Right Here, Right Now – August

I read Aly’s “Right Here, Right Now” post and thought it was a fab idea- so here I am doing my own and linking up with her. 

 Currently I am: Trying to make the most of the Summer holidays whilst still looking forward to getting everyone back to school and reclaiming some normality and routine!  We’ve had so many fantastic adventures this summer but as the weather is well and truly on the turn it is definitely getting hard to keep everyone entertained!


Reading: I wish I could tell you I’m reading a fantastic novel but I’m not – blogs, children’s books and social media are about as far as my reading skills are stretched at present.  Once upon a time I used to devour at least one book a week – when I was commuting to work and was spending hours a week on a train.  These days I don’t even have the time to pick up a glossy magazine (they only make me want to spend money I haven’t got anyway!

Listening to: When not the sounds of Chloe singing Frozen off key on repeat, or CBeebies on persistently in the background I find myself listening to the radio or Ben who, like his mother, never stops talking!

Laughing at: My husband mainly – I’ve always said we’re in trouble when he stops making me laugh!  We’ve laughed a lot this week – at each other, at the kids, at the constant stream of ice bucket challenges hitting my Facebook timeline.

Swooning over: David Beckham half dressed and drenched in ice cold water . . . yes please!!

Planning: The extension . . . the shell is all but complete and I can’t stop thinking about what the finished article is going to look like! I’m constantly writing mental lists of things that we need – shelving for the playroom, new curtains for bedrooms and a new suite to name but a few!

Eating lots of: Ice cream! When we were kids the rule was that if we were on holiday we could have one ice cream a day – and that seems to have fit the entire Summer! Almost every time we’ve been out we’ve had an ice cream.  Even Amy has been getting in on the act!


Feeling: Tired, excited but mostly content.  The Summer holidays have been a huge drain physically, mentally, financially but you know what – they’ve been great. We’ve had a lot of fun and made a lot of memories (I hope!)   I feel very lucky to have three gorgeous children and an equally fantastic husband (don’t tell him I said that).


Discovering: Two new seaside destinations! This month we’ve visited Bridlington and Lytham – neither of which I’d been to before and both of which I loved, though for different reasons.


Watching at the cinema: I took Ben and Chloe to see the Lego Movie on Saturday morning – got to love Movies for Juniors, such great value for introducing little ones to the cinema.  Ben loved the film and was completely entranced, Chlo wasn’t right impressed and spent much of it telling me “I don’t like small Lego, I want to go home”.  I found the film a bit strange to start with, it took me quite a while to get into it but by the end I realised I’d quite enjoyed it.  I won’t be bothered if I don’t have to watch it again though!  I’ve promised Chloe that the next film we see will be more girlie!

Wearing: Leggings, blah blah.  I’m so bored with wearing leggings.  I at least managed to invest in a couple of new pairs this month – ones without holes in!  I’m on the look out now for new boots (I had bought some but realised they didn’t fit when I got them home).  Now that I’m no longer breastfeeding Amy during the day I can start to look at wearing wired bras again and tops that don’t involve a need for easy access to the boobs!

Cooking: Birthday cakes for the dog . . . Other than that I don’t do cooking, that’s Dave’s department.  We’ve been stuck in a bit of a rut food wise recently as he’s had less time for trying out new stuff.

Wondering: If I’ll get enough work in September!  My Maternity Pay finished in July so it’s back to school for me too next month! I only have childcare for two days a week so it’s really important that I get work on those days or we’ll be a bit skint!

Making: Lists – Lists of ideas for Christmas presents for the kids (yes I know it’s only August but when you’ve got three kids to buy for you need to spread it out! Lists of things we need for the extension. Lists of blog related jobs I need to do. Lists of things I need to get sorted ready for back to school.


  1. August 25, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Lists definitely make the world go round! I love a good list x

  2. August 26, 2014 / 6:54 am

    Ah sounds like you've been having a fab summer! Lovely photos too 🙂 x x

  3. August 26, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    Excellent – glad I'm not the only one thinking of Xmas presents! It's the best way to deal with all the 'I Want One of Those' moments too.

    • August 26, 2014 / 6:37 pm

      It certainly is – we've had several "Maybe you could ask Father Christmas" conversations already x

  4. August 27, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    We also have off-key Frozen on repeat, complete with actions and make shift capes…. 🙂

    • August 27, 2014 / 9:06 pm

      The best bit was when I was in the bathroom the other day and Chloe knocked on the door – I said what? and she sang "Do you wanna build a snowman?" I couldn't help but laught x

  5. Nicola Noad
    August 31, 2014 / 2:27 am

    I feel your pain with off-key frozen on repeat, I should have added that to my list haha!! :)x

  6. August 31, 2014 / 4:56 am

    Thanks for joining in with Right Here, Right Now.I can definitely relate to a few things in your post.My 6 year old hasn't watched Cbeebies every day for a very long time, only when her older siblings aren't around will she watch it.I've made a big push for reading books rather magazines over the past year as I'm trying to get my 12 year old son to read more.I never 'got' the David Beckham thing but he's definitely got better with age.I really liked the LEGO movie, we watched it when it first came out at the cinema but I held until last week to buy it on DVD, fortunately the Everything is Awesome has died a death since we first heard it.October Is FrOctober month, a campaign to get women to wear a dress or skirt every to raise awareness and money for PNI and PND sufferers.It might inspire you to make a change from leggings.Thanks again for joining in and I'll see you for next month's link up.

  7. September 1, 2014 / 7:30 pm

    You can't beat a good list! We had the Frozen obsession here a while ago but it's passed now, although with two boys I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. Like you I also say we're in trouble when my husband stops making me laugh 🙂

    Popping over from Bug, Bird and Bee

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