Monday, 30 December 2013

10 reasons I loved 2013

Every year people start the new year with the thought of "this year is going to be my year". And then the year happens, and it has its usual highs, and lows, and usually balances out in the end. Well not this year for me. This year, for me was the best one. It was one with so many milestones and amazing things. This year is one I wont be forgetting in a hurry.

To get you to realise this, I need to let you in on the reasons why this year has been so amazing. I have put, in no particular order, 10 reasons why this year was my year.

1, My beautiful Motherdear turned 50. We did her a little surprise party, and she loved it. We also went to visit the big bro in Wales, and I loved it. I love my family, and because she didn't have the best 40th, it was amazing to see her happy and doing something she really really loves for her 50th!

2, So the first half of this year, I worked as a youthworker, with the most amazing youth. They impacted my life more than I did theirs. I loved every second of it, and I miss them now, so much.

3, My bestie in the whole wide world came back from being in Africa for a year, working with people out there, teaching children, delivering babies. I am so proud of the person she has become, and what she did out there, but boy! I was so happy to get her back!

4, I got a sister! The big bro got married, and I blubbed the whole time. I was so proud of both of them, and I'm so proud of the man my bro has become. He is my fave 23 year old man, defo.

5, I started Uni! I've been going to a bible college in the beautiful English hills, and whilst it's hard work being a student, I've met so many amazing people! I honestly don't know how I got so blessed to meet so many fricking brilliant people. People that put a smile on my face, and bring light to my life.

6, I found a boy who is incredible. A boy who makes me feel like I'm the only girl. A boy who I can be a goof with. A boy who is hot, yet he's such a cutiepie. A boy who listens to me get stressy over the little things, then sits with me to cheer me up. A boy who isn't afraid to tell me when I'm being an idiot. A boy who loves Jesus just as much as I do. A boy who I love.

7, My 11 year old brother started high school! How did he get so big?! In my head he's still a chirpy 4 year old obsessed with Duplo.

8, I went to a Christian festival, Momentum, and it was so overwhelming. I let so many things that weren't good for me go, and got so much closer to God. It was good.


9, Motherdear met a man, who she loves. He's amazing, and we all love him. He's such a good person to be there for the boys, and I'm so happy for her.

10, And finally, Jottings of Love. I started this blog in June, because I want to remember all the little things. The things that I usually forget about. I want to read back over things, and think, "Yeah, that was a really good time", and I really felt this year I've been able to do this, with the help of this blog, and I'm so looking forward to the next year, aaaand documenting it here!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Last day

So for the last day of my first term at uni,  I ate lots of chocolate, hoovered around the feet of the boys that were hanging out in our room - Jon, James, Joe, and watched Bugsy Malone, WITH SING-A-LONG!! Forgot how good it was.
Ended the academic year in style!


Now for the last of Christmas shopping with these monsters.....



Thursday, 12 December 2013

All nighter essay writing..

So after a stressful week of trying to write a research paper on election, predestination and how it relates to the Christian doctrine of salvation, and then linking it to the evangelistic task of the church. Yeah I don't understand it either, and I've written 2000 words on it...

Last night, Lizzie my roommate, Jon, Jimmy and I decided to stay up super late to finish our papers. It was a lot of fun. Jon finished at 3:30, lucky whatsit, but Jimmy, Lizzie and I stayed awake, alert and enthusiastic for the whoooole night, and we FINISHED! Booom!!

Highlights include:

  • Lizzie and I being slugs on the library at 5am.
  • Jimmy walking down the hall way, swinging his arms, singing MJ's Bad.
  • Having a dance session to Heather Smalls' Proud, after we'd finished at 6am.
  • Watching 2 sessions of Miranda because we'd finished by 6, but had 2 hours to spare because breakfast starts at 8, and we wanted to catch breakfast!
  • Having a full English, and being the most awake for breakfast I've been everrrr.
I love my friends. Special bigup to Jon and Joe, who made me feel better when I was stressed and sad.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Today was a good day....

This morning I followed Josh around after spending last night hiding all his left shoes. We sent him off on a wild goosechase around the campus, with clues, to get him back for pranking me a few weeks ago.
 
