5 Things Me & My Cousins Did During The Summer Holidays!

This is a spontaneous topic today and do you want to know why? Well it’s Sunday and I have spent ALL DAY at my cousins Christening. My cousin M (won’t use full names in case they don’t want them used) christened her baby E today and oh my it was lovely. I’ve only been to one Christening and it was my cousin N’s when she was a baby and I was about 6.

M asked me and Dane to take some pictures of the day, as I have my fancy Nikon digital SLR (which I haven’t used FOREVER!) and she wanted some special pictures for the day. It was a pleasure to be honest and we took so many pictures…. 2,225 to be exact. This evening we’ll be popping them onto our computer to view and begin editing throughout the week.

However, this isn’t what I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about some of the things that me and my two cousins M and N used to get up to during the summer holidays.

From as long as I could remember, most days after school, any school holidays and especially the summer holidays me and my two cousins used to hang out all day, every day and whilst we had some arguments, tantrums and fall outs, we always hung out every year until we were old enough to disperse out with our friends and do our own thing.

I thought with the summer holidays starting to the kids tomorrow, it would be nice to write a reminiscent post about what we used to get up to and how different it was back then for kids, to how it is now.

I really hope you enjoy reading this post, as I know I am going to LOVE writing it! 😀

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  • Sitting indoors playing games.

The majority of the time we would play various games on N’s dodgy PlayStation and the one I remember us playing the most was Spyro 2. We would play it from the beginning and each of us would have a world to complete, as well as a boss too. I remember N would beat the first boss, M the second and I’d always get Ripto to beat. We would go through the various challenges in levels and each of us would have a go if the previous one couldn’t crack it. There were some funny moments in that game and we would stress like mad having to hear the characters saying the same phrase over and over again! The track ones were the worst, but also the best! Each of us were good at doing certain challenges. Whilst we played games we’d binge eat various Pot Noodles, vanilla ice cream sandwiches, as well as various other things. It was glorious and whilst we probably should have been outside in the garden, staying in and playing Spyro was pretty bad ass instead.

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  • Riding our bikes up and down the road.

I say the road, we always rode them on the pathway. We would ride our bikes up and down our grans road and oh man they were some awesome times! You’d ride the bike all the way up the road to come back down REALLY fast. I think we probably pissed off some of our grans older neighbours, so we tried to be good most of the time. My cousin M was the one who taught me how to ride a bike and I remember how I used to always ride my white and pink bike with the stabilisers attached when I was about 9 or 10. The local kids would take the piss and I got pretty embarrassed by it. So M being M she showed me how to ride without them and before I knew it, I was a pro! My parents soon bought me a bigger bike after that.

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  • Film funny videos.

I can’t for the life of me remember how old we were, but one year my cousin M had her video camera and we filmed some pretty funny videos on it. I’m pretty sure she still has them somewhere, in black and white of us pretending to be old women. I think it was called, “Independent Women” and it was fucking hilarious! We just took the piss out of older women who like to stay at home, eat junk food and every now and again go and play bingo. Legit what my life is like now. 😛

  • Listened to Clubland and NOW CD’s.

If we weren’t sat in the garden listening to it, we were sitting in the house listening to it. Whilst I listened to pop music growing up, I did love my rock music from an early age, but I also loved club music too! My cousin M would always get the newest NOW CD so we’d have the best summer tunes in the garden. I remember the first NOW CD I bought was NOW 45 (legit put it on to listen to now…) and I loved listening to it so much over the summer holidays.

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  • Watching films.

We always watched films whenever the weather was crap, or if the mood took us to watch Bridget Jones for the 20th time, or Disney films and sing along with the characters… Although that bit did make me cringe a little. I did used to love watching funny films however and some I loved watched with M and N were Shrek, 10 Things I Hate About You and as I mentioned earlier, Bridget Jones. I remember one summer my cousin M rented the second one for us to all watched and we didn’t pay attention AT ALL! I wish we had though as it was bloody hilarious.

Those are just 5 things me, N an M used to do together during the summer holidays. We used to all love hanging out together, although the older I got I started to just want to stay at home on my computer, talking to friends on MSN and MySpace. I definitely turned into a recluse. I do miss being a kid sometimes, but at the same time I really don’t. Being a kid sucked and although you had nothing to worry about, you did all the same.

But that aside, today has really shown me how much I did used to love hanging out with my cousins as kids, and the memories I’ve got and will always have from it.

What are some of your favourite summer holiday memories as a kid? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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Christmas Wish List To Father Christmas – Now & Then

This is the post I mentioned at the start of the month that I was looking forward to doing! I decided that for this year I wouldn’t just do my normal Christmas wish list at the start of December and decided that I would do it on Christmas Eve as a sort of, “Father Christmas I’ve been good please bring me this and that and that!”

But I then changed my mind and had an even better idea! I decided as well as doing my Christmas wish list for this year, I would do one as I would have when I was 7 years old! The nostalgic feels will be all over the start of this post and I really hope you guys enjoy reading it, as much as I had putting it all together!

