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Some links and news

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

My review of Olly Murs at the AECC is now online – http://www.game-shot.com/index2.php#/info1/1/

Hubby’s firm has been taken over and he gets described as “talented and motivated” – http://www.aberdeenbusinessnews.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1329:adept4-takes-over-aberdeen-it-firm-k10-solutions-in-six-figure-deal&Itemid=648

My Dad has finally applied to, and been accepted by, The Master Chefs of Great Britain, my Mum and I are very proud – http://www.masterchefs.co.uk/

My parent’s hotel is going to be a venue for their local music festival – http://robroycountry.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/strathyres-1st-music-festival-june-1-2.html?m=1

Happy days!  Meanwhile I’m busy planning for our move next month, and 5 days of homelessness.  It’s all go!

Exciting Times

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Last week was our 10 year wedding anniversary and we had a lovely time at Balbirnie celebrating it.  They very kindly upgraded us to the bridal suite which we were in for far too little time on our wedding night!  This time we savoured the 4 poster bed and the huge jacuzzi bath.  We also enjoyed the cocktail menu and Bryan found a new love in a Vesper Martini….  Our evening meal was totally devine and yummy – and my breakfast was good too – complete with Alanis Morrisette album playing in the background.
Happy 10th wedding anniversary us!

Owen also had a great time, on the way down we stopped at Camperdown Wildlife Park in Dundee and met up with my parents.  We went round the animals, had lunch, and then waved the 3 of them off as Granddad drove them to their house to have some quality time without us.
Handing sprog to my folks

We went and joined them at Creagan late in the afternoon on the Friday (fully taking advantage of the free childcare to nip into a cinema to catch a movie on the way!  Wreck It Ralph is fun, just don’t tell Owen we saw the new Disney film without him…).  Mum very kindly gave us the 4 poster room for the night to continue the romantic theme – although not quite the same under the same roof as my folks!

We came back on Saturday in time for Owen’s friend’s birthday party, which was at the Satrosphere and included him being in a bubble!!!
Owen in a bubble!

Anyway the other excitement started last Wednesday – when we got an offer on our house which we felt we could accept.  Lots of phone calls and emails with solicitors and our financial advisor happened over the course of Thursday (including one call I had to stop the bubbles in the jacuzzi for – thank goodness we didn’t have video phones!).  So on Thursday night as well as celebrating 10 years married we were also celebrating (tentatively) that it looked like we had sold our house.  Well today I finally got to do my happy dance as the sale is now official!  Hurrah!!  It took a wee while but we can now head south..hopefully…one step at a time!

I was surrounded by excitement on Tuesday night too, of a very different sort.  I had been asked to write a review for the X Factor tour that was coming to Aberdeen.  Luckily I have a neighbour who is into that sort of thing as its not something I watch so she came with me and we went down to the AECC.  To know any more of the evening please check out my review.

Oh and on Tuesday Owen got his 3 year and 4 month injections and didn’t even cry, what a big brave boy!
Owen's 3 year 4 month jab day with Daddy

Quite an achievement

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Next week we celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.  It’s hard to believe its been so many years, it really feels like quite an achievement.  Anyway I found the letter I wrote on returning from our honeymoon, all about our special day and the following holiday.  I thought I should share it – so here it is – Wedding letter.

Here’s a picture of us on our special day, and there’s more on my flickr if you want a nosy.
Happily married

So what are we doing to celebrate?  Well when we were on honeymoon, we were sat on the beach in Jamaica and said that we would have to go back for our 10 year wedding anniversary.  However life moves on, now we have a 3 year old and a house on the market and it just wouldn’t be feasible for us to go back.  An alternative was hard to imagine but my beloved managed to come up with a most excellent plan – we’re going back to Balbirnie House where we got married for a night’s dinner, bed and breakfast.

I can’t wait – for the night away or the rest of our life together, I am so lucky to have found my Prince.

1 month down…

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

January is almost over, already.  Really, where does the time go?  So what’s going on with us?  Well Owen seems to have hit the terrible 2s – now that he’s 3!  We’re having a bit of a hard time with him but doing our best to work out why he’s getting upset and to explain to him why his behaviour is sometimes unacceptable.  He does seem to listen, usually, and take it in – and he is very good at saying sorry afterwards!