Then lunch was tomato and basil soup. It's the little things in life.
Then I went and had a tea at the local café with Rosie and Kirsty.  I had teapigs winter spice tea. It was amazing. So cinnamony. Don't even care if that's not a word, I can't stop thinking about how good that tea was. So fitting for coming up to Christmas!
Then I rang ma big bro, and we had a long chat.

Then we decided to go on into the student lounge and watch the proposal, then we got kicked out because some other people wanted to watch Hazza Potter after. So we decided to go to Morrisons and then McDonalds.
Then we came back and watched What Happens in Vegas - one of my faves.

That was my day.  It was relaxing and a lot of fun. Sometimes you need days like that!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Backwards and forwards

Backwards: pulling an all nighter with Jon, Josh and Jimmy, watching the whole season of New Girl. It took us from 8:00pm to 5:30am, and it was a lot of fun.

Forwards: doing my devised theatre performance with the rest of the performing arts peeps. I'm excited to see everyone's pieces!  


Sunday, 17 November 2013

Swapping of the rooms...

So after a day of shopping for my duologue costume, (I'm playing Eve, as she finds out Cain has killed able... It's a lot of fun) so I came back and I walk into my room. 

So I'm looking at my bed thinking,  "What?! That's not my duvet! Where's my duvet gone?!"
Then I hear Rosie screaming, "LAVINIA ALL MY STUFF'S GONE!  AND ALL YOUR STUFF IS IN HERE"

I then take a closer look and realise all her stuff is in my room! It was as if I had never lived there and rosie had been there the whole time!
Three boys has realised, whilst we were out, that our doors were open, and they decided to switch our rooms perfectly, with everything in the right places, into the other rooms. It was perfect, except, our stuff were in the wrong rooms!

We knew who the culprits were, so we ran and got them to help us move it all back. 

It was a brilliant prank and fair play to them, but watch this space, we will get vengeance!!


Friday, 1 November 2013

After the crash

So being at bible college is amazing. There is so much to do, and I'm never bored or feeling alone. I'm never feeling like I'm not learning anything about God, there is so many opportunities to learn more and more about this creator God who made music and stars and hills and the wind. This is brilliant. This is amazing. 

But. You knew there was a but! 

I never have any time to myself. I feel like this week especially there has been so much going on, and I haven't had time to process it, or think it all through. In the middle of a prayer session I walked out, and decided I was going to have some time, alone with God and my thoughts, and I'm going to get this out onto here, and then maybe I can make more sense of it...

There are four things that have made me think this week.. Four different things that have jumbled into one, and now I am going to make sense of it. 

So Saturday I went back to Northampton, it was a lot of fun, I surprised Kel for her 21st, and saw Mum, Geoff, Elliot, Oscar and Isaac. Then on the way back, with five of us in the car, it started raining and it was dark. Next thing we know, the car was skidding out of control, and we had a crash. I was asleep, so all I remember is the driver saying, "sorry guys" then a lot of smacking into things, and then a big smack at the end. It was actually a really serious thing, like we should definitely have flipped in the car and smacked into a whole lot more things. God definitely had his hand on us. I got away with minor whiplash, and the others had other minor injuries.
Although it was a horrendous experience, it was amazing to know that God cares for us. He was so in that situation, it's unreal. He was so there for us. He pretty much guided the car. 
But he's a big God. He cares about little old me? A sinner? A 'same as everyone else' girl, from a small estate in a town in the UK? Amazing.

Then in devotions yesterday, one of my lecturers was speaking. He said, "Bible college is just preparing you behind the scenes, for the battle ground out there."
This really made me think. I'd never thought of the outside world as a battle ground, but it pretty much is. It's us Christians against the world Satan has a hold of. It's us Christians against the world that we aren't a part of. Yes we're in the world, but we're not of the world. It kind of reminded me of the matrix, in that the people in the 'real world' are fighting against the people who are in the matrix, and don't know anything different, then the agents can take any person in any shape. It's kind of the same in this world. Satan can grip any one who doesn't know God. Anyone who doesn't know God, doesn't know anything different, so can be taken hold of by Satan.


