These two made the most out of the limited amount of snow this morning. They scraped what they could off of my car and had the tiniest snow fight. Then walked the school run with icy cold fingers and soggy socks!

I then had a #quiet dog walk, lapping up the weather. I do love the snow. The route I chose was not the best as half of it was sloshy mud and poor Snoopy kept limping as the ice was clumping to his paws.

I stopped for a break on the dog walk, at a tea shop and had tea with a friend. I’ve never done that before. I’m not sure if the dogs enjoyed it but even they got a treat which was nice.

After school was slightly less calm; poor Noah had a terrific accident at lunch and collided with the playground. He has a swollen knee, grazed hip and elbow and a swollen mound on his forehead. He went to bed feeling rather sorry for himself. Bless him.

It terrifies me when the kids run on concrete. I wish I could bubble wrap them up sometimes!

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It’s Wednesday again. I’m not sure how. But it is. I love this shot of the kitchen in our #home. We’re renovating a 1960’s house that had, from what I can gather, original kitchen, bedroom carpets, the oven looked original when we moved in too. You can see the before and after images on my blog, under the our home category.

I love that we’ve made the kitchen space brighter. Painting the doors have made a huge difference. We need to get the tiles off the wall, get a new worktop and splashback for our lovely oven. It currently has an old orange extractor fan and it looks horrendous. I’ll show you the awful sight in my stories!

We’re starting work on the utility room soon too, our new floor tiles have been ordered from @harveymaria. They are beautiful and I’m 100% sure they’ll do the original 70’s style tiles justice! Can’t wait to see it all.

Do I go for white walls or colour?

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The kiddies requested a Maccie D’s style breakfast for dinner 🥞 - so I made American style pancakes, with sausage and maple syrup.

They had 6 pancakes each and demolished the lot. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

I wish they ate all meals with such conviction but peas and parsnips clearly don’t float their boat!

Not the best photography! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I had no time to take them as the kiddies couldn’t wait any longer.

Who else has pancakes only for their meal on Shrove Tuesday? I have to have pancakes. Happy to have a savoury one as long as I get a sweet one too! 🥞

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The kiddies requested a Maccie...

I love this photo from half term. It’s whooshed past so quickly. I can’t quite believe it’s gone already. The 6 week countdown to the Easter Holidays has begun.

We always fill our weeks with lots of things to do, it just means they zoom by. The kids go from one #activity to the next. They have after school clubs, boxing, football, swimming, drama and cubs after school. Friday is the only day they do not have anything booked in. It’s so manic.

Before I know it Saturday is here again and I’ve not done anything significant. I guess I’ll have to make my Saturdays full of significant things 😂. Who else thinks the week go by too quickly at the moment?

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We had a lovely day today. No plans whatsoever when we woke up. Which felt marvellous. I stayed in my PJs until 11am 😱. Sunday is the only day that’s possible, so I like to make the most of it. Not sure why, but it feels like you’re winning when you have extra hours in bed clothes!

We then arranged an impromptu dog walk with Nanny & Grandad. Which was lovely as the kiddies have missed them. The weeks are flying by at the moment and we’ve not seen them for 5 of them! It’s terrible as the kids saw them twice a week, every week up until a year ago. It must be hard for them all not having that regular routine.

Isla often cries her heart out for Nanny & Grandad. On Thursday evening, after a long day she was so emotional and cried for them. It breaks my heart, as at 8pm I can’t really do anything about it.

When I was growing up I stayed at my grandmas once a week. It was slightly different as I lived in the same town, which helped with school and my normal routine. But I had that closeness with my grandparents that never goes away. It’s my safe place.

I really want the same for my kiddies too! I guess it was a kick up the bum to make sure I plan that time in and not let the weeks get on top of me! #familytime is just perfect. 
We had a nice walk in the mud. Everything was thick and gooey. The kids, of course, loved it. I asked them not to get muddy: do you think they listened? Nope! Covered!!
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Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 
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It’s been a day of fun and #games today. Noah had a football match this morning, Daddy said it was a good game and very close. Whilst Noah was slide tackling everyone, Isla and I took some soups to Grandmas. Hubby made some carrot and coriander soups for her this week as fresh ingredient soup is just the best!

Isla then went climbing with Daddy. They love going to Big Rock in MK. Isla is so brave. She climbs right up to the top of the really tall walls. It amazes me.

We then snuggled to watch the final Harry Potter. We’ve now watched them all. We have waited 5 years for this moment and we all loved it. I got a little confused with Snape’s memories but I think I’m back on track. I must finish the books now 🤣

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When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?

