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I’m back….and I’ll be 30 weeks tomorrow…

Ok so I’ve had a couple of weeks off from the blog purely because I was just exhausted really. I went into my 3rd trimester with a revenge of morning sickness similar to my 1st trimester blues. It really took it out of me, and with that I went to a hen do and did a mini break in Center Parcs. Both lovely, but both exhausting..I know what your thinking…they are meant to be relaxing…and they were, I just dealt with nausea and tummy tightness most of the time which led to walking being a massive pain.

On a plus though, I haven’t been sick for a day now so here’s hoping it settled down again. Here are a few photo’s from the Hen do. We did a Charleston dance class and had Afternoon tea which was sooo good. I only did the dance class in small intervals…you can see how warm I looked in the picture.. had to take it slow!

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Plus here’s my pancake I had at Center Parcs…I only managed like half, luckily Richard was able to eat all his and the rest of mine..death by chocolate is an understatement.


Also…I’m in my 3rd trimester…hello…where did the time go??…slightly panicking now…just a little. I’ve been away from our little house for a couple of weeks so now I’m back I’m on full cleaning and DIY mode again..I haven’t even begun to think about things I need to buy yet…

I also have my first NCT class tomorrow, which also happens to be Richard’s birthday so I hope he’s looking forward to a whole day of talking about vagina’s and labour…I’ve heard mixed reviews on NCT classes, but primarily I have heard it’s where you go to buy mummy friends..and being as I don’t really know many people here, I am all for buying friends! So wish me luck.

I thought I’d mention briefly about how the blog is going to change.Ideally I don’t want this to be a mummy blog, as that’s not what I had ever planned, this has just been a creative outlet of ramblings, projects and inspiring things. But let’s be honest babies change things in a big way so I will be posting a few things, but I guess thats just how the blog develops..But I promise not to overload you with baby orientated topics!! unless you request it!  To completely contradict all this..here are a couple of pics of my twin nieces and nephew..such cuties!

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Here’s to week 30 tomorrow… eeeek!



Finding the Christmas spirit and the Carter traditions.

I found it. We have come to my family this year for Christmas, and the familiar ornaments, the Carter traditions are all around. It’s been a hectic two months, and I appreciate every one of you that reads this blogs, especially due to my absence the last few weeks, and who keep coming back. I love you all. Here is to a lovely Christmas and an exciting 2015!

It’s funny how much Christmassy I feel as soon as I am back in my home town. So I thought I’d share with you some of our Carter christmas traditions.



Ok so the hardest tradition, which I am now so accustomed too, and couldn’t imagine doing it any other way, is waiting to open our presents under the tree until after Christmas dinner. So we end up sitting down to open presents at about 7 in the evening. Crazy but it makes the whole day last longer, and I am telling you as a kid doing this, it was such an exciting day waiting for presents even if sometimes all we wanted to do was rip open the presents. It’s a tradition I will continue with my own kids in the future.

Ok so you know how some kids write letter to santa, and now a days even email..well when I was younger, the way we asked santa what we wanted for Christmas was we shouted out the window on Christmas eve. Which was made terrifying when my Grandad answered back from the upstairs bathroom. I also learnt he had bells…I knew I wasn’t loosing my mind when I thought I heard santa all those years ago. .Richard finds this completely bazaar? Did anyone else do this? Or was it just my family?

Then the rest is pretty standard I think. We wake up, open our stockings and have a big family breakfast. We then spend an hour or two at our local pub which opens especially on Christmas day for a few hours and where the whole town goes. It’s nice to see friends for a couple of hours on Christmas day.Then we slob around and eat our weight in snacks, before tucking into a big turkey dinner with all the trimmings.Then we open our tree presents, then all fall asleep in a food coma.

I love Christmas, and this Christmas is going to be hectic, with 17 for dinner, we have a feast and a day of lots of presents and I can’t wait. Shopping is finally done. I ventured out to Tesco’s at 8 this morning. All I need to do if finish the last bit of wrapping.


So I wish you all a merry Christmas, and if I haven’t fallen into a food coma, I’ll take some pictures of the hectic day and share!!



As I mentioned before, I went back to my home town with Richard to see some family, and this weeks drawing ties in really well with the weekend I had.

So I only sketched my immediate family, as had I included partners and babies, it would have been one in depth drawing, maybe I will draw the whole family another day. And as me and Richard both do this blog I thought I would do another drawing of his family too.

So I didn’t do my usual Photoshop thing. I sketched out the portraits in pencil then re-outlined them in pen. That was it. Then I scanned them in. I didn’t want to add colour as I really like how crisp they look just being done in pen.

My family portrait. woodenflamingo.com

My family portrait. woodenflamingo.com

Ok so from L-R We have Ben, Simon, Me, Abby, my Mum (Ali) and My Dad (Nick). I think Abby looks the most realistic, the head tilt thing she does when she is taking selfies and her little pea head too. It’s like I’m looking at a photograph…



The Sanders Family Portrait. woodenflamingo.com

The Sanders Family Portrait. woodenflamingo.com

The Sanders. L-R William, Peter, Richard, Beth, Pat (Richards Mum) and Bob (Richards Dad). Peter looks the most realistic here, which is always the way for some reason. When we made ginger bread men (personalised versions that is), Peter’s one looked spot on.


Anyway I hope you enjoyed my family portraits. This is technically last weeks, so I will be doing another drawing this week. This weeks theme is Twins…Hmm wonder what I could do for that one.


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So I am finally over the dreaded bug. The plus outcome, I have finally lost a stone now..

Moving on. I have been back in my home town this weekend, it’s nice coming home to family, my old room, friends and home cooked food. Did a bit of shopping with  the mother, pictures to come one day, and even got Richard a few things too!

But best of all I got to spend some time with my nieces. Now below we have Amelia, I was unsuccessful at being able to get a picture of Eliza, she was just to quick for me. There little bow clips were the cutest though with my little ponies print on. It occured to me that this will be the thrid time this year that I have seen my family, living across the country can be quite difficult but we have fun when we go back.



But here’s a quick picture of the both of them with my dad, (Bampi to them) We are totally in the age of technology, as they were sat on his lap watching nursery rhymes being sung on You Tube on his Mac.

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