Thursday 23 August 2012

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Lakes Single Mum is hosting Reasons To Be Cheerful for Mich this week.

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

It was Kate On Thin Ice tweeting about #R2BC that reminded me it is that time of week.

So what are mine?
  1. Spending quality time with my nieces and nephews, Saturday Sunday and Monday. I have already written 2 blog posts about it.  I also spent time with them before going to Ireland.  Aaron loves them so so so much as do I.  They are such well behaved beautiful children.
  2. I am so happy that I was able to give them some wonderful memories in what was proving a boring school Summer holiday.
  3. Going swimming with all of them Sunday showed me (1) how great the pool in Tottenham Leisure Centre is (2) how much Aaron's confidence in the water has come on, as a result of our swimming trips in Ireland, and (3) how perceptions can be so wrong - i.e. the pool in Tottenham is LEAPS ahead of our 3 local pools - who'd have guessed!?!?!?!?  The above photo does not do it justice as it has a toddler (elephant) slide at the end not shown in the photo which my 2 year old Aaron loved as did my 4 year old niece.  It is so near the edge of the water that you land and splash in just a few centimetres of water which is fun AND safe.  Fun Swim Sessions are available on school holidays Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1.00pm to 3.00pm and 3.15pm to 5.15pm. These sessions are priced at £4.50 for adults and £2.30 for children.  We went to the Sunday 3.15 to 5.15 session and loved it!
  4. I am kind of glowing at the moment - don't know why but I FEEL like something good is round the corner.  I am still in a state of limbo though, having been made redundant on 5th July - after working for 24 years it is kind of odd to say the least, and I don't yet know where I am headed next.
  5. I am very cheerful that I have found my dowsing crystal this morning.  Since I got back from Ireland Friday I have not been able to locate it, and it is a great tool when I am undecided about something.  I even chose the winner for my Champneys competition using it.  It never lets  me down :-) and always turns out to be correct about things too!
  6. Me and the nieces/nephew and of course Aaron are going to Brighton for the day this weekend and we can't wait.  2 of my sister-in-laws are coming too, one of which is their Mum.  It will be a superb day out and I am very excited.
  7. What else am I cheerful about?  On the one hand I am gutted that after getting my daily page views up to 1-2k they were back down to 300 a day the other day, due to my neglecting my blog whilst in Ireland, but the good news is the target I set myself is 500 a day (since redundancy) and I am back to hitting that for the last 2 days.  There is no reason for this arbitrary target other than having something to "achieve" now that I don't have a job :-)
  8. I am cheerful that I am currently having a quality relationship with my Mum and Dad.  They are both being superb at the moment.  I talk to my Mum about 3 times a day by phone and I could NOT have got through the last few months without her - thank you Mum I love you.
  9. I am cheerful that today is Aaron's last day at nursery for the week.  He cried all 3 mornings when I dropped him off (not like him) due to the quality time we've had in the last few weeks (trip to Ireland and nursery was closed for those 2 weeks).  Bless him, I will give him lots of cuddles over the long weekend and he will have quality time with his cousins once again.  We have to enjoy them as they'll be back to school soon.
I think that's enough reasons before I go into double figures :-)

Liska x


  1. It's great that you get on well with your niece and nephew, it sounds as though Aaron loves their company. I'm not yet an aunt but I can't wait to be one day!
    The support of your parents sounds great. It's lovely how people are there for you in a time of need x

    1. Thanks for visiting and even more so for commenting.
      Liska x

  2. Hey hun! Looks like things are on the up!! So happy you're feeling positive about things to come, you deserve it! Still very jealous about the time you get to spend with Aaron... Hopefully, with my new job starting in 2 weeks, I'll be able to be around more for him when he starts school :) Nieces and nephews are lucky to have such a hands on auntie! My brother is due to have his first child next week, so I'm looking forward to being an auntie (a proper Auntie!) for the first time - YAY! Hope I can spoil my niece/nephew as much as you do with your little 'uns. I'm still reading your posts, by the way, so I'm contributing to your stats, but just don't get a chance to comment on them all... Keep writing, it's good to catch up on what is happening with you!

    Ruthie xo

    1. Hi honey. This is the 2nd time you have said that now :-(
      Of course you will spend more time with him. You'll be working nearer home. You have done the right thing and the universe has assisted by sending the job to you at the perfect time, in the perfect place. Don't have any regrets - you are fab.
      And you know, the grass is always greener, I am wishing to be you, with a new job.
      Liska xxx

  3. Quality family time is definely one of the best reasons to be cheerful! My stats aim is to stay over 7000 a month ;-)

  4. Wonderful reasons! :) I can only hope that my nieces and nephews get on so well with any children I have in the future!

  5. Sounds like you all had a really lovely time!! I still have fond memories of my mum taking me to Tottenham Green Leisure Centre as a kid!
    Next time you're down you'll have to let me know as I'm not far away!

    1. will do, will do. Will probably be in 2-3 weeks xxx


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