Welcome to my second instalment of the ‘Liked And Loved’ series which I plan to maintain on a monthly basis in an attempt to create a kind of ‘happy list’ to reflect upon the positivesÂ throughout the year.
February is technically one of the shortest months of the year yet somehow it feels like it has beenÂ never-ending. Here are some of the things I have ‘Liked and Loved’ this month.
Twelve Years Together
Paul and I celebrated twelve years together as a couple on February 13th, we had planned to go out for a meal together but the restaurant at which we usually dine wasn’t serving meals that night. With it being Valentines Day the following day we decided to combine the two and celebrate a day late.
Both Paul and I spoilt each other rotten thisÂ Valentines Day, We began by exchanging the usual cards and gifts thenÂ later that evening my Mum arrived to babysit the children so that we could escape for a night out together.Â Should you be interested, youÂ can read all about it here.
Fifty Shades Darker
Paul has never been and probably never will be a fan of Fifty Shades. Fair play to him, it’s not really a blokes book or a mans movie is it?
When the first film was released Paul refused to see it with me soÂ I ended up going with my Mother toÂ watch 50 Shades at the local cinema. We were surrounded by a gaggle of cackling women most of which were knocking back the wineÂ whilst screaming and shrieking throughout the film.
With the second film being released I was half expectingÂ to be havingÂ anotherÂ Mother-Daughter date at the cinema but shock horror Paul actuallyÂ offered and paid to take me to see the new movie. It was a fabulous night and I think I’m safe to say that we both enjoyedÂ the film and certainly the time together.
Final Dentist Work
Finally after what seems like years in progress I completed my dental treatment plan to reduce the crowding and dental issues I was experiencing.
I have hadÂ two wisdom teeth removed, a new filling added and a polish and clean. It’s taken some time but I am hoping that futureÂ dental appointments will be check ups only.
Day Out At Soft Play
Following having bloods taken first thingÂ one morning I was unable to take E to her usual play group session. As she had sat soÂ patiently for a whole hour whilst we waited Â for my appointment I felt that she deserved a reward of sorts.
I decided to take E to the nearest soft play and bounce houseÂ where we had dinner together followed by two hours running around playingÂ just us girls. I love spendingÂ one to one time with my kids especially when it results in a Mummy-Daughter date.
Paul and I took the kids to the local swimming baths over half term. The kids had suchÂ great fun swimming, sliding and splashing about that before we knew it two hours had gone by and our time was up. Family days out areÂ simply the best, I love spending time together all four of us having fun.
It wasn’t long ago that we piled into the family changing rooms and somehow squeezed into a cubicle to get changed together. These days the kids have grown up a little and we are able to use the Ladies and Mens changing facilities, Paul takes J and I take E, one each.
It’s times like these that having ‘one of each’ seems to feel so right. I know it’s not something parentsÂ canÂ chose when having their children but having ‘one of each’ is something which I am so grateful that we were blessed with.
New Karate Kit
J has needed a new karate kit for some time now but due to tragic circumstances and massive changesÂ at the Dojo things haven’t beenÂ entirely on track. Thankfully J’s new teacher has now found his feet andÂ we were able to order some kit which J was thrilled to find not only did itÂ feature the club logo but it was also personalised!
There must be something about wearing a new kit which has given J a new-found confidence in his karate. He seems to be kicking higher, punching harder and making more of a general effort which is great to see. I know Stuart (J’s lateÂ teacher) would be very proud.
Pauls New Phone
Now and then we are visited by what we refer to as ‘the Gremlins’. The Gremlins usually come in packs three to cause havoc around our house and this month they have done just that. Poor Paul found himself without phone earlier this month as he somehow smashed the screenÂ on his Samsung S6 Edge. Whilst trying to repair said Samsung screen Paul’s hand slipped which resulted in his much-loved mobile becoming bin fodder.
Luckily after scouring the local Facebook selling pages I found a next to new Samsung S7 Edge and accessories at a good price and arranged for Paul to pick these up.
It may have cost us but it seems that the death of Paul’s previous phone was possibly meant to be as he adores his new phone which he keeps reminding me is an upgrade as it’s the top of the range… I’ll remind him of this when I feel the need for an upgrade come Autumn when Apple announce their latest releases.
As I said the Gremlins have been reeking havoc in this household. Somehow or other whilst ironing Paul ended up scorching the living room carpet. It was entirely accidental but resulted in a rather prominent stain slap bang in the middle of our living room.
To disguise the damage we ordered a new, fluffy, caramel coloured rug which I have to say I am completely in love with. It looksÂ amazing and seems to make the entire living room feel more cosy and complete. God knows why we didn’t buy a rug years ago but now that we have I am contemplating ordering a coffee table and a small unit to complete the look.
February has been the month for Lego loving. I spent some time organising J’s Lego into tubs and drawers which hasÂ enabled him to locate almost any piece he may need to build and complete a whole range of Lego creations.
We have also bought and built some shelves to display J’s many Lego creations and put together the whole setup has sparked a new found love for Lego and not just for J but for the entire family!
Thanks again for reading my blog and I hope that you enjoyed reading what IÂ #LikedAndLoved in February.
If you fancy sharing some of your own #LikedAndLoved points from the month then why not join in either through your own blog post or by leavingÂ a comment below, I would love to hear what you #LikedAndLoved this month!