Saturday, 30 April 2011

Royal Wedding

So... As per usual, I've got to make apologies for how awful i am at this blogging malarcky. 
However, yesterday was a very, very special day.
Even if you weren't one of the 2 billion people watching, you'd have to have been asleep for months or living on a small, remote island.. (and if you are... how are you reading my blog?) not to know what i'm talking about

Yesterday was of course...

The eventual wedding of Prince William (who, despite the fact he's balding and beginning to look like his dad... was looking fiiiiiinnnneeee yesterday) to, Catherine Middleton, together they are now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

First of all, that's the best wedding present ever. I really love that the Queen can just decide where people have titles for, but upon reflection late last night, i'm not sure if Duchess Laura of Lewisham quite fits... so I might be waiting a while for my title ;) 

Anyway, back on topic..
I love the royal family, especially the Queen. I love Britain and i'm probably overly patriotic sometimes and most of all, I love a good wedding. Soo... Friday 29th April 2011 was always going to be a good day for me :) Especially as I'm currently living in London and it meant for a 4 day weekend.

Now my best friend in London, is American and she's over just for the gap year.. now, for those what don't know. The Americans flippin love the royal family- so it was always going to make sense to celebrate with her.

Our preparations started on Thursday. I spent a couple of hours trawling the craft shops, 99p stores and cheap clothing stores of Lewisham trying to find anything to do with the royal wedding, union jacks and parties. 
My eventual hoard included, bubbles in mini champagne bottles, union jack plates, plastic wine glasses, a flag,  two "It should have been me T-shirts" anddddddd 8 tiaras (4 mini, 4 big). and of course, i'd made cupcakes earlier in the week..which were conveniently packed for the day, chocolate and hazelnut cupcake anyone? 

Then, Thursday evening was the pre-wedding party. Kate came over to watch the interview (I had never heard Kate Middleton speak before), customise t shirts and start on the wine. A bit later, tiaras at the go, we headed to the off license to ensure we had plenty to drink in toast to the happy couple the next day.

I was really struck by the interview as to how mature Kate and Wills (nicknames only, they're practically family don't you know!) relationship is. Yes, she might have been "waitey Katey" for some time, but with good reason. It would be easy to repeat the mistakes of Charles and Diana and throw a "commoner" (still not sure about that choice of word) into a press frenzied, high profile wedding, but instead, the couple chose to wait 7 years till they knew it would last and they were both able to deal with the demands of a royal couple, who will almost without doubt, become out future King and Queen.
Also, kudos to them for choosing such an amazing date for their wedding, four days after Easter weekend and ensuring that we get another four day weekend.... honestly, best monarchy ever! 

So, the day itself started early. Although, due to a sleep/alarm related incident. It perhaps wasn't as early as intended. Decked out in our tiaras, we headed for Hyde Park, arriving in the freezing cold at 6.30. Honestly, so worth it for an amazing seat in front of the big screens and such an amazing atmosphere later on in the day.

Coverage started at 8am and it was so exciting to see the whole nation gearing up, from London to Kate's home town, to St Andrews University. and also hearing tweets and messages from across the globe.. Belarus, Australia, America. So amazing to see how caught up the whole world had become in what it basically, the ultimate fairytale wedding. 

And Hyde Park was incredible, chosen for the big screens and the advertised, "wedding themed activities" there was supposedly 120,000 people in the Park for the ceremony. So many flags were waved, it honestly made me quite emotional to see how united and patriotic our nation had become. Let's keep it up Britain!

I don't know what else to say really... 
I loved the dress- and was so proud for guessing correctly that she'd wear McQueen. She honestly looked so beautiful, and I saw a similar design in Vera Wang when we walked passed on the way to the tube station. (not that i've everrrr considered my future nuptials ;)) 

I  loved the ceremony, loved the best man 
Yup, regardless of what everyone thinks about Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry... I will be marrying him, have no fear! 

and of course, I loved the Queen. Rocking it in Canary yellow and looking every inch the glamorous grandma and wayyyy younger then 80. God save the Queen.

Basically. 29th April 2011 was a part of history. and I had SUCH a good day!

God Bless Britain
let's keep it up!


P.s. totally dreamt about my own wedding last night, unfortunately, the groom remained faceless... 

Monday, 11 April 2011

An Introduction.

I am not perfect. Far from it.

I’d happily spend my entire day in my onesie watching One Tree Hill or Glee. It’s not sexy and it’s not productive. But it’s pretty much my happy place.

I reveal too much about myself. Heck, that’s why I’ve got this blog. So don’t expect this to be light reading.
I wear my heart on my sleeve and get confused when others don’t. If I like you, you will know. Pretty quickly. This sometime’s means I come on a bit strong and yeah, I’m not afraid to admit I’m clingy and obsessive.  That’s a definite flaw and I’m working on it. But hey, at least i’m clear on how I feel and I rarely give mixed messages. Ask me a question, I’ll answer honestly. But i’m not about to about to spill everything straight away, well, not to just anyone.

I firmly believe in true love. And I am an advocate for marriage. If you know about my family background, you might be surprised. Naturally, my wedding has been planned in my head for years. But honestly, I’d never marry someone I didn’t honestly believe in falling more in love with each day. I’ll probably marry the man that my daddy approves of. Yeah, I said man... not boy. Note it!

I also said daddy! I’m a daddy’s girl. But I adore my mum. My entire family are my inspiration. I will talk about them to anyone who will listen. I genuinely believe that my twin sister is the best thing that ever happened to me, after Jesus. But I’m not naive enough to tell you we don’t fight. A big part of our siblinghood is to tell the other when they’re wrong.

I only wish I was half as intelligent, beautiful, sophisticated and amazing as my older sister, Sam. She inspires me to work hard to be whatever the hell I want to be, and also to wear vintage. And only ever have my legs or boobs out. Yeah, she’s important to have around.

Recently I’ve met two of the most inspiring women ever. They’ve opened my eyes to just how much God is using women in his ministry. Seriously, don’t even start the “women in the church” debate with me. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the odd theological discussion, and it’s not that my arguments are so biblically based that I’ll beat you straight out. I just won’t even have that discussion. I am a woman in leadership and God is using me. End of.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I suffer with depression. I think people are either too scared to discuss mental health issues, or see it as such a buzz word which everyone who feels “a bit down” uses. That’s not depression. But if we don’t start talking about it, then it’s still a taboo. And that’s never going to ease the situation.  Perhaps I’ll write a blog about it one day. Whilst i’m feeling open.

I wrote most of this blog in my head, I was trying to think of all the things I’d want my next boyfriend to know about me. Though, I’d probably want them to hear it from me, rather then read it in blog form. But hey there, if you’re reading!

I genuinely believe, that no matter how hard it seems sometimes. I will fall in love again. One day I’m going to be married, with kids and probably foster kids and goodness knows who else living in my house. That was just always how I imagined my life being. 

I love babies. That’s something people learn about me quickly. They amaze me, to actual speechlessness, and it takes a lot to do that! I can’t wait to have my own. That’s probably my biggest goal in life. Everything else comes second to having a family.

Well, i’ve written a page long document as my introduction to “Ramblings and Ranting: Being LMG”. There is more I could say. But I don’t want to share too much (some of you are probably thinking it’s too late)

Please comment and let me know what you think, and what you want to know.

Bye For Now. x

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