Happy Sunday | Week Seventeen

Whether or not you think Sunday is the end of the week, or the beginning of a new one, I thought it would be a nice idea to look back on the week that has just past and to look at the things that have made me happy and made me smile.
I think it can be easy to look back on a hard week and miss out on those things. A week of bad weather for example can really make it seem as though the whole week was a complete fail. But it probably wasn't. We must all smile at least once a day. I know I do, even if I forget it.

So, I got behind on this, which is annoying. Britmums happened, then the boys birthday party happened, then Harry's birthday happened and before I knew it it was now 3/4 weeks later BUT I'm sticking with it despite the break.
Here are a few things that have made me happy over the past few weeks.


I appear to be turning into a proper coffee fan now, always black. I had a latte this week and felt so bloated and meh after it so I know clearly my body prefers it without milk. I found a jar of Nescafe instant Espresso on the Sainsburys grocery site. It is so yummy. Easy to make (obviously) and is part of my morning routine now.

Cute Times

I've said a few times recently, and don't want to go on about it too much, but sometimes this whole parenting thing is really tough.  In those moments though are one's like these. Where children do something that makes you forget the tough times you are having. When one child pretends to ride his Uncles motorbike whilst his baby brother snuggles in.

Getting Outside

We had a weekend on the boat recently. I met my husband down there once he finished work, and we headed to the nearest Chinese takeaway and took it back onto the boat.
The weather wasn't it's best, it rained a lot, it was windy but my sister in law and her step son came to meet us and we went out for a sail (big mistake as a couple of things broke down to it being too windy) and went for a pub lunch. I'm hoping the weather is nice for the school holidays so we can spend some time on the boat as well as getting out and about elsewhere.

Size 14

I've always been the type of person to not really get too worried about the size on labels, well, if I do worry my mum is always there to tell me to ignore the label. Creeping up to a size 18 wasn't great for me. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with being that size, but for me it wasn't what I wanted. I almost got used to being that size and accepted that my wardrobe would be full of clothes a size 16 or 18, but I worried that at some point the 18's would be replaced with 20's. It was definitely heading that way.
So this month I was OVER THE MOON to finally be able to buy a size 14. Something I didn't think I would ever do again. I thought my lowest would always be a 16.
So I was able to treat myself to some new dresses, jeans and tops and feel amazing.

Fitting Back In

To go with the above, I've also been super happy to be able to fit into a lot of clothes that I haven't worn since 2008 and 2009. I kept some of them, mainly for sentimental value, not thinking I would ever wear them again. It's been quite emotional really, which sounds ridiculous because they are just clothes, but I feel really proud and almost in shock at how far I have come.

Uncle Dale

My brother has been home for a week and it has been wonderful. We watched him do a track day at Snetterton last Sunday and he has joined me on the school run on 2 occassions too. 
Charles' class were not in school on Thursday due to the strike so we went to a local soft play centre. The boys love it and always associate it with my brother as we only tend to visit when he is home.
The boys adore him and it's wonderful that they are all so close despite the distance between us and that they can go 3-4 months without seeing him.
I feel like the proudest mum and sister when I watch them together.

My Mum

My mum is a star and does a lot for us. When we went to the track day she looked after the boys and let them play on the playpark so I could go to another area to get photos of my brother.
On Saturday she took the boys out for the day for me, along with my brother, so I could have some time by myself. I'm suffering with a silly cold at the moment and along with how stressed I have been the past two months I just needed some breathing space.

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