Aimee Horton

Life Lately


There are some bloggers that just get in your head (Alison, Molly and Morgana I’m looking at you), and yesterday no different.

I was sitting looking grumpily at instagram (instead of happily) then I flicked onto twitter…which I have no idea why, because that makes me always grumpy and despondent. But for once it didn’t…I happened to catch Molly’s latest post called “Life Lately” and as always, she hit the nail in the head.

Like her I have exciting (totally not meaning to be cryptic) things happening. I’m also nearly at the end of my draft of the next Dottie novel, and the sun is shining. When you’re pulled this way and that, sometimes your ideas for blogs are clouded. Right now I have loads of ideas, they’re just all pants when it comes to writing them.

So instead, I’m going to embrace Molly’s idea, and this is my life..lately..


Me writing

I’m on fire with Dottie. Getting to THE END is going to be amazing, but I know that this draft is going to need a lot of work. I’m trying to remind myself of the quote “the first draft is always shit” one I tell myself all the time, but by golly, there’s shit, and then there’s the runs. I’ll be looking for Beta readers soon though, so please get in touch if you’re interested.



Theo went on his residential last week. In fact this time last week I was just willing him to come home, and was very relieved he’d managed to not break something abseiling down THIS ACTUAL TOWER.


*throws up in mouth*

While he was away I feel very lucky that the school was closed for polling day, so I got to take Larry to the farm and spend some quality time with him. We used to visit the farm a lot before he started school, so it was lovely to recreate it. Even though we did end up having a very in-depth discussion about why things cost what they do in the gift shop and why we can’t cross out the prices and write a cheaper one on with pen.

Larry runs


I was bloody glad to get this one back though…



Mr Aimee and I worked out that it’s been quite a while since we have managed to bin the children off let the grandparents have the kids overnight, so when our friends suggested a night out we JUMPED at the chance.

Although I have to say, I enjoyed sitting in the garden with my book thoroughly too.



Mainly my dungaree’s if I’m honest. I don’t care what Mr Aimee says (that I look like a drunk kids TV presenter) I LOVE THEM.


I’ve also loving my slogan tee’s & sweats right now. I feel very proud to be able to support my fellow #Mumboss mums…well support or their tops make me feel like I might be cool one day.


FEARLESS TEE by Tease and Toes



GIN AND ON IT Sweat from Parent Apparel.

Anyway, now I’m off for a photoshoot…she says really casually…

When you get a bit of freedom…


Yay!  We try once a month (at least) to palm off give the grandparents the opportunity to spend some quality time with the boys.  To us this is referred to as “date night”.  It’s usually a Friday or a Saturday, we drop the kids at the outlaws and pick them up/have them dropped back here the next day.

We’re very lucky to have the chance to do this, I know not all of us are lucky enough to be able to have a night to ourselves, so I’m forever grateful!

Enough of the gushy stuff.  It’s DATE NIGHT!! I’m sitting in a TIDY lounge, there are no toys scattered on the floor, I have Classic FM playing and the netbook on my lap.  I’m currently contemplating taking a bath with a Gin & Tonic.  Yeap.  That’s how I role.

As we all know, time on our own is rare.  I don’t need to tell you this.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not sure if Matt and I always make the most of our time.  It’s difficult to say.  There always appears to be so much to do these days, and when you have 2 small loud things climbing around, “helping”, shouting, demanding things.  When you have to work around naps, bottles, tantrums, and Justin’s House, suddenly getting anything done seems impossible!  HOWEVER, when we DO break free, we end up going out for dinner, having a few (loads) drinks, and inevitably coming home and falling asleep, and then not getting much done.  Also, for some reasons, I seem unable to sleep properly when the boys aren’t here, I assume it’s because I have so much alcohol in my blood stream that I end up waking up at 4am wide awake mind racing after a nearly comatosed sleep.

SO tonight we’re doing it differently.  We’re staying in, we’re having a take away, and we’re going to watch a film and be CIVILISED. Yes.  I know.  There will be no fingers crossed that the Beast goes to bed without a UN negotiation regarding the amount of toys he’s taking to bed.  There will be NO dream feed for Fatso. NO Dummy Tennis, there will be NO 6am negotation with bottles before finally giving in at 6.30am feed.  There will be NO breakfast which includes 4 different breakfast cereals and toast toppings.  Oh.  And just FYI anybody who thinks there’s going to be another baby any time soon – there will be NO hanky panky.  Why?  BECAUSE I MISS SLEEP!

In the morning I’m going to send Matthew out for PAPERS while I make coffee and breakfast.  Then I’m going to eat my breakfast WITH BOTH HANDS.  I’m not going to have to scoop weetabix out of my hair/toes or trip over a trail of toys.

We may…drum roll please…go out for lunch on a whim and I WILL ONLY HAVE TO TAKE MY HANDBAG – with only my purse and make-up and hairbrush. OH MY GOLLY GOSH!

So…the big question is – what would you use your free time for? Are we wasting it?! Tell me please!