#BWphotoproject, #MySundayPhoto 29/3/15

I saw this tree when I was out with the children. I found it fascinating and had to take a quick snap.

I knew the instant I saw the tree it would look amazing when I tried some different colour effects on it

I loved the way all the branches hung and how the tree trunk bent and twisted.

I thought it looked amazing, but I was really surprised how dark the sky went with the black and white effect. It made is look very eerie but still really  beautiful. 

This is why this is my #BWphotoproject and #MySundayPhoto. 

Nikki x 

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Why having a child with Down syndrome is the best!

The day Baby was born my world changed forever. Not because I had just become a mother again but because I had become a mother to a child with Down syndrome. At the time I didn’t realise what that actually meant. Because in the early weeks of her diagnosis I was too busy urging her to fight so we could take her home from the neonatal unit.

While having visions of my life being spent constantly in and out of hospitals, living off machine coffee and sitting in waiting rooms or hospital lounges. From the moment they told me my baby had Down syndrome my planned out future was no longer clear. It was all replaced with uncertainty and fear.

I didn’t know what to expect or how to process the information. I was scared I wouldn’t know how to care for a child with additional needs. I felt like I had been thrown into the deep end and I didn’t know how to swim. I was lost and I thought my life was over.

I am happy to say I was so unbelievably wrong! My life was never over, instead a new chapter was beginning for me and my family. I was changing and growing into a better person and I learned to become more accepting of things and I also learned that there are always going to be things that are out of my control. I learnt all of this from watching, loving and spending time with Baby. I don’t know what to say other than she is amazing. She has this air around her that draws people in. Even now at 17 months old she has a way with people, that make them just want stop and smile when she is around. It’s like no matter how bad of a mood I’m in or how stressed out I am she can make it better, when she wants a cuddle and she wraps her little arms around the back of my neck and rests her head on my shoulder and it all melts away.

Most of all though I love her determination. She has had more then enough things thrown at her in the start of her life but she chose to fight and over come almost every hurdle.

When I think back to all the nights, I would sit worrying if she would sit up, talk, crawl or walk. All those tears and moments I feared people would judge my baby as being different or ridicule her for her extra chromosome.

I shouldnt have I should of love my daughter and just stared into her beautiful face and know everything would be ok. I should have enjoyed my baby from the start and not let those things bother me because my Baby is amazing and is forever keeping me in my toes. I won’t change a single thing about her because if I did she wouldn’t be the Baby I know and love with all my heart. She is the best!

As the saying goes:

You can’t be extraordinary without a little “extra”!

 

Nikki x

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5 ways to know you cracked Motherhood!

As many mother’s know having kids is never easy. It might seem like this amazing idea while your pregnant and you will dream and this beautiful baby that you swear will never know what a McDonald’s tastes like, they will never throw tantrums and every day will be amazing because will have managed to always make yours presentable and have your make up done before leaving the house in a morning.

Yes I was one of those mothers too and my motherhood dreams came tumbling down around me within a matter of days of my first son T being born. I left the hospital hobbling like a lady needing a zimo frame after my emergency c section. Every time I moved too quickly or took too big a step my stomach would hurt and it would feel like my inside might fall out. It’s safe to say I didn’t look presentable and it didn’t help that the only clothes I could fit in and felt comfortable were my old unflattering maternity clothes due to swelling after surgery. Basically I was a mess!

By the time I became a mum a second time round all my previous preconceptions of motherhood were out of the windows and I was a single mother. That was until I met my hubby and we started a family together and got married.

So now 4 kids down the line I believe all of these bits of my life have made me realise how much it takes to be a great mum and that sometimes you just need a pat on the back for managing to make it through the day in one piece.

so here my list of 5 ways to know you cracked motherhood:

  1. When your able to some how go to the loo, while holding a clingy teething baby that will start screaming if you so much as hint at putting her down and are able to hug a stroppy toddler, who is sulky because of a reason only they know and understand.  ←  This is a win, because hey at least you were able to go to the loo.
  2. You manage to open and enjoy a bar of chocolate with out your little angels seeing, hearing or even smelling the hidden treat.  ←  As parents we all know how good are little ones are at zoning in on chocolate, so if you managed to eat 1 bar without getting caught, well done.
  3. When you able to make it out of the door in a morning with a smudge of mascara on, your hair brushed and your have matching shoes.  ←  Win!
  4. When your able to feed your baby, while talking on the phone to organise a play date for your eldest and help your toddler put their shoes on with your free hand.  ←  This is unleashing the awesome mummy powers that turn you into SuperMum!
  5. When one of your offspring grabs you and hugs you close for no reason other then to show you how much they love and missed you.  ← This is one of the best and most amazing moments in motherhood. It’s that moment when you realise you are this little persons everything and they love you just as much as you love them.

