Finding happiness

Because I’m happy – catching up

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The past few weeks have been really busy. We spent our last week in Rochester, moved house and we’ve been on holiday to the Isle of Wight.

There have been ups and downs along the way but it was all worth it. We are in our new house and we love it. Hurrah!

We also had a fabulous holiday and it was great to spend some time together as a family.

After such a fun packed three weeks, it is about time for another Because I’m happy post. I am afraid that there is a lot to catch up on and this is an epic post. So you may want to pour yourself a cup of tea or a stiff gin.

Because I’m happy – catching up – weeks 2, 3 and 4

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This is what has made me happy over the past few weeks:

Week 2 – Saturday 15th – Friday 21st August

  • Visiting the Rochester Cathedral tea rooms for one last lunch and play in the garden before the move.
  • Doing a fairy door hunt around Rochester and hearing Little Miss H scream “mummy look fairy door” every time we found one.

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  • Having a boozy Sunday lunch with some of the Rochester yummy mummies. I love these ladies so much and I miss having them down the road. But we are now friends for life and I know that I will see them soon.
  • Going to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. AMA-ZING! And going on the tour with my bestest and oldest friend and spending the day with her and her fabulous family.

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  • Seeing how good Little Miss H was on that day. She was barely any trouble at all.
  • Catching up with one of the loveliest ladies in the world who I met on the NCT course we attended before Little Miss H was born.

Week 3 – Saturday 22nd – Friday 28th August

  • Finishing the packing early so that we could go out and have a pizza. We went back to Don Vincenzo, which was the first restaurant we ever visited in Rochester. It was the perfect way to spend the evening before the move.
  • Knowing that Little Miss H was being spoilt rotten with her Nanna and Grampy and avoiding all the stress of moving house.
  • Having the most fabulous removal men in the world. They were so friendly and efficient.
  • Eating Wotsits and drinking prosecco on our first night in the new house.

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  • Being able to sit in our living room with the sun streaming in, listening to the birds singing and looking out over our garden and the wood that backs on to it.
  • Meeting our lovely new neighbours.
  • Picking Little Miss H up after she had stayed with her grandparent’s whilst we moved to the new house.
  • Seeing Little Miss H’s love for her new bedroom and big girl’s bed.
  • Finding my gardening and DIY mojo. I have already ripped down a cupboard, taken down a door, put up a bed and some bathroom storage and done some serious gardening. This may not sound like much but I am a complete DIY-phobe and I’ve never had a garden before.
  • Discovering a lovely little park to take Little Miss H to.
  • Hearing Little Miss and Mr H sing “All about that bass” whilst getting ready for bed.

Week 4 – Saturday 29th August – Friday 4th September

  • Having our first lunch out as a family in Tunbridge Wells with my other bestie, her hubby and gorgeous daughters.
  • Getting cuddles with my beautiful God-daughter.
  • Little Miss H shouting “big boat” every time she saw the Isle of Wight ferry.
  • Staying in a lovely cottage in the Isle of Wight. It was filled with wood and Cath Kidston fabrics. It was completely idiosyncratic but we loved it.
  • Watching Little Miss H dance and run around the cottage garden.

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  • Eating fish, chips and mushy peas on Shanklin Beach.
  • Playing in the sea and sand on a beautiful hot sunny day.

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  • A lady giving her £1 scratch card win to Little Miss H for being such a cutie.
  • Having time to read the fabulous book Become the best you by my friend and fellow blogger Reneé Davis. You must visit her blog, Mummy Tries. It is inspirational and I promise you that you won’t regret it.
  • Having honest chats with Mr H about everything that has happened over the last six months and how we move forward as a family.
  • Visiting an amazing little farm called Coleman’s Play and Farm Park where Little Miss H was able to feed some geese and a goat and go hunting for eggs. It was definitely the best place we visited in the Isle of Wight and Mr H and I were devastated to hear that it is closing down. Little Miss H is still talking about feeding “nana to goat” (translation: banana to a goat).

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  • Coming home to find that Rosie the Rabbit had returned from her spa break at the amazing John Lewis spa and had been fully rejuvenated by her holiday. Little Miss H was thrilled to be reunited with her travelling companion and I am eager that Rosie does not go on holiday again.

Wow, when it is all written down like that you can see what a busy few weeks we have had. It has been lovely though.

And one of the happiest things has been the epiphany that I don’t want to be filled with sadness any longer. I am making an action plan to become a better me and it fills me with positivity and excitement for the future.

