September 2012 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

3 Mum Goals For This Week

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I was inspired by Rachel at Finding Joy for this post. Three Mum goals that I am setting myself for this week.

Appreciate don't Grumble. 

So James throws a tantrum? So he spills his drink or won't eat what I cook for dinner.. Instead of grumbling about it all I am going to step back, breath and give thanks that I've got a beautiful little boy that can sometimes be a nightmare and drive me up the walls but he is also, happy, healthy, funny, loving and amazing.

Stop Listen & Play

Instead of worrying about all the cleaning I have to do, the clothes I have to wash, the dishes that need doing and the to-do list that is growing by the second I am going to stop when James asks me too. I am going to properly listen to him when he talks instead of asking him to hold on for a second. I am going to look into his eyes and really listen, then I am going to leave my to-do list and play with him. Cars, trains, books.. It doesn't matter.

Extra Cuddles At Bedtime

He is growing older by the day. One day he won't want or need me to put him to bed. He won't want an extra story and just five more minutes of my time. It doesn't matter how stressful the day has been or how tired I am, what is five extra minutes when I am putting him to bed, just to lay down with him and give him those extra cuddles?

It feels good to write these down. What are your goals for this week?


Thursday Motivation.

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Today has been productive. It's not often that it gets to the end of the day and I feel like I've accomplished everything that I wanted too but occassionally the planets and stars aline.

Today I've cleaned every room in my house. I done two loads of laundry. I've moved furniture from the landing to my bedroom and from the living room to the landing. I've cleaned the bathroom, swept floors and vaccumed the stairs. I've sorted paperwork and wiped sides.

Whilst James was at Nursery this morning I made breakfast for Anthony and myself. It's not often we get to sit down on our own together to eat. It was nice.. Bacon & Egg sandwiches :)

I brought out my Autumn/Winter Yankee candles.. They make my house feel all cozy and warm.. "Welcome Christmas" and "Cinnamon Stick."

We transfered our tomatoe plants from their original little seed pots to bigger plant pots. They are nearly ready for the Greenhouse.

Our peas and tomatoes that are already outside are doing fantastic! I think I have developed a green thumb. Something I never thought I would say about myself.

On top of that, I've also done four school runs, some shopping and cooked dinner. Oh how I wish all days were as productive as this.


If We Could SIt Down Over Coffee.


If we could sit down over Coffee, I'd tell you...

That it is only 7.50pm but I am already in bed. This is James' first full week at Nursery and we are all so tired from the change in our routine. We are not having to get up any earlier than normal in the morning thanks to the fact that my son has always been an early riser but we are having to be up, dressed, ready and out the door by 8.10am.

I'd then tell you that out of all of us James is the one that is the most tired. Just this morning when we got up I said to James that it was time to get ready for school and he replied in a really whiny voice.

"But Mummy, Why do I have to go to School everyday, I'm tired!"

I'm hoping that he will get used to this new routine quickly. I don't like to see him tired and struggling.

I'd then show you something that I found on Facebook this evening and actually laughed out loud. This rings so true for me.

I think this is something that every Mum can relate to no matter how many children they have.

I then tell you that today my best friend that lives in Scotland set her wedding date and offically asked me to be her maid of honor. To say that I squealed in response would be an understatement. I am so so happy for her!

I'd explain to you that at this time of the year I start to really miss London. It was a fantastic place to live and it holds so many memories for us. It is where Anthony and I started our married life together. It is where I spent the last 20 weeks of my pregnancy, James was born there and it's where he spent the first 15 months of his life. Yes, it might be crazy busy, full of tourists and you take your life into your own hands everytime you cross the road but it truly is an awesome city. I always miss it but at this time of year, leading up to Christmas, it seems to be more pronounced.

I'd then tell you that my bedroom is freezing so I think I'm going to leave it there and snuggle up with Netflix :) I'd thank you for coming and tell you that I'm looking forward to seeing you next week!


