Saturday, 30 April 2016

Monthly Memories: April

I thought I'd start off this 'Monthly Memories' post with a photo of my favourite man in the entire world. I've featured my granddad quite a few times on my blog already, but I honestly do adore him. I mean, I've always been close to my grandparents, ever since I was a little girl. They are practically second parents to me and for that, I am incredibly lucky.
My other granddad lost his battle with cancer in September 2014. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to be as close to him, as I would have liked to have been, but I shall forever hold him close in my heart and I'm sure he is looking down on me every day.
I think that, because I had to grieve the loss of him and as it was so unexpected, I have learnt to value the grandparents that are still with me even more now than I did before.
Of course, if I had the chance, I would bring him back in a heartbeat. That goes without saying, but whilst I hate to admit it, that's impossible.
In the picture above is myself and my mum's dad, my Granddad Ken or as I like to think of him, grampykins! Well, he's a pretty incredible man. He always sings silly songs, he's forever making up rhymes that barely make any sense to me, he's constantly doing silly dances, even though he usually always wobbles afterwards and nearly falls flat on his face, but all of these quirks make him the man that he is and the man that everyone loves. I could never get tired of him telling me stories from his childhood years and from when he was a soldier in the army. Him and my grandma seemed to have had such happy times and I feel very honoured to be able to hear all about them today now that I'm old enough. He has been the perfect father figure for me and I am forever grateful for everything that he has taught me. He's a real family man - always up for cracking jokes, always willing to lend support, always encouraging me, always listening to all of my drama's, always winding me up and even though he almost deafens me when he watches his War films or his horse racing, I wouldn't change him for the world. I know he's very proud of me and I know that he just wants me to be happy and honestly, I couldn't ask for anything more. I love you forever and always Granddad.

And, I know you may be up in heaven now my dear Granddad Barry, but I love you forever and always too.  
On the 7th April 2016, I had possibly one of the greatest days of my entire life. The day before, I went to my auntie and uncle's with my grandparents to stay for a few nights and spend some quality time with them, as I don't get to see them too much anymore, what with school and all of that. For my birthday, which was on the 2nd March, my auntie thought that it would be a nice idea to take me to the theatre up in London. I had wanted to go for ages, because I'm a real lover of musicals and theatre productions, so she asked me what I would like to see. After quite a lot of research, I decided that the musical, which stood out to me more than any of the others was 'Wicked'. Now, I'm one of those teenagers that's completely and utterly addicted to anything in relation to social media. I'm talking Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Blogs! I heard many great things about 'Wicked', so I set my heart on that musical in particular, as part of my late birthday present from my auntie. We knew that we were going to set the trip for April, as that's when I was off on my Easter holidays and seeing as my mum and sister had gone on holiday anyway, we all knew that it would be the right time to go. I was initially quite nervous, as I knew that I had to go on public transport in and around London, but I was with my auntie, so I knew that nothing terrible would happen. The actual show itself was absolutely incredible. I loved it so, so much and I'm ever so glad that I picked that one to go and see, as I don't regret it one bit. I also proved to myself that I could go up to London and I could conquer my fears to ensure that I actually had an incredible time. I felt very proud of myself and I would definitely push myself to go up to London again!
I know that this picture is from the same day, but you can't go to London without taking a few snaps of the scenery, can you? Nothing beats London landmarks. Well, I may be biased, as I have practically been bored and raised in London, but still, it's just the most incredible city. I feel very lucky that I have been able to grow up here, because you really do get the chance to grab some fantastic opportunities and I don't think anybody ever has a bad word to say about it. Yeah, it can get incredibly busy and claustrophobic at times, but that's just like any city, so you can't really complain anyway. The atmosphere is just insane. For those of you who may not be familiar with this particular landmark, it's the London Eye. Those little things around it are actually glass pods, which you can go in and then you can literally ride up the London Eye, so you can see the whole of London for miles! Pretty amazing, right? I would say that it's definitely worth the experience. 

Once again, I wouldn't be documenting my trip up to London if I didn't include an image of Big Ben! It's an hourly bell Clock Tower, located near the Palace of Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. But, I'm sure most of you knew that already anyway! It was quite a struggle trying to get this photograph, because myself and my auntie were running, as we needed to get the tube and as there were so many people walking about (mainly tourists from other countries), I had to zoom in quite a lot just to get this shot, which deserves true appreciation right there!

