This week Amy and Liv came to visit for a few days and we crammed a belated Galentine’s Day, Amy’s birthday and Easter, all into the three days they were here. Our belated Galentine’s was on Tuesday and as a surprise I booked (and paid for) a meal for all my favourite girlies, plus I got everyone a little gift and some sweets. This picture was taken at lunch time in Prezzo, while we waited for food!
Once again I haven’t managed to keep on top of my week, so I’m writing this all from memory after the whole week has passed. It’s been a really busy week and I honestly can’t believe how tired I’ve felt every day, but its been a lovely week, full of surprises and unexpected plans!
Monday began with a lie-in, because both the girls had stayed at their dad’s the night before. Chris was working at 12.30pm though so it did mean we had to get up eventually. While Chris spent the first part of the morning on his computer, I spent mine watching TV. Chris then came down and joined me, while getting himself ready for work. A parcel arrived in the post and it was a HUGE Hot Topic order that I had placed at Christmas and sent to my friend who lives in the USA. She had finally got around to mailing it to me and I was so excited to get it opened. However Chris was just leaving for work and I was running a bath so I only looked at it briefly before saying goodbye to Chris and then going for my bath. I had my new Unicorn Horn in the bath, a little late for Valentine’s Day but good nonetheless. Afterwards I went to get dressed and ended up trying on all of my Hot Topic dresses!
Without really meaning to, I ended up texting Amy for the majority of my morning and into the afternoon. We discussed her birthday, Florida, Hot Topic and even all my new dresses. I even ended up sending her pics of me wearing each dress! Eventually I went downstairs again and Nat arrived to spend the afternoon with me. We didn’t really do much but we sat and drank tea, chatting and catching up, planning what we might do to earn us some money! It was actually pretty late on by the time Nat left, I would guess around 7.30-8pm and so I fixed myself some dinner and settled down for the evening. Next I knew I was making plans with Amy for her to come and visit the very next day! Chris arrived home eventually and we sat down to watch the next episode of The Walking Dead. It was almost as dull as the week before, though the last five minutes was marginally more interesting. We headed to bed as we had lots to fit in the next day and already I was realising it would be a busy week!
Tuesday we got up around 9am, still no kids to wake us! We got ready and dressed, heading out to the Plumb Centre in order to get a part for mum’s sink. We then headed over to mum’s house and fitted the pipe for her. It didn’t go 100% to plan but we got there in the end. Not long after we finished, mum turned up with the kids. She’d picked them up from their dad’s and taken them to see some mutual friends that morning, but I was collecting them from her and then going to pick up Amy and Olivia from the station. We headed straight off to get Amy and arrived a little early so had to wait. However at around 12.30pm they arrived and we all set off back to Gainsborough. When we got back, we headed to Tesco as we needed a few essentials, along with some food for dinner and also ingredients for pancakes (Tuesday was Pancake Day!). Finally we got back home, unpacked and relaxed for a while but then I remembered I needed to go into town and everyone bar Chris decided to come too. After going to the Post Office, we went to buy Tsum Tsum’s for Amy and Liv, but Lily ended up getting some too. We then also went for a wander around Gainsborough before eventually heading back again. I cooked Lasagne for dinner which we all ate and then after Liv was in bed I made pancakes for everyone. I was so stuffed and well over my calorie allowance for the day!
Lily went to bed too and Chris was upstairs on his computer with his friend Jon. Amy and I sat chatting for the evening, eventually sending Megan to bed around 10pm. I don’t honestly remember what we chatted about but I know it mostly revolved around Florida. Either way the evening went fast and it was gone midnight before we were heading to bed. On Wednesday we all got up and Chris was getting ready to go to work, while we were planning the first of Lily’s birthday celebrations. Unfortunately her best friend is away over her birthday (a week each side), as is my mum, so we’re really limited by what we can do and what she’ll enjoy. Instead of having a party without her friend, we decided to have a day out in half term with Ciara, then a meal out just me, Megan and Lily on her birthday, then a small party/murder mystery a week after that. Ultimately she’ll be celebrating over a period of about a month but I’m sure she won’t mind! Anyway, we booked Orange Wednesday tickets for 6 of us, meaning we only paid for 3 and then tried to book ASK for lunch but unfortunately it wasn’t open before the time we needed to leave the house. We headed off out around 11.30am and went to pick Ciara up from her house in Saxilby. We then went into Lincoln and parked the car, heading to ASK for lunch. Unfortunately they claimed to have no room for us (depsite being half empty) so we headed off to Prezzo instead. I was a little upset by this as I’d converted all my Tesco vouchers into ASK vouchers, in order to save myself money and instead had to pay out full price in Prezzo and have ASK vouchers I couldn’t use. Luckily though I found a 25% off code for Prezzo on my phone and the three younger girls all ate off a kids menu that only cost £3.50 anyway.
