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Relax Mummy!

I don’t know about you, but since becoming a mum, taking time for yourself is more important then ever. I look back before I had kids, I honestly don’t know what I used to do with my time. I know I took the quiet peaceful times for granted that’s for sure. These days I appreciate the smallest of pleasures, going groceries shopping…ALONE!!! seriously, I walk around the shops smiling! My life has changed so much since becoming a mum, priorities shift and trying to look after yourself on a daily basis becomes harder and harder. But I have recently realised it is so important to make sure you pencil in those times to recharge your batteries. So here is a list of things I like to do to unwind, recharge and switch of so that I can try and be the best mum I can be without being all stressed out (those days still happen, nothing will change that!) but less so now!

  • Netflix, chocolate and a glass of wine; all three preferably, but ill take the Netflix and chocolate at the moment while I’m pregnant. When the kids go to bed, there is nothing more I love to do then snuggle on the sofa with the other half and chill watching our favourite TV shows, at the moment that is Suits, it was Homeland, but we finished that series. It used to be Game of thrones but we have seen all the episodes, just for fun every now and then we will replay some old ones. But just to be able to watch tv in peace and relax is nice. Its a luxury I don’t take for granted anymore! And it is important to make time for your partner, when through the day life seems to revolve all around little people. Moments like these are precious.
  • Gym Time; After I had Elijah I joined a local gym and found the classes so relaxing and tiring, but rewarding. It was nice to have that bit of me time and know I was doing something just for me. I felt really good after a class. When I fell pregnant again I stopped going, and cancelled my membership. I really need to get back into it after my baby number 3. I loved the gym because the crèche was in the same room as where they do the class, so you could see your children. It was good. I loved it, one day I would do a weights or high energy class, the next I would do a stretching low impact class. it was so good for me, and I will get back into the gym again, its a must! I actually have a exercise bike, which was in our lounge room, but I never used it! Stupid me. I came home one day, Carl had decided to remove it to the garage. I couldn’t blame him really. But I do know when this baby has arrived, it’s something I need to get back into. I’m not even really looking at getting into shape, but more so because when I exercise it makes me feel good. Which in turn makes me happy. Its a no brainer really!!
  • knitting; This is another one I love to do when the kids are asleep, I cant do this with them running around and wanting my attention. so when they are asleep I like to sit down watch tv and pull out the knitting. I am currently working on another baby blanket. I made one when Timmy was little, I started one when i was pregnant with Elijah however, I was not in a good head space and didn’t ever finish it, but this third pregnancy I am feeling more motivated and have started another blanket! I am a basic knitter, but its fun all the same and I find it relaxing!
  • Reading; I LOVE reading. Always have, its my favourite thing in the world to do! I still am not convinced by E-reading I much prefer a good book. The pages, the feel the smell. I get to escape into another world for  a while and that’s super relaxing. I love reading in the bath, by the ocean or pool and in bed or even outside on a nice warm day while the kids are playing. Autobiographies are my favourite. I find other peoples stories fascinating. I will do a list of my favourite books soon. I am such a book hoarder, I love to keep them and will re-read them later. I always read something I did not remember, or I view the book differently the second time. I am currently reading Jimmy Barnes Working Class Man, I read his first book Working Class Boy and was blown away by his honesty and openness. I am really enjoying the second as well.
  • Café; heading out to a café to sit in peace and enjoy a coffee and cake for 30 minutes minus children= bliss. Even just getting to meet a friend for half an hour or an hour with no children, its really nice! The simple things in life these days are the most enjoyable. It is rare I get to do this, but I take the opportunity when I can. Such as last week I had an appointment, Timmy was in school and dad offered to mind Elijah so straight after my appointment I went to a near by café, sat with a coffee and cake and soaked in the pleasure of it all. cof

