Sunday, 22 July 2012

We finally got us some sun people!

After months and months of non-stop rain, it finally arrived and we are quite over excited about it...

The first thing we did was pull out the ol' paddling pool only to discover it had a massive hole in it! Typical! We didn't let it stop us though. We did the next best thing and sprayed ourselves down with a hose, almost as if it were raining...

Wait something is ironic here, can't quite put my finger on what...
Basically the goal here is to run though the icy cold water, or roll though it, or jump over it, or do something awesome over it...

Go big or go home sort of thing...




*tisk* They got nothing on me...
Please note the almost Casper like colour of my skin is thanks to lack of exposure to the sun for so long! Please put on protective eyewear if needed...


In fact it turns out I can fly...
As you can see it was a much a surprise to me as anyone else. I am so going to Neverland...

Hubby tried to demonstrate his 'I'm a P.E teacher so here is how to do a proper forward roll' moves.

Quite unsuccessfully I might add...
To which he received a sarcastic slow clap from me...

Apparently he slipped!!!
I think that is when things got silly competitive...

Actually my first born seems to have actual magical powers too...

Not to mention the fack that he has the guts to put on a hat full of ice cold water. Just because he can...
Like I said Go big or go home baby!



I can't tell you how much I needed that!
(I promise we didn't do it for long so as not to waste water too much)...

*sigh* Wet baby feet on grass never gets old does it?
Happy summer days!



Saturday, 7 July 2012

It's been a while huh?

Things have been kind of crazy lately. Just life piling up you know?

My Nan is really ill in hospital and my granddad isn't coping very well generally. It's been a worrying time. She has a lot of health issues anyway but seeing her so ill in hospital has really shocked me. I really hope she recovers.

We call my Granddad 'Poppy'. We always have since my brother was little and couldn't pronounce Grampy. At the moment we have one lone poppy growing in our garden. It makes me think of them every time I see it...



I have had no less than 6 sore throats in the last 3 months that lasted ages. Honestly my Tigger ability to bounce back when feeling overwhelmed was severely disabled by this. I always think one of the hardest parts of being a mum is the fact that you cannot rest when you are sick. No duvet days allowed, you just have to keep going. I want to exercise to boost my energy but every time I go for a run I get a sore throat the next day. It's very frustrating. I'm waiting on blood tests but I think it's just life.

Recently Isaac had a minor operation on his 'pee pee' (I can't say 'penis' seriously) the other week to correct a small birth defect. I was so worried about the operation would he be scared? how will it go? that I didn't think about the recovery. 

The operation went perfectly but he was in a terrible state. Poor thing. I wasn't prepared for how uncomfortable he would be for days after, literally screaming out in pain. Horrible. But it is done now and he is almost fully recovered. 

However during recovery if you can believe it, both boys caught Hand, foot and mouth virus. Where from? We hadn't been anywhere?! Seriously? This made them both really ill and covered in sore spots. They were very contagious so we have been house bound for weeks if you include recovery from operation time too. 

I have serious cabin fever people. I was literally starting to doubt whether the outside world really exists or is it an illusion matrix style...?



Then there is the rain. The goddamn constant rain. Apart from a few weeks in spring and the odd day here and there it just keeps raining. I like rain a normal amount you know, I can find beauty in it but I've literally had enough now... 

Okay so that is kind of beautiful. 
I Just feel like I blinked and missed summer.

It's like free falling, I felt ill, I felt tired, the boys felt ill, everyone seemed to be ill, the house got messier, the laundry pile got scarier, my head got stressier (that is SO not a word)...

I think everything I just said above is why I haven't blogged. I like to be honest here but I do focus mainly on the good on this blog for sure. I mean every now and then I open up about something I'm struggling with and I'm always glad I did. The support that comes back is so reassuring. But the above stuff (my Nan aside) just sounds like whining. There are worst things in life I know. I just felt overwhelmed and tired. Like every other mum in the world huh?

Okay so they are clearly worth it...

But little by little I can feel the Tigger in me preparing to bounce... 

Plus i'm overdosing on Echinacea ...

Plus the sun has popping in for a brief visit today. And everything looks better in the sun...

I think these two are marking there territory...
Excuse the weeds, did I mention it has been raining... 

So right now i'm focusing on getting healthy. 

I think when life gets out of whack in this way, eventually something kicks in and motivates you to rebalance things. I keep thinking we need to simplify again. We are watching too much TV (from them being ill), we are rushing our meal times, due to rain we have stopped our after dinner walk, exercise has stopped, taking time to rest and look after myself has gone out the window. I'm not living in the moment like I do when i'm taking photos and blogging. Good grief I haven't been taking photos!!!

It's little things that make the most difference. So this morning Tim took the boys out for a long walk in the woods and I had a long soak in in a hot bath. Pampering myself with all the products I have but never use. Taking some me time made a huge difference and mums don't do it nearly enough. I stuck teabags on my tired eyes and check me out I even made homemade bathsalts!



Wanting to feel less run down and tired I'm also thinking about the food we eat. I don't think diets work and most of our food is healthy and home cooked thanks to hubby anyway. However recently I read about the health benefits of eating less meat. Easy now cows in the next field, don't relax just yet. I'm not going to be a vegetarian, I love meat but does it need to be a part of every meal? This video decided it for me. Also a diet with more variety, more fish, more vegetables, less bread can't hurt.  So if any of you have any awesome vegetarian or fish dishes send them my way.

I want to make meal times an event again...
I want to see the little things that make life sweet again...

ah there we are...







Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Wordless Wednesday: It's the summer of rain...




(I know I have been MIA for a while. Life has gotten in the way lately but I'll fill you in soon x)