{Me & Mine} 2015 – July

{Me & Mine} 2015 – July

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Daddy is loving : 

* The extra bed space on the nights Mummy is at work

* Packet noodles (fast becoming a work staple – oops)

* His new iPhone 6 now that Mummy has upgraded

* Having the car to himself now Mummy has a new car

Mummy is loving :

* Her new job and meeting new people

* Wearing make-up again (taking some time for herself)

* Having quality time with the children now school is out

* Practicing singing with Isis who is sharing her first gig with Mummy

* Doing lots of editing, planning for the future of the blog (rebrand)

Isis is loving :

* experimenting with little bits of make-up that Mummy and Daddy allow her to

* her new iPhone 4S now that Daddy has Mummy’s old phone

* herself!!! It’s amazing seeing her confidence explode after months of zero confidence at the end of last year

* singing, YouTubing, modelling, finding her creativity in many ways

Shayla-Rae is loving : 

playing with Judah all the time, they are the cutest of friends

* watching our YouTube challenges, sitting and laughing so much

* going to the park now school is out

* accessories, accessories, accessories

Judah is loving : 

* Team Umizoomi

* when Mummy gets back from work in the mornings

* our new ‘Super Car’

* having all his ‘girls’ to hang out with in the holidays

Eden is loving : 

* terrorising everybody

* pretending she’s using the potty

* going down the biggest slides she can find (this child knows no fear)

* anything girlie, trying to steal Mummy’s make-up, her sisters handbags, headbands, bracelets etc.

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Life has been extremely fast paced recently.  With the loss of our au pair, and my working night shifts, it’s certainly never dull.  We have a second car, a blue Zafira that fits us all in.  The children have nicknamed her ‘Blue Betty’ and we are loving all being able to go places even if Daddy is at work and all together as a family on a Saturday.  It feels so freeing.  We were able to all go to the park the other day.  It would take us an hour to walk, but it’s a few minutes in the car.  We have so much fun all at the park.  We’ve been able to go and visit friends, attend family events without having to organise a convoy of cars.  It’s just amazing and we are so grateful to James’ grandad for giving us money towards buying ‘Blue Betty’ and also his parents for loaning us the rest.

We’re still in an adjusting stage but we’re loving every minute of it.  All the children are so happy and playing together amazingly, Eden is now at that perfect age.  I love that they’re all able to play together without our involvement.  James and I often just sit watching how sweetly they interact.  I can’t wait for our holidays together in a couple of weeks and all the holidays we have planned for the next year.  It makes such a difference having a second wage.

From all of us loving life and enjoying our little family so much we hope you and yours are great too.

dear beautiful

{Me & Mine} 2015 – May

{Me & Mine} 2015 – May

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Daddy is loving

* His new job by the sea

* Being able to take cheeky lunch breaks with us

* stashing sweets in the car (seriously it’s like a tuck shop)

* all our YouTube challenges

* Mummy being able to move and being happy

Mummy is loving

* Being able to move YAY!!!  Feels like it’s been forever but wuhoo!

* Vlogging, having lots of fun editing

* Sneaking off to the cinema with Isis

* Beach fun and summer days approaching

* Stealing our girls extra with all the Bank Holidays and Half Terms

Isis is loving

* Making YouTube videos with Mummy

* watching Pitch Perfect 2

* listening to Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack

* putting on lots of make-up and pretending she’s Taylor Swift

* doing Shayla’s hair

Shayla-Rae is loving

* School, she just excels there

* her new phone at other Mummy’s

* playing in the sunshine

* days spent at the park

* smashing whipped cream into Mummy’s face

Judah is loving

* wearing his new hats

* going out lots on his scooter

* walks in the woodlands searching for the Gruffalo

* Minions as always (can’t wait to see his face on his birthday next month)

* Picking beautiful flowers for Mummy

Eden is loving

* singing ‘Peanut Butter Jelly Time’

* wearing headbands again – YAY!

* her pacifier (really need to figure out how to get rid of this now)

* mimicking everything we say

* telling us she loves us

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I can’t believe we missed the last couple of months.  I take so many photos but always forget to make sure to take some with me in them.  I’m getting better at that recently.  It’s getting harder to photograph us as a family without Eden running off so these were the best ones that we could grab.  We may need to think more creatively next month.  I’m really happy at the moment, and just loving spending time with all our children.  I cannot wait for the Summer Holidays.  I love when we can see the girls longer.  With not having a car to do the school run and dropping a day in the term times, it just doesn’t feel long enough.  In the Summer we will be able to see them more and I can’t wait for our 2 weeks with them all to ourselves.

