Monday, 13 September 2010

I Read this and thought of you

I stumbled across this today and thought of my friend Chris Roos

An extract from "The Twits" By Roald Dahl

Page 1 Chapter 1 Hairy Faces

What a lot of hairy faced men there are around nowadays. When a man grows hair all over his face it is impossible to tell what he really looks like. Perhaps that is why he does it. He would rather you didnt know. Then theres the problem of washing. When the very hairy ones wash their faces, it must be as big a job as when you and I was the hair on our heads. So what I want to know is this. How often do all these hairy faced men wash their faces? Is it only once a week, like us, on sunday nights? And do they shampoo it? Do they use a hair dryer? Do they rub hair tonic in to stop their faces from going bald? Do they go to a barber to have their hairy faces cut and trimmed? Or do they do it themselves in front of the bathroom mirror with nail scissors? I dont know. But next time you see a man with a hairy face (which will probably be as soon as you step out onto the street) maybe you will look at him more closely and start wandering about some of these things.

This made me chuckle

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

reflection

During the relaxation part of my body balance class tonight I found my mind wandering to past experiences. I had a very clear memory of my first day at the Wasgamuwa camp I stayed at whilst in Sri Lanka. It was the first morning and the field scouts came to meet us to give us our daily task to track the area for possible elephant sightings. Anyway the thing that came to mind and I have absolutely no idea why, was that whilst on this long trek we had to swim across a river to get to the other side as there was no clear path or track round it. All I remember thinking at the time was that there were going to be lots of crocodiles in the water and I wont be able to do it but i did! Anyway this memory made me smile and I made a little pack with myself that I will never forget the good things ive experienced in my life so far. I think this philosophical mood has stemmed from my son turning 1 yesterday and this made me think of the last year and what has changed. I just really hope that I have the power to remember for the rest of my life because moments are precious and sometimes all we have are memories to look back on. I really hope that I can help make Healey's childhood a happy loving time so that he can too, one day in the future have a random happy memory flashback that will make him smile.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Healey's easter bonnet


As Easter looms so does the traditional "Easter bonnet parade" and this year ladies and gents my little monkey gets to take part! His task has been to make an easter bonnet which he will then wear in the parade on wednesday!! Its so cute and he has done it all himself. I sat him in his high chair and put paint and glue in spoldges on a straw hat. Healey then smudged it all together with his hands eating it as he did it. I then gave him some glitter pots that he just threw and got everywhere. I gave him some cool easter confetti courtesy of Tesco which he also shook and got everywhere! The only adult in put was me cutting out the ears which he then painted. He ended up with yellow and purple hands and an orange tongue but the end result is brilliant. I have produced what can only be described as a child genius! :-)

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Me time

So its saturday night and i have the evening to myself. Baby snoozing upstairs and bloke out with friends, giving me some much needed me time. So in true girly style Ive cracked open the wine and dug out the chick flicks! I actually forgot how much I love me time. The week goes by and before you know its monday again and you haven't even had time to blink. A quiet night to myself is exactly what was needed. So its just me and the sofa and its bliss. So im sat here thinking about the future and whats instore for me and I realise the next few months are pretty busy! We have weddings,friends who have babies due and lots of DIY plans Im beginning to wander how we are going to fit this all in! I am excited about the changes we are planning to make the house but also very impatient and want it right now so I have to curb my enthusiasm a bit.
I have also had time to think about deep stuff like life death marriage children etc, and im curious to know why some people have a lifetime of happiness and others just never seem to settle. Are we really in control of our destiny or is it something thats already been written,all we have to do is act out the part? I believe in fate and honestly believe that things happen for a reason but can we influence it at all? I mean how comes one person dies in an horrific car accident and someone else passes peacefully in their sleep? At what point in your life is that decided? Then theres marriage. Some people are celebrating their 50th anniversary and others barely make a year. What makes them so different? As an unmarried woman I wander what difference marriage makes to a relationship. Is it just the label husband/wife that makes the whole thing seem attractive or is it the fact that society says we should be married. What difference does it actually make? I love the idea of being committed to the same person for the rest of my life but do I really need a ring and a ridiculously expensive party for that to happen? Can I not just be committed and be done with it. The sex and the city movie is a prime example of why people should marry for love. When carrie gets wrapped up in venues,dresses,table plans the whole thing falls apart and the guy turns round and says "our wedding has become a circus, I would of just gone down to city hall.." it sums the whole thing up. Ive never understood the need for big weddings to me it seems like people feel they have something to prove, like they need the whole world to witness the event because then it must all be real. To me marriage is about 2 people. The man and the woman. No amount of flowers,table plans or bridesmaid dresses can make you love each other more so why waste time and money? I think the modern world has led us down a long path of destruction. People now appear to say their vows with an added line "for better for worse,in sickness and in health, til death do us part, for the forceable future until something better comes along....." no one tries anymore. Its sad. Then there's children. The little ray of hope that our future world can be a better place, but the responsibility lies with the adults to shape and mould them into decent human beings. So if the adult is useless what hope is there?
So I have spent my saturday night questioning my beliefs and thinking about deep stuff. You cant beat a bit of me time. xx

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Time flies!

Until this year I have only ever really noticed the passing of time at new years. To be honest until now its never really bothered me either but then I went and had a baby and everything changed! Now time dictates every aspect of my life and I am now fully aware that every single minute is precious. My son arrived at 04.21 on 27/04/09 and I will never forget the first time I held him in my arms for as long I live. When those little blue eyes looked into mine, suddenly nothing else in the world mattered. Time literally stood still. Fast forward 10 months and oh my, what an incredible journey.
When I was pregnant time dragged. It really was the longest 9 months and every day seemed longer and longer. Strangers kept approaching me, telling me "enjoy it love, time flies". Even when he was minutes old the midwifes were talking about first words, first steps etc all which seemed a million miles away. Everyday since then has flown. In 10 weeks my baby will have his 1st birthday and I am still trying to work out where the time has gone. I look back at photographs and wander, how did a teeny tiny person who could do nothing except cry turn into a cheeky,happy beautiful little boy? It has happened literally overnight.
In the last year I too have changed dramatically. I've learnt a lot about myself and have discovered new traits I never knew I had. I now truly appreciate every single moment. My life now has a purpose and no matter how bad my day is one smile from the little guy and I feel like the luckiest person in the world! Life is no longer about materialistic things, its about spending time with the two most important people in my life and if my house burned down tomorrow I wouldn't care. Our little family can conquer anything!
So for all of those people who have, or are thinking of having children and even for those who don't enjoy every day no matter what because time really does fly and you cannot get it back. Life is really too short so live for every second.

Pancakes!!


Ok so I had completely forgotten that it was pancake day today! You would think working in a nursery would help but to my surprise we did not have any at work :-( However luckily for me I have the perfect man who came home and made me some yummy pancakes with golden syrup all over them! The perfect end to a very long day x

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Snow

There is something very calming and beautiful about watching snow fall. Everything appears very still and quiet with just delicate snowflakes falling from the sky. The white blankets bring out the child in you and you find yourself enjoying being outside in the cold. That is until real life kicks in and you realise that your not 5 anymore and you do actually have to do stuff! Don't get me wrong I enjoy the idea of the snow and I love how pretty everywhere looks but it has ruined my plans for the rest of the week. I am due back to work on monday after having 4 weeks off to recover from a hernia operation and I had big plans. My 10 month old son has been slightly neglected of "mummy" time recently due to the operation and I really wanted to spend some time taking him and out about. But as the weather has decided otherwise I guess its hot chocolate,toys and kids TV for us instead. It could be worse I guess!