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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My thoughts for 2015

It is funny because when I reflect back on my year of 2014, it wasn’t the greatest in many ways, but amazing in lots of other ways. It really was the year of to and fro, but with my glass always half full I was able to not dwell on the negatives too much and turn them into positives.

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Back in 2014, which was only two days ago but I am making out like it was years ago, I changed job roles and took on more work via project management for the Digital by Default project (nothing like The Apprentice and for the record even I would have known to check business names and domain names before branding, tut tut) and work has been full on since July. I love it though. I don’t love the fact I miss my babies and I am always tired at the weekends. They must hate me being ratty all weekend, or when I just want to lounge around in my PJ’s and not go to the park. Its been tough. I have been having talks to myself about what I really want and there are many things I do want, but my children come first and right now that means Mummy and Daddy working full time so we can sort the Constant nest out. We really need to get on the property ladder. It is proving difficult though I must admit.

A massive negative for me is that I had that scary car accident back in November, which still haunts me and I am still worrying about it, but I know I will get through it. It has put a lot into perspective that will effect how my 2015 turns out. I did a lot of courses last year about how you think and how you perceive things, it has opened my eyes a great deal and really helped me communicate better, more so with my hubby and it was really needed as our relationship has been so much better. It is hard to keep on top of all of these things when you are working full time, have two small children and a busy lifestyle.

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So out of 2015 I would like a few things, simple things, some things may take time to make happen but there you go. I want to make sure that I use my time with my family the best that I can. I know that is really hard to do when I am working full time, but I will make sure I make the most out of them and also get some early nights so I am not a grumpy Mummy. Isla still doesn’t sleep very well, so I don’t get a great nights sleep so I can help that by going to bed earlier. Simple really! I want to try out new things with my family too, new adventures and activities.

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In terms of my blog, I love it, I love writing it, but I want to do it properly. Not here and there, when I can squeeze it in. I schedule a lot of posts but I do it in tranches. I want to be organised. This is something that will take time, I can’t sleep and go to bed early whilst writing blog posts – so it will be learning how the new routine will work. I am looking forward to reflecting back on 2015 in December, to see if I kept up with any of these targets!

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Something a lot more personal is that I want to get a bit of my self esteem back, get rid of the baby belly so that I feel confident in my clothes again and hold my head up high. You know what I mean! We’re getting a gym membership so I can use the classes and swimming pool and maybe the gym, we will see. So here goes, 2015 give me your best shot, I am ready for you.

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