If there is one thing I have learn’t from last weeks move, it is that Nathan and I are a team – and a good one at that too. We are both workers, both strong, and when there is something to do that requires us both then we get on with it side by side mostly with a laugh and lots of chatter, and we accomplish our goals.

It hasn’t always been that smooth (my birth with Ethan is a prime example of us “singing from different hymn sheets” with regards expectations of our roles), and there are times when I feel that we’re not on the same team and that maybe we are pulling in different directions, or rather our expectations of one another aren’t understood by the other. There are times of course where I may get quite mad at him or wound up and frustrated by all manner of things (and especially when I am tired I may be extra snappy)! And I am sure that I annoy him too, though he does well at hiding it, biting his tongue and his patience, love and quick forgiveness with me despite my attitude helps us remain on the same side!

But now after 4 kids and almost 8 years of marriage, we are showing the world in many scenarios we have faced and do face, that we are on the same team and it’s something that brings me great joy!

I love the feeling of accomplishing something together, the feeling of knowing we have both pulled our weight, put in the work and succeeded as a team. I love when we can celebrate at the happiness we have created and the things we have achieved.

I often wonder what I would do without Nathan…or even what life was once like without him in it. I wonder what I would do without my team mate and bestie or how I would have got through all we have faced? I am better, and life is better/more fulfilling (and he says the same) for being married to each other.

Our most recent adventure together of course has been moving house. People like to say how stressful this is, and I can certainly agree with that, but not in the way I thought. The actual idea of moving, finding a new home and the reality of being in a new place is all rather exciting. The jobs along the way with solicitors etc were mostly expected and now this weekend we have actually loved settling into our new life back home in East Yorkshire.

The Packing, cleaning and then driving all of your life elsewhere isn’t even that stressful either, it feels like an exciting new adventure and something I can only describe as being right. But for me, I found that the stress comes when you move with kids in tow. When you pack something and turn around and find it unpacked. When you clean a room and they mess it up again. When you’re trying to load/unload a van and they’re just there nagging away. When you tip something and they pull it out. When you need to unload the van to storage and realise you never arranged for anyone to watch them…Now that’s stressful.

But we worked together in the way we know how – side by side and as a team. Slowly and surly it came together with the help of friends and some family, and we did it! We were exhausted, homeless and at now at Grandma’s, but it was together that we got here in our lives, and it was as a team that we did what we set out to do and created happiness and a new chapter.

I am so glad that I found someone that loves me like he does, that can be clam under pressure, work hard alongside me and be my team mate and supporter of our team every step of the way. We have so many dreams and goals that I know we can fulfil because we are in with both feet, each others supporters and playing for the team!

 

The Ordinary Moments
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As I have sat in a house looking much like an episode of hoarders special this week (and squashed in one corner), I have enjoyed catching up on a few episodes of a programme I love – “Shop Well For Less”! Have you seen it? It makes me laugh and I find it fascinating to see how people choose things, the psychology behind marketing and people’s purchasing behaviours. It’s really interesting to see other peoples homes and their thoughts into spending money. I just love to see why people opt for pricey products and cringe at bargains, but mainly I feel like if I ever had a TV show it would be something like that! I love it!

This week has been a super busy one with the move, but of course we always have time to make a few savvy choices along the way and squeeze in the odd barg!

Legoland Free Tickets

No joke here you can get 2 FREE Legoland tickets when you collect tokens from The Sun newspaper. You need 10 tokens, and then you send them off with some possible dates, then they send you 2 FREE tickets for one of those dates. I am hoping we can go somewhere around Ethan’s Birthday in October  … we currently have 6 or 7 tokens and it runs until next week.

Moving ourselves

Moving house is unavoidably a very expensive affair! We have chosen to save money by doing it all ourselves. We hired a van for 2 days at a cost of £48/day, and then used a mix of free boxes from friends and good ol Morrison’s banana boxes. Then with the help of friends from church and family, we managed to load and unload all of our stuff.

It was obviously way more demanding, tiring, and at times very stressful compared to if someone did it all for us, but for that price it was well worth it!

A 15p Yorkie?

Finally I saved 50p on a sneaky chocolate bar this afternoon when I nipped into Asda for our lunch! Being exhausted from 2 days of cleaning and moving, I felt in need of a little choccie pick me up. As I reached for the Wispa’s I noticed that the Yorkies were reduced to 15p each… a chocolate fix for 50p less – what a barg!

Right now I am so done in, rather achy, but so very relieved that our move/sale went smoothly. I expect that come Monday when I realise that this is my new life I will suddenly go into panic mode that I am now homeless and living with family for a few weeks out of a handful of bags! I will then realise all that is still to be done, and be busy sorting the kids new school and planning our new life here. But for now I shall soak up the view, eat more chocolate, enjoy listening to the birds, and just pretend I am away for the weekend at Grandma’s!!

 

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Yesterday I escaped the ever increasing stacks of boxes and “stuff” that filled my lounge, and headed with the kids on the bus into Leeds, for a little last minute adventure and some fun to see “The Scarecrow’s Wedding” at West Yorkshire Playhouse. 

