Where are the weeks for summer holiday going? Another fab week this week, with lots going on! This was taking on Tuesday when we went in to town for some change to do a car boot sale with the next day. I treated the girls to Subway (two weeks running) and the weather was lovely too.
Another quickie round-up this week as I’m watching The Walking Dead and apparently it’s a good one! After the girls had a late night last weekend, this week has felt very tiring generally. Megan was okay for the most part but Lily suffered pretty badly with tiredness and that was a headache in itself. They both had school Monday to Friday as normal, Singing Stars on Monday, at their Dad’s on Tuesday and Red Nose Day on Friday. Otherwise everything was fairly standard. Monday we were supposed to be having curry and beer for dinner but when the girls requested croissants and pain au chocolat, Chris and I were swung by that too. Instead Chris and I had curry and beer on Tuesday night, when the girls were out with their dad. Wednesday after school, Lily decided to grow her own prince. it was pretty funny as we’d had this frog thing for about 3 years and never done it and she randomly came downstairs wanting to do it. The frog disintegrated and left a tiny prince, who we were assured would grow full size (full in the sense of the full size it was meant to, not life size) within 72 hours. Sure enough it did and by Saturday she had a not so handsome prince.
On Wednesday I made a skirt for Amy, in the space of about 3 hours. I was pretty pleased with it too! I did learn a few things and next time I will be making it both longer and gathered, but she seemed fairly happy with it and that’s what mattered. That same day I started on Amy’s cake and sadly it all went a bit wrong but I didn’t have time to do anything about it. On Thursday I carried on with the cake but I also had cleaning and tidying of the house to do. Finally it was Friday and I had so much to do. A huge shop and leaving my bank card at home wasn’t the best start to the day but it turned out okay. I came home and started to cook – lasagne, macaroni cheese and profiteroles stuffed with butterscotch instant whip. After lunch, Amy and Olivia arrived and I sat down with them for a while before we all headed out to get the girls from school. When we got back, I had more cooking to do, including butterscotch creme brulee. Lily then helped me sort out the dining room and set the table as it was her murder mystery party that night. Everyone got ready and then people filtered in from 7pm onwards. We got started around 8pm and I served dinner and then dessert. The murder mystery was pretty basic but it was meant for kids – Lily seemed to enjoy it and that’s what matters. Afterwards the girls went to bed and everyone stayed for a cup of tea/coffee. My mum, brother and his girlfriend ended up going home after a little while but Amy was staying here and Tom/Nat stayed a little longer too. Once everyone was gone, we all stayed up to try and see Amy’s birthday in but gave up at 11.30pm. As it happens I was still awake at midnight so I text her and then went to sleep!
In the morning I was up and got Amy’s present, cake and balloons ready for when she came downstairs. We didn’t really do an awful lot that day to be honest, but it was nice and relaxed just sitting around. We headed out around 2.30pm as we had a dinner reservation over in Lincoln at 3pm. We all ate out at Damons and it was a really lovely meal. There was me and Chris, plus our girls, Amy and Olivia, Nat and her son Harry and our mutual friend Jon. It was nearly 6pm by the time we left though and that meant that once we got home, the girls went pretty much straight to bed. At around 7.30-8pm, Nat came back over to us and as Jon was still here, the five of us spent the evening playing Cards Against Humanity. It was a fun evening and after everyone was gone we managed to stick it out till just gone midnight and see Amy’s birthday out before heading to bed.
Sunday was Mother’s Day and the girls and Chris brought me breakfast in bed and some beautiful cards and a gift. I then got up and tidied up the house, before taking Amy to catch her train and popping to the shop for some food. I came home and cooked lunch for my mum who stayed for a few hours over lunch and left around 4pm. The girls got their homework done and then somehow it was pretty much time for them to go to bed. I was incredibly tired and just spent the evening monging out on my computer and blogging. It was a crazy sort of a week but I imagine the next two will be as well!
Well it’s been a busy week, I can tell you! I can’t quite believe it’s gone past already! Anyway, here is my brief run down of the week – as I remember it!
