Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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?

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Noah – 2 Years and 5 Months

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We are talking, counting, understanding and generally being a lot more “caring” – some sure signs that little man is growing up and growing into a good little boy. Don’t be fooled though: we still have tantrums!

Noah Sentences

We are very much in the realm of “copy what everyone says” and he will literally repeat chosen keywords and say them after you. It is a very random process, but he has come out with some great words lately, some of them make us chuckle and on the same token when we ask him to say a word, he will confidently repeat the word, even if it doesn’t sound exactly the same. We are still struggling to say our “S’s” and so things sound a little different for that reason, sorry sounds like “horry”, but strangely he can say sticker quite well.

Numbers

We still love to count and will now count everything, he is very confident at counting to ten on his own now and he just loves his numbers. Endless mornings he wakes up and asks for Numtums or his number book, where he reads the numbers 1 – 10 whilst you watch him and reassure him that he is doing it correctly. He has started to say amounts of things now too, like “2 cars” or “3 ducks” which is a good sign that he is understanding how to talk about things, sometimes we even get “3 blue cars” – which I think is very clever!

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Toddler Tantrums

Much the same as last month, they still happen, but they are happening less and less. If we say no to Noah, he will bang his head on the floor occasionally – he is slowly beginning to realise that that hurts though and now he doesn’t hit his head. So he just throws himself to the floor and lies face down. Usually we can prevent this by distracting him with something else, or not saying no and using other no type words. I will always go for the distract method and the only time I really say no to him is when he hits or pushes poor Isla. I ask him why he’s hurt poor Isla and tell him that it is very bad, he usually cries at that point – but he refuses to say sorry. He will freely say sorry when he accidentally hurts her though!!

Playtime

He has a new kitchen and he loves it. He plays with it all day, first thing he does in the morning is makes Mummy & Daddy, not forgetting Isla, a cup of tea and will sit and watch you whilst you drink and thoroughly enjoy his tea. He then takes the cup away from you and off he goes to do something else. I have noticed that he gets the teapot and puts it in the microwave, waits a little while and then pours his drink in to the cups, whilst all the time talking away to himself. Its a great display of imagination and the fact that he has picked up from us, maybe when we heat his milk up that we microwave it, fascinating watching him play. He has a new found love for his Happyland world too and daily he builds his “track” and plays with his train – he is most happy when playing with this set and this is something that Isla cannot play at the moment. Noah doesn’t share his train very well! I noticed yesterday that when he was colouring in Daddy, he was actually colouring within the lines, which I was really amazed at. He is growing up fast and learning so much, its amazing how his play has developed over the past 4 weeks.

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Potty Training

We are now starting to think about potty training, he is getting the idea of what poop and wee is and he is very conscious of the act and how his nappy is afterwards for example. We let him have naked bum time the other night after his morning shower with Daddy, he did a nice poop in the middle of his bedroom floor and told me he had done it afterwards. So he is aware of what it is and not afraid to go without a nappy on, which is a good sign. I am going to tackle the potty training properly though, pull ups at the ready for night times and plenty of pants washed and raring to go for the daytime. Sticker books and posters and a little area for the potty to live until we get it up to the bathroom. The fun will begin at the start of May, fingers crossed.

Sibling Love

They still have moments when playing, Noah will occasionally push her over, out of the way or throw a toy at her because he wants to play with them on his own. My grandma made a good point the other week about how we treat Noah around our possessions like mobiles and laptops, they are our belongings and we tell Noah “No, this is mummy’s laptop” and I usually give him an alternative toy to play with. He has started doing this with Isla now, so the hitting is less and less, he will say “No Isla” and pass her a different toy. Isla is slowly learning when she can play and when she has to find other things to do. Bless them. They have morning and evening special sibling time together now, it is really sweet, Noah wakes up and asks to see Isla and he goes into her room and climbs into her cot with her and they sit there for 15 minutes gibbering away to each other  Then after bath in the evening, they have half an hour in Noah’s room playing, or usually jumping on the bed together. All you can hear is giggling and silly noises, it is really sweet to watch and hear. They love each other dearly, you can see it in their smiles and here it in their little tiny voices.

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7 Comments
  • ashleigh
    April 9, 2013

    Lovely pictures, interesting to read about your little ones development. My son is just a bit older

  • Jane English
    April 9, 2013

    Beautiful pictures, my grandson is a very similar age, I miss him loads, we Sykpe two, three times a week, but he’s so far away in Washington, hopefully we will be able to go over & see him for a week in June/July. fingers crossed.

  • Hannah Moody
    April 9, 2013

    This is beautiful – so lovely to see. My little boy is also 2 and 5 months and we have also been thinking about toilet training! It’s great to see that other mothers are at a similar stage with things! Very useful post – thank you 🙂
    @hannahmdy

  • Andrea Dodd
    April 10, 2013

    What a picture! That is truly stunning!

  • Mayoral Dublin
    April 10, 2013

    Such a lovely post and gorgeous pictures!

  • Caroline Clarke
    April 10, 2013

    Such lovely photos! This is a beautiful blog and so great to record all of those special memories!

  • These are such gorgeous pictures 🙂 x

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