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    a coffee with a view, So relaxing!
  • Taking a nap; sometimes even a 30 minute cat nap is enough to recharge the batteries. I usually try to squeeze one in when we have quiet time in the afternoon. Elijah goes for his long sleep, timmy will have some tv time sometimes he even has a nap, and I will squeeze in a little nap. It can do me wonders especially while I am pregnant. I usually start the day with energy, but by the afternoon my motivation is gone and the tiredness has hit!
  • Bath Time; honestly who doesn’t love a bath, I have always loved baths. once the kids are in bed, I love a good bath with bubbles (the drinking kind helps also 😉 a good book, some beautiful smelling bath salts or even a bath bomb and candles and your set!! Its so relaxing and helps to switch off after a stressful day! At the moment I am LOVING the bath milk by @Luxbathandbody. It smells incredible and makes my bath feel so much more luxurious. Their sugar bath scrub, I cant underestimate how nice my skin feels for days afterwards. They also make great presents, know someone who expecting, a birthday coming up, Christmas. Any woman would LOVE to receive bath products as a gift. Check them out on Instagram or on their Website cofsdr
  • Mani/Pedi; These days I rarely go for treatments, but when I do, oh is it relaxing. It is so nice to be pampered! Since having kids I prefer not to do a mani, as its to much maintenance to keep the nail polish looking good, so I opt for a pedicure instead. That way when the nail polish starts looking ratty its fine and my shoes cover it! But once In a while I will splurge and get a mani too, I just find it gets chipped on the first day and that’s that!! So I tend to stick with the pedi. plus, who doesn’t like a foot massage…speaking of massages..
  • Massage; This is something I try to get once or twice a year. the ultimate relaxing self indulgent thing to do! I usually suggest for a birthday or Christmas gift to get me a massage voucher.. It was recently my birthday, and my sister got me a Massage voucher, YAY!! Usually when I go on holidays I like to book in a massage, the best were when I was in Thailand on the beach, so relaxing and so cheap! Cant go wrong really! We recently went to Darwin for 2 weeks, and I managed to fit in 2 massages. Actually the first one was not that relaxing and was not what I wanted, ill write about that in a separate Darwin post shortly. However, the second….PURE BLISS! I really think I need to make more time for massages as it is something I love and really helps me to relax! And it feels really indulgent!
  • Taking a few moments alone; Recently I have found moments I can get by myself through the day. So In the mornings, I will set the kids up with their breakfast, make myself a cup of tea or coffee and some toast, I will then sneak off back into bed where I can indulgently scroll through FB, INSTAGRAM, YOUTUBE ect no interruptions, well until Timmy comes in to tell me he has finished his breakfast. Then its time up! But it is a good 15minutes of me time without the guilt I do the same at lunch time, set them up, make myself lunch and go sit in bed and read or look at social media and that’s another 15minutes of me time. I get to eat in peace and look at my phone without the guilt. Simple pleasures remember! As we speak I am in my bed typing this, Elijah is asleep and Timmy was having quiet time and has fallen asleep on the sofa! WIN for mummy 🙂

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    Coffee in bed alone. Just a little “Me Time”
  • Candles; I can not underestimate the relaxing effect Candles have on me! I love to include them when having a bath, nothing sets the tone like candles. And at night, switch of the lights and have one or two candles on in the lounge room sets a lovely romantic mood, and they smell INCREDIBLE! I love when I am at my computer table, needing to get work done I will light a candle and it helps relax me and put me in a right frame of mind to get through whatever it is I need to tackle! Plus, they make the perfect gift! I am loving these scentorini Candles they smell amazing and have such an amazing range to choose from.

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    Scentorini Candles smell incredible. Check them out on Instagram and Facebook!
  • Sitting outside; It is currently winter here in OZ so the outside time has been culled a little, however there really is nothing like getting some fresh air! Sitting outside with a drink, watching the kids play, enjoying a good book, or just to go for a nice walk.

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    Timmy enjoying playing with toys outside

So these are a few things I enjoy doing to help recharge my batteries. Do you have any favourite things you like to do to unwind and relax? Any products you love to help you relax? Would love to hear about them!