Monday to Friday was school and work for the girls and Chris. I don’t honestly remember what I did most days but I’ll give it a bash when something sticks out! I do remember that I won a competition on Twitter on Monday, with BooHoo.com – getting me an outfit worth £100 that arrived later in the week. Otherwise I think it was probably just a day of housework and blogging. The girls had singing stars after school and so it was late when we all got home and had dinner. The girls and I made a Queen of Hearts bow before Lily had to go to bed and Megan and I worked on her cake. We’d started it on Sunday but knowing we only had a couple of hours each day, meant we had to do a little bit every day.
On Tuesday again the girls were at school and when they got home we had to fit in two Disney tasks as they were busy the following night. We watched The Princess Diaries and read some of the new Never Girls book, all before Lily went to bed. After she did, Megan and I worked on Lily’s cake again. Next day Chris was off work and the girls were going to their dad’s after school. This meant a really leisurely day because I didn’t really need to be anywhere at any particular time. I don’t remember an awful lot of what we did but I do know we were naughty and had takeaway for dinner, just before the kids came home! Again, after Lily was in bed, Megan and I worked on her cake. We got it finished and I was really proud of it!
Megan wrapped Lily’s presents and then headed to bed, while I also wrapped Lily’s presents and wrote her card. For once I felt pretty organised which is a nice change these days! Thursday was Lily’s birthday and she woke us all at 6.30am. We opened presents in bed before getting up and having breakfast, then getting ready for school. The girls were both going dressed up for World Book Day and they were also both going as Harry Potter characters. Megan was Luna Lovegood and had Ravenclaw robes, while Lily was Hermione Granger and had Gryffindor robes. From what I can gather they had a good day! After school I picked them both up and we went for dinner at Pizza Express. The food was delicious but the girls were tired and I wasn’t feeling very well, so there was definitely a disappointing vibe.
After that we went to Sainsbury’s though and the girls had their savings with them and I’d emptied out my weightloss savings box in order to change the money into dollars. We all did ours individually – Megan having the most, Lily next and then me (no surprise!). We then headed home and Nat arrived for a visit just a little while later. I let Lily stay up so she could open her present and then both girls went to bed. Nat stayed for quite a while but not too late as I was feeling a bit rough and was dying to go to sleep!
On Friday neither girl really wanted to go to school but I packed them off, knowing it was only one more day to get through. At midday I took Chris to work, called at Morrisons and then went to see my mum. She had been away in Israel for a week and a half so it was really nice to see her. I picked the girls up from school but we all had dinner with mum before heading home. When we got back there were quite a lot of parcels waiting for us which was pretty exciting. One of them was my BooHoo delivery which was my outfit worth £100. There was a dress, a handbag, some shoes and a shirt. The next day was Saturday and we had a trip to Leeds and X Factor planned, but in the morning we tidied the girls room and sorted out some more packing for Florida. Another parcel arrived from BooHoo which also went with my parcel from the day before, this time a pair of black trousers. Over lunch we watched Sleeping Beauty and then we got ready for going out. We finally left the house around 4pm but we needed to call at Tesco and also get some petrol. We had a fairly uneventful journey to Leeds and got there around 6pm. However traffic was horrendous and it took half an hour just to do 3 miles. We eventually parked, found McDonalds and had something to eat. Afterwards we made our way to First Direct Arena and settled in for the show.
At first I think it was a bit loud for the girls but they soon settled in and began enjoying themselves. Lily spent most of the second half stood up and dancing so that was lovely to see. It was 10pm by the time we left and we rushed back to the car as we’d been warned it could be a long wait afterwards. Unfortunately we didn’t miss the queues and instead sat still in the car for almost an hour, without even moving an inch. Finally at around 11pm we got out of the car park and headed home. I missed a few turnings and sadly put about 10 minutes on our journey and it was 12.20am before we got back. The girls went straight to bed and Chris and I sat for a while before we did too.
On Sunday we managed a bit of a lie-in but I also had to get up and get on as I was spending the day at mum’s. Chris needed to be at work for 12pm and as there are no trains back in time, I arranged to stay at mum’s and wait for him, while the girls went to bed there too. As such we needed everything to occupy us for the afternoon, along with school clothes etc for the next day. It was a pretty hectic morning making sure we had everything and then we needed to leave around 11.30am. Mum wasn’t in when we first got there but eventually she turned up and we had lunch. The afternoon was spent with Megan doing her homework and Megan and Lily making a Lego Rapunzel tower with mum – all while I dozed on the sofa. Later Lily had a bath while mum made dinner and then we all sat down to a roast chicken dinner. Afterwards Megan had a shower and I put Lily to bed. Megan went to bed about an hour later and it wasn’t long after that before I headed out to get Chris. Together we headed home, watched some TV together and then I blogged while he went on his Xbox. We eventually headed to bed at just gone 12am.
