including an umbrella which went down well. See how he's still got his watch on lol, need to force him to take it off for bath and bedtime.
Saturday, 29 December 2012
I love Christmas. the atmosphere, the kids opening their gifts all excited, its great :) However I also love getting back to normal afterwards lol. All the hype and buildup is a LOT so once its done I like packing everything away, finding places for all the new stuff and getting back into routine. Was a great Christmas though, :) Best bit for me was finally telling the kids we were going to disneyland. We'd wrapped up some mouse ears along with some old tickets in a little disneyland bag. Took a moment for it to sink in. Cameron - It's just a bag? Caitlin - I've got a picture of mickey mouse Cameron - I've got a ticket! Me - Yeah where to? Caitlin - Disney on ice? Me - noooooooo Cameron - Disneyland?!?! Everyone we saw that day were told where we were going lol.
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Sitting in my all-in-one, fresh pan-au-chocolate and Chirstmas films on tv. Best way to start the day. :) Not much planned for today, got a few cards to write and a couple of gifts to wrap but mainly chilling out with the kids and tidying up. Feeling very on top of things which is good for this time of year lol. Well 8pm last night was my slot in the Next online sale :) I LOVE the Next sale. Seriously as soon as the gifts are open on christmas day me and Mum are planning the sale shopping. Sadly this year I can't really afford much at all but as I have a next card I can pay it off bit by bit. Spent about a grand so good job too! To be honest most of that will go back anyway, the problem with the online sale is while it says its in stock when you order it, a lot of it won't be when it gets to the packing stage so you need to order more than you need. For example I've ordered £1.147 worth of stuff (including my Mums buys too) and they only have £554 worth in stock. Probably won't get the rest so so hopefully my favourite buys are in that £554. Will still be queued up at 3am on boxing day though ;) Well as well as spending daft amounts of money I've been scrapping! I've been so busy with Christmas crafting I haven't done any in a while so was nice to sit and relax and craft with no restrictions iykwim. To keep me in the Christmas mood I thought I'd scrap some old Christmas photos, plus I'm going to have so many more in january might as well get rid of some now! This is a picture of the leftovers from last years Christmas dinner. Yes, the leftovers! It was the first year that we had Christmas dinner at home and rather than cook a huge sit down meal I decided to make a little buffet instead. Worked out well as the kids could come and have bits and bobs as they pleased rather than having to sit and eat. However I seriously overestimated how much everyone would eat. Everyone was finished and the oven was still full of food lol. Saved cooking on boxing day though :)
Thursday, 20 December 2012
I have now officially finished all Christmas crafting :) Ok I've got a few activities I want to do with the kids over the weekend but thats fun rather than HAS to be done iykwim. :) Over the past couple of days I finished the photo wreaths for my Gran and Mum and made the 'snowball pops' for the girls boxes. not the best picture but they look good in real life :)
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
My Mum often jokes that Asda is one of my favourite places to go. To be fair shes probably not wrong. I LOVE to shop and Asda has so much stuff as well as food so i can usually egt everything I need under one roof. I always go off my shopping list though, I'm a sucker for a bargain and like to raid the reduced areas to see what i can find. Yesterday however I went a bit over the top, well to be fair I'm blaming a lot of this on Mark!
Sunday, 16 December 2012
While I think all Mums say this, there is definetly something special about Cameron. Since he was a toddler he's always talked abotu when he was here before.They didn't have ds or cars then apprently. We're open minded about what happens after you die so didn't too think much of it really. Then odd things started happening at home, I took some pictures of cameron in his room and there were white dots all over it, then the other night just after I put Cam to bed he was laughing: Me - What are you laughing at Cam? Cameron - The man in my room told me a joke! Me - What man?! Cameron - The man from my dream. Ok so that was pretty weird, but Cameron has a pretty active imagination so let it go. Then last night Cameron woke up sobbing. I gave him a cuddle and asked what was wrong, 'When I'm a ghost I won't be able to talk to anyone from this life, only people from the next life.' was the reply. Seriously?! Where on earth did that come from?! I calmed him down and told him he wasn't ever going to be a ghost, when he died in a long, long, long time he could choose to go to heaven and have lots of fun there, but I'm beginning to rethink that this is Cameron makign up stories :s Onto less scary topics (well, less ghostly anyway, the fact Christmas is 9 days away is terrifying!) we went to the Honestart Christmas party today. as usual it was great :) You could make cards, decorate biscuits, make reindeer food, and get your face painted :) Caitlin picked being an angel.
