Oooh where to begin? Somewhere... because I want to be on time today :D
Firstly - fabulous snail mail again! Lovely, lovely Sian saw the blanket my sister made for bubba and made a gorgeous little skull & cross bones hat in the same colours. Honestly, my picture does it no justice - the purple is much deeper and richer in real life. It's so soft and snuggly and down right adorable! This is being sneaked into my hospital bag pronto!
She also made such a cute little hat with teeny ear flaps and all. So, so cute!
(My pictures are so rubbish - but I love my model, this is my stash egg where I save £1 coins for paint *g*)
Thank you so much Sian - I'll say it again, this little one is being so spoilt!
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These three monsters all went back to school this week! Pheebs started high school (or the Academy as it's now called!) And Ruby started 'big school.' (Primary) Ruby is still half days for the next week to get her used to it but then she goes full time, all day! Methinks we'll have a tired monster for the first few weeks then. They all seem to have enjoyed their first few days back even if only to catch up with their friends :)
It was very quiet at first, even Cooper was moping around and whining, not sure what to do. Even though Craig works from home, he's out the back in his office for the majority of the day so it was strange just me and the hound looking at each other. I almost put Cbeebies on for him...
But then, then we embraced the quiet. Cooper stretched out on the back of the sofa, sunbathing, safe in the knowledge he wasn't about to be catapulted off. I relished the sound of... silence. No TV, maybe the occassional bit of bird song. And today... today I got my paints out for ME! They are sadly depleted and in need of restock as the girls have been using them all summer. (Will have to drop some major hints at C-word time!) But it was pure, pure bliss!
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Asda has been pretty cool this week. (For my international visitors, Asda is a Supermarket, one of the more competitive... I think they might be part of the Wal-mart group now? Did I see that on one of their signs?)
Anyway - we managed to get the girls school bags there quite reasonably and then we spotted some Olympic stuff reduced, so look what Craig bought me...
Olympic Duckie! Reduced to £1.25! :D
We popped in there again today as I had spotted some sketch/note books on our last visit and wanted a closer look. They're pretty cool. I forgot to take pictures and it's to dark now... but they look like Moleskines. Leatherette cover with elastic to hold closed. Really thick creamy paper inside and expanding pockets inside the covers. Sound like Moleskines too don't they? They're not, obviously. They're just Asda brand. But I picked up an A4 sized one for Ruby's birthday at the end of the month (£4.00!!) and an A5 one for me to have a play around in. (£2.00!!!) Craig walked away in the end as I was standing there gabbling about how much they would be if they actually were Moleskines and what a bargain they were. But they are aren't they? I think I need to go back and buy a few more - it would be daft not to don't you think?
Anyway - this is why we have bought Ruby a new large book. This is her old one, an A5 sized book that's she's had since she could toddle...
I love it to pieces but I think she definitely needs a new one to play in :)
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Talking of Ruby and her art - I framed her masterpiece this week. I personally think it looks amazing and she's chuffed to bits that we framed it. It now takes pride of place on the shelves above my desk. My Dad wants one for Christmas I think, judging from what he was saying yesterday. He ain't getting this one!
... ... ... ... ...Other things this week... A lovely surprise today, I found out I'd won a spot on an online Fresco style painting workshop from Joyce's blog. Lovely jubbly - can't wait to start that!
A really nice midwife appointment that resulted in my thinking about training in midwifery in the future. It's something I've often thought about, for many years, and she was very encouraging. As was Craig when I put all joking aside and we thought about it. Wouldn't happen in earnest till bubba was at least 4 or 5 but there are things I can do now to make a start - like improve my maths etc. Is something to think on anyway.
Devvie helping out with dinners this week, much appreciated - the dreaded lethargy has come back in full force of an afternoon and I usually just zonk out for a nap around 4pm! She's actually cooking really tasty meals - she better watch out - I might let her do it full time :D
Autumnal hints. The leaves are starting to change colour. Yay! Hoping it brings with it the cooler weather. I love Autumn, my favourite time of year!
Looking back on old Rocking posts. I was trying to remember when we last saw my friend Lesley. She lives in Scotland and is hopefully coming down to see us soon. (2 YEARS Lesley! How can it be that long?) And I just got engrossed in reading back on past posts, and remembering. And smiling at things I'd forgotten. I love this little weekly exercise, I really do.
Seeing my friend Cas for a cuppa - she lives quite near me but what with one thing and another weeks usually turn into months before we see each other. So it's really lovely to have a catch up when we do!
Lovely things people do - certain family/friends. I'd just like to say that small things people say and do - they really can have a huge impact. It might seem a small thing you are offering or giving or doing or just saying but it means such a lot. I don't even know if they know how lovely what they do is... or if they know I mean them... or if I am making any sense at all... but thank you!
And I'm waffling. So I think that'll do me...
Thank you for stopping by - how was your week? I'm off to link up with Virginia, why not pop over and join us?