Sunday, November 23, 2014

Making cakes - Lego brick, fisherman and pigs in mud!

On Friday I shared my early Christmas present with you, and then it reminded me that I have been creative on at least four occasions over the past three months since I made Bronte's Frozen cake back in August!

Firstly was B's Lego cake.  I searched Lego cakes on Pinterest and came up with my own version, which looked a bit like this:


It was of course, a rainbow cake underneath! 


B thought it was brilliant, and although it wasn't perfect, I liked it a lot too.

Also in September, in the same weekend  I made not one, but TWO Pigs in Mud cakes!  One was for B's birthday gathering, as he had a few friends round a week or so after his birthday - the Lego cake was for his real birthday.  It was such a success that I made it again for my friend Emma's 30th birthday.

Finally in October I made this Fisherman cake for Phil's Dad.


It didn't really look like it was supposed to, I literally copied a picture from a cake book but it was well received, and that is all that matters.

I didn't make myself a birthday cake in the end, as I got one from work, and apparently someone told me it was bad luck to make your own birthday cake.  Hell, we have enough bad luck as it is, so I wasn't about to take any chances.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Looking Back: Bronte's First Wobbly Tooth!

The story of Bronte's first wobbly tooth was, from memory a very long drawn out affair!  It seemed to go on forever!
 
She had a wobbly tooth for at least three weeks, before it got super wobbly - and then stayed super wobbly for another two weeks.  We predicted it would fall out, and then the day we predicted would come and go and the bloody tooth was STILL in!
 
I took this picture out of sheer desperation....she has in the picture it fully pulled back.  Yuk.
 
 
And then....it eventually fell out!  Yay.

 
Bronte looks totally different now she has a gap in her mouth - whether it is because she looks older or what, I do not know....she just looks so different!

Bronte's Lego I'm a Celebrity camp

Bronte is Lego crazy at the moment, which is no surprise really when both B and M are still very much Lego crazy too.  In fact B's bedroom floor is covered in teeny tiny bits of Lego every second of every day, and no matter how often I clean or tidy his room, the Lego remains.

Bronte doesn't really have a lot of her own Lego so she has to make do with the cast off's and bits borrowed from B and M, who are sometimes more accommodating than other times.  In fact it's not helped by the fact that whenever Bronte builds up a small collection of Lego, she loses it!

We have also this week started watching I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!  The kids love it, we have watched it the past couple of years - it's the only 'reality' show we watch.

Last night, Bronte decided to make a Lego I'm a Celeb camp.  This was her first attempt:

 
This was this morning turned into a new and improved camp Version 2 earlier today:



Bronte is now on a mission to find a Lego version of all the celebs in the programme!

She also wants to make a video of her camp!  Eeek.

Are you watching I'm a Celebrity, and if so, what do you think of this year's show? x

Friday, November 21, 2014

Early Chrimbo present!

The kids and I eagerly followed this years Great British Bake Off, and once again I was in awe at how amazingly good these ordinary people were once you let them loose in the kitchen.
 
M decided that next year I need to audition and get on the programme, but in all honesty I don't think my anxiety would let me get as far as completing the application form.
 
But anyway, a girl can dream, can't she?
 
What I really wanted, no NEEDED this year, I decided was a mixer.
 
And then....it arrived.  A bit early, but it was here, my beautiful pink mixer.
 
 
Personally I do think I am kidding myself because I barely have time to do any baking at all at the moment, but maybe some day soon.  Phil had a shoulder operation last week, and is literally one-armed for the next four weeks so I don't really have time to do anything lovely like baking masterpieces or anything exciting - and no, cooking tea doesn't count.
 
I have so many recipes to try and so many lovely things I want to make.  Fingers crossed, I somehow manage to find the time.  Watch this space!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Looking Back: Mum's 70th Birthday

At the end of August, the kids and I travelled to Bexhill on sea to visit my Mum - Nanna as she was having a birthday party to celebrate turning 70.

