October 2012 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Days 29 & 30 - Finding Joy In The Everyday

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I cannot believe that the 31 day challenge is over tomorrow. On one hand it feels like it's gone really quickly but on the other hand it feels like all I've been doing forever is writing these posts. I miss writing properly and I'm looking forward to getting back to it in November. 

My Joyful Moments

1. James coming to me today and asking for 
"the brown earth ball.."
It took me a while to realise he was talking about our Globe. 

2. Taking Cheddar to the vets and her not trying to maul 
every dog that she saw.. That is progress

3. Getting this book... 

The 2nd book in the Crossfire Trilogy. I finished it in one day. 
Amazing doesn't begin to cover it. 
I don't know how I will survive the wait until May 2013 for the 3rd book. 

4. Managing to eat the biggest meal last night that I have 
eaten in years

5. Not having to rush out of the house in the mornings. 
Half Term perks :)

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Day Twenty-Eight Finding Joy In The Everyday.

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This isn't going to be long because it's late and I've just sat down and seen that Marley & Me is on the television so I'm going to forget that I really should be going to bed, or the fact that I could be cleaning the kitchen, or finishing the laundry and take the time to sit and rest whilst enjoying a good movie.

Joyful Moments From Today

1. Working out a new budget with Anthony. 

2. Getting some good photos of Cheddar. 

{Please ignore the messy rug!}

3. The fact that it was dark at 5pm tonight
due to the clock change

4. Spending some time chilling with James. 

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Day Twenty-Seven - Finding Joy In The Everyday.

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Today, like most of my days lately, has been busy but for once I haven't been running around from place to place. I've been at home entertaining four children. We've baked cupcakes, decorated them and carved pumpkins. It's made me feel like a kid again :)

Today's Joyful Moments. 

1. Watching the kids de-gut the pumpkins..
So funny! 

2. Spending an hour with my sister,
discussing her new house. 

3. Taking photos of James. 

4. James letting me sleep till 7.30am,
I cannot believe that nowadays that is a lie in for me. 

5. Loosing track of time this afternoon because
I was so involved with the kids. 
I forgot my to-do list and everything on it. 

6. Snuggling up tonight with my laptop typing this, 
whilst watching I Robot on TV. 

Tonight the clocks go back which for a lot of people means an extra hour in bed but for me it just means that James will be awake at 5am instead of 6am.. Oh, the joys of parenting :)

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Fab Friday & Day Twenty-Six Finding Joy In The Everyday.

I'm linking up with Laura again for Fab Friday and day twenty-six in my Finding Joy In The Everyday series.
This week seems to have flown by, which I guess is a good thing but it also feels like I'm in a whirlwind with one day merging into the next. James is on half term next week so I'm looking forward to slowing down and being able to breath a little. 
Joyful Moments From Today

1. Cooler weather. 
Today felt like winter. 
I love this time of year. 

2. James has officially finished his first half term at Nursery. 
He's settled in well and is actually unhappy about the fact that he has
the next week off. 

3. James pretending to be a race car driver

4. Making some decision about my life. 

4. A late breakfast/early lunch with the hubby 
and a friend. 
I'm trying really hard trying to get my eating back on track.

Fancy sharing your joy from the last week? Go and link up with Laura!
Have a good weekend! 

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Days 24 & 25. Finding Joy In The Everyday.

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The past two days my mood has been very up & down. One minute I am bouncing around like Tigger, filled to the brim with ideas and motivation. The next I am brought back down to earth with a bump. Since James started nursery five weeks ago I don't seem to have enough hours during my day. If I didn't have to sleep then i'd be fine but as I have learnt in the past, this Mummy does not perform well with no sleep.

Yesterday I completely forgot that I was helping my Mum to move house until I got home from doing the school run and there she was waiting for me. I forgot about a bill that needed to be paid. I forgot to call my Nan.. I think that I need to start writing things down..

So my joyful moments from the past chaotic two days?

