Saturday, 25 June 2016

International Handstand Day!

Happy International Handstand Day! We've been getting all the kids at gymnastics this week to practice their handstands, but I almost forgot about it today... Anyway, to celebrate Wales winning their game today and qualifying to the Quarter Finals of Euro 2016, my handstand picture has a bit of a Welsh theme :) 

Did you do a handstand today? There's still time left!

Monday, 20 June 2016

21 Questions

I found this on P!inky's blog and thought it'd be a perfect little get to know you tag for some of my new followers.

1) Are you named after anyone?
Not officially, but my Great Nan's name was Ivy so I like to think there is some relation there (Hollie and Ivy), especially as my sisters name is very similar to my other Great Nan's name.

2) When was the last time you cried?
Well tears came into my eyes when I had food poisoning last month but I don't think it was actual crying. Apart from that, I don't actually remember- I know I cried just after Christmas and I probably have since then but I don't know when that was.

3) Do you have any kids?
Nope, but if you read my blog you might see me post photos of my favourite little girl Emily- she's my cousin Sophie's daughter.

4) What is your job?
Currently I'm a gymnastics coach working part time hours, but I'm looking for something different and full time.

5) Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Yes- I really try not to but sometimes I can't help it.

6) Will you ever bungee jump?
I'm not sure. I don't think it's something I'd ever go out of my way to do, but if the opportunity arose the daredevil side of me would probably come out.

7) What is your favourite cereal?
Frosties! Although I don't have cereal that often.

8) What's the first thing you notice about people?
Hmmmmm. I really don't know, I'm awful at remembering faces and describing appearances to others, so I guess I don't really notice much! I'm good at remembering names though :)

9) What is your eye colour?

10) Scary movie or happy ending?
Happy ending. Always. I don't like scary movies.

11) Favourite smells?
Vanilla. Coconut. Anything that reminds me of summer.

12) Computer or television?
Computer. I could easily live without a television.

13) What's the furthest you've been from home?
Japan- I went in 2008 with my school and we travelled all over; Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Tokyo. Or is Thailand further than Japan? I've just googled it at they are both around 5,900 miles away from home. To the west I guess Winnipeg, Canada is the furthest I've been, which is nearly 4000 miles from home.

14) Do you have any special talents?
Ummm, depends what classes as a special talent? I'm pretty clumsy if that counts as a talent. And I can wiggle my toes weirdly which most people find gross. And the fact that I still like to throw myself around on the odd occasion at gymnastics and trampolining probably counts as something special.

15) Where were you born?
In the town that I currently live in :)

16) What are your hobbies?
Trampolining, paper crafting, playing piano, watching sports, walking, knitting, choreographing gymnastics routines...

17) Summer or Winter?
Summer. The sun and blue skies just make me happy.

18) Do you have any pets?
I have a 7 month old rabbit named Bailey- partly because he looks like a bottle of Bailey's, and partly after Welsh football legend Gareth Bale.

19) Favourite movie?
Bridesmaids- it always makes me laugh, especially the scene on the plane to Vegas.

20) Do you have any siblings?
I have a younger sister who is currently at university, and loves to one up me in everything she does.

21) What did you want to be when you grew up?
I have a piece of school work from when I was 7 that said I wanted to be a Doctor, an artisit or a vet. Well, I can't handle blood very well do Doctor and Vet are out, and I can't draw at all in the slightest so I guess artist was never going to work out either.

So that's me! Leave me links in the comments if you have tried this tag.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Summer Bucket List

Linking up with Steph for my Summer goals post!

Back before I ever shared the link to my blog with anyone, I did a little summer bucket list so thought it would be fun to do one again. So, before the end of summer, I'd like to...

- Go on holiday- I think me and my mum might be going to Spain but it isn't booked yet.

- Watch as much of the Olympics as possible- this will be a little harder than 2012 thanks to the timezone but I'm going to give it a good go. My current dilemma is whether to book the days off work when I know the gymnastics is going to be on.