I must admit this was a bit daunting to look at:

 
But we got there in the end.  The journey was not as bad as I had thought it would be.  Despite my anxieties, the kids were very well behaved in the car.  Once again the portable DVD players we have earned their price tag over and over! 
 
Although there were lots of party preparations to do, we made the time to meet up with my friend Nic and her baby Jack for a very enjoyable time.  I cannot share any pics we took as Nic does not like Jack's photo's to be shared on social media however you will have to take my word for it that he is very, very cute!  Brad totally fell in love with him!  And Bronte and Megan are now convinced he is their cousin! lol
 
 
My sister Auntie Liz promised to make Bronte Frozen cupcakes and she did not disappoint her.

 
We went to cousin Sam's cafĂ© (well the one he works in!) and had a milkshake and yummy food there.  Our waiter service was of course, excellent.  Thank you Sam!

 
Saturday night was party night!  Mum was dressed up, and I am sure you will agree she looked very lovely.  I can't believe B is taller than her!  Bronte didn't want to be in the picture.

 
My other sister Karen made the very impressive cake!  And us four - Karen, Liz and myself, along with our brother Alan all chipped in and paid for the food and hall etc, covering all costs for Mum.  Liz did a tremendous job organising and buying all of the food, and then preparing most of it. 

 
Here is Mum cutting the cake:

 
This is Mum with her sister Ann, her Mum - Nanna Lil and her other sister Linda.  There is one special person missing from the picture, which is Auntie Dot.  I am sure she was watching over us.

 
B got very pally with Liz's eldest son, James.  The kids adored him!

 
Me?  It just freaked me out seeing everyone.  Having not seen everyone in so long, it is hard to realise that everyone has grown up - I used to look after James and his brothers when I lived in Bexhill!
 
This was a very special picture that we had to get on the night.  My Mum with her four children.  People have asked why I was on the floor and I think it's because I decided to bob down as I am the youngest!  I wasn't drunk at all...we were heading off early the next day so I didn't drink anything.

 
At the end of the party the kids had a James sandwich!  Again.  I think he liked it. Either that, or he had no choice. Haha.

 
After a very late night, James was up Mum's bright and early to take the kids, as he promised for breakfast at his favourite cafe in Sidley.  The kids became very attached to him in the short time we were there, and I haven't stopped hearing about him since!
 
And so it was with very sad faces, and heavy hearts that we left Bexhill for the long journey home on the Sunday lunchtime....

 
As always, although we were not there for very long, we had a wonderful time in Bexhill on sea.  It has been a while since I last visited and I was amazed at all the changes that I noticed around the area.
 
The kids have made me promise that we will return back the same week next year, and make this a family tradition to visit there each year.  We shall have to see!  But it would be very lovely if we could.  :o) xx
 

Monday, November 17, 2014

3 month blog break

It has been three months since my last blog post.

THREE MONTHS.

3 months - really?  Wow.

It was never an intentional thing to stop blogging when I did.  It was around July time that I began to question whether or not I should continue to blog, to continue my mad daily ramblings.

It is around this time when I decided to have a 'little' break.  But then the days turned into weeks, the weeks turned into months.

So many important things I did not blog about - the summer holidays, my trip to Bexhill on sea at the end of August to celebrate my Mum's 70th birthday, B not only started secondary school (it's been an adventure already!) but he turned 12...and then it was my birthday and Halloween.  My heart breaks and my head starts to spin when I think of all the things I have not blogged about.

I'm going to attempt to pick out the most important things I wish I had have blogged about and do a few 'looking back' posts over the next few days, which hopefully you won't find boring.

I'm trying not to get anxious and stressed.

Did I need to take a break?  Yes. 

Do I regret not blogging.  Yes.

I guess it's a no win situation.  I have no idea who is still reading this, if anyone, and who has somehow stumbled upon this blog from googling something completely different.

