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.

#mummyphotoaday 
#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

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.

A very happy birthday to...

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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I wonder what is going...

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

“We are very excited to...

🌼 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 📷

My favourite pics from March...

Moving the children to a new school #backtoschool

You may have seen on some of my Instagram Stories that we took the decision, after a few months of being in our new house, to move the kiddies to a new school. It is not a decision we made lightly as Isla loved her school and was attached to her teacher. We didn’t want to disrupt them unnecessarily but we feel that this move will do them good. And, the new uniform looks SUPER cute!

Here are a few tips that we picked up along our journey , that may be helpful to anyone else who is considering moving their children to a different school…

Timing is key

When do you want the kids to start the new school? It made sense for us to wait until the September as then both kids could start the school together. It also felt like a clean break from one school, Summer Holiday sandwiched in-between and then the new school starts. The new chapter. The kids were happy with this, after Isla’s initial upset.

Discuss with the kids

You need to make sure you are SURE before you tell the kids. Break the news just before a settling in session. Isla’s teacher told us to hold fire on telling Isla until the weekend before her settling in session – which was quite late in the term. Later than we had planned. But it did help. She didn’t have a lot of time to dwell on it and her teacher really helped with the transition. She loved her teacher and it made me sad, because Isla didn’t understand that even if she stayed in that school she wouldn’t have that teacher anymore.

When we did tell the kids, it was a mixed reaction. Noah fist pumped the air as he had been asking to move all year. His friends all moved up to this school the previous September. So he was happy. Whereas little Isla cried her eyes out for hours, repeating “I don’t want to move schools”. Those settling in sessions really helped though, she knew people and it wasn’t so scary. Phew.

Saying goodbye

We insisted (and did a lot of late planning) that the kiddies have a group of friends over on a play date at the end of their last term. We wanted them to make sure they had fun and had nice, happy, memories to remember their friends with. It was great fun for the kids and I think it helped, it gave them something to look forward to at the end of term too. Instead of dreading it!

Socialise early

We are lucky as where we have moved to and where the kiddies clubs are located – they know a lot of people who go to this school. Isla was petrified when we told her – but she soon calmed down when she realised she knew at least 10 girls in her new year. A few of them in her class too. It must be so daunting to go to a new school when you have a good unit of friends at the old one. I hope they make new friends and quickly. They seem to know a lot of children so that’s good.

Playground

So, thats the kids but if I am honest I am super nervous myself. It’s another playground that I have to get used to. Socialise with parents and establish my own place – let alone the kiddies. I found it hard in our previous school as all the parents seemed to have known each other from nursery and we came in at Reception. Or they had older siblings at that school, so everyone was familiar. Whereas we had to build friendships from scratch. I didn’t actually make friends, properly, until Noah was in Year 2 – so that was 3 years! It is daunting stuff. I am a people watcher though, so the playground is a feast for my eyes most days. (Did I just say that out loud? :)).

Back to school

This may sound crazy but that Back to School haul has really helped. We got the kids ready in their new uniforms and shoes, then revealed their new lunchboxes and stationery. It really helped with their anxieties. Isla went from nervous to mega excited and even wrote “I love school” on her notepad. I was amazed at the power of Paperchase! All of this back to school stationery is on their website and amazing.

#Gifted – we were sent this amazing bundle from Paperchase, as a surprise for Back to School.

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3 Comments
  • Kim Carberry
    September 4, 2019

    My youngest has started in a new school today, year 8. Eek!
    We timed it right too. We moved house at the end of June and which meant a fresh start in September.
    My girls know nobody here so it’s all been new. My teen started college so everyone was in the same boat but I am worried about my youngest as all the friendship groups will already be made!
    I thankfully don’t have to worry about being in the playground. Hooray!
    Good luck to your children x

  • Yvonne Wilkinson
    February 8, 2020

    This is always a difficult change for children and must be handled carefully. But it is difficult for mums too as they can lose their support system from the mums at the school gate

  • Rebecca Roberts
    February 9, 2020

    Great blog I always worry about school and making friends etc

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