Three years ago today, Chris and I went on our first date.
It seems like a lifetime ago yet three years is also an incredibly short amount of time. We have certainly packed a lot in but we had already wasted so much of our lives apart that we wanted to get on with it!
Chris has taught me so much and here are a few!
I never saw the point of more than one screen before I met Chris but now I am a complete convert. It is useful for work, blogging, keeping the kids entertained while I work on something else etc etc.
I had no idea a person could or would put that much Marmite on a piece of toast. It was a shock!
Being a parent is in the heart not in the blood
Yes you are looking at a pile of toilet paper. My kids have problems pulling off toilet paper squares so at home we have a pile ready for them. On holiday I forgot. When I went in the bathroom a few hours after arrival (and several toilet visits later), I found Chris had done it.
There are so many other times when Chris has just acted as a dad. He isn’t jealous of the focus I have on the children, he doesn’t begrudge me spending time with them. He throws himself in to our days out and makes them special for us all.
If someone had said 5 years ago that I would run a blog and do (basic!!!) coding then I would simply not have believed it. Yet here I am looking for codes for font colours, no follow links and other stuff that was simply not on my radar and I would have thought was beyond me.
Chris believes in me and I believe in him. We support each other in everything. We are a team, a couple, parents, lovers, friends. Some days are hard but we have each other and I’m looking forward to growing old together.
Chris, thank you for everything you do for us as a family and me especially.
Next we wanted to go to Yarmouth Castle to once again make use of our English Heritage membership. The sat nav was not our friend 🙁 We drove in circles down one way streets until we decided to give up and park in a car park and then wandered around on foot.
First we discovered the pier, The floor boards all have sponsor names on and this was a lovely idea. The children were a little afraid being out over the sea but soon relaxed and enjoyed the views. Except Zach, he was asleep the whole time…
Suddenly we found the castle! It is a lot smaller than Carisbrookeand had a different purpose: sea defence.
I took the older 2 upstairs to explore the rooms while Chris waited with Zach. When he finally woke we were able to get him out of the pushchair for a run around the cannon!
At last we decided to move on and visit Fort Victoria, another sea defence.
Inside the old fortifications are a range of attractions and we couldn’t help but visit the model railway! On entry we were given a sheet of paper with things to look out for, I think we only missed one but my eyes couldn’t cope with any more searching 🙁
There wasn’t time to enjoy any other of the attractions so we spent some time relaxing on the beach before returning ot the Carthouse for the evening.
Wednesday 16th August has got me ‘all shook up’ 🙁 It is the 40th anniversary of the death of music legend Elvis Presley.
I am an unashamed Elvis fan. I didn’t really know any of his music until A Little Less Conversation was released and I was interested enough to buy a CD of his Number One hits.
I love it.
The rock and roll music makes me wish I had more sense of rhythm and could dance to it properly. Elvis’ voice is so rich and warm especially in his romantic songs.
So here are my top Elvis songs:
In the Ghetto
Don’t Be Cruel
As you can see, my favourite song isn’t one of his classics. It is a lovely gentle song from one of his films. Simple yet timeless. ‘Treat me nice, treat me good, treat me like you really should…I don’t have a wooden heart’ is a reminder to lovers everywhere that our actions have consequences and it is so easy to hurt those we love because we know their weaknesses.
My second favourite is another one that isn’t perhaps his famous style either. Instead it is a social commentary of how poverty is inescapable for some just due to their birth. This is particularly poignant since becoming a parent and wanting the best for my children, wanting them to have more than I ever had and achieve more than me. But the children in this song don’t have any opportunity 🙁
My grandmother is a huge Elvis fan too and I can only imagine what a huge impact he made on the music scene and on the wider culture and society.
In your words Elvis, you will be ‘always on my mind’…
I think (but I’m not sure) that the children are being needles in this photo…
We arrived here very early and got started on the rather lengthy walk to get as close to the Needles as possible.
What I didn’t realise was how much there was to do at the Needles in terms of attractions. We bought saver tickets, 12 for £9 and set out to enjoy the rides. If the children had been older we would have gone down to the beach on the chair lift but it wasn’t really feasible due to their ages and the pushchair. Good news for us: the queue was dreadfully long!
We went on the car ride which was fun and then the tea cup ride. We visited the sweet making shop and the glass blowing workshop but it was a bit stressful with 3 kids (wanting every sweet in the place and veering terrifyingly near thousands of pounds worth of glass, eeeeeek!)
Lunch was amazing. When I ordered the jacket potato I thought it was hideously overpriced but when it arrived I was very impressed. It was sooooo tasty and filling.
My favourite amusement arcade game was there, the 2p machines! I have passed my enjoyment on to the kids 🙂
We had one last ride on the cars and then headed off to explore more of the island.