A rather overdue Autumn Bucket List update

Goodness knows when I last wrote an Autumn Bucket List update, heck I might not even have written one at all yet this season.  I’ve been meaning to write it for ages but it keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list.  Anyway, that’s what this is going to be – a very over due and fairly long Bucket List Catch up . . . 

1. See Chloe start full time school and settle into her new childcare arrangements

Chloe walked into school on that first day of term full of smiles and confidence and never looked back.  I remember when Ben started full time school I was really aware of a change in him but it didn’t seem to happen with Chloe.  She was, as is to be expected, absolutely exhausted and struggled a bit to handle her emotions about really silly things like Daddy joking he would eat her ice cream.  Since starting in Recpetion we’ve changed Chloe’s childcare arrangements and she now goes to “clubs” with Ben rather than with our childminder – she’s settled into her new routine really well but I know she misses Ange so we’re planning on arranging some days in the holidays for her.  I had been a bit worried how Amy would cope without Chloe there at Ange’s but if anything I think it has probably been good for her! 

2. Enjoy some Mummy and Amy time

Now that the big two are both in full time school, Amy and I get to enjoy a few days a week together – just the two of us.  Fridays are particularly lovely as we go swimming together.  Amy’s due to start playgroup soon which I know she’s really excited about and it will mean a little bonus time for me to get stuff done at home but for now I’m making the most of our precious Mummy & Bo time.

3. Get the front garden to a more presentable state

This is a bit of a long term project and we’ve made good headway.  Ben and Dave spent hours recently clearing stuff out to the tip.  In an ideal world we’d have hired a skip and got rid of the lot in one go but it’s just money we can’t really justify at the moment.  Eventually once it’s all cleared out, we’ve got a piece of fake grass to put down which I’m really excited about!  After almost two years of “builder’s yard / council tip” for a front garden, we might actually have something clean and tidy!

4. Start Amy’s swimming lessons

Amy started her swimming lessons with Puddle Ducks in September and you can read our updates here: Puddle Ducks Kickers and Our first half term with Puddle Ducks.  She’s come on so far already and it’s such a lovely time in our week.


5. Kick leaves – of course! 

We’ve had some lovely Autumnal outings – to our local park after school and up to Heaton Park for a good old stomp around (which I’ll be writing about later this week).

6. Splash in puddles

After a lovely mild, dry start to Autumn there wasn’t a lot of puddle splashing to be done however this last week or so I feel like it’s never stopped raining.  I’m definitely going to take Amy for a good old splash as soon as I get chance! 


7. Get wrapped up all cosy 

As I’ve just mentioned, it has been a really mild Autumn this year so there hasn’t been too much “getting wrapped up” as yet, though I’m building up a nice collection of blanket scarves ready for when the weather really turns! 


8. Meet my three style challenges as set by Anna 

You may have read about my recent style consulation with Anna Mewes, she set me three style challenges which I’ve been trying hard to meet but have pretty much failed so far!  I’ll be writing proper updates about my recent shopping efforts soon! 


9. Celebrate Bonfire Night 

I love Bonfire Night, it’s my Mum’s birthday and I have such fond memories of getting bundled up in multiple layers of clothes (and possibly even leg warmers on occasioan – oh yes I’m a child of the 80s).  I desperately want my children to have the same excited memories of Bonfire Night as I do but so far we’ve not done all that well with it.  The weather was awful this year and we were pretty skint, so we stuck to a few sparklers in the garden and watching fireworks from Ben’s bedroom window across the weekend. 

10. Celebrate Amy’s second birthday! 

Amy turned 2 on Friday, you can read her 2 Year Amy Watch update and I’ll be writing properly about her weekend soon.

11. Attend the MAD Blog Awards (as a finalist!) 

I won! That is all. 

12. Enjoy a Dollybird’s night out

This feels like so long ago now but it was SO needed.  Kirsty booked us into a rather fabulous hotel in Leeds, we had a great night out with cocktails and a gig before a full debrief breakafst the following morning.  I think I could happily have a Dollybird’s night every month or so!  It was so lovely to spend some proper time with my very best friend. 

13. More date nights!

We’re making an effort to get out more now that we’re not quite so brassed and the kids are a little older.  We’re participating in a montly babysitting exchange and then Dave and I are taking it in turns to plan a “Date Night” – it was his turn in October and he took me to a cracking comedy night at the Frog & Bucket.  This month’s babysitting is being used on a Maximo Park gig and then we’re missing out December as it’s already a bit crazy so it will be my turn to plan for January!

14. Take a photography course

You can read all about my trip to Nottingham for a photography course here. 

15. Redecorate our bedroom 

Our bedroom project is almost complete – we’ve repainted, bought new curtains and bedding etc.  We still need a new bed and a few more bits and bobs to do but I’m really pleased with the results so far – you can read about that here

16. Create a photo gallery from our Spring photoshoot

I’ve finally done this and I’m so pleased with it!!  I will share it in a post of it’s own though once it’s complete.

17. Continue to work on getting the house finished

Slowly but surely we’re making progress.  We’re trying to have a day each weekend to get jobs done – painting, tidying, sorting.  Little by little we’re getting there but there are still some pretty big jobs which need doing.  Top of my wishlist is garage doors as a fully functioning garage (rather than just an open space on the front of the house) would mean, at the very least, that I could get my tumble drier back and that would make life considerably easier!  I’m also hoping we can get the downstairs toilet done in the spring before we start trying to potty train Amy! 

18. Bake

I’ve done a little baking with Ben and Amy but nothing major – mainly as it’s just too damaging for the waistline!

19. Go to Blackpool to see the illuminations

We had a fab trip to Blackpool at the start of half term to see the illuminations.  We actually only saw about half of them in the end but I’m hoping we’ll be able to make it a regular trip over (though I’m not sure Dave will be so keen!) 

So there you go – not too much left to do before the end of the month!  I guess I’d better start planning our winter list! 

1. See Chloe start full time school and settle into her new childcare arrangements

2. Enjoy some Mummy and Amy time

3. Get the front garden to a more presentable state

4. Start Amy’s swimming lessons

5. Kick leaves – of course! 

6. Splash in puddles

7. Get wrapped up all cosy 

8. Meet my three style challenges as set by Anna 

9. Celebrate Bonfire Night 

10. Celebrate Amy’s second birthday! 

11. Attend the MAD Blog Awards (as a finalist!) 

12. Enjoy a Dollybird’s night out

13. More date nights!

14. Take a photography course

15. Redecorate our bedroom 

16. Create a photo gallery from our Spring photoshoot

17. Continue to work on getting the house finished

18. Bake

19. Go to Blackpool to see the illuminations


 

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