Category Archives: family

New photos from Whitebox photography

A couple of years ago I took C to review Whitebox photography and got some really cute photo’s taken. We really enjoyed it and I found that Liam the photographer was really great with C, he was able to get great photo’s even when she was moving and could get her attention easily to get the photo’s I wanted.

I thought it was about time that I got some updated photo’s so looked on Whitebox photography’s facebook page and booked another session.
So at the I took her up to Crosby for a 20 minute photo session.

I have to say ÂŁ25 for a 20 minute session is a bargain when you get all the photo’s on a CD.
C had so much fun laughing and jumping her way though the whole session. We got some really cute photo’s, here are a few of my favourites.

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I really do recommend Liam at WhiteBox Photography Liverpool to anyone looking to have pictures taken, great quality and value for money plus the copyright is yours so you can print and edit the images however you want.

Which is your favourite picture?


Back to nursery

We arrived back from holiday yesterday, I didn’t get a chance to blog while away as I had no real internet connection on my laptop or tablet but I did post some pictures on our Instagram and facebook pages, hopefully I will get some time to write about our break this week as C is back in nursery.

Today was C’s 1st day back into nursery so of course that means the obligatory 1st day photo 😀
I personally love these photo’s and love to look back at the ones my parents took on our 1st days of school.

So here it is C’s 1st day of Preschool ( nursery) 2016



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Today was her first full day in nursery as last year she only did mornings, I chose to send her for 2 full days and one half day this year for a couple of reasons.
1) I am going back to be a student so will be in uni or on placement most of every week.
2) As a form of childcare because it would be too much for my mum to have her everyday.
3) To help her get used to longer days before she starts school next year.
4) she is a social child and loves to play with other kids, so nursery is a great place for her to interact with other kids and learn as well.

I’ve just been to pick her up and she loved it 😀 she played in home corner with the dolls, had outdoor play and got messy with playdough.


Time to wash her uniform for tomorrow, I think I’m going to have to buy some more uniform tops as her others are too small, I have a couple of skirts and a pinafore so that’s no problem.

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 😀

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? 

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 😀 ) 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.



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


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

Family is everything

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


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 😀


Sorry I was AWOL again.

I have been quite again recently and I am sorry for not posting. I just don’t seem to be able to find time to write very much.
I know that I don’t have to post often or at all really but I like to post and to share what we have been doing. It helps to keep me sane, helps to remember special things and events. It also is a way keep everyone who wants to know what we have been up to in the loop.

So here is some of the things that we have been dealing with:-

– My Granddad John Caldwell aka Pop’s passed away on the 21st September. He had been in St Luke’s nursing home in Runcorn for a while, being cared for as he had advanced Dementia, his funeral was on the 5th October.
It was a lovely send off, and although C and I didn’t go to the Church we attended the Cremation and wake. She behaved so very well and I was so proud of her.


C in her Funeral outfit looking so grown up

– I have also been working extra shifts in work to cover holidays as well as going to University open days and trying to sort out my UCAS application as I want to go back to Uni very soon.
I will be shadowing some Nurses over the next few weeks as well to get some extra experience for my application in the hopes that it will improve my chances of gaining a place on the course.

– We have started Potty Training C as well as a visit from the Dummy fairy. (I will write more about this in another post.)

– I am going away to London on Friday with my best friend as a belated birthday treat so I look forward to telling you about that as well.

I will try to post more often and keep up to date with posts as best I can.
I have plans about post to add in the run up to Christmas, so watch this space.

Merseyside derby day!

Today is the Merseyside Derby day
Everton V Liverpool
1.30pm kick off at Goodison!

We have a little rivalry at the moment over who C will support. ( The poor toddler hears conflicting views all the time)
Her dad and his family are Reds whereas all my family are Blues.
So she doesn’t have it very easy on Derby days, with the family spilt.
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#MySundayPhoto – 26/07/15

This week was my grandparents Diamond wedding anniversary!
They have been together for an amazing 60 years.
Here they are on their wedding day in July 1955 and again yesterday July 2015.

I love them so much and we are very lucky to have two such amazing and lovely people who love us.

We had a little family party yesterday in their flat and I made them a cake, here are a few pictures of it, I’ll write a post with the recipe and step by step guide very soon for anyone who wants a go.

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My baby is growing up

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve really noticed C has grown up, She is no longer really a baby any more she is now a proper little person with her own personality and she certainly has her terrible two’s moments.

We have been shopping in Cheshire Oaks
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I love these pictures. She is such a girly girl, Dresses, Shoes, Handbags and Make-up ( which she isnt allowed to wear yet) are all her favorite things. She walked around Pandora saying ” my favourite” about everything she saw lol.

On Wednesday Afternoon we went shopping in St Helens to get some birthday presents. We went into BHS and I saw the matching Millie clothes they do. I bought C a Molly doll and the matching pyjama set. She now loves going to bed matching her doll. I just wish they did more outfits as all I could see was the PJ’s and one dress.


She looks huge in this picture! not like my little girl :(

We went to the Chester Zoo on Thursday with C’s Auntie Danii and Auntie Gemma. We had a really fun day, C had her face painted for the 1st time and we saw loads of animals.


C being a giant turtle, I think this looks like a modelling pose lol


She loved the monorail, she kept calling it her train.

sorry for radio silence

For the last 2 weeks I havnt really had a chance to write or post anything, It’s been a very busy time with an awful lot happening, it felt like a years worth of problems all in the space of a couple of weeks.

C was sick for a few days she was all out of sorts, she must have caught a vomiting bug from somewhere :(

We had to say goodbye to Dan’s Great Auntie Maggie on the 29th as well, she was a lovely lady who taken far too soon.

Then Finley was ill, he was fine all day on Wednesday the 29th, then he refused to eat his tea and was just laying in the Livingroom  its not the 1st time he has been sleepy and off his food and with C being ill I didn’t know if he had a bug or something too, I wasn’t feeling great either so had an early night. I got up in the middle of the night for more tablets and came down to get some and found Fin lay out one the hall floor and he wouldnt move. I let Freddie out and then Fin stumbled into the garden and basically collapsed. I had to get Dad to help me carry him in and we called the vets who said to take him straight in. We had to rush him in to the vets at 1.30 am and they couldnt hear his heartbeat. he was in cardiac shock. He had fluid drained from around his heart, was put on a drip and had scans and x-rays.


Luckily he is ok at them moment but it is still a mystery as to what caused him to get so sick so quickly. I just hope that he doesn’t get it again as I don’t want to loose him.


I have also had tonsillitis again, I should really see about getting my tonsils taken out as it happens far to often and makes me feel awful.

My mum is also ill with her stomach again, I really hope that she gets better quickly as I hate seeing her so ill. She is in a lot of pain and is unable to eat, it really affects her mood as well which is understandable.
I really wish that there was something that the doctors could do to prevent it.

My grandparents have also been ill, I swear our families need to be quarantined as we all seem to be sick at the moment.

I am going to try and get back into writing when I can I just havnt had a chance.
Please think about us and pray for good health.