We have been having so much fun making videos for YouTube, it’s become a real thing that we can do as a family.  We can create ideas together, the children like watching me edit (James can’t abide it, he doesn’t know how I have the patience).  They enjoy watching the videos back and it’s lovely to see it helping them grow in confidence.  Isis has made a radical turn around with her self-esteem.  Just before Christmas she hated how she looked, she would never say that she was pretty.  Now she sees herself on camera and tells me ‘I’m gorgeous, I look really pretty there’.  I love the difference.  I hope no-one ever takes it away from her, the world can try so hard to bring us down at times.  I pray that as my self-worth improves it helps them to keep theirs.

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dear beautiful

And it was all Yellow

And it was all Yellow

It’s that time of year when all my favourite blogs are full of beautiful fields full of yellow rapeseed.  I love these yellow pictures, they’re so beautiful and they make me feel happy.  It’s like carrying a piece of sunshine around with me.  I just look at them and I feel pure joy.  We keep passing one particular rapeseed field on our travels and I have been waiting for a time where I have all of the children with me, but on Bank Holiday Monday, when we were going to meet friends for a pub lunch and then to hang out at the park afterwards, Judah announced he needed the toilet.  So, I pulled over next to.. you’ve guessed it… the rapeseed field.  I couldn’t not spend 5 minutes trying to capture my little people looking cute.
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As I’m writing this it has started pouring it down outside…. typical British half-term holiday weather, and the girls will be arriving within the hour.  I’m sad that the girls aren’t in these photos but it’s also lovely to just capture my mini toddlers together.  Their relationship is just beautiful.  The way Judah looks after his little sister is amazing, and she becomes so much more brave when he’s around.  They decided to play hide and seek.  James and I had to keep up as they’re so small and the field was so vast, we would definitely lose them if we didn’t stay close.

I’m sure I’ll be going back within the next couple of weeks, if I can find a day where I have all the children, the car and some sunshine – a tough request but one I should be able to manage – stay tuned…

For now here are some photos from our quick 5 minute photography session as the babies played.  The husband even encouraged me to have my picture taken (that doesn’t happen often) but I’m glad as he did a great job.

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What we are wearing for those who are interested –

Judah :

Grey textured blazer with buttons : Zara Kids baby boy 

Pineapple and text t-shirt : Zara Kids baby boy 

Little Animal printed scarf : Zara Kids Accessories

Drawstring Waist Trousers : Zara Kids baby boy

Eden:

Lemon yellow cardigan from Nana : Nutmeg at Morrisons

Lemons make lemonade pink racer back top : Kate & James Shop

Green floral skirt with pockets : Next (last season)

Myself:

Maxi dress : Joe Browns

Black cardigan : Yours

Sunglasses : Prada

Me & You {May}

Me & You {May}

Finding time to have couple time, or a date night when you have lots of children is difficult, even when you have an Au Pair.  Martina is here but we are often sooooo tired that the idea of trying to go somewhere when we feel like we’ve survived the day once the babies are in bed, it almost makes it feel like a chore.  We love just snuggling down for the evening as early as 7:30pm.  Once the children are happily in bed we just want to relax and enjoy each other’s company.  Even if we’re not saying anything, nothing beats a cuddle from your bestie when you’re feeling tired.
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We had intended to go out somewhere Saturday night together, but after an eventful day which finished with us having issues with broken keys and struggling to get into the house, it was nearly 10 o’clock before the girls went to bed.  So date night on Saturday did not happen.  It’s now Bank Holiday Monday and we have had a lovely weekend.  Sun, Sea and Sinking Sand at the beach on Saturday.  Mostly tidying and relaxing in the house Sunday, and after we had filmed a ‘Mummy vs Daddy’ challenge for our YouTube channel with the girls, James and I decided to go out for a walk whilst the sun was setting.

Despite having Martina here, this is something we just don’t think to do  Now those Summer nights are (hopefully) approaching, we want to make a habit of just walking around the local woodlands, maybe if it’s particularly warm we can stop at the Inn at the end of our road for a cold drink sat outside on their benches.  I’m looking forward to enjoying many sunsets with James this Summer. Martina goes back home at the end of September, and although of course we can get babysitters (we never do though), I want to make sure that we made the most of the time that we had.

