Dublin 2017


Yesterday the day finally arrived for our trip to Dublin.We started planning it last year and it has been eagerly awaited.

 I was up and uncharacteristically ready~not just on time but early!We made it to the airport in good time and after a few giggles with me getting to grips with looking in the right direction for my picture to be taken for my boarding pass and a quick pat down at security we were good to go.

We had a stroll around duty free and found Starbucks for some coffee before our flight.

Now flying isn’t exactly my favourite thing in the world and it’s fair to say I was feeling a bit green before we boarded but once we had taken off I was fine, they even made a birthday announcement for little old me after we had landed!!

The girls had made me a birthday t.shirt to wear on the flight, which I did but I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when after we had landed in Dublin and had a quick toilet stop they all appeared out of the cubicles wearing matching personalised t-shirts too!!
We then hopped onto a bus which took us to our apartment.Once settled~we decided we ought to go and get some food and perhaps more importantly some alcohol!! Two of us went to do that whilst the other two stayed back.
I was greeted by another surprise on our return as they had been busy decorating the apartment with wonderful photos of some great times we have shared, also birthday bunting and photo props.


I was also given a fab bright pink ‘hangover hoody’ which I’m sure will not only be very apt but also very useful over the next few days.

Once again they surprised me when I came back in by all three of them sitting lined up on the sofa wearing matching hoodies too he he.

After a quick dinner and a few drinks we had fun playing who/what am I, then decided to pop out for a wander.

This wander took us to a local pub were we sang and danced to our hearts content to some amazing live music.

We arrived home in the early hours of the morning, tired but definitely smiling. My feet were filthy from going out in flip~flops, it’s safe to say it’s was a fantastic day and evening.

As I lay in bed writing all this and thinking about everything, I know I am very lucky to have such wonderful friends~they have been here for me through thick and thin, the good, the bad and quite frankly some damn right awful times.

Come rain or shine we always end up smiling and I am touched that they have not only come to Dublin to celebrate with me but also put so much time and effort in to all the lovely things they have done for me.

Ladies this ones for you~here’s to the best friends anyone could ask for.❤️x

 

Flying by 

The countdown is well and truly on,In less than 24hrs I will be in Dublin.

And not to wish the time away but when we arrive back it’ll be less than 24hrs before I turn 40!!

 I have been debating triple checking my birth certificate just in case a mix up or misprint has occurred and I am in fact younger!

Funnily enough it’s also my nieces birthday on the very same day~she will be 18yrs.

She was born on my 22nd birthday and for the last 18yrs it’s been a running joke that we will turn 18 and 40 on the same day~I am not finding that quite so humorous now the day is approaching!

The time has of course sped by and a lot of things have changed in those 18yrs for both of us.

I have watched her grow up into a wonderful, beautiful young lady with a fantastic future ahead of her and I know I speak for all of us when I say everyone is very proud of her.

Of course I know that turning 40 won’t be any different it’s only a number and all that business but it’s just unbelievable how time just passes in the blink of an eye.

Still before I become officially 40 I have a fab few days away with my wonderful friends to look forward to. Dublin here we come!❤️x

  

That crazy little thing called life 

In life there will always be things you want and things you need.

There will also always be things that you can never have regardless of being wanted or needed.

These things aren’t just material things either,they might be feelings, emotions, the need to be understood when nothing seems clear.

However life isn’t simple it isn’t straightforward and it certainly isn’t easy. It’s true that life is what you make of it but at the same time, it’s the things that life itself throws at us that makes us the people we are right at this very moment.

We could spend a lifetime trying to understand things and looking for understanding from others but those things aren’t always in our control. 

Each and everyone of us is different and that’s what makes the world a special place.

Sometimes we need to take a step back, believe in ourselves, make our own decisions and be brave, stop looking for someone else to make those decisions for us. 

At times it maybe hard to see others point of view or for them to understand how and why we do the things we do but the ones who truly matter in life will always support you regardless if they agree or disagree.

They will be there to lend an ear or give a hug when needed.

Follow your heart and your dreams, and take every opportunity of happiness, however and whenever it presents itself.

Much love ❤️x

Thankful 

Today coffee and lucozade will be my favourite things~they do not encourage me to dance around,singing at the top of my voice, or make me believe that a Facebook live all about ham sandwiches would be a good idea.
They certainly do not give me a headache either!

On a positive note it’s a beautiful day~so I have taken my hangover out into the garden to get some much needed fresh air.

I’ve sat myself down with my feet up in a vague attempt at getting some sun on my half brown/half white legs, if I could even up my tan that would be great.

I am also reflecting on last night.It was another great night,wonderful company food and far too much to drink. Lots and lots of laughter and giggles and a long walk home in the pitch black!

I think it’s fair to say I’m happy with life right now~not just happy very happy. I feel blessed to share my life with everyone who is in it.

