The biggest and littlest {week six}

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He is loving being outdoors and playing in the garden after school,

starting to plan his Birthday party for October (!),

and has come on so much with his reading, making all of us super proud

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He is loving helping mummy with the gardening,

climbing on anything,

and still isn’t really talking much at all but certainly understands everything you say to him!

Me and Mine 2016 / / February

 

 I’m a little late with my February Me and Mine post as i’ve just had such a busy week that i’m only getting a little time to write this post. We took these photos pretty much at the last minute, last Saturday whilst out for a walk along the canal. It was so so cold that none of us were really feeling it. I completely didn’t think to bring gloves and hats for everyone as I just didn’t realise how cold it was! Finley was crying because his fingers were so cold, Hugo had a horrible wheezy chest so I was conscious of how long we kept him out for, and I wasn’t loving it all that much either. Although they’re not perfect i’d be really disappointed if we missed a month. We do really have to make an effort to take these every month, so if I wasn’t joining in with the photo project then I just know we wouldn’t have any pictures of the four of us.

I think there is something very special about taking a family photo each month, and I know I absolutely love looking back over everyone elses photos once its got to the end of the year, and you can see all twelve. So much changes in a year, but it’s the tiny little things I want to remember, and see how my children have grown.

February has been a bit of a mixed month…It’s seen Hugo come down with the Chickenpox after catching it from Finley, a sickness bug and a virus for Finley, and another horrid wheezy chesty cough from Hugo.

There have also been some lovely times, like half term which was sooooo welcome after the Christmas holidays seeming like an eternity ago. We had some fun playdates with friends, a sleepover with our neighbours children, and a good old trip to Ikea thrown in too!

Although I really do enjoy all seasons and months of the year, I’m really glad to be heading  into March and hopefully a little more sunshine with some signs of spring. March is shaping up to a be a bit busier for us with children parties, things going on at school, and a long weekend away for Easter.

The Me and Mine Project
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{The Ordinary moments 2016} #9 ‘Another poorly week but finally blowing away the cobwebs

Unfortunately i missed my ordinary moments post last week as Finley caught a horrible virus and sickness bug and came down really poorly with it on Saturday. We had to miss two of his school friends parties and pretty much didn’t leave the house the whole weekend. So much so, I just didn’t get a minute to sit down and write a post or take any photos. He was finally better by Wednesday and went back to school. But of course then Hugo got poorly too! Not with the sickness bug thankfully, but with a nasty little cough and wheezy chest. He’s had this a couple of times before so we have an inhaler, but it just didn’t seem to be doing much good and I was really worried about him. After a doctors visit on Friday we got some mild steroids, and thankfully he seems to be so much better.  Yesterday we finally were able to leave the house and go for a lovely, albeit FREEZING walk. It really was so cold, and we wasn’t really all that prepared outfit wise, so didn’t actually stay out for very long. We went to a beautiful place called Papermill lock, stopping for tea and cake at the tearooms before setting off on a short walk along the canal. Finley absolutely loved collecting and throwing stones into the water, and Hugo copied him too which was super cute, as he really does adore his big brother. I did attempt to take this months me and mine photos, but they were an absolute disaster as it was just so cold, Finley started crying, Hugo was running off, i look terrible and people kept on walking past! I’m not sure if we’ll have time to take any more, so I may just be posting one of those disasterous ones tomorrow! Oh well, at least we won’t miss a month and it will be funny to look back on I’m sure!

Here are a few of the better ones from the day..

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Linking up with the lovely Katie @mummydaddyme 

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{The Ordinary Moments 2016} #7 ‘Parents evening and the proudest mummy’

It’s not been the best week in this house, we’ve had sleepless nights with the littlest because of his Chicken Pox, he’s been generally grumpy and pretty clingy. Plus to top it off we’ve pretty much been in quarantine stuck in the house all week, bar the school run, so as not to infect anyone else.  It’s been quite a tough parenting week, but of course it’s also been nice having the extra cuddles and I wouldn’t change a thing. (We won’t talk about the 1 year old screaming on the school run or hanging off my leg howling like a banshee each evening whilst i’ve tried to cook dinner).