As it’s been a while since we did one of these posts *slaps own wrist* and I had make-up on from filming our ‘Most Likely to… Mummy vs Daddy‘ challenge, we decided to take the camera and tripod out with us.  It was very funny, when I had James holding some bluebells near his face so I could set the camera up and a group of young men all walked past.  The comic timing was brilliant.  James and I were in hysterics, I love how it takes A LOT to embarrass my husband though.  He has no inhibitions or ego (mostly) so he is not easily embarrassed.  It tickled me to see that he felt silly.  This isn’t something I see often, he’s usually playing up to being silly.

I love you James and I’m looking forward to going out with you somewhere this evening.  Don’t EVER change, I’m so grateful God gave you to me, and that you love me so unconditionally.  He really gave me the best when He gave me you.

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If you’d like to watch what we were filming then you can head over to our YouTube channel or click on the video below.

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Siblings 2015 {May}

Siblings 2015 {May}

Wow it’s May already and time for our Siblings post, this year is flying by.  This Friday afternoon James had finished his job all ready to start at a new place on Monday, so he was able to leave work early.  With the way it works at the moment, and us only having one car (it means I don’t have the car to do the school runs) we’ve had to drop the girls days down and we’re only picking them up at around 6:30pm on a Friday.  I used to collect them at 3:10 on a Thursday from school so this has made a big difference to our time together.  The weekends fly by now.  So when James finished early we contacted the girls mum and were privileged to take them on a walk before the sun was setting and we all enjoyed dinner together.

I can’t wait for the Summer Holidays as we’ll be able to collect them earlier in the week again for lots more family fun.  Judah and Eden are at such a wonderful age now.  They play amazingly together, but it never feels as though we’re complete when Isis and Shayla aren’t with us.  I’m really looking forward to all those Summer days together as the blended family that we are.  We’ll be getting a second car, hopefully before September too so then we should be able to carry on with the days as they should be.  The girls miss that extra time with us and they tell us often.  They’re not awkward about it or complain though, they know that if we could we would have them all the time.  They like the arrangement as it was, as they get to see their Mummy and Kerry as much as they see us and neither set of parents is really particularly missing in their lives.

Now Eden is well and truly walking, it is so great to see them all play together.  They’re so happy and content in each others company.  They barely need any interaction from us, they just want feeding, cleaning and putting to bed at an appropriate time so they have the energy to do it all again the next day.  James and I are just enjoying just soaking in their joy when they’re all together and playing.  Isis is always just singing, Shayla is becoming more assertive as she can dictate to Judah and Eden the way Isis has dictated to her all these years.  It’s only ever about what songs to sing and what games to play, and they happily follow.  She’s not a mean boss.
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So, these photos were taken on our outing Friday and you can read all about our Ordinary Moments walking in the woodlands if you click here.

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{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #8 – Family Visits

{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #8 – Family Visits

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James’ parents, my lovely in-laws live down on the South Coast.  They aim to visit about once every 6 weeks.  Usually it is around the time of someone’s birthday (obviously there are a lot in our home) or to come and support the children in whatever adventure they are undertaking.  This week Isis Mae was in her first pantomime ‘Peter Pan’ (she’ll be blogging about her experience for us later) and of course this meant that Nanny and Grandad came up to see their superstar Granddaughter.  It was James’ Dad’s birthday this week so we bought them tickets to see Isis perform.  Normally when Georgie and Alan are around it is a crazy weekend revolving around a birthday party, dance runs, church… it is usually exceptionally busy.  When it’s a birthday party I am up to my eyes in decorations, cupcake making, bouncy castle supervision and costume choices.  They come to visit us and end up just helping ferry children around where they need to be whilst James and I run around like headless chickens.  This time it was different.

They came up Thursday evening and stayed in a nearby hotel, so they were able to come Friday before lunch time.  I then rushed Isis off to the theatre for her last day of performances and they stayed with Martina and the rest of the children.  Georgie made the children sandwiches for lunch.  Then we didn’t have anywhere to rush to until the evening when they were going to watch Isis in her final performance.  I had time to cook dinner for everyone.  They went to collect James from work so he didn’t need to get the train and they could have some extra time together.

Saturday, no-one had anywhere that they needed to be.  This is quite unheard of for when Nanny and Grandad visit.  It was really lovely.  We were going to go out for a walk but literally the heavens opened and hailed down on us.  The children were not best pleased (it can be quite painful when hail hits you in the face) and we retreated quickly home.  So, we just did NOTHING, but play, potter around doing housework (Georgie can’t help herself but wash up and help me when she’s up, not expected but so kind and helpful), watch shows that the children prepared for us, and munch some birthday cake that Shayla and Martina made for Grandad.