What have you been up to over the past few weeks? I would love to hear all about it in the comments.

Hugs

Mrs H

xxxx

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36 Comments

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    Steph
    September 16, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Oh my gosh! I’m really not sure where to start. Boy oh boy you’ve been a busy bee! I absolutely loved reading about ALL of it. Im thrilled you have settled well into your new life with such ease and that you’re now a dab hand at DIY! I must get you round to mine! I could seriously do with some pointers! All of these things are utterly fabulous, you really have had so many happy memories here. Loved hosting with you again too gorgeous. Love Steph xxx

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    Kat | Beau Twins
    September 15, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I love this post so much! What an amazing few weeks you’ve had. Hope life in the new house brings you much happiness gorgeous lady. Stunning pictures by the way and Little Miss H is the spit of you. Xxx

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    Alison
    September 15, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Congratulations on the move. It looks like a beautiful cottage. And it looks like you’ve been incredibly busy over the last few weeks — all that AND a house move? Wow. #thelist
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    Sarah Christie
    September 14, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Oh Mrs H a lovely post filled with hope I am so glad you are feeling things are improving, a new home and a new start. And I don’t know about Rosie Rabbit but I am loving the idea of the John Lewis Spa xx
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    Adrian
    September 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    What a busy few weeks! We went to the IoW in 2007 when we were young(ish) and fancy free. Stayed with a quirky B&B run by two sweet gay lads in Shanklin and I have fond memories sitting watching the sun set from the pub on the beach. We’ll have to take Little B back there. Hope you settle in to your new home quickly. We’ve been in ours two years and are nearly unpacked!
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    Mrs Tubbs
    September 14, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Such a collection of happy and lovely photos. Hope you’re settling into your new home and area

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    Emily
    September 14, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Congrats on your move! It sounds like you have had an incredibly busy, but wonderful few weeks. We moved house ourselves a few months ago so understand the joy and stress of moving and all that comes with it. I cant believe you managed to do so much other social stuff before and after, it sounds like you have all had an amazing few weeks 🙂 #SundayStars

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    Rachel
    September 13, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    What a fab idea for a post. It’s the first one I’ve read. Making me happy over the past few weeks has been starting my blog. What an adventure. But definitely not been as busy as you! Good luck in your new home.
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    Julia @ Rainbeaubelle
    September 13, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    This is so nice to read, you should read this back if you are ever feeling down as there are so many things to be happy about on here! A lot of them sound like a lot of fun too. Just thinking about going out for pizza is making me want one! x
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    International Elf Service
    September 13, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Gosh this all sounds really really lovely! Busy but in a brilliant way. You must be exhausted! I do think Prosecco and wotsits are the perfect combo 🙂
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    Sara | mumturnedmom
    September 13, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    What a busy, and fun, few weeks 🙂 Our first night in our new home also consisted of crisps and prosecco! Such a happy post x
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    Heledd - Running in Lavender
    September 13, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    What a fabulous list of lovely things. The Warner Bros studios sounds like so much fun, I can’t wait to take the girls when they’re a little older. Also Prosecco and Wosits is my kind of celebration!! Congratulations on your big move honey and carry on with your happy list, they make me really smile. Big Hugs xxx

    Thanks for hosting xx
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    Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    September 13, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    You go girl! This is a fabulously happy post, you’ve done so much and relishing all that you do. I love it. The picture of you and little miss in the sea is beautiful xx
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    mummuddlingthrough
    September 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Hello Mrs H,

    I’ve pondered over your blog before but never realised we were practically neighbours – I’m in Kent just down the road from you. Congrats on the move to TW – very posh! Thanks for hosting #sundaystars x MMT
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    Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)
    September 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    What a busy few weeks you’ve had! I love the Isle of Wight, i am planning on taking Mr B and my girls their next year as they have never been. So glad to hear your move went well and your feeling so positive 🙂 #sundaystars