1. I looked after my friends little girl
and James insisted on pushing her buggy 
to school.. 

2. Having my appointment with my Dietitian today 
and making a new eating plan. 

3. Even though my eating has sucked for the past three weeks
I haven't lost any weight. In fact I've gained half a kilo :)

4. Catching up on all most of my laundry. 

5. Having a few good walks with Cheddar.. Until last night
when she dragged me down the street trying to get to another
dog. She ended up throwing me into a fence. My wrist and ribs did not 
appreciate that. 

6. Laughing with friends. 

“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.” 

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Day Twenty-Three Finding Joy In The Everyday.

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“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” 
― E.E. Cummings

Today has been a mixture of good and bad.. But seen as I have to focus on the only the good for the month of October I won't dwell on the bad..

Today's Joyful Moments

1. Watching this whilst James
was at nursery. 

2. Feeling my friends baby kick! 
It seems everyone I know is pregnant! 

3. Submitting an article to Mamalode magazine, 
fingers crossed they like it. 

4. Walking to school this morning with 
this little one. 
He makes life fun :)

“Being a parent is dirty and scary and beautiful and hard and miraculous and exhausting and thankless and joyful and frustrating all at once. It’s everything. (Confessions of a Scary Mommy, Gallery Books 2012).” 
― Jill Smokler

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Miscellany Monday - Finding Joy In The Everyday.

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miscellany monday at lowercase letters

Since starting this series, I've missed my weekly link up's that I participate in so today I decided to tie my Finding Joy In The Everyday post up with the lovely Carissa over at Lowercase Letters for Miscellany Monday. 

My Joyful Moments Today

1. Although I still have a cold & a horrendous cough,
today I am feeling so much better, 
which is welcomed after a weekend of feeling like death. 

2. Getting some awesome photos 
of cobwebs this morning. 

3. Actually using my camera,
it's so easy to pick up my iPhone to take photos that
sometimes I forget that I have an awesome camera

4. Taking an evening walk,
luckily we did not come across any other dogs

5. Picking James up from nursery 
and finding out he had earned the 'star' badge because in his words.. 
"I was the best tidy-upper"

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I know technically this should be another post in my Finding Joy In The Everyday series but yesterday I came down with a cold that James kindly decided to share with me. I feel like rubbish. My nose is blocked, my throat is sore, my chest feels like it is about to explode and even my aches have aches. So today, I bring you one of my Randomness posts.. It's about all I can muster up.

Cheddar is settling in well. She seems perfect apart from one problem. She hates other dogs. To the point where last night she dragged me down the street trying to get to another dog.. I don't think she wanted to play with him either.. This is something that we are going to try really hard to work on. I want to be able to take her out for walks without being fearful of her attacking every 4 legged creature that we come across.. I think I'll be watching every episode of the Dog Whisperer that I come across for the foreseeable future.


James has a toy cupboard full of toys.. Instead of playing with these though he much prefers to play with old candles off birthday cakes. 

If I had known that it would be this easy to entertain him I wouldn't have paid so much money for all the toys we have.. Hindsight.. It's a wonderful thing. 


We've been doing some DIY in the house which is great but it means that the rest of my house looks like a bomb just exploded in it. I had planned for today to be my big cleaning day but this illness seems to have other ideas. I may just have to suck it up and get on with it though because I honestly don't know how much longer I can look at this mess. 


Day Eighteen - Finding Joy In The Everyday.

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Some people are cat people and some people are dog people.. Me? I'm both. Actually, I'm just an animal lover. Except spiders and rats.. Not so keen on them.. Anyway.. This is what brought me the biggest amount of joy today..

Meet the newest member of our family. 

Cheddar :) {Her name will make more sense in a moment!}

Anthony met her on Tuesday. The family that she was living with didn't want her and she spent all of her days locked in a cage in the garden and fed blocks of cheese.. This had led her to being very overweight. Poor thing can hardly make it for a walk around the block before needing to lie down. I hate to see an animal being harmed in any way so we've taken her in. Despite her bad background she is the sweetest, calmest dog I have ever met. I held her lead on the walk to see if I could control her and to check that she wouldn't pull me over... She didn't pull once! Just walked nicely by my side. Rottweilers have such a bad reputation but I've never met a bad Rottie. I think people should judge by the dog and not the breed. 

