New year, new blog.
I’ve decided to take this blog in a new direction now. Whilst still keeping up-to-date with Sebastian, I feel like I need to do something else whilst at home with Iris.
With three children and having to budget quite a lot, I’m constantly looking for things to do that are cheap/free and recipes that are affordable. So I’ve decided to start blogging about my finds etc. Just in case anyone finds them useful. Also, I need a hobby to keep me sane! So, sorry if I bore you.
Hope everyone is ok. Sebastian is doing well, still has fairly regular appointments to keep an eye on him but he starts school this year which I find scary.
See you soon.
Did my second shift at The Soup Kitchen today with a friend from work. I really enjoy doing it. It’s nice to meet the people who go there and to dispel any preconceived ideas you may have about them. Granted there are the people who perhaps may not have made the best choices in life; but there are also the people who are trying to find work but can’t, a guy who used to be in the army, people who do work but don’t earn enough to feed themselves sometimes and I think maybe a couple of people are just lonely and want some company.
Everyone that comes in is very polite and appreciative of the work that goes in to keeping The Soup Kitchen running. They are all friendly. They are all easy to chat with too.
I’m glad I’ve started doing it and have gotten to see a side of these people that not necessarily everyone else gets to see.
Some of them are pretty damn funny too and have us laughing a lot. I’ve also noticed how positive and upbeat they all are. I’m sure if I found myself in a similar situation, I wouldn’t have the same attitude as a lot of them.
I’m looking forward to my next shift. Yes it’s an eye opener into how some people have to live, it also puts your own life into perspective and makes you more appreciative of the things you may take for granted.
If anyone fancies volunteering, you can follow the Facebook page here
and keep a look out for the next volunteer induction meeting.
A few weeks ago, Grace signed up to be a book reviewer for The Guardian’s Children’s Book Site.
You can read her first review here.
It’s a great way to get children to read and it’s exciting for them to see it on the website.
Find out how to join here.
Here are some snapshots from our Christmas trip to Wales.
On Sunday (11th), Grace and I (with a couple of secret helpers) took out some Lonely Bouquets and left them in different places for people to find.
I first saw it on Instagram and tracked it back to the Fleuropean blog. I loved the idea of it and thought it was a nice little thing to do. Grace also thought it sounded fun too.
So we made up some little bouquets:
And went on our travels leaving them around:
Grace thought it was great fun having to sneak around, leaving them. We’ll definitely be doing it again.
Happy Christmas Eve everyone.
I’m super excited about Christmas this year. I think last year was such a hectic year that I don’t really remember much about Christmas. This year though, we will all be together and having a big dinner at my mum and dad’s.
All the presents are wrapped and under the tree. The Holiday is on whilst I type this, with my mug of hot chocolate next to me. Mum is making some fancy food and Sophie is making her DELICIOUS Greek lamb for dinner tomorrow.
Christmas is my favourite time of year. I love the big coats, wooly hats, gloves, eating loads of comfort food, letters to Father Christmas, the child’s opening the gifts, their little Christmas outfits, big pyjamas, dressing gowns, books, films. It’s all so exciting.
Tonight I will be reading The Night Before a Christmas and watching It’s A Wonderful Life. All a bit cliche I know, but I love it.
After Christmas it’s a time to reflect and decide what I want to do differently next year. Some of my things I have already thought of are writing more letters, discovering more places with the children, fixing our garden, redecorating the children’s rooms to make them somewhere magical and fun to play in, taking more photographs, keeping a diary, appreciating people more. What things do you want to do next year?
I hope you all have a magical Christmas Eve. Enjoy your Christmas Day tomorrow.