Monday, December 6, 2010

X-Factor Fun!

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Now, its not like I make a hobby out of hanging out with celebrities but one weekend the hubs' dad was given some tickets to one of the x-factor shows (he knows people...) and so he, the hubs and I and two brothers-in-law, went along to one of the shows. I really enjoy the programme and it was so cool to be where it was filmed. I have been in the audience at a few shows and it just makes me want to work in media, it looks so fun!

We were on the VIP list so we were able to hang out with them all afterwards which was amazing. Bizarre  but pretty fun. My husband and his brothers have grown up with 'celebs' and meeting people like that all the time, because of Pete's work, but I was completely star struck to meet them all. I'm such a loser.

I also got to meet Neil Buchanan (off of Art Attack fame) as he was my father-in-law's former business partner and he got tickets on the same night as we did - that was so surreal as I used to watch Art Attack all the time when I was younger - "Try it yourself..."


















Wagner - I think he is wearing a t-shirt of himself?!!

Another sporty Weekend...

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The following weekend, we were lucky enough to get tickets to one of the ATP Tennis semi-finals at the O2 in London. Mike had entered a competition on-line, just for the heck of it, and lo and behold he won! Pro tennis is a first for both of us so were super excited to go!

It was Federer vs. Djocovic (sp?) and of course, Federer won!



Any one for Ruggers?!

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We had such a great opportunity a few weeks ago to go and see an England Rugby game! I never been to a proper Rugby game, and Mike hadn't for ages so we were really excited when one of Mikes young men was able to get us some really good priced tickets. They were playing Samoa.


We shared the day with Mikes brothers Rob and Chris and the two Ryans from Maidstone, It was a great game and yes of course, we WON!


When the snowman brings the snow...

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My 'lil sis' Milly..


The hubs and I...

The Urie / Leppard crew - they have been such good friends to us since we moved into the ward.
... England grounds to a halt!!

I woke up last Tuesday morning and found everywhere covered in snow, and it was still snowing. I wasn't due into work until 12, so I called ahead to check that things were still going ahead. I was told they were, so off I went to work. (driving VERY carefully so I didn't skid - you don't get much practice driving in snow here)!
After being at work for 2 hours, the powers that be, decided that it was still snowing and they wanted everyone to get home safely, so we should close up and go home. Fine by me....I thought...

9 hours later I got home! I was stuck in Leatherhead for about 4 hours trying to get on the M25, and then the rest of the time was spent stuck on the M25. Now I know why everyone class it a car park - it was utter chaos and most of the time I was just sat there with my engine off. Cars and lorries were just being abandoned in the middle of the road - it was like a scene out of 'The day after tomorrow'.

There next three days gave me plenty of chance to recover tough as work was closed until today (Monday). So, with some friends from church (and fellow Tadworthians) we went to enjoy the snow the best way we know how....

Re-Uni-on

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I got a message from my former housemate and best friend at Uni, Laura, a few weeks back having a general catch up and seeing how things were. I was hoping to meet up with her when I visit back up to the mighty north at Christmas. She mentioned there were a few of the Uni crew that are still in the Leeds are that were going to have a 'reunion' on Saturday 4th December. I said I would look into trains and let her know if I got a good deal.

I was kind of looking half hearted into the train situation, as my luck previously has never been great with finding deals, but I got a return ticket to York for a really good price, so checked with the hubs and booked it I did!

I was really excited to meet up with some old friends, as I haven't seen them in person since my wedding! We talk on the phone and BBM, but it's not quite the same.

Snow came a few days before the planned trip so not all could make it - but my housemate Laura and Holly (my course, dissertation & netball buddy) were still able to meet up and we wet for a lovely Mexican meal in Leeds.
It was so great to see them and spend time with them catching up. I think it's a sign of a great friendship when you haven't seen each other for nearly 2 years, but you can chat away, just like you always have.... :)





Holly, Laura and I - Laura and I did everything together as we were course mates and housemates and people often thought we were sisters!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bakerella...

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One reason, among many, why I can't wait for our new kitchen to be fitted, is so that I can get baking again. I really want to hone my sills and I would love to one day be a baking extrordinaire and make wedding cakes etc.

