Friday, 31 March 2017

Catch up - February and March

Where do you start when you haven't blogged in over a month?   Should I try and fill in the gaps by posting individually about all the things that popped into my head in that time and the things we did but never that made it to the blog, in the way that I would like to look back on one day,   or do I try and catch up with an overview post and some photo highlights.

Maybe a bit of both is in order,  to start me off and to cover the distinct possibility that my blogging mojo will run out before I get round to the in depth versions.  After all I have a post in draft with a couple of lines of text and a few photos waiting completion on Jaxon's 3rd birthday party and it's now the month after his 4th!

So off the top of my head, in no particular order

We took the boys to the Lego exhibition and their very first trip to the cinema.

We all had a great day and it was a real novelty for them to spend a whole day out somewhere different,  first with the exhibition and then the mall and cinema to see the new Lego Batman movie, then ending the day with a trip to Ikea and their first time in the kids play area there. Which they enjoyed just as much as any other part of the day!

Green Monday was a great day, MUCH better weather than last year, although we weren't too convinced first thing as it was very windy. We changed location from what was planned and ended up on a new beach for us which was a great little find and we had the whole thing to ourselves for most of the time.

The weather was good, and the wind dropped so we all ended up removing layers and getting the first bit of sun of the year.  The kids were a bit braver than 'most' of the adults and all ended up in the water.

Jaxon's 'Blaze and the Monster Machines' themed birthday party was of course a highlight of March,  in true Tiny Acorns style it was awesome and the kids loved every second.

Another first was a family trip to the circus which was just down the road from us for a couple of weeks.  A real treat for all of us and surprisingly good. It's hard not to get a bit pessimistic about events here because things rarely turn out to be as good as you hope!  But it was enjoyed by Aaron and I as much as the boys. We have proved that they don't like candy floss though - after pleading for some despite the fact I'd taken sweets and crisps for them I relented and brought a stick, only to end up eating it all myself!

There was the usual taekwondo lessons for Leo, he's now a yellow belt and still enjoying going twice a week.   They are both getting on ok at school,  although we're still trying to get Louka to speak to his teacher,  two and a half years at school and he's still never said a word to anyone other than the kids in his class occasionally.

I've been going to Zumba twice a week and Reflex every Tuesday.  I've STILL not got back into following Slimming World,  instead just lulling myself into a false sense of security that I can eat whatever I want as I'm exercising, which clearly is not the case!

And of course,  the biggest thing for us has been the fact that our new addition to the business is finished and the Limo Booth ( fully converted Mercedes Limousine Photo Booth)  is now complete and ready for action!

We've been testing, testing and testing for weeks and last week we had our launch event and the test of our 'in-car-aoke'  - lip sync karaoke style video fun in the booth.   It's absolutely awesome, and I'm so proud of Aaron for working so hard over the last 6 months and making the idea a reality.   It's so good that it definitely warrants it's own blog post!

Limousine photo booth Cyprus

Photo Booth Limousine

That's pretty much us up to date with the big things,  we're just heading into the start of the season here in Cyprus,  less than 2 weeks until our first wedding and the Easter holidays,  we've got a very busy looking calendar ahead of us and I've still got a to do list as long as my arm - nothing new there then!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The 1000th post!

Here it is,  my 100th blog post!

2,722 days ago I wrote my very first blog post,  sitting in my parents conservatory with a 4 month old Leo asleep beside me.  It was a spur of the moment decision,  I knew nothing about blogs, had never read any or thought about writing one. I can't even remember what made me think of it but I stumbled across the idea while messing about online and thought 'yeah, I'm going to start a blog!'

There was never a plan,  or ultimate aim for the blog (there still isn't to be honest!) but I'm sure I didn't imagine still doing it over 7 years later, or the things that have progressed from it.

Looking back over old posts I can see how they have evolved over time,  the early ones are very short - I think I was worried about waffling on too much and it being boring (totally missing the point that it was MY blog and I could do what I wanted!)  I wish I'd gone into more detail on some of them now,  maybe one day I'll get round to elaborating on some old stories.

I've often thought about going back and deleting some of the early posts or old out of date ones but I thought it would be hard to work out where to stop and they all add up to what makes this blog so they stay.  It would also mean that this wouldn't be the 1000th post!

There were very few images too in the early days, I hadn't realised how much they add to a post and I wouldn't dream of posting one without at least one picture these days, but that was before it became second nature to share the post on facebook or pinterest.

Speaking of facebook, I had a notification the other day that is was the 10th facebook anniversary.    I can hardly remember a time before it!  What on earth did I do with my time!

Always one for a bit of nostalgia,  I really enjoy the facebook memories that pop up each morning, and it is very clear that the way I use it has changed a huge amount over the years. Of course it follows as back then I was married but 'free'  - going out to the pub several times a week, working in a job I didn't particularly enjoy and generally posting whatever random stuff popped into my head.

Back in those days there were much fewer people on it, I remember people talking about it and more and more people joining up all the time, the joy of finding some old school friend you'd lost contact with and 'poking' people or throwing virtual sheep at them.

No-one gave too much though to what they would post,  (actually most people probably still don't!) and I posted many random and annoying vague status updates,  always being irritated that they has to start with 'Emma is....'

It's changed a lot over the years as have the way I use facebook.  I'm still on it just as much if not more than ever but it's our main source of advertising and also I'm just very nosy as to what's going on with everyone!  I think twice (often more than that) before I post these days,  aware that not all my facebook friends are actually real friends.

I really can't imagine having never started this blog, and a life without social media,   that may sound strange but without both I'm not sure what I'd be doing now.   I'm very thankful that I decided to start this all those years ago and it lead me here to where we are today.

Will there be another 1000 blog posts from me?   I have no idea,  at the rate I've been going it would take a lot longer than another seven years but who knows!

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