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.


Our half term routine (it...

🐾 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?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

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?


The best #view comes from...

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?


Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

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?


What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

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?


This evening we had a...

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?


Would you believe me when...

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?


A great way to spend...

Noah – 2 Years and 8 Months


The last four weeks have been rather busy and in terms of toddler development, it’s helped Noah hugely: we had a family holiday with Nanny & Grandad and he started day nursery once a week – he is growing up and it feels, rather quick.

Noah Sentences

So we have learnt how to say how we do not want things now, for example, Noah will say “not go in the corner” when he doesn’t want something to go in the corner. I noticed this last week, he has never done it before, but it has made me realise that he is now thinking about things far differently than last month. He is very capable of explaining what he wants now and he is using far more descriptive words for things. Noah was jumping over my legs and he explained “Noah’s jumping over knee” and giggling. I think the giggling at comments has been a new addition this month too, he has learnt to be “funny” and he laughs at himself now if he thinks he has said something funny. We are still learning the word I and I’m, he speaks about himself in the third person, but the development of the rest of his sentences is coming along in leaps and bounds.



I suppose we are going to get a lot of this over the next few months, with various things, but Noah very randomly came out with “eleven” and “twelve” recently. I have no idea where he has learnt them from, it could be numtums, Nanna or Nanny – but I am guessing it is at Day Nursery. He knows they come after 10 and I was so shocked when he said them, I think I exploded with praise. He probably wondered what on earth was going on! I can’t help being excited about his achievements.

Potty Training

We have not had any luck with potty training this month, but he is getting more tolerant of poopy bum changes – he will tell us he has done a poop (when he is wearing pull ups) and he very rarely kicks up a fuss. The majority of the time he doesn’t like having poopy pants now, (who does?) so he wants it cleaned and he will tell us “clean bum please”. So I think we are on the right track, it will only be a matter of time and he will not want pull ups on. We still have the issue that he will simply “go” when he has trousers on, so we need to get him into the habit of actually taking his pants/trousers off to have a wee.



I have noticed that he is very creative in his playtime now and he has not played with his train track as much, it’s almost for special occasions now or when Grandad comes round to play. He loves his creative games, colouring and sticker books being his favourite request. He is forever doodling! I think we have a little budding artist on our hands, which isn’t surprising as his Mummy, Nanna and Auntie Charlotte are very nifty with a pencil. He likes to do things that make him think, puzzles and shape sorting is great for him and pushes him to think about what he is doing. He loves building with his bricks and his stackadoos.


Sibling Love

There are fewer occasions where he pushes her or wallops Isla (poor little princess), which is a good development and I think he is beginning to realise how is actions are effecting her. He threw something at her forehead the other week and Mummy & Daddy were not happy, he was told off and since then he is very forthcoming with the sorry’s and kisses better. He accidentally threw a toy at my big toe the other night and caught me off guard, so I screamed “ow” and he very promptly apologised and looked very sorry with it, so he is learning about his actions. On the other side to this though, they will sit and play happily together, more to the point play separately but in close proximity or with the same toys but not actually together – its a start but a promising one.



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