The Dreaded School Run…

Ive been battling pretty badly with the school run recently. Every morning I wake up and think, really? again? I would much prefer to stay in and just not have to deal with it.. Those that have been reading my #littlelove post will know that I have been having a few problems for some time now..

You know that feeling most workers get on a Sunday? That feeling of dread, anxiousness and sadness that Monday brings them? Well Ive not had that feeling for over 5 years. You may think this is an over exaggeration, but I get that feeling every Sunday, from about 3pm, that anxious, bubbling feeling in your stomach. This is how much I hate the school run, I know its only for a maximum of 60 minutes a day, but I struggle with it and its something I really detest at the moment.

Since moving out of the village, I have to admit I do feel isolated, but that shouldn’t affect anything? Moo is not having the best time at school, she is doing fantastically academically but trying to figure out friendship groups is always tricky, and its just as tricky for me too, I have struggled and Im learning the hard way.

The school playground is set up in cliques, I just went with who I knew from Moo’s play school. I would say I was friendly to anyone that said hello, made general chit chat and would hope I held myself well. I come across quite stern and most of the time I am ashamed to say I do have a face that would not be very approachable! I wouldn’t even approach me in a playground!

I have managed to have a good year, meeting friends and walking to school and even spending time with them after school. I think this is where its gone wrong. Since moving, I don’t get to do this, I don’t walk to school anymore, I drive, I have to split my time with school runs AND play school runs. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my worst, having to be at play school for 8:30 and back up to the school for 8:45. I did have help, but I came to the conclusion my children are my responsibility, its rushed but me and Moo manage it, and we have fun with it too.

This has caused some animosity I think in the group, I have distanced myself from my original group, and to be honest I don’t get a very good vibe. I say hello and get a grunt back, I get a “feeling” {just a feeling!} I am being spoken about, whispers and face pulling. Im not invited out anymore {not that I am bothered!} but its all I can do though isn’t it? be polite and courteous? To carry on as normal? Its hard.. What makes it even more difficult is Moo is friends with their little ones and I can’t exactly just pull her out of the group, I wouldn’t want to either, Moo needs to decided who she wants to be friends with.

My main bug bear about the school run is the competitiveness of it all. I think its really rude and something I do not agree with. I hate the way people declare how clever, bright and just god damn amazing at academics their children are. There is a time and place for it. The odd comment of “so and so did this yesterday at school” is fine but “oh so and so is on this book, oh she is so clever and did you know she is on the over achieving table? yes, she is such a bright child!” It grates me and to hear it all the time can slowly affect not you but your own child’s self confidence..

Because I have distanced myself, I honestly feel I am being punished, sarky comments, rude morning gestures, not actually standing with me anymore, not needing their help has obviously sparked an outrage!

I have most definitely learnt from these few years. Next year when H starts school, I will know what to do, keep myself to myself, do the drop off and go. I am not very good at making friends, and I think this has just proved it, my judge of character is generally crap. I struggle at the best of times in saying hello to strangers and this is everything I hate. I think Ive made friends, but they are quick to stab you in the back when it all goes sour..

Its amazing how one person can make you feel like shit, {yes just one person!} once the day is over, I let out a huge sigh of relief and thank god its over, until the next day of course. Today marks a happy occasion for me, no school run for a whole week, can you imagine the smile that is spread across my face?! Well let me enlighten you a bit, it spreads from ear to ear.. Knowing I don’t have to put up with pettiness, bitchy-ness and just plain nastiness is the best feeling, until of course the time comes to take Moo back. But for now I am going to enjoy the free week I have with Moo and H and battle the school run again when I have too…

Love The Little Things #43

Happy Friday peeps… Another week has passed and its time for another little catch up with all the lovely bloggers that link up with Morgana and their #littleloves

I have hit a major brick wall on the school run this week.. How can people be so mean? Its not just the children, its the adults?!?! Ive blogged about my feelings and may post it up within the week…

Here is what I have been loving this week..