Miscellany Monday

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According to a quick search on Google, the first day of Autumn was this past Saturday. I believe it. Today the weather is cold, rainy, grey and miserable. It's nice to be sat in the house knowing that I don't have to leave again today. I just hope that the rain stops for the school run tomorrow morning.

Whilst I was searching on Google I came across this quote.

It is the summer's great last heat,
It is the fall's first chill: They meet.
–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt
I loved that and thinking back, Saturday was exactly like that.. Sunny & hot but there was a chill in the air. My favorite season is here!
We've had a busy weekend. September is full of birthday's for us and two of them fell this weekend, meaning 2 birthday parties in one afternoon.
James loved getting to spend time with both sides of the family. Luckily the parties were close to each other so we managed to make it work. Now we just have 2 more birthdays left this month!
James was half excited and half nervous to go back to Nursery this morning. Last night as I was bathing him we talked about it. He was more worried about washing himself so he didn't get dirty at school.. It fascinates me how childrens minds work.
This morning he asked me if I was going to stay with him at school. I explained that I would come in with him and get him settled but then I was going to go and do some shopping but that I would be back for him at 11.30am. I honestly thought when I went to leave that there would be tears but thankfully his teacher distracted him well enough for me to be able to sneak out of the class.
When I picked him up he greeted me with the biggest smile. I think he's going to love it.. Me? I spent the whole morning feeling like my right arm was missing. I think it's going to take me longer to get used to than him.

Hope you all have a good week!


30 Reasons I'm Excited About Autumn...

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1. Homemade Soup for dinner.
2. Lazy Sunday mornings
3. Days spent in PJ's with quilts.
4. Nights spent knitting,
5. Halloween,
6. Early nights,
7. Wearing layers
8. More rain means the garden waters itself,
9. Hot chocolate,
10. Christmas is coming,
11. Cool evenings,
12. Cozy nights,
13. Needing a scraf just to leave the front door,
14. Making crumbles for desert,
15. Slow weekends,
16. Sunday naps,
17. Jumping in puddles,
18. Sleeping under heavy quilts with the windows open,
19. Stews & Caseroles being my go-to dinners,
20. Bonfire Night,
21. Thunderstorms,
22. Fireworks,
23. The continental market coming to town,
24. Coffee instead of tea in the morning,
25. Hot breakfasts,
26. More time spent at home,
27. Clocks going back.
28. The beautiful colours of this season.
29. Pine cones.
30 Pumpkins

What are you looking forward to this Autumn/Fall?


Friday Nuggets - James' First Day At Nursery.

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I started this yesterday but then life got in the way so I'm finishing it this morning

Today's date has been etched into my brain for months. The day James would start Nursery. Just last week we thought that he would have to start late because of his broken ankle and although part of me was sad for him another selfish part of me thought.. "Yay! I get to delay him growing up!" But children's bones heal quickly and for that I am grateful..

This morning he woke up and excitedly climbed into bed with us, he was all excited and started talking about his day. He asked if we were going to stay at school with him.

I told him that we would drop him off and make sure he got settled, we would then leave but we'd be back to collect him at 11.30am.

It was then his excitment turned to nerves..

I tried to make a big deal out of what a big boy he was going to be. How he would have such a fun morning, we talked about his teacher and all the friends he would make.

He kept switching from excitment to nerves and it made me smile because it's not very often James gets nervous and it was weird to see.

The whole way to School he was excited. As soon as we got outside the gates the nerves came back..

As soon as we got into the classroom he ran off and didn't even notice us leave. Part of me wanted to cry but overall I was proud. Proud of my little man and the confidence that he showed.
It was the longest two hours of my life. It seemed to drag and I literally ran back when it was time to collect him. We walked into the classroom and he was sat on the floor with two other children and his teacher. I stood watching him for a few moments and as soon as he noticed me he started to cry. I went over to him and as soon as I got to him he threw his arms around my neck and said... "Mum! You left me," with tears streaming down his face.
"But I came back for you baby!" I replied.
His teacher informed me that he had been fine the whole time he was there. He loved the outdoor play area and that she couldn't have asked for a better first day with him :)
According to James he cannot wait to go back on Monday.


