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.

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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 

{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

Linking up with Katie at mummydaddyme

Me and Mine 2016 // January 

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I’m so excited to finally be starting the me and mine project, linking up with the lovely Lucy at Dear Beautiful. I love looking at everyone else’s photos, especially when you can see all of the photos together that have been taken over the course of the year. We have so few photos that we’re all in, and definitely very limited ones of me as i’m always behind the lens. I feel really positive about joining in with this project, as it will be something so nice to look back on, and it encourages us to really make an effort trying to get a picture of all of us. That being said, this was quite a difficult task to achieve! Having been away with friends for the last week, we should have really thought about asking them to get a pic of the four of us, but we were just so busy that i really didn’t take many photos at all, as everyone seemed to be in a different place, either having separate ski lessons or just going for a walk to keep the babies entertained. So with that I left it till the very last minute (3pm today!) to walk to the end of our road, set up the gorilla pod, where the legs for some reason were not staying attached and kept on falling off when I was trying to get a good angle to set it down to take this pic! You can’t tell here, but i really think the husband wanted to kill me just before this was taken as it took me so long to fix the bloody gorilla pod that Hugo kept on running off and launching himself bum first into muddle puddles then having a tantrum when he was lifted out of them! Definitely need to invest in a proper tripod and maybe a remote! The picture isn’t the best, but it’s the best I could do with a grumpy husband and a screaming one year old that really didn’t want to be confined for the sake of a photo!

So January…usually a pretty quiet month for us, back to healthy eating, trying not to spend any pennies after the explosion of Christmas, but actually it was a super busy month for us this year. We started the month with the husband and Finley still on Christmas holidays and enjoying our last few days at home, and with a trip to Disney-on-ice thrown in. Then it was back to school, work and toddler groups. I spent the first couple of weeks researching a place to stay for a few days over the Easter holidays, organising the husbands birthday surprises and presents, and planning for our ski-trip. After that came a lovely night out for the big birthday with 22 close friends, then a few days later our ski-ing trip to Chamonix and more birthday celebrations. We arrived home on Friday and have had a lovely chilled weekend at home, unpacking, doing chores and just generally relaxing together. Oh and how could I forget to say that Finley came out in chicken pox on the first day of holiday, what bad timing! But all was pretty much ok as he didn’t have it too bad, we just delayed ski school by a couple of days hoping that he wasn’t contagious anymore. Anyway the French didn’t seem to bothered about it but hopefully he didn’t infect everyone there! Just waiting to see if Hugo catches it now…

So with that busy month out the way, i’m really looking forward to a pretty quiet February with a well earned half-term thrown in.

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{The ordinary moments 2016} #4 ‘Special birthdays’

So this post is so late that it’ll be time to do the next one, but we’re currently away on holiday so getting any time to write, and with limited wi-fi has proved difficult.

As I said, we’re currently away on holiday ski-ing in The Alps. We’re staying in a beautiful chalet with some good friends of ours and their two children. We’ve had such a fun week, and Finley has absolutely loved his first time ski-ing. I’ll do a proper post detailing it all later, but for now I just wanted to write about the the reason for the trip, and that is for the husbands 40th birthday. We’ve had various celebrations going on for a couple of weeks now, ending with this wonderful holiday. We wanted to do something special, but with it being in January, it does limited what’s available to do. So with that, we decided to embrace the cold and come somewhere snowy and beautiful, with some fun activities thrown in.

So happy 40th to an amazing husband and daddy, we love you more than anything and hope you are having the bestest of days

 

Linking up with Katie at Mummydaddyme

Our trip to The Peak District 

Way back in August we had a fantastic camping trip to The Peak District. We decided to buy ourselves a camper van at Easter, and we did a couple of days then, but this was our first proper trip – a whole week in the camper! We’ve not really camped much before this, apart from festival camping, but we really did have such a lovely time. I must admit, I do find it hard, the whole communal toilets and shower block thing, and the campsite we chose was really basic, but it was all fine. Of course I made sure I wore my flip-flops in the shower though! We stayed in a beautiful location, at a site called Shallow Grange Farm, it was so picturesque and on a working farm. As I said it was really back to basics, no restaurant, shop or leisure facilities, but actually I loved it. The boys were free to roam (although it was pretty hard confining a crawling baby to the van in bad weather) and explore the surrounding land, and they loved having that freedom. The weather wasn’t the best, but rain was predicted for the whole week, so we did well with just getting a couple of days of it.

There is so much to do, in and around The Peak District, so we were spoilt for choice. It’s somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for a while now, so I did some research and jotted down all the must-do things. We went to the amazing Chatsworth House twice we loved it so much, visited Bakewell, Buxton and Matloch Bath, rode the cable car at The Heights of Abraham, and spent a day at Alton Towers. We of course went on lots of lovely walks too, and had a beautiful afternoon at Dovedale.

