Monday, 23 June 2014

For Navy WAGS...Parcel ideas.

It has come to my attention on a lot of the Navy WAG support pages that we enjoy sharing all things RN, So, I thought I would share a long list of parcel ideas for our men at sea x
PLEASE feel free to message me with your ideas that I can add to the list

Bathing

Facecloth
Luxury soap or favourite shower gel
Spot cream...just in case
Toothpaste
Electric toothbrush head
Dental floss
Luxury sponge(men like them too)
Hand sanitiser
Aftershave
Bottom wipes
Cotton buds
Shaving Gel
Hair Gel
Mouth wash
Comb
Nail brush
Moisturiser
Nail Clippers

Snacks

Noodles, super noodles, pot noodles(easier if you empty dry contents of a pot noodle into sealed bag)
Cous Cous
Savoury rices
Cup Meals(cupasoup, pasta in sauce etc)
Biscuits
Chocolate
Energy bars/breakfast bars
Nuts
Dried fruit
Mints
Sweets
Mini cereal boxes
Crisps(always check date as it can take weeks to arrive)
Crackers
Popcorn

Foods

Tinned(tuna, tinned ham, sardines etc)
Small rice pudding
Custard
Coffee
Tea bags(especially if they like a specific tea)
Hot chocolate
Syrups
Jams
Coffee whitener
Sauce sachets
Mini squash bottles/packets(robinsons make nice little squeezy packs)
PLEASE CHECK REGULATIONS FOR ALL FOOD ITEMS.

Clothes

Vest tops
T-shirts
Boxer shorts
Socks
Vests
Cap
Gloves
Scarf
Hat
Your t-shirt(sprayed with your perfume or scent)
Sandals
Spare shoes
Umbrella
Mac in a Pac
Pyjamas
Belt
Swim shorts
Goggles

Extras

Sunglasses
Blueys
Pens
Lube(for chaffing!)
Sun Cream
Hand warmers
Multi vitamins
Favourite bottle of beer or beverage(please check packing guidelines, and there is a alcohol % guide)
Family photographs
Diary
Mug(maybe with family photos attached, I did this and he loved it because it was large!)
Keyring
Book
Magazine
Amazon Voucher(Kindle/App purchases)
Cuddly toy
Kinky letter
Chewing gum
Paracetamol
Eye Mask
Ear plugs
Headphones
Back Scratcher(because you are not there to do it!)
Pack of cards
Drawing pad and pencils
Mini games(chess, draughts etc)
Pain gel
Blue tac
Water bottle


Obviously there are so many more items you can send, I would love this list to get bigger for future newbies to the Navy or military scene.

Please remember to check for any restrictions regarding items you can send to each deployment.

Happy Tuesday xxx




Thursday, 19 June 2014

Bon Voyage...

PHEW!!! What a hectic few weeks it has been.
I haven't stopped and my head has definitely not had a chance to stop spinning.

Bonjour to Bon Voyage...

I met my husband in March 2006. St Patricks day to be precise.
I had been ill for 2 solid weeks and I mean ILL!!! 
On this particular day I felt much better, my hair though still had essence of vomit giving it a distinct scent, my skin was still that lovely shade of grey and I hadn't bathed in the entire 2 weeks...yep! That ill!
I threw on some clothes(pyjamas and an old cardi), my slippers and headed to my friends house a few doors down.
As I entered I realised immediately she had company! 
"Emma, this is my brother David"
BROTHER??? 
WTH! My brain racked trying to think of any conversations we had, had in the 3 years of our friendship that mentioned a brother. I had nothing!
Then this 'thing', sorry it is the only way to describe it, scuffles into the kitchen...Of course this is when your polite side comes out. The pleasantries of the first introductions etc

"Are you trying to be a goth or something?"

WHAT THE HELL JUST CAME OUT OF MY MOUTH???
Who does that? Me! That's who!

"Trying.." He says...clearly much politer than me!
At this point I was still married. I was telling my then husband every day that I wanted a divorce but some people just don't listen!

Long story short, I didn't see David(Dai) again until a few months later when he just turned up at my front door for a "coffee" and the rest as they say is history...

Some Strange Stuff!!!

When I was younger I said for years that if I had a son I would call him Pierce. Even when I was pregnant with my first child it was high on the list but something stopped me...
I married Dai Pearce!

For the last 2 years of my marriage I would have the same dream over and over, which I only ever told my best friend about.
I was on a ship, a navy ship and there was CHAOS! Sailors running everywhere, alarms sounding, when all of a sudden I am pulled into a room, bent over a table and, well...you have imaginations!
The first night that Dai turned up at my home(I was not impressed, it was 11pm, my door was open so he just walked in, and I was in my pjs wearing a turbi towel on my head!)
Well, as he left and I got up to see him out we passed a table and all of a sudden he(he was in the RN for 6 years and had left a few months before we met) bent me over a table and, well...you have imaginations!!!

