14 June 2009

I'd like to thank...

Wow, I've been given three more awards! I'm overwhelmed and of course over the moon.

The rules are you say who gave you the award, give a bit of information about yourself and then pass it on. You then let the recipients know. Simple. Of course if you've ever tried to do this you'll realise it takes ages because you have to find the awards, put them on your blog and then decide who to pass them on to, calling up their blogs to get the links. Oh well, maybe it just takes me a long time. It is worth it though to spend a little time valuing the blogs that inspire you. So here goes:

This is the Lemonade award given to me by the amazing Rebel Mother at Another Day in the Madhouse. If you haven't already seen her blog please take a look. She has a lot on her plate but deals with it with humour.

For this award I need to list three things I'm grateful for:
1) My husband
We only met three and a bit years ago, but knew almost immediately that we were meant for each other. We are happy. He recently said to me, when I was apologising for putting on weight, that he loves me unconditionally. I feel the same way about him too.
2) My children
I have two beautiful boys aged 21 months and 9 months. Before I met my husband I worried that I would never have children and this saddened me, but here I am now with two amazing lads. Yes, we're fast workers! It is hard work having two so close together, but so rewarding. If you have children, you'll know.
3) Living in the UK
I know we complain about the government and the weather, but there are a lot worse places to live. We have democracy, the National Heath Service and very few natural disasters.

This is the Honest Scrap award given to me by the lovely Katherine at Supply and Demands? Please check out her fabulous blog.

For this award I need to list ten things about me. I'm tempted to copy Katherine and list ten embarrassing things about me as this is funnier. She misread the instructions! Let's see where we go with this:
  1. I'm a qualified accountant.
  2. In my last job I managed a department of thirty-six staff
  3. I hated my last job
  4. I love being a Stay At Home Mum
  5. I make cards and made my wedding invitations myself
  6. I sing and write songs (blatant self-promotion here)!
  7. I had my gap year when I was 30
  8. I've done a skydive, couldn't breathe for the minute of freefall, thought I was going to pass out! Once the parachute opened it was heaven.
  9. I have a tattoo of the Chinese symbol for peace on my arm (I wish it was somewhere more discreet and covered it up for my wedding)
  10. I love animals, in fact I'm quite soppy about giraffes and big cats
There, quite boring really, maybe I'll do a post at a later date about embarrassing incidents!


This is the One Lovely Blog Award given to me by the lovely Clareybabble at Clareybabbling. Her blog is refreshing and honest, please take a look.

For this award you list five pet hates:
  1. Bad driving
  2. Intolerance
  3. Isms (sexism, racism etc.)
  4. There only being 24 hours in a day
  5. Did I say bad driving?!

Here are the blogs I am making awards to. Please take the time to pay them a visit.

Tim (aka The Dotterel) at Bringing Up Charlie. Tim was kind enough to write about little old me in his post New Kid on the Blog 2. He reviewed my post Food Glorious Food and expanded on the way we give attention to our children. I was moved by the trouble he went to.

Laura at Synchronization of Us. Laura wrote an honest and moving post recently about her baby son. She has a lovely family.

Ruth at Look Left of the Pleiades. I don't agree with everything she says, but I agree with a lot of it and her posts are certainly thought-provoking. Ruth is honest and down to earth. She also writes about her gorgeous son at All About Bertie.

The Wife of Bold is very funny. She has four girls under five (and I thought I had it tough with two under two)!

Brit in Bosnia does what it says on the tin. A fascinating read.

Ian at Single Parent Dad writes beautiful and moving posts about life with his gorgeous son.

All Grown Up... Still Feeling Like a Kid is a great blog by a mum of one, soon to be two.

Clareybabble at Clareybabbling wrote a wonderful honest post about how life really is when you're a new mum, even though she gave me an award I think she deserves one back.

Perfectly Happy Mum is one of my new favourite blogs, please take a look.

Leslieanne at Life With a Little Dude is a lovely new mum with a new blog about her beautiful baby boy.

For the recipients please choose one of the above awards that you would like on your blog. For everyone else I'd like to thank.... you for reading xx



  1. Oh thank you Sandy! I will choose the Lemonade award,as I've received the others and not quite got round to posting just yet, lol! No idea how to paste the icons onto my actual blog though, easy to get them into a post,but that's another matter....

  2. Ooo, the choice the choice. How exciting. Thanks very much, very much appreciated. I always LOVE getting awards. It may take me a little while to post, but I WILL.

    PS - I thought my two boys were close together! How do you do it?

  3. Aw, thanks SC! Hmmm - it's a bit like choosing a raffle prize, this... I think I'll have an 'Honest Scrap' if it's all the same to you. And thanks again.

  4. Well done on receiving the awards, always uplifting to know someone appreciates you. You have some very interesting lists there. I would love to be a qualified accountant. It confuses me so much and I struggle my way through the farm accounts.

    CJ xx

  5. Oh thank you so much for saying lovely things about my blog and for giving me an award back!! I have chosen the Honest Scrap :) xxx

  6. Thank you so much for the award!
    Check my blog to read a mention about your blog and a thank you for this award

  7. Very interesting. Will check out some of your blog recommendations.

  8. Thanks for all your lovely comments :-)

    AllGrownUp, you're welcome. You add a text widget to your blog, then you can copy and paste the image. Hope this works!

    BiB, you're welcome. How do I cope with 2 under 2? Hairdye and chocolate :-) x

    Dotterel, hope you're happy with your raffle prize :-) x

    CJ, well, they say it's never too late to start studying! I'm glad I got it out of the way when I was in my early 20s. One of my proudest moments :-) x

    Clarey, you're welcome x

    PHM, you're welcome and thanks for the lovely mention on your blog. x

    Reasons to be cheerful, thanks, I always like to find new blogs to read x

  9. Congrats! Agree about the UK (not matter how much I complain). Love the NHS.

  10. Thanks so much hun - sorry I'm a bit late to this, I read, intended to sort it out, then went off doing all kinds and totally forgot - remembered this morning and thought, "shit!"


    Bad driving. Yeah, as a pedestrian this bugs me too, but given I cannot drive myself I feel I can't complain as much!

    Thanks for the recommendations for new blogs to read too...!!

    If it's all right with you, I'll take the lemonade award xxxx
    Again thank you so much, and sorry I'm late to the party - there's fashionably late, and then there's turning up after everyone's gone!!

  11. Sandy
    Did you go back to the playgroup? It always feels like that at first but you always do meet really nice interesting people as well.
    kim x

  12. Thames, thanks. Yes we all complain, but it's not that bad living here!

    Ruth, 'fashionably late' love it! Glad you like the lemonade award. I've had sooo many lemons thrown at me in the past that if I hadn't made lemonade I'd be a right old sourpuss now x

    Kim, yes I did and it was fine thanks. I even spoke to a couple of the yummies! Hmm, perhaps I'll do a post update about it soon... x


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