It’s been a good week but its gone by so fast. As of today it’s 23 days until we go to Florida and I honestly don’t even know where the time is going! This coming week and the next are going to be busy so I apologise in advance if my blog posts are lacking!
As you may or may not have noticed, I didn’t update last week with my “Get Fit Friday” post. Part of that was because I was busy all day, but part of it is because I just stayed the same at my weigh-in. It’s not that I was disappointed – the opposite really as I’d expected to gain – but really that I wasn’t in the mood for making excuses or saying I’d try harder next week etc. Last week was very similar to most weeks, whereby I tend to eat badly either the Friday or Saturday – not necessarily deliberately, but its usually when celebrations or days out occur – and then I try hard for the remaining days of the week, usually resulting in a weight loss. Friday I had Pizza Hut Express in Meadowhall, though I’m sure I walked off majority of those calories anyway. However Chris and I then had Chinese takeaway for dinner. On Saturday it was my sister’s birthday celebration and for that I had burger and chips, with onion rings and coleslaw. I didn’t manage it all but I know it was a bad day calories wise. After that I tried hard for Sunday and Monday but I really hit a stumbling block on the Tuesday. I felt tired, completely lacking in energy and a huge craving for chocolate. No matter what I tried to eat during the day, I just felt unsatisfied. Not to mention sticking to 950 calories is very limiting, especially with the amount of tea I drink. Anyway long and short of it, Chris and I ordered takeaway and we really bombed out on our diet. There was donner meat, cheese burger, cheesy garlic bread pizza, chicken goujons, cheesy chips and onion rings. I honestly stuffed my face to the point of being disgusting but it was so good and exactly what I needed. I felt so much better afterwards and even for the next few days. I guess my body was just craving some fatty foods.
Anyway, despite being good after that, I maintained my 11 stone 2lbs weight from the week before and like I say, I wasn’t disappointed, I was actually surprised. That’s not to say I wasn’t disappointed in myself though and as such I decided not to post and make a ton of excuses. This week has been much better. Friday I was good, even after weigh-in. Saturday Chris had offered to make burgers for dinner and so I deliberately ate a light lunch and then even went without chips or buns on my burgers, just to limit the calories some.
Sunday and Monday I was fine too, though Tuesday and Wednesday we ended up with takeaway (bad days) but I was very good with the amount I had. Last night it was Lily’s birthday and we went out for Pizza Express dinner. I only had some dough balls and a pizza and even the pizza I only made my way through half before being too full to eat. This morning I got up and weighed myself and was surprised by the results. I won’t say it was a good result, but it definitely was a nice surprise.
Start weight: 13st 3lb
Last weigh in: 11st 2lb
Current weight: 11st 3lb
Total Loss: 28lb (2 st)
So yeah, I put on 1lb this week but honestly after what I’ve eaten the last three days, its not really a surprise. I hope that by eating better today I might just wake up and have lost that extra pound again, but we’ll see. I’ve got no real reason to eat badly this weekend, or this week, and next weigh-in falls just before Lily’s party day and Amy’s lunch out at Damons. Fingers crossed for a loss this week, as I don’t hold out much hope for the following one!
Not last weekend, but the weekend before, our family had a lovely weekend away. We started out on Friday morning and returned home Sunday evening. Though it was a bit of crazy morning, we left the house just after 11am on Friday and set off on our journey to Berwick Upon Tweed. The journey was fairly smooth, even though the weather was a bit up and down, and we stopped midway at Scotch Corner. After lunch, a toilet stop and a coffee, we headed off again – getting to Berwick for about 4pm. We headed straight to Amy‘s house for a cup of tea and a chat, before heading to our Travelodge to check in.