It really has been one of my favourite trips, we absolutely loved the area, and we’re hopefully starting to get the hang of the camping lark a little more, so will undoubtedly make our next trip even easier.

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DSC03568Family photo fail as usual

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{The Ordinary Moments 2016} #2 ‘Planning our travels’

So this is the first full year with Finley at school, and us having to travel within the school holiday’s. Therefore we probably need to plan a little bit further ahead then we usually would, as things just get so booked up. Saying that we are being very naughty and taking a week out of term time later this month for the husbands 40th birthday. I’m definitely not going to make this an annual thing, but we planned it before Finley started school, thinking it wasn’t really much of a big deal, and that if we were ever going to do it, then it would be best to do it whilst still in Reception. Now of course the time has come round and I do feel really bad about it, and am cringing letting the office know (as we haven’t yet!) But anyway, hopefully we won’t be too chastised and hiding our faces upon our return!

We’ve been talking about places we’d like to go and see, most of them within The UK, and i’ve been scouring rental websites and just generally thinking about how many holidays we have to fill and how much we want to be away. Of course I’m happy to have some lazy days at home, see friends and have a few days out, so not be away for them all. But it is nice to have quality family time away from all the daily chores in the house, and explore new places. We bought a camper van last Easter and plan to use this as much as we can, but of course when the weather gets a little warmer!

Thinking about the year ahead, we have the following plans for the first few months…

January

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The mentioned holiday later this month. Ski-ing in France for a week for the husbands 40th birthday. We’re going with another couple and their two children and staying in a beautiful chalet. It’s Finley’s (and obviously Hugo’s) first time ski-ing and everyone is very excited. Finley hasn’t seen proper snow since he was two and doesn’t remember, so he cannot wait to build a snowman and go tobogganing! The husband has had a fair few trips with friends since having children so is pretty good, and me? I have been only once, 11 years ago. And everyones favourite memory is how I made my boyfriend (the now husband) carry my skis back up a mountain as I had a mild panic attack about falling off the edge of the mountain, decided to give up and walk back up! So you could say I’m a little apprehensive… But honestly, I’m so looking forward to seeing some real snow (whats this rubbish we’ve had the last few years?!), eating french cheese, drinking mulled wine and relaxing with my family.

February

Nothing huge planned for this half term, but we will be going to our local theatre to see a show, and I’m sure a couple of wintery days out, hopefully one to a farm to see some early lambs being born

March

With it being a whole two weeks off school, we definitely want to get a few days away, and we hopefully booking a beautiful barn in Norfolk with some friends for the Easter weekend

April

With the first week of the month still being in the Easter holidays, we’re hoping for some Spring weather so we can get out for a couple of days in the camper. Not anywhere overnight, but some not-too-far-away beauty spots for picnics and fun

So that’s all we’ve got so far but I’m very much looking forward to the first part of the year, and planning all the trips and little days out

It’s going to be a great year

Linking up with Katie at Mummydaddyme

{The Ordinary Moments 2016} #1 ‘2016 plans and finally making a go of this’

So here I am, finally writing a blog post after a bit of a failed attempt last year. I had all good intentions last summer but for whatever reason, i ended up tailing off with the posts in September. But with the new year, comes me really wanting to get into a regular routine of posting here, and i’m starting off by joining in with Katie’s Ordinary Moments linky.

I’ve been following Katie’s blog right from the start, as my eldest boy is pretty much the same age as Katie’s eldest daughter, and she’s really inspired me to start my own blog. Which of course I’ve been planning to for about 4 years now, but I’ve always found it pretty daunting as I really don’t know my way around a computer these days! I’ve got a long way to go, but am really going to try and learn as much as i can, and hopefully get this blog looking a bit better at some point! But right now this is really just an online family journal for me and my family, somewhere to document all of the little moments and exciting times too. I just want to have something to look back on from my boys childhood, and somewhere to put all the copious amount of photos and videos I take!

Being new to blogging, I’m not really sure of the etiquette but i know i do want to back date some posts i planned from last year, of our holidays and special days, like my biggest boy starting school, as that is definitely something I want to be able to look back on here.

I’m not going to set myself any unrealistic expectations, but just capture as much as i can, blog when i can and start building this little journal of mine.

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The biggest and littlest {week three}

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He absolutely loved having our neighbours children over for a sleepover,

especially chatting Star Wars to the boys,

and had the best time on our beach hut day at the seaside.

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This one has been constantly on the go and doesn’t sit still for a second,

loved the beach hut day too, especially splashing in the little inflatable boat we bought him,

and loved seeing all the animals at the farm last week