Showing posts with label #mumlife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #mumlife. Show all posts

Thursday, 18 January 2018

... Work, Books and Beach Visits ...

I've been pretty quite on the blog front thanks to getting a volunteering placement at the boys school, where I work 3 days a week in the reception class.

I have also signed up to the Open University to do an access course which starts next month and then I will be starting a BA honours degree in Education Studies in October.
The course will take 3 years if I do it full time or 6 years if I do it part time.

So im going to be pretty busy but I'm really looking forward to it.


I was thinking about letting my blog go, but I don't think I can just let it be.
I'm going to knock the reviews on the head for now, as I just don't have the time for them, I may do one or two but for now this blog will just go back to a place for me to write down what we've been up to and how I'm getting on with my new venture.

I'll also be sharing the books that I've been reading.
As my New Years resolution was to read more and I'm already onto my 3rd book of the year.


The first books I've read so far are called;
I See You written by Clare Mackintosh
Before I Let You In written by Jenny Blackhurst.

Both have been pretty intense thrillers and haven't taken me long to get through due to the fact it was near impossible to put the books down.

I've never really been able to flow from one book straight to another but with these two books it was pretty easy, it also helps that the TV is pretty boring at the moment and it's really easy to just loose myself in a book.


The Christmas holidays really messed with Rupert's routine and now it is a nightmare trying to get him back into it.
He'll go down around 7/8ish and then wake an hour later to come through and fall asleep on the sofa until we head up to bed where he'll join us.

Being back at nursery he is sleeping a little longer but still wakes before we head upstairs to sleep.
He also wakes really early and starts kicking me in the head or tummy, whatever he feels appropriate for that mornings wake up call.
I really need to try and be a bit more firmer and start trying to get to stay in his own bed now.

So if anyone has any magical ideas for me please write them on a postcard as the usual tricks and tips don't work with the poo bear.


We have been enjoying time as a family walking around the woods or along the beaches and we make sure we do it every Sunday.
It starts the day off well and everyone feels much better afterwards.


Our recent Lego builds.

On the days the Ru is only in nursery for the morning I always make sure to do something fun with him before the others come home.
Mainly we have been baking things such as gingerbread men and banana cakes.



I've been taking my instax polaroid out with us on our little adventures and we all take it in turn to take a snap shot of something that we want and then once home we put it above the fireplace.
Hopefully in a few months we'll have enough photos to start a family scrap book.
Something to nice to look back on in years to come.



We went to search for some seals last weekend, but didn't find any but we did come home with a bucket full of shells.


My next book is The Night Rainbow written by Claire King and I'm actually going to start it as soon as this blog post is done.
I'll let you know how I get on.
I've started a new # on instagram to share all the books I read over this coming year.
It will be something to look back on in December and see them all in one place.
#hannahsbooks2018 


Some recent bargains from Home Bargains;
A copper framed peg board - £5.99
A yankee syle candle - 99p
A new notebook for uni work - £1.25.

I haven't decided where the peg board will go, but we're about to re jig our bedroom so that I can set up a desk, so I'm thinking ill save it for there.
So I can write some inspirational quotes on to keep me going through my study.


This past week saw the twins come down with tonsillitis, Oscar suffered more than Alex and even came out in a rash that still hasn't gone down, Ru seems to be coming down with something and Noah was sent home today before lunch.
I haven't been able to work this week as I've been feeling like I've had the flu and not been able to do anything apart from read and drink lemsips.


We are heading off to Centre Parc in a few weeks so I needed a new costume and I found this in Next.
I instantly fell in love with it and prayed to god it would fit.
Normally when I buy a costume it's in a size but this was just by bra size, so I wasn't too sure if I would get it over my hips but thankfully it does!

Now I have my costume I can't wait to go.


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

... Boys In The Wood ...

First walk in the woods in 2018!

The boys are at their happiest when they are making up some adventure game in the woods.
Today's adventure was hunting for Smurf Village.

They love nothing more than climbing trees, getting muddy and finding faces in the trees.



