4 weeks notice :D

Well I handed in my 4 weeks notice to work last week.
As of the 18th August I will be off for a month before I start Uni as a full time nursing student.
Summer holidays here I come ūüėÄ

I will be spending time with C before she goes back to nursery as we will be upping her hours and she will be going for 2 and a half days a week.

I’m currently looking for a last minute holiday somewhere for us to go on, Do you have any suggestions?
Looking at the last week in August/ start of September, somewhere that isn’t to far to travel ( from home in Liverpool) but with things to do.

I’m also looking at doing some day trips and visiting some local attractions like the museum and possibly the zoo.

I will also be sorting out things in the house, getting everything clean and tidy. I know that once i’m at uni then I wont be able to help around the house as much and that my mum will have c a lot more on her own so it will be harder to keep on top of all the household chores.

I want to use some of the time once C is back in nursery to sort out her room, maybe put her bed from toddler sized into the next stage and get rid of some of the babyish toys and things in there.
If I can make the room into a good space for her to play and relax. As i’m sure she will be becoming more independent as she grows older and be able to play on her own.
I also want to encouraging her so get dressed on her own and tidy up after herself so reorganising her room will help with that.

What are you top tips for kids bedrooms? 

Date night

Last night was mine and Mr J’s 1 month anniversary since our 1st date.
He had told me to keep the 20th free and he had planned a date for us but wouldn’t tell me what it was. Although he told both my best friend and my mum which I though was a little unfair.

So yesterday afternoon I got dressed up in a dress. ¬†Seriously those who know me will know that i’m not a dress kind of girl (except for very special occasions), and did my hair and make up ready for my surprise date.

I met Mr J at central station in Liverpool at 5pm and we had a little walk around the shops. I went into Primark and bought some new shoes as the ones that I had chosen to wear had given me a blister, rookie mistake I know but I generally live in flipflops and sketchers but had been banned from either of those and i’m no longer used to wearing my “going out” shoes as it’s been years. I found a pretty pair that went with my dress.

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We then wandered¬†back to the station and boarded the train towards Hunt’s cross.

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I still didn’t have a clue as to where we were going to it was all a surprise for me.
We got off the train at St Michael’s station and walked through to Lark lane. Lucky for us the weather was holding out but had cooled down a bit.

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I then had a choice of where I wanted to eat, after a short walk along the road looking at menu’s we chose to eat in Al Dente, a sort of Mediterranean/ Italian fusion sort of restaurant.

They have a lovely outside courtyard that has covered seating and we chose to eat out there. The staff were all very friendly and attentive, the food was delicious. I chose the chicken and mushroom tagliatelle although I don’t remember seeing any mushrooms in it, the pasta was perfect and the sauce was creamy but not to heavy. Mr J ordered a mixed kebab that also looked lovely.

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We also shared a side of the mozzarella pockets, which is mozzarella cheese enclosed in pizza dough with a garlic dip.

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We ordered dessert too and I got a fabulous homemade tiramisu and Mr J got cheesecake.

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I would definitely recommend trying Al Dente to anyone who’s around Lark lane and hungry. Although unless you want a blue tongue avoid the Blue Lagoon cocktail

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After food we had a wander back down Lark lane towards the park, got a couple of pokestops ( Yes I play Pokemon Go) and went into the Lodge for a cocktail.

I got a Zombi and Mr J got a long island ice tea, they were very strong and missing the puree as they didn’t have any, but delicious non the less.

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We walked back to the station, and I managed to get very wet feet by stepping on something that attacked me with water.

In town we went to Roxy’s, which is a pool bar and again we got cocktail ( I was spoilt ūüėÄ ) Can you guess which was mine?

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We sat on the rooftop terrace and enjoyed the lovely evening weather.
Mr J then asked if I wanted to go to one of the casino’s in town?

I’d never been to a casino so I though I might as well finish the night trying something new. It was really fun, we only stayed about 30 mins. I put ¬£10 onto my card to use and walked out with ¬£35 so my 1st time in a casino was a good one.

Overall it was a fantastic date, we have decide to make it a regular thing and try to do something on the 20th of each month, I think I should plan a surprise for Mr J next month ūüėÄ

Thank you again for a fab night out Mr J xxx

summer is here…

Sorry I’ve been very quiet lately, I’ve had a bit going on in my life generally and time seems to be passing by too quickly.