I have a new love for Cake Pops. I saw them on my sisters blog as someone made them for her baby shower. They are straight forward to make and then you can decorate them how you like! www.bakerella.com has some great decorating ideas and instructions on how to make, but it's basically cake and frosting mixed together. I will post some pics when I get my kitchen and can get baking!





I wanted to make some Halloween ones for my mum's birthday birthday, but we didn't have a fridge :(



Blog Template...

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I found a new site for free blog templates, as I couldn't find an inspiring one on cutest blogs - if you like my new background you can get them on:

http://www.bloggertemplatesfree.com/

Enjoy :)

50 years young...

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At the end of the month we had most of my family come down to stay with us for my mum's birthday. We didn't know if everyone would be able to make it as Megan was in hospital for a few days before, but Meg and my mum were able to make it. We went out for chinese food on the saturday evening and then returned for X-Factor and ice cream! Mum's birthday was on the Sunday so we all went to church and then headed over to Mike's parents in kent for Sunday lunch. It was fun having my parents visit my ward and apparently the family resemblance is still going strong with people asking my mum straight away "Are you Becky's mum?".

It was great to my family, though missed my two preggers sisters Ray and Ed. Bring on April where we will all be in Las Vegas together for the first time in ages (plus the two new babes)!





Extreme Makeover - Home Edition...

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Let me introduce you to our new home! Well, new to us anyway. It is the first house we have bought and it's in a lovely village in Surrey called Tadworth. Since we moved to Leatherhead last year, I have wanted to live in the Tadworth area - it's close to London, but still in leafy Surrey and close to lots of things (and the Epsom Downs are just down the road - bonus).

We have a 3 bed semi-detached house and it is a 1950's house. The person we bought it off, has been the only owner since it was built and brought up his family there, so needless to say there is quite a bit of work to do! The house had a house name of 'Gayfield'. The previous owners daughters had left us cards and notes saying that they hoped we had such a lovely time in Gayfield like they all had, it was so nice of them to leave us notes and the history of Gayfield, I did get a little teary. (All the stress and mess of moving must have got a little bit too much for me!). We have since changed the name of the house and it is now called Songhurst House (Songhurst being the previous owners surname - quite impressed Mike thought of it).

We have been really blessed to be able to live here and we have had some help from our parents to get the house into shape as quickly as possible. My dad has been a huge help and has taken time out from work to come and help us. He has rewired the house for us which has been fantastic. The whole house needs to be redecorated and we are going to have a new kitchen and bathroom fitted - so a lot of work, but we are having some fun along the way (and lots of stress - being a bit of a 'Monica' isn't ideal when you are living in a building site lol). So watch this space for updates and more pictures - I think Homebase and decorating stores will become our second home!






Friday, October 29, 2010

Virtue...

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The young women and the YW presidency at church are learning a new song for Young Women in Excellence evening that is coming up. It's a song by Jenny Phillips called 'Virtue' and has some lovely lyrics that I wanted to share...

Because I love the Father
I want the minds of men to be lifted
when they look at me
Because I am His daughter
I want my devotion to Him
to be what they see
I don't need the attention of immodesty
I am confident in my divinity

I didn't come to earth to compromise
I came here to hold up my light
I won't flirt with the darkness that I came here to fight
You'll find me on the Father's side
No matter what the world may do
I'm a daughter of God
And I'm holding onto Virtue

I want to lead a life that is full of so much good
it attracts the light to me
So I'm trusting in my Father
to magnify the beauty He has placed in me
I am confident in my divinity

I didn't come to earth to compromise
I came here to hold up my light
I won't flirt with the darkness that I came here to fight
You'll fine me on the Father's side
No matter what the world may do
I'm a daughter of God
And I'm holding onto Virtue

(FYI- I have the sheet music, let me know if you want to be emailed a copy)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Random Thoughts...

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So I found this on someone else's blog, who found it on someone else's blog, so not too sure where it originated. But I found it pretty funny - I was just sat laughing to my self reading it. Enjoy peeps!