The Scarecrow’s wedding is possibly the only Julia Donaldson book I failed to read to my kids whilst they have been young (mum fail), and yet whilst we were pretty clueless as to the plot beforehand, it didn’t phase us. A trip to the theatre was the perfect half term adventure, and in true Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler style, it was fun, witty and joyful. And we thoroughly enjoyed the production of it.

Straight from London’s West End, it tells of the story of two scarecrows “Betty O’Barley” and “Harry O’Hay” who love each other, and so of course decide to get married! Harry then sets off to search for their wedding day essentials including a dress of feathers, a bunch of flowers and a necklace made from shells, and meets all kinds of characters along the way.

Meanwhile, back home, when the farmer notices he is missing a scarecrow, he replaces Harry with the devilishly smooth but dangerous “Reginald Rake”. Dashing, daring and ever so cool, you begin to wonder if Harry will make it back on time or if Reginald will put a spanner in the works?!

Oozing with incredible talents, laughter and jokes galore, this play is engaging for all ages and actually really funny. There were so many laugh out loud moments, captivating tunes, and imaginative props and costumes. The kids loved every minute, and Megan could not sit still – (a) because she’s Megan, and (b) because she was THAT excited to be there!  But it didn’t matter, as this is the perfect place to capture kids imaginations and love for the arts, all whilst embracing their wriggly ways!

Megan was definitely the most enthusiastic of my kids, whilst E played it a little more cool. She laughed, shouted along at certain points and got very involved… she danced in her seat, laughed some more, and bursted with joy. Then, as soon as the lights when up, she lent in and told me “that was THE best thing EVER and everyone just needs to see it”!!! I was delighted it was so good and that both her and Ethan had sat and enjoyed it.


I found the Actor who plays several of the characters (including the farmer) absolutely hilarious and generally incredible with every role he took on! They all have great chemistry on stage and it worked well with just the 3 actors.

Overall we thought that it was cleverly created, with a great set (something Ethan especially loved) and country style music you can’t help but toe tap along to.

We all had a wonderful day out and both Ethan (6) and Megan (almost 5) absolutely loved it. Alice too loved watching the action and bounced along to the beats of the quirky tunes.

I am loving my kids keen interest in theatre and that we had such a lovely day out yesterday to see another wonderful production at West Yorkshire playhouse, they really are the hub of great shows!

Following the fun, laughs and adventures at the Playhouse, we enjoyed a wander around the City, market and had a cheeky subway lunch. It was a lovely day and one I am glad to have braved with 3 kids in tow solo.

Why not end half term with the sound of wedding bells and a crazy farmer, and pop along for this “down on the farm” adventure. You will not be disappointed!

The Scarecrow’s Wedding is on at West Yorkshire playhouse until Sunday, and tickets are just £12.50 each. It is recommended for ages 3+ and is the perfect length once again for wriggly bum kids at just 55mins, with engaging performance throughout.

*Thank you to West Yorkshire Playhouse for inviting us to see this in return for our thoughts on the blog! 

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As we say goodbye to May, we say goodbye to life in Leeds too. We end the month in a bare house and a lounge piled high with boxes and all of our life’s possessions, in anticipation for the big move from Leeds tomorrow and Friday. I can hardly believe this day is here!

Our family in May has been showered in love and appreciation by our friends here in Leeds and it’s been a lovely last few days – we feel so very grateful for each of them and I am really going to miss all of the lovely people at school, the kids friends, as well as some friends from church too. Ethan and Megs had lovely cards and treats presented in school last week and our family shared in a yummy cake and summery spritzer at church on Sunday, followed by a dramatic park play yesterday with some school friends where we all hugged and said goodbye and I received a lovely gift from the mums I worked with on the PTA. Finally tonight I am going for a cheeky curry out with some old time friends and that will be it! Tomorrow after a lot of graft and waiting, we begin writing a new chapter of life in East Yorkshire!

May certainly has been exciting for us with this impending move, stressful at times, but certainly exciting and dreamy! It has also been super busy too as a result and we are pretty shattered with packing, moving, clearing and going back and forth to solicitors, Estate agents and the tip! We have had lot’s of weekends hanging at home and making the most of our last few weeks in Leeds and it has all worked out well. We also saw chicken pox, more awards at school, and a great leap in Ethan’s reading skills!

May has also been an emotional one with the passing of my Granddad last week, the news of the Manchester bomb, and saying good bye to a place that holds so many wonderful memories for our family. We have exciting things ahead but with all of that combined we are ending the month in a sad place, exhausted and in many ways, on a bit of a downer.

Our pictures this month were taken last weekend on the beach when we made the most of the sunshine and the beautiful views of the Yorkshire coast. It was our first official “plunge into the sea” of the year, and I chickened out!!! The kids were super excited to get their wet suits out and Nath too welcomed the refreshing feel of the north sea! Of course getting out the summer stuff it is a great indication of how much growing they have done since last summer, and I couldn’t believe it!

Despite my lack of enthusiasm with the sea, it was lovely to see my cousins, and exciting to think about how close we will soon be to all of this for long summer days at the beach with my family!

In May we are grateful for

*A moving date
*Kind friends
*A great family / Cousins
*Memories and stories of Granddad
*Lots of sunny day’s
*Ice creams and picnics at the park
The Me and Mine Project
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