Letter To James.

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Dear James,

Tonight when I bathed you and whilst I put you to bed I stared at you a little longer than I normally do. How can you be so big that tomorrow morning you will put your new uniform on and start Nursery? Wasn't it just 10 minutes ago you were born?

You have been talking about this day for months. Ever since we received confirmation that you would be starting way back in June. Every day you ask when you can go to 'School' and everyday I reply, "In September baby," and now that day is almost here.

People laugh at me when I tell them that I am sad about this milestone. It's not that I'm not excited for you baby, because believe me I am. You are going to have some fantastic times. You are going to make lots of new friends and learn some amazing things. I'm sad because this is the first of many step that you are going to take without me. I've always been there to hold your hand and protect you but this is something that you are doing alone and I won't be there to help you.

I cannot wait until I get to pick you up tomorrow lunch time. I hope that you come out smiling and full of stories, all excited to go back on Monday morning. I know that you are going to thrive. Your confidence will soar and your personality is going to shine through even more than it already does.

Always remember no matter what you do that I love you. I will always be cheering you on in all your accomplishments and catching you when you stumble.

You're going to do fantastic Monkey! This is the start of something great for you.

Lots of love, Mummy xxx


If We Could Sit Down Over Coffee..

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If we could sit down over Coffee.. It would be quietier than normal because Blayde is at school but we'd probably be interupted several times because James keeps demanding 110% of my attention. We'd also have to sit in the kitchen because the guys are watching some TV show about Tanks.. Not my kind of thing at all..

I'd tell you that Autumn is well and truly on it's way. This morning when I left the house to do the school run it was 5 degress. I'm excited for the colder weather. I wonder if I will still be saying that in the middle of January?

I'd be excited to tell you that my appointment with my Dietician went really well this morning. She is happy with my food diary for the past two weeks and although I was sad that I haven't gained any weight I am also happy because I haven't lost any. I left there with a list of new things to add to my diet and an appointment to go back in three weeks.

I'd then tell you that I'm trying not to think about the fact that James is starting nursery on Friday. One part of me is excited for him and all the new experiences that he is going to have. Another part of me wants to wrap him up and keep him safe from the big bad world!

I'd tell you that I am addicted to watching Private Practice on Netflix. I was never a fan of Greys Anatomy but a few weeks ago I was searching on Netflix, found Private Practice and now I'm a massive fan. I want to be friends with Violet and Addison and for Cooper to be James' doctor.

I'd then tell you that I am thinking about selling my knitted baby blankets. I'm not too sure how I'd go about it though. I guess I need to look into it more.

I'd then thank you for coming and tell you that next week we won't be interupted at all because I will be kid free... Wow... That sounds weird..


Project Organise.

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Today my motivation came back in full force. It's been absent for a while now. I've known everything that I've had to do, the lists kept getting longer and longer but my motivation had disappeared.

Then just like that, this morning it poked it's head around the door, I invited it in and thankfully it decided to stay.

It felt good. I completed three loads of laundry, I changed the bedding, I sorted through and sold some of James' old clothes, I cleaned my house, I cooked, de-cluttered & organised.

I admit that I am a hoarder. Not one that warrants a TV shows but I hate throwing anything away, especially if I think it holds sentimental value. I have every single colouring that James has ever done in a box under my bed. Do I really need to keep them all? Probably not..

So today, I started my Project Organise. I started small with selling James' old clothes and some books of mine that I don't really need anymore... I'll work myself up to the big stuff.

I'm hoping that the phrase about having an organised home leading to an organised mind is true.. We shall see. I'll keep you updated :)

Miscellany Monday.

