A very late #littleloves after a lovely week taking it slow and spending time with family and friends. Today we’ve been digging for dinosaur bones at the beach, followed by lunch at a gorgeous cafe and a trip to the bookshop for yet another dinosaur book.
We haven’t really been up to much this week. Although I did drive up to where I used to live (well the Mr did anyway) before we moved abroad to see one of my friends. We enjoyed a cheeky Nando’s, several glasses of wine and lots of laughs. Definitely something to be repeated more often. The weekend was spent catching up with family. My dad was over on Saturday for lunch, we enjoyed a delicious lunch out on Sunday with my mum, sister and nieces and nephew. And Monday the inlaws popped over too. I’ve been out in the garden trying to keep on top of the weeds now Spring is (sort of) here. And making the most of the lighter evenings. Aren’t they lovely?
Anyway, without further waffling, here’s what I’ve been loving this week:
I FINALLY finished the brilliant Letters to Iris, which really is a lovely, albeit tear-jerking in parts, story. It’s fantastically written and delves into the relationship between a pregnant woman and her grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Intertwined in the story is her fraught relationship with her own mother. A family secret and her relationship with her unborn child’s father. And of course, a new beginning which comes from the most unlikely of places. A wonderful book to lose yourself in if you get the chance.
On Saturday I made a delicious lunch for my dad and his wife. Does that count? I made balsamic steak, which I sliced up and served with roasted veg, salad and potatoes and gluten free garlic bread. Followed by gluten free Victoria Sponge. We aren’t gluten free, but my dad and his wife is, and I think my picky lot were surprised when I told them everything they’d had was infact gluten free – not to mention diet friendly.
I wore a dress on Sunday AND got my legs out for the first time in years. Yes, I lived abroad and still managed never to get my legs out apart from when I went in the pool. I was constantly in leggings, maxi dresses and jeans, hiding away and I just thought sod it. I’ve lost 3 stone and despite being nowhere near where I want to be I’m just not prepared to hide away anymore. No more of this ‘I’ll do it when I’m thin’ attitude. Life is for living and I’m not going to spend my life waiting for it to start anymore.
Yep, I’ve been listening to yet more podcasts this week. I honestly don’t even bother with much tv anymore. Instead I’ve downloaded acast on my phone and have added several podcasts I already listen to and have discovered loads more along the way. This week I’ve been listening to Jen Carrington’s podcast. It’s full of tips for bloggers and creatives and the latest few episodes feature some fab interviews with the likes of Sara Tasker and Kayte Ferris.
We have another week of half term left and this coming week will be a little less slow lived than the last. The moody teen has more study days at school to look forward to. As well as a quiz night in the run-up to her NCS trip in the summer.
If you have a teen and don’t know what NCS is all about, they get a week at a residential activity centre. A week in university halls and two weeks back home working on a community project nearby. All for the ridiculously low cost of £35! It’s said to boost resilience, lowers anxiety and helps them get used to working as a team. Allows them to meet new people from the area they live and form new friendships. As well as providing them with the skills they need to live independently, including learning how to budget their money. And of course, they get two weeks worth of volunteering to put on their cv and is something universities suggest applicants complete before going to uni. Needless to say, the teen can’t wait to spend a few weeks away from home. And I’m relieved she’ll be doing something valuable with her time before she starts college.
Back to half term. The little dude has requested a trip to the farm, the amusements, the beach (again), the zoo, the library and the park. So it appears we’ll definitely be keeping busy.
Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!
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