Saturday, 31 December 2011

Saturday is caption day Dec 31st

Saturday Is Caption Day

Last caption day of the year.
Thanks Mammasaurus, for bringing giggles to Saturdays :)

Friday, 30 December 2011

Day Zero Project - Creative writing prompt (1/20)

As part of my Day Zero Project, I have to use 20 writing prompts from Creative Writing Prompts.
This is number one and the prompt is:

Write about your most memorable house move.

Without my mum, packing up, not just my house, but my whole life would have taken me twice as long.
There's no messing when my mum gets going. She had everything packed and ready to go in less than a week. You would be mistaken though, if you thought that she worked so fast because she wanted to get rid of me! She just gets the job done when she puts her mind to it and she knew it was what I wanted.

My parents have always supported my decisions. I know they miss me not being as close anymore but they both know that I'm happy and that's what they've always wanted for me; for all of us.

I'd lived in Derbyshire my whole life. My family is quite big and we all lived within easy reach of each other, except for one Aunt who lived in America. I loved having everyone so close. I especially loved spending New Years at one or other of my Aunt's. They'd always put on a wonderful feast and the adults and teenagers would play board games, such as Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary (I'm not very good at either so would always try and partner with my dad because he's clever!) while the children would run around, playing with new toys.

When it came time to make the decision, I didn't hesitate. I moved to Lincoln to be with Ant and I've never regretted it, not even for a second, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I missed everyone quite a lot of the time and sometimes wished it didn't take a drive of an hour and a half to go and visit.

I don't think I'll ever forget the drive from Belper to Lincoln, in a rented van which somehow (due to the magic of Ant's packing skills) contained my entire household contents!
I must have gone through the whole gamut of human emotion that day and by the time we got to my new home, I was exhausted.

Exhausted and happy.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Free Blogger Backgrounds

If you're a regular visitor you may notice that I change the design quite often. I get bored easily and love making headers and backgrounds for my blog.
I'll be changing to my New Year design on New Year's Day :)

I was cleaning up folders and found a few backgrounds that some of you may like. All you need to do is click the link below the preview picture to download the zipped folder.

If you'd like a free custom header to match your chosen background, email me (you can find my email on the contact me page) or leave a comment below letting me know what text you'd like.

Red Background

Butterfly 02

Shoes background

Butterfly 01

Blue stripes
Here are some of the headers I've done for the different backgrounds.

Butterfly header
Blue Stripes header

Shoes header

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Day Zero Project - Watch every pre-recorded VHS that I own

We have quite a few....this is going to take a while!

I'm not including:
TV shows like Buffy/Angel/Star Trek
Documentary videos
Children's cartoons

1) A fish called Wanda
2) Karate Kid
3) Karate Kid 2
4) Ever After
5) Heartbreak Ridge
6) The Frighteners
7) As good as it gets
8) Look who's talking
9) Mrs Winterborne
10) It's a wonderful life
11) Money pit
12) Lord Of Illusion
13) My Cousin Vinny
14) Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets
15) Dave
16) Wings of the Apache
17) Wet Wet Wet singles videos
18) Never ending story
19) Those dear departed
20) Confessions - Two faces of evil
21) Turner & Hooch
22) Grease
23) The last starfighter
24) Cujo
25) Mermaids
26) Masters of the universe
27) Death becomes her
28) Carrie
29) Ewoks
30) The Saint
31) Jersey Girl
32) Animatrix
33) Dolores Claiborne
34) Sleepwalkers
35) The Dark Half
36) Creepshow
37) Elvis '68
38) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
39) The Running Man
40) The Way of the Dragon
41) The Nutty Professor
42) Riverdance for Rwanda
43) Indiana Jones and the last crusade
44) The lost world
45) The tall guy
46) Madness Heavy Heavy Hits
47) Wet Wet Wet live
48) Jason Donovan
49) Lord of the dance
50) Back to the future
51) Predator
52) The big chill
53) The eagle has landed
54) Pacific Heights
55) Panic room
56) I know what you did last summer
57) Bruce Lee the man, the myth, the legend
58) E.T.
59) Misery
60) Apollo 13
61) Sliver
62) Schindlers List
63) Status Quo
64) Cats eyes
65) Cross of iron
66) Tina Turner
67) The Tommyknockers
68) Ghostbusters
69) Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost ark
70) The Abyss
71) Home alone 2
72) The Goonies
73) Saving Private Ryan
74) The Shell Seekers
75) Diary of Anne Frank
76) Virus
77) Ghoulies 2
78) Critters 2
79) Who framed Roger Rabbit
80) Star Wars
81) Return of the Jedi
82) The Empire Strikes Back
83) Star Wars Episode One
84) Star Wars Episode Two
85) Gone with the wind
86) Lady in white
87) Teen Witch
88) RoboCop
89) American Werewolf in London
90) Sands of Iwo Jimma
91) A.W.O.L.
92) Lethal Weapon 1
93) Lethal Weapon 2

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Visiting family on Boxing Day

I love going to my mum's on Boxing Day and this year was even better because my brother John was able to make it with his family. I only see them a couple of times a year so it was really great seeing them today :)
I also loved seeing my dad who I miss loads. My nieces and nephews were pleased to see me and I got cuddles and kisses from them all.

