Simba’s Birthday

When I was little I had a cuddly Simba lion, he was my favourite toy and I took him everywhere. The other week I found him in my mum’s loft and as Little G is totally obsessed with The Lion King I passed him down to her – they have been inseparable ever since!

On Thursday Little G decided it was Simba’s birthday and she set about writing invitations to each of her friends for his birthday party. After a while she fetched her stool from the kitchen and stood at the window with her binoculars.

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 “Mummy why aren’t they here yet?”

Honestly my heart broke when I realised she truly believed she had invited them. I had to make excuses that maybe they were busy and maybe we could throw him a party another day. She wanted to invite her friends again but I managed to convince her to ‘make-do’ with family.

So, yesterday we threw Simba a birthday party. She was so excited and got her party dress on herself as soon as she woke up! We made him a birthday cake and she wrapped him a present. She had wanted to buy him a toy aeroplane from Argos that she had seen while browsing for Christmas presents but thankfully we had a toy plane that would do!

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After she had ‘helped’ him unwrap his present it was time to bring out the cake! I have never heard her sing so loudly! Normally she gets a bit shy singing in public but she was on top form throughout ‘Happy Birthday’ and the look on her face made it all worth while.

They are small for such a short time and as much as we all felt a bit silly playing pass the parcel it was just nice to have family over and make a fuss of her (and Simba of course). She has taken a bit of a back seat these last few months having a new baby sister and so if throwing a birthday party for her favourite toy was what she wanted then I was more than happy to oblige.

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Our Story – how we met…

I have been with Mr F for almost half my life now, quite honestly I don’t remember him not being there. I started this blog to document my life but it is equally important to remember the past. When I am old and forgetful I want to be able to look back at and read about all of the best bits!

With this in mind I am going to share our story. It is a long one so will come in parts. I will probably sob the whole way through as I am just a cry baby! So join me as I wander down memory lane!

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In the September of 2002 I packed up my belongings, waved goodbye to my family and went up to Bangor, North Wales to study Molecular Biology. Don’t ask me why I chose that subject, to this day I am still not quite sure.

On the day I moved into halls I met a girl called Sian, she was Welsh, fun and confident- everything I wanted to be (well, not the welsh bit obs, can’t just change my nationality ha!). She thought it would be a good idea to go around each corridor and introduce ourselves to everyone. Looking back it must have come across as so cocky but it was that idea which shaped my future.

Through introducing ourselves to everyone we found a group of lads (hate the word lads but they were not boys or men so lads is the only other word I can think of) who lived in the corridor above us. They seemed nice enough and so we spent the first night hanging around with them. Traditionally the 3rd years in halls take the 1st years on a pub crawl of the city, so off we all went.

Quite honestly I do not remember most of the evening. I do remember the Greek Taverna- drinking far too much Ouzo!! We spent the evening getting to know everyone a bit better, not that I was ever going to remember any of it!

The evening ended with a ‘formal’ back at halls. These were parties held in the common room -alcohol supplied by the Commonroom Committee, this mostly consisted of poisonous punch! I can remember being plied with lots of punch by a tall blonde guy and this is where it all went a bit hazy.

The next thing the fire alarm goes off (which became something of a tradition) and we all have to go out the front of the building. Fire brigade turn up and we are all told to go inside for a royal telling off. But where am I? Changing my clothes of course!! So I roll into the dining room, all changed and decide that the stage would be a good place to sit. Brilliant. After being escorted off the stage we were told to go to our rooms.

The last thing I can remember is lying in my bed, room spinning and Sian banging on the door shouting ‘are you in there Kate?’ I never answered for fear of being very, very unwell.

So, you ask- where is Mr F in this story? You may have guessed he was the tall blonde guy who very kindly plied me with that toxic punch! It took me a good 6 months to regain that memory and thank him for getting me so hideously drunk!!

But there we have it, the beginning of our story. We were in the same friendship group and living a corridor apart….

Come back soon to read the next post in the series … ‘but I love you!’

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HappyDays Linky #03

Welcome to the #HappyDaysLinky, I co-host with Jenna from Tinyfootsteps and our aim is to inspire others to make the most out of every day. Every week we will each choose 2 posts that we enjoyed- whether that be because they made us cry, laugh or inspired us to get going!

Wow! What a week we had last week again, so many lovely posts- many of which had me welling up again!! It is so amazing that you make the time to join in with this linky! Both Jenna and I really appreciate it and love reading your posts!

I really enjoyed Vickie’s post over at A Pocketful of Dandelions. Vickie and Bubs braved the rain to go muddy puddle jumping – something I have yet to do this year! They also had great fun at home making some fabulous fairy wings!

I was in tears reading the lovely letter from ‘To Cocopops, Love Mamma x‘. ‘Mamma’ was able to appreciate a happy moment even in the saddest of times. Have a read for yourself. x

And now for my week!

Out and About

If it wasn’t for my lovely sister-in-law we would have been cooped up the whole week! From my last post to Thursday the only time I had left the house was to go to work on Tuesday. The girls hadn’t gone anywhere at all!! It isn’t through not wanting to but all of us have been ill and I have done something to my ankle too (don’t know what!) and so I am trying not to walk on it much.

