Sunday, 4 August 2013

52 Weeks Of Happy...3/52

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, 
they just make the best of everything."
Joining in with Jen at little birdy and Gillian at Tales From A Happy House

This was a quieter week of the holidays. Lots of staying in and procrastinating. I'm still not feeling completely full of energy and at times my head just feels wooly and incapable of focusing on anything for a significant amount of time. I'm hoping that our upcoming holiday will provide the mental rest that I need and I'll come back feeling revitalised and ready to go, do and think like a capable adult again!

But in the midst of the tiredness there were some happy things.



Size 12
For as long as I can remember I've been wearing Size 14 trousers. I'm an unfortunate shape - tiny on my top half but with big hips and chunky thighs. However the combination of being rushed off my feet and not snacking (I'm one of those people who forget to eat when busy or stressed) during the PGCE meant that I lost just over a stone during the year. I needed to buy some new jeans and was delighted to fit into a smaller size. I just need to make sure I keep it off now - especially as I'll be commuting in the car and not having a good walk to and from the Tube twice a day!

Mum's Birthday Cake
Not sure I'll keep the weight off if I keep eating these, but yesterday was Mum's birthday and to celebrate I made this cake. We were spending the day with lots of Dad's family near Cambridge and so the cake needed to be larger than I would normally make. It was a three layer sponge - vanilla/chocolate/vanilla with rose buttercream and strawberries between each layer. Vanilla frosting and strawberry chocolate buttons decorated the outside along with the lovely banner created by Sew Sweet Violet. I came across Jooles' lovely blog recently and then found her Etsy shop which is full of very beautiful things. When I knew I was making the birthday cake I immediately decided that I wanted to get one of these as I knew Mum would love it. It certainly was a beautiful finishing touch and now I'm hoping that someone will recycle it next February when it's my birthday - hint hint!

Roaring Fire
We stayed at my cousin's house in Cambridge until late in the evening and as it got dark a fire was lit in the fire pit. It was lovely to sit around the fire, chatting and warming ourselves. The crackle and hiss of the flames were a lovely sound. Definitely a simple but lovely pleasure!

Cute Card
It was great to spend time with my extended family - there were at least three generations of us at the party. I enjoyed getting to know my cousin's little girls better. They are five and three year's old and are very sweet. At the end of the evening, the eldest - Lola - presented me with this lovely card to thank me for playing with her during the day. It was full of kisses inside. I felt very lucky - she kept saying I was her best friend. Sweet! 

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  1. That birthday cake looks really pretty and yummy.
    M x

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    1. Thanks for your dropping by and for your lovely comment! It was a very sweet (as in sickly) cake - not at all my Mum's preferred choice but she seemed to like it. x

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  2. That sounds like a very happy week! I wish that I forgot to eat when under stress; I am exactly the opposite, and can't stop snacking. And that cake - my goodness, you should be a professional baker! So many flavors and layers! I wish I lived close enough to get a birthday cake made by you. :) I hope that your vacation provides you with all of the rest and relaxation you are looking forward to!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! I'm sure someone closer to home will make you a lovely cake for your upcoming birthday. Start dropping hints now! x

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  3. Lots of happies in this post. Love that cake!

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  4. Sounds like a good week. My trousers got a little bit tight lately and I'm hoping my PGCE will shave a few pounds off my thighs! I do love a good fire and the card was very sweet. Hope you have a lovely holiday, we're off in the morning :)

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  5. That cake is fabulous! And the cake topper really sets is off. Well done of losing the weight, it's always good to feel happy in your body whatever your size. xx

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    1. You're right - whatever your size it's good to feel happy. I've just about come round to the fact that I'll never be all one size and find it makes such a difference when I shop because I know what looks best and what doesn't! x

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  6. Loving the new layout! And I noticed I lost weight when I turned to teaching and I haven't put it back on so that should reassure you a bit! :) xxx

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    1. Thanks! ;0) Glad that I'm not the only one - most of my friends put weight on. I'm hoping that being on my feet all day chasing 78 three year olds will keep it off and compensate for traveling to work in my car. Fingers crossed! x

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  7. Wonderful happies - they made me smile!

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