And it is now 1.30am on a Monday morning and I have to be up in 6 hours – yes in the holidays!!!! – to get my little dude ready for a football camp fun thing he is going to be taking part in! But I am getting far to carried away with planning my little ladies EIGHTH birthday party!! I have no idea when she went from the tiny baby I held in my arms for so long but now she is this amazing lady who no longer wants princess parties – she wants a Harry Potter themed party, she is obsessed with all things Harry Potter. I am certainly not complaining lot by a long shot, I am however getting far too carried away with her birthday plans. So I have left a little welcome back to the blogging world post here, I want to get back into blogging, not sure which direction my blog will take, or what I will even write about, but I do want to get back into the writing side of it! So for now I will leave you with this post and I will, hopefully, be back tomorrow with a post all about her birthday plans so far – or maybe even a post about our summer holiday plans… depending on how far I get with the birthday plans!
With the big kiddies off camping I decided to take Harry and my nephew to Gullivers World. I took the big two last year and they absolutely loved it but Harry was a little too small then to go, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
As the kids were smaller than 90cm we didn’t have to pay for them and I ordered my tickets online and I paid £26 for an all inclusive ticket and for that we got the entrance fee, a meal, a drink and an ice cream. When we got there we paid for the children to become all inclusive too which was £9 and they also received a £1 voucher off any purchase in the shop.
So once we had paid the extra and headed in we went straight to the rides! The first few were the cups, an aeroplane ride, a train ride and a barrel ride.
The Summer Holidays aren’t what I expected them to be! I had so many plans for this year and so many things I wanted to do but unfortunately things don’t work out how we wanted them too!
Week 1 – 18th JUL – 24th JUL
Sat, Sun, Mon and Tuesday were all pretty quiet, we were packing and getting ready for going away for our first anniversary! My cousins had the children and they went to Drayton Manor and Cadbury World whilst we went out for a lovely all you can eat chinese and to The Glee Club afterwards to watch the comedy carousel and it was such an amazing night! Friday we went to the cinema to watch Inside Out.
Week 2 – 25th JUL – 31st JUL
Saturday on the way home we went to the Ice Cream Farm in Cheshire which was a lovely and then on the way home my whole world was turned upside down, Dan decided that he no longer wanted to be with me that he was no longer happy with me, the next two days were a total blur and I did nothing but cry, then Monday night it was as if a light switched on and I realised I had two choices, I could sit at home and mope about – which believe me I could quite easily have done – or I could get off my backside and make something of myself. I had to step up for me and for my three amazing kids and I needed to show them that I was ok! I didn’t want them to dislike their dad in the slightest and I knew that moping about and them seeing that would paint him in a bad light, so I stepped up and sorted myself out. We watched movies, and enjoyed time together!!
Well busy is one word to describe it! The rest of June and beginning of July was spent helping out at the school, starting a little business from home selling Usborne Books and planning the summer holidays 🙂
July 23rd brought our 1st wedding anniversary and we went out for a lovely meal and The Glee Club in Birmingham which was amazing, but unfortunately on the way home from our time away my husband decided that he wasn’t happy anymore and decided to leave me. The rest of July was a bit of a blur and to be honest I thought so much about deleting my blog and not doing it anymore, but nearly 4 weeks down the line and I am lonely, and I think I need the blog now more than ever!
August brought the death of Dan’s grandad which was a horrible experience to have to go through, his family are being amazing but I felt this enormous pang of grief and in my head I am thinking I am not part of the family anymore why should I feel this grief! My whole adult life I have been with him and his family as my family all live West Midlands way and I moved to Wales to be with him, so they are my support network as such and now I am sat here lonely and bored so I have decided that I will keep the blog going and get back on track with it to keep me from going insane at night time!!
So the holidays have been completely thrown around and to add wood to the fire Harry got a chest infection and ended up in hospital on oxygen for three nights!
This weekend has been spent baking, crafting, creating and more importantly partying so yes my little loves, happy days and my 365 posts will be late! I will be writing them all this afternoon hopefully – if I don’t get distracted!!
Declan is now 5!! It is his birthday today and he has gone to school armed with badges and a birthday cake with the welsh dragon on it for him and his friends to share. He can’t wait to show them all his cake.
Yesterday we had his birthday party, and almost everything went according to plan, we had a few changes and I ended up having a cake made rather than me making it as I knew I wouldn’t have the time, and one of the games we changed a little but everyone had an amazing day 😀 And so did I!!
So I started writing this post last night, well I say writing I had the Add New Post page loaded for about 3 hours before even looking at the page, by that time it was nearing midnight and I thought there is no point in writing it now I was getting tired and things just weren’t making any sense. So here we are Wednesday morning, almost bright eyed and bushy tailed and getting down to planning Declan’s 5th Birthday Party!
I have no idea where these last 5 years have gone, well I do but I didn’t realise that they would fly by so fast. When I first had Lily, and even after having Declan and Harry too people would say to me
Cherish them whilst they are little they won’t be babies for long
More so after having Lily I would think, how can a year go by quickly, its a whole year! Oh my how wrong was I. That is now the advise I give to all parents, with their first I simply say just enjoy that time it is gone before you know it. When its a second, third or even a forth baby, its more of a conversation starter, less “Make sure you cherish it” and more “Doesn’t it time go by so quick, we have to make sure we enjoy every second” But I am glad people gave me that advice, it opened my eyes to those tiny little moments that we can sometimes miss in the hustle bustle of everyday life. After reading Maria’s post from Collecting Moments about taking everything in just proves my point 🙂
Anyway onto the birthday plans. So the birthday boy has asked for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme – so last night when I should have been making his invitations I was looking for more ideas intending to blog them all last night but I got distracted with new ideas about what to do. The only thing he has asked for is a bouncy castle and some surprises!
What do you do for valentines day? Is it a big day or a little day? Meal in or Eat out? Chocolates and flowers? There is so much around all about valentines day that it is hard to not want to. I fell quite bad that I haven’t got an extravagant gift – even though it is because we don’t really celebrate it. But when you see peoples facebook status’, tweets, blog posts and everything about their awesome valentines presents, the ones they revceived and gave. When you read about people who are having lovely home made steak for tea with a beautiful pudding after, or people who are going out for a meal to enjoy that one day with their loved one its not a competition to see who loves their partner the most – I understand you want to share but there is always that one that gets a horse for valentines and loves to brag. I have a few on my facebook like that!