Thursday, 14 April 2011

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy with a Heart

The Easter Holidays are in full swing.  Eldest daughter is home and the house is full of laughter and fun. Freddy is relishing being spoiled by his three big sisters and is in excitable mode.  It's full on and loud...exactly how I like it!  So I'm in a pretty cheerful mood this week.

1:  I was absolutely thrilled to bits to discover on Twitter that I had won the Tots 100 March Blog Hop Competition with my post Learning Through Play.  I really enjoyed writing the post because it meant scouring through all my archives to find photos of Freddy from birth to the present day that showed his journey through play.  It was wonderful to reflect on how far my little man had come in the last 21 months.

To have something that I have done validated in this way gives me a huge confidence boost.  Similarly receiving nominations for the New Blog, Family Life Blog and Blogger of the Year categories in this year's MAD Awards has made me feel incredibly humbled.  I don't expect to get any further but it is amazing to think that someone somewhere likes my blog enough to pop my URL in the nomination box.  Thank you so much to anyone who considered me for the honour of an award. x

2:  Freddy has developed a penchant for dancing which has had us all in hysterics wondering if I have spawned the next Louis Spence!  His snake hips move is worthy of Elvis in his hey day and any song sets him off.  He also uses things as impromptu microphones and sings loudly into them.  Embarrassingly though, my boob has become his latest mic of choice, which makes for discretely feeding my toddler an impossibility!!  He is definitely a future Robbie Williams in the making!

3:  After 3 months of waiting, the fence that blew down in January's gale force winds has finally been replaced.  It was the neighbour's landlord's responsibility and he dragged his feet.  Eventually the Letting Agency gave him an ultimatum and it was done in a week.  This means that Freddy can once again play out in the garden without constant adult supervision.  It gives him a little bit of freedom allowing him to play outside with his sister without me worrying that he will give her the slip and be off out into the street via the neighbour's garden.  It's a little thing, but I'm so glad it has been done for the holidays.  Now all we need is some sunshine!!


  1. Loved loved loved reading your reasons.

    Makes me feel terrible that mine were so short but Aaron was asleep on my knee and it's hard to write a lot when not only are you typing one handed but it's your left hand to boot!

    People just don't think of others - to them the fence was no big deal but it is so life changing for you and Freddy :-) I am so so so glad that they finally did it and in time for any more good weather we get. These things, that make life easier, are so important.

    Liska xxx

  2. Sounds like you are having a pretty good week! Well done on winning the blog hop post! x

  3. Well done on your MADS nomination, you deserve it! I have an award waiting for you on my page

  4. I always find it hard to comment on your posts because I've already said all the things to you that I would otherwise write here. One new bit of info here for me though is the boob microphone. I'm sure you didn't tell me this because you know exactly what my face would be like xx

  5. Well done on the blog hop award & well deserved MAD nominations, and what lovely reasons to be cheerful! So funny your toddlers choice of microphone...!!

  6. Many congratulations on the blog hop award, not to mention the MAD nominations - I have always maintained that you have a gift for writing and expressing yourself - It is always a joy to read your blogs.

  7. Excellent reasons - can't wait to meet you on Thursday!

  8. Very well done on the blog hop award and the MAD nominations.
    I too have a little Robbie Williams with a boob thing and he is 5! Such a performer, charmer and comic to boot.
    Pleased to hear things are so positive in your world.
    My reasons are over at

  9. Well done on winning the blog hop & your noms too! Glad to hear the fence is sorted - kids need that bit of freedom that a garden gives. Have a nice weekend x

  10. What fab reasons, you're really have a good time at the moment. Big congratulations on winning the blog hop. I kept meaning to do a post for Learning through play but I never got around to it. Must pop along and see yours now, it sounds great. Have a lovely weekend x


  11. Freddie sounds brilliant! Also congratulations on the competition win!

  12. Congrats on your award hon - what fantastic news!

  13. Freddie sounds brilliant! Also congratulations on the competition win!



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