Motherhood – A Mother’s Day Meme

Bod for tea has tagged me in this Mother’s Day meme, which was started by More Than A Mum.  It’s a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day; although we didn’t (celebrate) as LagosDad forgot!  

Describe Motherhood in three words

Wondrous, terrifying, emotional

Does your experience differ from your mother’s?  How?

I suppose the basics are the same, but there are many little things that are different.  Like the variety of baby equipment available now, that she didn’t have then.  And, of course, the price of things.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the story of the Silver Cross Pram that cost £32!

What’s the best thing?

As nuts as Vinay is driving me these days, there’s always (at least) one point in the day when I look at him and think, ‘You are the best thing in the world.’  I love that he can now call me ‘mama’, but shouts ‘naaaanaaaa’ when I’m leaving a room.  I love that he holds up his hand and shows five fingers to show ‘so many’ (insert animal or mode of transport here).  And I love that he doesn’t know how to say, ‘no’ yet!

How has it changed you?

I’ve become more mushy than I was before.  It doesn’t take much to make me cry!  I worry constantly.  Not just about him, but about everything.  I don’t think I did before.  Being a mum has made me realise I don’t miss school.  I don’t miss the paperwork or the politics of the school environment.

What do you hope for your children?

All I want for him is for him to be happy and healthy.  And I hope that he will always know how much we love him.  

What do you fear for them?

Oh my God, where do I start?

What makes it all worthwhile?

The cuddles and kisses.  The feeling of his arms wrapped around my neck.  Watching him walk around like a Sumo wrestler.  Watching him laugh and hearing his giggles.

I’m tagging…

(Just) Above Average Mum

The Boy and Me

Mummy Mishaps

 

On My Birthday

The lovely Red Rose Mummy tagged me in this new meme (created by Kate at The Five Fs).  All you have to do is give a whole load of facts based on the day you were born.  This is where Wikipedia comes in handy!

So…  Without further ado…

When is your birthday?  February 25th

Pick three people who share your birthday and share what you know about them.

George Harrison – He was one of The Beatles.  He died in 2001.  He released ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ in 1987, which will forever remind me of my brother and sister.

Veronica Webb – Supermodel and actress.  She was the first African-American to get a major cosmetics contract (Revlon).

Chelsea Handler – American comedienne and actress.  She hosts a show (Chelsea Lately) on channel E! and is absolutely hilarious!

Is anyone listed as being born on the same day (and year) as you?  What do you know about them?

Nope – no one!

List three people who died on your birthday and share what you know about them.

Tennessee Williams – American playwright.  She won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Street Car Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

There are a whole lot of other people listed, but I don’t know any of them!

List three notable events that happened on your birthday.

In 1932 Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship by naturalization.  This allowed him to run for German head of state in the next elections.

In 1945, during World War II, Turkey declared war on Germany.

In 1986 Corazon Aquino became the first woman president of the Philippines.

Tell us about a holiday that falls on your birthday.

February 25th is ‘People Power Day’ in the Philippines.  The People Power Revolution started in 1983 and ended in 1986.  It led to the departure of President Ferdinand Marcos and the restoration of democracy.  

Apart from that, it was usually half-term around the time of my birthday πŸ™‚

I am tagging the following to share with us what happened on their birthdays!

(Just) Above Average Mum

Not My Year Off

Posh Bird

(Sorry if you’ve already been tagged!)

On my birthday

Don’t forget to link up at The Five Fs!

The ABC Award

My friend, excellent cheerleader, fellow Pinterest-er and superb drinking partner – (Just) Above Average Mum has tagged me in The ABC Award.

All I have to do *gulps* is describe myself using every letter of the alphabet!

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Antsy

Bitch (can be sometimes)

Curious

Delicious

Electrolysis

Friends (watcher of)

Giving

Handbag

Inspired

Jerseylicious

Kind

Loyal

Middle-child

Nervous

Optimist

Peace-maker

Queen 

Rose-tinted glasses 

Shopaholic

Tea drinker

Useless

Vixen

Worrier

X X

Young (no more)

Zzzzzz (like to)

Thank God that’s over.  Was much harder than I thought it would be!

