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Our Family Life 2021 (21/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (21/52)

Monday

Today was just a catch up from the weekend on washing and cleaning/tidying etc. I was also gearing up for some social media training as this is something that really interests me in my Virtual Assistant capacity.

Tuesday

Just a usual work at home day for me today and then back to social media training this evening. I haven’t taken any photos at all over the last couple of days which is unusual for me. I also found a house, that I love. It’s not where we live currently, but on the outskirts BUT it ticks literally all the boxes AND it has a purpose built garden office. Tick tick tick tick! How practical would it be to buy a house when its not withing walking distance from school and I don’t drive? Ok so not practical at all, but his house has decent sized rooms, wouldn’t need a bathroom or kitchen upgrade for now and has a huge garden. And the office garden is just the cherry on the top. So we’re not quite ready to be making offers on houses, we need to have an appointment with a mortgage broker or bank but I’m an eager beaver.

Wednesday

Birthday preparation was top of the agenda today. Freddie turns three at the beginning of June and we’re having a picnic party at Dartmoor so lots of things to organise. I’ve had a lot of fun on Pinterest today looking for yummy picnic food that is tasty but doesn’t take ages to prepare or make. I’m thinking big french sticks with various fillings which we can make before we go and cut as and when we eat them. I’ve also been looking at the grazing platters which look amazing – maybe I could make in foil trays. Then there’s all the drinks, cutlery and extra snacky bits. Looks like the car is going to be loaded up.

Thursday

An uneventful day at the office. I’m working within a new team who I didn’t know before and they’ve been so nice and making me feel welcome. They’ve even invited me out for an all you can drink Prosecco brunch. Unfortunately I can’t go but it sounds amazing!

Friday

As we’re looking for houses on the outskirts of Exeter, it’s time that I got my driving license. It’s not something that I’ve always wanted to do but it would make life a lot easier, especially as I spend every weekend in my own with the kids. So before I faltered I got online and sorted that. It should be here within a couple of weeks so I just need to find a driving instructor.

Saturday

It’s a Luka weekend this weekend so the house is hectic with both boys running around getting every single toy out and playing with about two of them. It’s noisy and messy, but we love having him over.

Sunday

A lovely garden and chill day today with a bit of houses stuff thrown in.

 

Our Family Life 2021 (20/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (20/52)

Monday

I had a nice catch-up with a friend via facetime and managed to book a toddler group for Freddie to attend starting in June. I’ve been looking for somewhere to take him for a few weeks, but there seems to be a waiting list for everything. I also got the application form sorted for Freddie to start pre-school in September which is something that’s been hanging around on my to-do list for a while. He loves other children, so I know he’s going to love it. We walked home the long way as we quite often do if the weather is nice. This is Belle marking the Pooh for the dog who loves to run halfway across a field just to find the perfect pooh spot. It drives me mad when I have to go searching for it. Anyone else’s dog do this?

Tuesday

A working from home day for me and a very productive one at that. We also popped to  Tesco to pick up a new range of Kingsmill 50/50 no bit seedy bread as well as a multi-seed bread for an Instagram post. Might have also had a nose around the clothes section. When did clothes shopping at the supermarket become such a highlight! As per usual, we picked up a few bits for the kids and nothing for ourselves.

Wednesday

I did a big chunk of blogging work with the help of Freddie. Some days this is impossible, but today I managed to get a lot done in between building bricks, racing cars, and the 155 snacks that Freddie wants a day. This is my absolute favorite kind of day as I can tick things off my to-do list as well as spending time with my little side-kick which I love.

Thursday

Another workday from the office and very welcome to get out of the house. I’m sure everybody is, but I’m really fed up with all this rain and not really doing very much. I don’t drive and it’s only recently that I’ve really wished that I could so that I could pack up the kids and go somewhere. Anywhere! Passing my driving test is very much at the top of my personal to-do list (just underneath buying a house). Driving instructors are back up and running now so I need to take the plunge and get this done. Plus I made a bet with my eldest that I would beat him to it so I need to win this bet!

