HELLO SUMMER!

The summer break is now underway… 8 weeks with my gorgeous boys… I’m approaching it positively and proactively, we have an ideas board and chore charts in place already and we are gonna budget properly so we can do everything we want this summer, evenly spread over the 8 weeks.  The boys and I are excited and just keeping fingers crossed that the weather improves at least a little bit!!

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We already have a few firm plans in place for the summer holidays… in a couple of weeks I am taking the boys glamping on my own for 3 nights.  The place we found looks brilliant, is just 6 minutes from the beach and is the cutest little teeny tiny cabin!  It’s going to be a bit daunting taking them away entirely by myself but I’m also really looking forward to the adventure.

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James is taking them to Center Parcs in the first week of August and they have lots planned to do there including den building, geocaching, climbing and pond dipping. There Auntie, who they adore, is going along too for their trip so I can’t wait to hear their excitement when they come home!

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Besides the road trips we are in the process of writing a huge list of sunny day and rainy day ideas as well as paid activities and free activities so we have a list to reference if we get stuck for ideas!  So far the boys are getting along SUPER… long may it continue!!!  I’m relishing the fact that I don’t have to prepare uniforms and school snacks every day! Here’s hoping I can keep them from getting bored!

Fri-yay Happy List!

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❤  Tesco have bake at home from frozen Pain Au Raisin… OMG. OMG. OMG. So good.
❤  I’m loving hearing Nate read aloud.  He’s so proud of himself!
❤  Ollie just began swimming lessons and his confidence is overflowing!

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❤  Loving my brand new camera!!  I’m the proud owner of a new NIkon D5600!
❤  I’m having so much fun blogging more regularly!
❤  Tattoo inspiration!
❤  Beach visits 🙂 🙂

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❤  Decorating the house.
❤  Gig plans!  Smith Street Band, George Ezra and Mumford & Sons booked so far!
❤  I’m loving the sweet relief that ibuprofen brings to my tooth extraction.
❤  It’s been so good having the boys off for Easter break… much needed quality time.

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❤  Among Other Foolish Things by Brian Fallon 🙂  His voice….
❤  The Ballad Of Me And My Friends by Frank Turner… love forever!
❤  My hair is pink and I love it… I’ve wanted pink hair for so long and I’ve bit the bullet.

My Job!

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My choice to become a stay at home mum was super easy!  In fact there was never a question over whether I would stay home or go back to work.  It just happened naturally when Ollie was born, I had to leave my job anyway because we were due to move back to Belfast!

I can’t believe how quickly time as a stay at home mum has flown by.  Here we are 9 years since I left work and I can’t imagine what returning to employment will be like! It’s necessary now rather than optional because I need to be financially independent!  I feel very fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to stay at home with my boys for so long!  It’s always made sense financially but now with them both in school…

I know we aren’t meant to call staying at home a job… but this is by far the best job I’ve ever had and I’ve learnt lots about responsibility, patience, using my imagination and a ton of other skills that might benefit me when I re-enter the workplace.  I’ve loved seeing the boys as much as I have and filling our days with playing, crafts and adventures.

Now with my kids in school, it’s time for me to get my butt into gear regarding my career path.  It’s time.  I want to take photos for a living and I’m almost ready for this huge leap. I want to be my own boss and I want my career to be capturing special moments for people, families and couples.  There is nothing I’d like more.  I need a job that can give me the flexibility to work whichever hours I’d like so I can be there when the kids need me to be, especially over school holidays!

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This new career path won’t ever compare to being a stay at home mum though…

35 before 35 bucket list!

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I turn 33 this summer… there are only 823 days until i’m halfway to 70!  Isn’t that crazy?! I’ve always been a big one into making lists and setting goals so I thought that just over 2 years to a goal date would be a great amount of time to DO some things bucket list style! Here are the things I came up with!

  1. See a ballet at the theatre.
  2. Learn a new language.
  3. Fly in a helicopter!
  4. Eat at a Michelin Star restaurant.
  5. Get a new piercing!
  6. Watch the IMDB top 250 films of all time!
  7. Plant a garden/ herb garden!
  8. Finish decorating the house.
  9. Take the boys on a holiday outside of the UK!
  10. Read 35 books!
  11. Visit 3 new countries.
  12. Make a gig tee quilt.
  13. Take part in a photography workshop.
  14. Volunteer.
  15. Stay in a 5 star hotel.
  16. Have a weekend at a spa.
  17. Grow my blog!
  18. Visit 10 new cities.
  19. Go camping!
  20. Do the high ropes/ zipwire at Jungle NI.  Bravest goal on the list.
  21. Visit 20 new restaurants!
  22. Nap at the beach.
  23. Make something with all the collected seaglass.
  24. Try 5 new foods!
  25. Organise my entire photo collection.
  26. Compile Go clay pigeon shooting!
  27. Do 35 random acts of kindness.
  28. Travel somewhere alone.
  29. Donate blood.
  30. Bake a rainbow cake!
  31. Make sushi!
  32. Upgrade my DSLR!
  33. Wear dresses more!!
  34. Become well practiced in my yoga ❤
  35. Embark on a photography qualification!

