Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Week That Was: Captured #64

Hullo! Welcome to The Week That Was: Captured! Have you all had a wonderful week? Guess what? We're getting married in SIX DAYS! Ahhhh!

The rules are simple; link up one post about your week! It can be photographed, Instagrammed, written, videoed... basically in any format you wish! This linky is about capturing memories and I treat it a bit like an online diary. Please only link up relevant posts. Also, if you fancy commenting on other people's posts that would be super too - everyone loves a comment!

Last week
I was very happy to see Caroline (Sweetener and Spice) join in again last week. I really enjoyed reading about her week, and her surprise at how much she'd actually packed into it! Heart-breakingly beautiful photos from Kate (Two Beans and a Bump) last week, which highlighted how wonderful it must be to have more than one child - who knows after the wedding, eh? I loved Katy's (What Katy Said) pictures last week - her new scarf was super gorgeous!

Our week
You know when it's all going so well (ok, maybe not so well...) and life throws you a curve ball? That was this week!

I spent all of Sunday crafting for the wedding. Nick took Busby out to visit friends in Brighton.

We headed over to Mutti's house on Monday morning after a very early start from Busby so I could have my fringe cut for the wedding and pick up some more frames from her garage. I did a lot of walking that day, and was feeling pretty frazzled by the time we arrived back in Lewes...

After a rough night of excruciating tummy pain I ended up at the doctor on Tuesday morning. He diagnosed me with a stomach ulcer (thank you stress) and told me to rest... You can read all about the fun day I had after collapsing in Boots here. After hospital, my Knight in Shining Armour (Nick) came to the rescue and put me to bed, which is where I spent Wednesday and Thursday... just what one needs the week before ones wedding, eh?!

I felt a little bit better on Friday morning, so Busby and I went to Monkey Music. Mutti then had her in the afternoon so I could continue to rest. I spent the evening redesigning the Order of Services, after deciding that it would be much cheaper to print them ourselves! Oh, and I got my caterpillar eyebrows dealt with for the wedding.

We had a very slow get up on Saturday morning as Busby had been awake frequently in the night. We then all piled in the car and headed down to Brighton (well, Hove, actually) to pick up the suits for the wedding and to locate copious amounts of paper for the Order of Services.
1. The most important element of the evening reception, other than the guests. Obvs. (Sunday) // 2. On a train! (Monday) // 3. I can see who I'm marrying - hurrah! (Monday) // 4. Packing up orders (Wednesday) // 5. Making lists (Thursday) // 6. Waiting to be waxed (Friday) // 7. *Panics* (Saturday) // 8. Cars and tutus (Saturday) // 9. Autumn and bare legs - what a lovely combo! (Saturday)

As I might have mentioned a wee bit, Nick and I are getting married in six days time, so for the next three weeks the amazing Aby from You Baby, Me Mummy is going to be hosting #TWTWC! A HUGE thank you to her for this and I'll see you all in three weeks after our wedding and honeymoon - I'll probably feel like a new woman after a whole week of uninterrupted sleep... you won't recognise me!
Hannah

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Busby: 21 months

Gosh, this month has flown past!
Busby has been super cheeky this month. It's like something inside her has clicked and she's realised that a sweet smile after a naughty moment will instantly let her off the hook (it doesn't with Nick and I, I hasten to add... well, not always...!) She's definitely testing us more and more, and I can feel the terrible twos encroaching a few months earlier than expected.

While I was on my Hen Do, Busby discovered that she could get out of her cot and come into our room; Nick was woken up rather early on the Saturday morning by Busby tapping him on the head with a book! Since then she has taken a good hour to get down to sleep every night - every time we go upstairs she runs back into her bedroom and climbs into bed, pretending as if she hasn't left it and that it wasn't her clomping around upstairs, dragging her Trunki into our bedroom and stealing my wedding shoes. Cheeky monkey! We're also frequently woken up in the night at the moment by our door opening and a little voice saying "Elmer?"

Talking of Elmer... Busby has developed quite the attachment to the books about the colourful elephant! They're definitely a favourite. I think I'm going to have to introduce another David McKee favourite of mine: Not Now, Bernard!

