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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What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

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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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Noah – 2 Years and 10 Months

What a month we have had: learning, cuddling, kissing, growing, laughing, joking, climbing, chasing, following, repeating, refusing and being almost sarcastic. He has done a lot this past month and really seems to have grown up, his sentences are fuller and he seems to be a lot more aware of feelings and how his actions effects others.

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Noah is at that stage now where we are using fuller sentences, so instead of 2 or 3 words which make you work to understand what he wants, he is filling those sentences out with joining words and descriptive words. So instead of saying “Noah’s favourite Thomas” it is now “My favourite is Thomas”. “I don’t want to do __” is Noah’s most used sentence of the month, it is something that has recently developed from the word No. I am not sure which I preferred the word No or “I don’t want to”. My favourite I don’t want to of the month though has to be when I asked him not to do something, so I said “Don’t do that Noah” and his reply to me was “I don’t want to don’t” – I couldn’t help but giggle.

Another favourite sentence this month is “Mummy look…” and I have to go and look at whatever it is, which is cute the first couple of times a day, not when it’s the 400th Mummy look and I am looking at a crumb on the floor! Bless him. Everything must be exciting for a nearly 3 year old.

Numbers

He still loves counting, he is great at counting up to 10, does it naturally now which is what I would expect after all those months of practising. We are getting on to the teens now, he is nearly there and knows how to sound them, just not say them quite so clearly. I am happy with his progression of learning, he takes things on board and it sinks in! Which I know will get him far in life, I am glad he has that characteristic – he gets it from his mummy of course.

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Potty Training

A few accidents have happened this month, only 1 wee that I know of which isn’t too bad because 99% of the time he goes on the potty or the toilet. But pooping is still an issue? Is this a boy thing? Or just a nearly 3 year old thing? He rarely asks to go to the toilet for a poo, he will either ask for a wee and tell us to go away – or he just simply does it in his pants. I have had to throw a fair few away, this potty training malarkey is a bit tougher than I thought it would be.

In saying the negative things about Noah’s potty training, he is really good with wee wee’s and we are now at the stage where he is just naturally pulling his trousers/pants down and using the potty/toilet – which I think is a good step. Before it was a case of taking all of his clothes off and then not be able to put them back on.

Playtime

He loves his playtime and it is getting more creative by the day, he loves colouring in and drawing, he loves his cars and trains and he is really getting into this role playing too. I love watching him play with his toys, he was in the shower the other day and he was talking with the penguin and Thomas the tank engine: penguin had upset Thomas and therefore penguin went into the naughty corner. I thought it was hilarious. If you ask him what his favourite is – he is not shy about telling you its Thomas. We have Thomas everything at the moment and if we are in the shops and see a Thomas it takes all the distracting techniques to avoid another Thomas purchase. He loves playing with the little people and happyland figures, they have a train set and lots of houses – he talks nicely to them and they talk to each other. It is actually good fun to watch him playing, it also makes me happy that he is happy.

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Sibling Love

It has been a tough month for Noah, he is growing up and as he does I think he realises more and more that Isla isn’t quite there yet. As there bond is growing stronger, the frustration for Noah is also, he doesn’t mean it deep down I can see that, but never the less it is still very present. Isla wants to play with him all day and Noah likes his “own” time to play with his trains or cars, sneaky Isla will nip up to him and grab a toy and run off – so that she gets a reaction. Noah has stopped hitting her like he used to, but he has started biting. I think it is because she bites him, I think he is copying to pay her back in what is her language – if that makes sense. I love all the photos we have been getting of them holding hands and walking around, Isla loves holding Noah’s hand and they both ask for eachothers hands now – Noah also asks Isla for kisses and cuddles which just melts your heart.

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