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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hurry Up Spring!

Hurry Up Spring!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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The sun is definitely coming out more now! And the daffodils have bloomed where we are too, so spring is definitely on it's way. We are such an outdoor loving family. We all seem to completely thrive in the outdoors. We argue less, we have more fun and we all sleep so much better too! It's amazing what a couple of hours taking a walk through the woods or a pretty park can do for you.

I'm so looking forward to spring now. The warmer weather, the brighter evenings and the pretty flowers and blossom. I can't wait to be able to walk to school under green trees and have picnic dinners in the park afterwards. I'm definitely going to work on our garden this year too. I have lots of seeds I want to plant and I'm buying a little greenhouse to get the vegetable patch going!!

So come on spring. I am so sick of walking to school shivering and waking up to depressing grey skies!!







Monday, February 20, 2017

A Weekend in Amsterdam

A Weekend in Amsterdam
Monday, February 20, 2017
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Dave and I took a little trip to Amsterdam last week, just the two of us! It was so nice to get away from the kids for a few days and just spend time as a couple. And we honestly couldn't have picked a prettier city to explore together. Just a 45 minute flight bought us to a rather snowy Amsterdam and with two full days, we had more than enough time to explore everywhere we had researched before hand.

We stayed at the Hoxton hotel. It was absolutely stunning, so stylish and arty and right by the Jordaan district, which is full of street art and pretty quirky shops. The hotel staff were super friendly and made us feel like the only guests there! We were given a free breakfast in the mornings, which was lovely, and a full pint of free milk in our mini bar every morning for all those cups of tea and coffee!





The canals were absolutely stunning and so pretty to explore. I loved sitting on the benches facing the canals with a hot cup of coffee, just watching the bikes ride past us! Amsterdam is so fun and colourful, and there were lots of pretty walls and views to photograph. My back actually killed by the end of our trip from carrying a heavy camera all day! But it was totally worth it!






There were so many places I wanted to eat, but SLA was at the top of my list! It's a beautiful little venue, with plants coming out the walls and gorgeous big windows letting in lots of light. Their salads and soups were amazing, seriously the best I have ever tasted! We weren't sure they would fill us up, but my goodness they did!




And of course, you can't go to Amsterdam without tasting their pancakes. We were recommended Pancakes.Amsterdam and I can honestly say they were the best pancakes I have ever tasted. I have no idea how they get them so fluffy and light, and yet so flipping sweet! In contrast to most places, Pancakes was a huge building with lots of light and pretty decoration. It can get very busy here though, so I would recommend going pretty early in the morning. And if you can get through the plate, you probably won't need lunch!!


Monday, February 06, 2017

Life Lately

Life Lately
Monday, February 06, 2017
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I just found this little random collection of photos on my laptop and thought I would put them onto the blog so I didn't lose them! The first ones are of Thomas, who found my lipstick whilst rummaging through my bag and decided to give himself a little makeover! Haha! I couldn't resist snapping him while he stood there looking so proud of himself. He's such a mummy's boy, and I'm so glad for it!

Now that Alice is in school, we get to spend a lot of time together. But it feels very strange having all the boys toys out all the time! I'm constantly treading over little rows of cars (traffic jams are his favourite thing right now), or a little land of dinosaurs. I had so many crafting activities and baking planned for the two of us, but it hasn't worked out so far! Mainly because I find myself missing Alice so much that I feel bad about doing anything without her being here. You know? I feel like she would want to bake cakes, so we should wait for her to be home. I think it's just going to take some time to adjust to her being at school all day long.

I'm looking forward to spring now, so much! These school runs in the freezing cold are exhausting. I can't wait to be able to stop off at the park on the way back and take a little picnic to have on the way home. I took Tommy to the park on the way back from dropping Alice off this morning and he was so cold he asked to go home after about 10 minutes!

Dave and I are off to Amsterdam in the Feb half term week for a few days and the kids are going to my parents. It's to celebrate his birthday, the big 3 0! Eek! I'm so excited about it!









Look how guilty he looks eating his cake! haha!

Taking cake decorating very seriously! It is a serious business I suppose!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Alice // Your first day of school

Alice // Your first day of school
Monday, January 30, 2017
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Dear Alice,

It's been a long time since I wrote you a little letter on here! Too long really. But today was the day we had been waiting for, for over a year. Today, you started school for the first time. You have been so excited to start. You were jumping up and down with joy when we picked out your school uniform at the weekend! And you refused to take off your shiny new school shoes last night before bed because you just couldn't wait.