Candice x

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Sunday Shout Out #1 – Playful Little Learners

Welcome to my first Sunday Shout out Post! This week’s Shout out is for Amy at Playful Little Learners

You can read all about Amy Here What a women I tell you! She is a Australian Teacher who has taken time off to be with her 4 children, yes you heard right…4 children, hats off to her right there! She has accomplished so much and is passionate about teaching children. So about a month a go I came across playful little learners on Instagram. I was scrolling though my Instagram feed late one night in bed, I couldn’t sleep stupid pregnancy insomnia while my partner was fast asleep snoring next to me when I clicked on a link and it took me to the Playful Little Learners Instagram Page. It got my attention straight away as it was colourful and bright and right off the bat there were so many great ideas I could do with my own children! I was inspired and excited! But most of all, it is real. It is not always picture perfect, there is chaos and mess….a daily occurrence in my house. Any posts which inspire, excite and is relatable and real has my vote!! If you have seen My Instagram Feed, most of the time there is no filter, its not colourful or pretty or been designed in anyway, I’ve kept it REAL. Its just photos I have taken and put up there with or without a little story. I do love both the real and the picture perfect Instagram feeds, they all lead to some sort of inspiration! Amy has the most amazing set up in her house, that’s my goals for the future! I love her reasoning behind the activities she has chosen to do, So many sensory ideas and great set ups. The pictures and the fun that comes through is great to look at. She would be the perfect person to do a playdate with! Amy comes across as a friend you could sit and chat with over coffee, while the kids run riot. her personality shines through on her site and pages and she feels very relatable.

On playful little learners Instagram there are stories, videos, pictures which most of us are able to relate to. There are ideas which cater to both the older and younger children and play safe ideas. I am not the most creative person, so this helps trying to find activities which cater for my outgoing and very messy almost 4 year old, yet are also perfect for my 14month old too 🙂 one of my favourite ideas, which Is pure genius is this post for  Taste Safe Sand I gave this a try with my boys, they had the most fun!! I have wanted to do a sand tray for a while, but been put off as Elijah will just eat the sand….anything he see’s goes straight into his mouth, if only he was that keen when it came to his vegetables!! I have tried pasta, and wanted to make it colourful, but kept it plain just because of above mentioned problem.cof

 

 

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Taste Safe Sand play fun with Polenta.

Amy gives great ideas on what sort of items can be used to put all the play essentials in. I had been trying to think of a suitable container for ages, and could not find the right one when Amy suggested an under bed storage container from Kmart. I went the very next day and brought one. I have filled it with a few plastic bugs and animals which Timmy loves playing with and I have so many great ideas I want to do with this container, its the perfect play space and what I have used for the taste safe sand activity!

I love the Rainbow rice sensory idea. I had fun making the rainbow rice with Timmy and then letting the kids play with it. Elijah loves rice, but just wanted to eat it, and ended up with a blue mouth so I think I will leave this activity for when Elijah is asleep and let Timmy play with this one on his own.

 

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Rainbow rice play fun.

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cofOn her website, I love how all the activities are categorised, sensory ideas, small worlds set ups which I can not wait to try some of them out! creative literacy play ect… there are so many fun and learning activities on there the ideas are endless and I encourage any parent, carer, educator to get on to her website playfullittlelearners.com I guarantee there is something on there for everyone. Can you tell I just LOVE the site and pages? That’s why I just had to feature her in my Sunday Shout Out!

I had to send Amy who runs Playful little learners a message to let her know how much I loved her page and how she has inspired me with my own children. She was very sweet and appreciative, and that’s nice to know an opinion matters! I always love to tell people if I love their stuff. I think its important to give feedback, both positive and negative. I always encourage others to do the same to me, I love feedback.

