Another month has just shot by and that means only one thing, half of 2010 is now nearly done!
Summer is finally in full swing here in the UK and we are loving it, spending alot of time in the garden playing with the hastily purchased sand/water tray, bubble machine and pop up tent! It is so nice to be outside and enjoying the weather, instead of being stuck indoors. Little Miss’ favourite game at the moment is playing with her toy tea set, I fill up the plastic teapot with water and am then poured lots of cups of ‘tea’. It is a great way to keep yourself hydrated, as Little Miss is a very insistent tealady! Go on, go on, go on, go on!
A large proportion of the UK have been suffering with hayfever this year due to the change in seasons being so sporadic, concluding in all the flowers and grasses going mental, the air has been thick with the stuff. As a result, the pollen count has been intense. Even poor old Black Dog suffered a couple mornings with the wretched stuff and came up with hives all over her eyes and muzzle. A visit to the vet was definitely in order as the previously prescribed Prition wasnt even touching the sides, and got some hardcore drugs to help get it under control.
As this is our last year in the UK, we have been trying to fit in all the events we would normally surpass, like the local agricultural county shows. We went to the Cowpie Country Show with Little Miss and Black Dog and had an awesome time, we got there early, before the masses, and so were able to go around and see all the stalls and shows without all the argy bargy! A couple of weeks later we went to the Surrey County Show, which was massive in comparison, but surprisingly not as good. Maybe we just out country showed ourselves?
June is also a celebratory month for us, as Hubster and I celebrated our 3rd Wedding Anniversary….blimey, doesnt time fly when you are having fun! We kept it a low key event and had a weekend of hanging and eating out…lots! As token gifts were the order of the day, Hubster kindly gave me a bag of teeny tiny love hearts (aahh) and I gave a set of bath crayons to my one and only. Ok, so bath crayons do not initially seem like a romantic gift, but I saw this at How Does She? and just loved the idea.
Life has been busy with Little Miss, she is such a chatterbox! I thought I was bad, but blimey, I cannot keep up! She is so much more confident these days too, sometimes she just astounds me! We have been going to a great little playgroup on Monday mornings, where its not too busy and everyone is really kind and friendly and they have a great selection of toys. Little Miss loves it, especially the craft table where there is a different theme each week. We have made foam ties for Fathers Day, baskets, paper flowers, painted pictures and so much more. It is so good there, I have decided to volunteer and help tidy up afterwards, to ensure it continues to run!
I must add that Little Miss is now entertaining the idea of potty training. There has been alot of interest on toilets, potties and nappies of late, and I am sure that she is gearing up for it. She is more keen on it than me, as I plan to keep her in nappies for as long as I can!
I have also been very busy surfing the web for party ideas as Little Miss turns TWO in July. I cannot believe she is 2 already!! I have seen some great ideas, I just have to discipline myself and get on with actioning them before the day is upon me. I shall let you know how I get on in my next post!
The NZ move is still moving forward and we have now sent off all the paperwork in order to get that visa. It should take about 4 months and so fingers crossed, all will be ok. We need to start making big decisions about our current house and *gulp* it is all getting very real and a bit scary. I have been very busy sorting out necessary paperwork, enquiring about pet shipping, furniture shipping, plane tickets, car hire, house rentals, there is so much the list is never ending. It is all becoming a bit daunting to be honest! There have also been talks with family members who are now realising that we are really going. It is so hard to not feel guilty about leaving and it seems like staying would be much easier than going, but we know that NZ is the right place for us and so must keep strong through these hard times. Dang it though, we will miss them all.
I think this year has been super hard and without my realising it, I was on a real downer. I wasnt depressed, just my mood was flat – for months. It took me a while to figure out that I had lost my mojo! I decided to forgo going to the doctors as I knew it wasnt something a prescription could help me with and instead visited a reflexologist. A dear friend of mine had recently wowed me with her own experience of reflexology and so I went for it! I have now had two sessions and it is amazing!! As well as kick starting me out of my funk, I have also learnt so much about myself from just my toes and feet. After giving birth to Little Miss, I realised my mind has little control over my body (it has its own agenda!) and so I am learning to listen to my body and give it what it needs – starting with reflexology!
Finally, to end the month on a high, Hubster and I set off for a long weekend away to enjoy the amazing Glastonbury Festival. We packed Little Miss off to go and stay with the Grandparents whilst we danced the nights away. It was AWESOME and I’m sorry readers, but I barely took any photos – I was having such a great time, I didnt even think about it! The weather was exceptional, not a rain cloud in sight and the bands were excellent. We saw (in no particular order):
The Gorillaz, Mumford & Sons, Shakira, The Dead Weather, Ash, Muse, Scissor Sisters, Keane, Alabama 3, LCD Soundsystem, Bombay Bicycle Club and Ellie Goulding.
Admittely, it doesnt sound like a lot, but sadly so many of the bands I wanted to see clashed with each other, so some hard choices had to be made. This was Glastonbury’s 40th year and they really went for it with the lineup.
Hubster was a festival virgin and did not like the idea of camping in a field with a gazillion other people, so we went mad and stayed in a luxurious yurt. We also splashed out and bought hospitality tickets, which meant we had entry to the more exclusive parts of Glasto, though sadly the super duper artists must hang out in a extra special zone, which we had no access to. I did spot a few well knowns though: the guy from Newsround, Andy Parsons and Michael Eavis (the founder of Glastonbury Festival). The best bit about the hospitality tickets were the fact that we could escape the crowds and have a sanctuary with clean toilets! It also meant we could zip through shortcuts to make it from one side of the festival to other in no time at all rather than fight our way through the masses.
Glasto 40 - Our luxurious yurt
Glasto 40 - Sunset on Monday
It was easy to have the Glasto blues when we got back home, but we missed Little Miss so much, it was great to see her again and have our little family all back together again. Though the Grandparents did an amazing job looking after Little Miss, she was properly entertained and actually more tired than us when we finally got home!
Well, that’s all for now folks, but shall update you all after Little Miss’ birthday party which is just round the corner! I had beter crack on!!
See y’all soon