Week 74 - What has made me happy

OK, I still haven't finished the first essay and I am starting to panic just a little. I have three essays due in by the 13th of December and I totally should have done more on my dissertation. This first term back at uni hasn't been all that enjoyable, mainly because I fluctuate between freaking out and procrastination, which really isn't a good combination. Today has been the first day that I actually feel as if I have properly done some work, although I do struggle with the time constraints that picking up from school places on me. Life was so much easier when I only had to worry about dropping both children off at the childminder's in the morning. Now I end up driving one to the childminder's then haring home to get the other one dressed, fed and out of the house. All before I even think about what I am going to write about that day. So I am sorry if you don't see so much of me on the blog or via social media in the next few weeks, but it's nothing personal, I am just entangled in a giant ball of stress somewhere. 

However, this post will definitely remain each week, because it keeps me going. Looking for those little things, a smile, a look, a beautiful scene. These really are the things which make me happy and when I am stressed out, I need to be reminded that you don't have to look too far for them! Here is what has made me happy this week...


  • Finding my daughter had 'done her eyes' with my mascara. Without a mirror I doubt I would have fared better, so fair play to the two year old. I think I might have to start keeping my make-up somewhere safer.
  • Such beautiful sunrises. The past week we really have been blessed with those beautiful frosty starts which are so fabulous at this time of year.

Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour
  • My daughter and I walked along the canal as the sun was setting which was beautiful. We were alone because the boy had gone to his first birthday party without us, which was a huge step, but rather odd for me!

  • Being the first people to arrive at Billy Bob's Ice Cream Parlour on Saturday morning. Usually it is packed when we arrive. It was a bit chilly, but a gorgeous day.

  • Playing at the Parlour. I love it here. Because we were the only people there, I took the kids into the playbarn for older children. It's amazing, but not meant for toddlers. Hence I only take them in when we are alone! It didn't stop the girl launching herself off hay bales into a foam pit!

  • Climbing, swinging, sliding and crawling through tunnels. We were all absolutely covered in straw by the time we adjourned to the ice cream parlour to warm up with hot chocolate (and ice cream)!

Walk in the woods
  • My husband was away for the weekend watching Dr Who with his best mate, oh, and Matt Smith, John Hurt and Sylvester McCoy. I expected the worst for three nights alone with my children but they surprised me. It made me giggle when they both sat in a tiny box and watched TV together.
  • We went on a bike ride to the park and for once I didn't have to carry a child or a bike. I was impressed with the girl for walking everywhere!

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