If you have popped over to check out Playful Little Learners, let me know what you thought, have you used some of her ideas? Have you found inspiration? I would love to know, as I’m sure Amy would also love your feedback 🙂

Amy didn’t know I was going to do this post, I sent her a message to let her know though! She was very surprised and happy I was going to do it, which was lovely. I genuinely love her site and was inspired and felt it deserves a shout out! All thoughts and opinions are solely 100% my own.

If you or anyone you know needs a Sunday Shout out, send me a link to their page so I can check them out. It can be about anything, if its inspiring, heartfelt, genuine and honest then I’m more then happy to feature them! small or big, whatever niche, lets show some love!

Candice x

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A new way forward.

Hi All, Lately I have felt very uninspired by my blogging. What to write, how to write, where I wanted the direction of my blog to head and then I found inspiration in an unlikely place. Another’s Instagram page! I stumbled upon this Instagram page and felt they had helped me with so much inspiration when an idea struck me to want to help others and to give shout outs when I can! So I came up with a Sunday Shout out post! so this is now going to be my new sunday post! Hopefully every week ill manage to get out a Sunday Shoutout post, I wont commit to every Sunday, because lets face it….life happens and I don’t always prioritise my blogging!. However my first Sunday post is done and ready to go out this Sunday, so please check it out!!!

These posts are basically shout outs to other bloggers, social media pages or even just company’s which I have come across and genuinely LOVE! I feel there is so much competetiveness on social media and blogging, which I cant stand. I started blogging as a way to release all my genuine frusterations, anxietys and worries about being a mother, and wanting to meet other mums I could relate to in a hope of not feeling so isolated and alone. Now I have made some wonderful connections I thought how can I take this even further and be more supportive? I figured through a weekly shoutout post, and also through social media! I would love to know what you all think about this concept. I am sure there are probably others doing the same, ive just not come across them, but if you know of anyone doing the same or similar, let me know, I would love to do a shout out to other shout outers out there! Recently I have also started reaching out to brands I have found which I love, smaller local australian companies which I thought may be interested in collaborating. Obviously these are companies which fit my niche, child clothing brands, toys brands, teething ect if it helps expose their work to a wider audience, then why not? Its all about shareing the love, giving back when possible and helping others! So this is my view going forward, its been a very exciting few weeks and has re inspired my love for blogging! Don’t worry, there will still be the ramble post which I complain or need to get things of my chest too! I am working on one as we speak!

I used to be so focused on likes and followers and I have recently come to realise this is not the be all and end all of blogging or social media sites. Sometimes I get a lot of likes and comments, other times not so much. I have come to not worry so much about how many likes or comments I get because it can start to consume you and take over. I have had many people I know comment to me personally about my blog, they never comment, like or post on their, but they read my posts. It is always nice to receive feedback, back its important to remember not everyone leaves feedback and its not always about the numbers! Instagram drives me mad with the amount of people who follow only for a follow then they unfollow you! why? its so silly playing stupid games, I am starting to learn who these people are, and how to spot them. I stay away, and when necessary block people. I want a genuine following and try to comment and like on as many people I can, like I said any feedback is good feedback!

In todays world of lots of tit for tat, its nice to step away and focus on the good! I had to stop thinking about what others thought about what I wrote, I had forgotten why I was writing in the first place and lost my passion. I have now found a new purpose and my passion is reignited! Mind you I have only been at this for less then two years. I’m still figuring out my way. But the more people who show love and support for others the better I think. So Look out for my first Shout Out post this Sunday. Ill also be posting a new collaboration post coming soon, which I am excited to share with you all! I’m excited to be excited about blogging again. 

What gets you inspired about blogging when you start to feel uninspired? I would love to know!

Candice x

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20 weeks with baby number 3

Hey everyone, its been a while since a blog post, so I apologise. Some of you who follow me on Instagram would have known already by my insta videos ( which I am new at, and still trying to get the hang off!) that I am pregnant! I have been rather quiet with this one, more or less just really enjoying this pregnancy. Ive enjoyed having a little secret to myself for a while. But now I’m half way and about time I shared an update with you all!