Anyway, yesterday we went shopping with my SIL. She is married to Mr F’s brother and adores the girls. I don’t get to see her as often as I’d like but I am hoping that once they decide to have children that will change (wink wink nudge nudge!)

I wanted to get some clothes as after 17 days of my #30daywardrobechallenge I am realising I truly do not have enough clothes! We had a lovely day looking around the shops and had a cheeky McDonalds (shhh don’t tell Mr F!)

Fun at Home

We have actually done really well with this aspect – had to really seeings as we didn’t do anything outside of these 4 walls!! We got the ball pit out of storage- not sure why I hadn’t thought to get it out sooner as Baby L has been crawling for ages…. oh wait, I remember why….. SO MANY BALLS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Haha!! While I despaired at the balls rolling under furniture the girls had great fun. We also got the pop up house and the tunnel out so the living room looked a bit like an obstacle course!

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Another fun day was had getting the play kitchen out of the conservatory and turning the living room into a supermarket/ house. We spend most of the day playing together and it was really lovely. Most of the play food is now covered in dribble courtesy of Baby L but it was nice to be able to play with both of them.

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One afternoon while Baby slept I made Little G a tray of cornflour gloop. I had been reminded about it while at work (was supply in nursery all day) and thought she would love it. At first she was a bit hesitant as she isn’t one for mess but after a while she got properly stuck in and was fascinated by its properties!! To be honest it fascinates me!!!

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Time for Me

Massive fail on this one, not a very good example to set I know so I am hoping you have done better this week! I have felt so run down and a bit stressed (you may have seen that my blog was on the verge of being lost forever on Monday night. I could have quite easily been sick I was so scared of losing it all!).

My Happiest Moment

Sounds a bit silly but Mr F agreed that I can paint one of our living room walls. We decorated in a rush when we moved in just to make it clean and fresh but no thought went into it. I spend far too much time on Pinterest looking at other people’s houses and after a while it made me feel a bit naff about our house. So, I have decided to do something about it and will be starting #projectspruce lol!

Next week I’d like to… 

I definitely need to make more of an effort with myself next week. I feel totally gross after being all fluey this week so hopefully next week will bring a germ free household and more time for bubble baths!

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Weekly Roundup #09

This week we have all been ill so haven’t done much at all! It has still been fairly busy though and I have been busy Instagramming left right and centre!

1- Time to get the slippers out // 2- Cheeky KFC // 3- Large letter and a birthday badge causing problems with Royal Mail! // 4- A spot of weeding // 5- Flying high // 6- Trusting Baby with a plate // 7- Turning 10 months // 8- #waveoflight // 9- First mince pie // 10- Looking for Simba's friends // 11- Simba // 12- Jenga G's way

1- Time to get the slippers out // 2- Cheeky KFC // 3- Large letter and a birthday badge causing problems with Royal Mail! // 4- A spot of weeding // 5- Flying high // 6- Trusting Baby with a plate // 7- Turning 10 months // 8- #waveoflight // 9- First mince pie // 10- Looking for Simba’s friends // 11- Simba // 12- Jenga G’s way

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#30DayWardrobeChallenge – Week 2

Well I am amazed I am still going on this challenge! I honestly didn’t think I would make it past week 1! Every morning I go to my wardrobe expecting to fail but amazingly I manage to find something else to wear!

Half way through I am aware I definitely do not own enough trousers, I have worn leggings for most of the days! I own plenty of leggings but nonetheless I need more variation in my life!! I have also realised I do not own many tops- plenty of jumpers but besides vest tops which I wear under the jumpers (I’m old you know!) I have no nice tops to wear with a cardi (of which I have many!).

Here is a reminder of the rules:

You have to find 30 different outfits for the 30 days
You are not allowed to buy any new items of clothing for the challenge
You may reuse an item as long as it is paired with something different i.e. same pair of trousers with 2 different tops.

So, this has been my week in outfits:

Day 7- Black leggings, black top and cardigan from Primark // Day 8- Black leggings and fluffy cream jumper from Primark // Day 9- Cream chinos from Marks and Spencers and a Lady and the Tramp jumper from H+M // Day 10- leggings from George at Asda and black top with laced back from New Look // Day 11- Leopard grey jumper from New Look and black leggings // Day 12- Purple jumper from Tesco with plum jeans from New Look // Day 13- Shirt blouse from New Look, vest top from New Look and blue jeans from New Look // Day 14- Black top, black leggings and Grey cardigan all from New Look.

Day 7- Black leggings, black top and cardigan from Primark // Day 8- Black leggings and fluffy cream jumper from Primark // Day 9- Cream chinos from Marks and Spencers and a Lady and the Tramp jumper from H+M // Day 10- Leggings from George at Asda and black top with laced back from New Look // Day 11- Leopard grey jumper from New Look and black leggings // Day 12- Purple jumper from Tesco with plum jeans from New Look // Day 13- Shirt blouse, vest top and blue jeans all from New Look // Day 14- Black top, black leggings and Grey cardigan all from New Look.

Please excuse my poorly face and fluffy slippers! Not a very good week health-wise for the whole family. 

I truly feel like I am coming to the end of my wardrobe now so we shall see how we get on during the next few days!

Keep an eye out on my Twitter feed for daily outfit tweets! Maybe you could join in too?