Friday

Was a boring house day. Making and changing beds, cleaning the bathroom as well as more decluttering. I’m not surprised we don’t have enough room for stuff. We literally have so much stuff in the house that it’s ridiculous. Our charity shops aren’t really taking donations, but the clothes bank is now being regularly collected so I’ve been doing regular drop-offs for the clothes that we no longer need or want.

Saturday

We went charity shop shopping. This is one of Isabelle’s absolute favourite things to do and she’s missed it so much with the shops being shut. Always at the top of her list is anything Barbie whether its clothes, accessories, or dolls. She really doesn’t need any more dolls, but she does break me every now and again. Charity shop purchases are always met with a tut and an eye roll from Chris as the kids don’t really need any more toys, but it’s something we like to do together. We bought a Bratz doll and a couple of books (my fave buy from charity shops) as well as some cars for Freddie. On the way back from the shops, I let Freddie loose to jump in puddles which made his day. He was absolutely soaked with speckles of mud on his face and wellies full of water!

It was also my business’s first birthday today so Chris and I had a glass of bubbles to celebrate.

Sunday

It rained! We opted for a baking day. I picked up a cake-making kit that included Jelly Bubbles which you had to make using a Calcium solution, so it was baking as well as a little science experiment. The kids enjoyed this so much, but unfortunately, the cakes didn’t taste as nice as we expected. We had a delivery of homemade biscuits from Nanny who braved the rain, so this more than made up for it.

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Our Family Life 2021 (19/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (19/52)

Monday

Bank holiday Monday and nowhere to go. I’m not really fussed about going out for drinks or food as yet, but it would have been nice to do something with the kids. As it was, it was raining so another day at home. I made the first lasagne in ages. Chris is really good so it was a test to see if mine was better. I missed out on the crown for best lasagne, and literally only scraped through with being better than school lasagne. We made a cheeky reel if you want to see what my daughter thinks.

 

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Tuesday

Tuesday was a work from home day. We were also waiting for the plumber to come and fix the kitchen sink. He finally arrived at around 4pm so we had fish and chips for tea, by the time he was finished and gone.

Wednesday

Wednesday was my Step-Dads funeral. The day started off really grey and rainy, but by the time we were at the crematorium it had brightened up. It was cold, but we had blue skies. The funeral was as sad as expected. The worse bit is seeing how upset your kids are. They’ve only seen him for well over a year to wave at from their balcony which is so awful. We were taking Freddie with us but at last minute decided to ask my in-laws to look after him. I’m sure a funeral comes under essential childcare so I don’t think we broke any COVID rules as a one-off. We went to a local pub to toast his memory and ended up staying for food. It was nice being out, but still a bit of a strange experience

Thursday

Thursday I was back in the office. There was lots of chat about going out and the fact that the weather is killing any enjoyment. Everyone’s on countdown to June when hopefully the COVID shackles will be removed. It was also polling day so the school was closed as it’s used  as a polling station.

Friday

Freddie and I took it easy on Friday. I felt absolutely exhausted after the funeral and all the thoughts that come with that. I put my phone to one side and we did jigsaws, read books, played with playdoh and crawled around the floor as cats. Freddie loves to pretend he’s a cat, quite a lot or sometimes a puffy (puppy).

Saturday and Sunday

What the hell is wrong with the weather at the moment! We’re craving being outdoors, but the weather has been so rubbish. Hats off to all the people braving the weather to sit under umbrellas whilst fending off the wind and the rain. We stayed home as is the norm these days.

We did make homemade pizzas on Sunday for dinner which both kids enjoyed. Dinner times are not very pleasant at the moment. Isabelle complains about every single meal we give her and  Freddie just doesn’t like sitting at the table at all. Thankfully as they made the pizza’s themselves, Belle couldn’t complain as she’d made the food and Freddie was keen to get Daddy to eat his ‘Best pizza’.

Our Family Life 2021 (17/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (17/52)

Monday Freddie and I had a day of playing. He’s just started to take an interest in quieter things such as jigsaws and games. I think this kid is definitely one who needs soft play so he can throw himself around, climb and jump without causing himself any damage. My neighbour messaged me to say she’d left a wizard costume for Freddie on the doorstep which he absolutely loved. We spent a good amount of time playing witches and wizards where he turned me into frogs, pigs and Pooh-poohs!

