Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

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The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

We have always struggled with our bedtime routine, well we have since Isla has been around. She does not like to sleep. We thought, as the children got older, that the bedtime routine would get easier. It hasn't really and so we have to try lots of different things to help get through those bedtime anxieties. I have written down some things we did when the kiddies were babies and what we do now, incase this helps any one going through similar. VIEW the POST

Operation “move Isla into her own room” is a go go

Operation “move Isla into her own room” is a go go

You may recall many moons ago we decided to move Isla into Noah's room. Well now it's time for her to have her own room back. But what a palaver! When we moved Isla into Noah's room we quickly learnt we needed bunk beds and storage for all the toys. Her old room became Daddy's office/dressing room. So in order to get her back into her own room we had to first make room for the extra furniture we'd purchased: desk and wardrobe. It wasn't a simple room swap.VIEW the POST

Two budding mathematicians and pretty proud parents!

It’s report time and this is the first year that we have had a “big boy report” for Noah from Year 1 and the first year they have both had a school report. It was very exciting reading them out as a family. Albeit followed by a sibling fight, which ruined the moment, hey ho! They both made Mummy and Daddy really proud with their effort and understanding. Both brilliant little mathematicians! …

The F word – shhhh! 

The F word – shhhh! 

Yes, the word that rhymes with duck and starts with F. The F word! Add an "ing" on to the end and you have the word my rather innocent looking four year old said at school this week. Not just any old day either, the day of parents evening.  VIEW the POST

Isla – 4 years and 6 months

Isla – 4 years and 6 months

So my baby is 4 years and 6 months, or 4 and a half if you'd prefer. She's been a little monkey this week. Not entirely sure if she is just very tired or just going through one of those stages that they go through. That when you are struggling other parents say "it's just a stage they're going through".  VIEW the POST

Isla’s Plasticine & Unicorn themed birthday party

Like most of the family and friends that received the invite for a Plasticine & Unicorn party, you are probably laughing out loud right about now. But it worked, I promise you. We had the rainbow colours, inspired by Plasticine Softeez and the Unicorn fits in with the rainbow theme as well – there is your link! We had a family party last weekend and her friends over for fun with Plasticine yesterday. Lots of fun was had too and everyone loved their goody bags. Win!  …

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl…

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl…

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl, the one with the blonde, bouncing, glorious curls. You light up the world with your beautiful face, happy, smiley and chatty and all over the place. VIEW the POST

What every parent on the school run dreads!

What every parent on the school run dreads!

What is THE most worrying thing about the school run? That school run dread? For me it is the children running off ahead, in the midst of heads and coats, long socks and black shoes... they're gone! I had that today for the first time and I have never been more scared in my life. I thought Isla was gone, it is amazing how I immediately felt consumed with guilt that it was my fault. It is not something I want to endure again in a hurry, I am sure the children feel the same.  VIEW the POST

Plasticine Softeez fun with Isla Rae

My little baby girl is growing up by the day, bigger words, bossier tones and her love for creating is huge. When she was sent a box of Plasticine Softeez, she actually squealed and I had to capture her comments and excitement in a video. Which has ended up being her debut review on YouTube, I think she has captured the fun without the need for me to say anything else. …

My little girl is starting school!

My little girl is starting school!

Probably a sentence you have heard a lot of today, or something similar. Now I mean I knew my little girl would eventually go to school - but now it's all for real. She has a school place and I still cannot believe it, but a place at our first choice. Isla is starting school... VIEW the POST

A day in history as the Flying Scotsman whooshed by

A day in history as the Flying Scotsman whooshed by

Today, as you may have seen all over the news, the Flying Scotsman took a trip from London's Kings Cross to York. It all started at 8:45am when I got a text from my Mumma saying she was waiting at the end of her road to see it whoosh by. Then as I got the children in the car, for the school trip, I asked "shall we go and see the special steam train?" and of course the reply was a big YES.  VIEW the POST

