Thursday, 22 February 2018

Harry Pugger

Our lovable pug puppy, Harry is now 4 months old.

He has been a very welcome addition to our family and has settled in very well.
The toilet training has been tough at times especially with two boys to look after as well (and Stew :D) but it has gone a lot better than I imagined. He has now got himself into a lovely routine and he has gone from having his cage closed at bedtime to now having the run of the downstairs when we aren't there. I would love to get to the point where he can access upstairs too so he can go to bed with us, but I am not sure he will ever get brave enough to conquer the stairs...or tall enough for that matter.

The boys love Harry. Every morning he is met with the chorus of excited voices shouting, HELLLOOOOOOOO CUTIE....I think they have adopted my voice!

He is very sociable and accepts new people very well...he hasn't come across other dogs yet but it is only a matter of time before we start introducing him to other fur balls.

Harry is a big lover of chicken, back scratches and treats for good behaviour. He knows how to get what he wants with his big bulbous eyes and cute innocent face. He really has distracted us away from the crappy days we have encountered of late.

Overall we are very happy with the little chappy and he has become a lovely member of our family. 

Monday, 19 February 2018

Family Time

The past 18 months have been more than challenging for us as a family. We have gone through a few tough times and are still clinging to the hope that things will eventually get better for us and all of our close family. All we can do is try to remain normal for our boys and give them ways to distract from the dark cloud hanging over us all at the moment.

So, I booked myself a few days off work during this half term and have promised to make it more about the boys. They have witnessed enough heartache lately and they deserve to be spoilt a little.

Yesterday we took them out to Walsall Arboretum, our local park; it was cold and damp but the boys loved running around. Oliver was keen to feed the ducks and climbed eagerly onto the rockery and ran head first into walls and jumped off ledges. That boy gives me a mini heart attack with everything he does, but he does have fun. :)

Ethan was running around too and feeding the ducks alongside Oliver but he also had his dads IPhone in hand as he hunted for Pokémon! He loves that and he and Stew swap details about Pokémon that have been found. It was nice to get out in the fresh air and think about something else, even if it was just for a little while. I think he helped Stew a little bit too.

After the boys had run themselves empty, we took ourselves off to Smyths Toy Shop. My mom gave them both a £50 gift card at present to spend and they hadn't had a chance to spend it up until now, so we took them to buy new toys...not that they need any...I think its fair to say that they already have TOO many toys.

Today, we got up and booked a lane at Hollywood Bowl, Bentley Bridge. We arrived at 11.20am and we all enjoyed an hour of bowling. Ethan came out the champion again! That kid can bowl! We then had lunch at Subway, before retiring to Nanny Geary's house.

It has been a nice few days, we have plans for the next few days too, but I don't mind what we do as long as we are together as a family.

I will add more pictures to this most once I have charged my phone. :)

S x


Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Tormenter

Short Story
by Stephanie Geary


Sitting outside the school gates, I wait nervously for Stan Foster to come out of class. My mind whirls at the prospect of seeing him, knowing what I must do. Nerves and fear play a part in making my decisions. I can see a crowd forming, they have heard about what will be happening shortly. Hands in pockets, I glance at the growing audience, knowing that I am about to be put on display and that I must perform. My hands are clammy, and I wipe them roughly down my school trousers. I pull a handful of change from my pocket and count the coins.
Not enough, I need more.
What will he say about that?
I see him making his way out of the school, a group of friends surrounding him, offering him encouragement. They all look this way, none of them wanting to admit that they play a part in this scenario. As they get closer, I feel my heart racing, adrenaline kicks in and I feel ready. My eyes never steel away from his, I stare him down and gulp down on the salty saliva building up in the back of mouth and throat. I feel nauseous, but I know that is due to the fire burning in my gut.
Racing towards Stan, I see the fear in his eyes as he sees me, his secondary school bully approaching him. He looks at me, tears ready to spill from his eyes and I feel the raw fear that comes from his every pore.
And I love it.
I wish that I didn’t! I feel the hold that I have over him and the feeling of being powerful is like a drug I can’t get enough of. I clench my fists eagerly.
My audience waits as I approach my prey; all eyes are on me. I cannot let them down.

Another Blog You Say?

So, as well as this blog (Which I haven't updated as much as I would like to, because I am distracted with the other one) I also have a writing blog. This other blog is where I write short stories, poems; and write book reviews.

As previously mentioned I love writing and I wanted somewhere that I could simply use just for that.

This other blog can be found at -

http://writingfromtheheart.blog

I am also getting quite a following through my Twitter Page - over a thousand followers! :)
The engaging with fellow bloggers part is daunting at times, but it helps to see what other bloggers do; what their styles are and how they create traffic to their blogs. A lot of people would probably say that they wanted as much traffic as they could so that they could make money from it, etc.

But I am hoping that my writing blog will be some sort of showcase for my writing; some place that I can refer possible authors/publications onto. I do really like the thought of reviewing new books. So, I am looking at setting it up so I can receive new publications before they are in the shops so I can read them and provide them with a honest review. :D

I can but try!


Saturday, 3 February 2018

My Boys

When I say my boys, I actually mean all 4 of them.

Yes, that's right....4!

