A Day In The Life Of Me!

Today I’ve detailed a day in the life of me (well, in the life of me and the boys and James haha! I’ve always been interested in how others spend their days… I am a person who loves routine and following to-do lists.  I thrive on predictability in my day.  I love knowing what is going to happen or who I am going to see/ what I am going to do.  One of the funnest things I do in the week is fill out my calendar!  Is that totally ridiculous? A normal day in the life of me (during summer break) goes as follows:

6.30 – 7.00am  Ollie bounds into the room shouting “morning”, every morning, closely followed by Nate who says “morning” from behind his dummy!  They climb in beside James and I, play the ipod and we all snooze a little more.  James then gets ready and leaves for work.

8.30am  We are normally still chilling out on the bed, chatting, playing etc.  I then go and make the boys breakfast… though sometimes Ollie takes care of this.  He LOVES cereal.  I don’t have any breakfast.

9.00am  I check my reader, twitter and facebook quickly and then do a tidy of downstairs…. dishes etc.  I normally get a load of laundry on to wash too.  When I’ve done my few chores we play together and have a relaxed morning.

10.00am  I shower, dress, do my hair and then my makeup and then I dress the boys.  I then tidy the bedroom and make my bed.  Ollie and Nate play independently with lego, Minecraft, PS3 cars, drawing, chasing the dog…  Ollie is so good these days at occupying Nate for me while I am otherwise engaged and he loves the responsibility.

11.00am  Nate has a short nap.

12.30pm  Once Nate wakes from his nap I make lunch for them both.  This normally consists of toast and baked beans, omelette or anything with eggs…

1.00pm  After lunch I decide what Ollie, Nate and I are going to do. Sometimes we meet friends for lunch, sometimes we wander around the shops and pick something up for dinner or sometimes we have a house day and play in the garden or go to the park or a walk around the forest.

3.15pm  We arrive home from whatever we have been doing, Ollie and Nate kick off their shoes and settle on the sofa to watch some tv and have wind down time.  I will change a load of laundry in the dryer etc and plan what to have for dinner.

4.30pm  James arrives home and takes over the childcare while I make dinner.

5.00pm  We have dinner together and then spend the rest of the evening playing, watching tv, chatting, going for a walk in the forest, to the playpark, getting ready for bed and clearing up the dinner things.

7.00pm  Nate goes to bed first and once he is settled Ollie goes to bed!

7.15pm-?  James and I normally relax together for the rest of the night until bedtime.  We normally watch a movie together and have chocolate!  I will blog, edit photos, catch up on emails and twitter etc or I’ll go for a run.  Bedtime for us can be anything from 10.30-12!

If I Won The Lottery

I have always thought about how it would be lovely to win just the right amount of money to cover a few things, set a little aside, have a little fun and be comfortable.  No more than that… I don’t need MILLIONS… A silly dream though considering that James and I don’t really play the lottery.  If I did ever happen to win an amount, I just wouldn’t need the entire jackpot.

I’d first of all like to win enough to pay off debts (mortgage, car payments, credit card), give an amount to various charities and then I would buy a 5 bedroom house with huge gardens (and hire someone to take care of said gardens!)… large enough to have all my future grandchildren to stay/ big family Christmases etc.  I’d also buy a lovely car, pay off some of my families debts, buy my boys and my brothers a car each and put enough away for a downpayment on both of my boys first homes or weddings or pay their university fees etc.  Also, a few holidays… need money put aside for those.

I’d like to start my own photography business in the future, so with some of the winnings I could buy a lot of new equipment… and I LOVE clothes shopping, so would have to fill my wardrobe with new clothes.

Ah, one can dream!

My Guilty Pleasures!

We ALL have guilty pleasures… those things that you love that you are maybe reluctant to tell your friends and family about.  Maybe not so much reluctant, but they aren’t things you drop into every day conversation for fear of them thinking you’re weird!  We all like to indulge… and indulging in our guilty pleasures is a way to keep us grounded and keep our sanity!