- Go through my bedroom and clear out all the stuff I've been hoarding. I've actually started on this but I think it's going to be quite a big task.

- Maybe even redecorate my bedroom... I've seen a few ideas on pinterest that I like so will see how the clearing out goes and then decide whether to redecorate.

- Organise an amazing party for my Mum's 50th birthday- Again, pinterest has been my friend here.

- Lose another 10lbs- I've done pretty well with my weight loss this year, as I'm back to the weight I was before I broke my ankle, but I still think I can lose more.

- Go on a big shopping trip and treat myself to something from Michael Kors. I've been saving money from the temp work I've been doing and have been waiting to find the perfect bag to buy. I'm thinking maybe this one.

- Go to a live sporting event. I bought my mum tickets to watch the Athletics Olympic Trials for Christmas so we've got that to look forward to.

- Post at least 10 blog posts a month. I think that works out at between 2-3 a week. I think I can make that happen.

- Be spontaneous. Go on the walks around the park at dusk, sit outside around the chimenea with a glass of wine until theres no light left in the sky, have bbq's no matter the weather, spend time with my grandparents, go on random day trips etc.

- Start my tickets and memorabilia scrapbook- I had an empty scrapbook for my birthday back in January and have been waiting to collect enough to be able to start the project.

So that's all I can think of for the moment. I'll have to remember to update at the end of summer to see how I did!
Life According to Steph

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Moments from my Phone | 2016 So Far

I was looking back through the blog and realised I hadn't done a phone photos post yet this year, so this post includes pictures from January to May! Previous editions include Summer 2015Autumn 2015.

Now that the evenings are lighter and warmer, we see these Hot Air Balloons passing over as we leave work. I imagine that the view is amazing!

Bailey is preparing to support Wales in Euro 2016... I can't handle it when he runs round the house like this.

I saw this cute cat having a nap in the patio furniture department of a garden centre the other week. I guess the sun was all too much, and I'd say this table and chairs has the seal of approval from this cat!

This cute Minnie Mouse cupcake was in the Selfridges food hall and was too cute to pass up.

I had to laugh at the typo- 'penini!'

How many different shades of purple and pink do I actually need? I threw away a couple but I really do need to narrow down my collection a little more.

Bailey prefers to use his litter tray to lie down and nap in, so we have given in and just put an old blanket down in there for him.

How hard can it be to get a photo with two kids looking at the camera at the same time? (and it was their mum taking the picture too!)
The aftermath of Emily's 1st birthday cake smash photoshoot. I like to think that she's admiring her hard work.

So that's me caught up on phone picture for the year!


Friday, 10 June 2016

Friday Highlights | Sunshine and Hard Work

Another week has come and gone! Here are the highlights of my week.

- It's been a lovely warm week here in the UK, over 20c every day! Unfortunately there have been lots of clouds too so its been quite humid and muggy... not the best conditions when you work in indoor sport and there is no air conditioning! Oh well, I'm not really going to complain because it's probably the only warm weather we will get this year.

- I was thrilled to see the news that Renee has had her baby! Go and check out her blog to see the good news and see some super adorable photos.

- My adult trampolining class is still going well. With bank holidays and other commitments it seems like I've only been going every other week but I'm getting back into the swing of things again. With the warm weather and slightly lower numbers in attendance, it was very hard work but I loved getting more trampoline time and getting to fix the technique of my old skills.

- I overcame a big personal barrier this week too- I coached the main competition squad at work. I usually coach the low level 'novice' competition squad, but one of the coaches was ill so I was asked to coach the higher level squad. There's a bit of a back story with my work with the main squad, and I really don't have much confidence when I work with them but I decided to build a bridge and run away from the barriers I had made for myself and actually quite enjoyed the evening! It helps that the kids are pretty cute too :)

- Bailey has been with us for 3 months now and he's definitely at home around us and in the house. This week his new trick is escaping from his hutch if we leave the lid open. We learned that the hard way! Oops! 

Have a great weekend!