As you maybe know, I’m knocking this round up nonsense on the head, come the end of the year. I would stop it now, but I feel like that would be a shame with only 11 weeks of the year left. However I do hate doing it, so those 11 weeks can’t come soon enough.
This week has mostly been one of illness. I began to feel ill on Monday, it peaked on Saturday and then began to die off. As I write this, I’m still ill but I think I’ve over the worst of it. Not only that but Chris came down ill a few days behind me, Megan had stomach ache Saturday and Lily had my sore throat the whole weekend. Other than that, its been a week filled mostly with sewing – of course. Tuesday I walked with Lily’s class to church and back, plus dragged the kids a long way for a fabric run! Chris had a friend called Jon around Monday night and I had Nat around on Tuesday night. On Wednesday the girls and I went to mum’s house for dinner. And on Friday, mum picked up the girls from school for me as I wasn’t feeling well. Honestly, other than that, there wasn’t a whole lot else going on!
Sad to say, it was a boring week. It should have been filled with Run or Dye too, but unfortunately we had to bail out on that. So this is it. Sewing and ill. My life this week, haha!
For the most part, this week has been great. It’s been busy in parts but not to the point of feeling like you don’t have a moment to breathe! Monday started off with Chris heading out to work, taking Lily to school and then Megan and I attending an Open Morning at one of the schools she is considering for next year. It was between 10am and 12.15 but it was nearer to half past by the time we left. Megan ate her lunch in the car, we called in briefly at mum’s and then I dropped her back at school before heading home. The girls were going with their dad after school so I knew I didn’t have to turn out and get them again, meaning I got on with some work when I got home. That said I started to feel a bit rough and curled up on the sofa to watch TV and chill. When Chris got home we had takeaway and didn’t do an awful lot else!
On Tuesday I took both the kids to school (and Lily’s tardis that we made over the weekend!) and then came home again. It ended up as a busy morning, picking up parcels, doing some shopping, calling to see Chris’ Gran and getting my sewing machine serviced. We managed to grab lunch and a few hours to ourselves before heading out to get the girls from school and going out for dinner. After that we dropped Lily off with her Grandma and headed back to school as Megan was in her school play. Chris and I watched and thoroughly enjoyed it, before picking Megan up, collecting Lily and then heading home and putting the girls to bed. By that point I was exhausted and yet again, didn’t get an awful lot done that evening! I took a bath and read some of my latest book.
Wednesday was Sports Day and so I headed out to school with the girls. Lily went first in the morning, participating in 4 races, though as every KS1 group took part, it took all morning. The weather was dull and it even rained a few times, but it turned out okay, despite being cold. Lily and I then had lunch together (along with my mum) and eventually Megan joined us too. In the afternoon it was Megan’s turn and there was a Kingball Tournament for all the KS2 kids. This took all afternoon too and though my mum bailed on us, Grandma turned up to support and keep me company as well. We managed to leave school about 10 minutes early but it did make a difference when we came home and collapsed! We had takeaway for dinner and then Nat came around in the evening.
On Thursday I decided to really try hard with my diet. On Wednesday I’d had a nasty shock when getting on the scales and it was just the kick I needed to make me try again. After taking the girls to school and then popping to mum’s to drop off their stuff (they were staying the night), I came home and emerged myself in wrapping parcels and going to the post office, all just to keep busy. I was good for lunch and good for dinner and I felt so much better for it. I also remembered how much I love jacket potatoes! In the evening Amy and I collaborated to book our Inside Out cinema tickets for when she comes down to visit in a few weeks time. We booked with Vue which means we get Disney Store vouchers each and since we’re buying Tsum Tsums on a monthly basis at the moment, it all comes in handy!