Our house is still on the market – wanna buy it?  We’ve already had 5 lots of viewers this year and another 1 coming tonight so that’s promising, just need 1 of them to buy it now!  Must admit I’ve had enough of living in a decluttered and tidy environment, I want a home again!  Still our day will come.  It’s interesting seeing who’s looked at the home report as we get regular updates of who’s been looking at it, so tempting to email them all and say “buy it!  And if not please tell me why not in case its something we can fix before the next person looks at it!”  One viewer was kind enough to give our solicitor some feedback but it was that he wanted a garage, so not sure why he came to see a house without a garage – its not like the pictures make it look like the garden is big enough to build one!  Ah well, his loss of our lovely house, just means someone else gets the joy of living here…anyone for a viewing?

Work is going fine, except today and yesterday when I’ve been off sick.  Caught some horrid coldy virus thing – fluctuating temperature, sore head, feeling sick, achy all over.  Yesterday I barely had the energy to lift my head from the pillow but today I’ve even managed a shower and getting dressed (luckily as we have viewing booked!).  So back to work tomorrow!  Unfortunately I missed a fundraising dinner we’d arranged last night at The Courtyard – http://www.thecourtyardaberdeen.co.uk/ – in aid of The Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research http://www.euanmacdonaldcentre.com/home.html but I was happy to count up this morning over £1000 was raised so that’s fabulous!  Apparently the dinner and cookery demonstration were fabulous – would have been lost on me last night, I barely managed 3 forkfulls of spagetti bolonaise!

Other than that not a lot to report – oh Bryan got photo editing software for Christmas and may have been playing with it…
Owen

And we may have enjoyed the recent snow…
Snow angel!

Christmas with a 3 year old is magical

Friday, January 11th, 2013

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We had a lovely Christmas, I would say the best ever! Owen being 3 meant he understood and appreciated everything so it was totally magical spending it with him. We managed to do a few Christmassy things in advance – we saw Santa arriving by helicopter at BA Stores, Dunecht; we went for a walk with Santa and a reindeer drawn sleigh from White Horse, Balmedie and; went to a Jo Jingles Christmas party, with a visit from…Santa, of course! As well as this there was a party at nursery with Santa so Owen had 4 parcels under the tree from the big man in red before we even got to the 24th! Plus Owen was in his first ever show – a nativity at nursery in which he was a shepherd. Ooh we also went to see Aberdeen’s main pantomime this year as it was Owen’s beloved Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, we all loved it and had a great time – although afterwards we had to check out that Gangnam Style by PSY video as we’d never actually seen it – Owen can now do the dance quite well I’m afraid to say.

Nursery was shut from 21st December to the 7th January so I arranged to be off the full 2 weeks as well (only took 2 days of annual leave as I have such a fab job!). Bryan was off for most of it, although on call so occasionally had to sit with the laptop and swear a bit (yeap that’s my opinion of his job…!). Christmas Eve Owen and I were alone together waiting for the excitement to begin, somehow we came up with the decision to go and fly a kite. At first I thought we were silly but it was actually a totally fabulous thing to do! I made him watch the bit from Mary Poppins before we go when they sing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” so he was singing that the entire time as well, bless him!

Mid afternoon Bryan escaped from work, and then my parents arrived for their 2 night stay. It was the first time they have stayed away from Creagan at Christmas, and the first time Dad hasn’t cooked Christmas lunch since he was about 16 he thinks! It was the first time I’ve spent Christmas Day with my parents in quite some years, and the first time Owen has had all his Grandparents in the same place. Bryan’s Dad and Sasina joined us for lunch on Christmas Day – and obviously a good amount of playing with someone’s new toys afterwards. All this added up to a special occasion, but back to Christmas Eve! My folks and I took Owen to our local church for their Carol Service (first time Dad has been in a church for anything other than a wedding or funeral since he were a lad!). It was a lovely service, and Owen was so excited when he recognised “Away in a Manger” and was able to join in with the singing. The wee girl in front of us made everyone laugh as we sat down after the first couple of songs by saying, just as it went quiet: “can we go home now?”.

