February 21st -27th
February 21st -27th
We’ve got lots of plans for the garden this year and we’re very eager to get started so the other morning, the girls and I decided to plant the summer bulbs Spalding Bulb & Plant Co sent us.
It was cold and frosty but we didn’t let it put us off, the girls even still had their night clothes on when we ventured out!
We were sent 5 different types of summer bulbs. I can’t remember what they are and I’m not going to check because I like surprises!
Kaycee labelled all the pots without me telling her, in fact, I hadn’t even thought of it because I always forget to label them!
All we need now is the summer. I hope it comes soon because although I love winter, I’m over it now and long for some warmth so that being out in the garden doesn’t leave me chilled to the bone!
Ant’s eldest son lives in China and has been with the lovely Elaine for five and a half years. They’re planning on getting married in China and had a wedding reception yesterday for all his family here in the UK.
It was lovely seeing Ant’s children and their lovely partners altogether; it’s unusual for that to happen because of work commitments and one being away in China for years!
We wish Jonathan and Elaine a very happy marriage and long life together 🙂
February 14th – We spent Valentines afternoon playing Trivial Pursuit with Kaycee and Ella (Aiden was more interested in playing a new game he’d got for 3DS!). It lasted forever and Ella started to get bored so we never actually got a winner but it was a really lovely afternoon 🙂
Ella wanted her hair curly so we put it in rags the night before 🙂
February 16th – Ant and I went to B&M today with Kaycee and Ella. I saw this mug, loved it and bought it for myself 🙂
Aiden, Kaycee and Ella had a brilliant Christmas present last year….. tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour from their sister, Kellyann and her boyfriend, Ian.
It’s been fully booked since and last weekend was the first one available for them to go.
I can’t explain how jealous I am that they’ve been and I haven’t!
By all accounts, a wonderful time was had by all 🙂
The kids were really looking forward to trying a butterbeer but when it came to it, Kaycee didn’t really like it, Aiden drank half of it but wasn’t that impressed and Ella loved it! Aiden and Kaycee bought the regular cup that cost £5 and Ella paid £2 extra to get a tankard.
Kaycee’s given me her butterbeer cup and she bought me a lovely bookmark.
Ella bought her dad a pencil for him to do his crosswords 🙂
Here are some of the photos from the day, courtesy of Kellyann’s Facebook album 🙂
February 7th – I’ve booked a cottage in Hay-on-Wye for us to go away for our 10th wedding anniversary in April and I’m really excited! Hay is known for having lots of bookshops and is the reason I’ve wanted to go ever since I saw a photo on another blog 🙂
I’m a bit fed up with another gain (1/2lb) to be honest because unlike last week I haven’t had anything I shouldn’t and I’ve stayed on plan all week.
It’s annoying when I gain and I don’t know why but I’m just going to draw a line under it and try again.
I’m going to do an extra easy week instead of SP and see how I go.
It’s going to be nice having potatoes and pasta again after 6 weeks without any! I don’t know how I managed it for so long!
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Winter is a beautiful season but a lot of us tend to feel a little ‘blue’ during these cold months. This could be due to many reasons such as bad weather, illness or stress. The winter blues is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder and according to the BBC, the condition is a type of depression with a seasonal pattern and it is thought that
a ‘lack of light’ is the culprit, affecting the ‘part of the brain that rules sleep, appetite, sex drive, mood and activity levels.’ If it all sounds a little too familiar then it is definitely time to make some changes before all
of this ‘seasonal depression’ results in a winter blues/zombie-like pandemic.
Winter Bucket List
You’ve probably heard of a bucket list before, it’s basically a list of the things you want to do before you pass away. It may sound a little depressing at first but creating a winter bucket list may lift that seasonal depression right off your shoulders. Write out a fun list of all the things you want to do during the colder months; you could pick up a new
hobby, go hiking, buy a puppy, whatever it is, having something to focus on during the cold months will give you something to strive for. After you have ticked everything off the list you can be proud that you stuck with it and defeated the winter depression in the process.
Please note: This is a collaborative post.
Since Christmas Kaycee and Ella’s bedroom has been disgraceful. Ant and I got fed up of seeing it in such a mess so last Monday I decided to go and clean it properly. I’ve told both of them I don’t want to see a messy bedroom again.
I ended up being in there for the whole day (except for one hour at lunch) and with Ant’s help, the bedroom got a change round.
We separated the bunk beds into two separate beds. Obviously, they take up more room but the thinking behind it was that the less floor space they have, the less mess they can make.
Time will tell but so far it’s stayed fairly tidy although Ella’s had to be reminded daily to put her clothes to wash and toys away at the end of the day.
The side with Kaycee’s bed has remained spotless.
When they get their own rooms, I know which one I’ll have to nag to keep it clean!
This is the room before the change round
This is what it looks like now :o)
We’ve got some shelves to put up for each of them above their beds instead of bedside tables as there isn’t room and I also kept the fairy lights from the Christmas tree so we can put them on the shelves 🙂