Monday, 28 February 2011

iheartfaces competition: Anything but a face


Here is my entry for this weeks competition. The theme is 'anything but a face'. I know you can see his face a little but I think this still counts as the focus is the hand in the mirror. (yikes I hope it does) You have no idea how many shots in the mirror were taken that had the little lovelies slobber all over the glass lol

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Fun at the beach

As some of you know, we are living at my parents' house while our house is being extended. But before we settled in we spent some of the week with relatives near Woolacombe North Devon. Yay! Sun, Sand, Sea...okay its February so we had sand and sea but the sun made no appearance whatsoever. The rain on the other hand was very pleased to see us and stuck around to enjoy our company...like alot.

We don't let a little thing like bad weather stop us though. We had a great time...
The photo below was taken just minutes after we arrived on the beach and seconds before Isaac fell over head first into the water. He was completely soaked! No worries people, mummy extraordinaire (that's me obviously) had a second change of clothes (just forgot the towel).
 See he's fine.

And from then on Daddy promised to be more alert to possible falling/wet situations.



 I think he was distracted eyeing up birds on the beach!
Although I can't talk since I was easily distracted from my hole digging duties...
Actually the hole digging got quite competitive...
Isaac however decided he'd rather branch out and start his own hole digging company. Yeah good luck with that puny little spade!
*sigh* fun at the beach

Friday, 18 February 2011

The builders are here!

 Here is our little house people! 

 It's a 2 bedroom house and the second bedroom is tiny. This didn't seem like an issue when we bought it pre children. Now with a 3 year old and a one year old it is feeling a 'tad' squished to say the least. So we are finally having to some work done. Yay! See the little side extension on the right? That's our kitchen and above  it a new bedroom is going to be built! As well as some other things that we've wanted to change for ages. The builders arrived this week and the work has progressed fast. In fact this weekend me and the kiddies are going to be moving in with my parents for the rest of the work (God help them). It could take which could 6 to 8 weeks. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't giddy with excitement...

Goodbye disgusting fireplace!



Goodbye disgusting kitchen walls...

 Goodbye disgusting light and ceiling...

Hello Patio doors here...

Hello new bedrooms, new plaster on walls, bigger living room, new decor, no more leaking bathroom...etc etc *faints from too much excitment*

You wanna see what going on? 





Look how much they have done already this week!

And the boys have been so excited by all this activity...

'Whoa what's this in our garden?'

They absolutely flipped out when the skip and the mixer arrived...


Obviously the tool kit came right out...

 As did the toy diggers...

 And then the real building work started...


I'll keep you updated and obviously show you what it looks like when its finished!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Valentines Tradition

We do Valentines a little differently and I'd like to share it with you. 

We do give cards but never gifts, flowers or chocolates. We certainly don't go out for a fancy meal. What we do instead of all these things is have a very specific meal at home which in my opinion is way better. This meal is our gift to each other. 

Why? As some of you may know me and Tim met in America even though we are both English. If you like to read the post about where we met click here. While we were there, a good friend of ours invited us to stay at his house. He took us to a supermarket where we each picked out a lobster from a tank to take home alive! (something you wouldn't normally get to do in England.) I kept kept peeking at my little fella in the car all the way home, wondering how I felt about the fact we were going to boil him very soon. While the boys teased me that I would hear him scream when we put him in the water. Turns out I felt okay about it! Especially when he turn pink and delicious. And delicious he was! He was my first ever Lobster and certainly wouldn't be the last from that day onwards. We also bought 3 massive steaks obviously.  So for our meal we ate (with melted butter) a whole steak and a whole lobster. And if I remember correctly ALOT of beer! Anyway
to remember this meal and the fun we had, this is what we do on Valentines day...

We give cards but they have to be home made. 
We clearly cheated though. Mine was thanks to Moonpig but using my photos! And Tims card to me IS home made but made by someone at the school where he teaches. I'm loving them.



I decorate the table to set the mood...


We upgraded the beer to a glass of champagne...


As Tim is an amazing cook the meal is a little fancier than that first time. The starter varies each year and this time it was poached egg on a bed of Asparagus. Mouths watering yet anyone...?

And here is Larry the Lobster and the large pot in which he would meet his end... (we share a lobster these days as Lobsters in England are well expensive) I think Larry suspects today is not his lucky day...
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Here is Larry looking so tasty with some massive prawns to keep him company. I'm surprised I managed to hold back enough to take the photo. We also have a steak each, sweet corn and homemade chips...Yummy


Oops I almost forgot to take the picture of the dessert because I already started eating it (as you can see). I actually made this chocolate moose myself. It is full of double cream and lots of naughty but lovely dark chocolate.

So there you have it. Afterwards we can barely move but I love how we've created this tradition to remember when we first met over 10 years ago...