Once we were checked in, we headed out to find somewhere to eat. We drove through the main streets of Berwick before parking up and going for a short walk. We eventually decided on a Fish & Chip Restaurant called “Cannon” which had a wide variety of options, not to mention it was also a Fish & Chip shop, so food would be fast. It was a nice meal – Chris had Fish & Chips, Megan had Steak Pie & Chips, I had Scampi & Chips and Lily had Sausage & Chips, but as a kids meal. The food came fast and despite Megan not feeling well and Lily spilling her water everywhere, we all enjoyed our meals.
After we left the Fish & Chip shop, unfortunately Megan was sick! It was through no fault of the food, just something unfortunate that happens when she gets a headache occasionally. We pulled up the car outside Morrisons and while Chris tried to clear up, I dashed into the shop for baby wipes and a change of clothes. We then attempted to change Megan and clean the car before heading back to the Travelodge where I could wash her clothes properly. Megan fell asleep fairly promptly and so Lily, Chris and I sat up for a while, watching TV and checking our phones/ipads. Eventually Lily fell asleep and then Chris and I decided we’d head to bed too.
The next morning was our planned day in Edinburgh. We got up and the girls had breakfast, before we got dressed and headed out. Since the only Disney Store in Edinburgh is on the outskirts, we decided to head there first. When we arrived at the shopping centre we went straight to the Disney Store and I bought the girls a couple of soft toys each – they got a Christmas Tinkerbell and a blue dress Aurora. We then had a little wander to see what else was in the shopping centre, stopped for coffee at Starbucks and then got on our way into Edinburgh.
When we got into Edinburgh, we parked the car and climbed the hill to the Castle. It was freezing cold but a pleasant enough day – we were all glad to actually get inside the castle itself. Luckily we had bought and printed off tickets, so we didn’t need to queue and wait. There was a quiz for kids to do while walking around the castle and so we picked up one of those for Megan to do and started to look around.
We took our time walking around. The kids loved it and while I remembered majority of it from when I visited last time, it was still very enjoyable. We finished looking around at about 1pm and so headed down the hill and towards The Elephant House. One of the few things I’d wanted to do was visit there, as I mentioned in the post I made when planning our holiday. It wasn’t very far from the castle and since it was lunch time, we all settled down to have lunch there. All four of us had paninis and shared some coke.
After lunch we weren’t really sure what we wanted to do. I looked up where Primark was on my phone and we all headed in that direction. This took us to Princes Street – the main shopping area. We stayed around here for quite some time – shopping at Primark, H&M, Lush and Build-a-Bear.
In the end, we headed back to the car, to drop off our shopping. We sat for a while to catch our breath, before heading back out to Hard Rock Cafe. We stopped on the way to watch a street display, lots of drums and people dressed as zombies. After a while we carried on to Hard Rock Cafe, asking for a table when we got there and having to wait about twenty minutes for our table.
When we sat down, it was obvious we would be there a while. It was really busy, as well as being a Saturday night, but that was fine as I just wanted to eat in a Hard Rock Cafe. The people who served us were lovely too. Chris and I ordered burgers, while the girls ordered macaroni cheese and pizza. Unfortunately the girls weren’t too keen on their meals so ended up sharing ours. It was all nice though and I’m really glad we went. Chris had a milkshake called a Twist and Shout which included bacon! It was actually really nice though. I let the girls have ice cream after their meal, even though they didn’t finish, just to make sure they’d eaten enough.
By the time we left it was about 7pm and we had quite a long walk back to the car. When we eventually got there we were pretty cold but we soon warmed up on our journey back to Berwick. It was about 8.30pm by the time we got back to the Travelodge and as soon as we got in, Megan and I put the X Factor on. We all sat and watched until it finished, then at 10pm we all turned off the lights and got some sleep.
The next morning, we had plenty of time to spare so the girls had breakfast and then I gave them both a shower. Chris had a shower too and then headed to get us a McDonalds breakfast. I showered and then we all packed, making sure everything we had was packed into the car. We then checked out of the Travelodge and headed back over to Amy’s house again. We spent a few hours there, drinking tea and chatting, before heading out for lunch. We decided on Wetherspoons – a place called The Leaping Salmon – for lunch and Amy, Olivia, Megan, Lily, Chris and I all headed there for food. After eating out, we dropped Amy and Olivia back off at their home, before beginning our journey home. Traffic was pretty awful on the way back so we ended up stopping fairly early for coffee, a place off the A1(M) at Junction 64. The girls had hot chocolate and Chris and I had coffee – then, we filled up with petrol and continued on home.
