Wednesday, 1 July 2015

July Bucket List

Summer's certainly here. How long it stays for is another question!

I missed doing my bucket list last month because I was so busy but things have calmed down a bit this month which means I have time to set some goals :)

1) Ant's built a cover over our patio so now I have to get the walls painted white and the patio furniture in place so we can start enjoying it.
2) Help Ant get his garage sorted out. He's going to be ruthless with his many belongings and he wants to get it organised properly but it's a massive job so we're going to do it together.
3) Get my hair dyed. I've bought some purple!! hair dye and my mum's going to come and visit so she can do it for me.
4) Have my Nan-Nan and Aunty Jane over for afternoon tea once the patio is all ready.
5) Make a start on the stairs. I want to remove the carpet and paint them because I hate trying to hoover them. Using a brush and dustpan is so much easier!

I'm linking up with Beth's Monthly Bucket List :)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Kaycee Cooks - My Daughter's New Blog

Kaycee, nearly 10, loves to cook. Loves to watch cooking programs and loves to organise the table, decorations etc when we have family round for dinner.

She's recently started watching Gordon Ramsey's daughter's TV show, Matilda and the Ramsey Bunch. She was inspired to start her own cooking blog and she posted her first recipe today :)

Click image to go to her new blog :)

Her first recipe is a Slimming World one because she likes to help keep me on track! She made bacon and roast tomato pasta. It was delicious.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Screaming like a banshee

I'd envisioned a relaxing family Saturday. Instead I ended up screaming like a banshee.

Ant had to leave early to go to B&Q before nipping to Asda for his mum then going to work at the computer shop for a couple of hours. I'd planned to spend the morning catching up on blog stuff while the girls cleaned their room and re-organised their wardrobes. They were in a right state after they'd just chucked the clean clothes in instead of sorting them and putting them away properly.

When we'd all done, I was going to make lunch then see if Ant would drop us at Hartsholme Park for the afternoon. Ella wanted to go on a leaf hunt as part of her school homework and had asked if we could go.
Ant's working on the roof he's building over the patio so I thought it would be lovely to take the girls out on such a gorgeous day and leave him in peace to work.

What actually happened was the girls went upstairs to do their jobs and  minutes later they started arguing.

When I say arguing, I actually mean a full on screaming match. The way they shouted at each other with venom in both of their voices that sounded as though they hated each other, brought me to tears.

I tried my best to stay calm and issue a punishment (dad would empty the pool if they carried on) without screaming at them and I managed it.

At first.

They started crying and stormed off back upstairs but if you think the threat of the pool being emptied stopped them being horrible to each other, you'd be wrong.

And that's when I lost it.

With every sentence I got angrier and more shrill. I told them family games night was cancelled. I told them they were banned from the pool for a week and the only reason I wasn't going to send them to bed at 7 o clock tonight was because I didn't want to spend all evening going up and down stairs to stop them arguing because I knew they wouldn't go to sleep right away.

I told them to go and get the jobs finished and not to talk to one another.

They couldn't help themselves though, they didn't stop talking so I stormed upstairs, sent them to sit downstairs in silence and angrily folded all the clothes!
I drew the line at putting them all away though, I left them for Kaycee to do and I piled all the toys and games and stuff up and left it for Ella to tidy away then hoover the floor.

I'm calm again now but it took a big hug from the super wonderful husband to help me stop crying and calm down and the girls are now being very quiet.

They've asked to watch the TV, play on the Wii, play on my phone and the answer to all has been no.
We've decided not empty the pool because of the cost of the water but the week long ban stays in place.

It breaks my heart because it's so warm and sunny out today and they could be having a wonderful afternoon in the pool but I can't give in.

I've now got a headache and sore throat to deal with and they've got to deal with the knowledge that mum and dad are very upset with them.
It's a very sombre atmosphere at the moment and I for one will be very glad when this day is over.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Netflix Tag

Thanks to Carolyn at Carolyn Blogs for tagging me :)

I Love Netflix and wish there were more hours in the day so I could watch everything on there that I want to see!

All Time Favourite

My all time favourite would have to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don't remember getting excited about any tv shows the way I did when it was time for the latest episode of Buffy on a Thursday night!

Current Addiction

Pretty Little Liars. I first saw it on MTV I think but it was a bit hit and miss so I loved being able to catch up on them all :)


My wish for my wishlist came true when they put Once Upon a Time on Netflix. I'd been watching it on Channel 5 but didn't get to see seasons 3 or 4 so now I'm playing catchup.

Pet Peeve

My pet peeve is having to go right through all the categories to the bottom to get to my watch list when I'm on Netflix on TiVo. It takes forever. There's probably an easier way that I don't know about but in general, I don't find Netflix on TiVo very easy to navigate.

Marathon Essentials

For me it would have to be Pretty Little Liars, The Returned, American Horror Story, Suits and The Good Wife.

What's on Your Watch List

You Should Watch

All the ones I mentioned in marathon essentials!

I now tag anyone who wants join in :)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Dinner with the lovely Mother in Law

My mother in law has unfortunately had to get used to living on her own since her lovely husband, Jack died a couple of years ago.

She doesn't often say anything but I know she can get lonely sometimes so we like to go and spend time with her and also invite her here for lunch or a BBQ or just a coffee.

Last week we invited her round for dinner and a family games night. We had Beef Bourguignon with Mashed potato, green beans, carrots and broccoli. It was absolutely delicious.

For dessert we had Manchester Tart. It could have done with being made the previous day so it had more time to set but it was still gorgeous! I hate to think how many Slimming World syns I had that night!

Kaycee set the table; she likes making her own place cards :)

The girls love it when Nanny comes for dinner. We all had a really lovely night.

 After dinner we played gin rummy. I can't remember who won but it was probably Ant because he usually wins everything!

We had Grandad round for a BBQ the next day and he comes to dinner at our house every other week. It's important to us that the girls get to spend as much time with their lovely grandparents as possible so we're planning making family dinner and game night a regular thing :)

This post was in collaboration with Sunrise Senior Living


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