They all have so much energy its nice to get them out somewhere local and let them run it off.
The more we go the more wild their imaginations become.
Last time was just after the boys had watched Jumanji and after they heard a gunshot go off in one of the near by fields they decided that was the hunter and they were being hunted, I've never seen them run off so fast!



Each time we come to these woods we find another trail to get lost on.
We have been a few times now and every time we have never been able to find the pervious trail we took!
Which helps keep it exciting for the boys and the dog!



Now after getting extremely muddy after rolling down hills we are back home in the warm catching up with Grandpa's Great Escape!
The boys all munching on biscuits and I have a lovely hot coffee!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Looking Back & Looking Ahead

2017 was a funny year.
It started well, we had just moved into our dream home and started up a new life in a beautiful Norfolk village.
The boys all settled well into their new schools and everything was just perfect.

Roll on a couple months down the line and Jon was down in London for a month learning about his new pain device that was going to be inserted into his back, yet another operation on his back!
Whilst there he witness the Westminster attacks and hasn't really been the same since.
One of his biggest fears unfolded right before his eyes and he couldn't do anything about it.

A few months later we suffered two miscarriages, one after the other.
The final one having to be removed surgically.

After getting our heads around that Jon had a back spasm which ended up with him on the ground not being able to move, paramedics and the air ambulance all had to see to him and he ended up back in hospital for two weeks!

Even after all the heartaches and pain we managed to end the year on a happy note by finally getting married.
It really was a great day and we were over the moon to be able to spend it with all the people that we love dearly.


2018 is a brand new sparkling year and we already have lots to look forward too.

After 10 years of being a stay at home mum I am finally starting a new chapter and going back to work!
January 5th I start in the reception class training to become a TA (teaching assistant)
It will be voluntary to begin with, with the aim to do a college course and finally get on the pay role.

We are heading off to Centre Parks towards the end of Jan and then some time during in the year Jon and I will take a weekend break up in Edinburgh for our proper honeymoon, we just have to wait for Jon to be feeling 100% better.

Jon has started a new venture and that seems to be paying off, so we're hoping 2018 is the year of doing and not just being.

I don't really do New Years resolutions but I am going to try to read more books and be more crafty this year.

What are your goals for the new year?


Friday, 29 December 2017

Festive Baking With Num Noms Series 4

The mini beasts were sent a festive baker parcel to keep us in the festive mood after Christmas.
In our parcel we had a stocking filled with series 4 Num Noms and a jar filled with scrummy cookie ingredients.


We were making rainbow cookies with our Num Noms.


The cookie mixture took no time at all mixing together but waiting 40 minutes for the dough to set in the fridge was the hardest part for the boys.
To keep them entertained we sat down and watching some classic Christmas TV.
We go so engrossed in the programme that we forgot about the cookies, so the dough had a little longer than 40 minutes,


After we had scooped out our cookie balls we sat down to find out what was in the stocking.
The twins picked first and then Ru had his turn.


The twins unboxed some new Num's which we'd never seen before,
Lizzie Lasagna 
Hearty Spaghetti
& some glitter Noms
Nana Swirl
Razz Cookie.


Ru unboxed his first ever polish it Nom!
Ru rather enjoys having his nails painted so was over the moon to finally have his very own bottle.
Ru's Num was Citrus Blizzard and Lime Polish it!

Baking up a treat.



Ru was more than keen to get his nails looking snazzy and made me paint them straight away.


Once all the nail painting was done our cookies were finally done, so we all sat down to enjoy the boys handy work!
They were extremely tasty and didn't take long to polish off!


Num Noms Series 4 available in most toy shops!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Noah’s First Proper Christmas

Recently I was asked by Mothercare to share some advice and ideas on my first baby's first Christmas for a blog post that they were putting together.
Bloggers Tips for a Baby's First Christmas
I was more than happy to do so and now that their post is live I thought I would share my whole piece with you guys.

Noah



Noah was born on December 18th, 2007 so his very first Christmas is a total blur and I can’t really remember much apart from staying up most the night watching Father Ted and breast feeding and eating brownies!

So when people ask me about Noah’s first proper Christmas I always remember Christmas 2008 where he had just turned 1 and was already walking.