A little Mummy quiz for the children

With Mothers Day fast approaching (Sunday 6th March) I thought it would be nice to share this little Mummy quiz that I saw floating around social media recently. It was a nice insight into what the little ones thought about Mummy. You ask them the questions and just let them answer – without coercing them into saying anything. Here are Noah and Islas responses:  …

Isla – 3 years and 6 months

Isla – 3 years and 6 months

Little Isla has been giving us a lot of fun and laughter over the past few weeks, she is growing up to be a lovely little character who entertains us constantly. She is changing so much at the moment and what with all the changes happening around her, I am not surprised. She is enjoying pre-school and the new school run routine, she is talking a lot better (and more) and she is understanding a lot more about the world around her.  VIEW the POST

The first week of our new routine 

The first week of our new routine 

It has been quite hectic, I am sure I don't need to explain that to other parents out there. I actually felt quite sad this morning, I was "that" Mum that had forgotten the permission slip. Truth be told I never saw a letter in the first place. Funny how something so small can leave you feeling so terrible. VIEW the POST

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it’s way

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it’s way

I can only be talking about the beautiful rape seed fields and wonderful landscapes around at this time of year, I just love it. The bright yellow fields are just magical and I love the fact you can just get some wonderful photos of children being free in them. We took a trip to a local field at sunset and although a bit cold, we got some lovely photos.  VIEW the POST

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it's way

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it's way

I can only be talking about the beautiful rape seed fields and wonderful landscapes around at this time of year, I just love it. The bright yellow fields are just magical and I love the fact you can just get some wonderful photos of children being free in them. We took a trip to a local field at sunset and although a bit cold, we got some lovely photos.  VIEW the POST

Me & Mine: April 2015

I am a little late off the mark with getting April’s family photo online, but alas it is still online! Story of my life at the moment. April has been really busy: work, holidays, children’s nursery, children growing up, hubby’s fitness program and somewhere in-between all of that day to day life. We did manage to get out into the woods over Easter and got some lovely photos and a family shot. The children are getting better and better at not posing properly, or they tag team – one will smile whilst the other looks away and vice versa. I am sure they do it on purpose. …

Me & Mine: April 2015

Me & Mine: April 2015

I am a little late off the mark with getting April's family photo online, but alas it is still online! Story of my life at the moment. April has been really busy: work, holidays, children's nursery, children growing up, hubby's fitness program and somewhere in-between all of that day to day life. We did manage to get out into the woods over Easter and got some lovely photos and a family shot. The children are getting better and better at not posing properly, or they tag team - one will smile whilst the other looks away and vice versa. I am sure they do it on purpose. VIEW the POST

Isla – 2 years and 9 months

Isla – 2 years and 9 months

How is she nearly 3? Isla is 2 years and 9 months old today, that means it is only 3 months until she is 3. I remember when Noah was turning 3 and how much of a big boy I thought he was going to be and with Isla, she is still my baby and I literally cannot comprehend this is happening. Isn't it funny how you feel about your youngest compared to your oldest? She is a little beauty and each day she is doing more and more that makes us smile, she is beautiful inside and out. VIEW the POST

Isla – 2 years and 3 months

Isla – 2 years and 3 months

My little angel is growing and growing, you can see it evidently in her words, actions and height. She is definitely going to have a beautiful figure when she is older: slim and legs to die for. Her hair defines her at the moment, it is growing long and curly and without it down and whirly, it just doesn't seem like Isla. Here is what has been going on this month: VIEW the POST

Our home – a princess toddler room

Our home – a princess toddler room

It has taken me 6 months, but I finally got around to decorating little Isla's room how I wanted. I had all the curtains, bedding and paint ready and waiting - but never found the time to get the painting done. Well last week I did and I absolutely love her new "big girl" princess room and so does she. VIEW the POST

A little bit of beach…

A little bit of beach…

I took some leave last Friday to spend the day with the little ones and we had a little playdate with our friends. It was a great morning, we went to "Brampton Beach" which is currently at Frosts garden centre and it is a fantastic idea! The children loved it and us Mummies managed a cup of tea without leaving half of it to go cold. I love summer days like this, where you can go somewhere and enjoy the outdoors, with friends and be happy. VIEW the POST