Read

I have been reading Moo’s reading record! I am so impressed with her and after a little nudge from me she finally moved up not one but two colours! So proud of her and she is doing so well!

Watched

Is anyone watching Gotham? I have only watched one episode {I am writing this on a Thursday so I may have caught up by the time this goes live} It has the potential to be an amazing programme. What do you think?

Again the Walking Dead was pretty wild this week.. I literally will Tuesday away, so I can sit down and catch up on it! I knew they were weird, and this episode just proves it! I cannot believe they are split again! Talk about put the pressure on us!!

I also watched Linda Bellinghams last interview for Loose Women and it was really surreal watching it knowing she wasn’t here anymore, such a tragedy..

Heard

I am a huge fan of U2’s older stuff, not so much the recent! The only thing I like about the school run is I get to listen to the radio on the way to and from.. This came on and its definitely one I joined in and belted out..

Wore

The winter coat made an appearance this week! Its really turned cold and its just what I needed to keep me warm whilst waiting for Moo to finish school! I also had to wear my gloves!!

Made

This week we “made” the decision to divide Moo and H’s bedrooms up. Its not a success so far and Ive had a fair few sleepless nights this week! Ive written a post about how I feel about this huge milestone..

‘And lastly..’

Its half term! As I have mentioned before I am not a fan of the school run. I am so thankful I get a week off from the nastiness that goes on in the playground. I may not want to go back!!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Moo’s Birthday Wish List…

Moo will be six next month, I am not entirely sure how its come round so quickly, but it has I am rather depressed about it! This year its pretty damn easy to decide on presents for her. Moo is still Frozen mad and luckily we were able to stock up on it recently when the Disney Store received a hefty delivery.

Some of the items she won’t be getting, but she has been asking for, for ages for quite a few of these! Since her obsession with Disney has become rather intense since Frozen she has seen lots of other Disney products she must have {quoted from the little lady herself!}

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from left to right:

Anna Animator Doll, Cinderella’s Dream Carriage, Anna Costume Dress, Ariel’s Magical Kiss, Barbie Bobbie Pets, Elsa Wardrobe playset, Elsa Animator Doll, Lelli Kelly’s, Monster High Viperine Gorgon Doll

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From left to right,

Anna Wardrobe Playset, LEGO Cinderella’s Romantic Castle, Snow White DVD, LEGO Rapunzel’s Creativity Tower, Barbie Bobbie Pets

As I said above, its quite a hefty list! It seems a lot, but Moo has to wait a whole year before receiving big presents like this, her birthday is right on-top of christmas, so its nice to spoil her a little! {Might I add, family members will also be pitching in to help make her birthday wish list come true!}

Living Arrows #42

Apart from being a parent and a wife, the next best job in the world has to be being an auntie. My lovely sister had her second little boy this year and although its difficult seeing her now we both have children at school, I try and get over to her at least once a week.

Baby O is the sweetest, most contented baby Ive ever met {after H off course!} I absolutley adore him and I make it my mission to have one selfie with him every week. He is starting to come round to the idea now! Last week was no different, although, we both moved our heads as the flash went, but all the same, its one of my favourites..

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Time goes so quickly when you have children. I tell myself every day to cherish what we have, this little dude, brings another sense of happiness to me. I love being an auntie and its definitely a job I would never want to give up!

The Sleepy Bug {The Ordinary Moments}

This little boy loves his sleep.. He would sleep anywhere if he could. There comes a point in the day where he just cannot go off to the land of nod as he would not go to bed!

I took this photo last Sunday, we had literally been up a few hours and we took ourselves of to the in-laws. Within the space of 5 minutes of being in the car he was fast asleep {I am not sure how he fell asleep with his sister poking him!}

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Its quite an ordinary moment.. One I don’t think will change for sometime..

I am linking up with the lovely Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for her wonderful linky The Ordinary Moments

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Blog Love #5

Ever since I started blogging, its become second nature to read my favourite blogs, check twitter and to see how they have enjoyed their days on Instagram.  The list grows weekly and I feel I am beginning to know these blogs as people rather than something I am just reading from my computer screen. My blog is nowhere in league with some of my most favourites, but its something I love doing and as long as I keep enjoying it, I will carry on with it.

