New years Bucket List has turned in my f**k it list!

New year is nearly upon us, in most cases this means people try to better themselves and make promises that they intend to keep all year round, most common is going to the gym, healthy eating or even something as simple as finding more time for yourself or your children.

As the New year starts some people see it as a fresh start, a blank page, a new chapter (you get what I mean).

With this shiny brand New Year a Bucket List is usually written, now for those of you who don’t know what this is I will try to explain the best that I can. A Bucket List is a list composed of things an individual would like to do throughout their life or even just that year, once they have done an item on their list they cross it off and move on to the next.

New Years Bucket List
Bucket List

You maybe aware but 2017 has been a crappy year and I can’t wait to see the back of it, this made me think of my Bucket List for the New Year and what I would put on it, then I decided I am going to do things a little different and create a F**K It List!

A F**K It List will consist of all the things I’m not going to do or at least try to avoid no matter how big or small, this in hind sight if it works out should make my 2018 a little more enjoyable, well that’s the idea anyway.

So  ladies and gentleman I present you Daddy Giraffe’s F**K It List

Swear less – This will be hard as I swear without even realising it, this just comes natural but I would like my kids not to pick up certain words and use them as everyday language

Be less grumpy – Again this is difficult and I’m grumpy and it gets worse with age so the longer time gets on the grumpier I become, I will be the guy banging on the window because you walked on my grass or I’m keeping that ball that’s come over my fence I don’t care if your child’s only 3 they need to learn the ways of life.

Let People keep the change – I am that guy that orders a take away that comes to £19.99 and stands there waiting for the penny change, now will I use this penny? The answer is no I hate coppers and usually just throw them away anyway so why not let them just keep it instead of watching him rummage around trying to find a penny….

Gym and Exercise – You know what when I was younger all the way up until I became a dad I was fit and healthy, I had the six-pack and everything but now days since I have children that six-pack as some what disappeared. I have thought plenty of times about going back into the gym and working hard to get it back but you what F**K It! I don’t really want to and if I’m being honest am happy the way I am so if you want to run in place for hours on end getting tired all the best to you, I salute you with my big mac in hand sir!

New Year means New Me – Let’s be honest here the chances of it turning from December 31st 2017 where I’m an asshole them as soon and it changes to January 1st 2018 I am suddenly reborn like a Disney film is very slim. It’s the thought that counts and that I have at least tried. I’m still going to have my moments where I’m grumpy or me and the world arent friends today but I will bear in mind that there is always a tomorrow and its a clean start.

Don’t laugh it’s not funny – My sense of humour is dark sometimes and I find things funny when others would be shocked in them situations, people falling over is funny, borderline jokes are funny this is why I am not allowed in social situations as I have no filter and it’s like taking a man-child as well as 5 kids on a day out. Will this change, I’m going with very doubtful but if you fall in front of me and I laugh please know at least you made my day.

There you have it, these are a few items on my New Years F**K It List, I would love to hear some of yours for 2018

Why change your awesome the way you are!

 

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

Christmas Snowflake the magical read by Wonderbly

Christmas is just weeks away!

Can you believe that just a few weeks, we have been looking forward to it all year round and now it’s here I need more time to prepare.

If you anytime like us Christmas Eve is just as magical as the day it’s self, it’s the day were we all prepare for the big man in red to visit and drop all the presents. We have a routine on Christmas Eve where we leave out reindeer food for them to see our house, the children unwrap new pyjamas to go to bed in, we leave out Mince Pies and a drink for Santa then watch a Christmas Film before bed.

This year we have decided to read a Christmas story to the children but finding the right one was more difficult than we thought as there are hundreds of them, all of them with the same sort of story lines. I wanted something my children would remember we did as a tradition, a story that they could read to their children, something that would make the holiday special.

I looked online and saw a company called Wonderbly who do personalised books for children and there newest book is called The Christmas Snowflake, the title sounded interesting so I had a look, on the site I was able to add the names of all the members of the family into the story line.

Family Names
Family Names

This story has it all, excitement, magic, something that all the family can relate to and the very end is a decoration we can place onto our Christmas Tree which I though was an amazing touch and something we could keep and place on our tree every year.

Christmas Decoration
Christmas Decoration

Page after page is filled with Christmas joy keeping the attention of kids as they follow their own journey throughout the story

I can’t wait to read this to my children on Christmas Eve to get them in the mood for Santa so they can go to bed excited, it’s not just a story book it’s a memory that we can keep forever to look back on when they were younger and read it to their children some day.

If you would like one of these personalised books for yourself or your children then you can get them from the link below and put some magic into your children’s bedtimes.

Daddy Giraffe x

https://www.wonderbly.com

 

 

 

 

 

Moments to be happy about in 2017

2017 has been a crappy year to sum it all up but it hasn’t all been bad there have been a handful of good moments in one of the worst years I’ve had, I would like to share some of my good moments in the dreaded year 2017.

It’s been a good year for my beautiful Bethie with some memorable moments, she has grown so much it’s hard to believe that not so long ago she was just a tiny (well kinda) baby. The year has seen her have her 1st birthday which she was so excited for and spent all day playing with her wrapping paper!!

She got spoilt rotten by everyone in the family and she even did her very own cake smash and left very little of the chocolate cake she was meant to be smashing. Not long after her 1st birthday Bethie discovered she can not only climb but can now also walk, soon discovering that crawling is still the quicker option though if she wants to get anywhere.

Bethie Birthday
Bethie Birthday Moments

Freddie has had his fair share of good boy moments this year, he has been a busy bee growing into a big boy and doing big boy things. Freddie turned 3 this year which mad him an official toddler and not a baby in his eyes so he decided to ditch the nappies and use big boy pants, he has been doing so well and took to toilet training straight away even to the point where he stands up to wee because that’s what all the older boys do.