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We had been hoping to get some photographs of us all together whilst we were out on our walk that never happened.  So I decided to get the tripod out anyway and see how many people we could fit on our little 2 seater sofa.  It was funny squishing us all in.  I really love my in-laws, I know that I’m really fortunate to have such wonderful family and Grandparents that the children adore and are great role models.  I wish that we all lived closer.  They are aiming to move further North later in the year so they can be inbetween us and James’ Grandad that they help look after most weekends.  I hope that we will have a lot more peaceful visits in the future.  Are you noticing a theme on our blog recently?  We like peace and calm.  There has been a lot of drama, rushing around over the last few years.  Now we are enjoying the calm, and are all about putting things in place to make life the least stressful it can possibly be.  I’m looking forward to when James’ parents move closer, his brother is looking into it too which will be lovely.  Family is the most precious thing we can be gifted with and I am so grateful for all of ours.

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Me & You {February}

Me & You {February}

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This month has been one of our most stressful in the four years that we have been together.  We’ve come to a financial crossroads.  You know that phrase ‘the night is always darkest before the dawn’?  Well, we are just about to see the dawn but it’s all looking very messy at the moment.  If you’ve been a blog follower from the beginning you will know my husband only graduated university last July and started work in October.  As a Social Worker, being able to drive was kind of crucial.  He passed his driving test last week after completing a three day intensive course.  We are so proud of him, but the contract he is on at the moment is with an agency and because he took those days off, of course he doesn’t get paid for them.  Was a bit of a gamble but it desperately needed doing and because he passed first time – Wuhoo!!! – his earning potential has now increased.  Lots of interviews lined up, again, he will lose pay to attend, and then probably have to work a month in hand (he currently gets paid weekly) but the dawn is about to break.  We’re just going to struggle in the interim.

Due to this, (and the arrival of Martina) we obviously have NO spare money.  None at all.  His parents brought us a load of food shopping yesterday as they always do when they come to visit and it has NEVER been more appreciated.  So helpful to know there are full cupboards when there’s 7 mouths to feed daily.  We decided we would stay in and take some time together just chilling and watching a movie.  This is something we do often, so it wasn’t like anything in particularly special but we made sure that we went outside first and took some photographs of ourselves for this months Me & You.

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These photographs were just taken in the private carpark we share with 3 neighbours behind our house.  They must’ve wondered what we were doing.  We had tried to go out for a walk but the hailstone decided to make an appearance.  Not much longer after we’d all gone back inside, the sun came out.  Was very frustrating but at least we managed to capture these before it started to hail again.  I was disappointed that we hadn’t managed to go anywhere before this month’s project was due, but we have had an interesting week, with friends staying in our already very full house.  We will be going out somewhere this week, somewhere free or very cheap of course, but we will make sure that we make the effort.

We watched the movie ‘Country Strong’ on Netflix.  A little bit dark, but if you like ‘Nashville’ you would probably enjoy it.  Country music and lives of celebrities facing substance abuse problems.  It wasn’t the sort of movie that left you feeling all romantic, but it held both of our attentions whilst we snuggled on the couch and it was thought provoking.  I love Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl) and enjoyed her role in this.  She’s great at playing sweet characters, very ‘Cher’ like – Alicia Silverstone in Clueless – and I think she has a great voice.

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We’re all a little bit under the weather at the moment, but having Martina here has been brilliant for us as a couple, and our stress levels.  I’ve been well enough to potter on and get things done in the house whilst Martina supervises the children playing.  James has been able to go to work knowing that I’m not going to pass out and leave the children unattended.  A genuine concern of ours when I’m having a bad health day.  Getting on top of the housework slowly and knowing that we won’t lose anymore money because James can go to work every day however I’m feeling.  It has eased the tensions between us and I’m so glad that we took the plunge in hiring an au pair.  She has been invaluable already.  I’m enjoying having my husband back and less stressed even though things look most bleak at the moment.  We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I’m not sure about next month, but I’m convinced by April’s Me & You, we’ll be able to go for a great night out together, dinner and a movie?? Wow, now that would really be pushing the boat out *chuckles*.
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Siblings 2015 {February}

Siblings 2015 {February}

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I am finding it more and more difficult to choose between pictures for the Siblings project.  I’m always torn between, one of their faces looking a bit more precious in a picture, and it’s hard to find one where they are all at their most radiant, if I was a whizz with photoshop I would have the ULTIMATE siblings photo, but I am not, and so, our photos are all natural and captures of those milliseconds where the intonation of their faces change moment to moment.

