Christmas Catch-Up/30 Days of Thankful

Merry Christmas!

Yes, let’s just start with the obvious. There seems to have been a lack in posts over the past few weeks. Reason being, Christmas seems to bring out the extreme lazy in me. At the best of times I’m far from energetic but the idea that I have the option of sitting on the sofa all day seems to drain any sort of motivation away pretty damn fast. And who actually even enjoys not doing anything? Seriously, it would be so much more fun to go out and do something, but somehow I’ve ended up on the other side of Christmas without having done much at all (apart from narrowing down the 204 unread posts on Bloglovin’ to 45. Achievement I know.)

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Of course there is a rather long list of things I should have done over the Christmas period. January mock exams are creeping up quickly and despite the fact that I’ve been telling myself for the past few weeks that as soon as college breaks up ‘I’ll get down to some extreme revision’, I’ve opened my textbooks three times, at the most. Things will not go well there.

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The wedding decorations I made being put to good use as Christmas decorations

But who cares about working! It was Jesus’ birthday and that’s the main thing! We spent the day with my brother and his wife in Nottingham and it may have been my favourite Christmas ever. How can a Christmas not be great when you get a tape measure in your cracker! Highlights included beating thrashing my brother at a game of Checkers, getting Jack Whitehall tickets from my lovely brother, watching my (other) brother and his wife cook their first Christmas dinner together, seeing my dad in a bright pink wig and playing a massive game of nerf-gun-wars with my sister-in-law’s family.

And yes, I’m going to count this as one of my 30 days of thankful because over Christmas Day and Boxing Day I realised that I’m really thankful for my family. That my parents are still happily married and still love to snuggle up on the sofa; that my brother has found a wife who could not be more perfect for him; and that she has opened up a whole new group of relatives that has brought us an even bigger family to love and cherish. So Merry (late) Christmas!

Finally, to highlight that point about loving families, this last picture is one that my dad took. He said he was trying to get a good picture of me but then went on to tell me that my nose is too big and the only way to get a nice photo of me would be if I turned my face away. He’s a charmer. (and a hypocrite, I got that nose from him!)

(P.S. I’ve just noticed, this is our blog’s 200th post! Yay!)

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Hannah

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30 Days of Thankful

#6 – Brother Number 2

Last week my brother became a Master of Research. Sounds pretty clever doesn’t it. But it get’s even cleverer when I tell you that it’s a Masters in Cellular and Molecular Biology, so it’s safe to say I’m a pretty proud little sister.

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Out of the three of us, Luke is definitely the one with the brains and unfortunately also the looks, charm, athletic ability, humour ect. But despite that I’m still pretty thankful for him. Without him, who else would I have snuck into our eldest brother’s room with to rummage through all his drawers (and no we never found anything interesting)? Who would have had pretty violent sumo wrestling matches with me as soon as our mum left the house? Who would I watch Home Alone with every Christmas? He’s awesome and I’m thankful for him.

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Hannah

£30 I Wish I Spent On Shoes…

Here’s our photos from the Clothes Show as promised…

 

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K- We were so close to the catwalk I could almost pretend I was a fashion journalist at a fashion show.

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H – Yes that is a pile of wood on his head, it’s fashion alright? Probably inspired by the story of The Three Little Pigs.20131213-171926.jpg

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K – An incredibly over dramatic dancer who we couldn’t help but laugh at.

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H – Ahh Scott. Yes he may have only sang two songs over and over, but look at that face. And his accent … either way, it was only the fact that I refused to go and take a photo of them together that forced Katie to take this slightly stalkerish photo instead.

K – I kind of love him a little bit. It’s something about the Scottishness I think.
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H – It took all my will power to run at him and punch him in the face for the Binky drama from last season.

K – I was still pretty excited. I’ll admit I did squeal.20131213-172125.jpg

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K – I got some free fake tan. It was Medium… I’ve vowed to never use it – for good reason as you can see by Hannah’s hand…

 

 

Hannah & Katie

30 Days of Thankful

#5 – Bows Came Back

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One of my favourite memories of childhood is of Christmas at my aunt’s house where my cousin (who I completely idolized and still do – she’s awesome) took me upstairs and gave us matching hair-dos. High ponytails with a big velvet black bows on top. On  a 6 year old that looks absolutely adorable but as I got older I realised that my favourite hairstyle was becoming less acceptable.

UNTIL, bows made a come-back. Fashion and beauty blogs started doing posts on the best hairstyles to use them in, and Pinterest became covered in them. It was awesome. So this week, I’m thankful for being able to bring the bows back out and for my beautiful cousin.

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Hannah

Extreme Shopping

Tomorrow, Hannah and I are going to the Clothes Show. 5 exhibition halls worth of clothes, makeup, catwalks and male models – everything you could wish for in a shopping trip. Also, we now see everything as a blogging opportunity so we’re sure to be taking loads of photos.

It’s getting colder and colder by the day and Christmas spirit hasn’t kicked in enough yet to make you not care about the weather. A Levels are as difficult as ever and mock exams are growing ever closer so I can’t think of anything better than spending a whole day with one of my best friends shopping for clothes in the warm.

Can’t wait!

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30 Days of Thankful

#4 – The Things People Can Do With Paper

Okay, yes that’s a pretty vague title, but what I mean by that is art. Again, art is a pretty vague subject so I’ll narrow it down a bit again. Studying art at A-level means you look at a lot of artists, and I admit that sometimes I look at them and think ‘wait, that’s considered art?!’. But every now and again I come across someone who’s work is just amazing. And an artist like this is what inspired the title of this post. His name is Rob Ryan, and he makes me thankful that we live in a place where people can create things like this and share them with the world. I mean seriously, these are paper cutouts …

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thirty days

Hannah