Word of the Month October

Welcome back to this months word of the month.

Can you actually believe that including this month there is only 3 months left of this year!

I know its gone by so fast.

Last months word or in-fact phrase was Back To It.  I wanted to get back to a better routine and better fitness and back on the school run!

I have to say September has been hard. Getting back into the school routine has took its toll on all of us and our stress levels have been high!

The house is a tip and we have hit an all time low in the house!

I’m not sure if its the passing of the summer, the stress of the morning routine, or just par the course of having two sets of twins!

But we have to get back to better ground in the Spencer household.

Thats why this Month our word is going to be Appreciate!

We have to start appreciating what we have as a family, Appreciate the good in each day and appreciate who we are!

I will be going back to writing in my gratitude diary and asking the kids what they are grateful for each day!

We are getting rid of clutter in the house so that we can see our favorite possessions and appreciate them more.

I really hope it gets us all back on track!

Whats your word of the Month?

Any tips for getting us all back on track?

See you next time

Nina x

2017 A Round Up

What a year this has been. I’ve got to the end through the skin of my teeth!

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I was panicking that I wanted to start the new year, healthy, with a tidy decluttered house but in reality, there is stuff everywhere. 2017 was meant to be about decluttering and living more simply, minimal. Instead, I ended up filling our house even more with two extra people!

Why do we do this, why do we strive to start the new year as we mean to go on, when really we should start each day as we mean to go on.

Each day is a blessing! Each day we should make it a day worth living.

2017 has certainly shown me how fragile life can be and what is truly important in my own life.

Here is my year in review.

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Oh and what adventures we’ve had!!! 

January

Our family started the year as we have for the past 3 years on “our paradise isle” Lanzarote.

We spent it with some friends of ours and for the first time since me & hubby have been together we actually went out for new year.

We danced, ate and the kids had pony rides at one of our favourite places for a day out Texas Rancho Park.

When we got back to England, I was able to help out for a couple of days at the theatre, where it was panto time. My favourite time of the year.

After panto had finished I realised I was late for my period and took a test!

The test was positive!

I soon became sick with my pregnancy and me and hubby decided we should have an early scan. To make sure this time there was only one baby.

SHIT! There’s two AGAIN!

Spent a good part of 3 months crying, and asking everyone close if we were doing the right thing, and would we be ok?

We also took geocaching back up this month and went I to see Grease the musical.

February

Sold my beloved Delilah. She had been with us for 3 years. She was part of the family. I know she had her quirks about her. Like sometimes having to bang the breaks off with a hammer, the muscle toning steering and her kitchen that when you turned a corner everything fell out. But she was mine!

We also took another trip to Lanzarote in February. This time, knowing I was pregnant with another set of twins we joked that we should make the most of this trip and visit places we had never visited as it may be our last trip for a while! We certainly did visit places we had never been before. Like A&E for my mum who trapped her finger in a car seat, and the doctor’s surgery for not just me and my pregnancy sickness but at the end of the week after suffering on hubby decided enough was enough his throat was so swollen and painful he couldn’t hack it anymore.

March

Well, March was a busy month, it saw a school trip to a windmill, the dreaded class bear, nits and A trip to London for the day with the girls, to see The Girls, musical.

April

April was another trip to London this time with my kids. Where I took them to daddy’s office, a trip on a boat, a walk to the zoo, a trip on the underground and a stroll by the Thames.

May

May was all about redecorating the house ready for the new arrivals, we also redesigned the garden, making an amazing bbq area for our family and friends to gather. We also this month got out the paddling pool, went to the splash park and made the most of the spring sunshine.

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Splash

June.

While June was a down month for me pregnancy wise, I’d hit the struggling to move point of it and was feeling bad for letting the other twins down by not being able to do as much for them. We tried hard to soak up all the sunshine each day and me and hubby became godparents to our friends baby.

Too Cute

July.

A busy month again.

I waddled down to London for Tesco’s Christmas in July event! While I was there I was fussed over by all the team. I’m really glad I did the trip even though it took it out of me for a day or two. I went to Friendsfest, with a couple of girlfriends. It was great seeing all the costumes, and scenery. I even had a Ross,/ Monica, “my sandwich” sandwich. Which I have to say was very tasty.