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Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what a great way to see each others furbabies. Well these are mine:

Photo 1 = Rambo the Jack Russell & Snoopy the Cockerspaniel. As many of you know, Snoopy is blind and partially deaf which is challenging. However, he is such a happy pooch and loves a snuggle. I think Rambo has lost a little hearing too as he’s getting old. He will be 13 on April 3rd! It’s gone by so quickly.

Photo 2 = Rocky. He’s my Tom cat fluffbag and I like to call him Rockstar! He was my engagement present from Hubby. He’s the best cat. He snuggles with me every night, under the covers, he’s very set in a routine.

It’s funny how furbabies get their own little #pattern to make it through the day. All the pets sit by the bed at night for a treat. And I think Rambo is very cat like and Rocky is very dog like too. They definitely have those characteristics.

Rambo is 12, Rocky is 11 and Snoopy is 10. Noah is 9... then we broke the pattern as Isla is 7 🤣 (it wasn’t intentional). #mummyphotoaday #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram

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Week 2 of making our home

Week 2 of making our home has been awful. Completely tiring and stressful. We completely underestimated how much stuff we had in the old house and just how long it would take to get it from A to B – without a van! Unfortunately we spent all weekend apart whilst Hubby was sorting the old house and I was sorting the new house and we are completely busy for the next couple of weekends – so it’s been a bit slow!

During the week Hubby and I were both at work, so we didn’t get anything done in the house. As I say, it’s been quite a slow paced week in terms of updating the house. We did get the old house empty and now we have boxes and old furniture everywhere. A lot to sort through and get rid of!

Major updates this week

Whilst Hubby was doing 10 tip runs and 20 runs of boxes from the old to new house, I managed to get this beautiful dining table built. It’s from Noa and Nani – I have had my eye on it for months. It is beautiful. The idea is when the furniture is all sorted, the dining room will be an office/dining area, oh and my piano too! So we are currently trying to sort it out so that this table takes centre stage. It’s enormous. I love the fact we can get the whole family, included Nanny & Grandad around it easily. No more squishing around a wonky, small dining table!

The bathroom hasn’t had an update, apart from we had the electrician round to estimate the work needed. We need to make the light switch work for both lights, since removing the wall one of them isn’t working now. We also need to hide the old light switch so that it isn’t dangerous. Not a big job he says – so fingers crossed we can get that booked in soon so I can get on with the next task – plastering!

This leads on to the update with the kitchen. The electrician spoke to us about the cooker. Our new kitchen does not have a dedicated cooker line – for those that do not know (like me) when you install a dual fuelled cooker, like our Rangemaster, you need to have a dedicated powerful electricity line running straight from the fuse box. So the poor electrician has to add this to our fusebox and run the cables all over the house to get a cooker point where we want the cooker. Crazy that this house didn’t have one, but the old cooker didn’t need a lot of power.

Funny story – this cooker must be about 30 years old and the lady that owned this house previously looked after it so well. Bless her. It was immaculate. Until we moved in! Hubby placed the toaster on top of the grill to get it out of the way. Forgetting when he next used the grill. So the toaster melted through the roof of the cooker on to the grill. Toaster in the bin and now the grill smells of plastics when it’s on! Oops.

We have decided to paint the kitchen cupboards, my task is to up cycle them. Hubby has given me a door to practice on. So I am going to see how much sanding down they need and how the grey paint looks that we have purchased. New door knobs and they will look like new. We have chosen our new worktops for the kitchen and the flooring we would like. We also need to sort the kitchen/diner area out, we need some shelving and a nice round table to fit in the space. I am excited about all of these bits that will bring it together. Especially when Hubby has his cooker in situ. I have been added my favourite pins to a Pinterest board, if you want to follow.

The bedrooms are coming along, we are not buying new carpets until the bathroom is complete. I do not see the point of buying brand new carpets when the tiling will make a dust layer over the top of it. So that will be a February/March job.

I have finally found a home for the goldfish, I feel so sorry for them. I feel guilty for giving them to someone else, but we haven’t got any time for another thing. Kids, pets, work and new house is going to take up all of our time. Also the location of the pond is quite dangerous with the kids and dogs. In the Spring we will be getting rid of the pond and the greenhouse to make room for a nice patio. I am going to leave the rest of the garden alone until I know what grows where. There are so many nice flowers and bushes that I cannot wait to see it all in Spring. Every time I look out of the window, during the day, there is something interesting going on in the garden. I have seen blackbirds having a bath in the pond and yesterday I saw a woodpecker looking for worms. I was amazed. Being on a busy street in the old house I didn’t see much wildlife. I love it here.

I have really enjoyed all of your feedback on social media over the past 2 weeks. The ideas, suggestions and thumbs up comments have made me laugh. I had no idea all of my random Insta stories were so interesting! I will keep them going don’t worry. Albeit things will slow down after the mammoth rush of week 1. I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below, any suggestions welcome!

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