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Now if I'm honest I'm not really a judgemental person, more a live and let live type. I have friends for example who think if you don't breastfeed your child or use cloth nappies social services should be called, while as long as you're actually feeding your child I could really care less lol. However I admit I LOVE those tv shows with nutters on it. Jeremy Kyle, bridezillas, pregnant in heels, anything I can watch and feel superior I love :) It's a small pool of people I get to feel better than so got to get it where I can! I'm waiting for the day that we end up on JK with my sister. I made bunting for my neices with their names on for christmas, my Mum joked I should do a set for my sisters bedroom with my sisters name, then give her a blank set of flags with a set of letters and a note saying 'insert current partners name here'. Love my Mum sometimes lol. Well feel free to judge away at this. I am seriously bad at making cards but wanted to do some this year so stuck to a simple design.
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Had aimed to get gift tags and cards done last night but my back was protesting too much so had an early night instead. Did get the gift tags done though :)
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Well the past couple of days have been full of baking, working and making things :) Been quite nice really. Managed to get all 75 of the trees done for the kids classes, Caitlin gave out hers today and was so pleased with herself, even the teachers wanted some so they went down well :)
Monday, 10 December 2012
Think today is like the eye of the storm, lol. This weekend was mad but so much fun :) Friday our advent was to make the gingerbread house. We had got a kit from Aldi which for £5 was a really good deal. look at the cute little people! The kids made a right mess (WHY did I mop the floor just before they did it?! lol) but had a great time. ended up looking pretty good I think :)
Thursday, 6 December 2012
Today so far has been a busy but nice day :) Mar finially got in contact with his family yesterday (don't get me started on that) and found he had to deliver the gifts before Saturday. Well I'm out with my mum tomorrow so had to be today. Unfortunatly we had no wrapping paper in the house so had to drop kids off at school and go get some. Decided to go to the range as I needed some small wooden pegs and gold and silver brads, did they have any? NO! Pegs decorated with everything under the sun but no plain, and no brads at all! Ugh, tried everywhere I could think but no luck so off to colemans in Kettering tomorrow. Did get the wrapping paper and the gifts delivered though :) Today on the advent was visiting Santa. He was due on our town center from 5 and as the kids swimming lessons finished there just before that it was ideal. We took them to the town square to see the reindeer which caitlin LOVED before the man himself came out. :) Caitlin had no intrest, staying by the sleigh the whole time.
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
last night on the advent was decorating Christmas biscuits. :) The meeting went on a little longer than expected (was a waste of time though nothing new came up) so didnt get a chance to bake any biscuits special, but had a pack of ginger nuts so just used those lol. kids were quite happy with it so thats the main thing.