It was also my birthday this month so obviously, we had to have a BBQ party.

And the start of the summer holidays

August

This month I tried had to parent our first set of twins as well as grow the second set. Life was becoming increasingly difficult. Little did I know at the beginning of the month just how difficult it was about to be.

Halfway through August, I had a scan that said my placenta was low, after this and a few back niggles I was admitted to hospital, sent for other scans, blood tests, and MRI. All which confirmed that I had something called placenta percreta. Something that now is a common word for me, but back then something that I’d never heard of before and was apparently very rare.

After iron infusions, being monitored constantly and being scared half to death by my surgeon. I finally met my new babies on August 30th. After about 5 hours of surgery, a hysterectomy and 10 litres of blood transfusion.

September.

I was still in hospital as I became quite poorly after the twins were born, sepsis followed by a twisted bowel which meant a week after my cesarían hysterectomy I had to go back to sleep and be cut open through the wound that had split to untwist my bowel.

I managed after a whole month of being in hospital to finally get home.

Recovery was to start.

But not until I’d been hit by gallstone pain. The worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. Ment I ended up in A&se twice and being admitted back into hospital.

October

Now my recovery can start and my new healthy lifestyle that I’ve been forced into due to my gallstones.

I managed to spend some time with the big kids over the October holidays while Nanny Sue took charge of the babies.

It almost killed me pumpkin picking but I’m glad I could catch up with my biggest two.

I was discharged from Jessops after my follow up appointment.

October also saw me picking up my laptop again to document my birth story and other things less dramatic.

November

Blogging, soaking up my new babies, recovery, spending time as a family of 7, lunches with hubby, a trip to the cinema, seeing the Coca-Cola Christmas truck, a school trip to the railway lots of midnight feeds and picking my Christmas tree. Oh and another trip to A&E.

December

The end of the year in sight but first it’s Christmas. Our favourite time of the year. The tree is up, well two trees. One real one artificial. The elves were out and about up to mischief. There was more wrapping paper than a small forest can sustain being flung around and all the sellotape. The big twins turned 6 this month. Time really does go by so quickly.

My hair really decided to disappear this month and is the thinnest it’s ever been and still going.

We’ve seen Santa on a boat, on a train at the local club twice.

We got through a lot of my cranberry cupcakes.

It was the WI Christmas meeting where we take in nibbles. I had to think of new low-fat buffet options. I’m getting quite into eating healthier. Though I have managed a Baileys coffee or two, and a couple of cakes. But I’ve cut down tremendously and I feel a lot better for doing so.

I cooked Xmas dinner for 13 and we all had amazing Christmas.

If you’ve been with me from the start of 2017 or joined me through the year Thank you for all for your support I couldn’t have got through it without all of you.

What a year.

If you are just joining us I can’t promise that 2018 will be filled with as much drama. In fact, I’m hoping and praying it won’t be. I can but hope for more adventures with my family and my friends and some adventures just for me.

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I wonder!!!! 

Happy New Year to everyone.

May 2018 bring you everything you desire and be filled with magic, adventure and love.

Nina x

Highs & Lows of 2017 – Blogger Tag!

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This year has been a really big year for our family. A bit of an emotional rollercoaster.

Sometimes it’s good to reflect on the year before you turn the page to start the next.

I came across this post by Katie On Thin Ice and thought I would join in with the tag.

1. What was your happiest event? It was the day I looked at my baby twins and thought you know what. You’ve actually saved me. They are making me a better person.

2. What was the saddest thing to happen? Being told I had placenta percreta and I had to have a huge operation to get my babies out and save my life.

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?. We got pregnant. Well technically we got pregnant at the end of 2016, however, found out in January then found out it was another set of twins!!

4. Who let you down? I don’t think anyone really, some of the sonographers missed my low placenta , however had I been diagnosed with my placenta issues earlier I’d have spent most of the pregnancy worrying.

5. Who supported you? First and foremost my husband who stayed with me Day and night at the hospital while I was going through my op and the before & after of the op. Also my children for being so strong and cuddling me when I feel down cheering me up and drawing pictures and writing little notes for me, Ruth my amazing anaesthetist. The rest of my family and of course my very supportive friends.