The girls had stayed at mum’s on Thursday night as it was school disco and her having them saved me a lot of hassle, however I still needed to get up on Friday morning and head to school as Lily was in shine assembly. This was the last one of the year and I was so proud of her for being in twice (she was originally in it at the beginning of the year). No surprise but I cried when she was up at the front – I’m such an emotional mess when it comes to the kids! Afterwards I came home and set myself to sewing. I challenged myself to three dresses over three days and I’m happy to say I managed it! I made a dress for Amy’s daughter Liv on Friday, which took majority of the afternoon and a little into the evening. Once that was finished I started on Lily’s, cutting out the pieces that evening. I obviously picked the girls up from school at the right time, had dinner etc. but the majority of the day was spent sewing!
On Saturday I got up and began to sew again. I started on Lily’s dress and worked on till after lunch. At that point the girls and I headed into town as we needed a few bits of food and also some material/elastic/zips from Boyes. When we came back I continued to sew but I did take a break here and there – especially when Megan wanted to make brownies. However I got Lily’s dress finished by the evening and even started to cut out Megan’s pattern pieces. Megan made her brownies into Minecraft Blocks as she’s a nerd like that, but they tasted amazing and looked pretty cool too.
Finally on Sunday I got up and had to take Chris to work, so the girls had to come too. We packed our swimming stuff as I promised we’d go swimming over the weekend and so once Chris was dropped off, we went to the leisure centre. We spent an hour or so there, had showers and got changed. We then had to pop into Tesco again on the way home, where the girls decided they wanted to make their own version of Subway subs. We then came home, made lunch and did some bits around the house, before I settled down to sew. I sewed all afternoon and into the evening, stopping to make food for the kids, help with homework etc. and of course feed myself and Chris. However by about 10pm Megan’s dress was finished too and I was really pleased with them all!
So that was pretty much my week, I don’t think I missed anything! It’s been a good week but I have to admit things are always so busy at the end of term – I look forward to the holidays. As of today, the girls have a week and a half left of school and I have at least 5 things penciled into my diary that I still need to do with regards to school. That said, it’s nothing too hectic so it should be a good coming week! Hope you’re all having good weeks too, I’m off to sew again!
Thankfully this week has been a lot quieter than recent weeks, though I can’t say that means I’ve got more done! As much as I’ve loved the hot weather, its really not helpful when it comes to doing certain jobs. However, Monday Nat and I were invited to a Weleda Day (post to follow) in Ilkeston and the warm weather was really welcomed. A lot of the day was spent outside and it was so nice to feel some sun on my skin! I actually got sunburnt but oh well!
Tuesday the girls had a sort of school pride parade, which involved walking around the village, singing songs and generally trying to make people smile. I went with Lily’s class, while mum went with Megan and we spent the whole morning enjoying ourselves, again in the sunshine. At lunch time I headed to my mum’s for some food and when she offered to collect the girls from school and bring them home for me, I headed home myself. I spent the afternoon catching up on blog stuff before she brought them around! While at my mums, she also decided to take us on holiday to Paris so that was something great to add to my countdown!
On Wednesday Nat came around for the day, primarily so we could watch “The Fault in Our Stars”, this month’s “From Page to Screen”, over at Twice the Mum. Though we always get delayed, catching up and having a cup of tea, we eventually got into the movie and both really enjoyed it. However afterwards we were really sad so we went to nearby Blyton and treated ourselves to ice cream! Afterwards Nat went home and I went to get the kids from school and we then went to the park, still enjoying the beautiful weather.
Thursday was my first free day to do something and I really wanted to sew… but I didn’t. I’m not entirely sure what I did do, but I wasted it messing around on my computer, watching TV etc. I did however make bacon, chicken and hallumi salad for dinner, so not all was lost! The weather was still nice too!! By Friday I decided that even though it was warm I needed to start getting some things done. I caught up on the dishwasher, washing etc but also made a start on some sewing. Sadly my sewing machine is on it’s last legs and it’s really made me sad as I’m not sure what to do about it, but I don’t want to sew anything else and know it’s not sewn properly! Anyway I worked hard on Amy’s cosplay costume of Briar Rose and got the majority of the top half finished. Also the girls had Heroes day at school and Lily dressed as her teacher Mrs Holt, while Megan went as me.
