3 Things…I have loved this week 20/6/15

After missing last week’s “3 things” I’m looking at what I’ve loved this week:

Being back in my bed – I have slept upright on the sofa for the best part of a week and it gets a little lonely after a while. So when my voice finally mostly returned (hooray!!) I returned to my lovely bed, complete with 6 bricks to prop it up. I love our bed, it’s super king sized and so comfy and I am glad to be back in it

Going for lots of walks in the sun – the New Forest, the local country parks, anywhere really. Thanks to the lovely weather we spontaneously decided to go for an evening walk on Friday with J and Lexi, and on Wednesday J and I went to one of the country parks before nursery. She wore her fairy dress and wings and looked adorable. Her imagination is really growing too, we collected lots of ‘treasure’ (sticks and leaves) and even told ‘the bear’ (?!?!?) not to eat her food!

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Collecting our treasure

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3 things…I’ve enjoyed listening to this week 6/4/15

So you may have heard that I have still been suffering with voice loss. I took a turn for the worse earlier in the week, having lost my voice completely and have since spent a couple of days in bed. After a trip to the doctors and a diagnosis I’m now on antibiotics, the joys huh?

Not being able to talk really does enable you to absorb everything around you and actually appreciate listening, although every time I recover I am always so grateful to be talking again, it really is an absolute blessing to have a voice, and I would never wish permanent loss of voice on anyone

In light of my “ailments” this week, my “3 things” is what I have enjoyed listening to:

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3 things… I have missed this week

I’ve said it a couple of times already but this week has flown by, I love my job and I genuinely go to work to make a difference every day but have felt like I’m treading water. Does anyone else find that on a bank holiday working week it feels like there’s something like 6 days you are working, instead of the 4 days you actually have, or the normal 5 you would expect to have?!?! Anyway I digress. It’s been busy and long(!)

My poor little Lexi had an incident with her paw and has had to wear a cone round her head (satellite TV anyone?) and has been restricted on exercise so we’ve taken the opportunity to be lazy and have stayed indoors (pah!)

As you read this we will be heading to Paultons Park for our last visit for quite some time to Peppa Pig World *sob*. Our annual pass expires this weekend and as much as we would love to renew it we think it’s best to have some time out and experience some of the other great attractions of the south coast – we’ll be renewing it again in the future for sure!

This week’s “3 things” is based on what I’ve missed doing or having this week

The gym – thanks to my silly silly episode of dropping my phone and pulling my leg I’ve had zero visits to the gym this week. I (and the hubster) find that my mood drastically improves whenever I exercise regularly and I am less snappy. I’m really looking forward to the week ahead when normality will resume exercise wise

Spending time on my blog – everything home and personal wise seemed to take a step back this week, the washing pile is sky high (I hate washing at the best of times but just want to push it into a cupboard and forget about it right now). Also, I occasionally have times where I just need my own space and to be myself for a bit outside of the house and forget about everything. I wonder if anyone else gets that? I literally just want to talk to no one, be on my own and away from my surroundings so that I can reset. This Thursday was one of those evenings so I left the house at 645pm and didn’t return until 9pm (feeling much better and happier). Sometimes this and quality family time take priority and any spare time I’ve had I just wanted to spend every minute possible with my family so my blog also took a back seat which I felt terrible about as I really like doing it. I aim to have some actual time set aside on Sunday and Monday evenings to work on it (whilst the washing machine is in full swing!)

Having a full, decent nights sleep – possibly due to the lack of exercise and stress this week I have had very little sleep, tossing and turning all night and not been able to switch off, so a lovely long sleep in my bed would be fabulous! (And a lie in – I know that’s asking too much with a 2 year old tornado! hehe!)

A family selfie, one from a Peppa Pig World ride
A family selfie, one from a Peppa Pig World ride
Poorly dog = no walks
Poorly dog = no walks
Check out the bags under those eyes, a good night's sleep is needed!
Check out the bags under those eyes, a good night’s sleep is needed!

To end on a much happier and positive note here are a couple of things I’m looking forward to in June:

A weekend away – I have no idea where we will be going, but the hubster has arranged for a birthday weekend present so I am excited (and nervous) about doing this. I am dreading turning 30 but looking forward to some quality time with my family

A date night – we are going to go to the cinema for a night out mid June, so I’m really looking forward to having some one-on-one time with the hubster. Being a parent is hard but being a parent and couple is also hard and needs some dedicated time to ensure you remain normal people outside of being mum and dad

Losing a bit more weight – fitting into a size 14 this month was fantastic and I am hopefully going to be in it (on the way to a 12 in June)

3 Things…That I will remember from this week 23/5/15

This week I’m looking at the things I will remember from this week and will talk about in years to come:

Finding out who Michael was – The other week the hubster contacted me asking “who’s Michael?” I was a little taken aback, responding with “no idea” it continued for a while and then transpired that J was telling him Michael was “mummy’s friend”. The following day we asked her the following questions:

Us – “who’s Michael?

J – “mummy’s friend”

Us – “have you met him yet?”

J – ” not yet” (completely straight face!)

Us – “where has he been?”

J – “mummy’s bed”

Me – “Oh my goodness!”