I think I might have way more than the average person lol because I can think of LOADS!  Junk food, bad tv, bad movies, spending too much money on things I don’t need…

So here is a list…

1.  I change into leggings or pyjama bottoms when I get home.  Very rarely do I wear jeans in the house… it just isn’t comfortable.
2.  I would eat takeout every night if it was affordable and healthier haha.  Indian, Chinese, Pizza… I don’t mind!  Any would do.
3.  Lip balms and glosses, I don’t know why I have so many…. but I keep buying them.
4.  Taking a nap when Nate naps.  So decadent to snooze during the day!
5.  Lazing out on my computer in front of the tv, surrounded by snacks and Coke.  After the kids go to bed I do NOTHING.
6.  I sing ALL THE TIME… and my singing is awful.  I know it and I don’t care, because singing feels good.  I combine my singing with dancing while I do housework.  Who cares if I look and sound crap?
7.  I like to watch tear inducing coming home videos on Youtube.  I didn’t used to be soppy… now I could spend hours welling up over soldiers coming home or even over people proposing.  Ugh.
8.  I like to binge watch crappy tv shows… not crappy… crappy to others I think haha.  Hollyoaks may or may not be one of them.  I’ll not watch for days, save them all up and enjoy them all in one go.
9.  I put far too much salt and sugar on everything.  I’d list salt and sugar as two of my favourite foods.
10.  I have a playlist on Spotify that includes all the music I used to listen to when I was a teenager.  I play it loud and I sing along and I pretend I’m young again and not this 30 year old with real grown up responsibilities hahaha.

Not ashamed haha.

5 Favourite Movies

I’d find it very hard to roundup my 5 favourite movies EVER… because there are so many that I like and they probably change all the time.  I don’t think I have just one top favourite…. so many movies and so hard to choose just 5.  But here goes! In no particular order….

One  //  THE BLIND SIDE.  I cry every single time at this movie.  It’s wonderful and the thing that really chokes me up about it is that IT IS ALL TRUE!  It’s a proper true story.  I’m not even slightly interested in football but that plays such a small part in this.  Inspiring and heartwarming!

Two  //  SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE.  I can’t believe I only got around to watching this movie a few months ago, considering it’s been out forever!  Such a predictable and cliched romantic movie, but that’s what I like so…

Three  //  PULP FICTION.  James doesn’t understand why this makes my top movie list… It’s such a clever movie and I could watch it again and again.  It’s violent AND funny!

Four  //  NOW AND THEN.  Back in the day when Thora Birch and Christina Ricci were kids!  This movie isn’t AMAZING, but for some reason I love it and seem to have watched it more than a handful of times.  I love coming of age movies and while this is no masterpiece, it makes me smile.

Five  //  PITCH PERFECT.  I’ve seen this movie a few times and laughed equally hysterically each time.  It’s super funny and catchy with the soundtrack, but also I could watch Rebel Wilson ALL DAY.

As I say, this is not my top 5 movies ever list… this is just 5 of my favourite movies, the list which is ever changing and in no order at all.  Haha.

Earliest Memories

I sometimes wonder if my memories are really memories or do I remember things just because I have seen photos of them… I have recent memories… like memories of the day I got married, the days my boys were born… but when I try to think of the earliest memory I have, I have a few!

I remember bits and pieces of a trip we took to Tunisia when I was 3 or so.  I remember the camels, snake charmers and eating cous cous.  I also remember the flight there.  It was winter in Tunisia but to us it was still very warm.

I can remember the street we lived on when I was 3.  I remember the friends I had, and the things we used to get up to.  I was never allowed past a certain light post on the street…. that was the furthest I could go… and we had gooseberry bushes in our garden that my mum would harvest the fruit from.  There was an old woman who lived across the street called Doreen and she used to let me come over and eat slices of apple dipped into the sugar bowl. Yum!  I also had a friend across the street called Natasha and we once watched Dirty Dancing.  Whoops.

Once the house a couple of doors down went on fire and we were all evacuated onto the street. Apparently it had started because of a row between the husband and wife.  I remember standing on the street in my nightie with all my other neighbours.

I also once cut my own fringe, the day before we were to have photos taken at school.  It went totally lopsided.

In Ten Years!

I originally posted this back in April 2012… today I’ve added to it and made some amendments!

