Monday, 15 October 2012

Secret Santa - Last Call & Rocking My World Friday

Hello everyone :) Quickie mention that tonight is the closing for the sign up to Secret Santa. If you fancy playing along you can read all about it (and see who is taking part) here.

Next up is time for my slightly late Rocking Friday post :) Where I look back and list all the things (that I remember) that made me smile during the past week - no matter how big or small. I can't stress what a positive effect this has had on my outlook since I started playing along. If you'd like to join in and link up too, just click the below picture to be taken to Virginia's blog. Any time during the week - doesn't have to be Friday - as I am often testament to ;)


A week for visitors! First up - a very, very quick but very welcome visit from Donna last weekend. She was in Kent doing a workshop at the new Artistic Stamper shop and detoured past my house on the way home for a quick hello and dropping off of gorgeous gift. Thank you Donna - was lovely to see you! 

Then another Donna, my sister, all the way from Scotland. She was down in Kent to bring my niece to London for her birthday - Phantom of the Opera - very nice. We got a visit from her before they headed home again and she came with Talon, my nieces 6 month old son. This meant Craig and I elbowing each other out of the way for cuddles. I have so forgotten what to do with babies :) It was lovely and he's such a cutey-pie!
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Postman delivered a lovely package from Sue. She had already very kindly said she was going to send me some spare paint she had... but also nestled inside my package, wrapped in tissue paper, was this A4 sized journal which Sue had decorated the cover of. Isn't it gorgeous? 



















I can't wait to have a play in it. Thank you Sue - very unexpected but very, very much appreciated. Such a sketchbook/journal addict and this one is perfect! And also for the paint too! 
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Due date is looming. Wednesday is the day. Midwife appointment on the Wednesday morning but if no signs then I'll be having my inducement day booked, just in case, for two weeks later. I really don't know now whether I think I'll go the whole two weeks late or not now. For the past week, of an evening,  I've been getting severe back pains that get closer and closer together - we get to 15 minutes apart and then it just stops and goes back to being my normal constant back ache. I think this child is a big old tease!

Either way, bags are packed, camera is charged, people on stand by for emergency phone calls. I think we are as ready as we can be :) It all feels very surreal at the moment and even though we were trying for ages and I've been a grumpy old mare for 9 months... it still doesn't feel real that we will have a baby here soon... eep!
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Some quickies...
  • Lovely sunny October weather, in-between the rain showers, making for lovely strolls with Ruby Monster on her bike
  • Carrot cake from Craig, picked up on his way home from the Post Office ;)
  • My family, always. Either making me smile, laugh or just helping out with the dishes
  • The Wednesday Whine girls on FB for just being there
  • You Tube, The Trodden Path group and everyone in Blogland for providing easy inspiration and viewing when I'm to tired to do much more than click a mouse
  • Cooper the Piddly Pooper for being my shadow these past couple of weeks and providing (mostly stink free) hugs...
And that I think will do me for this week :) Thank you as always for stopping by - how has your week been?

15 comments:

  1. Hi Carmen, glad to see you resting while you can! Tomorrow is a good date for a birthday, 16th would have been my Mum's...! I have for once had a good week (well Saturday) as you have seen the pictures to prove!!! Sending hugs your way..x

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  2. Hold on until the 25th and then Bubba can share my b'day!!
    So pleased you liked the journal...it was a labour of love..:)
    Some really nice gratefuls there Carmen - how lovely to have visitors and some nice weather and carrot cake.....can I borrow Craig??? lol Mine isn't much good on the cake providing front!
    Hugs xx
    p.s. really love the photo of you and Cooper....it made me sigh and smile.

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  3. hooray for the various visiting Donnas :) and for your lovely parcel with the unexpected sketchbook inside, what a nice gift!

    Love the photo of you and Coops :)

    Just think, by the time you write your next RYWF post, you might have a baby on your lap! :D

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  4. A double dose of the Donnas, hurrah!! Susie's journal is perfect for you, suitably crow'ish and Poe'ish.

    I love the photo of you and Cooper. The things a dog has to do, eh?!

    Carrot cake, mmmmmmmmmm. I haven't had carrot cake in such a long time. CRAIG, get me some carrot cake NOW!!!!!!

    xxxx

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  5. Yet another posting full of smiles....brilliant. I'm waiting on the edge of my seat for news of the little man's safe arrival....won't be long now :-):-)
    Hugs,
    A x

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  6. Lovely to hear of your antics this week and what a great sketchbook... lucky girl!! I know what you mean about having a baby impossible to imagine life with before and impossible to life without after..... may be your last post for a while so wish you all the very best for the new arrival and look forward to reading all about it soon!!

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  7. What a fab week and eeeekkkk Wednesday??? I can't believe it's that close!!! Well maybe this weeks post will truly rock??? :D xxx

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  8. hey (: i sent you an email because i can't remember if i gave you my new email address for the secret santa thingie.
    maybe it went to your spam - i seem to land in spam folders often (:

    xxa

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  9. I just came over because I was wondering if you had had an arrival while I have gone quiet...a fantastic week, and I am thinking of you.

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  10. Ah a fabulous post as always, loving that photo of your and Cooper! Meetings with two Donna's sounds awesome and cuddles with babies too! Glad everything is on stand by for you - I should imagine it is quite surreal at the moment waiting for bubba to arrive, enjoy the time that you have at the moment I'm sure he'll be here very very soon.

    Much love as always

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  11. Nearly there..nearly there..it's so exciting!

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  12. Hi Carmen, so lovely to "meet" you...and at such an exciting time too! :) I love that your sweetheart brings you home some carrot cake...reminds me of the time I used to get haribo brought home....but even that is a dim and distant past hehe! Also love your sweet whiskery friend :) That feeling of waiting is the strangest thing, but as soon as your babe is nestled in your arms you can't remember anything else :)so exciting! Big hugs xx

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  13. Hi Carmen, so lovely to "meet" you...and at such an exciting time too! :) I love that your sweetheart brings you home some carrot cake...reminds me of the time I used to get haribo brought home....but even that is a dim and distant past hehe! Also love your sweet whiskery friend :) That feeling of waiting is the strangest thing, but as soon as your babe is nestled in your arms you can't remember anything else :)so exciting! Big hugs xx

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  14. Just dropped by to say that if your little bundle does not turn up to day he better wait another two weeks and give you a halloween baby boy ...he needs a special birthday. xx

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  15. I did want too, but it would stretch me thin, (actually that sound like a GOOD reason to do it), nope, must be honest - I would struggle and it should be fun.

    thank you thought,

    dxxx

    ps do you have a born baby yet?

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