Ready to shop until I drop!

Lol! We’re off into killarney town centre to shop until we drop!
I am excited to look around and maybe buy some new clothes. I normally dont enjoy clothes shopping, but since I started losing weight it has become more enjoyable. Now that I can get nice clothes to fit me, I love shopping.
We’ll spend the day intown. Mom is going to partner up with me, and my sister is going to take lauren and davin, I’m sure mom and me will stop off for coffee along the way, mom cant walk too far before she needs to rest, because of her COPD.
I hope I can find a few new tops to wear. I need some new ones. I wish I had more money but I have enough, just that I wish I had a lot more hahaha.
AFter shopping we’re going for dinner, and then tonight my two aunts are coming to stay the night with us, it’ll be a mad house!
We had a nice big cooked breakfast this morning, a full irish. It was delicious. Really tasty.
I dont know how I’m surviving, as I’ve been up since 3:30 AM. I suppose I’ll be wrecked tonight, but I’ll manage, I’m not tired right now so thats good.

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She’s 11 today…

My niece is 11 today. Wow! 11 years ago today, she was born.
I cant believe that! I remember her birth like it was yesterday. I remember how thrilled I was…my first niece.
When my sis went into labour we all went to the hospital with her. She was in labour on lauren for days. I wasnt at the hospital when lauren was born, we’d gone home, only our mom and dad had stayed there, the rest of the family went home. but I remember staying up all night, she was born at 4:40 in the morning. I remember all the excitement of it.
Now she’s 11 and getting so grown up. She is a quiet and gentle child. She isnt outgoing at all. She has the sweetest nature though and the sweetest personality.
At midnight tonight we lit candles on her cake, we got her mini cakes, chocolate ones, we stuck 11 candles in them and we sang happy birthday. She was so embarrassed to her. She hates having a fuss made of her. My sis got it on video, I’ll try to post it later on.
My sister was so funny on the video. She was drunk, and After we all sang, and lauren ran out of the room, my sis was like, in her poshest voice, now, this is what its like in 2019!
Hahahaha!
We’re going to light her cakes again this morning, when everyone wakes up, and we’ll all give her her birthday cards then. Mom and me have cards for her, and some of my aunts gave mom cards to give her as well.
I feel so nostalgic today. I cant believe my precious niece is 11. Man I am old!

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Killarney

We’re in Killarney and enjoying our selves. We are having a great time. So much fun.

we went into the town and did a little shopping earlier this afternoon. I didnt buy much though, I bought a pajamas, and I went looking in another store, at dresses, I want to buy a dress for my cousins wedding, he’s getting married in june.
I saw a nice black dress on sale, but I didnt end up buying it. I was worried that I’d buy it and then lose a ton more weight and it wouldnt fit me, so I dont think I’ll buy it until nearer the time of the wedding.
We went to aldi after looking around, and bought some food for dinner. We made pizza, wings, and I got a nice sweet potato curry too.
We came back to the apartment, cooked, ate and now mom and my sister are having some drinks, I am not drinking though.
Tomorrow we’re going to go back into town, going shopping for the day, we’re also going to go for a meal, have dinner out somewhere. We also got lauren a birthday cake, as her birthday is tomorrow.
My aunt and cousin are going to come tomorrow evening and spend the night with us, we have plenty of room here in the apartment, so they’re going to drive down here and we’ll have drinks, well I wont, but the rest of them will.
Its a cool apartment, we have two bedrooms, a livingroom and kitchen area and two bathrooms, its really nice.
I’m loving that we are having this break away, feels so nice to be able to just relax and chill out.
carol anne

Chocolate pizza

Chocolate Pizza
8 ounces white confectionery coating, divided
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup red and green candied cherries
In a heavy saucepan or double boiler, melt 6 ounces confectionery coating and all of the chocolate chips. Stir in the peanuts, marshmallows and cereal. Pour onto a greased 10 inch pizza pan or a foil-covered 10 inch circle of cardboard. Spread to even out top. Sprinkle with coconut and top with cherries. Melt remaining confectionery coating; drizzle over pizza. Refrigerate.
Makes 16 to 20 servings.

