Friday, 3 December 2010

Dear So and So..

Dear Lauryn, Ashley and Bailey.

If you insist on removing every single toy from every orifice in the house at breakfast time on a school day, I will get angry. You will have to tidy it up, and you will be late for school.

I do not care that you will be the last one to arrive at your classroom, or that you will not have time to participate in 'Show and Tell', I do not have time to re tidy the entire downstairs of our home and get four of you fed, washed, dressed and groomed before we have to leave the house in the mornings.

Do me a favour, just stop it dammit.

Love Mumma.


Dear Drew

'Man Flu' is no worse then normal flu. Stop using this term as an excuse to sit in bed and watch movies and Sky+ all friggin day. I am tired too, but I have to keep going.
Get over it.

Love future wifey.


Dear Che,

Dude, you really must master the art of sitting your butt down once you have tired yourself of standing.
Screaming and yelling 'Mumma' at the top of your lungs until I sit you on the floor is getting old.

Love your very frustrated Mumma.


Dear Man at reception venue


Love a VERY angry Bride to be.


Dear Dave the cat

If you feck me off one more time this week, I am going to punish you by locking the door when I'm in the bath. No swim time for you... *insert evil laughter here*

Love your pee'd off human Mummy

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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Wedding mayhem

Those of you whom follow me on Twitter or read this or my other blog, will know that Drew and I are finally tying the knot after 10 years together, this coming June.

We have booked the ceremony, we have also booked the reception venue and catering.
We even have the 3 bridesmaids dresses hanging neatly in the wardrobe.

Is this ahead of schedule? I have no idea!
Am I trying to race ahead? Possibly.

It's not that I'm over excited about the prospect of a wedding. I simply want to get everything sorted as soon as possible, so it's done and I can stop worrying about it all.

It's all the fiddly bits that take the time.
I mean, do you really have to have favours?
Would the wedding be deemed a disaster if we didn't pay an extra £300 odd for an evening buffet which, if bought from a shop would cost around £50?
Would it really be that terrible if we didn't spend an absolute fortune on flowers and decorations?
Seriously, what do you do with all this stuff afterwards?

We want simple, we want low key, we want something that is us.

Someone on Twitter asked me "Why are you bothering to get married now, after so long?"

Is there some kind of hidden etiquette that we have overlooked? Are you considered 'not worthy' of a marriage after a decade of living together?

In all honesty, the reasons we are getting married now are very personal ones.
Drew has wanted to get married for some time now, but there have always been far more urgent things to spend our money on. The older girls have also been questioning the difference in surnames. Although, this has absolutely no impact on our decision to get hitched.

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I don't believe in marriage, I know people who have been married for over half a century, and I think they're amazing!
I just didn't think that really, and truly, in this day and age it mattered a whole lot. It's a ring and a piece of paper. It doesn't change our relationship, it just gives us the right to refer to each other as 'Husband' and 'Wife'.

A lot of people talk about the 'security' in a marriage. Many feel that a man can't just 'walk out' whenever he feels like it.

Obviously, these people have never heard of separation and divorce!
Is there really any security in marriage these days? I don't think so.
Plus, after 10 years of 'try before you buy' I think we're way beyond the returns policy now!

Others talk about the 'social status' of being married.
Again, I really don't think that this 'social status' exists in the 'real world'. Maybe in Hoity-toity communities where Yacht Clubs and Butlers are all the rage, but here in rural suburbia, where we're surrounded by single parents and teenage pregnancies by the ton, if you're not considered a 'Chav' or 'Pikey' you're already made it more than half way up the food chain.

So I am getting married. Yes, after 10 years of being with my partner. Yes, after we have already had several homes, cars, holidays and children together. Yes, because we still love each other.
But also, because we have come to a point where this is important to us, for reasons I won't go into on here. Not for the conventional reasons, or because we Drew thinks marriage is important, or because we "insist on doing things the wrong way around" (as someone suggested!) Because now we want to and now we feel the need to.

So this wedding is going to be great. No matter how much we spend, or where we go on our honeymoon (A trip to London for the CyberMummy Conference!!) It will be great because it's our decision. It's our time.
We will be surrounded by our beautiful family and a few fantastic friends. It will be the first day of our next decade together.

Snow Monkey!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Dust, anyone?!

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.  ~Joey Adams

I'm going to bring you all bang up to date with how the wedding diet is going.

Week 1:

Week one went really, really well. I lost 6lbs!!!
I am very pleased with this result!
I worked my butt off on the exercise bike, ate well, and it paid off!

Week 2:

Week two wasn't as good. I lost 4lbs!
Yes, I know, I should be happy with that. And I am. Really, I am!
It's just that, well, I'm not used to sitting on a bicycle seat for 6 hours a week and as a result I had severe saddle sore..
I did some Wii fit plus exercises, but these are no way near as effective as the exercise bike, therefore I didn't feel I'd done as well.
I am still happy with the weight loss though.

This week sees the start of Week 3.
I am going to get back on the bike. I am aiming for an hour a day for 6 days.
Weather permitting (as I have little Che to consider in the cold and snow) I am aiming to do an hours walking on top of what I already do 3 times a week.
If I can't manage a walk, then I will aim to used the Wii fit step on the 30min cycle twice a day for 3 days this week.

Wish me luck!

Where it all started!
I know, I've been slack with the diet blogging... *slaps wrist*

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Cutting the Cr@p!

I'm done with excuses.

The only person I have to blame is myself. I have no self motivation whatsoever.

I'm constantly tired, lacking in the domestic Goddess department severely of late, and am being a disorganised Mummy to my four children.

Tomorrow morning that is all set to change.
I am going to get that laundry basket cleared (if only for 5minutes) I'm going to sort through all of the kids toys (again!)

I am going to wrap those Christmas presents. I'm going to write those Christmas cards.

I'm going to clean the bathroom from floor to ceiling, mop all of the hard floors and scrub those beige leather sofas to within an inch of their lives!

This house is going to be controlled by ME again, and not the other way around.
It is going to be a tough couple of days, but I'm going to do all of those little jobs which I have been neglecting over the past few weeks.

I CAN do this!

Silent Sunday

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