I really want to ditch the pram now. Freddie is going to be three in June, but there are still some days where the school pick up is just too much for him. Plus we’ve been taking the long way round so that we can take the dog with us as well which the kids enjoy.

Tuesday I had my second COVID jab. It was much quicker than the first as the queues weren’t anything like the first time. I really felt the liquid going into my arm, and the nurse hesitated which was quite sore. I stayed the required 15 minutes afterwards and it felt good to get it over and done with. After my first reaction, I took Paracetamol as soon as it was done and drank extra water. I felt fine apart from a sore arm at the site of the injection.

Wednesday I woke up, still with a sore arm but also with swollen lymph nodes under my arms like last time. I felt really really tired and a bit vacant. Freddie and I had a quiet day of painting and playing. Freddie really doesn’t do things half hearted. He loves crafts so as well as painting his pictures, he painted his face as well.

Thursday I took the day off sick as I really didn’t feel great. As well as feeling tired and generally unwell, my armpits were really swollen and uncomfortable. I was also really cold despite it being a lovely day. I reported these symptoms as per the leaflet I was given and took it easy for the rest of the day.

Friday I still didn’t feel that great, so kept Freddie entertained in the garden with the trampoline. I still felt so cold whilst my neighbour was sat outside in a vest top.

Saturday was such a lovely day. Ryan came over with Luka and we spent the day playing in the garden. Having two nearly three year olds together can sometimes be a bit tricky, as neither of them are particularly great at sharing. Apart from only a few minor spats we managed to have a lovely day. They both learnt that holding onto a ball so the other can’t have it isn’t much fun. It’s much nicer throwing or kicking the ball to each other!

Sunday was another nice weather day, and we went over to my mums to discuss funeral arrangements. We finally have a date for the funeral, so we had to decide on songs, write a eulogy and pick flowers. All this stuff is so hard so. I knew it would be boring for the kids so I promised them subway for lunch afterwards. I don’t think we’ve been there for a couple of years, so we thoroughly enjoyed it. Steak and cheese on toasted Italian bread with sweet onion sauce, hands down is the best.

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Our Family Life 2021 (15/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (15/52)

Our Family Life – well today is the day that many of us have been looking forward to for what seems like a very long time. The shops are re-opening, the pubs are re-opening and you can go and get your hair done. Woo hoo. Which one will you be doing first? We’re going to give the pubs and the shops a miss for a couple of weeks, except for a one-off trip to Debenhams to return some Christmas purchases (only because you have to take them back within the first 7 days of re-opening). We definitely won’t be going today as I’m guessing it’s going to be worse than Christmas.

My daughter is desperate to get back to the shops, but it’s not the High Street shops shes missing, it’s the charity shops. She loves a good rummage around looking for a bargain. My in-laws gave her a TV with a built in DVD player so she’s after getting some more DVD’s to watch. I was just about to get rid of all of our DVD’s since we haven’t had a DVD player for quite a long time now so it’s a good job we hadn’t got round to doing it.

I would love to go and sit in a pub garden somewhere, but today is absolutely freezing with short bursts of heavy rain. I’m going to guess that all the people that booked tables today are going to stick it out come rain or shine!

I feel like we’ve bought a lot more toys outside of birthdays and Christmas since we’re at home all the time, and today we found such a cool thing. We’re trying to save money so I like to have a little look on the Facebook selling pages to see if there are any bargains local to us. This ticks all the boxes.  This cool marble run I bought for £7 and the person delivered it to me. I may not have read the description properly, as it arrived in an enormous box. It was a GIANT marble run, big enough to fit ball pit balls. Ha ha. The kids think it’s great. Chris just rolled his eyes as he does a lot.

Tuesday was a work day from home. I really like working from home, and would love to do it permantly. Sadly I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I’m happy being able to do it. My day is exactly the same as it I was  in the office. I make a cuppa whilst the laptop is cranking up, stop for a mid-morning tea at around 10.30, lunch at 12.30 (but pop down to have it with the kids), tea again at 2 and the commute downstairs at 4pm takes about 30 seconds. Oh and I get to wear my cat feet socks which is an added bonus.

