Friday, 31 December 2010

New year New me

Every year I do this.

I cant help it.

I think 'This is it! This is the year I get it all together, do loads of  brilliant stuff and be the Sian I always wish I could be.' However by the end of the year I done some things but mostly I haven't kept up my resolutions. Especially the ones about eating less and exercising more. Buts what's the Alternative? Dismiss New Years resolutions as pointless and refuse to make them. Then I'll do even less. If I'm honest with you I love making them. The feeling of hope and possibility lifts me up. It makes January feel less bleak and makes me feel like a super hero in the making...
So here's my resolutions:

  • Eat less (ha! good luck with that!) and drink more water. I'm so bad at this and always get headaches.


  • Exercise more including doing the 3 peaks this summer (Hmm really should start training for that...) I may even buy a bike.


  • Be a better Mummy. By that I mean, eat ALL family meals together at the table, less kiddies TV, go to more playgroups or germ groups as they are otherwise known and keep the house tidy for longer than 5 minutes at a time (hmm maybe I had better include learn to multi-task to the list...)


  • Take care of myself more. Since having 2 babies so close together I don't take as much care of myself as I used. I'm so busy keeping the little ones happy that I've become bottom of my list of priorities. I'm ashamed to admit that sometimes I don't brush my hair if I haven't gone anywhere. I used to moisturise like my life depended on it. Now Im doing well if I slap some face cream on. And if I don't tweeze my eyebrows soon the villagers will settle for good. I think this happens a lot with mummies. It gets harder and harder to find 'me' time. I even feel guilty sitting at watching TV in the evening! I mean what is that about? I think ive turned into my mother!!! This year I will take time to soak in the bath, paint my nails and by God shave my legs more than once a week! Oh and go out on some much needed girly nights!


  • Draw everyday! and take more photos (if that's possible)


  • Digital Scrapbook the photos of the Kiddies (this is all Laura's fault)

See that's not so bad and I've got a sneaky suspicion I'm going to be awesome at it this year!

Now the way I always kick off these resolutions and the new year is Detox month (I think my husband just let out a painful groan) By this I mean I give up all processed and junk food.

No take out, no chocolate, no crisps etc etc *feeling a little faint now* AND...

wait for it...

No cups of Tea! (Or Alcohol for that matter but since babies I don't really drink anyway) Only water or herbal tea.
Before you think I've gone completely crazy I think you need to understand just how much food I have eaten over the Christmas period. Remember the stretchy trousers? It's the only way to make me feel better about stuffing my face like there was no tomorrow. I think if I'm not careful, people are going to start asking me when the baby is due!

Anybody want to join me...?

Seriously I've got a good feeling about 2011
Happy New Year!



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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Cabin fever activities

It turns out that Lucas had an ear nasty infection in both ears so after Christmas we have pretty much stayed indoors out of the cold. (This explains his Boxing day melt down, poor little thing) Its been nice though to spend time together. We watched a lot of films and played with our new Christmas toys. However we have had a little bit of cabin fever at times so making rice crispy cakes did the trick nicely.

First melt the chocolate...

Mix the chocolate with Rice Crispys, while taste tasting obviously...


It can also be used as a fashionable lipstick...


Of course there is always the 'theres looks better than mine' effect.

Place them on a tray and allow to cool in Fridge.

Before stuffing your face like a pig!

Aw good times!

Monday, 27 December 2010

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!

 Time for a play by play of our Christmas.

As is tradition we open ALL our presents as fast as is humanly possible.
There were some very happy boys that morning...
And as it turned out a very happy Mummy *jumps around the room*

Grandparents soon arrived with even more Presents!

So I proudly handed out MY homemade Mulled wine and Mince pies. It was a risky move as my mum usually hates both. However they loved them so I'm either a Christmas genius or they were lying through their teeth...
During which time Hubby was stressing over the delicious Turkey in the kitchen...



Obligatory Christmas cracker hat.

Obligatory glass of Champagne for Mummy.

And then when our belly's are so full we can barely move,
its time to watch a film on the telly...

"Don't worry Mummy there's always a happy ending..."

Then before we knew it, it was Boxing day! Are you loving the Christmas PJ's?

After yet more food its time for our traditional Boxing day walk. A chance to make us feel less guilty about our expanding waste lines. This year however it didn't quite go according to plan...


 It started off so well. Sun shining, Snow twinkling...

But really quickly both children got very grumpy. So it wasn't long before we tried to get back to the car as quickly as possible. Which was challenging with Isaac refusing to walk or be carried and Lucas having a complete melt down. So typical they always love going for a walk.

But as is the way with children sometimes... *sigh* 
Me singing nursery rhymes to try to distract Lucas, as you can see it worked in no way at all

*sigh*
Don't worry Lucas hasn't fallen out of carrier. Daddy is trying his hand at distracting him.
Some horses helped to bring the crisis down a few notches though...

So that was our Christmas and despite the disaster boxing day walk, I loved it!

Hope you also had a lovely Christmas!
xxx

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Christmas Fever

Just like snow I am mad about Christmas! I really am a big kid and I hope that never changes. Here's a little quiz about our traditions at Christmas time... Read it thoroughly now there will be a 'how much I know Siany exam' afterwards.


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? A bit of both but mostly wrapping paper. I go a bit crazy with ribbon and stuff. I like them to look all fancy.


2. Real tree or Artificial? We've done both but this year we have a smaller artificial tree up high where little baby hands cant reach.