Then there was a prayer session this evening, and in amongst the praying and worship someone stood up, and asked us, "who is God to you?" Like not who the bible says he is, not who other people say he is, but what has he done in your life specifically, to show you who he is?!
So I thought I really wanted to do that, so here goes.

God is my protector.
       - car crash
He is my sorter-outer.
      - I give things to him, and put them in his hands, and he always seems to sort it out
He is my Daddy.
     - I have the best Dad in the world. He loves me more than I could ever imagine, and if my relationship with my earthly father isn't the best, that's ok! Because my relationship with Jesus is the best. 
God is my listener.
     - Always.
He is the giver of amazing things.
       - My brothers. My Mumma. My friends. My singing.
God is my whisperer.
     - Always what I need to here, when I need to hear it.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

In da hotel

This week has been one of business.

So this week, we were asked to move out of our comfy room in halls because there had been a mishap, and a conference had been booked in our rooms. We were told that in return we could check into a 4* hotel for the 4 days the conference would be in our rooms. We accepted knowing that although it would be nuisance, it would be an adventure, and tried to look on the bright side.

So Wednesday morning, we started packing. There was a lot of loud singing and dancing to Mambo No 5, and other such songs, but between us, Lizzie (my roomate) and I got it down, and all our our stuff went into multiple boxes and bin bags.
Thursday night we, along with the rest of Baird House, then went along to the hotel. Oh my giddy gosh, we almost had a heart attack... We had unlimited internet, and a tv!! 

Then we went and got lots of foods and wine and watched pitch perfect. It was so much fun.

Then, the next night we went to spoons, came back and watched the woman in black, which,  the less said about that the better. I pooed myself! 

It was an amazing few days, an adventure. I'm glad I'm back in room 102 of Baird House now though.  I feel like I'm home. 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Bad day

So as well as this blog being my diary of stuff I love, and things that make me happy, sometimes, when I've had one of those days, I'd like to vent out all my frustrations here. Cool.

So right now, I am sitting in bed, with a herbal tea. I couldn't tell you what tea, because there's so many weird sounding fruits written on the packet. 
So my story all started really when I went to bed too late last night. I was chatting with friends, and we let time run away with us, only getting up to go to bed when we realised it was half one in the morning. So it was then really hard for me to get out of bed at half seven this morning. I woke up tired, and I attended my first lecture tired. Rookie mistake. But that wasn't just it. I have had freshers flu. I know. It's been bad. My nose has been stuffy, I've got a ridiculous tickly cough and my tooth has been aching. Also, in my bid to stay awake, I drank way too much coffee. So there I was, in this lecture, headache, sniffly, coughing, toothache, and squirming because I needed the loo. It was bad. 

Doesn't just stop there, though. Oh no. 
I then decided to do some work, and I went off to the library. That was ok. I then remembered I needed to do my washing. I went on a little break to the laundry room, and stuck my clothes in, lovely. (oh, the life of a student) Then, after an hour, I went back to put my clothes in the dryer. This was when it happened. The thieving little thing stole my £1, and DIDN'T EVEN DRY MY CLOTHES!!!!!! It just sucked the money right in, and didn't even acknowledge it. So now my undies and stuff are drying in my bathroom, on the towel rack. It's gunna stink like mould, and there aint nuttink I can do about it. 
I'm going to bed now, g'night. 

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Backwards and forwards 2

Backwards: so this week was my freshers week. It was a lot of fun. I've met so many inspirational people, people that have made me roll around on the floor whilst crying with laughter. It's been one of the best weeks ever.

Forwards: I'm looking forward to starting lectures, and getting in the swing of a propper timetable with lectures and stuff. Lotsa fun to be had!

Pic: panorama shot of all the peeps pulling faces


Thursday, 26 September 2013

Uni first thoughts..

So. Uni has started. It's only the middle of freshers week at the moment,  but as far as I can tell, I'm going to love it here. I just feel like I'm home.  I feel like I've been living here for ages. I have a bad cold and sore throat, but that's not getting me down, oh no!
The other students here are amazing, people who I know I am going to make long lasting friendships with. I'm excited for what the future has!
I'm excited to start learning more and more, and build my relationship with God.
And if that wasn't enough, the place is incredible. The grounds are so beautiful. Like overwhelming how amazing it looks.  Can't actually get my head around it. Wow.
So I'm off to bed, 7.00 start for me!