I have a new boyfriend, although at 27 years old the word boyfriend sounds a little childlike. He is lovely, so kind and thoughtful and he gets on great with my family and friends. I’ll Call him Mr J for now as i’m not sure that he will want me to talk about him, I don’t think he’s found my blog yet although I could be very wrong. ( Hi if you have found me)
It’s only been a month but it feels like i’ve know him for years and we get on so well.

I still need to meet his family and friends properly as we just havnt seemed to find the time to meet up with them yet.

Me and C went on a fantastic holiday in Towyn, North Wales at the end of last month with Danii and my cousin Ste as well. ¬†We had loads of visitors and got to have a catch up with friends, new and old. We made the most of a wet caravan holiday (took me back to childhood ūüėÄ ) playing in the arcade and jumping in puddles.

Here are some of my favourite pictures from the week.

We made a flag :D

We made a flag :D

Frozen frustration!

Frozen frustration!

Missing their friend :'(

Missing their friend :'(

The play area, who cares about a little water!

The play area, who cares about a little water!

I can see you!

I can see you!

Just had to be done ;)

Just had to be done ;)

On the Ferris wheel.

On the Ferris wheel.

TICKETS!

TICKETS!

This next one is my favourite thanks to a little filter ūüėÄ

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Don’t they just look so cute! not a care in the world, just looking out at the sea.

C breaks up from nursery on Thursday then the real fun begins, 6 weeks with no school! Although I still have work :( so I need to sort the babysitting list out.
My mum is my usual childcare but she isn’t too well at the moment so roped Mr J in as emergency childcare for today. ( didn’t I tell you he was good, think I got lucky with him) need to try and sort something else out though for other days.

I have also started a separate blog about my journey to becoming in nurse as I start my training in just 2 months time, I will be posting on Not Just a student nurse so pop over and have a little look and give me some love over there.

I’m going to try blogging more to keep a journal of the years if nothing more.

Love to all, Ellie
xxxx

Family is everything

Scrolling through my Facebook news feed while in work today ( shhh don’t tell anyone i had my phone out ūüėÄ ) and this quote came up…

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and I had to share it with you as it got me thinking.

For the 1st time in a while it’s inspired me to write. I stopped because I just didn’t feel as if I had the words to say anything interested and didn’t just want to write for the sake of it. So i took a break.

This quote as well as something about my grandparents that my cousin Stephen shared a few days ago really hit home. ( i’ll see if i can share his post on my facebook page if you want to see it)

Family really is everything. 

I’m very lucky that I have a close family, ever since I can remember we have got to see my grandparents at weekends, mum’s family on a Saturday and we used to go to my dad’s parents on a Sunday until they moved to Wales. It was routine, as a child you take it all for granted, that’s just what we did.
We are still one of those families who all go to my Nan’s on a Saturday and see each other for a few hours. We celebrate birthdays and Christmas’ together, go on holidays and trips.

As I’m getting older, and have a daughter of my own I realise how important your family is and how quickly time passes.
As a kid the summer holidays seemed like 6 long weeks, that lasted forever, As an adult you realise that it goes quicker than you think, the last 6 months seems to have passed in the blink of an eye.

Looking back on my time-hop I see how much C is changing over the years but I also see how other family members are getting older.

My nanny Annie ( my mum’s mum) isn’t very well at the moment, 3 years ago we were told she wouldn’t last the night and although she is still with us her health is deteriorating, she is suffering from dementia.

I saw a picture of her 2 years ago on my time-hop, even though she had been through so much and should have been here, she looked healthy. ¬†She had an appetite, she loved to laugh and joke with us, she could easily join in with our family chats and enjoyed it all. It makes me sad to see how quickly a diseases like Alzheimer’s can take a person that you love away, even when they are still sat in the room with you.

Two years ago

my grandparents 61 years ago on their wedding day

 my grandparents 61 years ago on their wedding day

now :-My granddad looking after my nan

now :-My granddad looking after my nan

My Nan is still here, my amazing granddad looks after her even though he is 83 and his health isn’t what it used to be.
We all still go on a Saturday and see them during the week too.
We get them shopping and take them to their appointments.

 

 

 

The saying ” It takes a village” is usually applied to looking after and raising kids but I think it means the family as a whole, looking after and supporting each other, celebrating and ¬†commiserating together.

We lost my Pops, ( Granddad John, my dad’s dad) last September, he also suffered from dementia. We didn’t get to see them as much when they moved to wales in the early 2000’s but when his condition worsened and he was no longer able to remain at home being looking after by my Nan, he was moved to St Luke’s care home in Runcorn, we were able to visit more regularly. It was lovely seeing Charlotte getting to know her great-grandparents.

