Monday, 23 December 2013

Nadolig Llawen....that's Merry Christmas to non-Welsh speakers :-)








 


Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!   

Father Christmas (Santa Claus) rocking the red of the Welsh with the Welsh flag in the background...is Father Christmas actually Welsh???? haha

I love this time of year! It's always so much fun having a good time with friends and work friends but also at work I have been delivering presents to the children that I work with which is so amazing to see the smiles on their faces when I turn up with gifts.

I have finally wrapped all my presents for friends and family.  We exchanged our secret santa gifts at work last week and whilst some of my friends opened their gifts I have saved mine for Christmas Day.  I refused to open mine because I have always been brought up not to open gifts before my birthday or Christmas so it's sat in my house waiting for me to open.  I have no idea what it is and I have just been told that I will love it.  

Having a December birthday as well as Christmas I am usually banned by friends and family from buying myself anything for about 6 weeks before my birthday on 1 December so that anything I may suggest I need or want they can look into buying things for me.  The trouble with that though...I never know what I want for Christmas or for my birthday, I'm used to buying things for myself if I need them. All my Christmas gifts will be a surprise because I haven't asked for anything because I genuinely don't know what I want...however no matter what I get I will love every single present.

I have one more day left at work before I head home to my Mum and Step Dad's home, the home I grew up in until I was 18...I love going back home to see my family and Christmas is best time ever.  I don't get enough time to go home and spend time with my family so I try and make the most of the time that I do get to see them.  On Christmas Day I know I'll also have telephone calls galore from my little brother and sister, my Dad and Step Mum because I won't get a chance to see them on Christmas Day, but my sister already called me today and told me it's Christmas Eve Eve (that's why I said Happy Christmas Eve Eve at the start of my post) and to tell me how many sleeps it was until Father Christmas was going to be stopping by.  She also told me that her and my brother had written their letters ready for Father Christmas and told me what food and drink they planned to leave for him and his reindeer....so cute!!!

Cute Christmas decorations that we have had since I was young

Drinks with the family

One of two trees we have at my Mum and Step Dads

Rocking the onesie on Christmas Day night

Even Coco is getting involved in the Christmas spirit

How we rocked Christmas 2012 style

2nd Christmas tree...I was clearly excited to see that Father Christmas had been

Coco and I showing some Christmas love

Christmas stocking on Christmas morning, I wake up to a stocking at the end of my bed every Christmas morning :-)

Tonight I spent some time going to the supermarket because at 8:30am this morning I got a phone call from my Mum asking me what food and drink I wanted her to get me for Christmas because she was going food shopping.  Asking me what I want for 2-3 days time is just no good, as I responded to my Mum "I don't know what I'm having for breakfast today Mum so meal times and snacks throughout Christmas has not even entered my head".  Yep, my Mum was one of the crazy people braving the supermarket in the day time witnessing people buying multiple trollies full of food and drink as though the world is going to end or the shops are not open for the next 3 weeks.

I got a phone call later in the day today from my Mum saying she had forgotten a couple of items so I said I would save my Mum's sanity and said I would pick up the things she wanted and I would bring them with me tomorrow.  I needed to go to the University to return a couple of books so as I drove past one supermarket there were lots of cars queuing to get into the supermarket car park so I drove straaaaaight past that one.  I decided I would try one more before heading home.  The second one was very quiet which was....bad news!!! The place being quiet meant I could freely wander around looking at everything and pick up things not on my Mum's list and before I knew it a list that should have come to no more than £10-15...£40 later I was at the check out with two full bags of shopping!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful couple of days however you choose to spend it.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Dusting off my Christmas jumper tomorrow...

Yet again it's more than two weeks and I haven't updated this thing but that's because life has been so busy recently.

Ydych chi'n barod ar gyfer y Nadolig? (that's Welsh for "Are you ready for Christmas?"). I cannot believe that in a weeks time it will be Christmas Day.  One minute it was the 1 December and I was celebrating my birthday and the next we're a week from Christmas and all the days seem to have blurred into one.

I love this time of year and enjoy the run up to Christmas.  I am a very lucky girl and I am privileged to have not just two wonderful parents but four amazing parents (My Mum, Dad, Step Mum and Step Dad) who have given me the opportunities to achieve my potential and encouraged me to be the best I can by working hard to achieve what I want in life. As regular readers of my blog will know I am an only child to my parents but through my parents second marriages I have two great step brothers and a foster brother and sister who I feel so lucky to have in my life and they mean the world to me.  This time of year definitely reminds me about everything I have to be thankful for and gives me a gentle reminder of the job that I do and how some children and their families struggle especially at this time of year. 

