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One Lovely Blog Award Nomination

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So I woke up this morning to a lovely surprise fromA Mum on a Journey as she had nominated me for a “One Lovely Blog Award”. It’s so nice to hear that people are reading, and more importantly liking, this blog and I thank A Mum on a Journey for recognising me!!

Recipients of this award are asked to
1. Thank and link with the person who nominated them.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about him/herself.
4. Nominate 15 or so other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5. Optional: Display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me
1. I am 30 years old (gulp, when did that happen).
2. I am 9 months into a years degree at university (ah, the end is almost visible).
3. I have 2 year old boy/girl twins, my inspiration and my motivation.
4. I am married to a lovely Italian man, and my next ‘project’ (after my degree) will be to finally learn to speak Italian.
5. I have a gorgeous kitty cat, I, who is part Maine Coon and beautifully furry!
6. I am an events and fundraising team member for the amazing charity Saying Goodbye (a division of the Mariposa Trust).
7. I love reading and (when I get the chance) I devour books.

Other Blogs I Read/Follow/Enjoy
1. Clearly Bex
2. The Mother Geek
3. Edspire
4. Whiskey For Aftershave
5. Mummy’s Blog
6. Tween Teen Toddler
7. Me The Man and The Baby
8. Geek Chic Diary
9. What Elsa Wears
10. More Than Just A Mummy
11. Flying With A Baby
12. Twinderelmo
13. London With Children
14. Twin Mummy and Daddy
15. Crazy With Twins

Thank you once again for the nomination, I hope I can keep entertaining you with my posts!

Thanks for reading!!!!

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Five Things To Be Grateful For… Day Two

Saturday
1) I got to spend the morning with my dear friend, J. Doing this intensive course means it would be easy for me to turn in to a hermit of epic proportions, so it’s always really good when I can spend time with those people important to me.

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2) My parents came to visit this afternoon. We like having visitors, especially ones who are very helpful with entertaining the twins!!! Biscuit and Cracker love their Grammy and Mamps so much and get so excited when they’re around.

3) We went for a nice walk for Grammy and Mamps. Rob got to have a nap after his early start and busy shift at work so we sneaked out and let him enjoy the peace and quiet. Biscuit and Cracker walked the whole way (on their reins) and we so good in shops and even trying to help me carry the shopping home afterwards. It amazes me on a daily basis how much they have grown and developed in 23 short months. I love seeing them become the gorgeous little people they have come.

4) We have finished birthday shopping for Biscuit and Cracker. They turn two in two weeks time (eek, when did that happen?!) and we’ve wanted to get them things that will last them for a while. Our living room already resembles an Early Learning Centre, so maybe our next purchases after their birthday should be storage boxes!!

5) Beautiful cuddles with my gorgeous kitty cat, I. She isn’t a lap cat, but she likes company and being around for cuddles (when she wants them). She is getting used to the twins and will even let them stroke her a little bit now! However, she does definitely prefer some child-free cuddles at times.

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Night all! Here’s to another grateful day tomorrow….

Silent Sunday (19/01/2014)

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More Silent Sunday can be found at Cosmic Girlie.

It’s The Little Things In Life

We all have those days where worries and stresses seem to enter our heads and take hold.

Whether these thoughts are about money, work, body image or anything else that concerns you it is really hard to keep perspective on what you have in life.

When the new year came in, there were many ideas on social media about how to remind yourself what you have. There are bloggers who are doing 365 days of photos of things that make them happy, people on Facebook and Twitter are uploading their #100DaysHappy snaps and there were links on Pinterest to people getting a jar and filling it with reminders of all the things that made them happy and smile during the year so that when they open it on New Years’ Eve it shows them what a good year it has been for them.

Biscuit and Cracker make this job easier for me. They make me smile and giggle so much that even on bad days I feel happy. This may be little things like when they toddle over to me give me a cuddle, or when they play peek-a-boo with each other. It is the little mannerisms that they do and the funny faces they pull. It is the way they can take the most boring item and be happy about playing with it for ages. Yesterday they spent about half an hour playing with my new clothes pegs, putting them in a box and taking them out again. Then the other day they spent a good 15 minutes in the bath laughing out loud at filling up an empty bubble bath bottle with water and then squirting it out. Rob and I went to bed with the biggest grins on our faces that night!