Once we got home it was a case of putting out the stocking, a carrot for Rudolph, a mince pie and water for Santa, some Santa dust in the garden with the reindeer food we’d made at the Jo Jingles party and, the magic key so Santa could get in as we don’t have a chimney. Finally boy went to bed, an hour late but completely zonked as soon as his head hit the pillow!

Christmas Day was a glorious blur of wrapping paper, spoilt boy smiles, grandparents, turkey, crackers, giggles and yet more smiles. Although my parents met Bryan’s Dad for our wedding, they hadn’t met since so hadn’t met Sasina. It was nice for them all to have a chance to get to know each other a bit more – and of course Owen loved having them all together. We did miss Uncle Lee but he was down south with his children so we didn’t grudge him that! Of course Bryan’s Mum is no longer with us but I made sure she was included by using a gorgeous table cloth she’d given us, set off my table setting perfectly.

On Boxing Day we let our chef have a much deserved lie in then we all went out for a walk – and took the kite again. Owen and my Dad both had fun flying it, and it was a gorgeous day to be up on Perwinnes Moss. Think we all needed the lovely hot home made Butternut Squash Soup Bryan gave us for lunch once we got back though! Next we left Bryan at home to play with his new photography software he got for Christmas (worth every penny if you ask me, ever seen his photos (2 in this post are his)? http://www.flickr.com/photos/bry_robertson/ ). Mum came with Owen and I as I tried to keep up with Dad in his Christmas pressie of a new (to him!) Jag, down to Stonehaven, where we all visited my Great Aunt Dorothy. From there we split to go home but Owen and I took a wee detour to visit our friend Noreen and say thanks for Owen’s Cars Busy Book – she knows him well!

Since then its been play dates with friends and family, a very cold but enjoyable walk on the beach, a lovely walk at Bennachie with Nicole and family..

Bennachie Walk

…and lots of playing with spoilt brat’s new toys. Santa gave him Thundercats figures and sword, just as he’d requested when he phoned him at the North Pole, as well as more Gruffalo stuff, a jigsaw, Disney CDs, and a kilt for playing King Fergus from Brave (for some reason he’s been calling me Merida a lot since we saw the film at the cinema). Our lovely neighbour brought over a wooden fort her grandson didn’t need so that has become the Brave castle, with Lego furniture we’ve styled for the purpose, and we’ve been fighting off the Clans and the baddie bear. We got the figures with a Brave Busy Book he chose from Tesco with some Christmas money he got, and it has a mat with the woods where the witch lives and where Angus the horse can run. So much fun! The wee man’s imagination is really good so he’s quite happy using things out of context to suit the game he wants – he’s also recently discovered Lego so Uncle Lee, cousins Lucas and Maya and Grandda and Sasina all got him some of his own. He’s so proud of “my own Lego” as opposed to Mummy’s cast offs that he’s been playing with!

I’ve included a couple of Bryan’s photos but mine are available here if you need more!

Hope you had a good Christmas too, here’s hoping 2013 is good for all of us!

2012 round up

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Still being naughty and not blogging much (yes I said the same last year!) so thought I could share the letter I sent with Christmas cards as a bit of a round up of last year (may edit it a bit to allow for public consumption):

Time to recap our year, and looking back it’s been a good one on the whole! Hope 2012 was good to you too?

After 14 months of living with us Lee moved out in January, Owen found it hard to get used to his uncle not being around all the time at first but now just enjoys the visits when we do see him – plus Owen moved into the bigger room once it was free again so that’s much better for him. Unfortunately Lee is probably moving to England next year to be closer to his kids, can’t blame him but we will all miss him.

Our main news really is that our house is on the market – fancy it? http://www.aspc.co.uk/cgi-bin/public/SINGLE?ID=302308 After almost 6 years in Bridge of Don we’ve decided it would be more practical to be on the south side of the city (and I’m hoping for sea views!). The plan is to be closer to various important people in our lives, although we will miss our BOD friends and hope they won’t be strangers once they do finally get rid of us!