Though it felt a bit rushed, we headed out of Prezzo and over to the Odeon. We were in plenty of time for the movie though and all settled down to watch the trailers. All of us loved the movie as we were seeing Big Hero 6 again, though it was the first time for Lily’s friend Ciara. By the time the movie ended, it was almost 4pm. We headed out to the car and then drove Ciara home. After dropping her off we were all so exhausted that we barely spoke on the way home and Liv even fell asleep. When we got back to the house the girls had to fit in their Disney task – which was dress up Disney. Amy didn’t think that Olivia had the energy to participate but as soon as my girls were dressed as princesses, she wanted to join in too. After that it was a case of basic but fast dinner for the kids, so Liv could get to bed, shortly followed by Lily and then Megan too. Amy and I spent a large part of the evening on phones/computers, barely talking as we were both tired. Eventually Chris came home from work and joined us so we put on some TV, just to chill out. First we watched Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, then came Beauty & the Geek and finally we watched a ridiculous program called Virgin Coaches. It was 1am by the time we all headed to bed which was ridiculous considering how tired we had all been!
On Thursday we really did an awful lot of nothing. Amy was heading home that day but not until 4pm. However this sort of made it feel like we couldn’t do anything for the day so instead just lounged around. I don’t think any of us really minded as we were all still tired though. After lunch Megan started to get a headache and so she headed upstairs for a lie down. Eventually Amy had to leave and so Lily and I went with them to the station. There was nowhere to park at the station though and we very almost missed the train for them! Once they were safely aboard, Lily and I went to Tesco again. We bought a few bits we needed but also some things for Megan with the hope she would feel better soon. In the evening we caught up on Hunchback of Notre Dame and then the girls went to bed. I spent the evening catching up on my blog and trying to fight off tiredness that eventually led to an early night!
Friday we were all going to Meadowhall however Chris had woken in the night with a terrible sore throat and had ended up downstairs for the majority of the night. Though it woke and disturbed me at the time, it actually lead to me sleeping a little longer in the morning so I woke feeling very refreshed. At 9am I made sure the girls were up and ready, dressed and had breakfast. Mum arrived for us at 10am and all four of us set off, along with mum and my sister Pippa. We arrived at Meadowhall around 11am and agreed to go our separate ways and meet for lunch at 12.30pm. The girls, Chris and I headed for Next as both the girls had vouchers to spend and then we went next door to Primark for the bulk of their shopping. At Christmas I had bought the girls a lot of new dresses and am also making them some Disney themed ones too. As such we were only looking for cardigans, shoes, sunglasses and sunhats. Even still it took the whole hour and a half, meaning we had to rush to meet mum and Pippa for lunch. When we found them, they were ordering jacket potatoes so we found a table and then Chris and I went to get our lunch. Me, Chris and Lily all had Pizza Hut Express, while Megan had McDonalds. After lunch we nipped the shopping to the car and then went back to where we left off. We made our way all around the top level of Meadowhall, before then tackling the bottom level. Mum text to say she was done and waiting in the car but not to rush. In the end we were about another hour after that. When we got back to the car, mum drove us home and when we got there we were all exhausted again. However we needed to have dinner and watch a Disney movie so while we sat and did that, I sorted out all the clothes we’d bought.