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Book review: Denied a mummy by maggie hartley

Just finished an amazing book, denied a mummy by Maggie Hartley.

Here’s the summary of the book, and my thoughts are below.

When Maggie’s latest placement arrives on her doorstep, the three young siblings have clearly been through unspeakable traumas in their short lives. Violent, malnourished and showing signs of sexualised behaviour, the two brothers and their big sister have been left to fend for themselves by their drug-addicted parents. Maggie must use all of her skills and experience as a foster carer to help these damaged siblings to learn to be children again. With much love, care and patience, their behaviour gradually starts to improve, and social services start looking for a forever family for them.

But alarm bells start to ring when Maggie meets the couple who have been matched to adopt the siblings. It is clear that they’re looking for the perfect ready-made family, and they’re not going to get it with these vulnerable brothers and sister. Despite raising her concerns with social services, Maggie is powerless to prevent the adoption from going ahead, and she must put aside her own fears to help the siblings settle in with their new parents. But she can’t shake the feeling of dread as she waves them good-bye.

Six months later, Maggie’s worst nightmares come true when she learns that the children have been handed back to the care of social services following the breakdown of the adoption. Maggie must fight to get the children returned to her, but is it too late to undo the damage that has been done?

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My thoughts…

An absolutely fabulous read. Gripping, a page turner. This book you wont be able to put it down! It was heartbreaking in parts, uplifting in parts, an overall great read! You cheer as the children progress, you cry with them, laugh with them, I highly recommend you read this one! It will not disappoint!
Its available on audible, kindle and in paperback.

Currently reading…

Denied a mummy by Maggie hartley.

Its a great read. A very sad book. But so so good. I will review it once I am done. Hoping to be finished by the weekend.

Highly recommend this book to everyone. If you’ve never heard of Maggie Hartley, she’s a UK foster parent who writes about her experiences of fostering kids.

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Really chill boxing day!

so I’ve had a really quiet boxing day. Not much going on here at all!

We all had dinner, my sis and her partner came withthe kids. We ate leftovers from yesterdays christmas dinner. It was nice. I ate way too much, asusual!

I sware, I’m back on my diet as of now! I am not eating any more junk food! Or if I do eat some it will be minamul. I need to try to lose what weight I’ve gained! And I am pretty sure I have gained some!

My niece Lauren was so funny today. She’s randomly texting us all every five minutes. Even though we’re in the next room! Now she is also saying she wants to be a youtuber. She wants to make her own youtube channel and do vlogs. I think she’d be good at it. And of course I’d subscribe to her if she did it. Just cuz I am nosey ha ha!

I had to deal with nitro having another panick attack. But he’s fine now again. I think he got a little too hot. Thats what I am putting it down to anyway. I dont know if thats it or not though. All I know is he was panting and shaking and stuff and it was stressful for both me and for him too!

Now they’ve all gone home, and its just mom and dad and me. Tomorrow mom and me are going to go out to see if there are any good sales. We’re also going to go get the new clothes dryer, cooker, vacume cleaner, and a tv, I got a text today from the store to say their sale has begun!

I also need to go grocery shopping so we’ll also do that. And mom wants to spend the voucher I got her for christmas, she wants to see if she can buy something to wear with it. I’ve decided on Friday I will go home to my own house for a few days, just cuz I want to make sure the house is ok, there were warnings on the radio today about leaving your house vacant, that people might break in if they see an idle house, so I will go home and make sure I stay home for a few days. I will turn on the heat too to warm the place up a little bit and prevent dampness from setting in!

I’ll come back to my parents around the 31st and spend new years with them. I do that every year. We arent doing anything for new years though. We rarely ever do. I think we’ll just watch some new years tv, eat snacks, and stay up for the fireworks and the bells at midnight.

I hope your all having a good day today! I’m certainly enjoying mine. I even had a glass of wine, well a spritzer, I had wine with seven up in it.

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