Sunday, 22 September 2013

Backwards and forwards

Backward: whilst nursing our full stomachs after the first roast after the summer, (it's weird to have a roast in the heat, right?) listening to Isaac in the next room talking and playing a game by himself. It was so cute! He won't stay that little for long! He's already 7 next month! Another thing was the amazing below pic I took of him and Elliot. They're crazy. I'ma miss 'em!

Forward: embalking on my new adventure, in Worcestershire. I should really learn how to spell that instead of relying on autocorrect!


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Uni thoughts..


So I'm sitting in bed, it's 25 to midnight, and I'm watching Friends (surprise, surprise). It's six days till I leave for Uni, and I thought this was the best time to tell you all about my feelings for Uni. This is blog was created mainly as a diary, and when I look back at my time at Uni, I want this to be where I start. At the beginning, with my real thoughts. 

At the moment, when people ask me, "Are you excited for uni?" I smile, nod my head, and say, "Yeah, I'm really excited." This isn't entirely true. 

Whilst I am very excited for this new chapter in my life, I am also feeling a lot of other emotions mixed in there. I'm feeling nervous, scared, lonely, sadness, anticipation, curiosity and hope. Let me elaborate. 

Nervous: Self explanatory. It's a big change and I'm going to be sharing a bedroom with someone I don't yet know. Eeek!

Scared: I'm studying Theology and Performing Arts. And whilst I've done, and enjoy performing arts, I've never done anything theology-wise before. What if I don't understand stuff that everyone else does? What if they all know a lot more than me before we start? Whilst I love reading the stories in the bible, and finding more and more about God, doing it in an formal education setting scares me.

Lonely: This is something I'm doing all on my own. Mum's going to take me next Monday, then she's going to leave me there. Then it's all down to me. For someone who comes from a big family, I hate silence. I hate being on my own. This will be a test for sure.

Sadness: I'm extremely close to my Mum and brothers. I'm going to miss them so much, and this is kind of the start of me being a proper grown up, not just by age, and I'm not going to live with them any more. 

Anticipation: As well as being a bit of a Debbie Downer on this situation, I'm also very much looking for ward to it. I know this experience is going to be a good one in the long run. Maybe not for the first bit, but definitely in the long run.

Curiosity: I'm going to meet so many new people, and I'm going to learn so much about myself as a person. I'm excited for that part of it.

Hope: I know this is going to be good, and I'm going to look back on my Uni times when I'm 60, and go, "Yeah, those three years were the best!" I'm living in that hope.

But mostly, when it all comes down to it, I think I'm just worrying about stepping into the unknown. I don't have a clue what to expect, and it's going to be so different. I know, though that God's going to be guiding me through this, and it's going to be a test.

HERE'S TO THE NEXT THREE YEARS!!!!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Time with Zaccy

This past week I have been getting up super early, to take my youngest brother to school. It's been so amazing for me to spend that time with him. Especially as it's only a week till I move to Worcestershire! 
That being said, I am very much looking forward to lay-ins next week when the child minder takes over!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Momentum 2013

So, I've just been to Momentum. I say just, but it was actually 4 days ago now. I'm just so tired! I haven't really been able to catch up on sleep since! I feel so exhausted! And because we snacked constantly throughout the 6 days, I am now constantly hungry! So hard to get back into the swing of things after just 6 days off, eh?

So onto the good stuff!

The actual festival was actually incredible. Definitely next year! I loved it so much and learnt so much. 

The first two days were about being in a community, and that we all need community around us to keep us in check, and to help us through our own journey with God. We need people around us to discuss with and to make sure we're not lonely. So many Christians think all we need is God, and that we shouldn't need anyone else, and that is SO NOT TRUE! Jesus himself had twelve friends to stay around him. That doesn't mean we don't need to have alone time with God, course not! But we do need people around us. 