  • Happy Monday Store INU INU T-Shirt – £15.23 (link)

I discovered this brand through a girl on Instagram who is all Japanese themed. Basically into the shizzle I’m into! She got sent this t-shirt and I fell in love with it! It’s got a cute little shiba on it, but he’s getting his face squished and pulled and AHH SO DAMN CUTE! I’m really hoping that Dane has bought me this for Christmas, otherwise I’ll be ordering it after my birthday. 😛

  • Firebox My Neighbour Slippers – £29.99 (link)

I’m always down with anything that will help me feel all warm and snuggly in my own home! I live for putting my pajamas and slippers on as soon as I get home from work, and who can go wrong with wearing Totoro slippers?! These look so amazing and they’re not cheap, no but come on… They’re Studio Ghibli, they aren’t going to be! 😛

  • Good Smile Company Nendoroid Yuri!!! On Ice Yuri Katsuki – £44.95 (link)

I didn’t have a clue what Nendoroid to add to my Christmas wish list, but I thought Yuri Katsuki from Yuri!!! On Ice would be a good one to add for sure. This is a Nendoroid I really hope Dane has bought me for Christmas he’s gorgeous and I really want to get him and Viktor to put with our collection. Any other Nendoroid’s I want are probably really old and very rare ones. In all fairness though, I don’t care which Nendoroid(s) I get from Dane for Christmas, I’ll be happy with any!

  • Your Name Manga Vol. 2 – £7.98 (link)
  • Your Name Collector’s Edition Steelbook Blu-ray – £24.99 (link)

I LOVED Your Name so much when me and Dane went to watch it in the cinema so I would love to not only get the collector’s edition blu-ray for Christmas, but I really want volume 2 of the manga to read! I picked up volume 1 in the summer when it came out and it’s so good. If you loved the anime, then you will probably love the manga even more! I also really want the Your Name Nendoroid’s too! 😛

  • Pokemon Indigo League Season 1 Blu-ray – £49.99 (link)

As regular readers will know (or anyone to be fair…) I am a MASSIVE Pokemon fan and I remember back in the day waking up early to catch the weeks episode of Pokemon on SM:TV Live. Earlier this year I binge watched all of the episodes of Pokemon Indigo League on Netflix. When I saw that this was coming out, I was super excited and it was one of the first items added to my Christmas wish list! I really hope I get this so me and Dane can binge watch it whilst I’m off work over Christmas.

  • Your Lie In April Part 2 Blu-ray – £41.09 (link)

This is an anime I fell in love with this time last year. Dane bought me part 1 on blu-ray for my birthday this year and back in April part 2 came out. it’s a limited edition set and of course I NEED part 2 to add to my collection. Again, I hope I get this so me and Dane can watch it all together. I haven’t actually finished watching this anime, but I’ve read all of the manga. It’s amazing but really quite sad.

  • A Silent Voice Blu-ray – £29.99 (link)

ANOTHER ANIME BLU-RAY! Oh man, I’m so sorry! 😛 I had so many blu-rays on my wish list, all anime related! This was my favourite film of this year and is one I was so stoked to go and see and I left the cinema feeling great. I bought the whole manga series after and read them all so quickly. Again, it’s by far one of my favourite manga series as well as anime films. Dane recently wanted to watch this again in dubbed, as we saw it subbed in the cinema. A part of me hopes I have the collectors edition of this for Christmas. I can see me binge watching this loads if I get it.

  • Pokemon Center Vulpix’s Crystal Season Purse/Wallet – £37.99 (link)

This is a wallet I regret not asking YY Kawaii to pick up from Japan for me back in October when she was out there! I got one thing from that collection, that being a notebook. This wallet is so damn cute and I could imagine it getting just as much attention as my Loungefly Pokemon handbag. I doubt very much that I’ll get this for Christmas and with that I doubt I’d be missing out. 😛

  • Studio Ghibli Spirited Away Haku Chopsticks – £10.78 (link)

I LOVE using chopsticks and whenever I get the chance to use them, I do. I have 2 pairs my friend Sophi (HEY! :D) gifted me over the past couple of years and they’re amazing! When Dane asked me to look for some little present ideas, I found these Haku chopsticks. Haku makes me happy, merch especially, as well as artwork so I would be so stoked to use chopsticks with him on too!

  • Studio Ghibli Spirited Away No Face Sweater – £24.99 (link)

Another Studio Ghibli item, but whatever! 😛 Truffle Shuffle are really on it right now with the Studio Ghibli merch and this and the Totoro sweater they’ve brought out are amazing. I would love this to snuggle up in with shorts and my Docs! I’d love them to bring out a Haku one but I doubt they will. If I got this I’d totally wear it for New Years Eve!