3. When do you put up the tree? 1st of December because I literally cant wait any longer. In fact *whispers* don't tell but this year it was a few days before because I was busy on the 1st...



4. When do you take the tree down? New years day. I take the decorations down and clean every inch of the house. I like to start the New Year afresh like i'm going to be a house cleaning, decluttering, domestic Goddess from then on. That usually lasts about 3 days...

5. Do you like mince pies? I didn't used to but yes with stupid amounts of double cream. I will attempt to make my own this year which could be interesting... 

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I got a Hamster one year that was pretty cool. Until it died suddenly and a week later made a miraculous recovery...weird.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My mum Urgh! She doesn't want anything! So I alternate between perfume, bath stuff or jewellery...



8. Easiest person to buy for? My dad! He wants everything! He's a collector and has loads of hobbies. In fact I look forward to seeing him open his gift the most. Although I always tease him that im getting him socks. Maybe this year to mix it up I should actually get him some socks!

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No at this moment the figures would be eaten, slobbered on or thrown about. Lets just say its for their own safety.


10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail mostly although I have been known to send loud obnoxious email ones to people to open while they are at work lol

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Thongs from an elderly relative. I mean that's just wrong isn't it?

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Scrooged with Bill Murrey. Its not Christmas unless I've watched that.


13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? October and I do it mostly online. I cant face the crowds with my 2 grumpy children. I cant think straight under pressure...

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? *Ahem* Of course not *whistles*...

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I don't have one thing but I do like to eat as much as possible usually until I feel sick. I always have stretchy trousers ready for the occasion. 

16. Lights on the tree (colored or clear)? As you can see they were coloured but then the fuse blew or something exploded somewhere so we put up some white ones that we had spare. Sometimes I'm amazed the house it still standing to be quite honest with you.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree thanks to the film 'Home alone'.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We ALWAYS travel to everyone and with the 2 kiddies its always such a massive undertaking. This year is the first year we are staying at home and I cant wait! My parents are coming for Christmas day. Tim is cooking a Turkey, Ill be giving out burnt mince pies...Its going to be awesome!


19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Um...no

20. Angel, star or ribbon on top of tree? Star. When I was little we had this angel that sat on the top that I thought was beautiful! In reality with grown up eyes it looks awful but Ill always have a soft spot for it. I shall inherit it one day and it shall sit on the top of the tree obviously.


21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Tim is half Swiss so they always opened them Christmas Eve European style. Which I think is crazy!? Part of the fun of Christmas Eve is the anticipation. Since I clearly wear the trousers in our house, we will do as we did in my family. First thing on Christmas morning open ALL the presents as quickly as humanly possible! No order, just dive in and rip!


22. Favorite children's Christmas song? Probably Jingle bells or something...

23. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? NOTHING! Christmas rocks full stop!


24. Favorite ornament? These gold angels we had from when I was little. I always thought they were so beautiful.

25. Meat for Christmas meal? Turkey although one year we had Goose and it was really good. Bit pricey though.

26. What do you want for Christmas this year? Art of books esp Pixar art ones. I collect them. 

27. Does anyone in your family dress up as Santa? No but hubby could pull it off I think...

28. Age you discovered who Santa was? whaaaaat!? Santa's not real!? 


29. Mulled wine, hot chocolate, or beer? I like the Mulled wine!

30. Traditional colors (red and green) or other colors? Yep we're pretty traditional. My hubby cant cope with anything too out there...


31. Do you have any Christmas decorations on your roof? No I don't trust either of us to put them up and live to tell the tale...



32. How does Santa get into your house? Chimney or magic key? We have an dodgy old electric fireplace – I always imagined he came in by magic but you've crushed that dream *sob*

33. Do you prefer gifts or gift cards? Gifts! always gifts people...

34. Favorite children's Christmas Cartoon? Its not a cartoon but I always loved Santa Clause the Movie!



Anyway so that's us. I found this quiz on a lovely blog jennsblondeambition that I read.  I hope she doesn't mind but I thought it was such a great idea. I've adapted mine a little because for example I don't know what EggNog is? Feel free to lift mine and put it on your own Blog if you have one. I'd love to read about what you do. Unless you open your presents on Christmas Eve in which case you will be on my naughty list...


Anyway happy Christmas. I hope its a great one!


Sunday, 19 December 2010

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow...



On Friday hubby broke up from School for Christmas and then we've had stupid amounts of snow! Esp for England. Yay!!! I have been bouncing around the house like a hyperactive Tigger. 

Christmas + Snow = Happy Mummy! 

So on Saturday we played out in the falling snow, making snowmen and having snow ball fights etc.  And today the sun came out and we went sledging. Whoo hoo!

Daddy went down first with them at incredible speeds. 
Everyone squealed with joy! 10/10 for athletic performance.

When it was my turn and I couldn't work out how to get moving...
 How did daddy do this?...
Once we did get going, we would slowly slide along. Then no matter what I did we would turn to the right and stop. This happened over and over again without fail.
That's not what happened with Daddy, Mummy...
 Even tried on my own and it still happened. 2/10 for Athletic performance apparently.
Seriously unimpressed.
 So daddy decides to show me how its done.

Show offs!
 Then when everyone was wet, cold and very grumpy it was time to head on home...
Do you like how daddy is carrying Lucas AND pulling Isaac in the sledge
 because I'm taking the pictures? hee hee


Best start to Christmas holiday ever!