2015 Goals

Each year I make a list of goals for the year... and I call them goals because I think the word resolutions holds too much pressure.  Goals would suggest trying.... resolutions carries a lot more in the way of failure if you can't rigidly stick to them.  Here are the five things I most want to work on this year!

1.  Establish my photography business!  I want to be a photographer.  I'm practicing and practicing and am still getting to grips with my camera and lenses and I want to work hard on my portfolio this year.  Nate starts nursery school in September so I'm going to have a lot more time on my hands!

2.  Take better care of myself!  This one is more because I turned 30 in the last year... I know I need to look after myself better.  I want to get into a habit of either running or doing yoga 4 times a week, lose a little weight and I need to drink more water and A LOT less Coke.

3.  Say yes more often.  This is a goal I set every year because it's super important and there is always room for improvement.  I am guilty of saying "in a minute" or "we will do it later", when really the most important thing is the boys, chores etc can wait.  I also need to consciously put my phone and computer away for a while and really absorb all the wonderful things that are happening in my day.

4.  Knuckle down and STUDY.  This year I started on a degree course part-time.  I love it and I am doing well, but to be honest, there is so much room for improvement where study is concerned.  I am getting good marks without putting all my effort in, so imagine what I could get if I REALLY TRY.

5.  Get serious about saving.

I'm late to the party in posting my goals for the year but it's still January, so it still counts!

A Whole Year Of Sibling Photos

Last year I decided to join in with a bunch of other bloggers, in taking at least one really nice photo of our kids each month.  The boys are running crazy or doing their own thing so often that it's hard to get a nice one of them together.  They are also at an age now where they hate to stand still for photos, so one a month is quite enough.  I love being able to see how they've both changed!

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New Year, New Blog... Sort Of

Happy New Year!!

I'm not really starting a new blog, but rather giving this blog a new start.  I fell way behind towards the end of last year for a ton of reasons.  That isn't to say that I didn't have things that I wanted to share and post about, but rather, it just wasn't a good time and I lacked the enthusiasm to sit down and document our goings-on.

But it's a new year and with that comes a whole bout of inspiration and new energy, including that for the blog.

Also, there is super loads to catch up on so bare with me while I get my crap together!

How Thirty Feels

I realise that I haven't been very consistent with posting on my blog lately.  Life has been quite the whirlwind since September started.  I find myself either insanely business or lacking even a particle of motivation.  Neither of which is conducive to keeping up a blog haha!

Anyway... I've been 30 for almost 3 months now and I think back to the start of July when I was apprehensive about turning the big 3-0.  Why was I so worried?

It sounds so clich├ęd but I literally waited until midnight, while James slept beside me, waiting for the hand to tick over to officially announce that it was my 30th birthday, and the moment it clicked, I felt different.  Yep, it sounds really silly and maybe it is all in my head... but I felt great.

I woke on the morning of the 16th July so ready to start being 30.

In the last 3 months I've passed my driving test, started at a yoga class, joined a running club, ran my first 5k, my second 5k and my first 10k, I started my degree course, I let go of grudges and broken friendships and I started paying more attention to my important and existing friendships in my life.  It's been so good and I hope the rest of my year can go just as well.  I've more planned... more goals to reach for and things to keep me busy.  I'm happier and settled in myself, comfortable in my own skin and confident of the wisdom I've gained in my 30 years on earth.  30 is actually awesome.

Our Scottish Break

With James having moved jobs and becoming self employed, he wasn't able to take many days off work this summer.  If he takes a day off, he doesn't get paid.  Me and the boys however, were off all the time and my Mum proposed that we go with her and my stepdad Harry to stay with Harry's mum in Scotland for a week.

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We took the ferry and then a long drive to get to Harry's mum's house near Inverness.  Ollie has been on a ferry a couple of times but this was Nate's first time and he was pretty excited to go on the 'big boat'.  They had each packed a bag of toys to keep themselves occupied but both ended up falling asleep halfway through the ferry crossing.  Maybe the excitement wore them out.

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After the ferry journey we had a huge drive, but stops along the way, little sleeps and the amaaaaazing scenery made it all quite enjoyable.  We went to bed pretty much as soon as we arrived at our destination, after we met Harry's mum.

