Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Update!

I can't believe it's been two months and I haven't had a chance to post an update! It's really been busy round here, but I finally have had a moment to myself to get blogging :) (thanks to those of you asking where the heck I've been!)
First off, I have a new laptop (geeks, its an HP touchscreen Windows 8 thingy majiggy) and I am really taking a while to get used to the fact that I'm cheating on my Macbook with a Windows laptop....! The touchscreen is great but it's hard to get used to, and now I assume everything is touchscreen, which makes opening the fridge and turning off the TV really entertaining when I'm tired! The keypad is also smaller, and further to the side, so my typing is atrocious. I really should just post this blog post without making any corrections and you will soon see what I am going through just to communicate with y'all! :P

Okay. So. What's new?!
Well, we've been married for almost 2 months now! I won't lie, it's weird. At first, it felt no different, but then it gradually started to feel more real/ The one thing I've realised is that it takes more work. And by that, I mean now if I don't like something, or I don't agree with something, there's more pressure to rectify it and for us to sort things out immediately. A marriage isn't something you can give up on, neither is it something you can think about giving up on. Everyone has those thoughts about 'what if we break up?' but when you're married, it's no longer an option. It's more a thought of 'how are we going to work through this?' and that right there is the only thing that I've really noticed. It's quite nice.


I've also left my job at the ice rink after starting there 8 years ago! I miss it so much already, the job, the people, the memories, but it's a place that is not for life. It's not a career, at least it isn't for me. I've just bagged a new job in the hospital here and I can't wait to start! I will miss these lovely long days spent at home with my husband and Scout, cooking, cleaning, laughing, spending time with my family and my ever growing nephew. But I have worked hard for this and I'm excited to begin this next chapter! I must admit though, it's kind of sad not having anything 'wedding' to plan!


Oh, did I mention, it's nearly Christmas? :) Just a tad excited, if you've been following my Instagram (@SairaNaomi), you'll have noticed! This year we're goimg to my parents house and I can't wait. I've finished my Christmas shopping and I'm very happy that everyone is going to love their presents! I'd be happy not to receive any, because I get so much more enjoyment out of giving them than receiving them. It should be more fun this year now that Oz is a little older and understands it a bit more.


A couple people have asked me about my husband's health condition, Guillain Barre Syndrome. I realise I haven't done a specific post about it yet, but now we're a year into recovery, I am hoping to post something in the new year. Thank you for your emails :) 

I'M BACK ON TWITTER! Come follow me, I look like a billy no mates! ;) 

Oh and last in my little update, I have to say - last night I took my sister to watch Elf the Musical! at Plymouth's Theatre Royal. A huge shout out to the cast and crew, for a tremendous show! The costumes were beautiful (and I'm not just saying that  because my Mum in law is a head dresser!), the set was amazing (and I'm not just saying that because TRP built it!) and the actors....well they were just breathtaking in what was a fast paced, hilariously heartwarming show. Well done guys!

Okay so, that's really all I have time for right now. Watch this space for the Christmas photos I did for my nephew this year (remember last year's?!)  This year, Scout got involved too! 

See you soon!



Saira xo



Monday, 20 October 2014

What happened in Vegas...!

SURPRISE!!!


Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Wood!


I have no clue how I managed to keep it secret right up to the date, but we're married!!!

A month ago, we were sat watching You've Been Framed when a few wedding clips came on. One of them was in Vegas. Mr Wood turned to me and said 'how about we just run away and get married on our own'. The idea played in my mind over night, thinking about the money we would save, and the adventures we could have. 
We sat and talked about it over the next few days, and then mentioned it to my parents. 
3 weeks later, we'd booked the flights and contacted our friends in Arizona who very kindly offered us a room
to stay and signed up to join us on our adventure!

Why Vegas? Why not! Everyone's idea of Vegas is tacky - gambling, women, getting drunk...
but once we started looking into it, we realised as people who don't really enjoy that sort of thing, Vegas 
had another side to offer us. 
Although we planned a lot of things to do in the short time we had there, we didn't get a lot of it done, but the things we did manage to do will stay with us forever.

We arrived in Arizona on Monday, and on the Wednesday we were on the road. The drive to Vegas is around 5 hours, just long enough to see the amazing sights on the way, but not too long that you get uncomfortable.
Our hotel was the Excalibur. It's themed as an English castle, and it's HUGE!
We arrived late so didn't get to do much that night. We went for food in Johnny Rockets (their sweet potato fries are amazing!), and crashed for the night. 



 
The next morning we picked up the marriage license and came back to get changed :) it was a crazy rush as the cleaners decided to do our room right when we had to leave, so it didn't go brilliantly to plan.
But I DID manage to get a few things done that I wanted to - a watch set to 12pm, the time we were getting picked up for the chapel, and a pair of fluffy socks with a note saying 'to make sure you don't get cold feet'






It took the pressure off the morning, and Mr. W loved the thought :)

The limo collected us and we headed to the Little White Wedding Chapel,
where we got changed. W hired a tux and I brought my dress over from the UK.





 For those of you asking about my dress, email me on sairanaomi@live.com ;)

We were getting married in Vegas, the one place where the rules are made to be broken! Screw the heels, who really likes spending the day in pain anyway?! We opted for Converse Chucks! I absolutely loved the yellow lite's I found online, and customised them with grey ribbon, to match W's grey chucks trimmed with yellow, and yellow ribbon laces.