Part of me was kind of dreading the phone call to say a school place had come up. We didn't receive any of the 6 schools we had put down on the form last year, and decided to turn down the only place you had gotten because it was too far away. We were offered a closer school, which we accepted and then quickly turned down again after viewing it. It wasn't the right school for you. We couldn't send you there. It just wasn't a good fit. So we waited, and we waited for one of our two other choices to come up.

We watched the school children pass our house in the mornings on their way to school, which we sat in our jim jams, cereal still in our hands. We saw the pictures of friends children on the internet, all dressed up, ready for their first days. And we waited. I did my best to home educate you, and we had a lot of fun. I began to see you being home a little longer as a blessing really. To get to spend more time with you, for Thomas to bond with you more. And you started to learn! We did letters and numbers and shapes and colours. You can almost read yourself now!

But each morning as we sat in our front room, breakfast on our laps, watching the school children walking past, chatting excitedly about school, you would ask me the same question. When were you going to school? And it kind of broke my heart a little. Because I felt that you were missing out.

So when we got the call that a place at our first choice school had come up, I was so excited and thrilled for you! You have not stopped talking about school this week, and were up and dressed in your slightly too big uniform at 7am this morning!!

I walked you all the way to the school office, your new shoes clicking away on the pavement. I bent down and tried to straighten out your newly cut fringe you had given yourself yesterday (I know, Shock horror! The day before school, she cuts her hair. Good timing right?!) and I walked you to your classroom.

I'd like to say we had a big cuddle and you told me you would miss me and all that, but honestly, you just ran off into the group of children and started introducing yourself. So I had a little chat with the teacher and then just sort of waved goodbye to you across the room! You looked so happy and excited and were chatting away when I left you that I didn't even feel sad.

The house is very quiet without you, and I already can't wait to pick you up. But more than anything, I am just so happy and excited for you to finally be in school!

I'm so proud of you Alice.

Now, please don't make me have to keep seeing the headteacher when I pick you up every day, like I did at nursery!! Haha!

xxxx





Saturday, January 28, 2017

Getting out in the cold

Getting out in the cold
Saturday, January 28, 2017
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I have to admit, I'm finding it tough to get out and about with the kids this winter. I'm not sure why, because the cold and mud never used to bother me much! But for some reason, i've been really struggling to get everyone wrapped up and get outside. On Saturdays we pull ourselves out of bed and rush over to Alice's ballet lesson, and after that we're all ready to just snuggle up at home and hibernate for the weekend!

However, when we do manage to get ourselves to the park, we really feel the difference. It's amazing how much some fresh air and exercise can dramatically shift your mood and make you feel so happy and energised! It's great to be able to chill out and watch movies, but sometimes the kids just need to get out and run about, no matter how cold and muddy it is!

We're off the Amsterdam in February for the half term and I'm so excited!! And I've just booked in a little Easter getaway to Venice. I know Venice isn't exactly child friendly, but it's been on my list of places to see for so so long and I think the kids will love exploring the canals and going on the boats! (And there will be lots of gelato about to bribe them with as well ;) ).

I always find myself looking forward to the year ahead towards the end of January. I feel like we are coming out of a hibernation period and it's time to start planning lots of adventures and birthday parties!!

Hope your January wasn't too dark and gloomy this year. Roll on Spring, right?! xx







Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pizza Parties with Tesco #ad

Pizza Parties with Tesco #ad
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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It January, it's cold and we're all a little skint right? This month is usually one of the hardest to get through for me. I find myself hibernating at home with the kids as it's just too chilly to venture out for long, and after Christmas we just don't have the money to do very much! I'm sure this is the same for everyone, but we are on a bit of a major health kick as well after eating way too many treats over Christmas. But every now and again, it is nice to enjoy a takeaway. Oh yeah... did I mention we're skint!!

So when Tesco got in touch with me about us trying their new takeaway pizza range, I was all over it! Haha! Their new range is made up of 14" pizzas ranging from veggie supremes to a cheese meltdown! We went for the cheese meltdown! You can't get enough cheese on a pizza right?!

We made a little party of it and watched a film together while munching. It definitely took the edge off January, and at only £4.99 a pizza, it won't break the bank either!

How are you getting through January?








#sponsored by Tesco, but all opinions are my own! 
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