So the name? She was called Missy but we weren't too keen on that and we figured if she is having a fresh start with us then she could have a fresh name. We sat for hours throwing ideas around but everything I suggested Anthony didn't like a vice versa.  Then we were talking about how she was fed blocks of cheese at a time and that she would be having a strict diet from now on when our friend suggested the name Cheddar.. To be fair, Cheddar Cheese is the best :)

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Day Seventeen - Finding Joy In The Everyday.

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I received an email in my inbox this afternoon alerting me to a post that had just been posted by Rachel over at Finding Joy, today she wrote about ways to turn your day around when it's not going well. I loved her ideas and think that his month especially I need to apply them to my own life. For example this morning, I had only been awake for twenty minutes before it all started going wrong. Instead of writing the day off as a failure I decided to focus on the joyful moments and turn my day around.

My Joyful Moments Today. 

1. Despite running around like a headless chicken this morning,
I still managed to get 3 children ready for school and out the door on time. 
Success :)

2. I felt my Sisters Baby move for the first time! 
I made  Aimee lie still for 45 minutes until I felt it.
I cannot wait to meet my niece in March. 

3. We are trying to help James overcome his fear off the vacuum.
Today he decided to try and vacuum the floor himself. 

4. Trying to convince Anthony that I really need an iPad.. 
He doesn't agree! 

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Day Sixteen - Finding Joy In The Everyday

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I'm going to be honest here. I am enjoying doing this series. It's refreshing to intentionally look for the good in everyday but I am starting to really miss my normal posts. I dedicated the month of October to this series though so I will finish what I started. I will just say that I am looking forward to normal service being resumed in November :)

Yesterday was a bad day for me. I let my anxiety get the better of me and as much as I wanted to I just couldn't bring myself to sit at the computer and write about the joy of the day. I wasn't feeling it and I didn't want to fake it. Growing up my Mum always told me that if I didn't have anything nice to say then I shouldn't say anything at all. So I chose to be silent. Today though, has been better and I'm feeling more like myself.

My Joyful Moments Today. 

1. James being determined to go to Nursery
even though he's full of cold. 

2. Someone enjoying morning cartoons... 

3. Having Sparky back home is still 
bringing me so much joy. 
Kitty cuddles are the best. 

4. Spending 2.5 hours on my own knitting, 
whilst James was at nursery. 

5. Seeing my baby sister for the first time since 
the middle of September. 
{ Yes, she's 19, but she's still my baby sister :) }

“There are random moments - tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums, hearing a burst of laughter from one of my children's rooms - when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This is my true religion: arbitrary moments of of nearly painful happiness for a life I feel privileged to lead.” 

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Day Fourteen - Finding Joy In The Everyday.

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“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.” 

My Joyful Moments From Today

1. Waking up this morning to Sparky.
I missed this kitty! 

2. Cooking a leg of Lamb 
and all the trimmings for Sunday dinner and
then watching everyone eat & enjoy it. 

3. Spending time with this little one.. 
Even though he is grumpy. 

4. Baking a cake that didn't turn out right 
then deciding to make a massive Rice Krispie cake for desert. 

5. Talking to my sister for an hour. 
I got a lot of problems off my chest and it helped. 
I love my sisters :)

"There is always a little more toothpaste in the tube. Think about it."

     "Notes From A Big Country" by Bill Bryson

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Day Thirteen - Finding Joy In The Everyday.


I love it when you really want something to happen, resign yourself to the fact that it's never going to and then out of the blue.. It happens. This is what happened to me today and it caused me a whole load of joy :)

My Joyful Moments Today

1. Sparky came home!! 
I received a phone call whilst I was shopping saying
Cats Protection had found him and he was at a house around the 
corner from where I live! He is now safe at home :)

2. Chilly weather

3. Stocking my freezer with meat and my cupboards 
with food

4. Working on our back room which we 
are turning into a pantry 
(photos to come)

5. Realising that not all people are bad. 
There is a lot of good in this world

6. Spending time with my Mum

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