However you ended up here, I thank you, and I hope you will continue to read.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bronte's 5th birthday celebrations

On 4th August Miss Bronte, our beautiful little girl turned 5.  5?  How can this be?  This blog is older than her, because I remember counting down my pregnancy....wow, the past 5 years have flown by!

She wanted a party.  A bouncy castle party, and this is what she had.  It's quite difficult to organise a birthday party over the summer holidays, because so many people are busy, or away on holiday themselves.  But we did it.  And she loved it.

It all started, I suppose with the cake....

 
Bronte wanted a FROZEN cake, so with my own fair hands, I made her cake.  She loved it.  Even I was just a little bit impressed too.
 
The Saturday before Bronte's birthday B went away to Holy Island, like he did last year, which was a trip organised through the school.  He was quite upset at being away for Bronte's birthday and he promised her that he would send her a postcard for her birthday.  Which, true to his word, he did.
 
Anyway, so for her birthday it was just me, Phil and the girls.  Bronte was super excited, and had been counting down the days for a long time.  Presents were opened in our bedroom, bright and early in the morning.


 
As I am sure you can see, it was mostly Frozen stuff.  She is Frozen mad! 
 
I had a badge made specially for her, which she loved.  Here she is in her party dress.

 
And then, as she asked for, from 1-3pm it was her party.  There was food....

 
...and just a minute or two to have a quick bite to eat before....

 
....cake!

 
And lots of fun on the bouncy castle!  Their big cousin Jacob was there to lend a hand with all the rowdy children.  He was so good with them all.  I think they tried him out!

 
After all that fun, it was time to say goodbye to friends, and thank them for coming....and then it was time for MORE presents!


 
Bronte had a thoroughly amazing birthday, and she was very much spoilt with all of her presents, including....



....her very own bike!

Thank you to each and every one of those people who made her day so special. xx

Saturday, August 16, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

I feel the need to post this immediately. 

I know I am late, with events occurring earlier in the week.

This week the world lost a true entertainer in the form of Robin Williams.  I am sure you have all heard the news and the stories by now.  He died.

He took his own life.  He battled depression and anxiety.

My heart goes out to him, and his family at this time.

You will NEVER truly understand anxiety and depression until you suffer from it, or experience it yourself, and it is something that I would not even wish on my worst enemy.

I cannot begin to imagine what thoughts must have been running through his head during those last moments, and it torments me to even consider it.

There is a lot of help and support out there, you just need to take it.  Some things work for some people, and other things work for others.  It is sometimes trial and error before you get the right combination.

His work and his characters will live on for generations to come.  We just recently watched Mrs Doubtfire and Hook - the children adored them both.  They are already huge fans of Flubber and Jimanji.

One of my earliest memories is having a Mork doll from Mork and Mindy that would speak 'nanu nanu'.  He was the boyfriend of my Sindy and Barbie dolls, as I didn't have a Ken doll, and boy dolls were quite rare back in the early 1980's.

Please, if you need it, seek help.  Do not suffer in silence.

Rest in peace, Robin. x

It's been a while....

It's been nearly a month since my last post.

I have missed blogging, so much.  But in another way I haven't.  I cannot find the words to explain what that means.

My depression and anxiety are back, and it's been harder to control.  I am still not on any medication.

Phil's health in one area is improving, yet in other areas it is getting worse, and he is in pain nearly ever day - STILL.  We thought that by now, he would be greatly improved, but this is not the case.

The summer holiday days are quickly passing, and B is counting his days to secondary school.  New school uniform has been purchased and we are working our way though the list of school supplies he needs for his new adventure.

Life is passing by.  Bronte has had her 5th birthday, and we have been out a couple of places and done a couple of things I wish to share with you, although late these posts will be coming up over the next few days.

I am considering this a new start, after a little break.  I won't go back and schedule posts in the past.  I will post them now, and look forward.  To the future.

I am back.  :o)

I hope you are still here too.  xx
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