I have a “blogs I heart” page dedicated to my most favourite but I have decided to do a little feature that showcases them and their blog. The reason being, because my list is endless and I just don’t want to keep adding to it without explanation!  Now I am sorry if this totally embarrasses you, apologies in advance!

This week I am featuring Kerri-Ann from Life Of Our Little Family.

I have only just recently {within the last few months} started to read KA’s blog. It was an instant hit and its one I really like to catch up on. Its such a fresh blog and KA writes its beautifully. It engages you, so it makes you want to go back and read more.

 KA is a full time working mummy and juggles work and looking after Mr H, Lil G and not forgetting the family dog Alfie Bear.  Everything KA blogs about is cheery and always puts a smile on my face. I think its lovely that you can relate to others blogs and I definitely relate to this one.

Recently KA had a major blog re-design, and it’s definitely fro the better. Its so fresh and current and she is so proud of it. I think its such a beautiful design and fits in to her very lovely blog.

Lil G is just the sweetest little boy, he has amazing fashion sense {just like is mummy!} He really is the apple of his mummy’s eye, and every spare minute KA gets its spent with him.

KA joins up with quite a few link-ups, one being #littlelove.. Friday is my favourite day of the week, its when I sit down and read all that have joined in and find out what they have been getting up too. You find so much out about someone through this blog hop and I feel I really know KA {and all the others who share their #littlelove} I feel if I was to meet KA in a room, we would probably hit it off straight away. Its so weird that just by reading someones blog that can happen.

If by any chance you have not heard of KA then you really should head over and have a look at her “thoughts”

Here is a link if you want to go and check out Kerri-Ann and her amazing blog! {its definitely as must!}

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Next week I will be featuring my another blog love so do pop by and check out who will be featuring!

My Top Seven {The Foxy Print Edition}

There are only a few prints that involve animals that I really like. One being foxes {another will appear on “My Top Seven” soon! There is something quite lovely about all of my top seven this week. I am totally in love with the crochet cushion and I wish I had the skill to re-create it.The flask would also come in handy for those winter day school runs!
My Top Seven {The Fox Edition}

From left to right,

Scion Mr Fox Espresso Cup and Saucers // imm Living Fox Creature Camouflage Cup // 
Peanut Butter Dynamite Crochet Acrylic Fox Pillow // Linea Fox knitted cushion, 
Anorak Nesting Tins – Proud Fox // ASOS Rusty the Fox Flask and Cup //
Ferm Living Marionette Cup

Whats your favourite animal print?

Love The Little Things #42

Happy Friday peeps… Another week has passed and its time for another little catch up with all the lovely bloggers that link up with Morgana and their #littleloves

This week has quite literally been hell.. Me and the hubs have had food poisoning and looking after 2 children was a task in its self. I still had to do the school run and the play-school run.. I hope to god we never get ill at the same time again! It was awful!!

Here is what I have been loving this week..

Read

Ive not read much this week, blog posts via bloglovin {I cannot rave about this anymore than I already have!} I really need to get my kindle back out and continue with You’re The One..

Watched

The Walking Dead!!!!!!!! OMG I was on tenter hooks the whole episode. I love the fact Rick has gone wild, and I am loving his beard! This season is going to be amazing. Where the hell is Beth too?!?!?

I also tuned into the Apprentice {Autumn TV is fab isn’t it?} Ive already marked off a few that I find highly irritating!

Made in Chelsea is back too!

Heard

Anything Paloma Faith does is bloody brilliant.. Ive heard this song so many times this week on the school run..

Also after my flashback of Oasis last week, we were driving listening to the hubby’s iPod and this came on {I l know, I know I said I wasn’t a huge fan!} but this song is another favourite…

Wore

Jumpers, Ugg’s, coats, jeans and anything else that would keep me warm! My wardrobe seriously needs updating!

