I have had a rather sociable week this week, which has been most refreshing. Some weeks I am quite happy to just stay at home, work on things and get organised – you know, kept it chill and wander! But then most weeks I really enjoy seeing people and having some days out and chats with other mums and Friends and this week was more so one of those and I have appreciated time with friends and family.

This week Alice and I have had a picnic at the park with her second cousins, have been to soft play in the neighbouring village and had a shopping trip and lunch with a friend! I have loved that I am one week away from completing my course and I have loved hanging with some of my sisters Friday night for my youngest sisters Birthday!

Grateful For …

This week I am really thankful for good health and feeling well and energized again. Good weather to get out and about and dress Summery. Sisters to have a laugh with and eat Ice cream by the tub with. And for fathers!

With it being Fathers day today it has been lovely to reflect on the blessing it is to have good Dad’s in life and father figures. I have felt grateful firstly for my Dad and for all of the laughs and adventures he has given us over the years. I am grateful for my Granddad and his humour, influence and example in my life. For my Father in Law and his love, humour, trips we’ve been on and guidance also. And finally for Nathan – he is such a kind, gentle and funny person – I love that my kids have a Dad who loves them so much. He is interested in their lives and wants them to succeed. He works hard to provide a safe and loving home for them, gives them lots of laughs and fun, and helps them with all sorts!

Dad’s come in all kinds of forms, and I am thankful that I have known such great, funny and wonderful fathers in my life!

Succeeded At….

Finishing all of my assignments for my college course! It felt absolutely brilliant to walk in to college on Wednesday evening knowing I had done all of my assignments and only had to print them off, arrange my folder and now cross reference it all before handing in the final copy this Wednesday!

Found Beauty In…

The fields on our walk to soft play….Alice asleep with her little hand under her chin… and watching the kids crowd Nathan this morning. It is so lovely to live where we do and have these moments as a family. I love the memories we are building and the moments we are capturing!

 

 

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The last couple of weeks have been a real struggle for me, and consequently I missed last weeks “MyHeartyLife” update! I have had a kidney infection, and whilst I have been trying to get on and mother etc, I kinda hit a wall and just needed to rest and switch off as much as possible if I wanted any chance of my body being able to recover.

I seem to be pretty run down generally in life, and seem to get ill quite often which I find incredibly frustrating, but thankfully in these last couple of days, and after some tests and 2 courses of antibiotics, I am finally feeling like me again!

This week has been pretty good (minus being so ill at the beginning of it), and we have had made some fabulous memories through Megan’s birthday and a Taylor Swift concert.

Grateful For … 

This week I feel super grateful for our second born child – Miss Megan! On Thursday she turned 6 and it was wonderful to be able to celebrate her and her presence in our family/lives! I am grateful to be the mother of someone that is so funny, crazy and generally filled with goodness. She can be cheeky and explosive if you upset her or frustrate her too much, but mostly she is kind and thoughtful and I am just grateful to be able to walk through life with her. She is a real daydreamer and imaginative and I love to see life through her eyes!

I also feel grateful for the offers of help from neighbours and friends whilst I haven’t been well, and for my little sister taking me to the hospital to make sure everything was okay! I am grateful for my lovely mother in law throwing Megs a birthday tea of homemade pizza’s and for one of her aunts making her a fresh cake out of melon and grapes!! And then finally again for my mother in law for buying me a fab drinks bottle so that I can drink more, and get better quicker.

It’s been clear to see that I am surrounded by good people and I felt especially grateful for that fact and realisation this week.

Succeeded At …

Being well enough to see Taylor Swift! We bought the tickets before Christmas and have been super excited ever since! At the beginning of this week I really thought that I wouldn’t make it. I was so weak and ill that we decided to ask around to see if anyone else wanted to go with Nathan. Thankfully though I did feel a little better and with knowing it was seated, I felt I could face it and we decided to go. I loved every second and it was so nice to escape life to spend time with Nathan at such an epic concert!

We certainly ended a hard week on a high, and even though I didn’t feel my best and was tired, it was a lot of fun.

Found Beauty In …

On Friday evening as I drove to Leeds to get Nathan from work for our concert date, I passed the most beautiful field of Poppies! Within seconds I had pulled over and got out to snap a pic. I love these moments when I am on my own and have such beautiful reminders in my life of our precious little Poppy! It made me very reflective for the next chunk of my drive, but I am grateful for that time to be on my own and just feel it.

I also found beauty in seeing Megan with her friends for her party on Saturday, and Alice laughing her head off today in the car. I love being their mother and being able to witness these hearty moments that fill my heart with love and joy!

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Hello to you all on this lovely bank holiday weekend – I hope it is proving to be either relaxing or productive for you so far, and that you are looking forward to that extra day off tomorrow! How cool is it to be British and have these bonus holidays? I love it, and the opportunity it brings to have Nathan at home with us!

