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.

#mummyphotoaday 
#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

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.

A very happy birthday to...

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!

#mummyphotoaday

I wonder what is going...

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

“We are very excited to...

🌼 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?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

Taking one bite and grumpy moodswings

I have literally spent the past week telling myself “What have I done wrong?“. One minute Noah is caring, loving and absolutely amazing. The next, he is throwing things around, pushing chairs over and being completely horrible to everyone. Oh and lunchtimes are becoming an issue too. What is going on with my little man?

Do you remember the article about packed lunches? It broke my heart to think a small boy was sent to school with just a energy drink in his packed lunch box. We have the opposite scenario with Noah. We give him a healthy lunch, well a typical lunch: sandwich, crisps, apple, yoghurt and raisins. He never eats it.

Today he came home having taken one bite out of his roll. He had eaten his crisps and that was it. We have tried chopping the apple up, trying different types of sandwiches and it doesn’t make a difference. I just don’t understand.

I was told recently the children that have packed lunch can get outside faster. So I wonder if they scoff their lunches down as quickly as possible so that they can get outside and play with their mates. He ate 4 Weetabix for breakfast and came home and said he was starving. Why is he not eating his lunch?

Then, on top of the eating issue there is his moodswings to deal with. Lets look at today, as a typical day for Noah:

Wake up – play Minecraft with Isla until 7am. Usually they get thrown off of it as they end of fighting. Daddy asked them to turn it off as they were bickering – Noah throws a tantrum and throws the controller at Isla. When Daddy tried to talk to him he shouted at him, calling him stupid etc. I left him to calm down and by 7:45am he was feeling sorry for himself and he apologised. He wanted a hug and said Isla made him feel out of control.

After school he asked if he could play Minecraft when he got in. I said no because of his behaviour from the morning. Stroppy face and moodswing appeared, instantly. He starts to give me ultimatums: “I won’t do XXX if you do not let me on the Xbox”. I have to remind him that life doesn’t work like that.

As soon as we walked through the front door he thwacked his lunchbox around Snoopys head. The poor dog didn’t know what to think, he cannot see, so must have been a nasty shock. It just destroyed me. He was soooo angry he thought hitting the dog would be a good idea. I have to say I did get cross. He walked around the house slamming all of the dining chairs to the ground and kicked over the washing basket on his way up to his room. I shouted at him to try and get him to think about how Snoopy would have felt, not seeing what happened and being scared. He just looked at me.

Again, I had to wait for him to calm down before he starts to talk normally and rationally. We then took the dogs out for a walk, the fresh air and freedom helped as they just burnt a lot of energy off. The photo below is from the very walk, the same day all of these angry moments occurred. It doesn’t make sense!

I feel at a loose end! How can I stop him hurting everyone? Losing control? Why is my caring baby boy turning into this vulgar being when he doesn’t get his own way? I have obviously gone wrong somewhere. It has to be my fault, I have raised him. But there must be a way I can fix him! Sorry for the rant… any ideas welcomed in the comments!

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2 Comments
  • Julie c
    February 27, 2019

    First its NOT your fault, no one elses behaviour ever is.

    I am having same struggles with my 10yo, I think its hormones, they start early! I also find he is worse if he doesn’t eat, our school has same packed lunch policy and it often goes uneaten. The sibling squabbles are relentless here too 🙁

    Keep strong, reward the good behaviour and keep trying to talk to him. Does he save this behaviour for home or is it worth talking to school?

    • MummyConstant
      February 27, 2019

      Thank you Julie. His teachers, throughout school have always been baffled by my comments as he is always good at school. saves it for home.

      I’ll make sure I take snacks for the school run!

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