On Saturday we were supposed to go to the girls school fair and then the girls were going to stay at my mums. However the weather was dull (following the storm, the night before) and we decided not to turn out. Instead we all bummed around and I tried to fix my sewing machine but nothing I did made any difference to the problem I’m having! I didn’t really feel very well – full of cold and constant sneezing – so in the end I gave up trying to be productive and just hung out on the sofa all day.
Sunday I didn’t really feel much better so again I didn’t do much. I went in to town to pick up a few bits and pieces, and then in the afternoon ended up having a sort out of all my paperwork. Chris and I also made a cocktail (which was gross) and Lily and I started painting her tardis, for school homework. The weekend was fairly uneventful but that was nice and because I wasn’t feeling well, I was grateful for it. This coming week is going to be busy in part but I’m also hoping to secure plenty of me time! Fingers crossed.
Bit behind on my round up this week so I’m going to make it quick. As suspected, last week was busy. I had a fairly lazy Monday while the girls were at school and Chris was at work, but after that it filled up pretty quick. On Tuesday morning I worked at school in the office, came home and blogged plus had a bath. I spent the evening reading a book and by the following day I was finished with the book! You can read my review about both Marked and Claimed here. Wednesday I was at school again, just for the morning but then I headed home and started to paint my nails while catching up on TV. The girls were both going to friends’ houses after school so that gave me longer to myself but it did mean I had to turn out to pick them up and by the time we got home it was pretty much time for them to go to bed.
I spent the evening finishing my nails and watching some TV. I also got ready for the next day which was Lily’s school trip – charging my camera and packing lunches. The next day we were up early, I dropped Megan at her Grandma’s and then went to school with Lily and on her school trip. We went to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and it was a really nice day, despite being freezing cold. However the whole day was exhausting and I was fit for nothing once we got home.
On Friday it was another busy day – SHARE at school, followed by a picnic Family lunch. I nipped off shopping in between the two so it was a constant go day but it was especially nice to spend time with the girls and then be home by about 2.30pm. When we got back, Megan and I made a point of finishing off our Florida scrap book and then the three of us even walked into town to get a frame for her Baymax artist drawing. When we got back I put it on the wall which seemed to really please her.
On Saturday, Chris was at work and the girls and I had SUCH a lazy day. I did nip out to get a parcel from the post office but otherwise we did nothing. We even had a takeaway and movie night, to seal our lack of nothingness for the day! That said I did manage to pick a murder mystery for my birthday and organised everyone’s parts. I even printed it all out so I was totally organised. Finally it was Sunday and this time Chris was off too. We still had a very lazy day though, but I did buy some bits for my party and Megan and I stuck the last few things into the scrapbook, making it completely finished. I spent the evening trying out my Starter Pack from Paper Panda which I’ve had since Christmas. I’m not completely sure it’s my type of thing because it requires a lot of patience but I was stubborn enough to stick with it and at least get the first full page finished.
This Friday was International Families Day and the girls’ school held a Family Picnic Day. Despite the weather being pretty dire all week, the sun came out on Friday and it was a beautiful day. For the last two years I haven’t been able to attend much at the girls’ school so it’s been really nice recently to make the most of my spare time and go to all their events.
As you’ll have seen, my blog was all scheduled and planned while I was away on holiday, and when I got back – it all went dead! I really wasn’t expecting to be as tired as I was when we got home, then of course Lily was poorly last week and now I’ve ended up a bit under the weather myself. As such, this week’s round up should be pretty brief and I’m really looking forward to getting it out of the way and moving on to holiday updates.