C is really very lucky, up until¬†September¬†she had all 8 great grandparents, as well as 4 grandparents and loads of great aunties and uncles, auntie’s and uncles’, and cousins ( various times removed).

 Even though she is the only little person in the proverbial village, she helps to take care of everyone just as much as any adult does.
Her spirit, her smiles and laughter, her joy are what my granddad Eddie calls ” his medicine” she helps to keep us all young as we watch her get older.

So many times I have said to her ” please stop growing” and she always answers ” No, i’m going to get bigger and bigger”.

I’m just happy that we have so many lovely photo’s to look back at and remember when we were all younger ūüėÄ

xxx

New york day one

Be warned I might sounds a little cranky and ranty bit ive had 2 hours sleep since wednesday morning. (also excuse spelling or grammar mistakes as I’m on my phone)

So we arrived at the hotel just after 5, checked in and we were greeted with smiles by Emily. Quickly checked in and trekked to the room.
We are only in the 4th floor of 26(ish) but what seems the furthest away from the lifts.

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Our room is compact but looked nice, clean but a little dark as there is no “big” light and one of the bedside lights was broken.

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We put our cases in the room,<<image

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Arrived back just after 8, shattered by 16 hours travelling to find that maintenance had been in the room and fixed a light by the bed that was broken ( we hadn’t reported it), I’m confused why it was done after we had checked in. We are just lucky we left our cases locked and hadn’t unpacked.

We got ready for bed, realised that we could hear some noise in the bathroom from the club but it was manageable. We settled down and then the air con cut out.

Just loving the 4th floor “superior” hotel room directly above the night club!
Seriously I think the music is louder in our bathroom than the club. Oh and the view of the terrace means noise from there too and the lovely smell of cooking if you open the window.

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It was so loud that I ended up going to reception to see if they could move us to another room. Fully booked up hotel means that we are still here.
Before you say it I know it’s  new york and its the city that never sleeps but I need too!

May- Our month ahead

Seriously I can’t believe that it’s May already.
It feels like only a couple of weeks ago I was on holiday in sunny Florida but that was all the way back in January.

May looks to be a busy month for us, we have some exciting things happening.

New York

In just a few days I’ll be jetting off to New York with Danii for a fabulous girls holiday.
With so many things to see and do, I’ll probably need a holiday when I come home. Luckily I get home on¬†a Tuesday morning. I will be able¬†to pick C up from nursery and see her¬†for a few house before she goes¬†to stay at her dad’s¬†that night (she doesn’t every Tue and Thu night),¬†so I can get a decent nights sleep to recover.

The playhouse!

On Friday 13th ( yep, May has a Friday the 13th…unlucky or not?) C’s playhouse should be arriving. I really hope that it arrives in the morning, so it will be all set up for her coming home.
She is so excited about it coming and askes every morning ” Is my house here yet?”

We went to B&Q the other day to get top soil for sorting the garden and had a look at the paint for her house. She wanted yellow and pink so we bought Valspar paint samples in Dog rose and sun sparkles.

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The main walls will be yellow and the door pink, I also need to get white for the trim and window.
Her house is going to look so cute, we are going to put her kitchen into there ( in the background on the picture) so all the colours will match.
I’ve also ordered a little picnic bench for her “patio”. My brother went a little OTT when making the foundation for her house so the simple “little” playhouse that we had planned is now a 7 foot by 6 foot house with a patio, white picket fence and picnic bench.

Yes some might say that my little miss is a little bit spoilt but she as is only tiny for a the shortest time I will spoilt her, she is my only baby so I will.

C’s new pen pal

When I was 5 I got a pen pal in Florida, USA. We wrote to each other, sent letter, parcels and videos, we even got to meet a couple of times and stayed in there house for a coupe of days on one of our first holidays in Florida. I loved talking to Andrea and it helped to teach me about different cultures as well.

I saw an offshoot page from a group I’m in on facebook and just knew that I needed to sign C up. It’s a page for people to get pen pals for their kids. I know that C is only 3 but she loves to get post and open things so I have signed her up and arranged for her to have a pen pal.

Until she learns to read and write she can send drawing and I can help her with the reading of anything. I think that it will really encourage her to learn more, she will try to write the letters in her name and things already. I believe that it’s never to early to encourage children to learn to read and write.

I’ll update you when we send and receive our 1st letters ( drawings)

Important events

Mum’s birthday is later this month so we will need to get some presents and arrange something very nice for her as she does so much for us.