I remember going really OTT with the decorations in our little flat and making a ridiculous amount of paper snowflake’s and putting up our very first Christmas Tree.
He didn’t really take any notice of any of it and continued doing what he did most days.
I was so worried it wouldn’t be perfect that I forgot he was only 1 and wouldn’t actually remember if there were decorations.

Christmas eve we went over and stayed with my parents so that we could all wake up together and for the first time in a long time make a big fuss of Christmas morning as he was the first grandchild!

We did the carrot for Rudolph and drink for Santa and I even started a tradition that the boys all still have, which is brand new Christmas pjs to go to bed in!
It felt nice to be making a fuss again as the magic really does fade away once you enter your teens and adulthood.
So even though Noah had no idea what we were doing we all really enjoyed doing it.

Christmas morning we had breakfast first as I was adamant that Noah would stick to his routine.

Noah loved seeing all the pretty coloured boxes of all shapes and sizes under the twinkling tree and Seeing as he’d just had a birthday he knew full well what was to be done with those boxes and was more than eager to get going and started helping himself too all the boxes that took his fancy.



He got very spoilt that year and everyone enjoyed doing so.
 I remember his favourite present was a toy hoover from Mothercare that my Gran had bought for him as she knew how much he loved pretending to use my hoover to clean around the flat.



He had his first taste of Christmas dinner that year too, and from what I can remember he ate it all up.
I do wish I knew about Baby Led Weaning back then as that would have made my meal time much easier and I think he would of enjoyed it more as he was a very hands on baby!

 I over stressed the little things and over spent on presents for him as I worried he wouldn’t have enough but in the end he had more than he knew what to do with and if I asked him now what he got he wouldn’t even know and to be honest I hardly remember what he got!

I also stressed too much on trying to keep him in his usual routine,
 not only did it not work as meal times were all out of sync and there was far too much going on for him to nap.
I stressed out and didn’t enjoy the day as much as I should have.



Noah survived not having his usual routine and so did I.
I have learned from this and with all the other boys first Christmas I was much more relaxed and enjoyed the day a lot more!

When Noah did get a little grizzly around lunchtime we popped on some shoes and took him out for an afternoon stroll and left mum to crack on with lunch and by the time we got back Noah was fast asleep and I was calmer and able to enjoy the rest of the day!



My bit of advice is to not worry about going too mad with the presents as they don’t really need much for their first Christmas and will be quite happy with something little.
Maybe focus buying little keepsakes that you can keep to remember your 1st baby’s very first Christmas.


Try not to stress the little things, if your routine does goes out of sync don’t fret life will go on and the baby will survive.

If you end up feeling stressed pop on your coat and take babe for a stroll and I promise it will make you feel 100x better!

I can't believe that my first little baby is about to have his 10th Christmas!!
Where did the time go?!


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In return for writing my tips and advice Mothercare very Kindly sent the Twins & Ru some gorgeous festive PJs and a very cool Christmas Eve box that I can fill with goodies for all four boys.


The Christmas Eve box and PJs can be found over on Mothercare's Christmas shop.

Keep an eye on the blog to find out what I'll be putting inside the Christmas Eve box.

Monday, 27 November 2017

... Feeling Festive ...

So I know its only November buuuuuuut we've put our first tree up!
I know, I know its early!
I'm usually one of those people who mock the people who put up their trees in November but I just couldn't help it.

We went out to Next last week to have a coffee and a browse around the Christmas decks and check out the Christmas PJs and whilst walking round we saw this light up star and the thin tree.

We were thinking we weren't going to be able to get a tree in the lounge this year as we had a move around in the summer and there was no longer the space for a tree but seeing as this one was thin we decided it would fit perfectly beside the fireplace.

We went home and measured the space first to make sure it would fit and then ordered it for next day delivery and because it was Black Friday we got free delivery :)


It fits perfectly and I'm completely in love with the star.
We've also decide we probably won't decorate this tree aa it looks nice enough with just the lights on.
We do however need something to cover the bottom of it, as I'm not really a fan of the stand.

We'll buy our real tree the second week of December, we're hoping to get an 8ft one this year.