There are millions of other motherhood wins that we win every day. They don’t even need to be the big things to be a mummy win it can be the simple things like getting to drink a brew while its hot or getting to actually have a relaxing soak in the bath. A mummy win can be anything that makes you feel Proud and Happy to be a mum!mother win

What are your mummy wins that let you know you cracked motherhood?

Nikki x

 

 

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Play at Brewers Fayre at the Old Brickworks

I can not begin to explain how excited I was when I received and email offering me and my family a VIP invite to the Play at Brewers Fayre event at The Old Brickworks pub and restaurant in Drighlington, for the launch of their new Beano themed indoor play area.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

What made it even better was the fact that it was the day before mine and the Hubby’s wedding anniversary. so it meant that we could all go out for a family meal while the kids had loads of fun in the new play area.
When we arrived Dennis was stood outside waiting to meet people and take photo. The kids were thrilled and even Baby was intrigued to see who this person knew person was, instead of crying like her brothers and sister did as babies.

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The kids were blown away by the new play area and couldn’t wait to play and were itching to go explore all the new equipment. We had never been to the Brewers Fayre before so the whole experience was new to us. It was one I was excited to be taking part in.

The new area had all been designed with children in mind. There is a Toddler zone which is prefect for the little menace’s to have fun, a Treetop play house for the older one’s (height restrictions apply) and they even have a party room that has been named ‘The Den’. Which means that you can actually book the space out for your child’s birthday party. The play area is open every day from 9.30am – 8pm and its only cost £3 for 90 minutes of play. Plus you get to meet Dennis and Gnasher in person.

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As you can see the kids loved it. The day was made extra special because there was an amazing lady that who was doing some beautiful face painting. Of course P and E were straight over to get their faces done. P wanted a dinosaur, where as E went for Frozen.

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Once the kids had their fun, we decided that it was time to eat and went in the main restaurant to get our meal. I had order a chicken and bacon salad, whereas the hubby had chosen the Brewers Fayre burger. We both really enjoyed our meals and were extremely pleased. The kids ordered off the children’s menu, with P and E having The Big Bad Dog, while T and Baby had pasta meal such as Macaroni cheese and Spaghetti Beano-ese.
I only really managed to get a few picture of the food because everyone wolfed it down it was that tasty.

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The Hubby mentioned that he really loved the little extra added touch they added to the meal, such as the wrapper for the burger or how the hot dogs came in a little basket.
I was really impressed with the prices that you could get the meals. You could order off the children’s menu for £3.99 each and there is a Brewers Fayre Day Time Value offer where you can choose 2 adult main meals from a choice of 12 for just £10. Plus you can order 2 desserts for £2.(This is on weekdays only)

Brewers Fayre doesn’t just have an indoor play area though they also have an outdoor play area. For those lovely summer days when you want to let your kids run free and play while you enjoy a cheeky pint or glass of wine.

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It is safe to say that we had a really great time (I think the amount of photos I took shows that) and the Hubby was already arranging our next visit before we had even left. He has loads of ideas about use having the kids parties there too. I guess we will have to see what happens, but I know I would be more than happy go to Brewers Fayre for lunch again.

I would really recommend!

Nikki x

Disclaimer… I was not paid for this review, however we were given a complimentary meal in exchange for my honest opinion.

10 reasons I love being a Mum! 

Being a mum is one of the most time-consuming, never-ending and amazing jobs in the world. It is an honour, a privilege and a gift to be given these tiny people to look after. Sometime we are even the ones lucky enough to create these adorable wonders and sometime they not made up of our DNA but they have still the centre of our universe and unbelievable love we feel for our child is indescribable.

Even if some days they make us want to pull our hair out or we bribe them with biscuits and their favourite TV because we want 5 minutes peace, so we can go to the loo without a trail of children following and watching as we pee or even better we get to drink a hot cup of coffee before we accidentally close our eyes and wake up to realise we have drifted off and the kids decided to redecorate the living room walls or better our faces. (Or does this just happen to me?)

Now before this becomes a list of all the downfall to being a mum, I will get to my point. That even though our kids can annoy us to the point of distraction, they are still the most precious treasures we will ever be given and because of this here is my list of the reasons I love being a mum.