We were home for about 6.30pm so the girls went on their computer for a little while before Lily went to bed and Megan and I watched the X Factor results. That was basically the end of our weekend away!
We had a lovely time and I would definitely recommend a day out to Edinburgh for anyone who fancies it. I can tell you, from a driving point of view, that I didn’t enjoy the drive from Newcastle to Berwick or from Berwick to Edinburgh. Neither direction of those journeys were nice to drive, so I have to admit its not somewhere I’d be keen to go too often. Perhaps it might be better to catch the train if we fancy the holiday again next time, though I always like having the car as it makes getting around easier! We had a lovely weekend away and although it might be some time before we can go away again, I definitely look forward to the next few days away!
Just a quickie this week as to be honest, not much has gone on (or what has gone on – with work for example – I don’t want to talk about!). It’s been a fairly regular week, with work and school and whatnot. Monday the girls had Singing Stars after school, so I took a wander around Lincoln for the first time in a long time. After I picked them up, we came home and had dinner before taking a walk/bike down to Aldi for a few bits and pieces (my 52 Project photo this week).
Tuesday the girls when to their Grandad and Grandma’s house for dinner. I was going to head straight home and have some time to myself but that didn’t pan out! Instead I ended up going to Tesco, then heading to see my mum, then going to the Post Office and by the time I’d done that it was almost time that the girls would be setting off to come home so I popped in to see them and offer a lift home! Once the kids were in bed, Nat popped around. We spent the whole night chatting and it was good to see her so early in the week!
Wednesday Megan had another school to see, a prospective one for Secondary School. This was her third and when I asked her which she was preferring so far, she answered me with “it doesn’t matter, I’m waiting for my letter to Hogwarts” which I have to admit amused me. We went out for dinner in North Hykeham with my mum – the girls and I that is, and then Megan went off with mum to view the school while Lily and I came home to Chris.
On Thursday it was the kids’ dad’s turn to have them for dinner but at the last minute we found other there was another open evening for Megan. After a little juggling, the kids’ dad picked them up from school and took them to Grandma and Grandad’s for dinner, before my mum picked up Megan just before 6pm and took her to view the school. The kids’ dad brought Lily home for about 7 and after Lily and I spent a little time together, she went to bed. I waited for Mum and Megan to get home, got a bit of an update on the school and then Megan went to bed. Mum and I had a bit of a chat before she left too.
By Friday I was very glad it was the weekend. I’d had a bad few days at work and I was feeling fed up. Early in the week I’d also started to try planning Florida with Amy but with one thing or another, that all sort of went out the window. Anyway Friday night we all just chilled out. The girls played on their computers, Chris had invited our friend Jon around and due to me having such a bad week, Nat came around again. It was honestly just what I needed though and I went into the weekend feeling much better.
Saturday I got a bit of a lay-in and felt so much better for it. When I did get up though, I felt a little sluggish and lazy. As such, we had a very lazy morning, before heading out for lunch at Subway, then a wander around Gainsborough. I bought some new work trousers, Megan got a dress and Lily got an Anna t-shirt. It was a fairly successful shopping trip haha. When we got home, I did a fair bit of online shopping and spent all my wages before even getting them (they’re not till this Wednesday!). Then when Chris got home, we all had a movie night and watched Hotel Transylvania, ate pizza, popcorn etc and just hung out as family.
Feels like we have barely seen Chris this week and Sunday was no different. He was out at work majority of the day so the morning the girls spent on the computer while I made some jewellery. After lunch we headed out to mum’s house and went swimming with her at Burton Waters. We eventually headed home around 5pm and Chris had got back from work just before us. We all chilled out to watch some TV together, catching up on everything from X Factor to Tomorrow People.
All in all its been an incredibly stressful week, which as I said, I don’t really want to talk about. However its a shame really because there has been some big highlights, including getting plans started for Florida, feeling a bit better organised financially and starting properly on my Christmas shopping. Sadly Chris’ shifts have been rubbish and he’s home most days and out most nights, where I’m the opposite. The girls being out 3-4 nights this week was a lot too. I’m very glad to see the back of this week and move on to the next one!