6. Tell us what you learned. That I am strong, I can do difficult things, and some things in life are more important than others!

7. Tell us what made you laugh My children. Some days they have made me cry with laughter.

8. Tell us the things that made you cry. Pregnancy, finding out I was having another set of twins, the pending operation, then a second op, tiredness, gallstone pain.

9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud. Please miss this question out if you are not a parent. (Not really three things) My big Girl has made me proud most of the year by her strength she has had during my pregnancy & while I was in hospital. My boy has made me proud with how he has come on in his school work.

10. Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself. Getting through one of the toughest births.

11. Tell us the challenges you overcame. Again it’s all about my the birth of the twins. And for years I’ve need to eat more healthy. Well this year after the birth of the twins I developed gallstones. This has made me eat more healthy. I think it’s now going to be part of my lifestyle to eat better.

12. Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2018. I just want to be more present in the day to day. Enjoy all of my children and my husband. And make 2018 one of adventures.

1. What was your happiest event?

2. What was the saddest thing to happen?

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?.

4. Who let you down?

5. Who supported you?

6. Tell us what you learned.

7. Tell us what made you laugh

8. Tell us the things that made you cry

9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud. Please miss this question out if you are not a parent.

10. Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself.

11. Tell us the challenges you overcame

12. Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2018

Now it’s over to you, If you are a blogger feel free to copy the questions,  please remember to tag myself and Katie on Thin Ice

I’m tagging fellow bloggers

Chaos and Conversation 

Mummy and The Mexicans 

The Unnatural Mother 

Mummy To Dex 

Readaraptor Hatchling 

Vitiligo Mum

The Smallest of Things

All About Mummy

Life with Boys

The Queen Of Collage

Wishes and Wellies 

A Beautiful Space 

The Mamma Fairy 

Love, Maise 

New Mummy Blog

Tippy Tups 

How to take part in the tag and the rules.

Copy and paste the questions below and answer them on your blog linking back to this post, please.

Rules

1 Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog and https://kateonthinice.com

2 Answer the questions

3 Tag to take part 5 or more bloggers asking them to take part and let them know on social media

4 Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag

Nina x

Grateful Sunday #6

Welcome to week 6 of my weekly list of things I am grateful for or that are making me happy this week!

I’ve decided to start a daily gratitude list.

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I have done it before both on my own and as a family – We would send our list to each other (Myself Hubby & Stepson) via our family messenger group! It really helped especially when hubby worked away and with stepson only being here at weekends anyway!

Gratitude lists or journals can really benefit your mental health. They help you focus on the good things of the day, give you 5 – 10 minutes of calm, and when you’re having a bad day you can look back and see all the good things you have written in the past!

To keep me accountable for writing out my list I will post a few of the top things I’ve been grateful for each week!

This week December has come which means there are loads to be grateful for the lights, the excitement of the children, the shopping and loads more.

Here are a few of my grateful moments this week.


My List for Sunday 3rd December 2017

  • A quiet day planning for exciting things in 2018
  • My dad fetching my Christmas Tree
  • I managed through the night feed & during the morning school run chaos on my own!
  • My Step Son coming over to help decorate the tree.
  • Our brilliant Dr for fitting little Miss J in for an appointment to give her the once over -No Chest infection Just a cold!
  • Family friends for getting Little Miss J & little Mister M their first tree ornament.
  • An hour just for me to get my eyebrows & lip waxed (Yep lip I’ve reached an age where it needs doing people) along with a massage & a sneaky coffee
  • A voucher for the above received from friends for my birthday but wasn’t able to use until now!
  • Volunteers from the lovely Chesterfield Canal Trust for giving up their time to run trips – We had a lovely time on the Santa trip. We even got to steer the boat!

 

The Chesterfield Canal runs for 46 miles. It is known as the most varied and beautiful waterways in England.

The canal runs through Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire & Derbyshire.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust is run entirely by volunteers and they have restored 12 miles of the canal, including 37 locks, 11 bridges and developed two marinas.

To find out more including the various trips along the canal head over to their website. 

Don’t forget to leave a comment below with what your grateful for this week.

