This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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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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Why you should use Stay, Play & Explore with the family

You may recall at the start of the week I wrote about our Stay, Play & Explore adventures that we were going to have in Leicestershire. We had a lot of fun, it was great to get a break from the normal routines: cooking and cleaning – you know the usual things. Did you know that it’s not limited to half term? You can do it anytime in the year. 

We had a two day break as a family, which included three tickets to local attractions (listed on the ticket) and an overnight stay in a local hotel with breakfast included. We chose the Sketchley Grange hotel as it has a swimming pool and gym, which I thought would be a good idea for Daddy and the kiddies. We chose to leave on Monday, mid morning and we arrived at Conkers in Leicestershire for lunchtime. We had a quick picnic and got stuck into the action. Pirate Pat was there promoting his appearance on Britains Got Talent in the next couple of months and he did some magic tricks for the children. It was funny and it kept the kiddies captivated for a good half an hour. 

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We managed to walk around Conkers in a couple of hours, we went on the train to the water side park and played there for a little while. There was so many pockets of parks, spread out over 100 acres, it was great outdoor fun. There was a fairy labyrinth and a big playground too, lots of fun for the little ones. The adult assault course looked fun but we couldn’t do that with the kiddies. The bit that was my favourite, and this is because it’s all about the memories, is the Gruffalo woods walk. The children walked around the woods, reading the signs and working together. Noah was reading the larger words and Isla was in charge of the small words. It was really good teamwork. Isla is really starting to recognise her words. They were very happy to find the Gruffalo at the end. 

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We left Conkers and went straight to the hotel, to check in. This was the bit that the children were most excited about. Noah had us on time watch all day: “When is it 3 o clock Mummy?” “Can we check in yet Mummy?” “Where’s the hotel Mummy?”. It really helped that the hotel room was just amazing. Brand new. Clean. Huge. Two kingsize beds that sat next to each other, nice TV that was viewable from both beds. A lovely bath in the shiny bathroom and really powerful shower too. It was a perfect family room. The children argued over who was staying in what bed and with whom, Daddy joined in too. But when it got to bedtime, Daddy fell asleep with Noah and Isla fell asleep with Mummy. It was a lovely family evening. We went to a nearby Harvester for dinner as the children were quite hungry. After we all had nice full tummies we retreated to our wonderful hotel room for the night. 

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Breakfast was lovely. A choice of hot and cold food, plenty for the vegetarian to eat too. Which is nice. We sat in the garden room restaurant staring out into the lovely garden, which had rabbits bouncing around and birds flitting from one branch to another. After breakfast we went to the spa area and the children had a swim. Isla did really well, swimming a good couple of metres without aid. She is getting there. Noah was very confident and managed a couple of lengths. It was nice to see their progression. 

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After we checked out we went to Twinlakes Theme Park, Leicestershire, as it was sort of on the way home, we arrived at lunchtime and spent five hours going from ride to ride. It was great for the younger ones, I would say it’s perfect for 8’s and under. Isla went on her first “big girl” roller coaster, which she loved and Noah went on his favourite: log flume. The theme park has a lot to offer: play areas, farm area, roller coasters and a small log flume. There is also two huge barns full of places to eat and more rides, so if the weather turns there is still things you can do. I liked the Wind in the Willows ride. There did seem to be a lot that was closed off, but hopefully it will be fixed up soon and ready to be used again. The Halloween decorations around the park were amazing, I would recommend it over the Halloween period. 

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It was a perfect family, mini break, that meant we got away from our home town and together as a little foursome for a couple of days. Family time is so precious and making memories like this is really important. Especially when the days are filled up with school and work. I am so glad I found out about the Stay, Play & Explore deal. I really do recommend it. 

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All you have to do is visit the Stay, Play & Explore website to book your short family break away in Leicestershire. It’s really easy to book and only costs £139. 

I am also linking this post up to Country Kids, the great outdoor fun we had this week is definitely for sharing. Click over to the latest Country Kids post to see what others have been up to this week. 

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12 Comments
  • iT’S A GREAT DEAL ISN’T IT, WE USED IT LAST SUMMER. lOVE cONKERS TOO, DIDN’T MAKE IT TO tWINLAKES, SOMEWHERE FOR US TO EXPLORE ANOTHER TIME. yOUR HOTEL SOUNDS GREAT TOO. GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME #cOUNTRYkIDS

  • Cheryl | TimeToCraft
    October 29, 2016

    How lovely to get away. It sounds like an interesting deal. I’ll have to see if it works for our size family. #CountryKids

  • Heidi @him_me_three
    October 30, 2016

    What a lovely trip away and it sounds like a bargain too. It’s great that your two worked together around the gruffalo trail. my three would be fighting over it all! #countrykids

  • MEL
    October 30, 2016

    I’d love to go on a Gruffalo wook walk, no wonder it was one Of your favourite things!

  • Wave to Mummy
    October 31, 2016

    That is such a fab deal – really good price for a substantial package! Sounds like you had a lovely weekend, full of adventures 🙂 #countrykids

  • chocolateandwineandillbefine
    October 31, 2016

    This sounds an absolutely amazing deal, I might have to have a look. As a family with very little money it seems like the perfect little getaway – I can’t believe the activities are included! You seem to have had perfect weather too! I love how your two worked so well together around the Gruffalo trail! #CountryKids

  • Char - Our life as we see it
    October 31, 2016

    Wow, sounds like a great deal! Will have to check it out. looks like you all had such fun too! #countrykids

  • Laura
    October 31, 2016

    Oh wow I love this concept and it’s perfect for outdoor loving FAMILIES! Also conkers looks amazing – really want to visit that place soon
    Just popping over from #CountryKids

    Laura x

  • Oh what a fantastic idea! And what a great price too! Conkers looks awesome, I am going to have to have a look in to this. #CountryKids

  • What a lovely weekend you had – that hotel room looks amazing. Sounds like it’s a really good deal for getting to explore different attractions. I like the sound of the Twinlakes theme park 🙂 #countrykids

  • domesstique
    November 4, 2016

    Wow! What a lovely weekend you had. We love conkers too. Your photos are just GORGEOUS. <3 #countrykids

  • Jane - Our Little Escapades
    November 4, 2016

    What a great family break you had. The hotel looks lovely, my little boy would think it was a great adventure too #CountryKids

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