I shall continue to clear my head in this lovely sunshine and then start getting myself organised for Dublin~another amazing adventure which starts in only 4 days, I know it’s going to be great and lots more memories will be made.❤️x

 

One of those days 

My day started well~ I am so pleased to now have 200 likes on my blog Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/heartskipsabeat21/that really made me smile, I’m proud of my little blog and everyone’s support means a lot.

This was followed by having 20 minutes to get ready before going to meet my boyfriend for coffee. Well just to be true to form I spent at least 30 minutes sorting my blog out, so I literally left the house looking like I had been pulled out of bed~ a look I totally rocked of course( in my dreams!).

After going home and catching on last nights soaps I popped out to get some alcohol for tonight~I should really of stocked up with painkillers too for the inevitable headache tomorrow morning!!

Unfortunately on my return from the shops I managed to scrape my car along the porch wall on my driveway. The very same driveway that I park on every single day, not quite sure how I managed to misjudge it but trust me to do it in style.


To say I’m not thrilled would be an understatement, it’s a good job we have a nice evening out planned with good friends and plenty of alcohol to ease the pain.

Still if I don’t laugh I’ll cry so never mind, I’ve got less than four hours to get ready so if I start now I might just make it on time!❤️x

So far so good

So far the summer holidays are going well. Yesterday however In my own true style I managed to get myself stuck in the garage.
I was caught in between balancing a bed frame in one hand and a child’s bike in the other, the kids typically were nowhere to be seen.

Fortunately I somehow managed to wedge the bed back into place and climbed over the stuff I had moved to get the bike out in the first place~it’s safe to say that nothing is ever straight forward when it involves me! 

I did manage to cut the grass and give the garden a tidy before the rain made a dramatic appearance.

The children went out of for the evening so I popped over for a much needed catch up with my fabulous friend who gave me a lovely cup with such true words on it. She came to my rescue also as just before I left her house I got a text to say I was going out for dinner cue a quick raid of her wardrobe!


I had a lovely eve and am feeling blessed to have such lovely people in my life. 

I was also given a beautiful canvas with some lovely pictures of our holiday to Wales~wonderful memories to treasure.

This morning I appear to be super organised having made a casserole already which is currently in the oven, I’ve been to Tescos twice and have organised things to do this afternoon. Just hoping that the weather stays dry and the kids don’t start arguing~sounds to good to be true? We shall see!

Happy Thursday everyone.❤️x

Don’t forget to say I love you 

I decided to share this~my daughter made this for me for Christmas and I think it’s just beautiful.

We never see ourselves how others see us, and how often do we ever tell others nice things about them?

It’s fair to say reading these lovely words made me cry and reading them again today brought a tear to my eye. Living with a teenager isn’t always easy to say the least but there is always something to smile about and little things really do mean a lot.

Life is far too short to be anything but happy so don’t forget to say ‘I love you’to those you hold dear and care about.❤️x

Monday is here again 

Monday morning started with a bad head and no milk not exactly a winning combination but the kids let me have a lay in so it wasn’t all bad.

This afternoon we had a quick wander along the seafront and then the kids went in the arcade to spend a small fortune on winning tickets.

This was followed by another swimming pool~thankfully for me and everyone else I’m fully clothed and watching my girl have her swimming lesson.

It is as hot as ever in here which does make the water seem inviting but none the less I’m happier on the side! I’m feeling my age though as the swimming teacher looks very young~although anyone under the age of 30 does to be fair!

Speaking of age the countdown is well and truly on for our girls trip to Dublin I cannot believe it’s only 10 days away and I can’t wait, although when I get back it’ll only be one day until the big 40 eek.

Still there’s lots of cliches and sayings ‘ life begins at 40’ and ‘naughty forties’ if life carries on as it is now I’ll certainly be very happy.

❤️x

Inflatable fun


This afternoon we went to an outdoor swimming pool,it’s fair to say that swimming isn’t my favourite activity but once I’m there I always enjoy it.

I’m not quite sure what’s worse really.         

                                                      1.Having to walk around half naked.

2.Not being able to wear make up as you don’t want it smudged all over your face.

3. Wearing your hair up but it still gets soaked and then when left to dry naturally you look as if you’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards! 

Despite all that the sun shone for a while and the kids enjoyed it so I can’t really complain.

We headed for the local chip shop afterwards as we needed to warm up~simply had to be chips and curry sauce yum yum.

This was followed by a film at home which I just about managed to stay awake for,the kids then decided they clearly love being cold and wet so went outside to play with yet more water! Then after a wonderful talent show that thankfully I wasn’t required to join in for, we have had a relaxing evening, recharging our batteries to go and do it all again tomorrow~well not the swimming thank goodness he he.

You’ve got to love the summer holidays.❤️x