Monday, 21 October 2013

Hello! *Waves*

The eagle-eyed, ultra perceptive people out there will have noticed it's been a while since I last wrote here. Um, yep. April to October. That's a long time. A really long time. *Shakes head in shame* But let's face it, this isn't my first grovelling apology for the lack of posts, and I somehow suspect it won't be the last. Lots has happened since April, but rather than bore you with the details, I shall instead sum up!

~  Hubby got himself a shiny new job (yay!) and whisked us away to the flatlands of Cambridgeshire.

~ My baby turned one and is now walking like a pro.

~ I finished another book! Writing one that is, not reading! On to the next one now!

~ In the stress of relocating, I rediscovered my love of maltesers. This is not necessarily a good thing. (It is.)

So now, attention turns to the crazy couple of months left in the year. This year has gone faster than any other I remember, but there's still plenty to pack in before the clock strikes 12 on New Year's Eve!

~ A birthday for my daughter. When the heck did she get to be eleven??

~ A trip to Harry Potter Studios - CAN. NOT. WAIT!

~ A christening for one of my scrummy nephews. Family party, yay!

~ A girly trip to the Harrogate Country Living Fair. SO excited!

And let's not forget Halloween, Bonfire Night and a visit from my amazing parents!  Busy times people, busy times! You know what that means, right? I'll probably not get round to blogging for another six months!

~ Bex ~

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Birthday Bounty

It was my birthday last week and my lovely family spoiled me rotten. They know me so well and there was a recurring theme to my gifts.

I love pretty stationery and you can never have too many notebooks - I have them around the house, in my handbag, in the car, so any time inspiration strikes I can jot it down. But honestly, when they're this gorgeous who needs an excuse?

~ Bex ~

Friday, 12 April 2013

Easter Time

Easter has always held a special place in my heart - I was born on Easter Day (making chocolate eggs my birthright) and my eldest daughter, Kara, was christened on Easter Day (seriously, we have melted chocolate coarsing through our veins).

This Easter, my family gathered to celebrate the christening of my seven month old daughter, Odette. It was a wonderful day - the vicar, Josie, has been a friend of my parents since before I was born and used to babysit me when I was young. Odette was on best behaviour, smiling at everyone and looking beautiful. We had picked a rather obscene amount of that when we were called to the front, half the congregation stood up with us!

The theme for the christening was swans and roses. Swans because Odette was named after the swan princess in Swan Lake, my all time favourite ballet ever, and roses because Rose is her middle name. I asked my extraordinarily talented sister-in-law, Maria, to design the invitations. I think you'll agree she did an amazing job.

The cake was made by the very clever Jacky of Sugar Magic. Her brief was pretty much the same - swans and roses. Not only was the final result visually outstanding, but it tasted fantastic too!

There were some other commissions made especially for the day, but I'm going to save those for a post in their own right. You'll understand why when you see them.

The actual christening was just a small part of an amazing weekend. Any gathering of my family is always guaranteed to be wonderful, on so many levels. We're all of us completely crazy, but that's what I love about them.

~ Bex ~

Monday, 11 March 2013

Living in a fantasy land!

Someone once asked me what fantasy creature I was most like.

My immediate thought was winged horse of course. With the possibility of being a unicorn to boot. Or perhaps a female centaur?  That would be cool. Maybe an Elvish Princess - effortlessly beautiful but with impressive warrior abilities that would help me in any sticky situation.

But let's be honest. These are the creatures I want to be like. The truth is, I would undeniably be a hobbit. I'm short and I love my food. Second breakfast should absolutely become an acceptable part of our society, preferably cake based. And as for hairy feet? Well, I think the less said about that, the better!

What would you be?

~ Bex ~

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Random Saturday Musings

~ Why do I suddenly need to turn up my jeans at the bottom? They're M&S short length for crying out loud. Good God, how short am I? Have I got the terrible shrinks?

~ How many chocolate digestives is too many? Perhaps I need to do some conclusive research into this.

~ Thought I'd watch "The Secret of my Success" thinking that any film that starred Marty McFly and Supergirl had to be awesome. I was wrong.

~ Found out my two year old nephew likes to pretend to be my baby daughter when he plays, and makes the rest of his family take on the role of my older daughter, hubby and me. I feel somewhat heartened that there is a living soul who deems my life interesting enough to act out.

~ As it's Chinese New Year, and all my family are in Taiwan celebrating with multi-course feasts, is it not my duty to have a takeaway?

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.

~ Bex ~

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Homework? Fun?

One of the best things about being a parent is you get to do homework all over again. It was so much fun the first time round, and is only enhanced this time by the humiliation of being bested by your 10 year old daughter.

Okay, so I hated homework. Always have, always will. But it exists nonetheless and so I'm happy to help Kara whenever she needs me (apart from in maths, because embarrassingly she is already far better at it than me and my help is largely superfluous.)

The thing is, from what I remember of school (and it was a long time ago people) the times I learned the most was when the lessons were fun, so as a parent I have an opportunity. Homework can either be stressful and dull, or I can try to inject some life into the experience. Of course, it's not always easy - spellings are spellings, and sums are sums.

Recently though, I've been able to have some fun with Kara as she's been given half term projects in addition to her daily work. The best one was when they were studying Ancient Greece - she made a fantastic set of Mythological Creatures Top Trumps. She learned a lot, discovered some fantastic stories and enjoyed herself. This term they're learning about rivers - so she's been digging out extracts about river animals from children's literature and making a little booklet which she is illustrating. So cute!

So from time to time, homework isn't too bad. But this is only primary school homework. God help us when she goes to secondary school!

~ Bex ~

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

What happened was...

Wow, nearly a year since I last posted....but what a year! Pregnancy seemed to dominate last year, firstly the sickness, then the excitement, followed by the inevitable discomforts of looking like I'd swallowed several small children. With a due date at the end of August, summer threatened to be very long but an early false start labour brought my mum to stay earlier than planned and she ended up staying for a wonderful two months. This meant I was totally spoiled, but more importantly my older daughter wasn't completely bored. After a couple more false starts, my beautiful little girl finally arrived in September - and was totally worth the wait. Her name is Odette and we're all completely in love with her.

The past few months have been a blur really, but things are settling down now and I've been increasingly able to reconnect with my computer. Just because you have a new baby doesn't mean the creative spirit disappears and I've been busy jotting down ideas for a new novel over the past few months, which I'm now beginning to develop properly. Happy days. :)

On a final note for now, I must just tell you one of the highlights of last summer. I discovered The Great British Bake Off. Ok, I know I'm massively behind everyone else on this, but I cannot tell you how nice it was watching it whilst being able to stuff my face with cake guilt free. Of course now I'm paying the price trying to shift baby weight - but oh, those were good times.

~ Bex ~