If you read ‘Our Great Outdoors 2015 Bucketlist’ post this week,  you will see that we snook off to the beach after the children finished school on Friday, as Judah wanted to build sandcastles… it was freezing and of course I didn’t remember to take a bucket and spade, but once they were there they just wanted to run around and play.  I decided it would be a great time to get the camera out and take some photos for this Siblings project as we had the girls with us.  So much nicer now the evenings are staying lighter longer to be able to do anything outdoors after school has finished.

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Eden loved sitting on these little steps, each step was just a bit longer than her ankle to knee so as she was sitting it was the perfect height for her.  She almost looks as though she’s standing (she practically is, but with some support).  She liked being able to sit and pose herself.  It was quite sweet, like she understood what we always were doing with the camera and now she could be a part of it and pose all on her own.  It’s funny when babies become so independent.  Judah is now at a stage where he doesn’t let us know if he’s going to the toilet, he just takes himself off, flushes the chain – this is something his older sisters could learn from him, washes his hands assisted by his little step, it’s very sweet how much he wants to do everything “by my own”.

Shayla and Isis are both doing so well at school.  Shayla has transitioned into school life so easily and she loves it.  Her teachers love her and every day I pick her up she presents me with something she’s made, baked or painted.   She stereotypically can never remember what she’s done with her day if you ask her, the answer is always “I don’t know” but she always remembers what she had for lunch.  Isis has come on leaps and bounds since we stopped all the interaction with the schools ‘play therapist’ and also since moving up a school year.  She’s doing fantastic.  There was an incident this week with a child who was picking on her, but a quick visit into the school from ‘other Mummy’ and the teachers being aware and keeping them away from each other soon resolved that.  I’d had a heads up from their Mum and when I followed up with the Head Thursday at pick up, everything had been smoothed out, so long may that continue.

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We’re so proud of our beautiful children and I often think about how blessed we are that they are all good sleepers, usually happy, easy going children.  Some people like to believe it’s a product of good parenting and instilling discipline.  I do believe part of that is true, but also, I’m aware that you can have all the routine in the world and some children really struggle with sleeping.  I don’t ever want to take that for granted.  I see others struggling and my heart goes out to them, but I don’t think I can relate with that issue.  Sure, I definitely knew sleep deprivation (real, I’m seeing imaginary people, sleep deprivation) once I’d had Judah and his 5 day labour, but after that, it wasn’t easy, but certainly easier than most have it.  I believe that God knows where my limit is and the way I struggle to juggle the four of them and the washing/ messes they produce.  This was apparently all I could cope with, so He left it there *chuckles*.

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Remembering to be grateful is helping me with my postnatal depression.  There’s a lot in our lives going on at the moment that I don’t always write about because this isn’t the best platform for it.  I know though that whatever issues we’re struggling with, we have so much to be thankful for.  We all have our health, it may not be very exciting but there’s always food in the cupboards and we live somewhere with radiators, running water and lots of space.
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Our little people and their carefree play, their interactions with each other and joy usually expressed on their face reminds me that there is much in our lives to be thankful for.  I’m so excited for all that is coming up in our futures and how I get to be a part of helping these little people to grow and develop in their giftings, confidence and individuality.  Being a Mum really is the best job in the world.

dear beautiful

Me & You {January}

Me & You {January}

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Last night James and I had our first official ‘Date Night’ probably since before Eden was born, and if you’ve recently read my Happy Fourteen Months Eden, then you know it’s been a while.  We have had some Zizzi vouchers since July that we were given from my parents to celebrate James’ graduation, and we just hadn’t gotten around to actually going and spending them.  I recently donated £3 to Cancer Research via a twitter campaign and I won £40 of you’ve guessed it, Zizzi’s vouchers.  So we had £60 of Zizzi’s vouchers.  We needed to try and make a trip.  The closest one to us is in the Trafford Centre, and December was so hectic, also, the beginning of January with the sales, we figured it was best to wait until it would be quieter to head there to spend our vouchers.  We had intended to go with the children at some point, but with my Mum having the babies overnight on Monday’s we decided we would make a go for it.

