April 2012 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Miscellany Monday.


It's my favourite time of the week! Miscellany Monday with Carissa! If you like random thoughts put into a coherant post then go link up too!

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James walked out of the kitchen the other day like this...

Yes, that is the cardboard middle out of toilet rolls.  I have no idea where he found them but apparently they are now his binoculars. Off course I had to grab my phone and take a photo.


This was the view from my window all day yesterday..

Honestly.. I didn't ever think it was going to stop raining. But this morning we have woken up to Blue skies and no rain! I think I'm going to take advantage of it and get James outside and playing. He's been cooped up for far too long.


I realised yesterday that my doctors appointment isn't today. It's Tuesday. I was all hyped up and ready to have this implant taken out and I know it's only one day later but I was a bit gutted when I realised I had to wait an extra day! I've already been waiting nearly two weeks :)


James doesn't sit still very often and when he does it's not for very long. Yesterday morning I was lying on the bed upstairs and he came up to sit with me. He ended up crawling onto my lap and thats where he stayed for nearly an hour.. Snuggles with this little man make me happy.

As do cold pizza breakfasts!

Looking back it was quite a good weekend!!


Nerves & Excitment.


I do not know what is wrong with me at the moment. I am constantly tired. Like clockwork every day come 2pm I cannot keep my eyes open. I can literally set my watch by it. It's actually becoming quite a pain considering I'm trying to run around after a 3 year old and run a household.. Lets just say dinners in our house have been quick and easy since this tiredness hit..


Monday is a big day for me. I am having my implant taken out.. Yep, that's right. The contraceptive implant that I have had for the past year is going to be a thing of the past. I am excited about the possibility of baby number two but also slightly nervous for several reasons.

Firstly, it took me five years and five miscarriages for us to have James. I suffer with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which makes it difficult to conceive. Also because of my repeated miscarriages I have to take a low dose asprin when pregnant because during pregnancy my blood clots more easily and causes the miscarriages. This was only discovered after my 5th miscarriage and thankfully my doctor discovered it early in my pregnancy with James. I honestly don't know if I can go through the heartache of month after month not conceiving and then maybe getting pregnant and experiencing another loss.. It's scary to think about.

Morning sickness is a massive worry for me! Because of my Emetophobia I am scared of being one of those pregnant women that vomit for 40 weeks straight. With James I felt nauseaus for 16 weeks but never actually vomitted.. Fingers crossed for another pregnancy like that!

Also another thing that worries me is am I up to the task of running around after James whilst I look like this!?

38 weeks pregnant with James :)

I'm not really worried about everything that comes after a baby. I know it will be tiring to look after a demanding toddler and a newborn but I wouldn't be the first woman to do it! I'm not the best person when I haven't had a lot of sleep but I survived on a few hours a night with a newborn James so I'm sure I could do it again and plus this time Anthony is at home so he would be an extra help..

So yeah, excitment and nerves.. Mostly excitment. 

Whilst I'm here, how about a trip down memory lane?

Just a few moments old. They had just gotten him breathing after a traumatic delivery.

First Family Photo.

5 weeks old


Lastly, completley off topic but Anthony is starting a new business and I wanted to pimp his new blog out here. He has always been a massive fan of restoring items. Have you ever seen the show "American Restoration" well, that's his dream job! Anyway, not only does he enjoy it, but he's good at it. Very good. He's currently restoring a Piano for a customer and in a bid to get his name out there he's started a blog.
If you yourself or anyone you know is into Restoration then go check it out or pass the link along!  

I hope you're all having a good weekend!




Dear Weather,

Ok, I like a little bit of rain sometimes and I get the whole "April Showers bring May flowers," but seriously! A whole week of non-stop rain and grey skies. I have to admit that it is starting to get me down and James would like to go out and play so if you could arrange for a sunny weekend then I'd be very grateful.