While the girls just had a microwave pizza (Lily) and toast (Megan), Chris ordered chinese takeaway for us. I had a little but I was stuffed really fast so I left the rest for him. While we had been out that day, I’d had a parcel arrive and be left in the back garden. Turned out it was a mannequin that I’d ordered so Chris very kindly put her together for me and while I was so tempted to get using her, I was exhausted. Instead Chris went on his computer and I sorted out the clothes and suitcases with the kids. After they were in bed I went for a nice relaxing bath and then laid on the bed for a while, playing on my phone. Eventually I came downstairs and watched some TV, Chris coming downstairs to join me. We didn’t stay up late though as he hadn’t slept well the night before and he had work the next day.
Chris woke at 6am and sneaked out fairly quietly to head off to work. I managed to get straight back to sleep and it was about 8.30am before I woke again but I managed to doze until about 9.30am. Eventually I got up and got the girls ready. Mum was calling for us at 11.30am and we were all going out for lunch to celebrate my sister’s birthday. The morning flew by and I didn’t even have chance to get a cup of tea. In the end I grabbed a can of diet pepsi as we left the house and then mum drove us all to Scunthorpe to meet with my brother and his girlfriend. We then headed out to a pub in pretty much the middle of nowhere, where we almost enjoyed a lunch together. Afterwards my brother and his girlfriend headed off and mum had to take Pippa home. Obviously we went with her as she’d picked us up but afterwards she drove us into Gainsborough so I could pop to the Post Office and go and collect Chris’ contact lenses from the Opticians. We then came back to the house and mum came in for a cup of tea and a chat. She ended up staying way longer than she intended to and Chris was arriving back from work just as she was leaving. Once mum was gone and Chris was back, it was time for the girls to have dinner and Chris was going to make himself some food. I had a bit of a headache so between Chris and Megan, they made me a cup of tea and organised both girls’ dinner. Chris then sat down with his food and we spent some of the evening together, before I headed upstairs to put Lily to bed. Once she was in bed, Chris went for a bath so Megan got her homework done and I sat on my computer. Once Chris was out of the bath it was pretty much time for Megan to go to bed and so she did and then Chris and I watched TV together. I was too tired again to do anything constructive so I ended up turning off my computer and just watching TV snuggled up with Chris. In the end we headed to bed though as we were both exhausted.
Finally it was around to Sunday and none of us had to be up but it was also the last day of half term so I wanted to make the most of my time with the girls. Chris spent majority of the day upstairs on his computer but I spent the day making sure Megan had got various homework (and blog posts) done and Lily helped me tidy and sort out clothes. We had lunch and watched Monsters Inc as it was our Disney task of the day and by the time we were finished it was late in the afternoon. The girls went for a bath and then had dinner, before sorting out their room, their clothes for school and eventually getting them to bed. Chris and I spent the evening watching TV before eventually heading to bed.
It’s been a good week and I’m actually sad that half term is over. However there’s definitely something to be said about the routine of a school week and time flying by. There is now just over 5 weeks till we go to Florida and I can’t believe how fast its all going. I have so much to do still but at the same time I can’t wait!
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?
So this post is a little overdue, as Lily’s party was March 1st and her birthday was March 5th. However I figured that sometimes it really is a case of better late than never.
On Saturday March 1st, we had Lily’s 6th birthday party at The Showroom in Lincoln. For anyone who hasn’t been there before, I would highly recommend it. In fact, now I’ve discovered it I will be considering it for a multitude of events in the future!
At £8.50 per child, the whole party is completely taken care of for you, with nothing to do yourself. Lily’s particular party was a Fancy Dress disco and it was held in a safe and secure room, where the kids were fully looked after the whole time. In fact, I spent majority of the party in the cafe area, drinking a latte. The kids had a great time and so did I. All I had to bring was a cake (which I’ve previously posted about) and prizes for the games. We also provided gift bags for all the kids on leaving. Otherwise though, everything was done for us.
Though I still went home completely knackered, it was definitely far less stressful than anything else we’ve done in the past. From village hall disco parties, to Pizza Hut, to ten-pin bowling.
When we got home that day, Lily opened all her party guests’ presents. She got some lovely things, including lots of new Lego.
On Tuesday night, Lily and I made up cupcakes for her to take to school. Then after she’d gone to bed that night, we all spent the evening wrapping her presents and getting her new computer all set up and ready. As we headed to bed, I left her a note, attached to a piece of string, running down the stairs to her new computer!