Wednesday I met up with my sister and Neice which was really nice. We got some food and walked a very long way to a park. It was really nice to see them both, and the kids had such a nice time. At the park Freddie was at the top of the slide when a little boy started to climb up the steps, Freddie paniked so much that he nearly fell down the slide. He couldn’t get away from the little boy quick enough. It was the same with everything he went on, every time another child that wasn’t Belle or my niece came near him, he couldn’t get away quick enough. It was quite upsetting seeing his reaction, but I’m guessing that a lot of kids are the same. The mum of the little boy on the slide said her little boy was exactly the same. Freddie wouldn’t remember a time when we didn’t avoid people, let alone all the things that we used to do pre-covid.

Thursday was an office work day and went by nicely with the help of Heart FM.

Friday was an awful day. Belle has been begging me to dip dye the ends of her hair blue for weeks, so today was the day. It was such a faff. I used foil, but wasn’t really sure what to do with it so just kind of folded it over the ends and then scrunched it up. Anyway after all the effort it took to paint the dye on etc. It came out very faded, and almost more green than blue. Isabelle had the biggest meltdown with lots of door slamming, shouting, tears and throwing things around her room. It resulted in her losing her phone and tablet and put me in a rotton mood for the rest of the day. Obviously I planned to ‘ruin her hair’. Oh well, that’s been ticked off the list and also added to the list of ‘Never doing again’.

Saturday we went to see my Mum for a garden visit. It wasn’t too cold, but it wasn’t exactly warm either. The kids had their bike and scooter so were happy. My Mum completely put her foot in it when I told her to tell Belle that she liked her hair. She told her that she really like the shade of green she’d picked! If looks could kill. Ha ha!

Sunday I had my hair done. I’ve been toying with the idea of ballyarge for ages, and today I took the plunge. I’m not very adventurous with my hair, so this is a big change for me. It took quite a long time, but I’m happy with the results and glad that my thick mane has been thinned out again.

Our Family Life 2021 (14/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (14/52)

Today is a turning point for many, as we’re finally allowed to meet up with people in an outside setting either in groups of six or two households. Have you already made plans? Are you raring to get out and socialise? I’m not!

I’m surrounded by rule breakers which puts added pressure on the rest of us who have been following the rules. I hate that I’m made to feel like I’m being silly by following the government guidelines. In honesty I would rather wait until all the social distancing rules are lifted and we can actually enjoy being out and about instead of constantly checking ourselves. I will do a bit of socialising for the sake of the kids, but I just find it stressful.

Anyway, Belle was still at school and Freddie and I went for a lovely walk where we collected leaves and sticks. Why do we always end up with a collection of sticks that the kids bring home. It was nice to be outside on such a lovely day, and Freddie made the most of it running around with the dog. We found a tree stump which Freddie likes to climb on which was growing fungus all around the bottom of the stump. I love this picture which is when I told Freddie that the tree was growing mushrooms.

We also made pizza for our dinner using the roll out pizza bases. There was a bit of drama as Belle didn’t want to share the pizza making with Freddie, so I’ll have to make sure I get two bases for next time.

We were also sent some Push Poppers to review which are a Fidget Toy based on popping bubble wrap and quite addictive. We made a couple of little TikToks and an Instagram reel using these which you can check out if you like.

Tuesday I did a bit of catching up with work stuff. I do some freelance work and it was nice to get on top of things a little bit before the Easter holidays when both kids are home. It’s weird that a toddler needs more looking after than a ten year old, but the ten year old needs way more attention that the two year old.

Wednesday we had a bit of a chilled day. Who else is going to miss these days when the world re-opens and we’re back to rushing around to fit as much stuff in as we used to? I don’t think I’ll go back to that. The slower pace is definitely the way forward. Having no weekly commitments, just taking the days as they are and doing things dependent on the mood and weather.

April Fools Day

I love seeing all the silly things that get advertised on April Fools day, and even better when people get taken in by it. So we’ve already made our way through a quarter of the year, but it almost feels like the year is yet to begin.

Our eldest turned 21 last year in lockdown, so this year he will be able to meet up with friends and have a drink or three which I’m really pleased about.

