Monday, 26 January 2015

Living arrows 4/52.




The two of you will never know

How much my love has grown
To be blessed by two
When others have so few


From the moment you were conceived

You were all that I would ever need
To hold you, comfort you and love you both
Is all that I could ever hope



You are my life
You are my hope
To see you both happy
Is my only hope



My happiness has been through you
I loved you both before you were you
There were aches and pains but it was worth it all
I could not foresee what was to be



From the first moment I held you both
My love has only continued to grow
There have never been two children as beautiful as you


Living Arrows

One short day in the emerald city// Our amazing evening watching Wicked on tour



For Christmas, my sister very generously gave me and the boys tickets to see Wicked on tour at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. I was over whelmed by this as I have been a fan of the show since I saw it in London three years ago. I was desperate to see it again and I really wanted the boys to see it too. 

The boys were the first to notice that the theatre was lit up in an emerald green and the words 'Wicked' shining above. I knew they were just as excited as me to see the show by their reaction to this and I knew they had so much more surprises in store. We arrived to the theatre an hour early so we had plenty of time to grab a quick bite to eat in the theatres cafe. I also went a bit crazy with the theatres merchandise store. Tom was treated to a cuddly Wicked dragon which was a bit pricey but its rare that we have the opportunity to come to the theatre, so I had to buy it for him. Alfie was treated to a Wicked  lanyard which he can use at school. I treated myself to the shows programme which features all the cast from the show and some very stunning photos from the show. 


Inside the theatre, the stage looked amazing. They had the same set design as the London show with the glittering map of the emerald city and of course the famous metal dragon looking out towards the audience. Thomas was fascinated but a little nervous of the dragon. I had to reassure him a few times that he wasn't real and that he wouldn't be breathing any fire onto the audience. 


At 7.30 the curtain rose and we jumped with excited. The first song is 'No one mourns the wicked' which has Glinda, played by Emily Tierney, enter the stage in a large flying metal bubble. When I saw her, I immediately started crying. I was so happy to be there seeing this truly amazing show. I cried again during the song 'the wizard and I', not a sad song at all, but its one of my favourites and Ashleigh Grey who plays the green witch Elphaba, was amazing. In fact the whole cast was amazing. We were hooked throughout the whole show, even the children who normally find it hard to sit still for five minutes let alone two hours forty-five minutes. Thomas had to be told to sit on his chair and quiet down though during the song 'Defying Gravity'. It is his favourite song and he just wanted to dance and sing along. However the people surrounding us where understandably annoyed. The performance of the song took our breath away, especially the ending where we see her fly and belt out the last lines. The audience went crazy. 


Overall, the show was fantastic from beginning to end. The acting, singing, the costumes and scenery were just amazing, nothing can compare to it. I cannot fault anything with the show and I am really desperate to go back and see it over and over again. If you live in Plymouth, I would definitely recommend going to see it, you won't regret it. It is in Plymouth until February 14th before moving onto Bristol so don't miss out. 

Have you seen Wicked before? What did you think of the show? 

Gem x




Sunday, 25 January 2015

Friday, 23 January 2015

What my beautiful children have taught me.






Hello, 

I thought it would be fun today to create a list of things that my children have taught me since they were born. They continue to teach me something new everyday, especially when they return home from school. My boys seem to be far more intelligent and wise than I was at their age. They have woken me up to view the world in a whole new way. Children don't see the world as we do, they are innocent, honest, and pure. They see beauty in everyone and everything. Now that I am a mother, my views of the world has been changed for the better and my boys have encouraged me to grow into a more caring and unselfish person. 


What Alfie has taught me: 


Dance like no-one is watching
Don't take life too serious
Have patience
Express yourself
Show off your creativity
Forgive others
Always keep your imagination alive and dream often
Do not let others ruin your dreams
It is ok to be competitive
Tell your family you love them everyday
Be grateful for what you have
Befriend someone who you think is lonely
Be generous
Sharing is caring
It is ok to show your emotions
Sing loudly
Be honest
Never hold a grudge, Let it go. 


What Thomas has taught me:


Do not care what others think you
Don't be afraid to get dirty
Roll down hills
Jump in the biggest puddles
See the good in everyone
Try something new every day
Do not be scared
Laugh often
Always believe in your dreams
Having fun is more important than chores
Say hello to everyone
Smile
Be kind
Learn something new everyday
Always ask questions
Give out hugs often
Be helpful





Are there any lessons that your children have taught you that you didn't see in the list above? I would love to hear them. 

Gem x
Mums' Days





Thursday, 22 January 2015

Week three: Reading Together



Hello and welcome to week three of my link up 'Reading together'. Last week I was very happy to receive two link ups which I was very grateful for. I really appreciated it so thank you. Shout out to Catherine from Storysnug for a fab review of Dangerous! A story about a label obsessed mole who sticks labels on everything. I can kind of relate to this character. Also, thank you to Carla from Random Thoughts of a Twenty Something for linking up her book review of Finding Freckles. 


What we read together this week:



Our favourite book we read together this week was The Elephantom by Ross Collins. It tells the story of a little girl who finds that being haunted by an elephant is not as much fun as she hoped. With parents who seem oblivious to phantom poo, she seeks a solution to her big problem with the help of her gran in the depths of Mr. spectral's shop.

The book is beautifully observed, funny and ghoulish. It is not too scary so it is suitable for timid children like my boys who don't appreciate spooky stories at bedtime. Their favourite part of the book was when the little girl visited Mr spectral's shop. There are so many different oddities on the shelves. We had fun spotting which ones we would buy. Alfie quickly noticed the Doctor who telephone box sitting on the shelf which got him all excited. Thomas found the ending extremely funny, I won't give it away. I loved the expressions on Elephantom's face. It's that look the boys give me when they know they are being a bit naughty, when they think they can get away with anything. 


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Reading Together




Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

My Children's outfit of the day




This was my children's outfits on Saturday. We ventured into the city for a long walk around Plymouth Hoe so I made sure I dressed them smart but comfortable. I don't normally dress them in similar outfits as I like them to have their own identity/style but they wanted to wear these lovely shirts from Florence and Fred so I didn't feel so guilty.  I also let them pick out their own T-shirts to wear under their shirts as it was very cold outside. Alfie is becoming a little surfer dude since moving down to Cornwall so this surf rock T-shirt really suits him. Thomas is still mad about Frozen and wants to wear this T-shirt all the time. It is from Primark and I think I might have to buy some more in preparation for when the current one gets too small. There Jeans are from Next and their hi-tops are from H&M. Looking at their style, they look like little 1950s teddy boys. 

Gem x





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