So today at work was pretty fun because lots of toys arrived at the office for the children we work with.  I work with children and their families for a number of reasons, some that are horrific and some where they are in need of support, advice and generally need encouragement that they can make positive changes in their lives. So, for me, the best part of my job throughout this period is visiting the children and being able to give them a gift from me to wish them a Merry Christmas.  I usually wear a Christmas jumper to deliver my gifts because the children love the attention and all the fuss they get from me. It makes them smile seeing me dressed in the spirit of Christmas and making my visits to their home, fun, so I'll be dusting off my Christmas jumper tomorrow haha.  I spent some of my afternoon at work working my way through all the gifts for the children I work with, working out which gift would be the most appropriate for which child.  I got to one toy for a 2 year old which sang the ABC so I was playing with that and singing away to it (that counts as work right??? haha).

I am working on Christmas Eve and again that will involve the Christmas jumper and doing the nice part of my job...delivering food hampers to families that we work with to help, even in the smallest way, to relieve the stress and expense of Christmas.  Other than doing the festive things at work I can't imagine there will be much work going on in the office and I have a feeling it will be full of general silliness (something me and my friends at work excel at)

Today I heard the most heartbreaking story at work about one of the girls I work with asking her Foster Carers if Father Christmas (Santa Claus) knew their name because when she lived with her parents they told her that Father Christmas didn't know their names and so didn't know her name or her siblings names and therefore didn't stop by their house to leave her a present. The little girl asked again if Father Christmas knew her name and the Carer reassured her that Father Christmas knew all of the children's name in their house and he would definitely be stopping at their house and leaving a present...I cried when I heard that story...it completely broke my heart.

Speaking of heart breaking, today I read the sentencing transcript from a Court Case involving a famous singer in a band and the sexual abuse of both male and female children including babies.  Reading the things that these defenseless children were subjected to is beyond horrific and disgusting. I have dealt with some awful abuse cases at work but this is worse than I have ever dealt with and it is sickening to know that this person was able to abuse the power that he had over the woman who offered their children to him.  As you all know I am a proud Welsh girl and I am ashamed to say that this person is Welsh and he is an absolute disgrace and with the greatest of respect I hope this "man" rots in prison during his 35 year sentence.

Anyway on a much better note it is just 7 more sleeps until Father Christmas visits...the question is...



...will he be visiting me and dropping off gifts for me...have I been naughty or nice this year??? haha









The best Christmas song...




Monday, 2 December 2013

Don't you just love a good old stereotype??

haha...

"you don't look the type of girl...."

"generally like lower maintenance girls..." hahaha.

I am sure there have been many more throughout the conversation but those are the ones that simply made me laugh!!...what's the saying??

"Don't judge a book by it's cover"

It always makes me laugh when people have some preconceived idea of what kind of person I am...that I'm that kind of girl and suggesting that I'm high maintenance.  My suggestion?!?!?!....get to know me instead of judging me haha.

Of course it's just friendly banter...I can take that...I can also take that I know the person I am and I am happy with the person I am.  As people who are my friends and who read my blog know...I am from a family that mean everything to me, I work my ass off to achieve the things I set out to do, somewhere in my head there's a significant amount of grey matter called a brain and I am studying for my second Master's Degree...I love to have fun, play sports, love hiking with my dog King Zeb, and I am caring and thoughtful to the people that mean the most and I work in a job that is not only heartbreaking but so rewarding with children and young people...but yeah...I'm high maintenance haha...I like to document my life and create memories by taking pictures with my friends and like to explore the world and if that makes me one of those girls....then so be it haha...I can't help but laugh, I find it funny how wrong someone is!! 

Anyway....

My birthday weekend was...AMAZING!!

I had such a fun time and was well and truly spoilt by my friends and family.  My friends and I drank and danced a lot and generally had a lot of fun.

As everyone knows I'm a proud Welsh girl!! The weekend was no different and my friends thought it would be hilarious if they had Tom Jones played in the bar and made me dance...Carlton style haha...so the heels came off...I hitched my dress up a little and got in position aaaand off I went...


I rocked this dance...much to my friends and the rest of the bars amusement haha.  I had so much fun with everyone and of course it turned into a late night on Saturday night / Sunday Morning seeing in my birthday in true style.

To finish my blog I'm going to post a few selfies from the weekend...with the classic "duck face" hahaha...what girl doesn't like a posing pouting pic haha







Tonight I've been out to dinner and given in to a couple of my friends wanting to go out, so here's a little preview of the night hahaha

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