I love them all and can't wait to see them again in the new year :)

My brother Chap aka John!

My little Mason. Love you sweetie xx

Chap's wife, Gemma :)

Oops bit blurry but my sis, Stacy

Grrr blurry again but it's my boy, Aiden and his cousin, Chloe :)

Me and my bestest friend, Jo. Love ya :D xx
Sorry Jay, tried to take a pic of you and gorgeous Megan but it's too blurry. Still love ya though ;) xx

Monday, 26 December 2011

Christmas Day in pictures

KayCee's gifts

Aiden's gifts

Ella's gifts

Ella, loving her helmet and protective pads!

New friends - Jasmine, belonging to KayCee and Ella's is called Rosie.

I've been totally spoilt rotten today :)

Best. Coffee. EVER!!

Cried a bit with excitement and happiness!!  BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER!

KayCee loves her netbook :)

LOVE LOVE LOVE the huge table and serving set....

so much so that I had to show it twice!!

Rosie, loved by Ella

Getting ready to make frozen ring pops

My wonderful boy, helping to clean up after dinner.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Our Christmas Eve

Exhausted but happy. That was me yesterday evening!
The treasure hunt was a huge success and the children were really lovely all day. They all helped get the house ready for the guests who were coming to tea then they spent the afternoon playing outside together.
Granddad took them out for a little while so we could finish getting everything ready for the buffet then our guests started to arrive.

We really enjoyed having our friends and family over for a few drinks and some lovely food, even if I do say so myself!

The kids went next door to help our neighbour decorate her tree when our guests left. This wasn't planned but worked out great because I was able to take over from Ant who was cleaning the kitchen so he could go and fetch presents from Granddad's.

When they came home, I gave them the final clue to the treasure hunt and we soon had three excited children who couldn't believe they were allowed to open four presents instead of the usual one!
The girl's loved their Hello Kitty pyjamas that Granddad had bought them and they were all very pleased with their fleece blankets, hot water bottle and Santa mug.

After hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream they were all very excited to find out that Santa had sent them a video email from Portable North Pole.
KayCee confessed after watching hers that she'd been a little bit scared in case she got put on the naughty list and you could see the relief on her face when the light turned green!

Aiden made up a bed on the floor of the girl's room because they all like to sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve and when everyone was settled, I read 'Twas the night before Christmas'.

It was a lovely end to a lovely day :)

Merry Christmas! :D

Snaggable - Right Click & Save As :)

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Eve Treasure Hunt

Do you remember our Advent Activity List? Well there's been a slight adjustment to Christmas Eve's activity.

I left the little scroll in there for the whole of December and there has been much speculation as to what Christmas Eve's scroll is going to say.
From listening to the children, it was clear that the activity I'd picked for Christmas Eve was going to be a bit of a disappointment to them (the activity on the scroll is to have hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream) as we always have hot chocolate on Christmas Eve.
They're expecting something different and a little bit special because Christmas Eve is the most special day on the advent calendar.

With this in mind, Ant and I devised our own mini treasure hunt which ends with the children being able to open some presents bought especially for them for Christmas Eve using an idea taken from the very lovely Chris over at Thinly Spread...thanks for sharing Chris, the kids are going to love it!
Chris calls it the snuggle sack but we've not really not got a name for it as we're going to put each child's gifts in the bags they leave out for Santa and the treasure hunt will eventually lead them to the bags.
It'll be a surprise to find gifts already in there!

When they go to bed on the 23rd, I'm going to swap the scroll for a Forever Friends tag on which I've written the first clue.

Grandad bought them each a new pair of pyjamas and we've bought them a red Christmas fleece blanket, a matching hot water bottle with red Christmas cover, a Santa mug for their hot chocolate and a magic key to hang on the door for Santa.

Here are our clues for the first part of the treasure hunt:

Good Morning
Time to stop snoring
It's Christmas Eve
and if you believe
Santa's coming tonight
So look under the lights

Well you did well
and so I'll tell
the next clue will be
not under the tree
but near the love nest
so go, be my guest!

Clue number three
is not so ea-sy
It's under a box
in a room with a clock
Near you know who's
smelly old shoes

Now I'm sorry to say
it's going to be a long day
Mummy & Daddy are really sorry
we know you did this in rather a hurry
But you'll have to wait
'til after 8


Then after 8pm, I'll give each of them a Christmas card and on one of the envelopes I'm going to attach the last clue:

Now's the time to grab a mince pie,
we need to feed that special guy.

Pour him a drink; I think Baileys is best!
Once that's done, it's time to rest....
Don't you think bedtime is the best?!

But wait, something's amiss
is it a goodnight kiss?
No that's not it,
but let's not quit...

Let's think, what can it be?
Something to make you all happy?

