Sweden, Blogfest and Deafness

Sweden Stockholm

Its been a mad old week, that’s for sure. You may have noticed that things have been quiet around the blog – Life just simply took over.

We started the week with a trip to Stockholm for Millie’s first ever International competition. I’ve known for a few months that we were going to Sweden but it just didn’t really sink in that we were actually going to get there. The competition went brilliantly with a silver medal finding its way home in the Costello suitcase – All the team did really well and Millie’s scores were fantastic. Great preparation as we head to the big competition of the year in a fortnight – the dreaded Age Group Championships!

Stockholm Synchronised Swimming competition

Sweden Medal Presentation

I wasn’t expecting to see much of Stockholm. Any sporting parent will tell you that you rarely get to explore but surprisingly we had quite a bit of free time after the comp finished. Monday was spent pottering around Stockholm – You know when you are getting old when you prefer to see the old town and leave your daughter and her mates shopping in H&M. In all seriousness though, I though Stockholm was lovely – The palace is smack in the middle of the city and you can walk right up to the front door.

Stockholm City Stockholm City

The little trinket shops are wonderful for doing souvenir shopping and the cafes have the most divine selection of cakes. I may have indulged!

The flight home definitely didn’t help my deafness that I’ve had intermittently since July so Tuesday was a bit of a write off. Turns out that its just congestion rather than ear wax – contrary to my stupidly sexist doctor telling me deafness is caused by the same thing that makes you go blind. He also said the fact that it is affecting my driving is because I’m a woman driver -Time to look for a new doctor I’m thinking! Its awful how lethargic and isolated being semi deaf can make you feel though – The kids have had a great laugh at me and planned all sorts of tricks when I couldn’t hear them.

No sooner had I unpacked then it was time to hop off again. This time to London for a really fascinating day with World Vision UK looking at tracing the steps of a Syrian child (More to follow soon).

Georgian House Hotel

A super night in the Georgian House Hotel in the smallest room known to man and up early to my first appearance to Mumsnet Blogfest conference. It was great to be accompanied by the lovely Emma from Me, The Man And The Kids too. I had heard that Blogfest was much more content led than other blog conferences but was really impressed. The speakers (including Sandy Toksvig, David Baddiel & Val McDermid) were high quality and super interesting to listen to.

Blogfest Speakers 2015

I even booked in to a blog clinic to try to fix my blog look – Many thanks to the lovely Jax Blunt for her time.

I loved the photography session with Hayley Willis and thought the final session chaired by Fi Glover, talking about sharing our private lives in public was like watching a brilliant tv show. I could have listening for hours.

A whirlwind visit to the after show party then home for just one night – I’m spending every Sunday and Monday in Leeds at the moment for Millie’s training. She’s doing so well but I’m knackered!

A Bit Of Everything

Entering into this week’s Happy Diaries Linky


Annie Dance Workshop at Pineapple Dance Studios

Pineapple Dance Studio Annie Movie

I know there’s quite a few people eagerly awaiting this post. Its not often you get the chance to see me dancing. Definitely not a strong point of mine. Luckily my girls don’t seem to have inherited my dance genes and love a good routine.

When we were given the chance to visit Pineapple Dance Studios during the Easter holidays to perform routines from the Annie Movie, I knew Millie and Violet would love to go. To celebrate the release of the Annie DVD today, we were taught a routine to Its A Hard Knock Life by Richard Marcel. Richard is choreographer to the stars on “So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ … and now choreographer to The Costellos!

Millie is such a dance fan and Pineapple crazy – We’ve even trekked across London before now just to stand outside. Inside is exactly as you would imagine, busy, bustling and loads of lycra! Its massive but not nearly as posh as I thought it might be – and then I remembered its a dance studio!

Annie Movie dance

It was great to meet up with some fellow bloggers and their children – Lovely to see pre-teens chatting and being relaxed all due to dance. The dance was aimed at all ages – The professional dancers were completely brilliant with the little tots – although I was rather glad I hadn’t taken Tara.

Annie Movie

We had a great time – I sat out for most of the dancing, thoroughly enjoying watching my girls. Richard was so patient and a true professional. He was right to be more afraid of us mums than any of the celebs on Strictly! Sadly Louis Spence missed out on seeing my efforts with a broom – He will never know what he missed.

The video below shows the making of the dance: Enjoy!

Tip 1: Look out for the mad woman at the end waving a brush around – I’ve obviously missed my calling in life!
Tip 2: If you want to get noticed, wear bright pink socks. Could Millie’s socks get any brighter?

Annie Movie Sony DVD

I’ve been saving watching the movie until our epic journey to France in the summer – I have a feeling it will get watched several times and sung at high volume! Annie the Movie is out on DVD today (Monday 27th April 2015) by Sony Pictures, Prices start from £9.99

Huge thank you to Colette at Going On An Adventure for sharing this opportunity – We loved every minute!

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