There are many things that can make us unhappy. January is a long month with six weeks between pay packets. After Christmas, many of us may be feeling slightly heavier than normal. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with things, but it never seems so easy to use positive thinking to banish stress.

However you do it, whether you use one of the ideas I told you about or if you simply take five minutes during your day to look at your friends and family and smile at the little things, remember what you have and how brilliant you are.

Good luck today!

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O’hana means family…

…and family means no one gets left behind. Or forgotten.

I apologise in advance for the self-indulgent nature of this post. When I decided to blog I knew I wanted to open myself up to you and what I am writing about is a huge thing to me and mine.

We may not have a big house or the latest fancy gadgets but Rob and I have always known how rich we are in love and family. We have each other. Rob is my best friend and soul mate. We have the amazing, gorgeous and fantastic twins. And to complete our little family perfectly, we had two beautiful kitty cats, I and D. They were our first babies! Rob had never had pets before and took them into his heart as much as into our house.

I know people who have never had pets may not understand that special place they hold in your heart and how much of an integral part of the family they become. I and D were house cats so they were always here, always around and were as much a part of our home as anyone else.

When we found out that I was pregnant we were asked when we would get rid of the cats, this was something we hadn’t even thought about and didn’t contemplate. As it happened, we were right and had nothing to worry about. Biscuit and Cracker’s arrival brought out the maternal side of I and D, they were never bothered about crying or screaming or projectile toys. The twins adored them; both of their first words were D’s name and whenever they saw or (less frequently) got to stroke them they were so happy and so excited.

I is a Maine Coon cross. A gorgeous big, furry girl who Rob and I got not long after moving in together. She is a little moody at times and is very select with when she gives love but we wouldn’t change her for anything! D was a Norwegian Forest. She was a beautiful, fluffy baby who Rob and I got from a breeder a year after we got I. We immediately fell in love with D. She was sweet and loving and purred so loudly whenever anyone went near here. They completed our little family. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Then the worse night happened on Thursday. D had been quieter and less playful all day and hadn’t eaten anything. She looked worn out and was cold with pale gums. Rob rushed her to the emergency vets in the evening after she missed her dinner. They discovered she had lots of fluid on her lungs. She deteriorated very rapidly over night and was found to have an undiagnosed heart condition just before she had a massive cat heart attack and they contacted us as they stopped trying to resuscitate her. She was only three. We had lost our fur-baby. Our family had lost it’s smallest and sweetest member. We were broken.

It has been a hard, heartbroken and horrible few days since D passed away. Rob and I feel like a bit of a mess inside. It is particularly hard at certain times of the day- in the morning when she’d be meowing and jumping on the surface while you were doing her breakfast and in the evening once the twins were asleep and she would want to sit on Rob and ‘paddy paw’ him followed by demanding to play with the laser key. If we went to bed without playing she would scratch and scratch at the living room door. She knew how to get what she wanted!

The twins are too young to understand what’s been going on. They have asked for D and, obviously, felt the sorrow in the house. We will tell them about her when they’re bigger and explain why their first word was such an important one. And our little I? What do we do about her? She is a lot more cuddly, doesn’t leave our sides when we’re around without the twins and looks for D in her usual spots. I hope she’s coping ok and knows she’s loved beyond measure. We’re taking her to the vets next week to have a full check-up (paranoid Mama alert) and we’ll see how she’s doing then.

Taking a pet into your home, family and hearts seems like an easy decision. They provide never-ending love, devotion and companionship. But we know that in the majority of cases that we shall outlive them. All we can do is make sure that their lives are filled with love, cuddles, good food, warmth and safety. From the moment I and D entered our family we have tried to give them the best possible lives, we just didn’t realise that the time we had with D would be so short.

Rob, Biscuit, Cracker, I and I still make a brilliant little family. We know we are still so lucky with all the love that is in our flat and we are thankful for our blessings. But there will always be a little part missing; a collar with no owner and an empty blanket. We shall remember her. Forever.

To quote Lilo and Stitch, again:

This is my family. Is little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good.

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