I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

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This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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My lockdown silver linings

As we are making our way through the eight week of lockdown, I was honoured to be nominated by To Yorkshire and Beyond, to write about the positive things I have come across during lockdown. Finding the lockdown silver linings in tough situations like this helps us to get through these trying times and I am a half glass full kind of person anyway… so here are the things that I am feeling positive about during this time.

Family time

I have loved having more family time together, we are always so busy; visiting everyone and going places. It has been a welcome change to take a step back. It’s just been us and us alone. We have got out as a family to walk the dogs, which rarely happened mid week before and we are eating all 3 meals together, which only happened at weekends before. It’s been so lovely to sit together and talk about things. I feel that we have all bonded because of it. It’s probably my most favourite of the lockdown silver linings.

family time

Spending time with the pets

It has been so nice to get out and walk the dogs as a family more. Rambo is stuck to Noah like glue and I think they will both feel really sad when things go back to normal. Even the cat has socialised more with the children, normally we only see him when the children are in bed. They have helped feed the pets, they are doing daily tricks with the dogs and are snuggling with them a lot too. It’s nice seeing Rambo leaping into Noah’s bed to say goodnight in the evenings. I love their bonds.

tricks

Working from home

I am really enjoying working from home. Obviously homeschooling is extremely stressful and there’s absolutely no time for anything else when I have to be teacher. However, when the kids go back to school, I am hoping that I can carry on working from home. I feel so happy in my home. Being with the pets all day, even if they are just snuggling at my feet, listening to the birds singing in the garden, making a cup of tea in my favourite mug. Then the environmental elements: I am not in the car for an hour a day, so saving fuel and fumes! It all helps. I usually work from home once a week, but I am hoping that I can do this a lot more after lockdown. I want this to be my new normal!

working from home

Comfortable clothes

As the rest of the Country has been doing the same, it’s been loungewear all the time and everyday! I have loved sitting in leggings, hoodies and tees. My favourite kind of clothes are comfortable clothes, I would say surfer style clothes is what I prefer to wear. It’s been lovely to put my heels and work dresses away for a little while. However, I am a little nervous they won’t fit after lockdown! haha.

comfortable clothes

Teaching the kiddies

I have been loving the teaching malarkey. It did take me a few weeks to wrap my head around the guilt of not working as much as I normally do. It was a sudden realisation that I am working, just not what I normally do for a job. Half of my week I am a teacher and the other half of the week I am a Project Manager and in-between I am a blogger/influencer, parent and wife! Wow… it’s a busy week! 🤩 Once I got over the worrying, I enjoyed the teaching. I spend some of my Sunday’s preparing the work for the week: word maps on the whiteboard, printing worksheets and tidying up the work from the previous week. It’s hard trying to get the children to concentrate all of the time, but on the whole they are doing really well. They whoosh through their work and then have the end of the week for fun. Bike rides, baking and LEGO are top of the list for the extra curricular activities.

home learning

I have really enjoyed writing this post, I am really grateful that we still have our health and our lovely home to seek solace in. I nominate the lovely Liz from The Mummy Editorial. Looking forward to reading your lockdown silver linings Liz!

What are you finding the positives in during lockdown? I would love to know in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant.

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14 Comments
  • Margaret Gallagher
    May 17, 2020

    It certainly a time to appreciate what we already have – so much POSITIVITY always

  • msedollyp
    May 18, 2020

    I think a lot of people are finding more positives than negatives!

  • Angela Treadway
    May 21, 2020

    i think the lockdown has been scary but i do feel its brought a lot of people together x

  • Lynda Graham
    May 22, 2020

    We have to appreciate what we have in life.
    Lockdown is a way of learning what we NEED instead of what we LIKE.

  • lynn neal
    May 22, 2020

    I am finding more time to do the things I enjoy which is gret!

  • Emma England
    May 23, 2020

    I’ve loved spending more time with my family too. I think we should all look at this as positively as we can.

  • Selena Longworth
    May 23, 2020

    Mornings are home lessons for my daughters who are 3 and 5. My three year old has start learning some phonics ready for school in September. My 5 year old is working thought her year one syllabus.

    Afternoons, my husband (bus driver) heads off to work so I do craft and creative activities with all three of mine age 2,3 and 5. We have started taking walks to our local common and taking a interest in wildlife. ❤️ I’ve enjoyed the slower pace for a while, allowing my eldest to sit up a little later and watch a film or do a puzzle.

  • Georgie Wright
    May 23, 2020

    My dog is loving having my partner at home all the time, don’t know how she’ll cope when he’s out more!

  • Jenny McClinton
    May 31, 2020

    I have also been working from home and have found I have liked it. as when you get a chance to concentrate you can get a lot more done. I have also been home schooling though and have found the juggle of both a bit stressful. Trying to get my daughter to concentrate long enough and going backwards and forwards to my work in between has been tiring.

  • Gemma Hendry
    May 31, 2020

    I deffo think extra time with the kiddies has been the biggest silver lining

  • Helen Arlow
    June 1, 2020

    It has made us realise how much we used to take for granted. We are definitely looking on the positive side of things and making the most of all the extra time, before we go back to work/school x

  • Carrie Talbot-Ashby
    June 1, 2020

    We have definitely taken the approach with the kids of this being a positive thing. I have four children in a very small 2 bed home but despite this, they haven’t argued once, or gotten mad that they can’t see friends, instead, they have gotten closer as a unit and found ingenious ways to keep themselves amused!
    I have loved my husband working from home, and so has he, despite our front room also being our bedroom and now also our office lol, we found that this has made such a difference, he gets more time to play with the kids while I lose myself in a book. I am just glad that so far (touch wood) we have stayed healthy and positive, and will continue to do so until the science says otherwise! 🙂
    Great blog post – and truly lovely pictures! x

  • Lyndsey cooksey
    June 4, 2020

    There are some lovely things to come out of lockdown. Like you, I’m loving our family time. Just me, hubby, my daughter and the cat and dog! Ive gone back to working in a school and the dog has been missing me! My hubby said he stands on the settee whining till I come home! Bless. Lovely photos and lovely memories you have made.

  • Margaret Gallagher
    June 4, 2020

    Sunshine Guarenteed with your beautiful pics

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