Sunday, 10 November 2019

Friday, 8 November 2019

A sickly 2019 Halloween

Happy Friday everyone!

Oddly, I thought I'd write about Halloween today seeing as how I was blogging at all last month. It won't be a very long post because in a nutshell, we didn't really get to celebrate Halloween.

The final week of October saw our hit with a really bad stomach virus. For most of us, it was thankfully just a 24 hour bug but unfortunately for Flynn, it ended up being a week long ordeal. It started with Flynn waking up vomiting in his cot first thing on Saturday 26th and then again in the afternoon all over me, the sofa and the carpet. He was then fine again come Sunday afternoon so we took the kids into town to enjoy the Spooktacular event being held in the market square. Vala was stroppy the whole time because a giant plastic pumpkin head that you take photos in was too scary for her. Flynn loved it though as you can see from this photo. With Vala stropping, we decided to go get some dinner and ended up having a really nice meal at TGI Friday's as a family. That was until 1:30am Monday morning when Flynn threw up in his cot again. We stayed up til 3am with him before it was safe for us all to sleep again. He wasn't sick from Monday afternoon onward so we thought he was recovering.

Then Wednesday morning came and we awoke to more vomit. Only this time it had come from Vala and not Flynn. She had thrown up in her bed in the middle of the night and then again on the living room floor in the morning. Wednesday is also the day my stomach started to hurt. Come evening, Vala was feeling absolutely fine again but it was my turn to start being sick. Thankfully, I only threw up once and managed to get it in the sick bucket and not in my bed or all over the floor. I was back to feeling 85% come Thursday morning but then it was Jordan's turn and he was sent home from work after being sick in the toilet. Then Flynn threw up again in the evening. So that was both Jordan and Flynn sick on Halloween but both feeling/acting fine come Friday. Jordan even went back to work on Friday and Flynn's appetite had returned. Until Saturday when Flynn threw up AGAIN literally 10 minutes before we were due to take Vala to swimming lessons. Jordan took her and I stayed home with our sickly boy again, just as I had all week. Seriously, in the whole week, I'd only left the house once! Since it'd had been a whole week of Flynn being on/off sick, we took him to a walk in doctor and after a 2 hour wait, was told that Flynn is fine and it's just taking longer for him to get over the sickness because the rest of us being sick was probably reinfecting him. It's now six days later and I am very happy to report that no one has been sick since. Even Flynn is back to his healthy self. I've finally managed to get the vomit smell out of our house as well.

So that was how we spent our Halloween. The kids did get dressed up on Thursday before Jordan came home from work and we did get out for a little in the morning but we didn't get to go up to Jordan's parents and cut up pumpkins like we do every year and the kids didn't get their "bucket of treats" from their Nonna. They'll get them eventually but sadly Halloween 2019 was a very sickly one for all of us.

Until next time,
Alli xo
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Thursday, 7 November 2019

I'm back! (for now)

Good morning ladies and gentlemen!

I'm back! Ok, I'm back for now because honestly, even I don't know how long I'll keep this up for before I take another extended break; I do apologise for being gone so long though.

As I explained in a post back in September; "Needing A Break", things weren't going the way I was wanting them to and I needed to step back and re-evaluate my life; especially my writing. Well, I took the step back and what did I work out? Not a whole lot if I'm being totally honest here. I identified the cause behind my passion for writing taking a nose dive but I still cannot figure out how to get that spark back. This is why it's taken me so long to come back to blogging; I've not wanted to write at all.

To try and combat my negative feelings for writing, I decided to force myself to participate in this years NaNoWriMo. So far, it's not going well. I reached the daily word count on days one and two but haven't written since. I'm now four days behind schedule and if I want to catch up, I'll have to write at least 8,298 words today just to be back on the NaNo schedule. I was struggling to write the minimum 1,667 words a day so the thought of writing over 8,000 words in one day seems impossible right now. I'm only making it harder on myself though by not even attempting and letting the days add up. But enough about NaNoWriMo and my writing, I can cover all that in another post.

We've got a few things to look forward to this month. Starting off with my 29th birthday next week! That's right, only six days left of being 28. After my birthday comes Vala's 6th birthday and we've got a very special and girlie birthday planned for her, more on that to come. Also, we did go ahead and buy a camera to start a vlog channel with! We're in the process of getting everything set up but when that's live (hopefully in the next week or so) I'll be linking our YouTube channel here. I'd wanted it up and running over the Halloween half term but unfortunately we learned that the SD card reader in my computer doesn't actually work so that has set us back a bit. Hopefully it'll be up by the end of the month but we've still got a lot to get sorted before it goes live.

Besides all that, myself and the family have been mostly fine. We did have a stomach virus go through our family last week so we were all quite sick but we've bounced back now. Vala is doing well at school, Flynn is rapidly changing every single day (and not always in good ways) and Jordan is still in the same job, wishing he was in a new job. I'm still massively overweight and angry at myself about it. Can't stick to anything at the moment and trying to kick myself in the backside to make a change. Some things don't change, do they?

Anyway, it's good to be back and blogging again, even if it was a struggle to sit down today and write this. Hopefully I won't need to take another break for a while but we'll see how things go.

Until next time,
Alli xo