Good Friday

We always forget Bank Holiday’s as they don’t really mean much when one of you works them as normal. Chris always works Bank Holiday’s so it’s just a normal day for us. My sister and my niece came over today and we went for a walk. It was nice to have a catch up with them, and for the kids to spend some time together.

We desperately need to get our garden sorted so that the kids can go outside. We live near the river and so it stays really wet and boggy for quite a while. It’s just getting to the point where we may be able to cut the grass without ripping it all out and then it will still need a couple of weeks to dry out a bit before it’s ready for the kids. Hopefully this is our last year in this house before we move (I really hope so).

Saturday we went for a garden visit with my Mum. The sky was blue and it looked like it was going to be a lovely day. I took some lunch over so that we could sit and chat for a while. It was freezing unless you were in a direct sun spot. The kids were fine playing for a while, but even they had had enough after about an hour. Belle did her first stint of solo baking and made Chocolate Brownie Bites with crispy M&M’s on the top. They were possibly the nicest brownies I’ve ever tasted.

We still don’t have a date for my step-dads funeral and no signs of the death certificates which seems like a really long time.

Easter Sunday

We had an Easter Egg Hunt in the morning. This is the first year where Belle has had true competition from Freddie as he rushed around filling up his basket. The house now resembles a chocolate shop with Easter eggs stashed on every out of reach surface going.

Sunday was definitely the nicest weather day and we spent a good part of it in my in-laws garden. they have a lovely big garden which is great for the kids. Freddie took his bike and Isabelle took her scooter as there’s plenty of space for them to zoom around. They’re getting ready to move house shortly, but the new house has an even bigger garden which will be nice.

We finished the day with a huge lamb roast dinner which was amazing. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if Freddie hadn’t fallen asleep on the way home and woken up super grumpy. He whinged and clung to me throughout dinner so that was a bit pants. It was a good roast though!

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Our Family Life 2021 (13/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (13/52)

Our Family Life started off with such sad news. A missed call from my Mum in the middle of the night and I knew that my Step-dad was gone. It wasn’t a surprise. When I said goodbye to him in the hospice yesterday I had a feeling that it was the last time. You think that you’re prepared when you know that it’s happening, but it still takes your breath away when it actually happens. Today was a sad day, made sadder when I had to ring our son to tell him that he was gone, and more so when I told Isabelle that her Grandad that she’d only been able to see from their balcony. Knowing that your kids are hurting hurts more than anything.

Tuesday I was grateful that I was on annual leave from work. I spent the day wiping my nose (thanks for the cold Freddie) and having lots of cuddles to get me through the day. Belle wanted to go to school to see her friends so I let her teacher know what had happened so that she could keep an eye on her.

Garden Play

Wednesday Freddie and I spent the morning in the garden. Our garden isn’t ready for playing in for ages yet. It doesn’t have very good drainage so the grass stays really wet, but that didn’t stop up getting the tuff tray out on the patio with some water in it. probably not the best option given that we’re both recovering from colds, but the fresh air was helping me stay awake and Freddie had a lovely time.

Thursday I think I’m finally over my cold so I went to see my Mum to help with the funeral arrangements and other bits and bobs. We still can’t decide which songs to choose. He was a huge fan of Mama Mia, but none of the songs feel appropriate. It made us laugh thinking of the last song being Dancing Queen or Money Money Money!

Friday was a quiet day at home. Freddie keeps me distracted by playing Playdoh, Paw Patrol and we also did some Easter Painting which he really enjoyed. Belle hates it when we do fun stuff whilst she’s at school so we have to try and play it down to save ourselves a drama.

Setting up an Indoor Camp

Saturday we had a really fun day setting up an indoor camp as a dry run in preparation for The Big Little Tent Festival. It’s amazing what you can create with blankets, cushions, pillows, and your dining table. I wasn’t really in the mood for it, but the kids had a lot of fun and it passed the day away so all in all was a good day.

Moldy Bread!