Then I learnt so much about God and homosexuality, and how the church as a whole have gone round it so so so so so much the wrong way. They pick and choose 'sins' and forget that there are actual people with actual feelings behind the act. It's not just a sin. There was a man there who took two seminars, and he was gay, and married with two children. He was only still there in the church because he was supported by the leaders of his church who taught him the proper biblical principles on homosexuality, but also led him to make his own decisions. Don't you think God is big enough for that?! 

Then Bobby from Chicago came and told an amazing story about healing THREE DIFFERENT PEOPLE on one plane ride. How amazing is Jesus?! 'Faith' is spelt R-I-S-K. 

Then there was an amazing preach on theology of work, and how we should worship God with our work lives. Work isn't just a nuisance till we retire. We have to enjoy it, and do it to the best of our ability as well, in homage to God.

Then there was the holy spirit bits, when he moved through people and filled 'em all up. Wow. It's so amazing to hear people from all round the big top laugh, and laugh and laugh.
There was one session though, where God was invited to break people's hearts, and show them the pain he feels for things happening in the world. Oh. My. Goodness.
The noise was horrific. There were people screaming from all round, and it wasn't just like a scream, it was like they were having their arms ripped off. It was heartbreaking for me to think that this is what God was feeling. His screams were going through these people. It was so sad. The people were obviously not hurt themselves, but God showed them things that he knew they were going to help him in. It was refreshing to know that side of things though.
But there were a lot of people healed, and lots of prophesy's, such as "there's someone here who have had 4 relationships, one after another, and one of your partners died.. Can you come and make yourself known, so we can pray for you." And the exact person came!
There was another who had two siblings die, and they were fearing for their own mortality, and many, many more. It's so amazing to hear God talk through people. Wow.
And I think they were the main points, yep. Well, until next time chaps.


Bruno and Olly


Mum, "I always get really confused between Bruno Mars and Olly Murs"
 Me, "Erm..."

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

BBQ!

Never let it be said that I don't enjoy a good BBQ. Because I do.  I love them. BBQ's and picnics are both my favourite kinds of meals. I just love the variety in both.
People always seem to think that because I'm a vegetarian that I'm not going to enjoy a darn good barbecue. Well they're wrong. We vegetarians know how how to eat good non dead food! Glad I got that out of the way...

I went on a family bbq the other day.








We went to one of the local country parks. We went for a walk beforehand, and then the boys played in the play area whilst Mum and I had a tea. I ate my weight in food, and had a lot of fun. It's nice sometimes to have quality time with the famalamalamalamalamalam.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Currently listening to

The first five songs on my playlist:
 
Be Alright (acoustic version) - Justin Bieber
I love this one. I love the melody line of the piano running throughout, and the licks he does. He's so talented.

Can't break Thru - Busted
Aaaah Busted. I was a big lover of Busted when they were at their height. I remember when I was 11, hearing they'd split up on the radio, I bawled my eyes out. I think I just love this one for the nostalgic feelings I get when I listen to it.

Suspicious Minds - Elvis
Elvis. Just listen to that voice. He could have sang the Twinkle Twinkle and it would have sounded amazing. His tone is just wow. Can never beat an Elvis song.

End Of Time - Beyoncé
Beyoncé is just flawless in everything she does. She just oozes class and talent. Also, I love trying to sing along to the super fast lines in this song. (It's the little things, right?!)

Gang of Rhythm - Walk Off The Earth
I think this is one of my favourite songs WOTE have done. I couldn't stop watching the video when it was first released. If you don't know of WOTE, then definitely check them out on the YouTubes. They are a really creative, talented bunch, and they're always striving for originality. They recently created a percussion instrument out of, wait for it, pringle tubes. True story. Check them out!

Friday, 16 August 2013

A day on the field








Uh oh! You know when you're thinking back on a day, and you think, "what have I eaten?!" And then you realise you've been so busy, you've only had a sandwich for your sustenance that day?
...yeah, that just happened.

So today, myself and the younger brothers went and spent the day with our Dad. He lives about 30 minutes from us, and works a lot, so we don't get too see him as much as we'd like. But when we do, we have a partaaaaaaaay! (By party I mean we watch Total Wipeout, and eat pizza. Same difference, right?!)