See you all next week.

Nina x

This post has not been sponsored all opinions are my own

I just have a keen interest in boats and the canal!

Grateful Sunday #5

Welcome to week 4 of my weekly list of things I am grateful for or that are making me happy this week!

I’ve decided to start a daily gratitude list.

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I have done it before both on my own and as a family – We would send our list to each other (Myself Hubby & Stepson) via our family messenger group! It really helped especially when hubby worked away and with stepson only being here at weekends anyway!

Gratitude lists or journals can really benefit your mental health. They help you focus on the good things of the day, give you 5 – 10 minutes of calm, and when you’re having a bad day you can look back and see all the good things you have written in the past!

To keep me accountable for writing out my list I will post a few of the top things I’ve been grateful for each week!


My List for Sunday 26th November 2017

  • An uplifting post that one of my friends tagged me in
  • 10% discount night at the local Coffee Shop/Gift Shop – Ideal for Xmas gifts!
  • My Mum looking after the Baby Twins while I went to Lincoln Xmas shopping.
  • A bra fitting at M&S & new Bras!
  • Made a big dent in my Xmas gift list!
  • The chance to have a nice Whirlpool bath at the inlaws for the first time – I’ve been wanting to try out this new bath since they had it fitted in June last. Being pregnant though I couldn’t use the jets. It really soothed my back!
  • I’m actually feeling more and more normal as the days go on!
  • The babies this week have started sleeping that bit longer at night.
  • Cinema Date with big kids and My friend & her son.
  • A cuppa brought to me while I edit blogs in bed!
  • Micheal McIntyre Back on the TV. I know it started last week but I missed it due to sleep being more important.

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment below with what your grateful for this week.

See you all next week.

Nina x

 

Grateful Sunday #4

I’ve decided to start a daily gratitude list.

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I have done it before both on my own and as a family – We would send our list to each other (Myself Hubby & Stepson) via our family messenger group! It really helped especially when hubby worked away and with stepson only being here at weekends anyway!

Gratitude lists or journals can really benefit your mental health. They help you focus on the good things of the day, give you 5 – 10 minutes of calm, and when you’re having a bad day you can look back and see all the good things you have written in the past!

To keep me accountable for writing out my list I will post a few of the top things I’ve been grateful for each week!

My List for Sunday 19th November 2017

  • Mindfulness Course Started at Sure Start With Free Creche
  • Clean Sheet Night
  • Filled all 3 rings on I watch for the first time in ages
  • NHS – & no one being in the waiting room when I got to A&E
  • Feeling better about how to manage gallstones and flare-ups!
  • Felt better and managed to get to WI
  • Time to spend with big kids at a school Trip
  • A hot bath after being at a Freezing cold school trip
  • Hit 600 Subscribers on Instagram –
  • Hubby Home from work travels
  • Made a start on some video prep for relaunching my youtube channel

Don’t forget to leave a comment below with what your grateful for this week.

See you all next week.

Nina x

Grateful Sunday #3

I’ve decided to start a daily gratitude list.

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I have done it before both on my own and as a family – We would send our list to each other (Myself Hubby & Stepson) via our family messenger group! It really helped especially when hubby worked away and with stepson only being here at weekends anyway!

Gratitude lists or journals can really benefit your mental health. They help you focus on the good things of the day, give you 5 – 10 minutes of calm, and when you’re having a bad day you can look back and see all the good things you have written in the past!

To keep me accountable for writing out my list I will post a few of the top things I’ve been grateful for each week!

My List for Sunday 12th November 2017

  • I’ve reserved our real Christmas tree!
  • Saw a friend in the street. We haven’t spoken for months. We had a hug & a Cry It was lovely to see her.
  • The twins had a hip scan at Jessops. Both were fine. M has now been discharged.
  • Xmas Radio, Me & the big kids managed a dance at breakfast time in the kitchen to Xmas tunes.
  • Cuppa with friends.
  • Me time – I had my hair done at the hairdressers.
  • Living next door to Grandma, Shes a great help.
  • Cinema date with big twins & Hubby to see Paddington. While nanny Sue had Little two.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below with what your grateful for this week.

See you all next week.

Nina x