Ok…

Mummy Glitzer

From Fun to Mum

Not My Year Off

You’re up!

Things To Do Before I’m 40

The lovely lady from Not My Year Off has tagged me in a new meme created by Two Point Four Children.  

Things to do before I’m 40…  Great.  I’m going to be 40 in six years (and one month, one week and one day).  How did that happen?

It’s probably not going to be *that* interesting a list, but here goes (in no particular order)!

1.  Have another baby (or two?)

2.  Go sky-diving

3.  Start own business (eventually)

4.  Learn how to blow-dry my own hair

5.  Go on safari

6.  Learn how to manage my house properly

7.  Start exercising again

8.  Look like I did in 2005 – 2006 (pre-wedding)

9.  Be able to wear a strapless bra again

10. Get a DSLR camera

11. Learn how to use DSLR camera

12. Stop worrying about things that might not happen

13. Learn to put things away

14. Start collecting favourite Disney movies on DVD to make own collection

15. Complete at least one 366/365 Project

16. Go for a hot air balloon ride

17. Learn how to apply my make-up properly – and to give myself more than one look

18. Keep pinning on Pinterest (!)

19. Get another dog

20. Learn to let go

Surprisingly, that didn’t take as long as I thought it would!

 

Ok, I’m going to tag…

Red Rose Mummy 

From Fun to Mum

(Just) Above Average Mum

Grumpyish Mum

When you’re done, link up at Two Point Four Children πŸ™‚

The Ultimate Christmas Meme

Christmas?!  It’s come round quickly this year, hasn’t it?  Thank you TheBoyandMe for tagging me (again)!

1.  The Christmas song I can listen to even in June is…

Last Christmas by Wham.  Sad, I know.  But I LOVE it.

2.  Hot chocolate, egg nog or mulled wine?

Hot chocolate, definitely.  The other two make me want to be sick!

3.  When do you put your decorations up?

Hmm…  IF we stay in Lagos for the holiday (only twice in the last 5 years), we I put the tree up in the second week of December.  We don’t usually put any other decorations up.  It just feels a bit strange when it’s so hot outside!  No decorations or tree this year!

4.  What are you having for Christmas dinner?

We arrive in Dubai at about five on Christmas morning – so not sure what the dinner plan will be.  But it will probably be take-out!

5.  What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?

We don’t really celebrate Christmas.  However, when we (the family) all lived in London (pre-marriage) we always had a tree.  We always bought each other presents and put them under the tree and my mum always made Christmas lunch.  I loved that we always waited until after we’d had lunch before opening our presents.

6.  Have you ever gone carol singing?

No.  But I did enjoy singing Christmas carols at school!

7.  When did you discover the truth about Santa?

I think I always knew that he didn’t *really* exist.  But I couldn’t understand how things came to be in my stocking when no one had been home that evening.  Maybe he does exist?

8.  How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

I don’t put tinsel or lights on our tree.  I put mini-Santas on it, candy canes, tiny presents wrapped in red and green with little gold ribbons and a couple of reindeer.  I definitely need to get some more decorations for it – it usually looks a bit bare!

9.  All I want for Christmas is…

I haven’t really thought about it yet!

I’m going to tag:

RedRoseMummy

And, anyone else who hasn’t done this yet! (Sorry – got some blogs to catch up with!)

Mix-Tape Monday #3

Hooray – it’s Mix-Tape Monday again!  This meme, invented by Boo’s mummy, is great!  It’s got me listening to music I haven’t heard in aaaaaaages πŸ™‚

This week’s theme is…

Songs that you listen to when you’ve got that lovin’ feelin’.

‘This can be interpreted however you like, from seduction tracks to the song that reminds you of your other half.  From your first slow dance at a school disco to the song playing while your baby was conceived.  Be as personal or vague as you like.’

