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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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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“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?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

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The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

Isla – 1 Year and 4 Months

It only seems a moment ago I was writing about the last monthly update with Isla Rae and here we are again: oh how she has changed this month but still as quiet as a mouse – not to be taken for granted though as she is a very clever little girlie.

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Playtime

Isla loves playing games, she likes playing with someone else, but she will quite happily sit and build blocks by herself – but in eyesight of Noah or myself. She hates being left in the room on her own, unless Tinkerbell is on! She is so observant it is ridiculous, she can be playing with someone and if you do not click the stair-gate down into fully locked position, she is at it like a bolting horse. How does she do it? She does this with Noah’s toys too, she will spy out what he is playing with, when he tells her to go away she leaps in for the kill and grabs a toy and runs. It’s like watching a wildlife program on birds dipping in and out of the sea to catch a meal! She loves snuggly with her soft toys, Nanny & Grandad recently bought her a Minnie Mouse and she loves it, its cute watching her cuddle them with a nice big cheesey smile. This month has really been all about learning to play with the toys we have in the house, Lego Duplo, Sticklebricks, Happyland and Little People characters. She builds towers with the building toys, she puts people in cars now and zooms them around, I suppose because she watches Noah do it. She also loves reading through all the books. But, her most favourite past-time at the moment is tipping everything out of its container… making a mess! What a lot of fun that is…

Weaning

She can use her cutlery now, well not a knife just yet, but she is stuck in to her food which is fantastic. Most days, on a normal day, she will eat much more than Noah – she is a little piglet. If I give them porridge for breakfast she will eat it without fuss with her spoon, she has learnt to tilt the bowl and scoop out as much as possible. I suppose when you are a hungry little tot you want every last morsel of your meal. She still drinks quite a bit of milk, Noah was on to just a bottle at bedtime at this age, but Isla is still having 1 or sometimes up to 3 bottles during the 24 hour period. It worries me a bit, but I am guessing it’s due to comfort, growth spurts and teething.

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Talking

We still aren’t really talking yet, but we are understanding everything that we are being told and you can see it in the things she learns and picks up. She has started to sound “Hi”, “What’s that?” and those kinds of things, but it isn’t clear at all, its definitely more of a sounding like at the moment. But I know what she means, maybe a stranger wouldn’t have a clue – who knows? I really shouldn’t worry though because I just know she is taking everything in and learning, she understands what you are saying. I suppose its the case that she doesn’t need to talk because she gets by just fine. If I ask her if she is finished at dinner, she hands me her plate, with her spoon and fork on it. She has learnt to touch her nose, head and mouth when asked – so she is clearly taking everything on board. She does make a lot of babble and noise, just not words that we would recognise, so I am hoping that this will soon turn into words as opposed to her being mute for years! I know it does happen, but I am confident her noise levels are a sign that she won’t go down that path.

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Motor Skills

I noticed a few times this month that she has adapted her style or changed the way she does something to suit what she is doing better. She sits down a little differently, she climbs things more elegantly because she is better at it, she has a great hand, eye co-ordination when eating and when touching her nose. You can see that she is learning through practice to better these things, which is what toys (and coffee tables, obviously) are for. I love the way she chases Noah, her run isn’t quite as quick as Noah and when she runs it looks like she is about to fall over at any minute. She is a really funny little lady.

Sibling Love

Isla is learning to push Noah’s buttons to get reactions now, as I mentioned in Noah’s little post, she really does find it funny to steal his toys and run away. But she is only doing it because she wants to play with him and he doesn’t allow it, so she gets annoyed. When you watch them you can almost see her cogs turning with the decisions she’s making along the way. Whenever we leave the house now she holds her hand out for Noah to grab it, so they can walk together – this melts my heart and I love seeing them together. Especially when they cuddle and hold hands, it’s what having the little ones so close was all about for me, so that they are close!

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