I don’t know anyone called Michael and I can assure you that if it was Michael Buble I certainly wouldn’t be quiet about it! You can imagine that if we weren’t a strong couple this may have caused some problems between us! Anyhow, a few days later she was laid in bed with us saying that “mummy, daddy, J, Michael and Nemo would be going to Florida on an aeroplane. We checked, and it turns out that Michael was actually Mike from Monsters Inc. PHEW!

Going on a bike ride with the family on Friday after work – It was so nice, a total of 5 miles to the nice big park and back. The main thing I will remember is on the bike ride I got an actual fly in my eye! It hurt so much and the thing wouldn’t come out!

Being put on the naughty step by my 2 year old – I went into the garden as I thought we had birds nesting and returned to the kitchen met by a serious looking J who was telling me I had gone outside without shoes on. She promptly got down, walked to the naughty step and sat me on it. Whilst sat on the naughty step she returned to her seat and reminded me why I was there (like I would do!). I apologised and told her I would put my shoes on. This is either brilliant parenting or an insight to what the future will be like…

Oh "Michael" you've caused so many discussions!
Oh “Michael” you’ve caused so many discussions!
At the park after our bike ride
At the park after our bike ride
On our bike ride on the cycle path
On our bike ride on the cycle path

My 3 things…that made me smile this week 16/5/15

This week I’m looking at the 3 things that made me smile this week

J asking why daddy is a boy and why mummy and J are girls – this really caught me off guard and I swear she’s too young to be asking these questions, all I could say was “daddy has boy bits” and “mummy and J have girl bits” and then started singing the alphabet song in hope the conversation would be forgotten

Fitting into a pair of size 14 trousers for the first time in 2015 – I was gutted about not losing weight this week. It was very warm on Wednesday and I wanted to wear a pair of linen trousers that had been at the back of my wardrobe and really couldn’t believe it when they fit!

Looking through photos of J and the family for images to have printed and displayed in the house – We take so many pictures and only have one on display so purchased some frames and are now going through the pictures to pick the best. They made me smile so much and made me realise that time is going so quick and also made me remember how many awesome times we’ve had. I can’t wait to go strawberry picking again this year!

At a wedding last summer
Just being her normal funny self at nanny Iris house last summer
Feeding the sheep last Spring
Shortly after we had started weaning her. Avocado mess
I shouldn’t laugh but this makes me laugh every time
My lovely family
Strawberry picking
The look on Aarons face makes me laugh! He was well and truly stuck!
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“3 things” – 9th May 2015

It usually happens right at the end of the day and just before we are about to fall asleep but at least 2-3 times a week we chat about our “3 things”

It varies each time, though quite often is something like “3 things I love about you”, “3 things I love about J”, “3 things I am looking forward to”, “3 things I liked about today” and so on. We rarely talk about the negatives and I genuinely believe it’s one of the things that has helped us through the rollercoaster that is parenthood with all of the hard times and good times

We started this when I was in the depths of PND and the hubster wanted a pick me up to help me smile and reflect on the positive things in life. Somehow it’s become part of our household routine and it still makes me look for the positives, even when I’ve had a really cruddy day!

I’m going to start logging a weekly 3 things on my blog so that I can look back over the week. it will be 3 things I’ve loved, hated, encountered or just felt like making a note of

Here’s my “3 things I’ve loved this week

  • The Bank Holiday – we get such a little amount of time with J that when we get a bonus day off we really make the most of it along with the weekend. The whole 3 days were pretty packed, we went swimming in Bracknell, to Guildford, to the zoo and to see friends in Eastbourne. A pretty action packed weekend but a memorable one nonetheless. Swimming with J was awesome, though she is still wary of any water based activities in the toddler section and much prefers swimming itself!
  • Giraffes – I loved watching and seeing the giraffes at the zoo on Monday. They are my favourite animal by far and I love how gangly and goofy they are. If I was that tall I’m sure I would be just the same
  • Watching Toy Story – I love Disney, and because we are going to Florida later on in the year I like to watch Disney with J . We made it a family event on Thursday night with a little bit of ice cream and she stayed up a little later than normal. I forgot how funny it is although I’m sure that will wear thin soon when she inevitably wants to watch it every day!
  • I purchased these goggles at the pound shop, along with a minnie mouse rubber ring. She loved them and refused to take her goggles off before swimming! (They were pretty useless and let the water in so now I know she likes them I'll make an investment)
    I purchased these goggles at the pound shop, along with a minnie mouse rubber ring. She loved them and refused to take her goggles off before swimming! (They were pretty useless and let the water in so now I know she likes them I’ll make an investment)

With the ducks. I had a mum fail and didn't bring any bread but she had fun waving and saying hello to them
With the ducks. I had a mum fail and didn’t bring any bread but she had fun waving and saying hello to them

We so rarely go to the pub anymore. I don't actually think I've had a 'daytime drink' since having her, so I opted for a summery shandy in Guildford
We so rarely go to the pub anymore. I don’t actually think I’ve had a ‘daytime drink’ since having her, so I opted for a summery shandy in Guildford

J and the hubster by the canal in Guildford
J and the hubster by the canal in Guildford

She LOVES her umbrella and went and stood against the wall with it
She LOVES her umbrella and went and stood against the wall with it, check out that little tongue

The giraffes - my favourite! A better image taken with the SLR coming through my bank holiday post but this is from the hubster (thanks Mr Cook!)
The giraffes – my favourite! A better image taken with the SLR coming through another post but this is from the hubster (thanks Mr Cook!)

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