Today, after watching Total Wipeout, which I love oh so much, Dad decided it'd be fun to go on a walk. Oh my goodness, the walk was beautiful! It was rolling hills, and swaying grass and breathtaking views. I had no idea that that kind of scenery could be at the back of an estate. 

It was lovely, and we worked up an appetite, ready for pizza and ice-cream!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Lots of stuff



I feel like I haven't blogged in ages! In reality I think it's been about a week, but so much has happened in this week, that it feels like a month!

I think the main thing that happened in this week was Ryan and Hannah had their wedding on the 6th, and the few days surrounding that were crayzeeee! Setting up, then packing away, no sleep, no food! It was so much fun though. Since then, we have all been sleeping, trying to get our energy back!

Yesterday was a stressful day. I have a broken iPhone. It works fine, other than the fact that it wont recognise any sim that's put into it, which means that it isn't very good as a phone! I took it to the Genius Bar in the Apple Store, and they told me that they couldn't do anything about it, other than a like for like replacement, which would cost £119 so I'm sad. I'm now looking to see if I can replace and get a new contract in September, when mine runs out. 
I also had a horrific stomach/back ache for the most part of the day, which was so bad (ladies, you feeling me?!), I felt like crawling into a ball and stuffing my face. 

I then made myself feel a little better with some retail therapy in Primark. That was fun. I got a green skater skirt, high waisted jeans, and the prettiest maxi skirt I have ever seen! I want to wear it anywhere and everywhere! 

Also, I got instagram! You can pop over there if you fancy!

And that's it! Lots of stuff! Wowee!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Constantly learning

So I have almost finished the coursework for my course, and I'm excited! I can finally see a light at the end of this paper filled tunnel! 
For one of the last assignments, you have to fill out the same form you filled out at the beginning of the course, to see the progress you made. I've just finished the form, and wowee-kamowlee, I have picked up A LOT. I remember getting so frustrated with this form at the beginning of the year. I was snapping at Mum when she tried to help me, I was getting stressy at the boys when they tried to talk to me about anything, because THEY WERE DISRUPTING ME!
I literally breezed through it this time, as if it was the easiest thing ever. And I didn't think I was learning much academically on this course, because as it's a youth work course, it's mainly practical. I was wrong!

So whenever you feel like you're not learning anything, and you're just trudging along, carry on, because you are! You're picking up one thing at a time, and although it doesn't feel like it now, you're learning the things that are gunna stick with you forever.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Go go go!

Finally just sitting down, and it's 11:30pm. 

Today really has been go go go from my 8:30am power walk with Kel. Today we were getting all the stuff sorted for Mum's 50th party, cooking, making playlists, buying all the last minute things, matches etc.
It was a brilliant party and we all had a lot of good fun.
My feet are now hurting, muddy and squashed from my shoes! 

I'm now off to go and collapse on my bed. Good night!

Friday, 26 July 2013

Mum's 50th!

So last week, my old ma turned the ripe old age of 50! To celebrate, we travelled three and a half hours, to Cardiff, Wales, to visit my big bro. We stayed for the weekend, and it was a lot of fun. It was so nice to get out of my home town for a little bit, even if it was only for a few days.

We are throwing her a party in a few days, so photo's of that to come!

I did take a lot of photo's, but I didn't want to bore you with a million random photos, so here are my fave ones....








Thursday, 25 July 2013

Ran out of loo roll

Conversation between Kel and I...
Kel: "I'm just going to the loo"
"Ok"
"Oh crap, we've run out of loo roll"
"Uh oh! D'ya want some kitchen roll?"
"Go on then"
"How many sheets do you want?"
"One'll be fine"
"Cause, 'Juan sheet does plenty'"
"(laughing) You're not funny"
"Yes I am"

So good to have her back!


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Bittersweet

So this past week I have been saying my goodbyes to the young people I have been working with for the past year. Today I think was the hardest... It was the last of the 11-18's youth club. I have met some amazing young people, and become good friends with the volunteers that help us out.
I got some prezzies and cards to say thanks, and at that point I then felt like all the hard times I've had this year were worth it. The tears, confusion, frustration and stress, have so been worth it, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat, because I know I have made a difference. I know God has used me in such an amazing way to be his hands and feet in their lives, and I will always be thankful for the privilege of that. 

