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New Year? New resolution.

Ah, Hogmanay, you came around fast! Yes, that’s right, we are at the time of year again where we make peace with the cards that were dealt, the resolutions we didn’t keep up and the diet we failed. Yet, here we are, making more resolutions we won’t keep, signing up to the gym we won’t commit to and making plans that won’t happen. 2018, you’ve been alright but it is time to wave goodbye and move on.

This time a year ago, I was sat on the couch with my young baby and waiting for Euan to get in from work, it feels as though the New Year was just mere weeks ago, I’m stunned to be seeing the end of 2018 so soon. I suppose as it’s the time of reflection and looking back, I will join in along with the crowds and share my cliche resolution, though this is something I don’t plan to quit on and I want to follow through, not just because of the New Year approaching, but because I feel as though I owe it to my friends, family and myself. I’m going to start the New Year not with a BANG nor great deal of excitement and ‘I wants’ but with a sense of giving, generosity and kindness. 

There won’t be no partying until 5AM here, I’ll be comfortable and cosy at home with my family, playing with my baby on the floor, drinking a hot chocolate with marshmallows and watching a Christmas DVD with the last of the Celebrations. Years ago, I’d be horrified at this idea of the New Year but I’ve come to be quite at peace to be at home and with my family because that is after all what makes my heart happy and I’d not have  it any other way.

My New Years resolution is to be more kind and generous. This year I have received a great deal of kindness and patience from those around me and now, I want to give back a little. No, this isn’t just another cliche or something to take lightly, moving forward with life as one must, I am stepping into a New Year with a new perspective. I’m going to consider others and act with kindness this year, It’s not that I am unkind, mean or greedy but I just want to give a bit more and to feel at peace doing so. 

My Mother is such a kind woman who thinks of anyone but herself and though this trait comes with it’s own faults and downfall (think disappointment for instance) I want to share just a glimmer of her kindness and to be more people orientated, to consider and cherish others more than I do of myself. I’ve come to realise I don’t need anything and that pleasure in life comes from the little things like making others smile, sharing a meal, taking a walk on a beautiful day, watching my baby grow and play. Happiness doesn’t come from things nor greediness, happiness comes from within to those who seek it. 

I’m moving forward into a New Year as myself but working on being a better version of myself and if I can bring a little joy to those around me in the process, I’ll treat that as having been successful in my resolutions. I don’t have many hopes, aspirations or dreams for the pending year, I just wish to become at peace with myself and to bring happiness and love to those who I love. Oh and Euan, if you are reading this, I’d like to have a baby and a Yorkshire terrier to add to our wee family…just saying. 

Please god let me have a teacup terrier. Alright, enough. Now that I’ve shared my resolution, how about letting me in on yours? Anyone have any hopes, plans or aspirations for the New Year?

 

Keren.

Couples Christmas day out/Cineworld 4DX 3D review.

On a couples day out while the Grandparents babysat Eleanor, myself and Euan decided to take a trip out for a good lunch and some cinema screen time. Yay!

A favourite past time of ours has always been the cinema but lately with the circumstances and Euan working extra with a second job, it is quite tough to find the time to get together and get out for a few hours to the cinema. Finding a babysitter is a hardship, we have my parents but with my mum working nightshift, to find a time that suits us all is no easy task.

Lots of planning goes into a day out, if you have a young baby at home, I’m sure you will know what I’m talking about. If not, come the time, you will. The thing is though, the whole run up to a couples day out, the planning and preparation, makes it even more exciting. Previously we took time together for granted. Now, with a baby and a serious lack of time, each moment we have of quality time is just so precious. I look forward to the little things, fifteen minutes for cuddle time?! Holla.

Anyway, for our Christmas day out, we hit up the Christmas stall outside the local shopping centre and indulged with a hot chocolate and mulled wine. Baby free, you bet I was hitting up the wine.

The forces had been working the magic through the night and for our day out we got to enjoy the Snow. I’m not crazy for snow but at this time of year it really does make everything feel magical and special, I do believe that snow does make Christmas, along with family of course. It was lovely to sit outdoors in the open bar and enjoy a conversation with a hot beverage as we watched the snow fall and the Christmas shoppers rush past (I love to people watch and we had a great spot for doing so. I really like to watch people as they go about on their daily business. I wonder what people think and do. I wonder where they are off to)

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This was a pre lunch snack so to speak, we had a voucher to utilise at Pizza Express and our next stop was lunch from the comfort and the warmth of  the indoors.

