Down With The Kids

I have 2 children.  I actively chose to have 2 children and therefore I am slightly baffled by the current *thing* of constantly bemoaning the fact that there are children in your life.  Yes, I can see that it makes for an amusing status update and will inevitably spark a compare and contrast debate in the comments section, but all the time?  I know that motherhood can be a strange and sometimes cruel beast but it can also be the most wonderful thing that a lot of people don’t get to experience, be it by choice or a cruel twist of fate.  I have in my life at the moment a few people that are either desperately trying for their first baby or who are still mourning the loss of a baby or child.  I personally have been through a couple of dark times as a new mother and, god knows, it ain’t easy but I chose to do it.

Before anyone thinks that I live in a perfect little bubble with perfectly behaved children all the time – let me assure you that this is NOT the case but it’s something that I try to deal with off-line.  I love my girls dearly and some days I admit to counting down the hours left till bedtime, but there was a time in my life where I thought I’d never have a second child.  As they get older, I’m painfully aware that time is speeding by and they’re not going to be my babies for much longer. Small things like my 4 year old being able to turn lights on now as she’s tall enough to reach the switch – it actually makes my heart hurt sometimes.

Muddy Boots

Muddy Boots

I’m sitting writing this in an empty house as they are away for a few days with grandma.  It’s lovely being alone and having some headspace without the constant Mummy, Mummy, Mummy etc etc but I miss that more than I thought I ever would.  I love the school holidays, spending time with them and watching them go about their daily business as 2 independent little people.  I love that we can chat away about a myriad of subjects that are so completely random but make utter sense at that moment in time.  Yes, we argue and bicker and I keep threatening to buy a referee whistle as that is my role more than I’d like… but before long, they’ll be entering the dark world of the teen years and probably won’t utter a word to each other, or me for that matter!

So, come on all of you that are lucky enough to be a Mummy, enjoy it, good or bad because it disappears all too quickly.

I will be reminding myself of this when I am asking for the nth time “please will you put your shoes on” there might not even be a please!

Project 52

For those readers who may not live in the UK, we can safely say that spring has not sprung…at all…in anyway shape or form.

This is the view from my back door onto my neighbours rather lovely thatched cottage.  I was rather taken with the little pop of red from the rosehips, I’m longing for the day when the new roses will arrive…

Keep cosy y’all!

Icicles

Week 12

Throwback Thursday

…yes, I know, I know, it’s Friday but hey, what can you do?! *apologetic face*

Today I’m inspired by the keynote speech given yesterday by Dave Grohl at SXSW in Austin, Texas.  You can watch it via Rolling Stone here.  Just to let you know, there are a few effs & jeffs so be warned if there are little people around.  It’s also an hour long, so make your-self a cuppa, grab a biscuit or some cake and enjoy!

So, my inspired track is this, the song that spoke to my angst-ridden teenage self… I honestly cannot tell you how much I wanted to be one of the cheerleaders in this video..

Keep It Simple

Those of you who know me, know how much I love a list.  Another person who loves a list is Pip Lincolne from the fabulous blog Meet Me At Mikes – she’s doing a 52 Lists project which you can take a look at here.

I thought I’d share with you a short list of small, simple things that make my heart sing…

Simple Stuff

Simple Stuff

  • Clean sheets
  • Flowers from a friend
  • A new notepad
  • The sound of my girls laughing
  • Laundry on the line
  • The 1st cup of tea of the day
  • Reading bedtime stories
  • Turning on the radio and hearing my favourite song
  • Crying with laughter
  • Realising that it will all be OK.

What simple things make you smile to yourself?

Joy All Around

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

 

It’s not often that I am rendered speechless, but last night I had to take a moment for my head to compute what I had just experienced.

Last night, myself and my fellow gig buddies went to The Roundhouse.  I think I may have uttered the word ‘Wow’ walking into the room – if you get the chance, please go – it’s a phenomenal venue.  *Here’s the history bit* It was built in 1846 and was originally an engine repair shed hence the roundness – I’ll be honest, I’m using Chuggington as my point of reference here – if you have small children, you’ll know!

We were there to see The Joy Formidable.  More on them in a minute, firstly I need to tell you about the support bands.  Night Engine and Kill It Kid.  Boy, were we spoiled by these two bands.  The former had heavy Bowie influences with their own twist and the latter a really interesting blues rock sound.  Their name suited them well, they killed it *there was no killing of kids – just to clarify*  Check them both out if you get the chance…

Then Matt, Rhydian and Ritzy took to the stage with an infectious burst of energy.  I loved the sideways facing drum kit – complete with gong and I really love Ritzy’s style – would love to take a shopping trip with her!  She has a lovely way of interacting with the crowd.  The said crowd was really up for it and needless to say, the tallest man in the room made a beeline to stand in front of me *every goddam time*.  It was the most hectic and beautiful hour and a half (ish) – we had made it to the front and were right in the centre of the pit – I emerged covered in beer and the sweat of young men feeling ever-so slightly battered and bruised but the most exhilarated I’ve felt in a while.  On the tube, all 3 of us sat in silence just slowing working through the brilliance of the evening – I’d like to say thank you…

The setlist is here if you’re into that sort of thing.

I leave you with this, my favourite track of the night.

This Ladder Is Ours

The Joy Formidable – C’est Formidable!  *I’m sorry, couldn’t help myself*