Anyway! Monday was back to school for the girls but Chris was off work. It was nice to have the day without them and alone with Chris as we hadn’t had much time by ourselves. We didn’t really do an awful lot, just hung out and watched some TV. Afterwards we went to pick the girls up from school and then we all came home and chilled out some more. During the night, Lily woke up poorly and this was the start of the rest of the week off. Megan went to school as normal though, all except Thursday when she was feeling a little under the weather too.
Tuesday Chris was off work but because Lily was home sick, we couldn’t really catch up on our TV. Instead Lily and I watched TV all day and waited for Megan to be brought home by her dad. On Wednesday Lily actually felt sick and I didn’t want to drag her out so mum came to pick Megan up for school and in the end drove her home as well. Lily and I spent the day watching movies and it was actually really nice. As I mentioned Megan was off school on Thursday so that lead to a really lazy day when we didn’t even have to leave the house. I wasn’t feeling the best myself either, so I took a nap which is so unheard of these days! Mum came around in the evening as it was her birthday and we had soup with fresh rolls, followed by Tiramisu cupcakes.
Finally it was Friday and Megan went back to school but Lily was still off. I dropped Lily at my mum’s as Nat and I had already arranged to go to the cinema and we saw Avengers: Age of Ultron. The showing was at 10.30am but it took majority of the day as I picked Nat up and dropped her off. I was back at mum’s for about 2.30pm and then stayed for a cuppa before heading off with Lily to pick up Megan. We went home, had takeaway for dinner and just chilled out. Saturday was a lazy day as well (no surprise, right?) and the girls didn’t even get dressed. Megan decided she wanted to make a cheesecake though and I needed a present for Morgan so I popped out shopping briefly and then gave Megan a hand making the cake.
No doubt I’ll post the recipe here soon but it was really good cheesecake. It’s actually all gone already. Anyway that was basically our Saturday. Then Sunday was the only day with plans but even then they weren’t till afternoon. We had a lazy morning but Megan got her homework done and then after lunch we headed out. We drove to Scunthorpe to meet my brother and his family and go bowling. It was actually a really nice afternoon – just the kids bowled and we all stood around chatting. Afterwards the kids had food and all in all it was very pleasant. We headed off around 5pm and came home. Chris ordered me and him some chinese takeaway and though I spent some of the evening with the girls before they went to bed, I then spent the evening with Chris watching TV.
It’s been such a quiet and easy week but at the same time I’ve really got nothing done. This week promises to be more interesting, especially as I start a new job tomorrow.
As you might imagine, I have a lot to do tonight so I’m going to keep this brief. I’ve barely managed to post over the last few days and I know that I really can’t waste too much time doing it now. Tomorrow is our last full day at home and we leave for London on Wednesday. On Thursday we fly to Florida and I seriously can’t believe it’s come around so fast. Anyway, less about this current week and more about last week. Here is my regular Monday round up.
On Monday I took the kids to school as usual and then came home to blog and watch some TV. I spent some time with Chris at home before heading out to meet Nat. We did a little shopping, grabbed some lunch and then went to see Insurgent. After the movie I went to get the girls from Mum’s and then headed home. I spent the evening sewing Lily’s Queen of Hearts dress and watching TV. Megan was also planning to teach a class that week so we also made Easter cards and planned that out for her.
On Tuesday I took the girls to school as normal and then headed back home and went to Boyes for material and Tesco for food. I made Lily’s Cinderella skirt and Megan’s Alice dress so it was quite an accomplished day. When Chris got home from work we had takeaway for dinner and when Chris went upstairs to play on his computer, I re-watched Maze Runner and did some more sewing. After that I spent the rest of evening organising blog posts for holiday and watching TV with Chris. Chris also booked his driving practical test that night. On Wednesday it was Megan’s Easter service so I dropped them off at school but then walked with Megan’s class to church and stayed for the service. Afterwards I walked back to school with her and then came home and chilled for a while. Cinderella tickets finally became available for the weekend so I booked those too. I headed out for the girls as normal and picked them up and then when we got home I worked on Lily’s Harry Potter class that she was going to teach that week. Lily had a bath and Megan had a shower and when Chris came home he brought with him some Emoticon masks which caused several minutes of amusement.
