2016 Review & My Goals For 2017

Another year gone.

Madness.

I feel like this was the fastest year ever. It’s crazy.

so, 2016. I feel like 2016 will be a year that goes down in history for being the worst year ever. The deaths, the politics and the endless fighting, 2016 needs to go and sit in the corner and think about what it has done.

For me personally, it was a year of growth in myself. I’ve learnt how to stay calm in heated situations. I have learnt that family always come first and most importantly I have learnt that I want more for my little family.

More adventures, more fun, more time to be together and to learn from the world around us.

I have learnt that people change, that is life and I am okay with that.

All I can do is try my best and do what is asked of me, even if it wasn’t always well received.

I am proud of who my girls are becoming. They have blossomed at school and they are learning so much and growing as small people. I couldn’t have asked for any more from them. They have made me so incredibly proud and I hope going forward we can nurture that and keep it going.

As far as blogging goes, I am going to be giving it a back seat and concentrate on Youtube. I love the process of filming and making videos, we have so many plans going forward for both my own and the family vlogging channel. So make sure you SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss a thing 🙂

So all in all 2016 has been a year of personal growth, finding new loves and making sure we enjoy time together.

I can only hope 2017 will see us grow online and at home even more.

Hold on tight people!!!

Extreme Co-Parenting

Something that I have noticed we do these days is extreme co-parenting. It is certainly not your average co-parenting scenario.

I have to say, it’s something I struggled with in psychology. The guilt side of it. The fact I am not the be all and end all of my children’s lives. But is that really healthy?

Apparently, my concerns over this subject were unnecessary.

I think the phrase “it takes a village” came into play. And that phrase has more merit than people give it.

With the way we have to co-parent, it’s literally like the girls are being raised by a village.

Now that’s not to say if you are your child’s be all and end all that’s bad, because it most certainly is not. I envy you if this is you. But it just means that our own situation is not as damaging as I feared it was.

The girls have a network of people who love them dearly. They are never without someone to pick them up when they fall and to applaud when they fly.

Because of this extreme co-parenting, when things are hard at home, they have an escape with my own Mum and sister.

I cannot always be the ever present Mum. The hospital appointments and relapses mean sometimes I simply cannot be there.

But I have to trust the fact they have an army of other people ready to jump in when I am at my worst.

MS is a hard mistress. One who isn’t at all forgiving or thoughtful.

It doesn’t take my children into consideration.

So I have to make sure there are people there for them, the two most important people in my life.

I always feared this set up would somehow take away from me as a mother figure. But with my husband and family, we have made it work. We each play a role. A constant role, which is the most important aspect.

Kids need a constant.

All of us together, Ben, me, my Mum, my Dad, Cherry, and other family are all people who play a real role in the girls lives.

Together we have, so far anyway, shaped two incredibly bright and stable individuals who seem to take everything in their stride.

They don’t know any different.

This is their normal.

My psychologist was right, it does take a village sometimes, and it’s okay for me to be thankful for that.

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3 Reasons We Won’t Be Taking Part In Halloween

It’s that time of year again. All hallows eve. A reason to dress up in some horrific costume and run wild on the streets.

Now I would normally partake in all the shenangins, as would the girls, however, this year it’s different.

This year it has been well and truly ruined.

So I give you, my top three reasons we are not taking part in Halloween.

NUMBER 1: General trust amongst other human beans. It’s true. A year of heartache across the world, with people killing each other for no reason at all but to make a statement. The trust has all melted away leaving people not even passing out a smiley hello or thank you.

We literally just keep to ourselves, ignoring what the rest of the world is doing in hopes we can lead a normal, stranger free life.

It’s sad really when you think about it. Communities are few and far between and even then people are second guessing and keeping their guards well and truly up. 

NUMBER 2: The kids go to a C of E school. So Halloween isn’t something they partake in, so the girls haven’t really been caught up in any of the hype. It has been more about harvest and giving back to others.

Something they have both done really well.

So it’s not really been on the forefront of their minds meaning I haven’t had to hear about it every few minutes.

NUMBER 3: Probably the biggest reason we won’t be taking part is the killer clowns. Now this is ridiculous. My children shouldn’t have to be sat down to be warned about trusting anyone dressed as a clown.

It’s  a conversation I never imagined myself having!

It’s ridiculous and plain frightening. Why are people trying to spoil these occasions with violence?

What does that say to our children? Or even mankind as a whole?!

I can’t imagine the devastation for the clown community. Their livelihoods pulled from beneath them because someone decided now would be a good time to whack on a clown suit and murder people?!

Who thinks like that?!

Now dressing up has become feared. No longer can the kids dress up and go trick or treating. I know I certainly don’t feel comfortable with it and I will not be opening my door on Halloween.

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So there you have it. Any dressing up will be done at home, as usual, all year round.