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Feels like an age since I did some Scrapbooking, Christmas crafting has well and truely took over! Last night however I really felt like doing some and as I'm up to date with my other bits so thought I may as well :) Though I did feel guilty as could have been making decorations etc. This is the one I finished :)
Sunday, 2 December 2012
Day two of our advent calender and today was writing letters to Santa :) First though was dads group. Both kids went this time which was nice as I could watch tv while I peeled all the potatos and apples needed for dinner and apple crumble. kids both had a great time and made some more decorations for the tree. Both are still drying as Caitlin went a bit OTT with the glitter glue. That's my girl lol. Had to get some custard, juice and eggs from asda when I picked them up. OMG its was heaving! There was actually a queue to get into the car park. I always overspend when we go Asda but I was determined not to this time. I had the cash in my pocket so I wouldn't use my card, wasnt even going to LOOK at anything else. Yeah I spent £56 lol. I swear I just can't help myself! Kids wanted sweets, and then there was an offer on boxes of chocolates so stocked up for teachers and extra gifts, then I added up in my head wrong and thought it was £38 in the trolley so added £10 of wine to get it over the £40..... oh it just goes on lol. Anyway, once home we started writing lists. :) Kids all asked for things I've got them except for a model Cameron REALLY wants (will be hunting for that this week!) so that was good. While they were writing the lists I changed Marks name in my phonebook to Santa and sent a txt to my phone saying I'd heard they were writing letters to me and included Santas address. the kids were amazed! So cute!!!!
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Well today is December first which means 2 things, one, advent calenders!!!!!
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Went to Morrisons today after a pretty rubbish morning and saw these, how cute are these!!
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
My family seem to have the worst luck around this time of year. The amount of car accidents, household things breaking, poor health and just general bad stuff happening is insane! The last year we had a genuinly nice Christmas was back when I was pregnant with Cameron, so 6 years ago now. The year after my sister started going out with the violent partner (yep same one who pops up every now and again now) next year Mark was in hospital, next year my Gran was, last year my Granddad was and this year still Granddad. He went back to hospital yesterday to have the new lump on his arm looked at :( They took a biopsy but they're not sure what they're going to do this time. After twice removing it before and Granddad taking so long to recover each time I think they're considering leaving it :( Yesterday was just a rubbish day all round. I got a letter yesterday morning from Autoglass saying my insurance didnt cover the repairs done and I needed to pay, confused as I'd had no repairs done I rang them. Turned out it was for chip repair I had done back in 2009! Told them no chance I'm paying now they can take me to court. Went town to get a vest to match my top, forgot the bloody top didn't I. On the way back the car overheated so rang the AA, guy came out and checked it all, need a new sensor but nothing big. Ok great off he goes, I go to drive home and........power steering is broken! So needed to wait for the AA to send another guy out to fix that. On a good note though the noise I was worried about is a piece of plastic loose on the heating fan. Irritating but not a hazzard. As a result though wasn't home until seriously late so got nothing done I'd planned to. Had hoped to have my rug cleared but it looks like this
Monday, 26 November 2012
Well supposed to be at work today but as its a bit of a drive was worried about the car so canceled :( Hoping to get it looked at this week though, why does all this happen just before Christmas! Managed to get more bunting done last night :) As I've probably mentioned before I've just bought a smallish gift for each of my nieces this year but I'm making a box of goodies for each of them too. As part of it I've made them each bunting for their rooms. This is Lillies, her room is really bright so used lots of bright colours in hers.
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Ugh its been an expencive weekend. Friday morning Cameron broke his school shoes. Saturday my phone broke, and today the car broke AHHHHH!!!!!! Got Cam new shoes from Asda which is fine but £15 I wasn't planning on spending, my phone I'll just deal with as it still works in a way but just wont vibrate and sometimes turns on silent so I miss calls or messages, the car I've no idea what we'll do. Its been making a funny noise when I turn it on for a few months now but as its been driving fine I've been ignoring it.Then a few weeks back the engine overheated, as the water and everything was fine I put it down to a one off but today it happened again :( Oddly enough though it was on a small drive, just down the road to the chrildrens center, while in the past few weeks I've been to Northampton, Kettering and all over the place with no issue. Think if it happens again I'll call the AA, at least then I'll have an idea whats wrong with it. On a good note I finally finished my mums bunting :) I've been working really hard on it and she says she loves it so really pleased as shes hard to impress. Typically though I forgot to take a photo of it but will do next time I'm round her house :) I also finished the labels for the 'Snowman soup' and the cookie mix jars :) Look little snowmen :) The kids now want me to make some for them, despite the fact they can have hot chocolate whenever they want lol. Think they just like the label.