Contacting the wedding chapel from the UK was hard. You book online, pay, and are meant to
recieve confirmation. I never did, and had to get our friends over here to call up. We were meant to receive a receipt but didn't so when we arrived, we called up to confirm also.
It worried me, but as soon as we arrived, we saw how busy they are and realised why it was so 
hard to get hold of them.
That being said, don't let it put you off! The service we recieved was AMAZING!
Kudos to the management who were on top of their game, our limo driver for waiting for us as we overran, our Minister who was really funny, teasing us that he was going to do the whole ceremony in a British accent, our photographer for going above and beyond to get the most beautiful AND the most memorable photos, and the tux fitter for making sure me and W complimented each other.

The ceremony was wonderful. We got to say our vows, with our two friends to witness it. Their beautiful children were there too, and made for some great memories - 
1. Sienna sees the photographer about to take our photo and shouts 'Say Cheeeeese!'
2. Emilia has her first giggle at 2.5 months old right as the wedding music starts playing.

Enjoy the photos! 












xo
        

























  





 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Graduation #2!

I have been so busy recently that I haven't had a proper chance to sit down and catch up with y'all! 

Last week was the official end of my Masters degree, and I got to graduate for the second time! I was a bit nervous this time. My first graduation was spent with the other 8 people in my class that I considered close friends. This time, I'd only known my course-mates for 8 months, and having missed a lot of the first semester, I didn't really get to bond with them.
But that worry was all squashed as I bumped into them and we all went to get our gowns and caps on.











We had a lovely picnic in the park afterwards.





  It was awesome to have my man come - it was tiring for him as his GBS causes fatigue, but he did it :)



Woohooooo!!


Sunday Social 05/10

Social Sunday

Hey guys!

So this is the penultimate Sunday Social!!!! So sad. 
Next week we're revisiting the questions from 2 1/2 years ago, the very first ever SS, which will
be fun reading back what we wrote and comparing it to now!

1. What is your favorite month and why?
I don't really have a particular favourite.
December is fun because it's my birthday and Christmas,
but then I love June and July for the weather.
:)

2. What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas!!!!!! Can you tell that I'm already super stoked? :)
I even started getting some new decorations together already,
whoops!



3. Are you getting the new iPhone, or are you more of an Android person?
I've got the 5c in blue and thats enough for me.
Plus it doesn't bend :P 

I just made a new monogram case too!

 

4. What is the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received from someone?
My engagement ring! <3



5. What is something you can’t wait to splurge on?
Something that's coming up very soon - keep your eyes peeled!

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions
These are the original questions from the very first Sunday Social! We thought we should end the same way we started! We’d like for everyone to take one more opportunity to introduce yourself and your blog!
1. How did you come up with your blog name?
2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
3. What is one thing you have discovered because of blogging and now can’t live without?
4. Facebook or Twitter? Why?
5. If one celeb read your blog, who would you want it to be?
6. What is something you want people to know about your blog?
Happy Sunday!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday Social 28/09

Social Sunday

Here we are again, linking up with Ashley and Neely for the Sunday Social!

1. What is your favorite magazine to read?
I read 2 magazines regularly, Heat (gossip), and What Your Doctor Might Not Tell You (health). They're great!

2. What is the best thing you’ve seen online lately?
In-Flight Science by Brian Clegg
I read this article after it popped up on my newsfeed today.
Within 5 minutes, I had ordered the whole book :)
With a long-haul flight coming up (and my first over 4 hours!!!), I'm hoping it's going
to make me feel a little better!

3. What is your favorite celebrity to follow on Instagram or Twitter?
I love following Kaley Cuoco (@NormanCook) on Instagram, 
Jules Hough (@juleshough) on Instagram,
and Holby City cuties Camilla Arfwedson and 
David Ames (@camillakarfwedson and @semadivad)
on Instagram for their hilarious and cute photos. 
As for Twitter, I only really check it for updates from Derren Brown,
and my man crush Matt Bardock from Casualty.

4. Is there one article of clothing no matter what the season you can’t help but love?
Skinny jeans! They can be accessorised in any season :)

5. Do you prefer email or snail mail?
Snail mail! I love keeping it and reading it back.

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up!

Next week’s questions
1. What is your favorite month and why?
2. What is your favorite holiday and why?
3. Are you getting the new iPhone, or are you more of an Android person?
4. What is the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received from someone?
5. What is something you can’t wait to splurge on?
Have a great Sunday!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Upcycled chair!


When we moved into my Grandma's house last year, we had to do a HUGE cleanout.
In the attic was an old wicker commode. I know, gross, right! We bleached it and cleaned it, threw away the potty part, and I kept the rest because the chair itself was so cute.
Fast forward a year, and we've just started decorating the smallest of the two spare bedrooms. We went for baby blue, as it's calming and relaxing. At the moment, the room will be used as a spare space for hubs as his health problems mean he can't always sleep. Hopefully this will be a good space for him to relax in on his own, without keeping me up and a place he can fall asleep in in the morning and I won't wake him up by getting up. Plan! 

I have to say - we bought a Dulux PaintPod to do the walls and boy, was it good! It took me 4 hours to do two coats. Its fantastic! :)


BEFORE
BEFORE
 After painting...




We have a lovely dark grey carpet ready to be fitted soon, and furniture ready and waiting. We also have a lovely new double futon/day bed that should fit perfectly.

Anyway, back to the chair! Eventually, this room will be a nursery. I always knew I wanted the chair in there, so whilst painting it today, I kept in mind that for now, it's a chair in a spare room, but one day it'll be part of a baby's nursery. 
I decided to match the colour to the walls by painting the wicker blue. The legs were an off-white that matched the skirting boards in the room, so I distressed them with some sandpaper and left them.
I decided to put a monogram on the backrest of the chair - a W for Wood. I printed a stencil, cut it out and sponged the white paint on.







I'm so happy with it! I am eventually going to re-cover the cushion with a grey/blue chevron material, but for now I simply painted it with white paint. 





Happy Sunday!