A suffer of SAD


Dear Cooker Hob,

I'm so sorry that you got smashed yesterday and now you can't be used. You're only just over a year old and it definitely wasn't your time to go. You've served me well and I will miss you.. I guess I'll be heating beans in the microwave until I can replace you :(

A devestated Housewife


Dear The Pinched Nerve in my Neck,

Oh how you hurt me. I am trying to run after a three year old toddler and you insist on reminding me constantly that you are there.. I cannot open my mouth without you sending a shooting pain up my face.. Oh and it would be nice to be able to turn my head without it feeling like my face is going to explode.

A Mummy that needs to be pain free


Dear Nicotine,

Why do you have such a hold on me.. That is all.

A Nicotine Addict


Dear James,

Bringing out the playdough was a great idea but I know that when I tell you it is time to pack it away, you are going to throw a tantrum.. If you could avoid this I will be eternally grateful, it's just at the moment my whole head hurts and I know that you screaming is going to make it feel as if my head is in a vice.. I promise that if you pack the playdough away without any problems I will let you have it back out tomorrow!



Dear Blackberry,

I wasn't sold on you at first.. After years with an  iPhone it took a lot of persuading that you would be better. There are somethings that I miss from my iPhone, especially Instagram but I will admit that you and I are getting along great.. If you want to develop the Instagram App then I think it would be love :)

Your newest fan


Sometimes & Always.


Today I'm linking it up with Megan for Sometimes & Always!

Sometimes I think that I need to stop watching Reality shows..
Always I watch 'just one' more episode.

Sometimes I wish I could stop questioning religion..
Always I end up with a list of questions with no one to answer them.

Sometimes I wish I had more time to myself..
Always I see James smiling and laughing and it makes it all worth while.

Sometimes I miss Live Journal..
Always I'm so glad I came to Blogger. I've met some awesome women already!

Sometimes in the last 48 hours I have wanted to cave and have a cigarette,
Always I've resisted the temptation and am still going strong.

If you feel like it go link up too! I like this one because it makes me think about the little things!


Miscellany Monday.


I'm linking up with Carissa again for Miscellany Monday! I love this link-up! I always have lots of random thoughts in my head and it's nice to put them down here and try to sort through them!

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Firstly, I have no idea why when I link up and post the code for the 'button' I never get the button appear.. It's always just the code.. It's frustrating me but I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.


A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about quitting smoking. Well, I failed.. Miserably. I think I lasted all of about 4 hours and then life stresses got to me. Not anymore though. I had my last cigarette last night and it's now 2.37pm and I'm still going strong! I have my nicotine patch on and in all honestly I think I've thought about cigarettes 3 times today so thats not bad going. Even when I do think about them it's not that I want one.. It's more that I miss having something to do with my hands.


Talking of something to do with my hands. When I have some spare time I love to knit. Now, I'm not very good. I taught myself using YouTube videos but look at what I started this morning! I love it already!

The pattern is Sunny Baby Blanket. I will post the pattern here once I've finished the blanket.

It's been nice today having this to do and keeping my hands and mind both occupied.

(This could be classed as a clue as to our big decision I wrote about in my last post!!)


I have no idea what is going on with the weather at the moment. One minute it is hot and sunny with clear blue skies and the next it is hailing, and it is literally that quick of a change. On Saturday I helped my Mum move and as I climbed into the back of the van to grab the next piece of furniture the heavens opened and massive hail stones started falling.. I ended up trapped in the back of the van for 20 minutes until the blue skies reappeared.


Yesterday was the London Marathon. I am inspired by all the people that take part and run 26 miles, most of them to raise money for charity. This year my Brother-in-law took part! He is always running marathons and last year took part in the Iron Man, which he finished in 12 hours! (I get tired just thinking about it!) Anyway, I watched the whole thing on TV in the hopes of spotting him. I did, right at the end of the route they were interviewing another runner and Adrian went wizzing past! I text my sister in a tizzy of excitment! I don't know why but when the marathon started and they all set off I got goosebumps and tears in my eyes. I would love to take part one year but I know that I do not have the physical or mental stamina. I'd get to the first Starbucks and decide that a Cappuccino was a better idea!