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20 weeks with baby number 3

The first 3 months have been fairly easy, not much nausea just a lot of tiredness. I had an early gestational diabetes test, which I have not heard back from, so I’m assuming all good…..and considering how I felt with Elijah and how I feel this time, couldn’t be more different! This pregnancy is a lot more like when I was pregnant the first time with Timmy, it was easy and comfortable and I really enjoyed the experience. Elijah, well that was a whole other ball game. I hated every minute being pregnant, I hate saying that. But it was true. It was very hard to control anything to do with my body, what I ate and how I felt before or after i ate, my tiredness level was horrendous! however the minute I gave birth I felt I could have run a marathon, I literally felt amazing again. Goes to show what gestational diabetes can do to you!

I thought we would stop after baby number 2, but I realised the moment I gave birth to him that would be that last time. I was sad at the thought of never getting to go through pregnancy again, feel baby kicks and getting to go through labour again. Yes, labour sucks, but it is the most rewarding experience you will ever have in your life, well it was for me anyway! You go through hours of pain to get the most amazing gift at the end of it! There is literally no high like it when you see and hold your baby in your arms, its pure magic.

well I have really been enjoying my pregnancy a lot this time around. Really absorbing it all. I’m getting a lot bigger now and feeling baby move a fair bit more, however baby is a lot more quiet in the moving department then the other two were. I have had my scan to tell me the sex of my baby. If you want to know, send me a msg, ill tell you 🙂 I wont write it on here as other people may not want to know.

With every pregnancy there are new fears I face every time. With Timmy it was all new, I feared the unknown. And after the birth everything was different, it was overwhelming, the tiredness was a whole new level I never knew. but after 4 months it all settled down, we found our rhythm and it was good. With Elijah I was worried how Timmy would handle the new addititon, but on a whole he was good. He just decided to go through his threenanger stage after Elijah was born, which kinda sucked and made my life very stressful. He seems to be getting a bit better now. But after Elijah I hit Post Natal Depression, my stress was off the grid it was awful….speaking to doctors and councillors all they suggested was drugs, especially after the doctor told me I would need drugs to come of the original drugs they would give me….um, no thanks. I decided right there and then I had to sort my shit out, whether it was timing or just me, somehow I managed to get my shit together. It was not easy, but I am lucky I got through it, it took a good 5 months. So yes I am nervous that PND will begin again after baby number 3, but I am currently taking steps to try and get my head straight, try to be aware of when I’m feeling low, and try to take a different approach after baby is born. only time will tell if this helps or not. If not there is a course on PND I can do through the Parental Stress Centre, who I did a course through them after my last baby called “find the calm amongst the chaos” and I can not tell you how much that helped me. You can read about my story on that here The Parental Stress Centre 

Its now 20 weeks with baby number 3, and I had my first hormonal breakdown a few days ago. My fears going forward are obviously PND, and Elijah. He is very clingy and needs my attention a lot. He screams and cry’s constantly when I am around, for other people he seems fine, but when it is me, its not good enough he needs to be with me or on me or have my attention a lot of the time! I am hoping after he starts talking he will calm down on the screaming and crying. however, I am looking forward to having our last addition join the family. Timmy is very excited for the new addition, he has helped choose the name also. I am not worried about him, he is such a smart little cookie and yes he has days he is a right pain in the arse however, he is such a beautiful little boy, very intelligent and makes a really good big brother. He loves to help me out when he is in the mood. His latest helping is vacuuming the floor. I am not complaining.

So after my feeling a bit low the other day and loosing my temper one too many times at the boys, I decided I needed to try and get on top of this once again before it gets out of control. I went onto the Parental Stress Centre website and found a course which now suits me. I will blog about it later once I am finished it. It is called The Happy Mum Course. I Just started 3 days ago, it goes for 10 weeks. I will blog all about it. I honestly love this centre, it suits me perfectly, and from my experience speaking with a counsellor this course beats that hands down! 