On Thursday I headed to Boyes again, this time to get a few new patterns amoungst other things. I spent some of the day watching TV at home but then headed out to Mum’s and spent an hour with her before going out to school. It was Lily’s Easter service in the afternoon and then I picked the kids up a little early and brought them home. We had McDonalds for dinner, watched Hercules and then read a Disney story as we’d forgotten to do our task the day before. I started working on some of the new patterns, getting material cut for the next day. Chris and I watched the movie Red. On Friday I was up far too early and to make matters worse I didn’t feel well either. I took the girls to school and all my plans for sewing went out the window as I just sat and did nothing on the sofa all day. However after picking the girls up from school I managed to muster up the energy to get some sewing done and managed to finish Megan’s mermaid Ariel dress. She wore it to complete her dress up Disney task but Lily wasn’t feeling well so just ended up in PJs and an early night. I honestly don’t really remember what I did that night but I think I just sewed and watched TV as that seems to be majority of my evenings this week!
On Saturday Lily still wasn’t well but we had Cinderella tickets booked and so we risked it. Unfortunately we had to call off going to their dad’s as she wasn’t up to that but she did manage the movie and I think enjoy it. Afterwards we went to my mum’s as I had my dress to start working on but it didn’t feel like we got very far, even if it was 5pm by the time we left. I took Megan to get KFC and Lily and I had Pizza Hut but Lily didn’t eat much which meant I had far too much pizza! We came home and got watching Ant and Dec on TV and when Nat arrived for the evening she ended up watching it with us too. Eventually the girls went to bed and we spent the rest of the night chatting and catching up. When Chris got home he stayed with us briefly but then headed upstairs and I think it was almost 12 (as usual) before Nat ended up going home.
Finally on Sunday, Lily woke up feeling even worse and in the end she was sick. We sat together and watched TV on the sofa, their dad agreeing to come over and just get Megan. However by the time their dad arrived it was almost mid-day and Lily perked up a little. She ended up going with them after all and so I was left in floods of tears, missing them and worrying about Lily being ill (sappy I know!). Chris and I had some lunch and then he agreed to come into town with me as I needed a few bits (I think he knew I needed my mind off the kids) so we had a nice wander around Boyes, Next, Wilkos and then Tesco before coming back. I spent the afternoon sewing and he went up on his computer but when he came back down we spent the evening watching TV and catching up. We watched the last episode in the season of Musketeers and then all 4 of The Following so far. It was 12 when we headed to bed but since we had no reason to be up the next morning it wasn’t too bad!
It’s been a crazy old week and I imagine the next few days will be the same. Hopefully I’ll still find time to blog and I have a few scheduled posts for Thursday and Friday at least so fingers crossed they’ll be something to read!
This week I’m going to try and be good – and keep up with my round up posts. I’ve started off well, as its Monday that I first started writing this!
Monday to Friday was work and school as usual. Monday was a nightmare day at work but honestly its become pretty standard these days. Once I was finished at work I drove to the girls’ school and sat outside for about an hour, waiting for them to finish Singing Stars. While I sat and waited, I worked on Megan’s birthday Mystery Party, with the hope it would force me to get something actually planned. When the girls were finally done at 4.30pm, we all headed home and got ourselves dinner, did the dishwasher and caught up on X Factor and I’m a Celebrity. At about 6.30pm we started to decorate the lounge Christmas Tree and it was about 7.40pm when Lily finally went to bed.
After Lily was in bed, Megan and I sorted out the tree in the dining room – our secondary tree, which is themed Disney Villains. It didn’t take us long and once we were done, Megan and I sat down for a bit of a cuddle before Megan too went to bed. Once she was gone, I settled down to write a blog post for Twice the Mum and catch up on a few things online. I then tried to actually get some of Megan’s party typed up, before eventually watching Walking Dead with Chris and then heading to bed.
