Well....after weeks of deliberation...prompted by schoolyard taunts of "Hey Ginger" & "Girlie!" .....along with the trauma of his recent 'occupation'!!! Nathan is no longer a contender for the role of Jimmy Osmonds 'Long haired Liverpudlian'!! His decision entirely, but one I was happy to comply with!!
On Monday, I took up my scissors & the boy re-emerged!! The first step was to scrape all those lovely strawberry blonde locks into a pony tail, which I then severed in one fell swoop! What resulted was a perfect graduated bob that would have made Victoria Beckham proud!!!
I then set about snipping & shaping......& this may sound strange, but just like Samson, who's strength was lost to him when Delilah cut his hair, I swear that Nathan's 'Attitude' also fell to the kitchen floor along with his shorn tresses!! He seems like a different boy & it's so good to see those 'baby blues' out in the open instead of hidden under a curtain of hair!! No more constantly pushing hair back from his face & he hasn't even uttered one "yeah...whatever" in 48 hours....Result!!
Yesterday we took a trip to Milton Keynes....we called in to Ikea & amazingly came away with only serviettes, squeegies & a couple of hand puppets!! I should have known why Lee insisted on us going in his car...it's too small to take any impulse buys from 'Bargain Corner'...my weakness!! I got to pop into Hobbycraft, where again I was very restrained, selecting only a sheet of Alpha rub-ons & a Versa Magic inkpad...not like me at all!!
Then it was 'boy time' & we hit the 'Centre MK' & it's various Game stores....the boys have discovered trading & it's lovely to see them both confidently handing over unwanted games for credit & then choosing new ones within their budgets.....they are learning just how much things cost, the benefit of recycling & also love the Independence! For Alex especially, it's good to see him gaining confidence in interacting with people outside of his usual circle, & his obvious sense of achievement when he's done.
We had a wonderful lunch at Nando's...it's informality suits us perfectly...& then I managed a little solo browsing in M&S & NEXT...& yes I did pick up some new undies..needs must!!! Finally we spent some time in Xscape, watching the skiing & snowboarding on the indoor slope, children reaching amazing heights on the climbing wall & perusing the outdoor clothing shops, where Nathan invested in a hat!! I think he's anticipating how cold his ears will be this winter, now that all that hair is gone!!
On Monday, I made a proper start on painting the walls in the hall/stairs/landing....this is my goal for the half term break, to complete the decoration!! We have bought the wallpaper for the feature wall & that will be the last thing to be done...a real challenge for me as I've not hung wallpaper for such a long time....I'm hoping it's like riding a bike & will all come flooding back....I hope so, have you seen the price of wallpaper these days?!!!
And so, at last to a little bit of creativity!!! I had a list of challenges I wanted to take part in...all due by the end of this month, but what with my cold & general life taking over, I have had to prioritise!!!
I have managed to complete the 'Season' challenge for TAAFOMFT I had so many ideas on how I wanted this to look, but it hasn't ended up like any of them....do you find that happens, where a LO sort of has a mind of it's own?!!! Anyhow, I guess it say's what it's meant to...that Spring is my favourite season...I love the promise that Spring brings...new life & fresh beginnings. It always makes me smile to see snowdrops & crocuses in my garden... & of course the noble daffodil, lining the hedgerows in vast numbers under trees of Catkins & Pussy Willow.... not to mention Spring lambs in the fields...sorry, am I rambling?! LOL!
Finally...& on time this week...WOYWW....here is how my desk looks this morning, after working until after midnight last night it's still a muddle, which I will tidy away very soon!!
So that's me...I'm off to get back up that stepladder...I'm on the tricky bit over the stairs at the moment...good job I have a reasonable head for heights!! In between laundry & preparing meals I'm hoping to at least complete my first coat everywhere today!! Tonight we have a sitter booked & Lee & I are having one of our very rare evenings out!! We've not decided where yet, but just to be able sit & talk without having to break off to referee some squabble or other, will be good!!
Wishing you all a Happy Wednesday! x