I didn’t have to think about this one.  It’s one of my all-time favourite songs, by one of my favourite artists.  This man’s voice sends shivers down my spine, and if you haven’t already got it – you must get True Love: A Collection.  The whole album is a seduction album πŸ˜€

It’s…

Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

 

Boo and Me

 

Mix-Tape Monday #2

Oh dear Lord…  This week’s Mix-Tape Monday theme (set by Boo and Me) is…

Guilty Pleasures

I have hundreds of songs I could have chosen from – but the first one that came to my mind when I saw the theme, was this one.  So I decided to stick with it!

It’s uplifting, it makes me feel happy and it’s ever so embarrassing!

So, I present to you:

Colourblind by Darius

*hides in corner while everyone laughs*

 

Go on over to Boo and Me to check out the other Guilty Pleasures πŸ™‚

 

Boo and Me

 

There Is Where I Do It

SAHDandProud tagged me in the ‘Where do you do it?’ meme created by Bibsey

Now, get your mind out of the gutter…  It’s WHERE YOU BLOG!

So here…  This is where *I* do it.

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On my bed.  I can see who might be coming up and down the stairs, the window is on my left, so I can check if someone’s arrived or not (doorbell doesn’t work when there’s no power) and V can watch his very irritating nursery rhymes DVD sitting right next to me!

Ok – I’m tagging: 

MummyMishaps

NotMyYearOff

Where do *you* do it?

Mix-Tape Monday #1

A new meme! This one was created by Boo and Me, and I knew I had to take part πŸ™‚  

You can read all about what Mix-Tape Monday is and how it was born here.

I love listening to music, and as I mentioned in my Music as Therapy post, I don’t really get much of a chance to listen to what I want to listen to anymore.  For instance, today I listened to Row Your Boat, Old McDonald and Baa Baa Black Sheep fifty million times!  

Apart from not listening to music of my choice, I feel so sad that I’m not really up-to-date with what’s out now and who sings what.  

This week’s theme is: 

‘A song that makes you want to get up and dance’

It sounds so easy – but there are *so* many of them!  I had to really trawl through my iTunes library to choose just one!

It took awhile, but I settled on:

Destiny’s Child: Independent Women

I LOVED Destiny’s Child and this song reminds me of going out clubbing (back in the day) with my sister and two cousins.  As soon as this song came on we’d rush to do the dance floor!  I think there may have been a few nights when I actually refused to go home until they played it!

Love it!

Boo and Me

 

 

Music As Therapy

The Boy and Me has tagged me in a new meme!  It’s called Music as Therapy and was created by Mammywoo.

This is a great one because I hardly ever get to listen to my own music anymore.  In the past I always had music on in the background – ALWAYS.  For the last three days we’ve been listening to The Wheels on the Bus and Yankee Doodle (over and over and over again).  Before that it was the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song and before that it was Hub’s crap music!

So, to have a go, just pick;

3 beautiful songs

3 different bands

3 sets of lyrics that touch you in anyway you want to show

I have to admit, I’m struggling.  I have many favourite songs.  I just don’t think they all fit into the same categories (as stated above).  I have specific songs I listen to when I’m furious, excited or a bit down in the dumps!  

So – three songs.  ARGH.

1. Frank Sinatra – Fly Me to the Moon

This was our wedding song πŸ™‚  I always ask Hub to dance when we hear it.  He usually says no.  HMPGH.

2. Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear it for the Boy

This is one of my all-time favourite songs.  It always makes me feel happy, plus I love the movie!  I like to sing it to Hub now and then – but he thinks it’s cheesy and hates it! πŸ™‚

3. Ne-Yo – Because of You

Love, love, LOVE this one.  It’s impossible to sit still when I hear it!  Also, when pregnant, V always kicked when I listened to it (as well as Usher’s OMG and Yolanda Be Cool – We No Speak Americano (I wish I knew why!))

So there you have it.  I’m not sure I even stuck to the rules, but oh well!

I’m going to tag…

Chatty Baby

Actually Mummy

Mammasaurus

and 

Mummy Alarm

Can’t wait to read theirs! *smiling already*