I know all of this post is random and a bit naughty but I am going somewhere...I think.

In 2006 when I met Dai he told me from the start that he regretted leaving the RN and as soon as he had the chance he wanted to re-join.
He tried, every year. Every year he was turned away because the RN was "full"
At first I was supportive, apprehensive and then gutted each time this happened. Then I got to the stage where it was routine, and just part of our year.
He applies, he gets a no, we move on...
That was until 2012

In 2012 Dai applied again. He was told the same thing except this time he was told not to even bother in 2013 as he would get exactly the same answer.
4 months later.
January 2013.
I get a call.
"Can you tell us if David is still interested in re-joining? We are looking to place him in the marine something or other, and we NEED him asap!"
Confused? I certainly was.
Anyway he went through the whole thing...he got through the stages needed but the snag was he had a tattoo on his hand...this tattoo took a year to be removed!!! A Year!
I was convinced at this point that he would be told that it was too late...It didn't happen.

April 1st 2014

He is in. Not any part of the Marine unit, but in.
Goes off to base. Does Navy stuff.

May 2nd 2014

Confirmed shore based for rest of year...

May 19th 2014

Dai phones, tells me to sit down and informs me that on the 16th June he would be flying out to meet a ship for a 6 month deployment! I was floored!
It was like the ground just disappeared from under me. I couldn't believe that it was happening so soon, so little warning. I didn't know(and still don't) the first thing about being a Navy wife!

From that point on we have done all we can to prepare the boys for the change, the separation and the loss. It truly has been heart-breaking.
We have spent every penny we had on train fares for him, days out with the bugs, meals out for the two of us. Basically making the most of the little time we had.
This is why I have neglected my lovely little blog. It is why I have neglected all my wonderful blog friends.

May 15th 2014. Fathers Day.

I won a competition for entering Dai into a 'best dad' fb competition and he won!
£50 to spend in a restaurant that has just opened up(part of a chain, lovely to look at, average grub but AWESOME red velvet cheesecake that I could get in Manchester but not down here...so happy!)
It was our last day together as a family until December. I couldn't eat a thing and I was glad to be wearing sunglasses as I turned into a blubbering wreck. I just couldn't hold it in.
I was distraught. We have had a really rough time lately. Things in the relationship have been very strained due to some crappy events. Things were not 'fixed' and we had run out of time. 
How do you say goodbye to someone when things are not 'fixed'?

He put smallest bug to bed, then he broke down. He played his last game of cards with the bigger bugs and held them so tight.
Then he held me. I don't know how I let go.
When he was in the Navy first time round he never had a family to leave. He never had to walk out of a home.
I know all this seems very melodramatic but it is how it is. We know it is not forever but it is a long time. It seems like forever.
As he waved his way down our path and into the taxi waiting to take him on his new adventure we all cried. I watched my eldest bugs break down. We held each other and reassured each other, I don't think any of us believed the clich├ęs we were spouting, but they helped.

Little bug slept as we waved his Daddy goodbye.
And now we wait. Now we love. Now we get on with every day life as if every thing is OK. 
Please let it be OK.

Fair Winds our Sailor. 
Come home Safe.
We will be waiting.

Happy Thursday 
xxx






(This guy is actually 30!!!)




Sunday, 8 June 2014

Too Much to do...

WOW! 
It has been a while hasn't it? Doesn't the time fly when life gets hectic???
Well even now as I am writing this I am in a hurry as I HAVE to get to sleep soon for another busy day tomorrow, but I had to pop on and say hello. I have missed the blogging world so very much lately and all the gorgeous, inspiring posts but I promise as soon as I am more organised I will be back with vengeance :)

For now I will share with you the exciting news that my friend has had her baby girl.
Ruby-Mae made her entrance into the world on May 25th.
She is beautiful. I am totally in love already.

Becky is never quite organised...Late announcement hehe!

ooooo and I can show you the blankets that I had to keep hushed about...




I love the vintage look of this blanket. I used the old candy stripe bedding as inspiration. It was so lovely using other colours than just pink and white for a girl blanket and still having the same cute baby girl effect.


I even have one of her very first photographs and you can just see it peeking through...


Isn't she just ADORABLE?!?! How I didn't bungle her home with me I don't know.
So beautiful x

So I will be back soon and hopefully will start to become much more organised :)

Happy Sunday xx