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    Everything Mummy
    September 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Very busy few weeks indeed sounds lovely though love that Rosie rabbit had a spa break haha!! #sundaystars
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    Katie / Pouting In Heels
    September 13, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    What an absolutely wonderful positive post. Loved hearing all about your life and huge congratulations on the new house! I hope it proves to be a very happy, loving and fun-filled home for you all. Gorgeous photos too. However the last paragraph was my favourite. So glad to hear you’ve making your happiness a priority my love xxx
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    jeremy@thirstydaddy
    September 13, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve heard good things about the Harry Potter tour. Congrats on the new home
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    Lori
    September 13, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    This is such a beautiful diary of your life! And you’ve certainly been busy! Glad you are starting to feel at home in your new surroundings xx
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    Random Musings
    September 13, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Wow, you sure have been busy! Congratulations on your move, glad to hear you are settling in well – what better way to start off in a house than with Wotsits and Prosecco lol 🙂 Thanks for hosting #SundayStars
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    Jenny (Midwife and Life)
    September 13, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Wow what a week! I live in your neck of the woods where are you moving to? I’m in Maidstone. #sundaystars

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    Jenny (Midwife and Life)
    September 13, 2015 at 11:25 am

    What a week! I’m in your neck of the woods, where have you moved to? I’m in Maidstone. #sundaystars
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    Emma's Mamma
    September 13, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Wow you’ve been so busy! Glad moving house went so well. I love how they sang All about the bass – too cute! #sundaystars

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    Cheryl @ Reimer and Ruby
    September 13, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Oh Dear! you have really been busy the last few weeks, especially the moving house part… It’s nice that you have that determination to stay positive in the future, we should all be. Lovely post! #SundaysStars

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    Silly Mummy
    September 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

    That does sound busy! The fairy door hunt sounds like great fun, and I really want to go on the Harry Potter tour. Glad you love your new house. #sundaystars
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    Sarah Howe
    September 13, 2015 at 8:17 am

    It made me happy reading this! What a fab few weeks! Congrats on the house move and all the fun things you have done sound great 🙂 onwards and upwards eh? Xx #sundaystars
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    Lady Nym
    September 13, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Sounds like a great few weeks! Love the idea of hunting for fairy doors and funnily enough Tyger has been asking me if we can visit a farm this morning.

    Our last few weeks have centered around getting Tyger ready for the idea of preschool and getting his diagnosis through of ASD. It’s hard to do very much too far away since I don’t drive and Tyger gets very overloaded anyway (though, he loves it at the time but is a nightmare later!). I’ve been trying to get the cubs out for walks every other day, though.

    Thanks for hosting #SundayStars
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    Betty and the Bumps
    September 13, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Did she win anything on that scratch card?!?! I’m 33 (in four weeks!) and I’ve never ever put the lottery on or bought a scratch card, so I don’t really understand the odds! Gwenn gets given quite a lot of bits when we’re out but we’ve never been given anything so potentially valuable. I must be hanging around in the wrong places! xx

    #sundaystars

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    Ali
    September 13, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Wow that was an epic catch up! Best of luck in your new house, it sounds perfect.#sundaystars
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    Kaye
    September 13, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Such a lovely idea as sometimes we take the little things for granted. Love the fairy hunt, such a cool idea and very jealous of Harry Potter! xo
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    Jess Soothill
    September 13, 2015 at 12:04 am

    You’ve been SO busy! 🙂 Looks like you have been up to so much. How lovely being in a new home now. Hope it’s feeling more like home each day! Wow she is growing up fast, she looks like you. Beautiful photographs and happy post xxxx
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    You Baby Me Mummy
    September 12, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Wow huni. Sounds busy and fabulous. I am so glad you have found a way to work through things xxxx
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    Katie LifeonVistaStreet Haydock
    September 12, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    My word Mrs H! You HAVE been busy… little miss gets cuter every time I see her. And she’s growing swimmingly xx
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    Katy (What Katy Said)
    September 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Blimey you have been busy!! How nice of that lady to give up her scratch card!! Love when there are nice people in the world! Hope you are settling into your new home hun. Thanks for joining in #HappyDaysLinky x
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    Jenna
    September 8, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I loved this post Mrs H – it was like having a coffee, cake and catch up with a good friend. 🙂

    Phew, you have certainly packed a lot in over the last few weeks.

    I’m glad the move went well and you are enjoying your new home. I giggled at ‘wotsits and prosecco’ – that is ACE!!

    Good for you for not wanting to feel sad anymore. You’ve had a lovely fresh start and it’s the perfect opportunity to move on from that horrible feeling. Here’s to new beginnings.

    Love ya lots xxx
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    Lorraine
    September 8, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Wow, you really have been a busy bunny lately. Great to see all the lovely things you’ve been up to though. Really glad your move went well, must be great to be in and starting to settle in. Only a few more weeks until that will be us too. Such a great idea to list all the happy positive part of the last few weeks! x
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