I’m not sure there’s a character that I really identify with.
I probably could have come up with one of I’d thought about this post a bit longer, but I’m scheduling in advance, and trying to get as many of the #Blogtober16 posts ready before I have a baby (it’s possible he’s arrived by the time you’re reading this!) and I didn’t start this one in advance enough to give it any proper thought.
So I’m going to cheat a little bit, and just tell you my favourite characters. The limited version, because I love Disney and could probably make this post stupidly long!
1.Mulan – what better role model you could you want for youngsters? Ok, so I don’t really want my kids running off to war, especially if I’ve already said no, but breaking stereotypes and doing what you believe in is nothing to be ashamed off.
2. Mrs Jumbo – possibly more along the lines of identifying with, she’s a proud Mama who would do anything for her precious baby. And if anyone verbally or physically attacked my babies like that I’d have kicked off too!
3. Olaf – for pure comedy factor, and I love the way G gets excited when he spots him, during the film or toys in shops, it’s so cute to hear him shouting for “Oh-haff”
Mrs H xxx
As parents having time to ourselves doesn’t happen often. And sometimes we don’t let it happen. There’s always something else to do or someone else to put first. That’s our job as parents, as adults’ right?
Well yes, but you also can’t look after everyone else if you don’t look after yourself. If you’ve ever been on an airplane you’ll know that the safety protocol in case of an emergency is to put on your own oxygen mask before helping to secure others, including children. This is because you can’t help anyone if you’ve passed out!
Whilst day to day life might not be as serious as that emergency situation on a plane, we all need to look after ourselves a little more in order to be able to properly look after those around us.
It doesn’t need to be a big thing, just make time for a hot shower, a quick exercise class (I’m loving YouTube yoga at the moment) or 10 minutes alone listening to your favourite music. There’s never going to be the perfect time to do these things. There’ll always be something that you feel needs doing, the dishwasher needs unloading or toys need putting away. But sometimes 10 minutes to yourself to feel a little more like you, is exactly what you need to be a more productive person and maybe even a better parent if you’re not running on empty all the time.
I know I need to listen to my own advice sometimes, as many of us do!
How do you make time for yourself? What is your favourite “me time” treat?
Mrs H xxx
Anyone who knows me, even just a little bit, is probably well aware of the answer to this.
I love it! I love the build up, the planning, the decorating, the evenings out to see the lights.
It’s so much more than just the presents and the day.
It’s making time to spend with your family, especially the extra effort to see the family you don’t get to see as often. Special trips in the run up to Christmas, to switchons, carol services, pantomimes, bake sales.
And if trips out are too much, there’s snuggly afternoons curled up on the sofa watching too many Christmas films with special hot chocolate and gingerbread biscuits.
Do you get the idea? I just love Christmas!
There’s no need to go overboard on presents. When you think back to Christmases past you almost never remember the presents you got, but the times spent together, food eaten and things made. Though the food but might just be the greedy one in me ;)
Mrs H xxx
Is it too cheesy to say my family, my husband and kids? Well, even if it is, they are!
It’s not that I’ve not done anything else in my life that I’m proud of, but it’s the biggest thing that means something to me.
When I was growing up, all I wanted was to be a mother and a partner, preferably a wife. In the same way people dreamed of careers or traveling, being a mum was all I wanted.
Generally they’re not something you can actually plan. You can’t plan to meet the right partner, or have children. Even if you do meet them, unforeseen complications can affect anyone, and things just don’t work out the way you’d like. Often this isn’t bad, just different.
Maybe this isn’t right to class it as my biggest accomplishment, I mean it’s not like I worked at it and made it happen as such. But also marriage and being a mum is something that I need to work on every day, through the good and the bad!
But they are what I’m most proud of and what I most love about myself.
Cheesy or not!!
Mrs H xxx
Tonight as I put you to bed, I realised it would be the last time you would sleep in your bed as an only child.
This weekend you’ll be staying with your grandparents, as you often do on weekends, and if your baby brother doesn’t arrive before I’ll be induced to have him on Sunday. In which case you might end up staying with grandparents a little longer.
I’m sure that’s not going to be too much of a hardship with all the extra milky bar buttons you’ll be spoiled with!
I’m excited that we’re going to have another little member of the tribe, and that you’re going to have a little sidekick to grow up with.
But it was still a bittersweet feeling, knowing that my first baby is going to be a big brother.
You’re still only little yourself (I know, I know, you’re a big boy but you’re still our baby!) but I hope you know that we will love you just as much as we always have no matter how different things might be.
Tonight the bedtime routine went completely out the window, and I squeezed myself in beside you and cwtched you until you fell asleep.
You won’t remember tonight, but I will.
We love you so much G
Lots of love, Mum & Dad xxx