  1. Watching their faces light up with joy!Nothing is better than seeing my children smile. For me knowing that they are happy and seeing it on their face lets me know that even though I’m not prefect I must be doing something right.
  2. When I watch them exploring, learning and trying new thing.While doing this my children tend to make more mess then I thought possible for people so small. But as long as they are having fun I don’t really care about the mess (sometimes).
  3. Their unexpected kisses.This happens to me regularly. I will be sat playing or stood making tea and out of no where a little person will run up and plant one on me. It is the best feeling in the world to know you are that loved that they had to stop what ever they were doing just to show you they care.
  4. Their little hands.I don’t know about you but I love my children’s hands. I love holding them, tickling them and kissing them. I could stare in wonder at those tiny digits all day. I love how small they are and how perfectly they fit around my finger or in my hand.
  5. Reading them a bedtime stories.I love reading to my kids and I use to read to T and P every night without fail. But as I had more children and the kids got older, the reading started to dwindle (Mainly due to my exhaustion). It’s was something that would plague me with guilt because I knew my girls would be missing out. So at start of this year I made a vow that I would try my best to read a story or sing a lullaby to all my kids before bed on a night. (It has been broken a few times but I make up for it the next night)
  6. Watching them sleep.They look so peaceful, sweet and cute. I just get lost in their faces and before I know it, a moment has turned into and hour and I realise their asleep.
  7. I love watching them play and getting involved!Who’s says just because you have kids you can’t spend your time pulling funny face and being silly together. That just because you’re a mum now you can’t act like a loon in the street or pretend the ground shoots laser if you stand on the cracks. One of my favourite things about motherhood is watching my kids play and use their imaginations. I love taking part and playing along as they describe the adventure they are taking me on. Who says just because you get older you have to grow up!
  8. Cuddles!I don’t even think I need to give a reason for why I love this one. It’s enough said.
  9. When they want to learn from you.When your try to cook or bake or clean and you have this little person who is interested and wants to watch and help you do it. When you know in that omens that you are teaching the a life skill by baking buns or filling up the washing machine or cleaning up for themselves. It fills you with hope that they will know how to look after themselves when they inevitably grow up and leave home.
  10. The pride you feel when you realise that this amazing family is yours! And you wouldn’t trade them for the world!

 

Why do you love being a mum? 

Oh and by the way

Happy Mother’s Day 

Nikki x

The 5 chores I wish I didn’t have to do!

We all have those chores or odd jobs around the house that we completely hate! The jobs that make us groan out loud at the very thought of. 

I am no different and I have a list as long as my arm of job I can put up with but I also have a list of jobs I would avoid like the plague and I am more then happy to past off to my hubby or I will leave them until they really need to be done or even better I just won’t do them at all!
(I know that makes me sound really bad but not all of these job at that important)


So here my list

  • The Washing Up

I completely hate the washing up with a passion but with 7 of us living in 1 house. It not exactly something that can be left. Luckily for me though it was a job my hubby happily agreed too and I very nearly had it write in to our wedding vow.
“I promise to love, honour and always wash up” has a catching ring to it wouldn’t you say?

  • Pairing socks

In this house it’s a fend for yourself kind of approach to pairing socks. I just can’t stand sitting there pairing and matching socks because you are never fully finished because there is always those few left over singles that you can never find the match to. It infuriate me, so instead of putting myself through the undo stress of marrying socks. I just put them all in a basket and you fend for yourself and if you find a pair, BONUS!

  • Ironing

Some people say they love ironing but I just do not see the appeal. Specially when I know my kids will just end up rolling around creasing them again or shoving them in a draw very untidily. I save my time and sanity and only iron if I have too or I’ll ask the hubby to do it.

  • Scrubbing the toilet

I think this is a universal one for most people. I know it needs doing and I will do it if and when I have too, but it a very unpleasant experience. Specially when I have 2 boys at home that seriously need to work on their target practise.

  • Sorting through the clutter

This is one of those tedious jobs that I hate. Mainly because of the constant onslaught of paper work I get given for the kids school or hospital appointments. Then there is the fact that they never stop growing out of clothes or  mixing up and breaking their toys. Which means that at least once a month I have to go on a declutter mission that ends up taking hours or sometimes days out of my life. Just for the clutter to re-accumulate within a matter of days.

So there you go my lists of job that I despise having to do but will do if I have too. (Well apart from the socks, I’m just not going there)

Do you have any jobs that you hate?

Is there any job you won’t do?

And who does them for you, if you don’t?

Nikki x

 

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