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The house was amazing.  Harry grew up in the house and it was extended over the years.  There are chickens in the front garden and so much space for the boys to run around freely without getting into trouble.  They made up their own games using some inexpensive toys we picked up at Tesco (a frisbee, a skipping rope... that sort of thing) and they kept each other quite entertained!

We woke each morning to the same wonderful views... and everywhere we went, the scenery was stunning.  I'm a sucker for beautiful countryside and while in Scotland, I decided I could quite happily live somewhere more rural now that I can drive.

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Harry's mum, who the boys (and everyone else) refer to as Granny, owns a bunch of chickens and their run is right out the back door... the boys enjoyed seeing the chickens and loved knowing that the eggs we were eating came from them!  They got to feed them some bread scraps.

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We took a lovely evening walk one evening up to the Cairn... and to see the Viaduct.  The boys had a lot of fun running around the old stone piles and I enjoyed being outside in the fresh air.

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On one of the days we went to Nairn beach... a lovely beach that also has a playground, a coffee shop and a paddling pool.  We quickly ate some sandwiches and then Ollie decided to get his brave boots on and took his clothes off to go swimming in the sea.  He plunged into the sea without a care in the world.  Nate on the other hand, searched for baby shrimp and we caught a couple with our bug bucket.  We then went to the paddling pool for a splash.... found a funfair and then had icecreams together.

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We heard that there was a great place not too far away, to spot dolphins.  I love dolphins and thought this would be a great holiday activity for the boys (and us!).  We drove to Chanonry Point and when we arrive there were already some people standing around.  There was a gorgeous lighthouse and we got to work searching for some pretty sea glass while we waited.  I asked one of the photographers that was already set up, when the dolphins might appear and he told us it would be within the next 45 minutes-1 hour.  Sure enough... bang on when he said they would come, they came.  The beach was very busy by then and we watched the dolphins swim for about 20 minutes.  Such a wonderful experience.

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When in Scotland... what is one food that you should eat?  Yep, haggis.  Except haggis doesn't appeal to me so I bought a vegetarian one that we enjoyed with toast and poached eggs.  The boys both enjoyed it too which surprised me!

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On one of our last days, we visited Blackisle Wildlife Park which, from the outside, looks very small but once we got inside we found out it is actually a HUGE wildlife park/ farm.  So many cute goats... ponies, llamas, a random bunny just hopping around... racoons, wallabys, zebras... and birds.  They even had a furry animal petting zoo bit and a train to take you round the park! It was a great day out and the boys went home shattered!

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Later that evening, I took Ollie for a date just me and him to Pizza Hut.  It was lovely to spend some one on one time with my eldest dude and after our dinner date we went back to the house to watch Horrid Henry together while eating Lucky Charms.

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Our last day came and we all said goodbye to Granny.  Harry and Mum have been married for ages now and I can't believe we only just got to meet Helen.  She is 94 and really remarkable.  I hope we get to see her again soon!

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On the drive home we stopped in Aviemore.  A popular ski and adventure sports village/ town... I dunno lol!  It was so picturesque and I'd love to spend time there to holiday!  We went into the mountains a little to this cool Funicular Railway... I have no idea what that means, but it's a cool way to go up the mountain.  The boys loved it and when we got to the top there should have been amazing views but it was so thick with fog, we couldn't see a thing!  We had lunch there, went down the mountain in the train and got on with our long drive home.

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We got to the ferry very late at night and there were hardly any people on it.  We got home then after 1am... so glad to see my husband... holidays without him are hard!  A great week away though.

I Am Here!

I spent August writing a blog post every single day.  When I planned to do that, it seemed easier than the ACTUAL carrying out of the task.  I'll hold my hands up and admit that I found it pretty hard to write EVERY DAY... but I had fun writing the posts and I made some new blog friends along the way.  The 'writing every day for 31 days' thing really burnt me out though and I here I find myself 2 weeks into September, having not written a single post since the last day of August!

But I'm here and I plan to recommence my twice weekly, or once weekly or whatever weekly, posts.  I love keeping my blog and have a ton of posts in my head about things that have taken place recently... it'll take me a while to catch up!  I haven't entirely disappeared!!