Busby has loved imitating and copying us this month; I found her downstairs on Thursday shouting "Hannah! Hannah!" (instead of "Mummy"), which she must have heard Nick call up to me earlier in the day to get my attention. Very amusing, and also makes us very aware of our language around her!

She loves her music so much, which I'm thrilled about. She loved tinkering around on the piano while we were in Yorkshire a couple of weeks ago, and even played a C scale perfectly after I did! That was a seriously PMM (Proud Mama Moment)! She now sings along in our Monkey Music classes, and has started creating her own little tunes and ditties at home. They usually involve "do, do, do, Daddy"

Her storytelling is coming on leaps and bounds; she hasn't grasped whole fully formed sentences quite yet, but she can tell us that she went to the park and Flopsy Rabbit came too: "Park...Flopsy...umm...slide...wee!...um...swing...wee!", or that the bath was too hot when she got in, so Daddy had to turn the taps to add more cold water: "Bath...umm...hot...ouch...umm...Daddy...tap...umm...water" Her little mind is always going at full pelt and it's so wonderful to watch - and listen! Last night she asked me whether we could go to Pizza Express today!

I'll be interested to see how she reacts to our wedding next week, as she really did not enjoy the organ the first time round.
Hannah 

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Make, Do and List // Week Eight

This week has been pretty horrific due to sickness, but hey-ho, must keep going as the wedding is only 9 days away now and there's lots to do!

This week I have been:
Reading...
I finished Lucie Whitehouse's third book The Bed I Made. It definitely wasn't as good as the last two I've read - the first half was very slow and I don't think she developed the characters as well as she could have; they all felt a bit one-dimensional and, at times, caricatures.
I did really enjoy the second half however, and the way Whitehouse conjures up such beautiful, bleak imagery of the Isle of Wight with her words. Plus it's only £1.50 in the Kindle store - so definitely worth a read.

Feeling...
Pretty rubbish. After two nights of limited sleep at the beginning of the week, and one night of excruciating stomach pain, I was diagnosed with a stress-induced stomach ulcer... I then proceeded to collapse in Boots whilst waiting for my prescription, which meant I was carted off to the hospital to have my obs done... "You must rest!" I have been told. Since then I've spent 2 and a half days in bed - suffering from a very poorly tummy and extreme dizziness. I can't stomach anything - not even toast and water... But hey, my pre-wedding detox wasn't going massively well, so if I'm looking for a silver lining (which I desperately am right now) at least my body is doing an enforced detox...!

Looking forward to...
Becoming Mrs Harding in 9 days time! And then the honeymoon! Oh the glorious, food-heaven honeymoon in the Lake District...

Thinking about...
What happens after the wedding! I'm trying not to think about anything other than the wedding too much at the moment, but the idea that we might have a second baby keeps sneaking into my mind - and it's got me very excited!

Making...
Lists! So many lists! I started a detailed schedule for the next 9 days last night, so we remember what needs to be collected, what is being delivered and where we're supposed to be and when! There's so much to remember, and still a fair amount to do... I really hope I feel better by the weekend.
Hannah


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Mums' Days

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Work Christmas Party Ideas

As a small business owner and freelancer, I sadly don't get a Christmas party (unless I threw one for myself... which I could do I suppose!), but here are some top tips for booking your Christmas Party... and for a Work Christmas Party with a twist!
Christmas parties of days gone by!
It’s getting to that point of the year again; we are more than half way through and the dreaded C word is looming... Christmas! Of course, our main priority at Christmas time is making sure we have a good old time, party and celebrate which is why so many companies, both big and small choose so celebrate with a works party.

If you’ve run out of work Christmas party ideas then look no further, here is a list of epic party ideas to get you and your work colleagues and friends in the festive spirit:

Classic Christmas Cheer – enjoy the mulled wine, mince pies and festive cheer with your work team after a hard year in the office. Now’s the chance to relax, mingle with colleagues away from the computer screens and enjoy some classic festivities

Adventure time – for the adventure hunters among us, why not try something different and full of adrenaline. Work Christmas party ideas have previously involved paintballing, extreme sports or even hot air balloons!

Sophisticated styles – get out the glam and enjoy a luxurious wine and dine evening full of champagne and great food. It’s a great option for anyone who enjoys good company, a little treat and some scrumptious food.

These are just a few work Christmas party ideas but how about doing something completely different... perhaps a murder mystery event?

