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?


Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

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?


What a great #friyay it’s...

🐝 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.

#ad #SkyNature #NatureAtHome

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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 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?


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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?


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...

Noah – 3 years and 4 months

This month has been a little more difficult than other months; random sleeping patterns, willingness to say no to everything (even when wanting to do something) and trying to keep him motivated without causing a tantrum has been tricky.


Noah Sentences

Well you wouldn’t think now he was ever referred to the speech therapist! He is talking in perfect sentences and most often using really descriptive words that I would never expect him to come out with – I guess it’s all this copying what everyone else says. We really have to be careful what words we use now as little Noah has started to say all sorts of things that sound awfully like naughty words – hopefully they are not intending to be! Oops. The other night he told me that he wanted to go and sit on the sofa and watch The Polar Express whilst Mummy made him a cup of tea! I was quite gobsmacked at the length of the sentence and the cup of tea comment made me chuckle, we don’t make him cups of tea but I guess that is what Mummy and Daddy do. He is starting to explain things to Isla now which is a joy to hear, he is trying to get her to say words now she is talking and encouraging her to learn what is good and what is bad – he is doing a really good job of training her.



He stills loves all the things he has ever loved doing, but I suppose you could say that the games and creativity is evolving. You can hear it in the words he is using when he is playing, the way he describes things or actions – he is painting a picture of the scene he see’s in his head and it is pretty incredible to listen to. Next time I catch him playing like that, I will make sure I video it. He has been playing with his LeapPad a lot more this month and now he really understands how to use the apps and games, he will sit there playing the games and you can hear the LeapPad voice saying “well done” “good job” etc, so you know he is doing what he is meant to be doing. Which is great. Shows he is learning! Learning through play. He has learnt to spell out his name, which is great – he learning what words look like and he has an incredible memory. Which is great when you want him to remember something or what something looks like, not great when you promise him a milkshake and you realise you do not have any.


The tantrums are because he is tired, I think, his routine has gone out of the window recently – he wants to go to sleep about 9pm and wake up at 6am – but he is waking up in an awful mood sometimes. I have no idea why or whats up with him. I am fearful that when the clocks go back he will be worse, I have had to resort to letting him sit in our bed some nights just to get him to go to sleep. So when he has his “off” days, it is horrendous. I feel sorry for Nanny, Nanna and nursery who have to look after him whilst we are at work – he can be a little monster. Throwing himself around, shouting, screaming on occasion, defiant against every decision you make and to be perfectly frank, sometimes quite rude! I do hope it is the fact he is tired and not just how he is. I would be devastated if he was a horrid little boy after all the effort we are putting in to making him polite, friendly and caring. My mission this month is to get him back into a normal bedtime routine, fingers crossed.


Sibling Love

Noah and Isla play a lot more than they did last month, they will happily sit together (the majority of the time) playing chase, playing puzzles, character role play and reading books. Noah even let her join in building cars and trains with his Duplo the other day which is saying something – that is usually a one kid activity. It is nice to take them out to the park or farms and know that they can entertain each other for a small amount of time. We even had a soft play occurrence recently where I didn’t have to walk around with Isla too, she and Noah played together and it was so bizarre – I did feel like a spare part but it meant I could sit and watch both of them. Lots of kisses, cuddles and being gorgeous together is always a given, in amongst the monster moments – but that is all part of growing up I suppose.




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Noah – 3 years and 4 months

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