But within the not so great week was something that made us so proud of our biggest boy, and that was parents evening. We’ve already had one back in November which was to discuss how they are settling in etc, but this one was to look at work and discuss a little bit more in detail how they’re getting on in terms of achievement and attitude towards school. Finley doesn’t attend our local catchment school, but goes to one a couple of villages on. We chose it for various reasons but mainly we just preferred it and thought it was right for him. The classes are slightly smaller and it feeds on to a fantastic secondary school. We didn’t get in initially, and was on the wait list throughout the summer, finally getting a place on the last day of term. So because of that, he didn’t know a soul when he started as most of his pre-school friends went to our local school. He has settled in so well and made some lovely friends. We couldn’t be happier with our choice of school and feel it was definitely the right decision for us. I’ve made some lovely school mum friends and even joined the PTA!

So Wednesday evening rolled round, and it was parent teacher consultation time. Finley’s class teacher is so lovely and is like an actual real-life Disney character! She told us he is a core member of the class and has come so far from his first day where he didn’t know anyone. He’s doing fantastic in all aspects of learning and made us so proud with everything she said. I don’t want to become one of those annoying gushing parents who thinks their child can do no wrong, but at the same time, why shouldn’t we feel proud of their achievements? As a newborn Finley was a terrible sleeper and generally very clingy, needing to be constantly held and entertained. Because of that i really struggled with the baby blues, and found myself constantly telling friends and family what hard work he was. Fast forward a few months and he really became a complete dream, never having tantrums, and we barely got a glimpse of the terrible-twos. I thought about how negative i’d been those first few months, so rather than join in with everyone complaining about the terrible-twos, i thought no, I’m going to praise my beautiful little boy, and instead say how far he’d come, and that he was pretty much a dream. Of course I’ve had tough parenting moments, and now he’s five there are of course days where my patience is tested to the max (hello grumpiness and answering back). But I try not to focus on the negative or bad days, and instead move on and think about all the wonderful moments and the things that make me feel proud about my children.

So here i am this week, being an annoying overly gushy type mum, and I’m not even sorry.

Linking up with Katie @mummydaddyme

The biggest and littlest {week five}

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He is loving being back at school and seeing all his friends,

starting Karate,

and is already talking about what kind of party he wants for his next birthday!

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He is really into exploring outdoors and splashing in muddy puddles,

is obsessed with any fruit

and loves copying anything his big brother does

{The ordinary moments 2016} #6 ‘a quiet week and chicken pox round two’

So here we are again, my usual last minute time to write on Sunday evening. I really struggled this week so sorry if this ordinary moment is a little too ‘ordinary’. We’ve had a pretty quiet week after being away, the usual chores to do like unpacking and a ton of washing, as well as settling back into school, after-school clubs and toddler groups. Whilst Finleys been at school, me and the littlest have had a nice chilled week which is just what we needed.

On Saturday Finley had a party so I took him along to that whilst the husband stayed at home with Hugo. He had such a fun time and really impressed everyone with his moves to uptown funk at the end! When we came home we got the boys ready for a bath, and straight away noticed Hugo was covered in a fair few spots which I of course knew to be Chicken Pox straight away as Finley had it and we’ve been waiting to see if Hugo was going to get it, boy has he! He is pretty much covered, whereas I thought Finley had a relatively mild case. He really is suffering the poor thing, just doesn’t understand why he’s itching so much, so does this crazy hitting himself dance as he can’t quite work it all out! I’m more than prepared to make some room in my bed for a couple of nights, after all, I really will miss those middle of the night cuddles when they’re gone.

