Monday, 18 August 2014

In with the new


I now have a new blog design and boy oh boy do I love it!!!!

Tiffany was so good to work with and she really tailored something to my taste. I really wanted to capture my travels in the new design and she has done that perfectly.

What do you guys think? I'd love to know.


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Life Lately

I am so sad that summer is coming to an end and that soon it'll be autumn. In saying that the UK has been blessed with some wonderful sunny weather this year. So I can't moan! On the other hand life - as always - has been super busy!

1) Blog change - I am in the process of getting my blog a new makeover. I just feel it needs a change and the photos need updating. After looking at several blogs I saw a few designed by Tiffany Kuehl. So I cannot wait to see the finished design! She is so fun to work with and I thoroughly recommend her.

2) Boy/Girl - Nicola went on maternity leave this week! She is due in 2 weeks time. I am so excited to be an auntie again! We do not know the sex of the baby but I have a hunch that it is a girl this time round. What do you lot reckon?

3) Tobago - I go to Tobago in 3 weeks and I cannot believe how quickly it has come around! I have been so caught up with the house that it has just sort of sprung up on us. I really cannot wait to get away though. I need a break.

4) House - the house is still coming along nicely. We had the utility area all plastered last week so it just needs painting.

5) Jack - I am still seeing Jack and things are going really well. I have decided to remain quite coy on the subject still and won't be sharing him on this blog anytime soon. He makes me happy and he's good for me. I am so glad I met him.

6) Robin Williams - the news of Robin Williams death has really hounded me today. I just feel awfully solemn. I really detest mental illness. It is just so unbelievably sad that someone so depressed could make people so happy.
' die would be a grand adventure' - Hook (my favourite Williams film)

7) My Gran - my family and I will be scattering my Gran's ashes next month. We have also decided to get a bench in memory of both my grandparents at their favourite walking spot. I really hope my local council approve.

8) Baking - Great British Bake Off is back! My Wednesdays nights are sorted!!! Shame I don't have a baking gene in me.

And that's my life in a nutshell right now. Lots going on but I would not have it any other way.


Monday, 4 August 2014

Sometimes the best destinations have the longest journeys

I really hate that word - 'failure'

It's just a horrid word that makes you feel like crap. It makes you feel unworthy. It makes you feel like you cannot achieve anything.

Yet, in order to fail at something you had to have tried at something in the first place? I think that is such an important thing we all forget. I remember when I had counselling and there were some weeks where it was like the penny dropped. I felt so elated and then there were weeks where I really struggled to get my words and thoughts out. I remember walking back to my car in floods of tears thinking why does counselling help one week and the next I am a total mess? I felt like such a failure!

But I am so glad I persevered. I am so glad that I stayed on the path and I am so glad that the weeks I found the most difficult were the weeks I TRIED the hardest. By reflecting on that time period I was never a failure. I was trying my darn hardest to get better. I was just frustrated at the time because I wasn't getting to my destination sooner.

Sometimes the best destinations have the longest journeys.

And I was reminded of this again so vividly this week. My good friend Oli is in Australia and he decided to take part in the Brisbane marathon. He trained so hard, and despite an injury at one point, he would dust himself off again and put 100% back into it. This weekend he took part in it but was unable to finish due to a hamstring injury.

I remember on Saturday night I checked his run keeper and he had started. I was looking forward to the morning to see a status about what time he did it in and how he was planning on celebrating. However, it was a different story and I saw a message saying this:

You never failed Oli because you were always trying and I think that is such a credible thing to possess. One day you will pass that finish line and as frustrating as it is to put in all that effort and not achieve what you wanted. I am thankful and proud to have a friend who endeavours and has a crack at things. It's just going to take a little longer....and that's okay. Thank you for reminding me that we can't fail at things if we were willing to put in the effort to accomplish something in the first place.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Cohen Update

I have not done a post on Cohen since Christmas and boy has he grown up a lot since then.

Hands down, I love this season he is in. Cohen is now nearly 2 1/2 years old and soon to be a brother in 4 weeks time.

He is the funniest kid and he is slowly turning into a little chatterbox. He is SO active and does not stop running and jumping around. However, he is also SO gentle. I sometimes call him a boo because he isn't a rough and tumble kind of kid. He hugs kindly, blows kisses sweetly, holds your hand delicately and strokes animals with such calmness. So this is 10 facts on Cohen at two years old.

1) He loves anything that has an engine. Cars, planes, trains and trucks you name it.

2) He can act out so many animal noises and do the actions to the animal. The other day I asked him to act like a crab! The pincers came out and he started moving sideways. I was in hysterics!

3) He is starting to get to an age of being able to comprehend and play games. He understands what it means to race, play chase and IT. 

4) He takes after his mum and loves cheese.

5) He is nicknamed cautious Cohen because when you first see him he is so cautious of his surroundings but once he gets used to you he is your best friend.

6) He loves being bounced and flung in the air like a plane. 

7) I love how at this age they start to understand things and say the cutest words! He can now say 'pease' and 'hank you' and he knows when it should be said. Toddlers really are like sponges! They learn so much so so quickly!

8) He enjoys art and books. He hasn't really taken an interest in sports like playing with balls and bats etc, much to the displeasure of his daddy who is a huge rugby fan.

9) Cohen is a big water baby. He enjoys bath time, swimming, the rain and puddles!

10) He has such good memory. When I moved house the previous owners left a gnome in the garden. Cohen took a shine to it and every time he comes to mine he asks to search for the gnome. I just find it incredible that a 2 year old remembers something like that.

He is so so funny! I know I am biased but he's the funniest two year old I know. Last weekend I asked him if he wanted a baby brother or sister. He said he wanted a sister. So when I mentioned that the baby might be a boy Cohen's reply was that he would 'cry lots' if it was a baby boy. 

I love this kid to the moon and back. It really amazes me how he looks like a little boy rather than a baby. I do miss the baby years but I absolutely adore him at this age. He is so fun and I'm so lucky to be his Auntie Becs.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

New Zealand here I come.

Oh yes!

Time for another holiday and this is going to be an awesome trip thanks to my friend Oli. Oli has been travelling and working across Australia for the last two years. He plans to return home next spring but wants to go to a few surrounding countries beforehand.

I had planned to meet him in Fiji and then head to NZ together but due to the time I have I cannot fit it all in. So I'd rather concentrate on one country.

I fly into Auckland next February and will then travel across the two islands over 2 1/2 weeks. I will fly out of Christchurch and make my way home.

I have always wanted to visit New Zealand, granted it hasn't been high up on my 'to visit list'. But I would love to see Oli and to travel with him would be a great way of seeing the world and catching up with him again. So does anyone recommend anything to see and do whilst over there?

I know NZ is famous for sports like white water rafting, bungee jumping etc but I would love to know if there is anything else that should be on my NZ travel list? I am travelling to Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown and Christchurch with some towns in-between the cities. What's the weather like? Is it pricey to eat out? What's it like to shop price wise? Easy to travel around?

I cannot wait!

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