Hello! Another week has flown by and here is my round up of it. Sadly I’m not really in the mood to blog – and while I know they say you shouldn’t bother if you’re not in the mood – I didn’t want to get behind either!
So this week has been my first full week back at work and also the week the kids started back at school. In all honesty, for me at least, its been absolutely exhausting. While I don’t work a lot – only 5 hours a day – when you have seven weeks of relaxing (or at least going at your own pace) its a bit of a shock to the system going back to work. Not only that, but I’ve been doing some extra/overtime this week so that’s taken its toll too. Work has been okay though and not really much to report on that front.
Monday through Friday, I had work as I mentioned. As well as that, the kids were with their dad for the Monday into Tuesday, when my mum then picked them up and had them Tuesday. They stayed at home with Chris on Wednesday before finally returning to school on Thursday and Friday. There wasn’t anything of particular note during Monday, though Tuesday when I got home from work I baked Chocolate Orange cupcakes and they were amazing!
Again there wasn’t anything of real note on Wednesday or Thursday, but Friday after school/work we all went out for dinner to Prezzo as a sort of “we survived the week” celebration. We had a lovely dinner and then afterwards the girls insisted on running through the fountains in Marshall’s Yard – which was hilarious. Afterwards, because they were soaked through, Chris offered to walk home with the girls rather than take them in the car. I drove back home and then walked back to meet them for the rest of the walk home.
Saturday was a fairly relaxing day, with no real plans. I made some more cupcakes – this time chocolate milkshake flavour. They were yummy too! On top of that, in the evening, Jon and Nat came around and we all played the Firefly board game. Chris bought this from LFCC (comic con) and its been a pretty staple favourite ever since. On Sunday, mum had been meant to come over but she wasn’t feeling very well. As a surprise I baked homemade bread and made soup, before taking it over for lunch with her. Chris also took Megan out on her bike in the morning and she’s definitely gaining more confidence. I went out again in the afternoon with both Megan and Lily and by that point the weather was just perfect for a lovely Sunday afternoon.
Finally in the evening Chris was out at a work leaving do so I just chilled out and watched TV. When Chris got home we just snuggled up on the sofa and ended up watching a movie that had us both in tears!
That was pretty much my week. No highs and no lows really, just back to the same routine and making my body adjust accordingly. One a plus side its now only six weeks until I’m off again so that’s a reason to be happy right?
On Wednesday of last week, Chris and I went out to dinner at a very (very) nice restaurant called The Bronze Pig. Since we very rarely eat out in such places, I decided it was time to treat myself to a new dress – not just that, but since losing a stone in weight, I figured it would be good to treat myself to a size 14 dress, instead of a 16. I headed into New Look (there isn’t much choice in Gainsborough – that or Next) and wandered around for a while. One of the first dresses to catch my eye was this one and when ten minutes later it was still my favourite pick, I took it into the changing rooms to try it on. The price tag was £29 which to be honest isn’t that expensive but is more than I have spent on clothes for me in a long time. I decided to get it anyway as I wanted something special to wear that evening.
Since we were going out to the cinema first, I chose to take the dress with me and change before dinner, rather than wear my new dress to the cinema too. I threw my black heels, a few pairs of tights and some make up into a bag and just hoped I would have everything I needed.
And this is how it looked on! Sadly, they aren’t great pictures – no offence to Chris but I wish I’d been able to take them myself or had remembered my proper camera. I absolutely love the colour – I think that’s what drew me to the dress in the first place. I also love the style – it reminds me very much of Joe Browns. Unfortunately now looking back at the pictures I still find myself wishing I was thinner, but at the time I felt pretty and I guess that’s what matters.
I really do love the dress and even more so that it can be dressed up or dressed down. I wore it with plain black tights and heels for going out, but it could very easily be worn with jeans or leggings for more of a casual look (of which I’m sure I’ll get more use for it that way). I would be happy to wear this style of clothing all the time, if it wasn’t for the fact it would cost so much to overhaul my whole wardrobe! Also, I’d honestly like to be down to a size 12 before I even attempted that!!
Anyway… when we got home, I went a little crazy with the auto-timer and my iPad. The quality of the photo is poor but I think it gives a better look at the dress (and less of my head, which is always a plus!).
And that’s pretty much that……. well almost!