I hope you all had a good weekend!


Friday's Favourite Things


This week I found an amazing blog. Two nights ago I sat and read it for hours, it was like a good book, I couldn't stop reading! So today I'm going to participate it in her Friday Favourite Things link up.

So a few of the best bits of this week...

Although James has spent most of this week with an ear infection, I've relished in the chance to "batton down the hatches" and spend some time at home. After our crazy few weeks it was much needed and I've loved spending the days cleaning, re-organising, snuggling with my little boy and generally getting some balance back into my life..


James has a Gluten intollerance, meaning that he cannot have any food that contains Gluten. Trying to find things that are fun for him to eat is hard. Especially snacks and 'children' foods.. Whilst out shopping this morning he spotted some crisps that were shapped like teddy bears.. He instantly wanted them. My immediate response was "I think they'll have Gluten in them Baby,".. Not holding out much hope, I checked the ingredients on the pack and voila!! Gluten free! James was estatic and I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the price of them. Oh well, how could I deny him crisps shapped like teddy bears!


Remember a few weeks ago I brought a Gineau Pig? Well James wanted one too but I told him that first he had to prove to me that he could be nice to Summer. I was a bit worried that at three years old he would think it would be cool to squeeze the life out of her or use her like a tennis ball.. He was excellent though so this week I took him to the pet shop and he got to pick out his very own Gineau Pig..

Meet Elmo (left hand side) James named her not me!

Can I just add! Elmo is the loudest Gineau Pig I have ever met. They live indoors and are currently residing in our bedroom. The noise this little one makes though isn't funny! The first night I heard her and I honestly thought, her and Summer were fighting.. No.. She was just stood in the middle of their cage voicing her opinion. I wasn't impressed at 3am..

Whilst I'm on the subject of our furry friends.. Their new cage arrived this week. It's awesome, even though I couldn't figure out how to put the thing together.. In the end I admitted defeat and Anthony's friend ended up doing it for me. 

Oh and just before I came to bed to write this I found James' little fish Rudie had gone to fish heaven... I am not looking forward to that conversation in the morning :(


This afternoon Anthony and I had a long chat and came to a massive decision.. I'm not announcing it yet but it's extremley exciting and I'm itching to shout it from the rooftops! Stay tuned!




Some days James is as good as gold. Other days he knows how to push my buttons and I find myself wishing bedtime would come sooner.. The past two days have been an exact replica of the latter. I'm presuming it's because of his ear infection. I totally understand that he's three years old and feeling like complete poop and at his age he doesn't have the mental capability to say, "You know what, I'm having a bad day so just leave me alone!" Instead he screams, cries and throw tantrums constantly. I admit that today is one of those days that I am willing bedtime to come faster.

I decided to try and turn a bad day into a good one.. I pulled the Fireman Sam dominos out.. Normally they make him happy..

It worked for about 2.5 seconds..

I then decided that we'd make Jelly.. James loves helping in the kitchen. His speciality is stiring..

That worked.. Until he realised that they Jellies had to go into the fridge to set before he could eat one.. Cue epic meltdown..

In desperation, I even let him use my camera. I was sure that would work.. I got loads of photos of my carpet and James' feet.. He did get a good photo of his Dad though..

Excuse the mess.. Anthony is currently restoring a Piano.. He has his own workshop at the back of the house but his projects always spill over into the kitchen & living room!

Long story short.. Nothing I've done today has helped James' mood. That's ok though.. I know tonight that when James is finally tucked up in bed, I will sit here with a cup of tea and think about all the tantrums and what a testing day it has been but tomorrow is a new day. I'll start over and try and make it better. 

"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”


Just A Little Bit Of Water.


James has been off for a few days.. Nothing too bad, just a runny nose and grumpiness but then last night he kept complaining of a sore throat and a sore ear.. I took him to the doctors today and he has an ear infection. Poor little guy. He gets ear infections quite often but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it is something that he'll grow out off.