I am lucky this time around, we have everything we need for the last addition. All the furniture, a lot of gender neutral clothing – but either way this baby is getting all the hand me downs! The only thing extra we need is to get a pram that fits both Elijah and the new baby. Baby Bunting, here we come! I loved shopping there for all the stuff we needed for Elijah, they were so helpful and the prices were so good! Were hoping that the car seat capsule fits into the car so we will not need to buy a new one of those either! But other then that we are pretty much set ready to go! I’m looking forward to this next stage, and knowing this is absolutely our last bubba. I am happy with this, and accept it. I am just really enjoying every single second of this pregnancy and want to take it all in. I did not really with Elijah, I wasn’t feeling right and then after with the PND was just horrible. The newborn stage went by in the blink of an eye. I barely recognise Elijah as a newborn, its a blurry first 5 months with him which makes me sad. So this time I really want to just try to take everything in, and I’m hoping by working with the Parental Stress Centre through their course this will help keep me on track.

Ok, so that is all so far from me! So far so good on my pregnancy. Be sure to check out my Insta & Facebook page for picture updates along the way!

Candice xx

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Personalized Cart – Monogram Necklace Review.

I was fortunate recently to be sent this beautiful Personalized Monogram Necklace from PersonalizedCart.com to review.

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Upon them reaching out to me and before accepting, I made sure I did my research! I looked up their website, their social media and any customer comments. I must say first impressions were really good and I started to get excited. I love personalized gifts, so this was right up my alley. They have a very large range of products, personalized puzzles, robes, wedding gifts, gifts for him and her and for the littlies of the family! If you are looking to spoil that someone special, or just to treat yourself, then this is the place too look. It was really hard to choose what I wanted. In the end I decided to treat myself, I honestly don’t remember the last time I brought myself anything as a treat or that was not necessary. It took me 2 days to choose what I wanted, I honestly couldn’t decide!

I was pleased to find out they shipped to Australia amongst other overseas destinations. And I was very impressed with the shipping time, from the moment I chose my product, to the moment I received it, it was just over a week! Were talking a beautifully engraved piece of jewellery being shipping overseas. I was expecting it to take a couple of weeks at least. The packaging was a delightful velvet soft box, just gorgeous! The prices are very reasonable also. Any enquiries I had were met with almost immediate response and were very friendly, reassuring and professional.

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I have never had anything engraved with my name on it, so I was really happy and delighted when it arrived and it was the perfect chance to treat myself! I chose silver, but they also come in gold or rose gold. The necklace has worked perfectly with anything I have chosen to wear and I have even had a couple of comments on my new accessory.

Please check out their website personalizedcart.com  feel free to leave any comments, if you are going to use this company or have used this company and have a favourite product. I know I found it hard choosing!

Candice x

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  • Please note, although this was a gifted product, all views and opinions expressed are all my own. 

 

 

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A recent update

Elijah’s first birthday Plans

Can you believe we are already in the middle of March? My baby turns 1 this month!! It has gone way too fast. My plans for his birthday are not a lot really. He doesn’t have any baby friends yet, so no point in throwing a party. His daddy will be working late as its a Friday his birthday falls on. So I am thinking I will just go around my dad’s house and do a nice little celebration and dinner round there. I will get Timmy to help me make a cake, he loves decorating cakes, not so much eating them. I have the weirdest child, he will not lick the bowl or the spoon, the BEST part of making cakes! I have not organised any presents as yet. He does not need a whole lot, so I am thinking I’ll just get him a little play tunnel which I think he would love to play with Timmy. Besides that, ill get him some winter clothes which he is need of. So not a very exciting birthday, but will still be nice and special.