 
Linking up with Katie @ mummydadddyme for The Odinary Moments

The biggest and littlest {week four}

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He was a dream whilst we were ski-ing and soldered on throughout the chickenpox,

Shone during ski school and really impressed us,

But was thankful to get home and play with all his toys again

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This one does not like being in the buggy for very long anymore,

Always wants to go his own way when out walking and never the way you need him too,

But is shining with his personality and cheekiness.

Hugo | 15 months 

Dearest darling Hugo,

So this is my first little letter and update for you. I cannot believe you’re 15 months, well over a year it’s just unbelievable. You’ve turned into a proper toddler over the last month, walking, actually more like running, everywhere. You are into EVERYTHING and I’m constantly having to stop you from climbing onto the open door of the dishwasher, or from unraveling an entire roll of toilet roll! You really are a wild one and I definitely can’t take my eyes off you for a second. Absolutely nothing like your brother when he was your age. You definitely know your mind a lot more and have had a fair few tantrums already!

The things that seem to make you most cross are when you have to go in the car or buggy for the school run or errands etc. You just get so cross as you constantly want to do your own thing and go your own way. Hopefully as you get a little older and can communicate better, you won’t get as cross with mummy.

You still love waving at EVERYONE and really liked walking up and down the aisle doing this on the plane last week. You have the cutest and funniest little wave and it really does make people laugh. You’re still not talking much and pretty much only say ‘mama’ ‘dada’ and kind of ‘bye-bye’. But you understand A LOT and are pretty responsive if we give you any instruction. You constantly nod no and shake your head yes when we ask you questions.

You’re a pretty good eater and have an incredible appetite. You are getting a little fussy as you get older, but still eat so many foods. Your current favourites are sweet potato mash, sausages, lamb curry, shepherds pie and pesto pasta. Your are massively into snacks and fruit and you constantly point and scream at the snack cupboard or fruit bowl. When mummy says no you throw yourself on the floor and cry. Your favourites are pretty much any fruit, but especially berries, pomegranates and banana. And you love oat bars, Heinz baby biscuits, dried fruit bars and crackers. You guzzle down water and have been having some of mummys morning smoothies too.

You do love a bit of TV and absolutely adore Peppa Pig. You’re quite partial to a bit of go-jetters and twirlywoos too. Of course Finley enjoys watching things that probably aren’t too appropriate for you but you zone in on them anyway.

You adore your older brother and he does you in return. You do sometimes get a little cross with him if he won’t let you play with a toy or if he’s got a snack you want. You do like to wreck his room and hit him with numerous toys, but he’s pretty good and doesn’t really get cross with you.

You’ve always been a really good sleeper since birth and sleep from 7pm-7pm, sometimes waking a little earlier, sometimes a little later.

We have a little weekly routine now all the chaos of birthdays and Christmas is over and you seem to thrive on it. We started Tumble Tots last month and you’re loving it so far. We also go to song and rhyme time at the library, and although you do run around the library a lot, you really enjoy the songs and stories. We definitely want to find a couple more playgroups to go to, so mummy will have a look for some nice ones for us.

I love you more than all the stars

Mummy x

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What we’ve been reading | January

We absolutely love books in this house and some of my most favourite childhood memories of my own, are snuggled up in my room endlessly reading. My favourites were Roald Dahl, Goosebumps, the Point Horror collection, and everything from Judy Blume and Sue Townsend. I also have precious memories of reading with my own children. Finley has always been massively into stories, and now he’s learning to read himself, he’s enjoying it even more. Even as a toddler he would sit for ages listening to stories without getting too restless or fidgety. Hugo at 15 months, has just recently been hit with the reading bug, and loves nothing more than curling up in your lap with his favourite (albeit very short) books. Me and the husband both read a lot, but I must say I really haven’t read as much as I’d like to the last couple of years. I blame Instagram and Pinterest! Having said that, i do aim to try to get through a book a month as I really am so behind with all the current reads and i’d like to catch up.