Eating out is always such a treat, we don’t get the opportunity do so often so when we do, it’s a special occasion regardless of the day. I opted for a rose wine with a vegetarian classic pizza, topped with olives and sultanas. Delicious! Euan, went with a coke and a spicy pizza. Equally delicious. We both almost cleared our plates, but were cautious to save room for cinema snacks. An essential for any trip to the cinema.

It was so good to have the time to appreciate one another’s company without the background noise of a crying baby or a fiesty dog. Us time, I love it. Though, on saying that, I believe we spent a lot of the time chatting about our little snuggle bug and wondering what she was up to. I called my Mum twice to check up on her and see that she was doing okay. Yep, I’ve become the over protective Mum type. I can’t help but feel like I’m missing a limb without her around. It’s as though she has always been with us.

Having ensured Eleanor was good and that my Mum was coping (she has raised four children of her own, I still feel the need to check she is managing, this is probably quite the insult to her) we headed to the cinema and collected some 3D specs and snacks for the screening. CINEMA SNACKS! AHHH. I bloody love a good cinema snack. This was not just any regular screening, we decided to go and see Jumanji in the new 4DX screen at Cineworld.

As a big cinema fan, this was quite the big deal. We are crazy about the cinema and a day out is spent better in the cinema than going to a pub to get Merry. What a pair of geeks, I’ll be the first to admit it. I just love the cinema, we both do. Now, the important part..  I went with my classic scoop of ice cream, pralines and cream topped with a hefty load of sprinkles, Euan went with a large popcorn. Mixed of course.

I had high hopes for the screening and those hopes were fulfilled. The screening took us through all of the motions. When there was a lot of action going down in the movie, the cinema would become more like a roller-coaster ride. The chairs would move around, water was sprayed at you, smoke came from the screen and you could feel the cold or hot air hit during parts of the movie.

Jumanji itself was quite fun, I didn’t know what to expect in comparison to the original but the cast really made it. It was a funnier version of the classic and definitely kept you entertained throughout. With the added extra of the 4DX, there was no hope of catching forty winks. I had a great time and a really good experience with the screening in 4DX, it was a good touch and great to do something different together that neither of us hadn’t experienced before. I wouldn’t rush to see every movie in that view but for action movies with a bit of an impact, I think it’s a great way to spend your time. Next on the hit list, Star Wars.

Having left the cinema on a high note, we stopped past Krispy Kreme to pick up some treats to take for my parents as a thank you for allowing us to have the day out. It really was a great day and we had so much fun together. I truly was wined and dined. So much so, I left no room for dinner in the evening. Oops.

Euan collected Eleanor and the evening tipple. Start as you mean to go on right? I got the flat organised and tidy before winding down with my family while having a mulled wine which Euan tracked down from Tesco. What a gem. I was delighted to end the day on a high note with my favourite festive drink in one hand, baby in the other.

The evening was spent on the couch with Eleanor and Fern snuggled up next to us as we watched Deck the Halls. A family fun Christmas movie. Can you tell that we are feeling festive? The Christmas spirit is in full swing over at the Ross household. There is something about babies and Christmas that just makes it so much more exciting. Family time is the best time and I just can’t wait for the first Christmas as a family of three, or four if you include our four legged friend, Fern. Family makes Christmas.

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I had such a brilliant day out that I had to docunent and share this with you all. I certainly believe that time is precious and I am not taking any of these special moments and days for granted. If you get the chance to see a movie in the 4DX screenings, I would definitely recommend trying it. Unless of course you suffer motion sickness. That could be risky business.

I don’t know when the next time we will get to enjoy a trip out together, however, Euan has some time off over Christmas that we are looking forward to spending as a family. I’m sure that we can pack in lots of movie days on the couch with snacks and cuddles. Next up, Christmas!

I hope that you are all having a lovely weekend and feeling relaxed on the run up to Christmas. It is busy out there. I’m on my own with Eleanor now after having spent the afternoon out at coffee with my Mum and Sister. It’s all quiet on our side and I am looking forward to Euan coming in from work at 10.15 to sneak on some bed time hugs.

Keren x

A family filled festive Saturday.

Alright, now we are into the beginning of December, time to dig out the old Christmas decorations from the store and get busy… decorating that is. As the first Saturday of the month, we had some time alone just the three of us to enjoy. What better a time than the first weekend of the month to get the decorations up and organised to make way for Christmas day.