Friday, 23 November 2012
Honestly I made SUCH an idiot out of myself yesterday lol. First I went on a quick shopping trip to the local retail park, went to The range, Next, Poundland then Asda. At Asda the woman couldn't find my wrapping paper on the system so called a member of staff. he then wondered about the store with it trying to find how much it was before I remembered I'd bought it at the range. Mortified! Then to town to meet my Mum for a coffee. On leaving paid for parking but when I got to the car didn't have the ticket. Searched all the bags before Mum found a security guard who checked the CCTV and clearly saw me putting my ticket in the machine, paying for it and walking away, leaving the ticket IN the machine. AHHHH They were lovely though and after a bit of good natured fun being poked at me let me out without paying the £10 lost ticket charge lol. Wasn't all bad though, managed to get a lot of the little bits crossed off my list and have an aim to do a lot more today. :) Think there's so much buzzing about my head at the moment it's struggling to keep up! Also enjoyed a black forest hot chocolate at costa too :)
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Well made lots of progress on the bunting :) Poor kids havent been able to play on the rug for over a week now as all my craft stuff was on it. After finishing the bunting for my swap i thought there might be a bit more room but I was wrong, this is what it looks like now lol.
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Its now officially the start of Christmas!!! We all have little things while make it really feel like Christmas for us, the tree going up, lights being turned on, for quite a few of my firneds its the red cups coming out at Starbucks, lol. Well mine is well and truely the Coke-a-cola advert bring shown :) Based on facebook status' I think it was first shown last week during saturday nights x-factor. I dont watch this so missed it :(. As the week went on more and more people posted about it but I still hadn't seen it!! Wasn't a happy bunny. Then this morning, Jeremy Kyle was on in the background while I was filling out some forms and I heard it, 'Holidays are coming' YEY!!!! I actually screamed, poor Mark nearly hit the roof. lol. Ah well he knew I was nuts when he married me (he says he didn't but he did :p) Its now offically the start of Christmas!!!!!! As fun as that is its a little scary considering my 'to do' list is still pretty huge. Managed to make a pretty big dent in it over the past few days though :) Posted off my stocking swap parcel, couple of cards/letters and my finished elf door. Ok didnt turn out quite as I'd have liked. I wanted to put some twine around the edge to look like christmas lights but it really didnt, lol, so used the little dew drops around the edge instead.
Sunday, 18 November 2012
I love doing swaps on UKs, and the ones in the run up to Christmas are always the best! Theres the stash swap ones, Christmas box, stocking swap, 12 days of Christmas, but the past few years I've been trying to do the more creative ones too :) I'm starting to get into more crafting which takes me out of my comfort zone. This year I'm doing the bunting swap again, which I can't share as its not over with yet, and the Elf door swap. This one was actually my idea *big proud smile* as I'd seen lots of fairy doors before so thought a elf door would be a nice Christmas change :) Was actually a lot more complicated than I thought it would be, lol. I had the idea of what I wanted to do in my head but trying to get it onto paper was easier said than done. Did it though and hope my swapee is pleased with it :) Will post it here when shes received it. The one I received is adorable! Look at the little knocker and handle. lol. Will look great on my shelf when we put all the decorations up in a couple of weeks.
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Kids have half term and I don't blog for ages, wonder if theres a link there. lol. Was a fun time though :) They both had a great parents evening report so we took them to Kids kingdom for cameron treat. I HATE it there as its so huge an hectic! But luckily as it was early morning it wasn't too bad so everyone enjoyed it. Then my sister and I took the girls to Disney on Ice. It was amazing!! It was the same show me and Mark saw years ago so was really sweet seeing it with Caitlin. Soppy cos I am I cried when I saw how excited she was, think I'm going to need medication when we go to Disneyland. I managed lots of crafting too, :) Not many layouts granted but this was one I did manage.