Our decision on location hasn’t needed to be affected by the location of good schools as we also made the huge decision to send Owen to Gaelic School once the time comes. The research into bilingual education shows amazing results and we want to give him the best opportunity we can, plus the unit has quite small classes and a community feel with the families all getting together for various social events throughout the year. Also they provide transport so it doesn’t matter where we live he’ll get safely transported.

Owen is now 3 and a proper little chap, no more ickle baby that’s for sure! He still loves pirates, his cats and Snow White and the 7 Dwarves (luckily that’s Aberdeen’s main panto this year so we went to that on the 23rd!).
Excited party boy!

He had his first proper birthday party in October, insisted on wearing his suit for it – the photo above that I took of him appeared in the Press and Journal in a feature that won us a canvas version of it! We took him to his first football match at Pittodrie – Manchester United v Aberdeen. I was a bit worried as it started at his bedtime but he managed fine, was lovely watching him with his Dad and Grandda enjoying the game. He is in the Pre School class at nursery and loves helping the Ladies, and us, with things like laying the table. His manners are also very good – I have been told off for having my elbows on the table, and even Granny was told off for eating with her mouth full! Down point of the year was chicken pox, but at least that’s over with, oh and a trip to A&E when he tripped at nursery and cut his forehead, luckily they were able to just glue it back together.

Fabulously 2 concert photographers now ask me to write reviews for them so I’ve managed several concerts without denting our finances (saving for a bigger house obviously!). My parents got me tickets to see Madonna in Edinburgh so that is one big name off my Need To See List, I have also seen this year: The Wanted, Steps (urgh!), Hue and Cry, Charlie Simpson, Twin Atlantic, The Proclaimers, Lionel Richie and Jools Holland with KT Tunstall.

Work wise we’re both at the same places, I have had an article and a blog post published this year and I presented a seminar at my work on Social Networking, which went well. Next year I am going to be a speaker at the big Law Librarian’s conference I go to every year (this year was Belfast, next year is Glasgow). Not sure why I thought that was a good idea to apply for but will look good on my LinkedIn profile if it goes well! I’ve waitressed at a couple of events too, good to keep my hand in, and I do miss the team work and yummy food associated therein! The wages for that help me justify my now 6 monthly habit of a weekend away with 3 special gal pals, this year it was Aviemore where we fed reindeer and Pitlochry where we enjoyed the Enchanted Forest – oh and both cabins had hot tubs – lush!

Through my work, and networking efforts with Aberdeen PA, a lovely hotel called Fairmont St Andrews gave me a voucher for a night’s bed and breakfast so we decided it would be rude not to use it. It was the first time we’ve left Owen somewhere over night and I’m not sure who enjoyed it most – him or my parents! Luckily they had no problems – and we had a lovely evening with a superb meal in the Fairmont’s Esperante restaurant. We did the taster menu which seemed to have a high wine to food ratio, good we didn’t have far to go afterwards! Waking up seeing the sea from our bedroom was good house selling motivation it must be said.

Family wise – my parent’s house/business is on the market and they celebrated 40 years married in July! Quite an achievement. Talking of marriage, my wee cousin Sarah emigrated and married a Texan, we managed a family get together at Creagan before she went and a historic photo was taken of all the cousins, their parents and offspring. Not very often we manage that!

So all in all, a good year for me I think!  Roll on 2013…and fingers crossed we sell our house soon!

Family gathering

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Yesterday, for the first time in 20 years, I was lucky enough to be able to be in a room with all my aunties, uncles, cousins, some of our partners, and our off spring!  It was a lovely lovely thing.

Edited family gathering pic

Unfortunately my hubby had to stay home (he had 3 viewers in the house this weekend, cross fingers!).  The other absence was Sarah’s fiancee as he is at home in Texas waiting for her to fly out for their wedding in Hawaii on the 11th!!  So it was also the last time I’ll see my wee cousin before she becomes a married woman – exciting!!

The other “unfortunately” was that my wee chap hit an exhaustion wall that morning, so he had a nap before they came (he doesn’t nap any more).  Then as soon as we sat down to our lovely chicken roasted with apple, garlic and shallots he proclaimed he needed to go to bed.  So he missed lunch.