It's sad, but I'm also very excited for the future!

Monday, 22 July 2013

She's back!

This week has been specifically brilliant. 

My bezzie mate for 8 years has been in Africa for the past 11 months, so we've had to deal with Skyping for any kinds of communication. She has been working out there helping people, and pretty much just being a decent human being. We were reunited finally this week, a few happy tears were shed, and an overdue cuppa and natter was had!

It was the best, and I'm so unbelievably proud of her.



Friday, 28 June 2013

Out of the mouth of babes...

 So I was getting changed, and my 6 year old brother was in the room. I selected a black slouchy fitting top, so it was quite loose, and put it on. I then examined at myself in the mirror, turning slightly left and right, seeing how it fit.


I looked behind me at him, laying on the bed, munching on an apple, and said, "Zaccy, does this make me look fat?!"
He replies with, "Well, a little bit"

Well, at least he's honest!


Thursday, 27 June 2013

Fitness Blender!!

So just as my exercising regime was going out of the window, because 1, I hate running in public, after one incident when a random big dog thought I was playing chase. (It was horrifying, the dog was massive. And running at me. And barking really loudly.) and 2, I couldn't really be bothered with hour long exercise videos, because every time I put them on I have to sit and listen to the disclaimer rubbish at the beginning that the DVD player will not let you pass, every single time. Don't you just hate that?!
It would be ok if I had lots of money to get lots of different DVD's, but I don't. So I can't.

But that's when Fitness Blender came in. fitnessblender.com is a site run by a hubby and wife, (who are the cutest), and they regularly put out easy to follow exercise videos. Their ethos is that they want "to create free full-length workout videos that everyone can benefit from, regardless of their income or access to a gym." (quote taken from their site) I think it's brilliant.

Something I really love about them is that there is a massive variety of videos, from all kinds of exercising, to all kinds of length videos. I prefer to do say 3 10 minutes videos throughout the day, than one half an hour one in one hit, and this is perfect for me to do that! They also have hour long videos for if you do like that. Genius. Brilliant. Fantastic.

If you are thinking about switching up your regime, totally give this a try! I have just finished their latest video, 15 minute at home bodyweight Cardio interval workout. It was only 15 minutes, but it kept me going!


I'm now off to eat some cereal and go to bed. Check out Fitness Blender!

Just a lil disclaimer, I am in no way affiliated with Fitness Blender, they don't even know of my existence. I am just a ridiculously unfit girl who thought their company was GENIUS!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Kids and weddings

Howdy! 

So as part of my Youth Work, I go into the local Primary School to hang out with the kiddies, and just chat to them. If you're around children a lot, then you'll know their minds are incredible. They have so many things going on in there. I could literally write a book with the brilliant lines they come out with...

So I was standing today with five year old Sarah*, and she was wearing very pretty, sparkly rings. I complemented her on them, and she returned with a grin, and said with glee, 
"I'm wearing one on my wedding finger." 
To which I replied with, "Oh, so are you married then?!" 
She says, "No, silly" (insert lots of giggles)

She then looks at my hand, and exclaims, "You're wearing one on your wedding finger too!"
I replied, "No, it's the one next to that finger, I'm not married!"

She suddenly looks at me with a frown, "Why are you not married?!"
"I don't know"
"No one wants to marry you, ey?!"
"Ermmmmm... I guess not... no"

She then skips off as happy as Larry. Oblivious.


Then, a few minutes later, I was picking leaves out of a girl named Alice's* hair (all in a days work) and a 6 year old boy, Justin*, bounded up to her with lips puckered, she playfully screamed and said, "Go away!"
To which he exclaimed, "BUT I WANT TO MARRY YOU!"
Then he proceeded to chase her round the playground.

Hope these stories made you smile, like they did for me!
What's the best conversation you've had with a child?
*For legal reasons, all names have been changed.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

I SO PALE!

Howdy!

Ok, so I just saw this video, burst into laughter, and now I've watched it literally 20 times. I just think it's hilarious.

It's the small things in life that make it worth it.



If you can't watch it here, you can pop over to YouTube, by clicking here. I promise you it's totally worth it!