Yesterday we had a bit of an abrupt start. We actually forgot about the clocks changing so we got up with very little time for Chris to get up and out to work. On weekends we like to have a bit of a leisurely breakfast. Isabelle opted for poached egg on toast and Freddie chose to have coconut yoghurt and granola. As we were almost finished eating, Isabelle noticed a spot of mold on the edge of her toast. Yep, total Mum fail, we were eating moldy bread. After reassuring her that she wouldn’t get ill from eating moldy bread she was fine, but she totally milked it for the rest of the day.

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What We’re doing for The Big Little Tent Festival 2021

What We’re doing for The Big Little Tent Festival 2021

This past year has been an awful year on so many levels, but we’ve also had some good times as well. Spending time in our own little bubble, doing our own thing at a leisurely pace has definitely been the highlight.

We’ve done loads of stuff including setting up a cafe for afternoon tea, made a sweet shop, had many a lounge disco and I’ve lost count of how many Movie nights we’ve had over the last year. One thing that the kids have always pestered us to do is go camping. I sit firmly in the ‘anti-camping camp’ but could be persuaded to give glamping a go at some point.

The Big Little Tent  Festival

The Big Little Tent Festival set up by the Caravan Club last year is a way of grabbing a little piece of camp life in the comfort of your own home. Set up a tent in your garden or, like us you could set up camp in your living room and join in the fun.

To join in the festival there is a downloadable pack that contains everything you need to bring the festival to you including a checklist of things you will need,  festival wristbands, bunting templates as well as a whole host of activity ideas which you could easily spread out over a few days. There’s even a chance to win a childs Raleigh bike.

Setting up Camp

So as we don’t own any actual camping gear, we’re going to set up camp in our living room with all our home comforts which is very appealing from my point of view. We’re going to get festival ready with hair chalks, facepaint and an anything-goes dress code.

You could of course drag out your entire camping kit and set up in your garden. The Festival is running over Easter weekend with an action packed schedule including a Zoom Party where you can meet the Mermaid Princess and the Friendly Neighbourhood Hero for games, superhero training, and a campfire song!

Our Festival Menu

So thinking along the lines of food we would probably buy should we be in a real life festival, we thought we’d go for hotdogs, chips and corn on the cob followed by our own version of S’mores and popcorn at the request of Isabelle.

 

Our Family Life 2021 (12/52 weeks)

Our Family Life 2021 (12/52)

Our Family Life 2021 – Monday was just the usual (yey, for the usual) school run, etc. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into my Mother’s Day Hamper, but we ordered such a big takeaway yesterday that we need to finish that off today. Tomorrow…..

Tuesday is all about the cheese. Cracking open my hamper and stuffing our faces with olives, cheeses, nice bread, and crackers. Mmmmm nom nom nom. If I was food, I would be cheese, I love it!

Subscription Boxes

Wednesday my new Birch Box came which is always a nice surprise. I love getting some little treats just for me and this one definitely ticked all the boxes. I’m really looking forward to using the Gold Revitalising Eye Gels which I think I need for my dark circles. Freddie wanted the box to put his Superwings in, so he was happy. I really love subscription boxes and the element of surprise, so I think I might give a few more a go. I would love any suggestions of any subscription boxes you may have tried.

Thursday was a workday for me in the office. I booked my second Covid vaccination for the 21st of April which felt good. Although a lot of people are having more side effects from the second dose than the first. I did have a reaction with the first vaccine, all the lymph nodes under my armpits became inflamed for a few days, and using deodorant was a bit ouchy. Apparently, the best thing to do is to take Paracetamol before you have the vaccine and make sure that you keep hydrated so that’s what I’ll do. Fingers crossed if you’ve got yours coming up.

I went to see my Step-Dad today in the hospice. It was a shock to see him as he’s changed so much only in a few days. He’s no longer getting out of bed to sit in the chair. He was sleeping so I sat and chatted to him about what we’d been up to, and played some of his favourite music, and he squeezed my hand a few times. Bit by bit he’s slipping away. He may not wake up now, so we’ll keep on visiting. Keep on chatting to him and hopefully, he knows that we’re there. I feel grateful that he hasn’t been transferred to a nursing home since we wouldn’t be able to see him at all, but the end is close…….

Friday I felt exhausted so Freddie and I just had a chilled day playing. He loves to cuddle and must have realised that I needed that more than anything.