Made

My cheesecake was a huge hit and tasted better than I thought it would. Ive posted the recipe up so if you missed it do check it out! I highly recommend!!

‘And lastly..’

I was able to go in and see what Moo gets up to in school this week. On the whole it was a really good session but its such an eye opener on how the lessons are planned out and what they actually get up too! {Moo was very well behaved!}

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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My Favourite Christmas Experience..

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, and since having children, my perspective of it has change dramatically. In my teens and early adulthood, I dreaded it, I hated the build up and it was something I did not look forward too, you could of got away with calling me scrooge! But how times have changed…

The first two years that Moo was here she didn’t have a clue, but the excitement was there, hanging the stocking up and decorating the lounge into a winter wonderland, placing mince pies on a plate for father christmas. Fast forward another 3 years and we have two very excited children about the prospect that Father Christmas is going to come down our chimney.

Christmas is when we get to spend time with all the family, not something we do on a regular basis anymore since we have expanded so dramatically. Most years we alternate between my family and my in-laws and both experiences are hugely different.

My most favourite christmas experience was back in 2008, its when my perspective of christmas changed, and it was all down to one little girl. My Moo. She was a mere 6 weeks old, but thats when our traditions started, and traditions that will continue for as long as I want them too.

One memory that sticks out always, since having children is that my in-laws have a summer house at the bottom of the garden, and as soon as autumn kicks in its out of bands, my father in-law begins collecting, collecting pine cones, twigs, logs, anything that will change the summer house into a winter wonderland, with a make believe fire, fake snow draping the sides, icicles hanging from every inch of the ceiling. You walk in a let out a wow in disbelief that something so normal can look so beautiful. Its amazing that the children believe this is santa’s grotto.

The last 7 years have been ones to remember, its when I really started to love christmas, but this year is going to be so very different, this year is the chance to make new memories that we will remember for years to come. This year, we moved from that tiny poky flat and bought a 3 bed house. This year we have so much to look forward too as a family. Both children are so aware of whats coming, and the excitement I see in both their faces, fills me with happiness and it makes me excited, excited to place that mince pie and milk by the fire place, to hang their stockings up on the fire place, and to buy the biggest tree we can find that will fit the perfect space in our lounge.

This post is my entry to Transun’s Your favourite Christmas experience competition,

Its All About The Brother and Sister

Its hard to put into words the relationship Moo and H have. When H was a baby, Moo was not exactly the nicest little girl to her baby brother. Constantly poking him when he was asleep, giving him an over generous hug which looked like he was having the life squeezed out of him. But then one day it changed and it changed into something beautiful.

Moo and H are perfect for one another. Moo teaches H to forward roll, and to climb the ladder on the newly built play station in the garden. She teaches him to draw people and to colour in. She teaches him to wash his hands correctly and she is generally the best big sister he could have.

H teaches Moo to play, sounds silly yes, but with modern technology Moo would rather watch YouTube than play, but H has changed that and she has started to learn its not all about the modern tech. H is most definitely the best younger brother Moo can have.

There are occasions when she begs for a baby sister and not a baby brother but most of the time they are perfect together. They play well together, they argue well together thats what having a sibling is all about. It drives me crazy when they do not get on, but watching them get on is by far the proudest moment. They bicker yes, they have full blown arguments where they will ignore each other it all works out in the end, once they have had some time away from each other.

Being away from each other now during the day I think has made their relationship stronger. H runs into Moo’s arms when school is over and his little face lights up when he sees her. Once home they make up stories and play together till either one looses their temper over how the game is going. They push the boundaries with each other, but thats what makes their relation stronger.

Bedtime is my favourite, its where they bond the most. We have a deal that Friday and Saturdays they share the bed. I love listening to them play made up games till they drift off. Talking in hushed voices under the duvet, giggling and laughing till their hearts content. It cements their sibling relationship further.

I always thought having a boy and a girl would be difficult in the sense of how their relationship would grow, but I am loving watching every minute of them, growing together and, sharing memories and being the children I always wanted them to be.

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