Random Thoughts from People Our Age

  • I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Chavvy parts" routing option.
  • Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
  • Have you ever been walking down the street and realised that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning around and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.
  • I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
  • Is it just me, or are 80% of the people in the "people you may know" feature on Facebook people that I do know, but I deliberately choose not to be friends with?
  • Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem.
  • There is a great need for sarcasm font.
  • Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what was going on when I first saw it.
  • I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone is laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.
  • I would rather try to carry 10 plastic carrier bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my shopping in.
  • Was learning cursive really necessary?
  • Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".
  • How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?
  • I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent an idiot from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!
  • What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?
  • While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.
  • I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
  • Whenever I'm Facebook-stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!
  • Why is it that during an icebreaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be a problem....
  • Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.
  • There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.
  • I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.
  • I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren't watching this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'
  • I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Dang it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
  • I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in myiTunes.
  • Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
  • Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey- but I'd bet everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...
  • The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There's nothing like being made to feel like a fatty before dinner.

Monday, August 9, 2010

August...

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My Clever Hubs!

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Mike graduated on 16th July, from the University of Surrey, with an honours degree in Law. So proud of him, he worked really really hard during the three years (having to put up with me the whole time) and all of his hard work paid off.

Going from graduand to graduate!



Mike with his parents...




The graduate and I




Mike and his Dad, Pete



Sunday, July 4, 2010

Viva España

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We have had a holiday booked to Spain since January (EasyJet were having a sale then) and have been looking forward to it since the day we booked it. It would mark a landmark too as Mike would be all finished with University by that point. So 19th June came around and off we went!
I was freaking out all the week before we went, as I have discovered, it's hard to have time of when you are a manager! I was running round at work like mad making sure everyone knew what was going on whilst I would be away. It all worked out fine though and the holiday was a well earned break.

We arrived in Alicante quite late on a Saturday evening and we found our car rental and headed to the Villa. Luckily, being Mike's parents villa, we have been before (Mike many times) so we know exactly where we are heading, which is very helpful in a foreign country.

We spent 6 nights at the Villa in El Campello and the time consisted mostly of swimming, chillin' by the pool, the beach, shopping (the have Zara in Spain!) and we went to 'Mundomar' which is a combination between Sea World and a Zoo. We also visited the 'Fonts de L'Aguar' which is a beautiful waterfall area in a valley where you can sunbath and swim. We had lots of fun and got quite burnt... I mean, tanned....

We then drove down the coast to the Marbella area and visited Mike's family, who had booked a holiday there. We stayed in their villa-hotel with them and it was good to spend time with them. Everyone at dinner, or by the pool, kept asking Pete and Suzanne, my in-laws, if all of the kids were theirs. Thy thought they had 5 boys and one girl! I mist blend in with the family well.
We did aqua aerobics and visited the gym, which I was missing. I have noticed the difference from not exercising, as when at home I am teaching classes every week day and doing my own workouts. We also visited some lovely areas near Marbella and rented a pedalo. It was interesting with all my brother in-laws as they were trying to capsize it every 5 minutes!

To try a bit of Spanish culture, we went to proper Spanish bull fight. Oh my goodness me it was horrific. It was an interesting experience but just so bizarre that something like that happens these days. We literally saw 4 bulls be killed right in front of our eyes. Needless to say, the boys were loving it. I have heard since that the meat gets given to the poor Spanish people, so that makes it not as bad...?!
We spent a lovely evening in Puerto Banus, which is where all the fancy cars were, I felt rather under dressed! There were lot of lovely yachts and we even saw a French footballer (I wouldn't have recognised him, but my hubby and brothers in-law recognised him straight away).







I'm thankful that were are able to travel around and see all o the wonderful things that Heavenly Father has created for us....xx

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Epsom Girls...

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I am loving my calling with the Young Women in our ward, Epsom, at the moment. They are such a lovely and cool bunch of girls and it is great spending time with them and helping them to develop their testimony.
We have recently had some changes in our ward, as the boundaries between our ward and Crawley ward were changed. Our ward has now doubled! There are lots of younger kids and babies, so primary has grown so much. We were hoping for some more girls, but there weren't any! So we'll stick with our little bunch for now
A recent temple trip....




 

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