Thank you for the photography skills to my fairy Godmother, Noreen, who had gone to Creagan with Owen and I for the weekend.  The last time we got a similar photo was at my Gran’s 80th birthday party, amazing to think she’d have been 100 this month.  Miss you lots Gran but glad you’re not in pain anymore.

Proud of my parents

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

On Sunday my parents celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary.  They have been married 40 whole years!  Quite an achievement.  To celebrate they spent the day….working.  Silly things, but it was a Sunday Lunch for some very special people so understandable I guess.

Proud of my parents

I sent them a card with the above on the front.  Photo from their wedding day and the most recent picture I’d taken of them together, with their much loved little grandson of course.  If it wasn’t for their wedding I wouldn’t be here and so neither would Owen.  Now there’s a sad and scary thought!

Today they had their proper celebration, they went on the steam train that runs from Fort William to Mallaig.  Mum phoned me very excited just before they got on it bless her.  I spoke to her part way up and she was very happy as it was really sunny, such a relief as Aberdeen is shrouded in fog at the moment!!  Would have been a shame if they couldn’t have enjoyed the scenery up there.

Anyway that’s it really, I’m really proud of them for reaching their Ruby Wedding Anniversary, quite a feat in this day and age.  On Sunday I put this on facebook and 39 people “liked” my status which says a lot I think:

“Today is my parent’s Ruby (40th) wedding anniversary. I’d just like to say how proud I am of them for this achievement and how blessed I consider myself to be their sprog”

How Do You Find The Time?

Friday, June 8th, 2012

I’ve been tagged by Mrs Browlee in this #meme started by Sex, Drugs, Rocker and Stroller.

RULES

  • Please post the rules.
  • When answering the questions, please give as much detail as possible.
  • Leave a message on Sex, Drugs Rocker and Stroller, baby, so we can keep track of the meme and I can totally steal your routine tips to make my world a happier place.
  • Also if you want (and I’d really like you to) add a little paragraph at the bottom to give a general summing up about your weekly routine.
  • Tag 3 or more people and link to them on your blog.
  • Tweet tweet tweet #howdoyoufindthetimetomeme

Righty-o. Lets crack on, shall we?

How and when do you find the time to…

… do your laundry?

I tend to do little bits of preparation here and there (ie take my clothes off, turn them inside out and put them in the correct laudry bin and try and grab hubby’s as he throws them at the pile and do the same).  When Owen is in the bath/shower that’s kinda his time with Daddy so I sort more throughly then and put a wash on most evenings.  Sometimes I get another wash ready so its in the machine for the next morning when we get in from work/nursery so its finishing about his bath/shower time and I can get it hung up then.  We don’t have a tumble drier so everything has to go on a clothes horse then rotate round radiators to finish off before going away, that tends to be done in the evenings.  Recently its been so hot that 24 hours on the clothes horse has been plenty and away it goes!
 

… write a blog post?

Well I don’t do that as much as I’d like but before I start work or during my lunch hour is usually when I do blog if I’m going to.  Hubby drives us to the nursery in the morning and then goes to his work which he starts at 8.30 so I then have an hour before I start to: check Owen into nursery, walk or bus to work, maybe do some shopping for work on the way, read the paper, check facebook etc, blog, do my teeth and straighten my hair if I didn’t do before leaving the house.

… look after yourself (ie; wash your hair, paint your nails, take a bubble bath etc)?

Ok should admit firstly that I’m not very good at being a girl so don’t tend to do make up or skin care type stuff that take up time.  I get up before the guys do to wash my hair, or at weekends I don’t get my shower until hubby is up and can take over with the wee un.  Bubble baths happen very rarely, usually on a Thursday night from 8pm as that is hubby’s xbox time so if I’m not going out to a chums that’s my time to do whatever I like (often laundry catch up of course!) 

… spend time with your other half?

We have good chats in the car on the way to nursery/work most mornings, around “yes dear that is a nee naw”, “no sweetie I don’t want your bogie”.  Then some evenings we mark as ours and make an effort to sit on the sofa together, have dinner and watch something we both enjoy on tv (usually until I fall asleep in his arms of course..).  I recently got given a voucher for a night in a hotel and we’re really looking forward to the thought of a night away..just need to chat up my brother in law to look after Owen for us…! 