On Wednesday morning, I was surprised to make it all the way to 7am without being woken by an excited Lily. However when I headed downstairs, I found both her and Megan on the new computer – first present, a success! After that, the girls came and climbed into bed with Chris and I and Lily opened all her other gifts from us all.
The computer had been a join gift, from Chris and I, my mum, my sister and my brother. On top of that we also bought Lily a 2DS and Animal Crossing, three “read yourself” Frozen books, Rapunzel Lego and a £10 iTunes voucher. Megan bought Frozen: Olaf’s Quest on DS. The girls then got dressed and we headed downstairs to get breakfast. It was a school day so we were working to a tight schedule!
After we were all ready, Lily also opened gifts from other family and friends who had sent them over. She got Ariel Lego, Merida Lego, Mario Party Island Tour for DS and a few other bits.
We all headed off to work and school, which was a bit of a shame but also life I guess. I headed straight back home after work but my mum picked up the girls from school and headed over this way. At just after 4pm we all headed out for dinner at Gainsborough Prezzo in Marshalls Yard.
The adults all shared a bottle of wine, while the girls drank lemonade.
For mains, Megan had pasta which she unfortunately didn’t like, while Lily had pepperoni pizza which she of course, loved. I had a pasta with gorgonzola, chicken and bacon. Mum had pizza and so did Chris.
We didn’t stop for desserts, but they looked great. We knew we were all heading home for birthday cake and a cup of coffee, so we headed off again as soon as the bill was paid (my treat!).
When we got home, we got out the cake and lit the candles, singing happy birthday to Lily for what felt like the hundredth time. Instead of making a second cake for her, she’d asked for a Princess Tray Bake which we’d seen in Tesco – but sadly it wasn’t really that nice and left me wishing I had just made her one! We all had a cup of coffee and a slice of cake though and this saw the end of Lily’s 6th birthday celebrations!
Wow! What a week it has been! Obviously its been a work and school week, so aside from all that, this is what I’ve been up to!
Monday I had a doctors appointment (uck!). I had my asthma and pill review, plus a surprise (yet overdue) smear test (double uck!). I came home to relax but actually ended up planning Amy’s birthday cake, as well as bit of birthday party planning too! Sadly I can’t post pictures as she’ll see!
Tuesday it was Pancake Day! We had pancakes for dinner and for pudding afterwards. It was Pancake Heaven!
Wednesday was Lily’s birthday and this will warrant a whole post of its own. We started off the day opening presents in bed, obviously spent the day at work/school and then went out for dinner at Prezzo’s later. She was a very lucky girl – her main gifts being: a new desktop computer, a 2DS plus some games and loads and loads of Disney Lego. She was so well behaved all day too, none of this over giddiness that kids sometimes get on exciting days!
Thursday I wasn’t working in the evening, which made a nice change as of late. I went and did a little shopping after work, before heading home. This was nice too as I rarely get time to shop alone these days. My ex had the girls and so Chris and I got to spend some much needed time together. We didn’t do an awful lot but it was nice just to hang out together!
Friday was lovely as it was the end of the week. Mum had the girls overnight and Chris was at work so I had the house all to myself when I got home. Nat came later on in the evening and we spent several hours dying our hair. I now have pink tips!
Saturday was a nice relaxing day, doing not a lot! The girls came back from mum’s around mid-morning and we all spent the day just playing on our computers, watching TV etc. When Chris got home from work he bought us Indian for dinner and we spent the evening catching up on several hours of TV.
Sunday was a beautifully sunny day which was perfect as we were heading out for a family day. I had been asked to visit The Deep in Hull and blog about their penguins, so we decided to make a whole day of it. We set off around 10am, went to the Humber Bridge and then onwards to Hull and The Deep.
We arrived at The Deep around 11.30am but the girls were already grumbling they were hungry so we sat and ate some early lunch in the car. We then spent the next 3 hours inside The Deep before heading back out to the car and going to Toys R Us on the way home! When we got home, we had a very sadistic dinner of Fish and Chips but it was amazing.
I then spent the evening on my computer, while catching up on some of my own TV. Chris spent some time on his computer before eventually coming through to watch some TV with me. We headed to bed at 10.30 and read for a while, before finally getting to sleep.
It’s been a really great week and I’m honestly looking forward to the next one!