We’ve had a great few days with my mum, despite the coughs and colds that have plagued all of us over the last few weeks. We seem to have finally seen the last of them though, so that’s definitely one for the #littleloves list.
Normally when my mum comes to stay we seem to do so much more and the man and I get a night out on our own, but we all felt so rough we couldn’t really face doing much. But with the teen’s birthday, a trip to the little one’s favourite indoor play area and bowling, along with lots of nanny cuddles, we had a great time and the 5 days she was here went really quickly. I wish I could just pop round to my mums sometimes instead of having to get on a plane, but such is life I guess.
Onto this week’s #littleloves
I watched Jackie this week and while it wasn’t my favourite film of all time, Natalie Portman was brilliant as Jackie Kennedy and I’d definitely watch it again. Set in the days and weeks that followed her husband’s assassination, it’s based around an interview she did with Life Magazine for it’s December 1963 issue. Featuring flashbacks to the assassination, a restaging of the 1962 tv tour of the White House, which Jackie Kennedy famously led as she showcased the $2 million restoration of historic pieces she had completed and post assassination scenes with her children, the film takes you behind one of the most famous moments in US history.
I also watched La La Land and I’m going against the grain here by saying I thought it was naff. Perhaps it’s a grower and I need to watch it again, but I really couldn’t get into it at all. And the teen and I watched Moana which we loved and had the teen in fits of giggles throughout. Gotta love a Disney film. I love the fact that she will still sit and watch them with me, despite being too cool for school these days.
Does making the effort to have a look around one of the local gyms count? The Mr and I headed to a hotel near us today to have a look at the gym and indoor pool as they have a really good joint offer that works out at just £17 a month each. I really need to do something about my fitness levels this year, and inturn my weight, so joining a gym together could well be what I need. It even has a kids club the little one can use while we’re there and of course it’ll be nice to be able to use the pool as a family and get the teen into the gym too.
Bowling shoes. We went bowling with my mum at the weekend and had a great time. The little one has only been twice before and absolutely loved it, even if his bowling skills were limited to pretty much throwing the ball into the next lane. My mum proved herself to be a bit of a secret bowling maestro though and beat the rest of us hands down.
The teen reading poetry. She’s revising for her half yearly exams and finds it so hard. So we’re trying to find ways to help it all sink in. I had her read me one of the poems she has to know for her English Literature exam and you could tell how much she loves the subject. She came alive reading that poem to me, which when you have a teen that barely shows any emotion about school or tells you what she’s doing/how her day went, it’s a real joy to watch. Its been a long time since I read any poetry. I think my last English Lit lesson was in 1997 (yeah, feeling my age here) but I actually managed to give her a tip on what the poem was actually about, so it seems I haven’t completely lost my touch.
We bought the teen a new zoom lens for her (that should read my) DSLR for her birthday and shes been busy practicing all week. I’m definitely going to have to recruit her to take some photos for my blog as I’m a nightmare for taking photos. I really need to get into the habit of taking them. I’ve been looking at backdrops from the lovely Lucy’s backdrop store. Both the teen and I have our eye on the scratched metal one, but I may well splurge on a few over the coming months. Which ones are your faves?