This week has been rather wet and windy hasn’t it? Combined with feeling rough at the start of it, I have wanted to do anything but all of the above! The cold dull days have made me want to hibernate, sleep and snuggle with Christmas movies, and aside from Tuesday when I did just that, we have had a rather busy and full on week as we take another step closer to the festivities of Christmas.

Monday saw us at the Rainbows carol concert and me Christmas shopping with friends and lunch. And then, on Wednesday Alice and I took the train to a very cold coast for some more shopping and lunch with one of my sisters! We have have been at playgroups and soft plays, and I had Christmas dinner with the ladies from church. And then, last night I went out with my youngest sister to see Oliver Twist at Hull Truck Theatre – I have a review coming in the next day or so, but suffice to say – it was a great night and a great end to a cold, wet, ill and busy week here in East Yorkshire!

Grateful For 

This week I am grateful for the joys of singing carols with friends at the Scouting/guiding carol service on Monday. I love christmas music and Monday, surrounded by familiar faces (and incredibly rowdy children of mine), I really felt the Christmas spirit and sang my heart out (mostly)! I am excited to celebrate and prep over the coming weeks!

I am also grateful for college pals that are supportive as our deadline looms and for yummy lunches out with friends.

Succeeded At 

This week we succeeded at getting the tree up and decorated and getting another handful of gifts purchased! I started our Christmas shopping at the end of November in a hope that I would be done by now, but alas – I still have another 4 or 5 gifts to get and Christmas is looming on the horizon (as well as Naths birthday next week!).

Yesterday we also bought a few things to make Poppy’s grave more festive and though that is always a hard task to do, we succeeded at it! We want to add a few more things, but to be honest it gets too much to do it all in one go. I was quite looking forward to doing it this year now that we have her headstone, and it was nice to choose things with the kids for their sister, but no sooner had we arrived and put them on, I wanted to leave again – it was weird! But we did it and I am glad to know she has some fresh and festive plants now.

Found Beauty In

The lovely lights and trees as we drive around are really beautiful! I also found beauty in seeing the kids help Grandma decorate her tree today and found beauty in singing carols.

I have a nuts week ahead with an assignment deadline, wrapping to do, Christmas plays to see, reviews to write and who knows what else! I am hoping to get myself organized and hoping that in the end its a successful and joyful week.

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Last night Mr Smith and I enjoyed a lovely evening at the cinema to celebrate together for my birthday. I love going to the cinema and I love having date nights out. Obviously now we have 3 kids in the mix, this isn’t such an easy thing for us to be able to do but thankfully last night it happened.

On Thursday I turned 34 (ouch!) and when he asked me what I wanted to do this year it was rather easy – I just wanted to be able to go to the cinema and have some of my favourite treats and then food after, and so that’s what we did and it was great! We went to see “Bohemian Rhapsody” (which I have been keen to see  since seeing trailers for it back in the Summer) and it was so brilliant. It was such an emotional and funny film, which has left me thinking about so many things since. I thoroughly enjoyed our evening together and I love that I have more understanding about some of the classic songs from Queen and about Freddie Mercury and his life generally – It was so intriguing and he is an incredible individual.

This week also saw me going to the theatre with one of my mates to see EVITA, having ice cream sundaes with another and freezing walks on the beach! I have visited a dear friend in hospital and hung out with my mother in law and sisters in law. I have received some lovely gifts for my birthday, seen my sisters and mum, and eaten far too much. As well as being on time for school and being mostly organised, I have really enjoyed my birthday week; done loads with lots of people and have much to be grateful for.

Grateful For

This week I am grateful for all of the lovely messages sent my way online and in messages and cards to wish me a “Happy Birthday”! It made my day and I felt very loved! I am grateful for the cool cake Nathan got for me as well as the gifts and money too. I felt so spoilt and it was lovely!

I am also grateful for the time I have has to spend with friends and to Nathan for lovely birthday treats. I am grateful my train was late last Monday because I was too, and I am grateful for my baby sister for babysitting last night so Nath and I could go the cinema.

Succeeded At

This week I succeeded at finding a retro unit for the TV in the lounge (for only £25 at the YMCA furniture shop – its pretty cool)! We are still in the process of finishing off the lounge and I am pleased with how well it is all coming together. We aren’t doing anything major in our home at the moment, but I am enjoying putting my style into it and it making it more homely for us all.

I also found some dusty pink velvet curtains for £4.99 in the charity shop that will be ideal for making new cushions for said lounge out of, so I am excited to get cracking on those this coming weel, and can hopefully share them with you soon.

Found Beauty In

This week of course hasn’t just been the ordinary of school runs, play dates and my birthday treats, it’s focus has very much been about the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war. Everywhere we have been there seems to be some kind of art or tribute to mark this and each brave soul who sacrificed so much for our freedoms. It has really made me pause and reflect, often feel goosebumps, but mostly feel thankful.

The poppies that adorn walls and dress gardens all over, as well as all the ones at our local train station (crotched by locals), are each a beautiful reminder of all of those who gave their today for our tomorrows! I am thankful each November especially for our freedoms and the opportunity to remember them.

This week I also found beauty in the coast on a grey blustery day and I found beauty in Alice playing with her little pal . I beauty in the talented voices of those in EVITA and I found beauty in being with my friends and family. I found beauty in the kids playing and kicking Autumn leaves about and I found beauty in the gorgeous gifts I received.

This week has been both celebratory and solemn – it has been reflective too, and now tonight as we reach it’s end, I am pretty worn out from it all,  a little unorganised for school tomorrow, but thankful for my lovely home and family and all that we enjoy in peace!

 

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This last week has quite possibly been up there with one of the best 2018 has given to us. Before we get any further into this current week, I wish to reflect and record all of the wonderful and joyful hearty moments that we have been blessed with from this last week, and the things that have made it so great for us.