You've left the snacks
so grab the sacks.
(ok, I know you have bags but that didn't rhyme!)
You'll find a surprise
waiting there inside!

I'm so excited, I can't wait to see their faces :)

Saturday is caption day 24th Dec #satcap

Happy Christmas Eve sat-cappers!

Saturday Is Caption Day

Friday, 23 December 2011

The Andy Williams Christmas Show

Ella and I fell asleep in our chairs last night around 8pm. I didn't wake until I got Ant's text around 10pm saying he was finally coming home from work. He had to work late to make sure all the computers and laptops were fixed and ready for collection before the shop shuts for Christmas at lunch today.
Ella was still fast asleep on the chair when he got home so he carried her up to her bed.

I'd had 2 hours of deep sleep so I was wide awake at gone 1am this morning. I decided to put something light on the TV so I didn't have to concentrate and I picked The Andy Williams Christmas Show from the long list we have on TiVo.
As most of you know, I LOVE Christmas and Andy Williams is totally helping my Christmas spirit soar!
I remember my mum having an Andy Williams Christmas songs LP when I was a child and the combination of the music, the twinkling of the lights and the excitement of Christmas Day being so close sent me right back to those magical days of being a child at Christmas.

Dad, Me & Mum. Makes me smile every time I see this photo :)

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year and I hope you all have the best Christmas :)

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Christmas facepaints

Thanks to Snazeroo, who make the best face paints ever, we had Christmas face painting fun yesterday :)
I'm loving trying new designs on the kids and I'm getting a bit faster now so they don't mind as much being my guinea pigs!

Ella wanted to be a snowflake

and KayCee wanted to be Rudolph

They both want different designs today but I'm not sure if we're going to get time. We've got a full day ahead, starting with the last of the shopping for things needed for the Christmas Eve buffet tea and Christmas lunch; then when we get back, we've got to have lunch, clean bedrooms and the bathroom, bake the sugar cookies (we made the dough yesterday and ran out of time before getting to the baking) and play Beat the Parents. I also have to fit in cooking and serving dinner.

I usually do all my shopping online and never have to venture out, (especially at this time of year!) but Tesco don't do a very good range of housewares on their grocery site. Asda does a better selection but I forgot to get my order placed before all the Christmas dates were gone so now I have to go to the actual shop *shock horror*. We're going early but bet it's still going to be a nightmare!

Wish me luck, out there in the throngs of people frantically trying to find the perfect present for their loved ones!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The Gallery - Christmas of yesteryear

Christmas Eve 2010 - New pjs :)

Christmas Dresses 2010

Ella's Gifts 2010

Aiden's Gifts 2010 - He opened them Boxing Day :)

KayCee's gifts 2010
I was planning to post a photo from each Christmas since KayCee was born to show off the dresses we buy each year but I can't find them so here are the ones I can find from last year.

Aiden spent last Christmas with his dad which is why there aren't any photos of him.
He's at home this year so I'll be taking loads of photos :)

Merry Christmas everyone xx

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Loving my new table!

I've been thinking of ways to make our small table bigger for our Christmas dinner. I bought a new serving set earlier in the year with an oval plate, 2 serving dishes and a gravy boat.
I haven't used it yet and would love to serve up a Christmas dinner where everyone can help themselves.
Our table was only big enough for a small centrepiece, a glass each and our plates and a cracker each.

Christmas 2008
The table mats had to be overlapped and it's even more of a squeeze when it's our year to have Aiden for Christmas (his dad and I take it turns to have him over Christmas) so you can imagine how excited I was when our next door neighbour asked if I wanted a bigger table. She didn't want it anymore and needed it out of her kitchen. It's huge!

Now we need more chairs! We only have four that came with our small table but that's an expense that can wait till next year.
I've spent the day re-arranging the kitchen so we could fit it in and it also gave me the chance to give the kitchen a proper clean ready for our buffet tea on Christmas eve; talking of which, I just got all excited when I realised I'm going to be able to fit all the food on the table and not have it spilling over onto the work tops!
I can't wait to dress the table for Christmas Dinner and be able to use my new serving set now. I'm so happy :) Thank you neighbour :)

Monday, 19 December 2011

Mix Tape Monday - Fave Christmas Song

This is my first time joining in with Mix Tape Monday but I have a feeling it won't be my last!

Out of the hundreds of different Christmas songs, this one makes me feel the most Christmassy, every time I hear it. I love the line, 'tiny tots, with their eyes all aglow, will find it hard to sleep tonight'.
The whole song just sums up Christmas for me :)

Sunday, 18 December 2011

I'm actually gobsmacked!!!

Photo Credit

Ant and I were sat at home enjoying a nice quiet Sunday evening when we got a knock at the door.
Ant went to answer it and was greeted with a group of young lads who informed him that they were Christmas Carolers.
Apparently, Christmas Carolers round here no longer sing, they just tell you they're Christmas Carolers and expect to be given money!

Suffice to say, they didn't get anything from us!


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