I’m excited!!

School’s Out!

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Wednesday was the boy’s last day of term!  They don’t return to school until 24th April and I’m so looking forward to spending the next week with them.  The weather is almost brightening and we are making a list of what we would like to do including:

A trip to Dublin to stay with Grandpa Crispy and visit Dublin Zoo.
A breakfast picnic at Minnowburn.
A beach visit or two!
Swimming!
A sleepover at Grandma’s house!
Visit the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge!
Feed ducks.
Plant some flowers.
Fly the kites.
Dye Easter eggs and do Easter baking.
Visit Hillsborough Lake.

We might not get ALL of this covered but they’re the ideas that came up when I asked the boys.  They’re excited.

Don’t you love Springtime?  The first quarter of the year, every year, I find very hard to shake off the slumpy after Christmas feeling until the weather changes, the nights get brighter and the flowers and blue sky make the world look pretty!  It then becomes easier to be enthusiastic and motivated.  I find myself becoming productive and full of new ideas.  The ‘shake off the slump’ phase is well underway and I’m feeling excited. Goodbye winter!

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Spring!

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With Spring comes the urge to spring clean and in my case, I get the urge to spring clean EVERYTHING… and this year it seems to have included this blog.  I’ve been struggling for a while with what to write about because I feel like the theme of my blog, that I’ve kept for more than 8 years (!!!!!!), doesn’t quite fit the way it did pre-separation.  I want to write about my kids still and myself and basically anything random that I’d like to document without it feeling like I’m blogging under a preset.

So here we have the new and improved Emmageddon!  Any posts prior to 2017 have been moved to another blog as an archive, which can still be accessed (there’s more than 700 posts there!).  This blog is my fresh start, clean slate, the new me!  It’s been 6 months since James and I separated and I feel like I’m finally, almost getting my shit together!

Letter to Littlest

Nate, You’re 5!!!

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Holy moly, how time flies!  It still feels like yesterday that we rushed to the hospital to have you, our little waterbaby.  How have 5 years passed us by?  5 is such a big age and I know you are super excited to be older.  You told me on the morning of your birthday that you felt like you knew more things and that your bones had definitely grown!

You started school this year and you have loved it from day 1.  Always excited to learn new things and see your friends and your confidence is developing at a rapid rate!

You make me and Daddy and Ollie smile every single day and you has so much love for everyone.  You want to see everyone happy and you’ll go out of your way to make it so. You’re caring and kind and your giggle is SO infectious!!  You can bring joy to a houseful of people with just one chuckle and you have an abundance of kisses and cuddles to give.

You and Ollie are closer now than you ever have been especially with shared interests now, which is lovely for me to see.  You play the Xbox together, he lets you take part in the movies he makes, he reads to you sometimes and he loves having you to play with.  The two of you still fight sometimes, but that’s normal isn’t it?  You always make up with a sorry and a hug.  Always always treasure that lovely brother of yours.

You are super creative and you love anything to do with drawing, painting, practicing your writing, playing playdoh, using scissors and glue, you’re like me!  I loved (and still do) all of those things.  You’re drawings are SO SO good and we’ve loved having them stuck on our walls and fridge and wherever they will fit.

You still love Batman, Spiderman and every other superhero you can think of and you know everything there is to know about My Little Pony.  You’ve started playing big boy games like Minecraft and Terraria and you love being able to play these two player with your brother.  When Daddy is here you love boys time with him and Ollie and you have a new found interest in board games.  For Christmas you got a small keyboard and you love putting in piano and dance performances for us all.

You’re favourite foods are sausages, cereal and milk, pancakes, pepperoni pizza and pasta, though you do make a huge effort to try new foods knowing that sometimes you find foods that you like!

I can’t wait to learn more and adventure more with you, my little lovesome.  I love each and every day I get to spend with you and be your mummy… you bring incredible happiness to my life and to our family and I love you millions.

Mummy.