Saturday Freddie woke up and was full of a cold and very clingy. Isabelle was terrified that she was going to catch Freddie’s germs so spent the day in her room, only coming down wearing a mask for snacks!

Sunday I went back to see my Step-Dad, and it was very upsetting. He was completely unresponsive. I sat and watched his chest go up and down, holding my own breath every time the rhythm changed. It’s awful losing somebody you love to cancer. Watching them disappear and shrink before your eyes. I’m not really sure how the Hospice staff do their jobs when everybody is so sad and upset all the time. It takes a special kind of person.

Sorry to get all doom and gloom on you.

Potty Training Update

In other news, the potty training is going really well. Freddie is using both his potty and the toilet with no problems or accidents at all. He prefers to wear pull-ups rather than pants which is fine by us. We’ve also switched him from nappies to pull-ups at night, and these are pretty dry in the mornings so we’re pretty impressed with our clever little boy.

Our Family Life 2021 (11/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (11/52)

Monday 8th March – the day the kids went back to school. Will they last longer than the one day they went back to school in January? Let’s hope so.

These last couple of months have been tough.

The kids need routine.

We need routine.

As well as the schools re-opening, the weather has turned a corner which is always nice. I wonder how long it’ll be before the nation is moaning about doing the school pick-up. Thursday maybe Friday I’d put my money on.

Tuesday was a cake making day for me. It’s my Nephews 21st birthday tomorrow so I’m making a huge chocolate cake with lashings of chocolate butter cream, chocolate ganache and topped with more chocolate.

I also went to see my Step-Dad before he moves to a nursing home. It’s a bit worrying that this might be the last time I see him since the rules for visiting nursing homes are really strict for obvious reasons.

When I arrived at the hospice I had to have a lateral flow test and wait 30 minutes for the result to come through. We saw my step-dad in the corridor and he was trying to get into the room that we were in.

When we finally got to see him after testing negative it was a bit of a shock. He was so thin and had changed so much since seeing him a couple of weeks ago. He still had some of his sense of humour, but he also kept disappearing mid conversation and mumbling things we couldn’t make out.

It was quite upsetting to see him like that, knowing that we well lose more of him bit by bit.

Wednesday we were back on the potty training with Freddie. We tried a couple of weeks ago but he started holding his wee in and ended up getting really upset, but today he asked to wear pants. So far so good!

Thursday I had a bit of a blog catch-up and did some of the admin bits and pieces and then treated myself to a long soak in the bath which was a bit of a treat.

Friday was a funny weather day. It was either lashing down with rain or blue skies and sunshine. We’ve reached a tricky stage with Freddie in terms of his pushchair. Generally we don’t use it, but there are days when we’ve been busy and I know he won’t cope with the school pick-up. It’s trial and error at the moment. Some days I take it out and he doesn’t go in it and other days he knackered and will happily sit in it. My other two were out of prams by his age, but they all do thing in their own way.

Freddie looking for Belle on the way to school

Potty training is still going well with no accidents.

Saturday Ryan was back with us and he had Luka, so it was a day of lots of playing and noise. I though Freddie would be too distracted to remember to tell me if he needed a wee, but he’s done amazingly well. He had his first accident today when he was doing some secret Mother’s Day stuff with Belle and she couldn’t get him to the potty on time, but one accident in four days is pretty amazing.

Sunday it was Mother’s Day, and the day started off as a good one. I was given homemade cards by the kids and a huge hamper from Darts Farm with loads of goodies including cheeses and truffles. Chris made bacon sandwiches before he had to go off to work, and the day took a turn for the worse. Isabelle has been having huge outbursts for the last few months and today was one of those days. It’s so hard to get her out of these awful moods, so we had a good few hours where she stayed in her room in a grump. I always wonder about the pics people put on social media of their perfect days, and whether it’s true to form or just a small snippet of a day where all the usual family squabbles, tantrums and fallouts happen.

I wanted a picture of all three kids and as you can see, none of them are insta-perfect!

Next year I think I’ll take myself off for a spa day with a good book!

This is the lovely Mother’s Day Sweet and Savoury Afternoon Tea that we ordered for Chris’ mum from Orchardlea Occasion Foods who are local to us.

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