  • Lush The Man On The Moon Gift Set – £44.95 (link)

Finally we have my last Christmas wish list item on here and of course it has to be a bit of Lush! 😛 Dane asks me every year to find a gift set or two from Lush that I like the look of, one for him to possibly get and one for his parents to possibly get. I linked quite a few for him and sadly this isn’t one he would accept due to the price. BUT it’s the one I actually really, REALLY loved and wanted! First of all I love the re-usable tin, as well as all the night time themed products inside, which I’d love to use on pamper evenings and weekends. It also contains quite a lot of items I’ve never tried before either! If I don’t get this for Christmas I’ll try and get some in the Boxing Day sale.

Now that I’ve done my actual wish list for “Father Christmas” this year (Father Christmas being Dane pretty much! :P) it’s time to go back in time to what I would have asked for Christmas 20 years ago when I was seven years old. 🙂

Just a little disclaimer though, I don’t think all of these came out in 1997, some may be 1996 and later but meh I remember receiving these over Christmas… You get the idea! 😛

  • Loveable Bears.

These were cute little bear keyrings that came in different colours and scents! I can’t remember which I had to be honest, I have a feeling I had mint and strawberry. I know I had 2! They came with little bottles and if they cried you would feed them. They were like little Tamagotchi’s and were so adorable and fun to have on your backpack. Not so fun and adorable if they cried though!

  • Barbie & Ginger Doll.

This was one of my favourite Barbie’s, for so many reasons. First of all, look how cute and fluffy Barbie’s golden retriever Ginger looks! Second of all, it moves and third of all Barbie rides a skateboard, which Ginger helps her to achieve. As a kid this was just all kinds of wonderful to me and I remember playing with it all Christmas Day and onwards.

  • Doodle Bear Pets.

I remember getting a Doodle Bear when they first came out and I loved writing and drawing all over it, only for my mom to wash it so I could have myself a blank canvas all over again. I remember seeing the Doodle Bear Dog and I pleaded with Father Christmas to get it for me, which he obviously did! 😛 I never drew on it though to be honest, I loved it too much to be honest to, “ruin” it.

  • Pocahontas Braided Beauty Doll.

This was definitely one of my favourite dolls, EVER! The first film I saw in the cinema was Pocahontas and I was in love with that film, and it’s still one of my favourite Disney films to date, especially my favourite Disney Princess. I never even knew this doll existed until Father Christmas gave it to me. I was in love! Not only did it come with a Pocahontas doll, but of course it also came with a Meeko who would braid yours and her hair. What else could a girl ask for? 😛

  • Baby Born Doll.

This was one of the baby dolls that really opened up the market for the future of dolls like this. It would eat the “baby food” you gave it and poop it out, pee the “milk” you would feed it and even cry “real tears”! It was a hit with kids alike and I was so excited to open mine on Christmas Day! That doll really did last ages and I loved it so much. Due to it peeing and pooping so much you would constantly have to put nappies on it to catch all of that, or at least some washable type knickers. Mine broke after a couple of years and the water you could give it as “milk” would leak out of it’s arm and leg joints. I loved that doll though, so damn much!

  • Home Alone Talkboy.

Finally we have the one toy every kid wanted, as well as teenagers at the time I’m sure! I remember being gifted one of these after 1997 (I think anyway…) but I just had to mention it here! I remember watching Home Alone 2 and not really thinking, “oh man I want that recording thing he has!” but when I got one I loved it! I didn’t realise until researching the toys to add to this post that this was actually made because it was in Home Alone 2! It wasn’t a toy until after that movie, how cool is that?! It was just a prop and because loads of fans asked about it, they made it. What legends!

Oh man I have to be honest and say this is one of my favourite posts I’ve done in a long time, purely because of remembering some of my favourite toys from Christmases years ago. I can’t believe I was seven 20 years ago! That makes me feel hella old. 😛

Well it’s Christmas Eve, I hope you’re all ready for tomorrow to spend a lovely day with your loved ones. I hope if you have children they get everything they wanted and wished for from Father Christmas.

But I’ve said it many times over the years and I’ll say it again, don’t forget that Christmas isn’t a time that everyone is happy. It’s also one the worst days of the year for people with mental health. If you know someone who needs support this time of year, please support them if you can. If you’re someone who isn’t feeling their best Christmas Day, please seek support, whether it be from friends and family, or even Samaritans. I’ve been depressed over the Christmas period and it’s really crippling, especially when it’s that time of year when you’re meant to be “okay”.

I’ll leave all the links and numbers down below for anyone who needs to reach out and get support this Christmas. Also, if you ever need someone to talk to, I’m always willing to listen and support. You can find me over @maybeecoffee on Twitter.

Samaritans:

Call in UK and ROI for FREE from any phone, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. You don’t have to be suicidal to call – 116 123

If you don’t feel up to calling someone you can also email them at – jo@samaritans.org

 I want to hear what presents you have on your wish lists, as well as some of your favourite toys from Christmas when you were younger!

Until next time all, Merry Christmas!

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