Saturday, 31 January 2015

Month in Numbers | January 2015

It's been a while, ahem, since I participated in Julie's Month in Numbers.  I decided to add a Project Life style page to our 2015 album after I'd seen something similar on Nathalie's blog
We have, in no particular order:
260 ~ the number of lengths swum by me.
6 ~ the number of visitors we had at home.  Some for a few nights, some for one night and some just for the day.
18 ~ the age that my nephew reached.
1 ~ the number of birthday parties attended
8 ~ the age that The Boy Child reached.
140 ~ the length in minutes of the Annual Review meeting at school.
92% ~ The Boy Child's highest score in the weekly test, with a respectable 84% being the lowest.
16 ~ the number of birthday thank-you cards written by The Boy Child.
5 ~ the number of kids we took to the theatre.
40 ~ the amount in pounds sterling that I spent on topping up my phone.
1 ~ the number of lunches in a 2* Michelin restaurant.
4,848 ~ the number of miles flown from Houston, Texas to London, approximately.
377 ~ the number of photos I took, approximately.
8 ~ the number of scrapbook pages made by me.
Zero ~ the number of items of Happy Mail sent by me.  Not good.
3 ~ the number of exhibitions seen.     

 Month in Numbers is the brainchild of Julie 
and you'll always find a warm welcome over at her place. 
 Not to mention entertaining posts about a varied list of topics.
Go on over, stop by and say hello. 

Friday, 30 January 2015

Winter Warmer

 300g blackberries.
 3 large cooking apples (I used Bramleys).
 2 heaped tablespoons of soft brown sugar. 
Add a tablespoon or two of cold water.
 Simmer on  a medium-to-high heat until apples soften.
 Transfer to a mixing bowl.
 Blend to desired consistency.
 Serve with 0% fat Greek yoghurt.
This extremely simple dessert is hugely popular in our house during the winter months.
I stew up a huge batch and then freeze in both individual portion sizes and family sized portions.
Neither portion sizes last long.
What's your family's favourite winter warmer? 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Practice Makes Perfect

 If I mention handwriting homework, he moans.
If I mention holiday diaries, he groans.
If I notice that he is laboriously copying out Liverpool football results, I say nothing.
And sneak a photo or two.
Practice makes perfect.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

On His Walls

It was May last year when I posted about The Boy Child's newly decorated bedroom.
And I'm afraid to admit that those framed photos have been waiting to hang on the wall ever since.
But, today, today I had a plan.
Some washi tape.
A willing husband.
A little direction from me.
Job done.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The History Project

It's a new year.
It's time for an online class.
Something to get the creative juices flowing.
But not one that necessarily ends with an album of themed layouts.
Enter The History Project from Kerri Bradford.
A class just for me and just about me.
Scrapbooking and family history.
I know.
One spiral bound hardback notebook, a pen and I'm set.
  With a little embellishment, naturally. 
Class doesn't begin until 9th February,
 but I have already begun to carry a notebook around with me
 so that I can write the memories down as I'm remembering them.
And not forget them again by the time I've got home.

 All too often I've said or heard others say,
 "I wish I knew more about their lives.  I wish I knew the story behind these photos."
This class is going to hopefully redress that imbalance.
Every single detail of my first 20 years won't be in this notebook, 
but there will be snippets, some detailed, of my life then.
Written in my own hand.
Ready for future generations...
(Hard to type that last line without laughing.)

You can find out more about The History Project 2015 here

Monday, 26 January 2015

Me on Monday

It's been a:
brainstorming memories for a new class, 
swimming 30 lengths in a warmer pool than of late,
 grocery shopping,
still thinking about a new bathroom,
tackling the ironing mountain,
journal decorating, 
stamping upside down,
and homework supervising 
kind of Monday.
This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday Snapshot | 5.45pm

The table laid for supper.
Homework waiting to be checked.
School shoes waiting to be cleaned.
An overly full ironing basket.
The weekend papers thrown on the end of the kitchen counter.
The Boy Child doing his thing.
What sort of things make up a Sunday Snapshot for you?

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Me, Museums and Mel

"I'm coming to London to see an exhibition at the Science Museum,"she said. 
"Want to join me?"
Um, that would be a yes.
 A photography exhibition, what else?
 An early portable camera ... a mere 12 lbs in weight!
A look at Make Life Worth Living; an exhibition that packs a punch. 
Across the road to the V&A for lunch in their gorgeous cafe.

 And a gift.
Before the ubiquitous selfie.
Taken with a selfie stick, of all things.
And then I had to leave to meet my boys.
A really great day with a really great lady.
Hope she gets to visit another London exhibition very soon.
(Don't forget to stop by I Speak Melsh ...)

Friday, 23 January 2015

The Joy of Three

We are friends with a couple who have three girls.
Their approach to parenting is the most-laid back I've ever encountered.
Their youngest daughter has additional needs.
She is one of my favourite people in the whole world.
And today she turns three.  
We were invited for cake.


Tonight, both her mummy and I heard her say The Boy Child's name.
For the first time.
We're so blessed to have this family in our lives.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Things He Says | The School Edit

Child A: "You look tired, ma'am."
(They're formal when addressing teachers at The Boy Child's school.)
Teacher: "I am rather."
The Boy Child: "Yes.  You look miserable."
(We need to work on that directness.)

~ as reported by the class teacher.
~ 21 January, 2015

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Right Now ...

I'm looking at dates for our summer holiday.
I'm booking accommodation for two family weddings later this year.
I'm anticipating a new arrival (or two).
I'm thinking about the pros and cons of a new bathroom.
I'm wearing thermal socks and my new UGG slippers.
I'm trying to give to others.
I'm giving up.
I'm reading Unbroken and finding it a riveting read.
I'm introducing The Boy Child to the sounds of Michael Jackson.
I'm filling up our weekends with good stuff (to counterbalance all that homework). 
I'm counting the days until we receive news about the outcome of this year's Annual Review.
I'm looking forward to visitors at half-term.
I'm trying to fit more scrapbooking into my days.
I'm watching (or about to) Wolf Hall, Broadchurch and The Good Wife.

What are you thinking about, feeling, hoping for, struggling with,
watching, listening to, celebrating right now?

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