We’re getting a playhouse

Well I should really say that C is getting a playhouse but i’m not sure who is more excited about it, her or me.
She keeps asking if “her garden is ready yet?”

We went today and ordered her playhouse from No1 discount shed factory in Huyton,
we chose the 7×6 foot¬†¬†bay cottage with veranda¬†¬†although I know that C wanted the biggest possible one, the space that we have to fit it in wouldn’t have allowed for it and i’m sure we would have needed planning permission for anything bigger lol

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C showing you where her house will go

The whole garden is getting a face lift so that we can actually ¬†get out and use it more. Our garden was paved a few years ago after the dogs tore up the lawn in the snow so a new false lawn is going down on the 16th May and her house is arriving on the 13th May ( Friday the 13th….hope that’s not a bad sign)

Where the paving once was

Where the paving once was, the grass soon will be :D

We still have work to do on the garden over the next couple of weeks before the major works start. Weeds need pulling up and weedkiller needs to be put down, we need to clear and jet wash the patio as well.
Once the house is in it will need to be painted before the grass goes down so please pray that the weekend of the 14th is lovely weather wise.

I really hope that the weather this summer is nice so that we can spend a lot of time outside enjoying the garden.

Less that 3 weeks till NYC

It’s only 20 days till Danii and I will be jetting off to the city that never¬†sleeps.

I have to say that I am starting to get a little excited even if little miss C told me today that she doesn’t want me to go away on an airplane.
I know that she will be safe with my parents, her dad and his parents while i’m off on my “tot free travels”, this is a holiday that my best friend and I have been planning for years and are finally in a position to take before we both start off on courses were we will have no free time.

I am a planner and worrier when it comes to travel. I check my bag about 4 times before I leave the house to make sure that I have everything we need, passports, information, tickets etc.

I like to know what we are doing on what day and have a rough itinerary.
This holiday will be amazing, we have bought the 3 day New york pass which will let us get into a variety of top attractions, such as top of the rock, the empire state building and Madame Tussaud as well as using the bus tours for 48 hours.

I’ve been looking at trip adviser for the hotel we are staying in and there are a few mixed reviews so i’m hoping that it is a good one, anyone ever stayed at the Hudson in New York?

What is your New York City must do for two young ladies?
Any good bar suggestions or must visit restaurants?

Over a month since my last post.

I’ve just realised that it’s been over a month since I wrote anything, I just haven’t had the motivation to write and didn’t want to write just for the sake of it so took a little break.

So here is what’s been happening over the last month…

Everyone in our house has had coughs and colds over the last couple of weeks which we are all finally getting over. I’ve had tonsillitis twice in 2 weeks as I didn’t finish my 1st course of penicillin V so had to have another course when it came back with a vengeance,¬†8 days into the 10 day course and finally starting to feel a little better.

I got a new phone as my renewal was due and my old HTC M8 was on its last legs, I went for the Samsung S7 on EE, I got quite a good upgrade deal including 10 gb of data and was able to up on my NHS discount so get an extra 20% off each months bill.

I got a new laptop as well in preparation for starting Uni in September. My old one was 3 years old, the casing was cracked and it was running very slowly as the memory was low.
I still need to clear off all the important things little documents and photo’s onto an external hard drive before I will give it to¬†my brother to use

C seems to be growing sooo quickly, I swear that I blink and she’s shot up again.
We got a letter through a few weeks ago that contained a booklet about what she should be doing at 3 as they don’t do a 3 year review in our area.
It listed things like building towers and walking on tiptoes, it also said that children her age should have a vocabulary of about 300 words, well I know she has a lot more words in her range than that. she comes out with some whoppers such as ” smother” and¬†“assistance” and used them in the correct context. ( “Please may I smother granddad?” :s maybe I should worry a little lol)

here is the little beauty now

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¬†I go to New York in less than 4 weeks and i’m going to collect the tickets today! ūüėÄ So excited.

We are getting the garden ready for summer, all the flags have been lifted and we have someone coming out next week to give us a quote on getting false grass laid.
I’ve also been looking at playhouses for C and¬†Tom ( my bro) came in yesterday with a plan on how to¬†run a¬†wire from the conservatory to the playhouse to give it lights ( he is an electrician so I wouldn’t expect anything less really)

Mum also wants a gazebo, new furniture and a bbq so I really hope the weather is good this summer.

I Promise to post more but please follow us on Instagram, FB and twitter as I tend to update on there with current pictures etc.

xxx