My Study’s

So if you follow me on my social media accounts, Facebook, twitter or Instagram you will know that I am currently studying a diploma in childcare. I started it last year after I had Elijah, and I fell far behind. Mainly due to my self doubt! It is by far my worst quality, I second guess everything I do and question every choice a thousand times. So I delayed doing exams out of fear I would fail. So far I have not got below 90% in a single exam, so I really should stop the self doubt and just get on with it as I am clearly capable of doing it! So I am now trying very hard to catch up. I need to be doing an exam once every week for the next 2 months in order to catch up and then if I continue along the same routine, I should finish my course by the end of the year, that is my goal. I still have my work placement to do and I am hoping I will be ready to do this next month.

Personal Goals

Ok, so I have blogging goals which is to blog more regularly. As of late I have been really uninspired by my own blog, I need to update the theme so its more exciting, I have just added some more areas which will expand my blog a little more. I’ve included food and drinks, books, mummy time and an arts n crafts section. And obviously there is the main blog section too.

Future Holidays

So Timmy and his daddy are heading to the UK in a few months for a couple of weeks to visit family. Just the thought brings me to tears, the idea of putting my 3 year old on a plane and sending him off half way around the world, its too much to bear! I have never left Timmy for more then 2 days, and he was in the same country! Its a HUGE deal!! not to mention his birthday will fall on his holiday, so I wont be with him! I will not be going because Elijah will need to be held the whole journey as he is too little to have his own seat yet, that idea is not one I think of as much fun! So, I’ve decided, while they are off trekking the world, I am going to take me and Elijah on a holiday of our own, just not sure where yet! I really want to go to Melbourne. I have been before and loved it, so would be nice to go again! Or I could go up north. It would be winter time, so ill do some research and decide where I need to go.  I do know I do not want to be sitting around the house, sad and missing my biggest monkey which is exactly what I will be doing. So I must make a plan for me! keep myself busy as possible.

So this is my latest update. Hope you enjoy!

Candice xx

 

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Timmy’s first Christmas Concert

For well over a month I would catch Timmy singing little bits of Christmas songs. I would ask him about them and he wouldn’t tell me. I asked his teacher, she said they had started practicing for there Christmas concert. This brought me huge excitement! His first ever Christmas concert. What parent does not like seeing there kid in a concert? So yes, I was very excited indeed!

As the concert got closer, he started singing more and more. But if he saw me watching or knew I was listening he would stop. I asked him why, he said “it’s a surprise mummy!” A letter went out to all parents detailing the day, we were asked to bring a plate of food and to also bring a gift that Santa would give to your child. I could not wait for the day to come.

Finally it was concert day, Timmy was beside himself with excitement, I was equally excited. We get there 10 minutes before it is due to start and the room is packed. I have to stand up the back behind alot of tall people and can barely see him. Luckily Carl is with me, he can see Timmy (carl is rather tall) and manages to get some photos and film a video or two of him! I couldn’t have been more proud. My little man was up there having a ball, he knew all the words and actions. I honestly nearly cried at the sight of him, seriously proud mummy moment!

At the end, Santa comes in and all the kids get called one by one and get their present and photo with Santa. Luckily Timmy loved his present, a cash register. He is right into playing shops and that sort of thing these days so it was the perfect present.

Honestly, this time of year makes me reflect on the past year and how far Timmy has come. How grown up he is becoming now. They honestly grow up too fast. I think back to when he was just my baby, he will be 4 this coming year….bloody 4!!! Where has the past 4 years gone?!! I am so proud of the little man he is growing into.

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Timmy after his school concert with Santa.

On his last day at school before the holidays, his school sent home his portfolio for the year. It had pictures, photos, paintings ect that he had done through the year. I was looking through it, so proud and secretly cried. I don’t know what it is, but once I popped out my first child I cry over everything and anything, the littlest thing will set me off. So it was no surprise that when I opened his Christmas present from school, it was a dvd they had made of photos through the year, I sat there Christmas morning, tears streaming down my face, happy tears of course! I love those sorts of things, but I hate how I cry. Its literally uncontrollable.

I know this post is slightly late, I had originally wanted it out before new years, that just did not happen! Sorry! It is actually one of my new years resolutions, be more efficient with my blogging. Lets see how I go.

Candice x