I can’t quite believe that my littlest baby is turning THREE next month! It seems like only yesterday I gave birth to my him! I have always made a conscious effort to record special moments and milestones in the boys’ lives. I have baby books ( one more written in than the other! 🙈), I have kept the boys’ first haircut clippings (not all of it just a small curl each 😉), I have kept all they birthday cards and I try to record via either video or picture most of their every day moments.
I had been looking at getting hand and foot imprints for my first born and decided to try it myself with disastrous results. So started to look around locally and came across Carol at Feat of Clay.
Carol started Feat of Clay when her children were younger. She hand makes all items in her home studio in Woodley and is very lovely to work with and my boys both were great with her!
I originally had my eldest son’s done when we was almost 6 months old and knew that I wanted my 2nd son’s hand and feet outprint taken when he was little as well so went straight back to Carol. I decided on outprints instead of imprints as I felt you can see more of the little hands and feet. In my opinion, I just liked it better.
I have gone back to Carol for hand print mugs for grandparent gifts, hand print plates and also baby’s 1st Christmas hand imprint ornaments.
I love looking back at these little hands and feet that were once my newborn babies’ and my boys love comparing their hands now with their baby hands.
I highly recommend visiting Carol if you are local to the Reading area as she couldn’t have been more welcoming or helpful. It’s a keepsake you will have for generations and pass down to your kids. A great investment piece that will bring you lots of happy memories for years to come.
People always ask if my Dad was in the services as we moved around quite a bit when I was younger. The answer is…nope! My Dad was a Minister who liked a challenge and took his family along for the ride.
In 1992, after 36 years in Scotland, my Dad decided it was time to move back to America. To Missouri. This was the first time we had moved overseas and, as a shy girl, it was daunting. Sure, we had family there and we had visited before but it’s much, much harder to live in a foreign place than visit. The day to day life can be hard, even if you speak the same language. My sister was more upset than I was but there really wasn’t anything to do about it. I wondered if the high school girls would be like the girls in Sweet Valley High or Saved By The Bell. Teenage culture in America would certainly be different than I was used to in Scotland!
We didn’t have that much time before we headed off to the States. It was a mixture of excitement and the unknown. We were, of course, devastated to leave my Mum’s family back in Scotland. We had a close family where cousins are like brothers and sisters and aunties and uncles are like second mothers and fathers. Sure, we were heading to family in America but everything would change, we knew this. It was before Skype and FaceTime…HECK it was before the internet! So calls abroad would still be high in price.
My parents definitely humoured my sister and I when it came to packing our stuff. We took things that probably we didn’t need but they knew that having those items would make the huge transition a little easier. So we packed random notebooks with random scribblings, toys we had grown out of, magazine of our favourite Brit bands and singers and posters that were on our bedroom walls.
I sit here in front of this screen and think about the emotions I had at this time. So much I have forgotten or blocked out. It was a traumatic move for me, not so much my little sister, she didn’t have to contend with a high school transition. I think, in some ways, it made me who I am today. I had to come out of my shy girl shell and just get on with it. Just deal with whatever rude comment or snide remark came my way. Deal with being the butt of uninformed peoples’ jokes. Laugh it off and move on. I don’t think I ever really fitted in, it did end up feeling like home for a while but fitting in? That never happened. I stood out and now I look back on it I wish I would have embraced that more. But when you are an awkward 14 year old the last think you want to do is stand out.
Don’t get me wrong I have made some of my best friends in my life during my time in America and have some of my most cherish memories from that period in my life. I know, never say never, but I don’t think I will ever move my children when they are in school. It would be nice for them to have the same friends all through school or the same consistency of school, friends and town. I know I miss that.
I believe that there is a reason for everything that happens to us. We might not know it at that precise minute but years later we can look back and think…ah that’s why we were there or that’s why I did that. I try to picture the kind of person I would have been if we had stayed in Scotland. Would I have been this outgoing? Would I have pursued a career in theatre and the arts? Would I have met my husband? Would I have travelled much?