He hasn't been in the best of moods today but I've found the magic answer.. Water!

Who knew that I little bowl of water and some beakers from his Chemistry set would keep him happy for a whole afternoon? Ok, he ended up soaked and my living room floor got slightly, ok a lot wet but it put a smile on his face and gave me some time without him moaning!

Plus I got loads of cute photos :)

Luckly I got him into the doctors first thing this morning so he's already had three lots of antibiotics today. Fingers crossed that they kick in soon!


Miscellany Monday.

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It's that time of the week again! I'm linking up with Lowercase Letters for Miscellany Monday.

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Yesterday my Sister cycled 51 miles to raise money for Niamh's Next Step. This beautiful little girl has a rare form of Childhood cancer and the life saving treatment that she needs is not avaliable here in England so her family are trying to raise £450,000 to travel to America. I read her blog today and I feel so sad now. It's not fair that this gorgeous little girl has to go through this at such a young age.
I'm so proud of my Sister for raising the money. I'm now sat here trying to think of other ways we can raise money. Any ideas then feel free to throw them my way!


I was all set today to clean my house until it sparkled.. I actually finished the kitchen and was about to move on to the front room when Anthony decided to take the piano apart that he is restoring and sand it.. Now my kitchen is covered in sawdust and it's being trapsed all through the house. I swear I will have a clean house at some point this week. To be honest it's nice just having a day at home. I love that now the weather is a bit brighter we are out and about more but I desperately needed some time at home with no pressures to go anyway or see anyone.


I am slowly getting used to my Blackberry. I still can't get the Blackberry Messenger to work so I need to contact Orange and figure out whats going on with it but apart from that it's all good. I like the fact that I can't do as much on it as my iPhone. It means that I don't constantly have the phone in my hand whilst James is asking for something and I'm saying 'Just one minute baby'


Yesterday was our neices birthday party. They made Jacket Potatoes and a big pot of Chilli.. The kids all had a wicked time and it was nice to have all the family together in one place..

Please excuse the quality of the photos.. They're from my phone :)

The kids!

The Boys!

We did take a photo of all the ladies too but not on my phone so I'm waiting for them to be uploaded to facebook so I can re-share!


Ranhdomly this morning I had a sudden urge to bake.. A quick receipe check and 30 minutes later I had these babies.. 

Bannana & Raisin Cookies.. Yes they are yummy!


Liebster Blog Award!


I've just got home from a fun-filled day with family and was so excited to discover that I have been awarded the Liebster Blog award from the lovely Laura at a spoonful of joy . This award is for up and coming blogs and they must have less than 200 followers..

Here are the rules..

1. Choose five up and coming blogs to give the award to. Must have less than 200 followers. 

2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them. 

3. Post the award on your blog. 

4. List the blogs you gave the award to with links to their sites. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award. 

5. Share five random facts about yourself. 

So the blogs I choose to give this award to are...

Rachel from Along The Way With Rae

Stacy from Dutch Door Cottage

Maran from Hey Hawleywood

Andrea from Texas Macks

Meg from A Barefoot Day

So 5 random facts about myself...

1 - I LOVE cheese. I think I may have been a mouse in a past life. In the two weeks after James was born I went through 10 blocks of cheese. Sometimes I don't even bother cutting it..

2 - I cannot handle raw meat. When I'm cooking and it calls for me to handle un-cooked meat, I have to put food bags on my hands.

3 - I always knew that I wanted to me a wife and Mummy. When I was little and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always replied 'I want to be a Mummy'

4 - I cannot sit in my PJ's in the morning. If I'm awake then I'm dressed. I blame my Mum for that. When we were kids, we were not allowed to sit in our PJ's in the morning and watch cartoons.. I used to be so envious of my friends that were allowed to do that.

5 - I am a total bookworm.. If I do not have a book on the go (or two!) then I'm not happy! I also hate getting to the end of a good book. I feel like I've gotten to know the characters and I want to know what happens to them after the book finishes!

This was fun! Thank you to Laura who gave me this award!

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