This week has been a rather busy one and also productive too. I have been out most nights which has been a real treat (albeit very tiring) – On Monday it was to the theatre, Wednesday to college, Thursday to a concert with Nath. Then this weekend we have spent most of Saturday decorating our kitchen whilst the oldest 2 have been at Grandma’s for a cousin sleepover. I am really pleased with how it looks, and can’t wait to do the conservatory tomorrow to compliment it!

In all of this I have been struggling with what has now been diagnosed as a kidney infection and consequently are on a course of antibiotics and feeling a little rough to say the least. I know I need to slow down, and rest (which I have done since coming home from church today), but I keep thinking that if I can just finish off our conservatory tomorrow I will be incredibly happy and feel very accomplished. Then I can chill out with the kids over half term, and enjoy our new space!

Grateful For…

This week I am super grateful for my sister for babysitting all 3 kids for us on Thursday so that we could go to a concert together. Back in December I bought Nathan Bryan Adams Tickets for Christmas, not only did this gain me a gazillion wifey points, but it meant that we were able to have a brilliant night out to Manchester Arena on Thursday! It was epic, and so much fun – a brilliant concert I would highly recommend!

Succeeded At…

Wallpapering for the first time, painting the kitchen, and beginning the conservatory (it has lots of ugly blinds we need to take down and generally needs freshening up). Suddenly our house is feeling more stylish and I am loving it!

I also succeeded at handing in my 3rd unit for college – it was all about Ethics/Ethical practice. I now only have 2 weeks to go (after half term) and will by then hopefully have finished my case study, 2 smaller units and summarized my journals to put in my portfolio! It feels great!

Found Beauty in…

One thing I always find so amazing at a music event or show, is that you are with thousands of people you don’t know and yet are unified by the one thing that brought you there. I love to look around and think “wow, we all share the same interest here and don’t even know one another”! I love singing with strangers or laughing together – it is a beautiful thing and something I always find so interesting.

It was a beautiful sight on Thursday, to look over the audience and see all the little phone lights swaying in sync as Bryan Adams performed “Everything I do, I do it for you”! I was blown away and it was lovely – I am glad I got to be a part of that. I found a lot of beauty in the whole evening, from the spirit of Manchester following the attack last year, to spending time with Nathan, enjoying classic tunes live, and singing with strangers!

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It wasn’t until yesterday morning, that I woke up and finally felt some excitement about the Royal wedding. Being a suits fan, and a partial royalist, I realised that I couldn’t wait to see who was there (thanks Meghan you didn’t let us down by inviting the whole cast), and generally to see all of the British traditions that come with an historical event such as that of a royal wedding!! The preacher from America made my day, as did the whole beauty of the event itself and their love. I felt incredibly proud to be British on a day like yesterday!

After a week of what I can only describe as a major struggle, the joy that filled my heart watching the Royal wedding, and having a tea party following it in grandma’s garden, was a welcomed break. It certainly rounded this week off wonderfully, and I am so glad we made the effort and I am feeling more like me again!

Grateful for 

Being grateful this week has been hard for me to do. Rather I have been in a place where everything feels wrong in my world and things feel like they don’t ever go right – consequently gratitude isn’t particularly something I have focused on, felt or practiced.

Looking back now though with more clarity, I would say I am grateful that we live closer to the coast for the days when I need the beach. I am grateful for Nath’s words of affirmation when I need them the most, and I am grateful for the sunshine we have had this week, and the tea party grandma threw for us yesterday… all were nuggets of joy!

Succeeded at 

On Monday I finally dug the large paddling pool out that Alice was bought for her birthday…last July! As she hasn’t really been big enough/able enough to use it, we decided to store it in the garage until this Summer! With a week of lovely weather forecasted, I thought it might be nice to get it blown up and filled for them all to play in!

So there we are – I successfully blew up by mouth (and almost passing out) a giant paddling pool for my kids, and then with the help of Ethan filled it up – With pans of water no less! – It’s safe to say we’ve seen a need for a hose in our lives!

It was lovely to see the fruits of my labours and how good success felt.

Found beauty in 

I found beauty in Grandma’s garden yesterday – basking in the sun whilst nibbling sandwiches and strawberries, and looking over the freshly mowed lawn, was both relaxing and joyful. It was lovely to see plants flourishing, and the kids swinging on the seat with her (and splashing in the hot tub with her too later on). What a prefect and very chilled Saturday!

This week I also found beauty in the waves of the sea and the lighthouse. When life is hard, take me to the beach… it is joy to my soul and seems to whisk away many a worry.

I don’t know what this week holds but I sure hope it’s more positive than last. Next weekend the kids are having a cousins sleep over at grandmas, and so we are hoping to spend it doing some decorating…. I can’t wait to finally spruce our home and finish a few odd jobs!

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