Tag: PARENTHOOD

5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR CHILDS CONCENTRATION

5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR CHILDS CONCENTRATION

Children tend to be all over the place. You are never able to have them focus on one thing, and their thoughts always seem scattered. Now, at some point, you will need them to focus because it is just through that process they get to […]

THOSE PROUD MUM MOMENTS

THOSE PROUD MUM MOMENTS

On Friday, G and H received their yearly reports. Now, I am not sure about all schools, but we get a termly report along with our parents evening. Where they are expected to be and a mention of how they are doing that term. The […]

A WEEK AWAY FROM THE NORM

A WEEK AWAY FROM THE NORM

Last week, we had the most amazing week away from the norm. We packed up and headed for Elvedon Forest. G and H had been on countdown for a whole year and it was finally time to spend some quality time together as a family. It could not have come at a better time and we all needed time to relax and focus on family life.

I have only ever been to Center Parcs once before. Last year in fact, we spent Easter away in the woods and it was a taster of something that could potentially fast become a tradition. Mr B went when he was younger with his family and its always somewhere I have wanted to go. On both occasions I have been we have had the added bonus of spending time with Mr B’s parents, sisters, brother-in-laws and nieces and nephews. 14 of us in total.

We booked up a few activities before we went. We decided as a whole family we would all participate in Laser {which might I add, we won} It must of come as a shock when all 14 of us rocked up, us against them. It was a blast and we all took it very seriously indeed. We also had golf and bowling booked as a group of 14. It was so lovely to spend time as a whole group. Its hard to get us all together in our day-to-day lives so this was defiantly a much needed family holiday to unwind and spend together.

Mr B and I did book up some activities for G and H to do as a family of four. G and H took part in Little Johns Archery and you cannot go to Center Parcs and not use the swimming pool, everyday. We played in the woods and climbed trees {we had the oldest tree outside our villa, which was great for climbing and den building!}

We watched other family members take part in tree climbing activities and taking part in the new Drop adventure. I am already planning to do the aerial adventure if we go back. If my 8 year old nephew can do it, so can I!

One thing I have absolutely loved this week, is seeing G and H bond. G really did take care of her little brother. Taking him down flumes and making sure he was ok in the water. They had there moments where they had the odd argument, but there relationship has blossomed this past week. Its been lovely to witness and it makes me smile that they can get on if they really try!

I managed to squeeze in a cheeky facial at the Aqua Spa. It was so relaxing and something I definitely needed. It was tailored to my history. The lady that carried the facial out took so much care around my scars and was so kind and gentle. She really looked after me. My skin felt super soft after and I felt so relaxed and very sleepy! It also meant Mr B and I managed to have a few hours to ourselves. We had a lovely walk round the forest and a ice cold drink outside at the country club.

The week flashed by before us and I can’t quite believe we are home. I definitely have a bout of holiday blues. I’m feel rather sorry for myself that we have nothing else booked up for the rest of the year. BUT what a week we had. G and H both loved it and have come back with memories they hopefully won’t forget. I know I won’t forget.

THESE TWO | MAY

THESE TWO | MAY

Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles […]

THESE TWO | APRIL

THESE TWO | APRIL

Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles […]

THESE TWO | FEBUARY

THESE TWO | FEBUARY

Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles that come along with it, but not individually on how they are doing. I used to do updates every few months on how each were doing but I’ve decided to do it slightly different with how I go about the blog post. Monthly posts I feel will work better, and it’s a prompt for me to take more photos. Which is what I am lacking lately!

February has flown by, literally I cannot believe we are facing the beginning of March tomorrow, March is an exciting month as it brings with it {hopefully} my favourite season! We had signs of spring through out February and we made the most of those days and as a family we spent some quality time together.

This month G and H have achieved so much. G is still swimming with the school and although we had a hiccup with her outside lessons we managed to persuade her into going and finally she realised she can do whatever she puts her mind too. She is such an amazing swimmer and she just needs that little bit more confidence into knowing she is. H has been going swimming outside of school now for a few weeks and he throws himself into and I love watching him improve weekly.

We have had many playdates this month. I am trying to be better in having their friends over. We have alternated it so G has someone over and then H. I enjoy seeing both socialising and its important for them to have a lovely circle of friends. Thankfully they both do.

This month we have had two very tired children. I am not 100% sure why, but bedtime seems to have hit a brick wall. I have somehow lost the plot a little with it.  G and H are going through a phase of bickering quite a lot too and the number one factor in all this is tiredness. I am rubbish on very little sleep, so I hate to imagine how they feel. When they are bickering and fighting I loose the will to live and I find parenting them very hard. G is very strong willed and once she gets something in her head, she doest let up. H has a temper on him and this has only started  since starting school. {I am sure you wouldn’t believe that judging by the picture below – Butter wouldn’t melt?}

One thing as a family we are trying to do is game afternoons. Of a weekend if we are not busy we tend to just stay at home. Santa bought some lovely family board games. We have been spending a few hours out of our weekend enjoying each others company and competing against each other! It a lovely way to spend quality time together and something we are all enjoying.

I have loved watching these two in February. They have been a complete and utter joy to watch.

THESE TWO | JANUARY

THESE TWO | JANUARY

Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles […]

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

It has taken me two whole weeks to finally accept we are in December and that in juts a few short weeks Christmas will be upon us. Normally I am all for Christmas and excited but the past few months have been so hectic and […]

TODAY YOU ARE EIGHT

TODAY YOU ARE EIGHT

Today you are eight. I remember the doctors handing you to daddy. I was in complete and utter shock not only from the rush of the birth and the frenzied run down to theatre but I was in denial that you were mine. All 10lb of you. I was sure there was someone else in theatre {must of been the drugs} but nope the doctors handed you over and wished you happy birthday.

Today you are one year older, how is that possible. The last eight years have flown by so fast I fell like I need a switch to stop time. Time never went this fast when I was younger. I want to savour these years and not rush time.

From the moment I held you I was mesmerised, I was in love and I was so happy that you, my beautiful girl had made me a mummy. I was taken in by you and it felt like a dream. I was bursting with pride that you were mine and I was yours.

You have given me the best job in the entire world, to care for you, look after you, guide you and hopefully teach you. Its the hardest job I have ever had. Occasionally you do tell me I am good at it. I on the other hand think I can do better. I know I can do better, but its a learning process, not only for me, but for you too.

You are the most beautiful, caring, sweetest, clever, thoughtful and loving little girl. You try your best at everything, you have your moments but you wouldn’t be you if you didn’t. You bring us joy every single day and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Today you are eight… Happy Birthday gorgeous girl.

 

TRICK OR TREAT, SMELL MY FEET, CAN I HAVE SOMETHING NICE TO EAT…

TRICK OR TREAT, SMELL MY FEET, CAN I HAVE SOMETHING NICE TO EAT…

When I was younger I was never allowed to go trick or treating. It didn’t bother me as I was never that into it. We used to sit in the dark with the curtains closed tricking the people that knocked, making them believe we were […]