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These past few days have held alot of personal growth for me. I've learnt a lot about myself, the way I view life and what is important to me. I shed a lot of tears but now I feel happier and lighter. I feel like I have learnt a lot this weekend.

On Saturday we went for a family walk. If you come out of my house and turn left, it leads towards the town and shops. If you turn right you end up in a tiny village that seems worlds away from normal life. We've never turned right and walked before.. Until Saturday.

James can see this water tower from his bedroom window.. He is adament that it is a castle.

This morning James had an appointment at the Fracture Clinic to check his ankle.. They were running nearly two hours behind and just as my stress levels rose beyond recognition, we were called in.. It's good news..
His ankle is healed!

The first thing he asked to do when we got back from the hospital was to go on his swing. I think he's loving the fact that he can walk again.

This news brings with it more good news.. James can start nursery on time! So this Friday I will be a gibbering wreck of a Mummy whilst he will take his first steps without me. More on that to come on Thursday.


I don't need to use any words to explain this....

New Hair.


I've always had curly hair. When I say curly I don't mean a slight wave. I'm on about curls upon curls that if not managed properly with the right product, turn into a wild mess of frizz. Growing up I was teased because of it and ended up hating my hair. I use to dream about having straight hair and just being able to wake up, brush it and leave the house without having to spend hours, washing and taming it.

As I grew up I use to just wash it in the morning and stick it up in a pony tail. I couldn't be bothered anymore! Fast forward to Christmas Eve 2010 and my Sister introduced me to her hair dresser who gave me a fabulous short cut that was easy to straighten and easy to manage.

After that I went mad! I cut it even shorter, I dyed it several times, I had a fringe cut in, I grew the fringe out, I went longer, then shorter again, had a side fringe. I was loving being able to change my look every few months.

A few months ago I started to grow it out again. I decided that long hair was the way to go..

And then.....

I started to get bored. I didn't like that there was no real style to it. So yesterday on a whim I walked into the hairdressers and told them that I wanted to go back to how I had it in May 2011. Chin lenght at the front and going shorter at the back..

An hour later...


Easy to manage and half the time to straighten.. Great for a busy Mummy :)

Although now I have to say goodbye to the pig tales that I love so much..


Friday Nuggets.

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This week has been busy and stressful. It seems that I haven't had two minutes to myself and today it has all caught up with me. I feel sad, emotional, worried, stressed..

The boys have gone out shopping and I've spent the morning resting and trying to sort myself out. It hasn't worked.. I had a doctors appointment this morning to discuss some symptoms that have been plaguing me for about two weeks. I left there wondering why doctors get paid so much money yet they don't seem to be any help. Maybe it was this particular doctor but he basically said.. "I don't know what's wrong with you. I cannot help.."...

I think a second opinion may be needed.

Last night we had a belated birthday cake for Anthony's 31st birthday.

He isn't one for celebrating birthdays. He doesn't even really like birthday cake but he goes along with it for me.

Yesterday James had his induction morning at nursery.
The good news.. He loved it.
The bad news. . It doesn't look like they will let him start until his cast is off, even though I said that I would stay with him to help him get around. He has an appointment at the fracture clinic on Monday morning. After that the school will give me their final decision.
Whilst we're on the subject of James and Nursery. After the induction yesterday I think we may have made a mistake in deciding to try the school system and not to home school him. Since he was just under a year old we had been planning to home school but then certain things and people had us doubting our decision so we decided to try school. I know we can always change our mind back but now I am wishing we had stuck to our original plan.
Tonight this little one will experience his first time at the fair. It comes into town once a year. Always in September. Last year he begged us to go but we thought he was too young and promised him that he could go this year. A few days ago he saw them setting the fair up and my child that never forgets a thing turned to me and said.. "You said we could go to the fair Mummy!"
So off we will go tonight. He will get the special treat of staying up late and witnessing all the sights and smells that come with the fun fair and I get to see it through his eyes.. Photos to come :)
Hope you all have a good weekend!

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