Going into nursery was a big moment in Freddie’s life as he does not mix well with other people and is very shy but with a little persuading he now has lots of friends, helps out the teachers and enjoys going to school in the morning, he even has his own Tammy and Jo song as he goes walking through the doors.

At the moment Freddie is learning to write his own name, he does it every day at school and we got him to do it while he was at home, it’s not to bad if I don’t say so myself.

Freddie's Name
Freddie’s Name

Ellie has had a good year, not only did she start a brand new school after leaving her old one behind, she got in there got her head down and got through her exams, we nervously waited for the email to come through about where she would place in the year, telling ourselves and her as long as you tried that is all that matters.

It comes through and we couldn’t believe it Ellie Jayne had got 1st in her exams in her entire year after being there only a few months, Ellie was even in shock herself and got very spoilt for it. She then went on to become house captain in her year and is storming her way through school heading towards her goal of someday being a teacher.

Ellie number 1 in her year
Ellie Number 1 in her year

Annabelle is doing well, her positive attitude has driven her forward to give her some good moments. Annabelle is terrified of water so getting her to let go of the side of the swimming pool is a nightmare she squeals, screams and cries every time. The letter came from school that it was time for Annabelle’s class to do swimming and we dreaded it but she comes back with a certificate saying she out her head under water and jumped in!!!. Can you believe that after all our efforts and she just goes and jumps in any way, needless to say it is up on our wall, we are very proud.

Her class were electing a school counselor and Annabelle was so positive that she was going to get it, so positive that the day where the votes were being counted and it was going to be announced her last words to me were, I will see you later when I am school counselor.

School ends and I’m waiting outside the gates for her and BOOM she nailed it like she said she would, I wish I had her attitude!

Annabelle School council
Annabelle School council

Harry had his fair share of bad moments this year but he is a trooper and just powered through it, while he was in his old school despite the issues he was having he managed to become school captain and the won a school award for Computer Science in front of teachers, pupils and parents.

He started a new school after leaving his old one due to bullying and fitted in straight away, making new friends and getting countless awards from all of his teachers, hes doing so well and has already been out in all the top sets.#

Lets not forget that Harry also celebrated his 13th birthday this year becoming an official teenager complete with attitude

Harry Award
Harry Award

Cheryl has had the worst year imaginable but has still managed to get her fair share of good moments, the one that springs to mind is the fact she did a charity night run, something she had never done before but decided to do it anyway.

It was so cold that night but she didn’t care and we all stood and cheered as she crossed the finish line running.

She thoroughly enjoyed it and is even thinking of doing more runs and is aiming to do the Tough Mudder Mud Run at some point in the future.

Night Run
Night Run

2017 has had some good moments and memories but i will be so glad to see the back of it and look forward to moving on in a bright brand new year….bring on 2018!

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

Santa please don’t miss these Christmas wishes

Dear Santa

Ever since I was little I was taught how Santa would be watching all year round to see if I was being good or bad, this would determine if I would get any presents or not. Of course I was a little demon most of the year but come the month of December I was an angel just so I didn’t get that lump of coal.

As the years went by and I was older Christmas was less exciting and the presents got less from family and friends, sure we had the decorations and ate a big meal on the day its self but the meaning just lost it’s appeal.

That was until I had kids and it bolted my Christmas joy again, I was having to buy presents for my own children and make sure they feel the magic of December and knowing that you are getting ready to be on your way, on Christmas Eve we track you on the SantaNav and see where you are in the world delivering to all the boys and girls.

My Children have all wrote to you and asked for what they want from Santa this year and I’m pretty impressed that it’s not to expensive but I want to ask you for a Christmas wish personally.

Cheryl has had the year from hell and everything thrown at her with bad health to me and the kids ending up in hospital and in the space of just a few months she lost her mom the whole reason she loves Christmas and also our relationship ended.

My wish is to give her the strength to get through this year, through Christmas and New Year so she can start fresh and start to rebuild her life again, she has lost her Christmas spirit this year but if anyone can get it back its Santa.

Merry Christmas

Daddy Giraffe x

Christmas Holly
Christmas Holly

p.s. I hope you don’t mind but some other people want a few things to…

“A cleaner!” https://twinderelmo.co.uk

“Not too many presents for the boys as they will just be scattered around the house”http://astrongcoffeetogo.com

“A weekend of peace. No cooking, no cleaning or playing ‘Mum’s Taxi” http://thatbritishbetty.com

“Dear Santa, please bring me patience. By the bucket load. I already feel like Christmas should be tomorrow” http://www.sineadlatham.com

“I would love a GoPro Hero 6 please ready for our holidays in January as I can’t possibly justify the price” https://ourbucketlistlives.co.uk

“That the kids would eat everything I make for them! Or at least any veggies and fruits. That would be a real Christmas magic” http://www.captainbobcat.com

“A world where I want my kids to grow up, where people respect difference and don’t use power to harm or hurt others and there is peace and understanding” http://www.myboysclub.co.uk

“Cheese that tastes full fat but is calorie free please!!” http://www.ouralteredlife.com

“Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl ( well, I have tried anyway) Please bring me a round the world ticket to Travel with my children and show them all the delights and wonderful people there are. ( plus, endless blogging material and inspiration” http://familytravelwithellie.com

“Endless alcohol without a hangover” http://theincidentalparent.com

“A chef, who can take over the endless daily negotiations with my 4 & 6-year-old about what they will and won’t eat. And wine… All the wine.” https://themumconundrum.com