Tuesday the girls were going to their dad’s after school, but it was also their school fair and the girls were singing in choir. As such I met them after school and took them to fair, before waiting around till 4pm when they would sing. At 4.30pm the girls were finished singing and they left with their dad and I headed home. When I got back, I went straight into writing Megan’s party again, knowing I had to get a lot done still. I worked on it majority of the evening, especially since the girls didn’t get back till 8pm. We had a quick bedtime story and then once they were in bed, I continued to work on Megan’s mystery game. Chris had decided to make quiche and mince pies so he was in the kitchen all evening. I had quiche about 10pm and it was amazing but I knew it would blow my weigh in the next day! We went to bed about 11pm, after watching some TV.
Wednesday the girls were both really tired – especially Lily. I took them both to school and was glad to know they didn’t have school in the afternoon as they were going to a Christmas Carol service at the Cathedral, as part of school choir. After my work, I went to meet the girls at the Cathedral and stayed for the service. When we left, we went straight home and got on with dinner, but Tangled on to watch for our Disney task. Lily went to bed pretty much straight after dinner and I worked a bit on Megan’s party, to get it finished. Once both girls were in bed, I spent some time just relaxing and doing some bits and pieces I needed to catch up on before later heading to bed with Chris around 11pm.
Thursday was the first day that we didn’t have anything on after school. With the mystery party pretty much written, I went back to sewing. The girls and I caught up on I’m a Celebrity while I sewed and sewed and sewed! Megan drew some beautiful Disney pictures but Lily wasn’t really in the mood for doing her Disney task. I actually made sure both of the girls were in bed a little earlier. Later Nat came around and we did yet more sewing, of course while having a girlie catch up. On Friday I really needed some time out as it had been a long week. When we got back from school we got dinner and sorted out some washing, the bins etc. I started to sew and sewed for majority of the evening. However when Chris got home we ordered takeaway AND got a bottle of wine, before spending the evening catching up on some TV. Luckily, since I was done with the mystery game, I could easily sew and watch TV, whereas earlier in the week I’d had to be in silence.
Finally it was Saturday and Megan’s party day. I spent majority of the day sewing Lily’s costume, then in the afternoon I went out shopping with Lily to get the food and some last minute bits. The whole day was a bit of a rush but we got there in the end. The party went well and Megan enjoyed it – which of course was the main thing. After the girls were in bed, Nat, Tom, Amy etc all stayed to chat and it was nice to just have some time together when we weren’t all drunk! Eventually Nat and Tom left though and we all headed to bed, not far off midnight.
On Sunday I woke up early and couldn’t get back to sleep so I got up. I managed to get two blog posts done, X Factor and I’m a Celebrity watched, all before midday. Everyone piled into the car and we took Amy and Olivia to the station. We all then headed to Lincoln for Christmas Market. Typically it rained the moment we were out of the car and we all got soaked. It was also freezing cold. However we made the most of it, wandering around and buying a Bratwurst, a Pork and Stuffing Bap and three hot chocolates. We also had cinnamon nuts which we brought home with us. All in all, we were at Christmas Market about 2 hours and while it was nice, I missed going at night when it was dark. Also if I’m honest, I don’t feel like it was a good this year either.
We all came home, completely drained. We spent the rest of the day/evening chilling out. We watched TV, we played Disney games and we basically just monged. I put Lily to bed at just gone 6pm and Megan went at 7.30pm. I then spent the evening blogging and watching more TV. Chris went for a bath and when he got out, I went for one. Afterwards we watched some TV before grabbing an early night.
I can’t possibly explain, just how busy this week has felt. I honestly haven’t been able to concentrate on anything other than Megan’s party. While I was happy to do it, I’m pleased its now passed. I’m really looking forward to this coming week – with Megan’s actual birthday – and then the build up to Christmas. I feel like finally December can be enjoyed!