For those of you who haven’t seen on my social media, our family have spent our half term break in the Chianti hills of Tuscany. It was absolutely stunning and, whilst we encountered some freak weather conditions whilst there (just our luck!!), we saw many beautiful and lovely Cities, towns and scenes of nature. It was great to be together and chill out away from everyday life, and I just loved our little Italian adventure. We rarely go away at this time of year, but I am glad that we did as it was a lovely adventure. I look forward to sharing it in more detail with you very soon.

Grateful For 

This week I am so unbelievably grateful that Nath has finally got a new job (Hooray!) – it has literally made our lives!! We heard the news on Tuesday whilst away and we all went a bit nuts with excitement (and relief) over it. I loved that Ethan captured me diving on Nath in sheer joy at this great news – it was pretty funny!

Yes, this really is great news for us all, and it means that we will all get to see more of Nath every day. He will have more prospects in his new role and we will also be a little more financially stable. I am excited that very soon he will no longer be having to commute to Leeds every day and this is something we have been hoping and waiting for for what feels like a lifetime now…I really am so relieved he finally bagged a new job working much closer to home in a job that will hopefully open new doors to his career.

When we decided to move last year to East Yorkshire it was a big thing that he still worked in Leeds, but everything just fell into place and we knew it was the right thing at this time for our family. We assumed that his job would soon follow suit, but instead that has been a challenge and has taken well over a year for that part of the puzzle to fit in. It has been really hard hearing so many “no’s” or “almost yes’s” from jobs interview after job interview time and time again, not to mention then having him so late and gone so early to get to and from Leeds. It has been hard on everyone and our lifestyle hasn’t been what we hoped for during the week. So, as you can imagine we are just all so grateful that this new job is on the horizon and we can all fully transition into this new chapter of life in the Village and live life more how we hope to!! Man it is such mint news!

I am also grateful for safety whilst we travelled, good weather in between the crazy storms, time with family over the weekend and generally just time together as a family. It really has been a lovely week.

Succeeded At

Getting back into school runs this week was a little bit of a shock to the system, however the kids have had no trouble getting up early (6am!) and despite needing a lot of reminders to stay on task to be on time (no change there), we aren’t doing too bad… so I would call that a success!

Then of course Nath successfully got a new job and so we are loving that little nugget of joyfulness!

Found Beauty In

There are so many beautiful things and scenes I have been blessed to see this week that have just simply made my soul sing. From the views across the vineyards of Chianti, to quaint little italian streets – my heart has been completely full and content, and I feel incredibly grateful. I have loved exploring Tuscany and its beautiful towns and cities, and I have loved seeing the kids amazed and excited at new adventures. Being together as a family is a beautiful thing in and of itself, and I am pleased we had a whole week together (even if they were a little whiny some days!).

On Sunday we had the pleasure of getting together with Nath’s Family in Stamford to celebrate the blessing day of one of our new nephews. It was a lovely occasions and great to see (and catch up with) the family. It was a beautiful day followed by a beautiful walk around Rutland Waters, where we saw the sun setting and cousins playing – it was so relaxing and Idyllic and I loved spending time with everyone.

Whilst there we took a few family snaps, and I especially love this brilliant selfie I took with my sister-in-laws. Nathan has 6 sisters and I have been fortunate to be friends with them long before Nathan and I even dated. Now, together we are 7 sisters and I love how well we all get along and how much love and laughter there is. This pic makes me so happy and I feel it oozes so much beauty, love and happiness!!!

How thankful I am this week for holidays, family, new jobs, new adventures and a lovely home to come back to! It has been a fab week that has made my heart full.

This week I will be turning 34 and I look forward to hopefully another week of love and laughter with friends and family!

 

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This week has suddenly turned from mild Autumnal mornings, to blumming freezing in the space of a couple of days! I have dug out our feather duvet (much to Mr Smiths dismay) and tonight plan on bringing down all my Autumn/Winter stuff out of the loft, as I am feeling I need more knitwear and thick socks in my life. We have had a whole lot of rain and I am really beginning to miss the heat wave of Summer!

On Saturday we enjoyed a lovely visit to the Keighley and Worth Valley railway (which I will do a post about in a few days) followed by a swim party and fab little disco in celebration of my brother in laws 40th! It was a great fun packed weekend to wrap up a busy week of work, school runs and back to college, and I am thankful for ordinary moments to create special memories amidst the family life mayhem!

Grateful For 

This week I am grateful to have a dryer! It may seem really silly, but this is actually the first time in our married life that we have had a tumble dryer and I love it! We have never really had space before, and just made do with a drying rack, radiators or the odd sunny days (which has been utterly disastrous some weeks). But now with all of the rain and increasing laundry from 3 kids, it has completely changed my life and I couldn’t be more thankful to have a dryer!

I am also grateful to have been able to take Megan to see Madagascar the musical last Monday evening. We had a wonderful evening together and I am so pleased to be her mother!

Succeeded At

This week I successfully enrolled at college for my Level 4 diploma in counselling and successfully completed the first day! It was so good to be back and feel this level of enthusiasm and passion for something. My mind is whirling with theories and thoughts about areas I want to work in, and I am excited for this chapter of life and increased knowledge!

Found Beauty In

On Thursday I think it was, when we had a huge amount of rain (which conveniently hit tight on the school run), and as I reached the school gates, I looked down at Alice and saw the cutest little hand poking out to catch rain drops – it was a beautiful and very lovely sight!

I also found beauty in seeing my old friends at college again, walking across to soft play, the yorkshire dales via the steam train, and seeing the kids enjoy themselves with the trains on Saturday!

Its been another lovely but busy week!

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