If that’s tickled your taste for fun, then why not opt for a twist on the traditional annual work Christmas party and create a night to remember full of murder and mystery?

You could take part in one of the many shared murder mysteries across the country, which are all Christmas themed of course and held at stunning locations including some of the top hotels in the UK! Think a mysterious manor, party guests in costume and a killer among you ... all you need to do is solve the mystery and enjoy the mulled wine. These shared events are a great option for companies big and small; you’ll be able to take part in the interactive solving of the biggest murder mystery of the year as well as enjoying Christmas dinner, delightful drinks and music for the night.

If you want to hold an epic work Christmas party then why not create your very own murder mystery this Christmas. This might just be the best work Christmas party idea you’ve ever come up with, now all you need to do is make it happen. With businesses such as Murder Mystery Events, you’ll be able to choose from a range of work Christmas party ideas for a night full of murder and mystery. You could take part in the Christmas role play bonanza which caters for up to 25 guests and even includes a professional actor or two who will be thrown into the murder mix.

Another great work Christmas party idea is to let you and your colleagues enjoy all the perks of a murder mystery evening but one full of relaxation. How? An interactive Christmas dinner theatre lets you and your team sits back and enjoys the murder mystery proceedings – a great option for large parties. The interaction is a great team building exercise too, so it’s fun and effective!
As you see, I just can't resist a sparkly party hat!
Whatever you decide to do for your work Christmas party this year just make sure you don’t end up eating your way through a tin of biscuits in the staff room listening to the same Christmas CD that gets played every year. Why not just do something different? Get out of your comfort zone, get to know your colleagues outside of work and enjoy a mysterious night or murder and mayhem.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Next week...

Gosh! It's all getting a bit "real" here at Make, Do and Push! Towers... We can now say that we're getting married next week. That's right folks: we're getting married next week. A mere twelve days away. This is a fact that is both terrifying and amazing in equal measures.

Do I feel ready? Yes, this week I do. It's just cosmetics from here on out. My table plan is coming along beautifully (I can't wait to share that with you all - I'm rather proud of it), and I have to confirm with the printers tomorrow that the Order of Service is good to go ahead. I'm glad that I've finally finished that, as it was one of those arduous tasks...

Today I had my fringe chopped so I can see who I'm marrying, and I have a schedule for waxes, hair dyes and general beautification for the next twelve days.

Phew!
Wedding fringe... don't fret - the caterpillars above my eyes are being tamed on Friday!
This evening I feel completely mentally, physically and emotionally shattered (thank you three hours sleep and a 6.30am toddler alarm...) so I'm here on the sofa, sipping bubbles and writing to you all. It feels good to sit down with the laptop and write - I feel like I've been chasing my tail for the past few months; constantly making, constantly doing, constantly pushing myself. I'm not very good at stopping nor, as it turns out, delegating.

I must admit that the thought of being married, of being a "wife" is a surreal one. Nick and I have been engaged for over two years now - this wedding has been a long time coming, and it has definitely had its fair share of frustrations, so for it to actually be within a time frame as short as two weeks feels utterly bizarre. It wasn't until we attended the "Marriage in Mind" course at the Church that I quite understood how much I wanted to be Nick's wife, and what it really meant to be married. Neither of us are religious, but the spiritual sentiment behind the religious ceremony is something we both believe in. Without getting too cheesy here - I love that man and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him! I reckon he's a keeper!

So what am I most looking forward to on our wedding day?

Well, obviously seeing lots of people we haven't seen for ages, the food, working with our amazing wedding photographer again, the bubbles, the night of guaranteed sleep that follows the wedding... the honeymoon! However, my favourite part of a wedding is catching the Groom's face when he sees his Bride for the first time. Everyone else is staring at the Bride, but I like to watch the Groom. The pure elation that flashes across his eyes, the wonderment and awe of his beautiful wife-to-be, the small hints of nervousness that are portrayed by a bead of sweat or a tremor of the hand.

This time around.
The next wedding I attend.
Our wedding.
Next week.
It's going to be my Groom.
Staring at me.
I can't wait to see his reaction;
To watch him.
To smile at him.
To reassure him.
To let him know that soon.
Soon.
We can eat all the cheese at the Reception.
Hannah


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