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With a busy month ahead and such  little room to add to the calendar, we decided that it was a day to spend as the three of us and enjoy a whole lot of festive treats. First up? Coffee and cake from Starbucks and a trip to Ikea to check out the Christmas stock.

Ikea was a little disappointing, I expected to leave with a bag full of goodies. Tree decorations, chocolate galore, you name it. I already had set my sights on a mini haul of goodies but Ikea failed me. Not on purpose however, the stock that was in store was bland and not to my fancy. I wanted more sparkle and there was a good lack of that in store. Onto the next task.

Having left Ikea disheartened, we headed out to the Disney store to check out the Christmas baubles. Again, there was nothing to our taste and the selection was rather poor. Perhaps we were too late to the game but I felt online had more to offer. Having left the store we venture out to the Christmas Market with Eleanor in tow – she was sleeping soundly and missed out in the chaos of frantic shoppers rushing around.

I’m not a fan of busy. Busy makes me nauseated and uncomfortable, however for the sake of the day, I braved the market in the street. The market didn’t have too many stalls to browse and shop but there were fair ground rides to keep you entertained and an ice skate rink. The ice skating could have been a good way to spend some time but with Eleanor in the Pram, it wasn’t really the time. It was nice to watch the others on the ice for a little though.

There were a selection of huts serving food and drinks. Hot dogs, Pancakes, waffles, mulled wine, hot chocolate. Now we are talking. I opted for a mid afternoon tipple, warm mulled wine. Which left my body Just the right amount of fuzzy. Euan opted for a German hot dog with all the trimmings. Safe to say that we left with happy tummys and a feeling of Christmas cheer.

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Home and onto the main event. The decoration of the tree. Eleanor’s first Christmas,of course this had to be a well documented event. We spent the evening decorating the tree together, hanging decorations as we shined them around Eleanor, trying to introduce her to the idea and concept of Christmas. The tinsel came out to play and I spent some time trying to get Eleanor to grab the tinsel and play with it, she was more interested in her songs that were on the television than the tinsel but I’ll keep at it.

The lights were thrown around the tree and turned on and the Lego train set was put in its place at the bottom of the tree. What’s a Christmas tree without a train set? Especially a Lego train set! I’m not sure how long it will last with the dog running around and the overlap of baby supplies but we will see how we go. I’m feeling optimistic.

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Decorating aside, having had put the tree up, we spent time playing with Eleanor as she babbled away and told us stories. We sang songs together in the form of nursery rhymes, we danced around a little, played with soft and cuddly toys and the tree decorations. I’m super keen to have as much family interaction time that I can with my family and to introduce Eleanor to all of these special events such as Christmas. We had a really lovely time, there was so much fun and laughter from all three of us.

I live for the beautiful gummy smiles that Eleanor gives. Right now, we are seeing so much more of the smiles and hearing her tell stories as she interacts with us. The light in her eyes when you play and interact with her. I wonder what she thinks or feels. I hope she knows just how loved she is. I’ve never been more in love than I am with her. To see the world through her eyes. Ah, my baby.

I know that at just four months old she will not be able to grasp the concept of the holidays and the whole festive spirit but it would be wrong not to try and introduce her to the fun and teach her the ways. I have always loved the Christmas period, I think that this was inflicted on myself from my Mother over the years, she always made Christmas so special. I aim to do the same as she has done for me with my family. After all, what is Christmas without family and a whole lot of love?

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We finished the day with a festive evening spent cuddled up watching movies on the sofa with a hefty helping of popcorn. Jingle all the way and Hacksaw Ridge were the movies of choice before heading off to bed for some big sleeps. I think we definitely deserved the long lie that we had ON Sunday morning. It’s a busy life with a new baby to care for, I tell ya. This mana is tired.

The whole day was so great and to have the time as a family to spend enjoying all of the good things in life is so precious. Family time is the best time, I love it being the three of us and it’s a shame that we can’t get more time together than a few hours of the evening and a Saturday.

It’s certainly a busy life and I don’t know if we are headed for a break any time soon. I’m keen to embrace the time that we have together and to document as much of this time as possible for the times when we can’t be together, I can look back on these memories and smile. Family really is everything.

Hope that you have all had a lovely weekend and spent your time well with your family and loved ones. I wish you all a restful Sunday evening.

Keren x