So here’s what we’ve been reading this month…

 

  Hugo is absolutely loving the baby lit books and he points to this particular title first thing in the morning from his cot. It was actually a Christening gift from our friends, but we do also have a couple of other ones that he loves too. But this being the absolute fave for a couple of months now. It is such a beautiful book and I love the idea of adapting classic novels for little people. The other one he’s been particularly interested in, is this Eric Carle illustrated book. I’d not heard of this the first time round with my eldest, but we are loving sharing it with Hugo. We actually got it for him for his first birthday along with a few other books.

Finley has had the same favourites for a while now, but after a few new Christmas presents, he is really loving these and we thankfully get to read something different! The first was a gift from a friend called ‘The big blue thing on the hill’. It’s about a campervan that turns up in the middle of a forest which is home to a bunch of animals and causes them to all try their hardest to get rid of it. It’s quite appropriate for us as we bought a campervan last Easter so Finley finds it funny that the animals don’t know what it is.

The other books this month are definitely some of my faves ever. Both were Christmas gifts from the big man himself and we all adore them. The first is the award-winning ‘Press Here’ by Herve Tullet. It really is such a clever and interactive books and i think, would be a hit with all ages. I’d been wanting to add it to our collection for a while but held off buying it until Christmas. The other is by Oliver Jeffers and the seqeul to ‘The day the crayons quit’. It’s titled ‘The day the crayons came home’ and it is absolutely fantastic. We’re huge Oliver Jeffers fans in this house and after Finley received the first book for his birthday , he was ecstatic to see this one in Waterstones. This was one of two presents he asked Father Christmas for (the other being a Power Rangers toy but lets not spend time talking about that!) and of course come Christmas morning, it was under his own little bedroom tree. It really is just as good as the first, if not a little funnier with new characters that are brilliant.

Lastly onto what i am reading…(and have been for the last two months!) The Goldfinch. I know I’m pretty late to the game here but I had so many books i already had to get through last year that I wanted to resist buying anymore until i’d made a good dent in that pile. I’m only actually about a quarter of the way through but it’s totally gripping and I’m really going to make some time to finish it over the next month. That means getting to bed earlier than midnight!

I’m thinking of making this a regular monthly post as these are definitely the kinds of posts i like to read on other blogs, and it makes a nice change to talk about something different.

{The ordinary moments 2016} #5 ‘Home is where my heart is’

We’ve been in the French Alps for the last week and really did have such an amazing time, made some wonderful memories and experienced ‘firsts’ for us all. We love travelling and adventures big, and small in this house, but there’s one thing we all crave at the end of any trips and time spent away, and that’s home. It doesn’t matter where this is, it may not be the place you grew up, the nicest house or even one place in particular, but we definitely all have a place we call home, and somewhere that holds some pretty special memories. I love our home, don’t get me wrong it has some flaws and we are currently in the long term process of renovating it to make it exactly what we want, but I love coming home at the end of a long day, or after a holiday or trip. As we landed on the runway in London, me and the husband let out a contended sigh that the end of our long travelling day was coming to a close and that we’d be turning the key in our front door in an hour or so. As we walked through the door, it was a bit cold and had gathered a bit of dust in the week that we’d been away, but we were so happy to be there and headed straight for the kitchen, the heart of our home, for a well deserved cup of tea and a biscuit. The boys, although had so much fun away, were thrilled to be reunited with their playroom full of toys, and us in turn were happy not to be crawling up and down the stairs with Hugo as we were finally somewhere with a stairgate!

It’s funny, I was never much of a homebody growing up, and really didn’t miss home when i did some travelling in my teens. But since having children and actually making a house into a home, it really is my most favourite place. I think a big part of that is the creature comforts with having children, they have all their toys and everything they need right here, bedrooms to play in, their own beds, and we have all of our things. But it’s also  the place I feel the safest and the most content. It’s the place where memories have been made, good and bad, and plenty more to be made along the way.

The boys having a much needed PJ movie morning

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A little corner of our favourite space – The playroom

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