… do fun stuff with your LO?

I get Mummy and LO time on our bus home, I always have something to entertain him in my bag.  We usually have almost 2 hours together before Daddy gets home.  Then at the weekends early morning is our time as Daddy gets his lie ins that he needs (don’t feel bad for me, I get frequent early nights which are what I need!)Weekend mornings are chore free, just time to read books, chill out together, play cars or jigsaws.  We never put the tv on, its just our time to be together.  Obviously once OH gets up its family time, although chores have to get done too.  Now LO is getting older he can help with some stuff which seems to excite him anyway so that’s great!

… spend time with family?

My parents live a distance away so it is hard to get to see them, especially as they own a hotel so weekends are their busy time but that’s the only time we’re not working.  We do go down now and then for a visit and sometimes they come up and stay a Tuesday and Wednesday night and Owen and I take the Wednesday off work/nursery to spend the day with them.  Bryan’s Dad and brother are both a lot more local so we can pop in to visit or go round to watch the football, or they can come to us for dinner or whatever.  Bryan is very close to his cousin Ray and they have 2 wee ones so we get together when we can which is great.

  … socialise with friends?

Oh that’s easy, Owen goes to bed at 7pm so that leaves every evening free!  My job involves a lot of socialising anyway, plus there’s lunch hours, and weekends – if they like spending time with Owen too.

… prepare an evening meal juggling a baby/toddler routine?

I don’t, my husband is in charge of shopping for, and cooking of, food.  I do make dinner for our son on work nights as he and I get in first but its often reheating last night’s dinner or boiling some pasta. 

… deep clean your house?

Now and then I take a day off work and let hubby take Owen to nursery on his way to work.  Then I get down and get scrubbing.

… do the food shopping?

As previously mentioned this is assigned to hubby, we either all go at the weekend or he goes whilst Owen and I play at home.  Occassionally he and Owen go and I get some cleaning time – useful to get rid of them to hoover the house or mow the garden.

… bulk ironing?

I just don’t.  I dry everything flat.  Life is just too short.

Weekly routine – get up 7am, shower, get boy up and dressed, breakfast.  If week day get off to work, dropping boy off on way, work, spend lunch time doing chores such as checking finances or organising new insurance policies or shopping for himself’s next size of pants, then more work, collect son, bus home, dinner, bath and bed for him, then eat dinner, do dishes etc and get to bed.  If weekend day then dressing is often after breakfast, accompanied with playing and reading.  Days vary a lot depending on plans, visiting, shopping, fun activities etc.  Always try and get back home in time for his dinner, shower/bath and bed routine.

Allllllrighty then. Who shall I tag…?
Hmmm, will add some as I find willing victims!!

“Granny and Granddad coming, not chickens”

Friday, June 1st, 2012

So Owen said over and over again, before they finally arrived, having left their chickens at Creagan!  They arrived on Tuesday afternoon, collecting me from work and Owen from nursery and driving us to the beach.  There we played on the sand and went to the amusement arcade whilst we waited for Bryan to finish work and join us.  We introduced Owen to slot machines, the ones you put 2p in and hope it knocks more 2ps out.  We also showed him how to go round and check for fallen money.  Granny bought him £1 of 2ps when we got home he had £1.05 and we had played for quite a while!  Good lad!  Once Bryan arrived we met up and had dinner out, which was lovely.  There’s a place on the first floor at the beach called Captain’s Table where you get lovely views of the sea and lighthouse…and on this occassion some folk dressed as animals…no idea why but they waved at Owen lots!
Corrupting their grandchild
Animals wave at Owen
Grandad and Owen enjoy flakes

Wednesday Owen and I were booked off nursery and work respectively and we spent much of the day at Storybook Glen exploring which was a good laugh.
My Dad hated every minute..obviously
High 5 for Tinky Winky
Granny, Grandad and Owen in a train
Nee naw!

That night Bryan cooked us a lovely dinner and we sat and chatted till bed time, then in the morning the Robertsons went back to “normal life” and the Gunns headed back south to tend the chickens!  Fun times and happy memories!