A special girl that I have featured on my blog before is one of my very best friends Sam. I have already spoken about her and gone into all of the soppy details as to why I love her as much as I do, so I think I'll pass on doing all of that again, because it would take me forever and a day! I met up with her during the Easter holidays, as we hadn't met up out of school for what felt like (and probably was) ages, so my mum decided to take us into a local town to do some shopping and have lunch (we were a little bit naughty and had Mcdonalds.. oops!) and then she stayed over for a sleepover. I always have a laugh whenever I'm with her and this time was no exception. I mean, we did the typical sleepover trend and stayed up until 3:45am.. Boy, was I tired the next morning! Anyway, I had a fantastic day and night with this girlie and I'm grateful that she has stuck with me for almost 4 years and I hope there are many more to come.
Two more of my very best friends are Megan (on the left) and Tara (on the right). I've met up with Tara quite a few times before, but never have I met up with Megan outside of school, which is such a shocker, considering she literally only lives a road away from me! I had such a lovely day with them though. It was actually horrible in terms of the weather, but luckily we went to the cinema and so it didn't really affect us all that much! We went to see 'Snow White and The Huntsman', which although it isn't something that I'm normally into, I really enjoyed it. Myself and Megan had the giggles right at the beginning for no real reason whatsoever, but I think that just made the day even better if I'm honest. We then spent a good hour and a half trying to find our way to the train station, as I was determined to get us there! I must say, we did get slightly (okay, very) soaked during the process, but we eventually got there, much to the girl's dismay! I think I tired us all out, just a bit! I love these girlies a lot and I feel very lucky to have them as two of my best friends.
My sister is probably reading this post without a doubt and after seeing the two cute little para's I've just done for 3 of my best friends, she probably wants one too, which I'm obviously going to do anyway.. duhh! We haven't taken a selfie together in ages. Well, not a series one that I could actually put on the internet. I thought that this one was so cute!
Anyway, hey sissy Sophie, if you're reading, which I bloody well hope you are ;) after all, you do tell me that you read pretty much the majority of my posts. You have been my very best friend ever since I was born. Well, I actually can't remember that far back, as it was 15 years ago after all, but I'm just going to say that's true, because it technically is.. right? You're my one and only skin and blister (sister, for those of you who don't know. Maybe that's just our thing.. I'm not entirely sure lol) and you're the only one that I need.
We used to argue and fight quite a bit when we were both younger, but that didn't change the fact that you were still my favourite. I actually feel very lucky in the fact that I have a big sister to look up to. You have always been there to cuddle me and wipe away my tears, you have always soothed me whenever I have shared my fears and you have just simply been there throughout all of my 15 years. 15 years and 1 month to be precise.
I know we don't always see eye to eye, but that's just part of the package of being a sibling, I suppose! We always share silly snapchats with each other, we always sing and dance along to the best tunes, we always share clothes and makeup and most importantly, we love each other unconditionally, through the good and the bad.
I'm very proud of you and everything that you have accomplished and been through. The past couple of months haven't been the easiest for you, but I've done my best to help you and cheer you up whenever you have needed it. I'm pretty amazing like that, you see.
I found this poem online and I thought it was really sweet, so I'm going to share it..
'My little eyes are watching
All you say and do
And when I grow up
Big and tall
I want to be like you
My little ears are listening
To everything you say
I am learning how
To grow up
To be like you someday.
So be careful how
You teach me
To be the person that you are.
You're the best friend that I could have
You're my brightest shining star.'
Thank you for everything sis. I love you forever and always beautiful.
And finally, I'm going to end with this breath-taking photo. I was feeling a little bit upset at this point, not for any particular reason really, but I just felt like I needed to go and calm down. This is actually the view from my bathroom window if you look to the left of it. I find that whenever I'm anxious or anything other than happy, looking out of the window at a sunset and getting some fresh air really helps to clear my mind. Surely, I'm not the only one who thinks so? I did genuinely feel a lot better after witnessing this view though, I must admit. I know I'm always taking sunset snaps and featuring them on my blog, but seriously.. I can't get enough!

I hope you have all had a lovely month. I know I haven't shared that much of a variety in terms of my photographs, but this honestly has been the best month of this year so far for me. A lot has happened that I'm unable to photograph. I've been involved in many blogging chats over on Twitter, I had my 1 year blogiversary, I've made some amazing blogging friends, I reached 1,200 followers on Instagram, I was contacted by a brand (Boutique of Molly - review can be found here), I got nominated for The Liebster Award TWICE (blog posts coming soon), I contacted a lovely fellow blogger, asking to become a part of her interview series over on her blog next month (keep your eyes peeled for that), I became a Coconut Queen for the brand Coconut Lane and I even reached 120 followers on here and 200 on Twitter, which is a pretty big deal to me. Thank you all so much for continuing to be a part of my journey.

Here's to the month of May and seeing what surprises and successes that has in store for us all!
Lots of love always,

Jade xo

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