My Favourite Time of Year – #Blogtober16 Day 23 

Anyone who knows me, even just a little bit, is probably well aware of the answer to this. 

IT’S CHRIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSTMAAAAAASSSSSS!!!

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

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My Biggest Acomplishment – #Blogtober16 Day 22

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

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A Letter To…Our First Born, Before You Become A Big Brother – #Blogtober16 Day 21

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

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5 Super Cool Things About Where I Live – #Blogtober16 Day 20

I love living in Wales. There may be a time that we might live in a different country, but Wales will always be my home.

1. Wales has the most amazing views and landscapes. When we lived in Skegness for 6 months, I genuinely missed the green and the mountains. The mostly flat terrain left me aching for the sight of a mountain forest, no matter how much rain fell on them.

2. My school produced some major sporting stars. It’s pretty cool to be able to say you were in the same classes as Gareth Bale and Sam Warburton. We’ll just skim over the parts where I don’t think I’ve ever actually held a conversation with either of them, or that it leaves the rest of us feeling like we’re under achieving massively! Good for them!

3. We’ve got our own language. It’s not always pretty sounding, lots of harsh sounds, but I think that our tiny country having its own language is pretty special. And despite almost dying out it’s growing again and becoming more important and popular. Even the English speaking schools now have to include an element of Welsh into every lesson, even if it’s just days and dates. You may also have the upper hand in a job interview if you can speak Welsh. 

G is most likely going to be going to a Welsh speaking school, and I’m looking forward to improving on my limited lingo too.

4. The NHS. Ok, so I know it’s not just in Wales, and I don’t always get very political here, especially in a mostly light hearted post, but the NHS is something so amazing that we really need to appreciate it more. It’s by no means perfect, but it’s a hell of a lot better than what a lot of people have. 

5. The most importantly cool thing about Wales? Uh Doctor Who is filmed here!!

Many of you will know that we are a family of Whovians, in fact  I was woken up this morning by a voice coming over the monitor “I am a cyber man. You will be deleted” I can’t tell you my startled response, let’s just say it’s a good job G wasn’t stood next to me or he might have learnt some new words that would not go down well with grandparents! 

It’s brilliant being able to spot local places and landmarks when you’re watching, and remembering times you’ve been there.

In short, I bloody love living here! 

Mrs H xxx 

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Favourite Foods – #Blogtober16 Day 19

I don’t even know where to start on this one!

I’m not a size 8, and I never will be, because I love food a lot, probably a bit too much.

Asking me to choose a favourite is almost as bad as Sophie’s Choice ;) 

I guess if I absolutely had to choose it would be pizza. I don’t think I’ve ever turned down the chance for pizza, or ever not “felt like it” and at least you can change up the toppings to vary it a bit. 

For a “home cooked” meal I will never turn down a lamb dinner, preferably with mashed potato and proper gravy and lots of mint sauce, or Mr H’s famous lasagne (seriously amazing stuff and requested for every family event, gathering and trip). 

I’ll have to stop there because a) I could go on forever and b) I’m starting to get hungry! 

Mrs H xxx 

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