Are you taking part this year?

We would love to know 🙂

We Are Going On A Sykes Holiday!

It’s that time of year, soon we will be off on our big family Sykes holiday! 

There will be 10 of us. 10. That’s many people. We haven’t been on holiday together in years, I can’t even remember the last time we all went away together. I must have been like 11, entering that awkward teenage stage so mum just stopped taking me away.

I can see why. 

We are working with Sykes to document our big fat sykes family holiday, we will be vlogging over on our youtube channel – so make sure you head over there and check it out. We will also be posting some stunning photos from north wales. North Wales might have to be one of the most beautiful places in the UK, with dramatic mountains and open spaces, it’s just stunning.

The girls are really looking forward to going away with their aunties, uncles and nanny and pappa, I am sure they will squeeze every penny they can out of them. I’m not even sorry.

Last year daddy couldn’t come away with us. Yes, sad face. However this year he will be there and he will have chance to relax and have fun. Something I think we all need.

I cannot express just how happy we are to one be going away for a proper holiday, but to be working with such a lovely company as Sykes cottages, who has a huge and fabulous array of holiday homes across the UK. They really have something for everyone, I am super picky. Like, really picky!

So if I love them, you will.

Right….. TO THE BEACH!!!!

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Oh, before we go, where are you going this year?! We would love to know!!!

 

 

 

Kirby: Planet Robobot 3DS review

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Playing through this game took me back to when I first encountered the pink gas ball. Who, was originally an off white on the cover of the original game on the GameBoy DMG. A big clunky portable with a green screen that could produce great sound and had 8 Bit pixel graphics just like the NES. This was also the first time I also tried Caribbean cuisine at a friends house. I wondered what on earth appealed to people about corn on the cob, having not yet acquired the taste for the delicious vegetable. And I am sure he too didn’t appreciate my butter covered fingers all over his GameBoy either.
Having said that I did not actually own my first GameBoy until about 6 years ago, (I collect old video games). I opted for at the time, the impressive Game Gear. With a colour display and an unhealthy appetite for AA batteries. Six of them at a time. As opposed to the GameBoy’s humble four. As a Nintendo fan even at that age, the GameBoy just did not seem too appealing. Perhaps I missed out, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Game Gear throughout my time of owning it and have no regrets.

WVW69jWSh9cLjrEoEjI can’t really pretend to know and have played every Kirby game that has been released.
Apart from Dream Land and up until Planet Robot, I had once sampled Triple Deluxe which was not only visually impressive.. but from what I played had all the right components of what makes a great Video Game.
Kirby has never really taken much of a break in the way of releases over the last couple of decades. Sometimes at a push a year or three without a release, but he has pretty much appeared on every system Nintendo has released. Spanning over 24 games and then some, in appearances.
Playing Planet Robobot is exactly what you would want if you asked for Kirby to be remade for a new generation. It has robots for a start! Who doesn’t like them? And when you find you can get into a Mech Body suit your inner child (or your actual child) will squeal with delight.

WVW69jWSi-g2o8hT9HFor each of the invading robots firmly rooted legs is an area that has levels, and is also an enemy base. Your job is to find code cubes which are small metallic cubes with circuits on them. You need to collect so many to progress, and, unlock levels that have no pathway to them.

There is a plethora of abilities and upgrades for not only Kirby himself, but also for the mech suits you can control.

Ability suits will see you change your appearance more times than a pantomime performer and you will grin from ear to ear when you unless the elements of the like of  electricity, flames, ice and more.

Plus your suit appearance’s based on the poor fellow you just swallowed and digested seem like a tribute to many of Nintendo’s rosta of characters. Though don’t take that for gospel, just speculation.

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WVW69jWS3TgALrrShgThere are some levels where you won’t get all three Code cubes in one attempt, so there is some replay value to the game to keep you going. There are also stickers scattered around to find and collect to complete the whole set. Some of the stickers are rarer than others and may take some grinding to get them all. There are also various puzzle patterns to follow, which if successful, will hold one of the levels code cubes inside. And also the mechanics of the game also do a good job at challenging your mental ability and problem solving.

Though I am only currently on area 4, my only criticism is the Boss battles which are not particularly challenging… but they may turn up a couple of notches as you get past the mid way mark.

 

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I don’t think it is unfair to say this games borrows elements from many of Nintendo’s classics, from Donkey Kong to Bomberman. Or, could it be they took influence from Kirby? Either way it is all bundled into a great play style. Throughout the game Kirby will find a special power up, that will completely transform the Mech suit he’s in into a vehicle of sorts. Much like Yoshi’s transformations in his games. You will enjoy a ship shoot em up zones (shmup) to diving and driving a fast car, which is actually really enjoyable.

*All images used are screenshots done by myself and created using the Miiverse app on the Nintendo 3DS