// In 10 years time I will be 40.  That seems like a million miles away having just celebrated my 30th birthday and finding solace in the fact that at least it is ONLY 30 and not 40!

I hope to be an established wedding/ portrait photographer.  I can’t imagine doing anything else but take photos for a living.  I have a great camera that I bought a few years ago and have recently ventured off auto.  I am developing my skills in other areas but really need to learn how to use the camera to it’s full potential!  I can’t wait for the day that I can call myself a photographer and make money from my hobby…. I could never go back to working in an office again.

I am however about to embark on studying for a degree with The Open University.  A degree in English Literature no less, but it is going to take me a while to get because I will be studying part time.  In 10 years though, I hope to have graduated with first class honours or high second class honours and I hope to possibly have gained a PGCE also so that I can teach.  This isn’t set in stone… but it is an option once I complete my degree.

In 10 years time I would like to have travelled a bit more.  The boys will be older so I hope we will have seen some of the world as a family.  Travelling is important to me, and I haven’t been on a proper adventure since our honeymoon in Cuba and India 8 months prior to that.  To take the boys properly abroad, would be a dream come true.

I also have a dream about creating a children’s book, though I’d like that to be a joint adventure with my hubby.  He thinks up crazy cool stories and I would do the illustrations.

James will be 44!  That sounds crazy old to me.  He doesn’t act like his age half the time, so I doubt he will have caught up with himself by the time he is 44.  In terms of James’ career, we may not even be living in Ireland in 10 years time.  There are a ton of places in the world that offer better opportunities for him.  I’m not sure where we may settle some day, but I doubt we will live in Northern Ireland forever.  (I wrote that part years ago and still believe it may be true… I don’t know if we will be here forever).  In 10 years, James will be well established in the world of software contracting and hopefully we will have got to grips with self employment finally!

Ollie will be 16 and about to embark on study for his GCSEs.  He will have long left Primary School and will have gone on to Secondary/ High School. He will be studying interesting subjects and learning things that I will have long forgotten (being 20 years since I will have left school!)… this makes me realise just how quickly my kids are going to grow up!  GCSEs!!  Holy Moly.

Nate will be 12.  He is so tiny now, to imagine him as a 12 year old is crazy!  12 is almost a teenager.  I’ll have two teenagers in my house!  Will I cope?  Haha!  I hope so.  Nate will have just made the transition from Primary School to High/ Grammar School and he will be out of his kid uniform and into a very grown up looking uniform complete with a blazer and a proper tie.  Gosh.

Writing this post has well and truly freaked me out.  10 years for me isn’t REALLY a long time when you think that James and I have been together for 10 years already.

Why I’m OK With Turning 30

Tomorrow is the day I turn 30.  I will wake tomorrow as Emma v3.0.  In my head I am expecting to wake and feel entirely different but of course I won’t.  I’ll wake in the same bed and I’ll still feel like I’ve not slept enough (despite getting 7 hours probably)… my kids will jump on me the same and I will enjoy our morning cuddle time the same as I do every day.

I don’t think 30 is old… but it feels old for me.  Mentally I still feel like I’m about to turn 20… though when I was 20 I thought 30 was pretty old compared.

That’s ok though.  I think.  To feel a lot younger than you are.

I’ve completed an approximate 1/3 of my life.  That’s a little scary but also I look back at my 30 years and realise how much I have accomplished and I am so dang proud of myself… if my next 30 years and the 30 or so years after that are in any way as successful then I’ll have lived my life well!

I’m so good with where I am in life although it’s crazy to think it has only taken 10 years to get here… husband, house, kids… there is nowhere that I would rather be.

Do I have to wake up tomorrow and suddenly have it all figured out?  Nope.  And I’m not going to.  I’m so much more relaxed now, as an almost 30 year old, than I was in my twenties… I don’t care so much about strict routines… about what others think… or about unchecked boxes on my to-do list.  I’m still a worrier of course.  But more relaxed.  I’ve given up worrying about unimportant things or things that I cannot change.

Turning 30 isn’t something I can change… so I’m embracing it and all that it has to offer.  I’m even a little more excited than I am apprehensive!