Stew my husband, Ethan my eldest son, Oliver my youngest son and Harry the Pug. I am the lone female in a household of males. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Stew

I met Stew at college when we both enrolled on a Media course which started in October 1998. At first he was just a friend of my friends, but before long our friendship grew too and we eventually (following a hurdle or two) started dating. We moved in together a year later, which many may have thought was too soon, but we saw it as something that was inevitable anyway, we knew how we felt about one another and we were already spending all day, everyday with each and sleeping over at one another's houses. Looking back I wish we had waited a while, maybe travelled a bit before we got bogged down with rent and bills, but it obviously all worked out in the end because almost 19 years later we are still together. We have been through some tough times, but some great times too with the birth of our two boys being at the top of our greatest moments list (not that we have an actual list of course)

Last year I nearly lost him, following a very serious Road Traffic Accident. But he is strong willed and he fought his way back to us. I couldn't be more proud to have him as my husband. He is my best friend and the one person who has my back no matter what.

I look forward to the many years ahead with him.

This was taken pre-kids

My crazy nutty husband

Me and Stewart

Amsterdam Hotel

This was us in Amsterdam

One of my favourite pics, us in Nice, France


Ethan

Ethan was our first born son. He came into our lives on the 22nd March 2011, but he was a part of us before that date. From the very first kick and the first scan appointments, we knew we loved him and we couldn't wait to see him. The labour and birth despite some complications at the end was trauma free and we welcomed our tiny bundle into the world. The first days of him being here went by in a daze. I was completely thrown by the whole baby thing and I struggled at first. I wasn't sure what I was doing at all and I had days when I didn't even get myself dressed; I basically lived in PJ's and went without showers for days on end! It wasn't good but I got through it. One thing that was a definite though was that I was so in love with our little boy. He was beautiful in everyway and I have enjoyed being his mom over the last 6 years. Ethan has grown up to be an intelligent, caring, sensitive and crazy little boy. He is a very loving boy, but he also has a crazy sense of humour. One thing I can say about Ethan is that he is laid back....just like his father.


 
 



Oliver

This little scamp was born on the 19th September 2014. I knew from the moment I looked into his eyes that he was going to be a different character altogether to Ethan. From an early age he had a determination that I adored. As a baby, he was a bit more demanding but he had the most amazing eyes, which stopped me from ever being frustrated or cross with him. As he grew he became known as 'Naughty Oliver' by his family members. All of them love him for who he is. As do we. He is now 3 years old and knows his own mind. He likes his own company, but loves to talk and he isn't a fan of being told what to do. But he is learning everyday what behaviour is acceptable and what is not. I often hear that 'no two kids are the same' but I don't mind. I love both my boys equally for the small persons that they are. Oliver has the most enchanting cheeky smile, which he knows how to use.

 
 
 


Harry the Pug


And then there is Harry the Pugger. He is 3 and half months old and he is a wonderful ball of fur. We have always talked about getting a dog and then after losing our baby in November, we decided to just do it. The boys love him, he is gorgeous and definitely one of the family. He loves lazy sleeps on the sofa, food and running around biting and chewing on everything on sight. He is a naughty little buggar at times but he is so much fun. :)

And that's the men in my life. :)


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Apologies

I must apologise for letting this blog go by the waste side a little. I have been distracted with photography work and have been busy editing and creating photo albums. I have also been back at work this past week and with Oliver starting nursery then the days have been a bit manic to say the least.

I have been doing the odd bit of writing and posting on my wordpress account....but its mainly jumbled words which I call stories and poems. :)

Everything is great here, things are moving steadily forward. I still have my moments, like hiding out and crying at work in the toilet, or getting angry at the injustice of this ride that I call life! But....we have been enjoying ourselves running around after our handful of fur, Harry. He is such a lovely character already, he is so so cute which is probably a good thing, because it gets him out of trouble.

He loves biting things up, in particular he loves my boots! Naughty Dog!

Oliver started nursery in the week and he is doing well. He has been impressing them with his numbers and letters, but also with his running...he loves to run, constantly. We do remind him about NOT running indoors in case he gets hurt, but he loves to BOLT everywhere! We generally end up with bumps and bruises when he falls...AFTER we have told him not to run. But it is all good!

Ethan is doing well at school and doing extra maths tuition to help get him ready for his SATS (Whenever that may be)....bloody SATS at 6!

Oh well, I have ranted enough....I am tired and want to go to bed.

Night all. x

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

http://writingfromtheheart.blog

One constant in my life is the fact that I love to write. I enjoy creating content, whether it be short stories, scripts, diary entries, etc.

Ever since I was little I have loved writing short stories and often competed in school competitions to create written pieces. 


I asked myself today what I wanted from my blog and realised I wanted two things - I wanted to have somewhere that I can share stories about my family and where I could write personal accounts...and then I wanted to be able to write content - reviews, short stories, poems.

So with that in mind, I decided to create TWO blogs. You heard me correctly....I created a separate blog so I can keep all of my written content in one place.

This blog account that I am on now will be solely for my personal posts.

If you would like to read my short stories, poems or reviews please head over to:-

http://writingfromtheheartdotblog.wordpress.com

It is still very much under construction - its a simple set up so shouldn't take long before I can post content. I worried that I had gone for the wrong WORDPRESS when I first signed up - I paid the yearly fee and then realised that a lot of people used wordpress.org when they wanted to make there blogs successful and make money from them. And then I realised that I am not really bothered about advertising on my blog or affiliate marketing etc. I don't review make-up or make creative items that I can sell. I want to use my blog space (on wordpress) to simply showcase some of my written work - somewhere that I can link prospective clients to who may be interested in me writing content for them.

So as of today, I have two blogs! :D

This could be confusing! For me....not you guys!


I hope.