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Parenting / working mum life

Glad to close the door to a very busy week. Working extra days this week meant away early in morning and home late… which really stumps my parenting routine. I like to do homework and music practice straight after school or first thing in the morning, so this week it never went to plan Which resulted in tantrums/ crying, shouting and trying to get tired kids to do their homework at bed time! I suppose you can’t win at everything and this week it’s been tough to parent. Is there a good balance of both?

I’m glad @sean_dad_capt has been home this week, he’s cooked meals, shopping, food shopping, homework and even #hinched he’s been the champ in team Smith this week ❤️.

I even managed to confuse the girls swimming times and put Gracie into Ivy’s class and Ivy questioned why she was sitting at the side while her class was in swimming! I did wonder why Gracie was swimming breadths of the pool when she had only attended a couple of swimming lessons. Parenting fail!!

I think he girls are suffering from post viral fatigue so we’ve had our fair share of tantrums this week, So come 7pm every night I’ve been glad to see them off to bed. How bad does that sound but it’s true! Looking forward to a quiet weekend catching up with house work #hinching and not rushing out the door.

And to finish the busy week we had 9 girls for supper for Ivy’s 6th Birthday.

Let’s hope for a quieter week next week.

Amen to hands on dads and grannys.

The big day

It’s 05.21 on the morning of Emma and Daniel wedding I lay in bed so exited about what lies ahead. The hair the make up the laughs the tears I simply can’t wait.

We had the rehearsal last night and all the memories from my own wedding came rushing back. The whole build up to the traditional wedding is overwhelming. It’s not for the faint hearted!

In our little corner of Scotland weddings bring their own traditions.

The blackening

this consists of the bride and grooms friends planning a date for when they will surprise the lucky couple and cover them in buckets of mixed up food, or in this case feathers, cattle feed, just anything we could get our hands on really. We decided to catch them both on the same day after trying to cox them to a bbq at my house I’m pretty sure they knew what was going on. After covering them in food we jumped on the back of a trucks and paraded around the town banging and making a loud nose. It’s was great fun and a well known Scottish tradition to wish the newly couple good luck.

The henny

As well as the blackening we had the henny in Glasgow too. This I was looking forward to the most as a weekend without the kids and spending it with friends was pure bliss.

It was a lovely weekend spent with great friends with lots of laughs. Spending time with friends without kids around really is a time to cherish as usually I’m running behind Malachy and you don’t get a chance to chat. A fun packed weekend of cocktail making and eating lots! What can go wrong!

Showing of presents

Another wedding tradition in our north east corner is the showing of presents. Usually the invites go out and on them is a date in which You can visit the brides mothers house and bring your gift for the couple and it will be on display for all to see. You are then greeted with cups and tea and fancy pieces, scones and pancakes and more tea. It’s great to have everyone come at once however it takes its tole on the parents and bride herself having to entertain guests pretty much for 48hours. That’s when the bridesmaids and friends step in and help serve the tea and pieces, or in our case eat the pieces.

She’s no bride zilla

I remember thinking back to my own wedding it was all so stressful around that time! It was all just a blur. As I look on at Emma she’s so calm she’s almost horizontal! Which is the opposite to me. I’m prob too much the other way and a bit of a worrier when it came to our wedding. She’s taken the whole thing in her stride she’s no bride Zilla and made the whole thing look like a piece of cake!!

I said yes

It was nearly 1 year since I was asked to be one of Emma’s bridesmaids, now the day is here I am a little nervous about he whole thing hence being up at 5am!

I can successfully say I’ve done it! if you’ve read they start of my blog you’ll see I was carrying extra weight I couldn’t wait to get rid of so what better excuse !

I’ve lost 1stone and a half of that weight to this day! I feel happier in my clothes and more confident. Simply by healthy eating.

Today I’m not on a diet, I’m going to enjoy this special day. Celebrating the marriage of Emma and Daniel.

Emma you will be the most beautiful bride every dress you tried on was perfect on you! You are a beautiful person inside and out and Thank you I can’t wait to be part of your special day today.

April xx