My life’s motto is “No What If’s” and I feel that has come from my Father and moving us about. He also thought this way..what if he hadn’t moved us? What if he had never moved to Scotland? He didn’t want to have those questions, and neither do I. Although I have lived in the same country for over 10 years now and that, to me, feels pretty amazing!
I have always loved a good list and planner but if you were to ask me pre-kids if I liked to clean and had a cleaning SCHEDULE! I would look at your as if you had two heads and run away! 😁
I’m not saying that having a cleaning schedule is the ONLY way to get stuff done but, for me, it offers peace of mind and I don’t feel overwhelmed thinking that I didn’t get round to something today or when I don’t clean I don’t freak out that everything will get in top of me because I have my schedule.
We recently moved to a much larger house than we had previously and to keep on top of it all without a cleaner I knew I would need some kind of schedule. I didn’t want to spend all my days cleaning and not spend it with my boys so the schedule was born!
I promise you all that I still have a social life and my kids DO go out the house but to achieve all this; a house that is (relatively) clean and organised and be able to have days where I an say “EFF it I don’t NEED to do any cleaning today,” I needed this list! So….here it is!
Everyday wehave fun! But we ALSO pick up and clean our mess!
Monday: Downstairs dust, hoover, mop, laundry Tuesday: Kitchen deep clean and laundry Wednesday: Bedrooms dust, hoover, clean bathroom and wash towels Thursdays: Spare rooms and bathroom quick clean and spruceup and laundry! Friday: Garden pick up (if needed) and laundry! Saturday: Food delivery Sunday:
Every night. We pick up the toys, clean up the kitchen from dinner, run our RoboVac (we have a Eufy) and prep the boys for school/nursery the next day.
Some days I don’t clean at all but I don’t stress about it because I know that the day will come around in the schedule to focus on that area and I’ll get it done then!
Every Few Months
Every few months (usually on a Friday) I focus on one room that needs either organising or a deep clean.
I keep a note and alert of what I need to do and on what day on my phone calendar. This way it takes out all the stress in trying to remember it all and I just focus on what I need to do that day. EASY! And that’sthe way I like it! 🙌🏻😊
Our new house is slowly starting to come together. It was a blank canvas when we moved in which was daunting and exciting at the same time! I initially focussed on the boys’ rooms so I wanted to show you all what we did with our eldest’s.
Most of the furniture came from Furniture123 or Great Little Trading Company (as did the duvet). The wall transfer and the curtains were from Dunelm.
My little man loves his outer space bedroom (as do I!)
Last month I threw a Space themed party for my son who turned 5.
He has been Space and planets mad for a while now so I thought this would be a perfect time to do it.
It was so much fun planning his party. His party was on a Sunday morning and for months before I had been planning his intergalactic party. I thought I’d write down some details of the party for you.
Here’s how we set up the tables for the parry lunch. I had these grand ideas of loads of confetti on the table and then my husband reminded me we would have to clear it all up at the end of the two hours. So I’ve saved them for another time.
I organised Froggle parties for the entertainment. They cater for so many ages and types of party. We obviously chose their Space themed party which included games, magic, bubbles, dancing and loads more. The kids we’re thoroughly entertained for the two hours. And my son left his party with the biggest smile on his face.
I found an amazing lady called Nic on Etsy. (I LOVE ETSY!) Her company is called The Daphne Tree and she specialised in hand stitched tees. I told her I would like it to be a rocket with the number 5 and she did the rest. My son absolutely loved it and it still looks amazing. Even after washing a few times.
His party lunch consisted of the regular food favourites. Sandwiches, grapes, hula hoops, baby bel, party rings, chocolate fingers, carrots, sausages and CAKE! 🎂
Speaking of cake! The lovely Amanda from Cakes By Amanda made the most brilliant space and planets themed cake with chocolate cake and cookies and cream butter cream filling and covered in the bunnies butter cream. I wish it would have been gluten free but I had to sample the teeniest bit anyway and immediately was jealous that I couldn’t have more!
We handed out party bags filled with info cards on the planets, a stretchy alien some other things and also some sherbet dip because they are a blast from my childhood! 😉
All in all it was a great 5th birthday party for my lovely boy. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and we all did as well.
Please be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think! I’d love to know!