Whilst in store I couldn't find any Christmas PJs but thankfully online they had a good range to pick from.

The twins & Ru got gifted some from Mothercare for a piece of writing a did for them about Noah's first Christmas (I will be sharing it on the blog v.soon) so I only had Noah to buy for.

So now all the boys have their new Christmas PJs for Christmas Eve, I also have a very sweet Christmas Eve box which was gifted from Mothercare to fill up with goodies and everyone including Jon and myself have Christmas Jumpers/t-shirts for Christmas Day.
I also couldn't resist buying Christmas PJs from Primark for Jon and I.

I feel this year my Christmas spirit has tripled and I just can't wait and everything festive I see I want!
The boys are all writing their letters to Father Christmas tonight and we have decided that this year we are going to have a little more self control over presents, as usually we go OTT and they get far too much and they never know what to do with it all.

So Santa will make them something they want and fill up their stockings then Jon and I will get them 
something they want, something they need, something to read and something to wear.

This will save us a small fortune and hopefully they won't be overwhelmed by having too much. 
As everyone in the family spoils them and there really is no need for us to buy them 10+ presents each.

We've told them this and they all seemed more than happy about it and have all been thinking hard about what they really really want.

I'm not sure I'll be sharing any Christmas gift guides this year, I've just come to the end of my big to do list of reviews and I have a couple more to arrive but other than that I think I'm done with reviews for the rest of this year.

I want to focus more on them having fun in the run up to Christmas and not being in undated with toys to review as last year made it hard for family members to buy for them as they already had so much.

So I think I'll just be sharing festive fun posts with you such as writing about all the boys 1st Christmases, What's going inside their Christmas Eve box, Festive bakes, Festive makes and family time.

Have you got a tree up yet?

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Pumpkins, Tarantulas and Wedding Rehearsal..

So over the half term we took the boys over to the local animal park farm at Norfolk Lavender and there they carved some pumpkins and meet some creepy crawlies.


Unfortunately for me they really wanted to hold the tarantula Rosy but they were all far to scared and I was a little worried they'd drop her, sooooo to keep them happy I said I would!
For someone who hoovers up any spider she finds in the house I think I was pretty brave....


And to be honest she didn't feel too scary, luckily for me she was old and didn't move much!

Their first lot of pumpkins!
 Towards the end of the half term the boys auntie Jennie came over to carve more pumpkins and ended up spraying everyones hair green.

Emo at 3!

Everyone looked like they had spray in but Ru really looked like his way dyed and it really suited him!
He looked like a proper Little Rock and Roller!


There was a bit of a pumpkin carving competition going on, and everyone did well, but Auntie Jennie won with her one eyed monster with detachable ears!

On the Monday that they boys all went back to school Jon and I had our wedding rehearsal, I really wasn't expecting (I wasn't really sure what we'd be doing) to be saying our vows and walking through the whole entrance bit and it was really emotional, a little tear did escape!
We even had a little audience half way through.


On Friday morning I had my hair trail, my hair had been completely stressing me out as I was really worried my hair wouldnt be a match to the extensions and that I would have a big faff on my hands trying to get it to the right colour!
But luckily after dying it on the Thursday just a normal dark brown but with a hint of ash it worked a treat and turned out to be the perfect match.

Caroline worked her magic and got the look I wanted spot on, I have ordered an extra pack a few inches shorter just to bulk it out, as the bottom isn't at thick as I would like it!
The extra hair turned up this morning, so I've handed it over to Caroline for her to curl it when she has a spare moment before she comes over on Saturday.

Now I know my hair is going to look perfect I really can't wait for the big day!


Friday night I took the boys up to the church to watch the bonfire, have a hot chocolate and have a go with a few sparklers.


I knew we weren't going to get out to any fireworks this year due to Jon's back and not being 100% sure how Ru would cope with the nose.
So the bonfire was perfect, as they got to do something fun and they all loved watching the sparklers sparkle!


Noah even helped throw stuff on the fire, and lots of the boys friends from school were there, so they had fun playing around with them too.
To end the evening they all enjoyed a hot dog from the bbq before heading home! 


The next update ill do will be as a MRS!!!
xx