Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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Today, we had another day...

We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

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We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

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We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

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I wonder what is going through their tiny minds right now? Do you think they consider things like we do? Do you think they #dream of what’s going on? The kids seem to be taking it all in their stride and albeit they are sad they can’t see their friends, they seem to be just getting on with it.

Whereas, I go through waves of different feelings. I’ve discovered I’m at my best when I just take each day as it comes. When I start to think about things globally, or the time period of lockdowns and when the kids are going back to school... that’s when I start to feel worried and glum.

I worry that my employer will soon say “sorry Sonia we’re not paying you anymore as you’re homeschooling”, or the worry that I’m not teaching my kids correctly and they’re missing too much of their education. Or the impact of isolation on the kiddies at this age, making friendships and building rapport with people.

I hope these are worries over nothing. And I know all of the kiddies in the world are in the same boat. But, as a parent you can’t help but worry.

So for now I’m trying not to think negatively. Trying not to think more than 1 day ahead (except maybe planning Easter Sunday dinner) and I’m trying to keep smiling. So my babies keep smiling.

Keep calm and carry on. Isn’t that the saying!

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This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

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This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

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🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

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Happy to be home!!

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The photo above looks unstressful, sunny and calm… But do not be fooled! Ever been on a plane with screaming children and said to yourself “that will never be me”? Oh yes, I have, many a time and guess what? Today was that day!

I think it stemmed from a late night for Noah and a 6:30am wake up call… Lots of travelling in the heat and being, well a toddler!

Firstly we arrived at the airport promptly and mega early, so 90mins after waking up with no breaky, in a check in queue – Noah got bored. Crying and squirming to get out, which continued until we stopped at burger king and had a sort of brunch stop. He calmed a bit then. Phew.

Getting on the plane, Thomson decided we couldn’t sit together… Yes even after paying extra for the luxury and so it was settle in and strap up separately, mummy with Isla and daddy with Noah. Then the couple sitting in one of our rows said they would kindly swap seats so me and Dean could sit together with the kiddies. Thank you so so much whoever you are. Only to be told by Thomson staff we couldn’t as there isn’t enough oxygen masks for 5 people in a row of 3 chairs. So we had to move, but then a nice Thomson man said that the couple who swapped could move to a spare row at the back and we could split between the 3 chairs and spread out a bit. So it was all move again and buckle up. My thoughts to Thomson would be… We checked in pretty much first and had 2 infants checking in, and we paid for the extra seat to be together so why on earth did you separate us and not do this in the first place?! Yes, I was mad but happy it got sorted in the end.

After all of that Noah had had enough, bored and being pulled around and not being able to do what he wanted- toddler things, like kick chair in front play with his buckles… We then get given the toddler belt, you have to hook it into your own belt and then wrap it around the child whilst they sit on your lap. Noah, sit on my lap, sit still and understand his restrictions? No chance!! To top it off he’s so tired too. We had a fight to keep him on my lap and to stop him from crying, wailing the plane down. It was such a whimpering “I’m so tired and I’m not getting my own way and I’m still so tired, why can’t I just do what I want?” kind of cry too. I felt sorry for him. But thankfully daddy managed to get him to sleep for half the flight.

Back on dry land in the UK, and we now have baggage reclaim and passport control… Oh, with an exception… No buggy! Argggggh. Carrying a baby, toddler and 2 heavy bags of hand luggage to passport control is not an easy task, especially at Gatwick! You can’t pick your buggy up until you get to baggage reclaim. Why, I have no idea… How hard can it be to open the hold and grab a buggy that was put in the hold last when we got on the plane? Airport parent failure!! The most Stressful half an hour of walking quickly with a squirming toddler, heavy bags and a sleepy baby (thankfully) we finally make it to baggage reclaim and all our luggage including car seat and buggy is safe. Yippee.

Oh but then there’s the coach to the car park with no suitcase trolley… Hmmm, a double buggy, car seat, 3 suitcases and 2 hand luggage bags to carry. Not much then, to top it off 2 children, 1 of which was completely bored and knackered, hot and bothered and just generally wanting to do toddler things!

I was so relieved to get in the car, Isla had some milk and fell asleep and so did Noah… And then so did mummy! Thank you daddy for getting us back.

I think next time we need to limit our hand luggage, bring the sling for Isla and reins for Noah… Have only 2 suitcases and make sure we have enough hands between us to manage at the airport. Yeah right!!!!

I had a horrid thought, how do people cope with more than 2 children? It must be absolutely manic.

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1 Comment
  • Liz
    July 23, 2012

    For the future, ALWAYS book valet parling – if booked in advance it costs nearly the same, is MUCH faster, as you hand over your car outside, and they are waiting for you on your return – no struggling with luggage

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