I have so many silly battles in my mind due to being postnatal that I nearly cancelled it about 20 times in the space of 15 minutes whilst I was trying to get ready before going to pick my hubby up.  I am so frustrated with my weight, that it just felt ironic to go and eat out when I’m battling with food.  I also couldn’t find a bra with wire in it, those of you who are breastfeeding or have breastfed will understand.  A maternity/nursing bra just doesn’t cut it when you’re trying to dress up.  I nearly gave in to so many excuses in my head, but then it dawned on me.  I manage to pull myself together when I need to be somewhere that the children need me to be.  If there’s a social engagement, I mostly manage to pull myself together to attend, I sometimes drag myself to church kicking and screaming, not because I don’t enjoy it, just because depressed people don’t usually want to be around people, especially people who know you and can tell if something’s up.  Also, I HATE being the black cloud in a room when I’m having a low day, so I tend to keep myself to myself.  I realised, very rarely do I ‘step up’ for my husband.  We stay in most of the time because we can’t afford financially at the moment to be going out, but also, I cancel so many of ‘our’ plans, usually under the guise of ‘he understands.’  You know what?  He does understand, and he is so patient with me and has been over the last well, nearly 2 years really, I was horrendously depressed throughout Eden’s pregnancy due to being bed bound.  I decided, I was going to pull myself together for the man that I love and make an effort for HIM.  It made me feel sad, that I’d never had this revelation sooner and that I should do this more often.

You know how it is ladies, I had a shower, blow dried my hair, shaved my legs (luxuries that just don’t happen with the babies around unless they have swimming lessons) and I put on some make-up, perfumed body lotion and headed in the car to pick up my man from work.  The constant battles in my mind that entire time were ridiculous, but I made it.  I put on our ‘love songs’ playlist on my Spotify and began to remember our wedding day etc. and think about the man that I had married.

The traffic was horrendous when I collected him so we had a good sing song in the car, my voice was exceptionally warmed up and I decided to give it a vocal work out and stuck on some Mariah.  For those who don’t know, I’m a vocal coach by trade.  I was singing along to ‘Thank God I found You’ and I got choked up.  I know, cheesy right?  But, I probably haven’t listened to that song for YEARS.  It made me remember my past and how blessed I was to have found this man, when I was in such a state before that.  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about then read my Life As a Domestic Violence Survivor post, or Our Complicated History).

Some of the lyrics that I found myself choking up on were :

‘I would give up everything
Before I’d seperate myself from you
After so much suffering
I finally found unvarnished truth
I was all by myself for the longest time
So cold inside
And the hurt from the heartache would not subside
I felt like dying
Until you saved my life…

See I was so desolate before you came to me
Looking back
I guess it shows that we were destined
To shine over the rain to appreciate
The gift of what we have
And I’d go through it all over again
To be able to feel
This way’

As cheesy as it may sound I just took the time in that moment to feel gratitude for this man in my life who loves me, puts up with allsorts and has supported me through so much.  I was excited to be going out for a meal with him.

When we arrived I was having problems with my hips, they still play up since Eden’s pregnancy especially when it’s cold.  I was in a lot of pain walking from the carpark to the restaurant but I would not be deterred.  James kept asking if I was up to it, but I wasn’t turning back now, we’d come so far, also, it tends to ease once I’ve been moving around for a while.

We had a lovely meal.  It was delicious, it was really nice to have the vouchers and just be able to choose whatever we wanted and not worry about cost.  I made a conscious decision to not go on my phone and apart from snapping pics of our food each time a course appeared, I stuck to it.  I wanted to just drink in this time that was so rare for us.  We chatted about allsorts, I learned that James had given up alcohol a week prior.  As someone who rarely drinks anyway, it won’t really affect our lives in any way, but some things that he had seen at work (he’s a social worker who works in a hospital) had made him realise he just didn’t want it anymore.  He didn’t enjoy it enough to endure the potential risks.  I felt a bit sad that he had made this decision a week prior and I didn’t know.  We need to take the time to chat more about things for sure.

We asked the waiter to snap a photo for us as it was such a momentous day, our first Date Night since … well, we couldn’t remember…

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I’m excited to be doing this project together this year.  I’m looking forward to having a reminder to spend quality time with my hubby at least once a month.  We enjoyed setting the tripod up and taking pictures on the beach despite being freezing haha.  The dog walkers and joggers going past were smiling at us.  We must’ve looked crazy.  I’m excited for 2015 and pleased to be working on the romance in our marriage again.
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