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My Family Life 2021

Monday

Well today was eventful. We got up as usual to start our day. Freddie and I were due to meet a friend at a toddler group, Belle was going to school. It was Belle’s sports day in the afternoon followed by a meet and greet session for Freddie from 4 – 5pm so it was going to be a full-on day.

As we were getting ready I always have a little scroll through my emails which was lucky as we had an urgent email to say that a child in Belles year had tested positive for Covid and they were closing the bubble and all children had to isolate until 24th July which would mean after the last day of term.

Cue huge meltdown from Belle who was really looking forward to sports day and, let’s face it a doss week for the rest of the week.

Whilst we were calming that situation, we then get a call from our son who had tested positive on a lateral flow test and was being moved to a single room to isolate. He’s in the army but was with us all weekend from Friday to Sunday.

We then got another email from school to say that as per new guidelines, they weren’t closing the bubble and all kids should be in school for 11.30.

We had a very smiley Belle until we realised that we would have to isolate as contacts with Ryan pending his PCR test.

Oh dear, yet another meltdown from Belle.

No toddler group, no Sports day and no meet and greet for pre-school. All our plans taken out within half an hour. We were meant to be going to my Mums for tea as well, as she was going to be looking after Belle whilst Freddie and I went to pre-school so she was disappointed as well.

The guidance on contact is pretty crap at the moment. It contradicts itself – one bit says you have to isolate and another bit says you don’t have to unless contacted by track and trace.

I rang work who said yes, we need to isolate pending Ryan’s PCR results so fingers crossed they come back negative.

We’ve got a bit of a wait as a postal test has been requested for Ryan as he doesn’t drive.

Tuesday 20th

I worked from home. It’s absolutely boiling hot. We shouldn’t complain about the weather as it’s been pretty touch and go crap recently but it’s just one extreme to another!

Ryan had his PCR test and should get the results tomorrow.

Wednesday 21st

We waited all day for the results and it wasn’t until I was already in bed that he messaged me to say that he had tested positive. Damn, that’s us in isolation for the foreseeable.

Belle was very upset as she was hoping to go back to school for the last couple of days. She’s been set some work online, but I’m not even going to bother trying to get her to do it.

On the upside, the weather is still lovely so lots of garden play, and Daddy is home which is an extra bonus as he works long hours.

Chris also got a 6 month pass to Disney+ so we’ve got loads of films we can watch in between soakings.

Thursday

I should have been in the office today but as we’re isolating I’m working from home. It’s been a disaster of a day. The system that I use for work decided to play up. It enlarged itself on my screen which you’d think would be easy enough to fix, but no, it stayed huge and really hard to work from. I’m pretty IT savvy but I couldn’t work it out and neither could the IT department!

We also nipped to the Corona drive through to get tested, just in case. It makes no difference to isolation, we still have to do it but at least we’d know. I’m double jabbed but Chris has only had one of his, and you can still get it clever if you’ve been vaccinated. Better to be safe and all that!

Friday

The kids and I got our results which were all negative. Chris’ came back inconclusive so he has to go back and get it done again.

Our grandson has also tested positive so all his birthday plans for the weekend have had to be scrapped. We weren’t seeing him this weekend but it’s a shame that he can’t have his party.

Ryan’s utterly bored as he’s stuck in a single room to isolate. At least we’ve got the garden to break up the day.

Saturday 24th

I’ve got my first driving lesson confirmed for Monday 6th September. I can’t wait to get on the road. I only want to drive so it’s easier to take the kids places after school and at the weekend. Also being able to pop over for a cuppa with my mum will be quite nice as well.

We’ve got a big car so I’m on the lookout for a small car with four doors. I like the look of the Citroen’s or a small Peugeot but who knows.

Sunday

It’s Luka’s 3rd birthday today. I’ve been a Nanny for three whole years. It still makes me chuckle when I say that, but we wouldn’t change it for the world.

We FaceTimed him so we could wish him happy birthday. He showed us his presents and was happy enough at home with his Mum.

We also watched the film Luca which was definitely worth a watch.

Belle made some little clay charms which we thought were pretty impressive. We had to bake them in the oven before she can glaze them.

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My Family Life 2021

Monday

My Family Life – Belle was at school as usual and Freddie and I went to toddler group. The last one until September. Actually, the last one is because in September he will be starting pre-school so we won’t be able to go to this group anymore.

Homemade scones made by the toddler

All the children made scones which were really lovely, and towards the end when they’d cooled down we ate them with jam and clotted cream. I mentioned that I pretty much lived on cheese scones when I was pregnant which then led to us all discussing what we could or couldn’t eat during pregnancy. One lady had a thing for garlic bread and another for vinegar and most boring of all was broccoli. I suppose it would have been good to crave veg instead of a diet of cheese in any form, crackers, and crisps.

Freddie went Missing!

At the end of the session, I was grabbing our stuff and noticed that the gate had been left open and Freddie was nowhere to be seen. I went down to the gate and looked around but couldn’t find him, looked all around the garden and then back inside again. Nothing. The big front gate to ‘outside’ was closed, but he could have sneaked out alongside the other parents.

I was starting to worry as I wandered around calling his name, and then as I started to feel a panic that maybe he had got outside and was wandering around the busy road, the lady that runs the group had found him in an unused room. He’d managed to let himself in there and then shut the door. When I went in to get him he was standing in the corner with his hands over his face. I thought he had done this as he was scared or had heard me calling and couldn’t get out. But no, he shouted “I hided from you” whilst laughing his head off.

Honestly, kids have no idea how much they scare you when they do stuff like that. Having said that, the alternative would have been a lot scarier.

Tuesday

Was a workday for me so not a lot happens other than work!

Wednesday

It looks like I’ve found a driving instructor with availability. It’s definitely a good time to be a driving instructor at the moment, they’re like gold dust. I thought I should mention that it’s been a while since I was a teenager but that didn’t put him off. Can’t wait to get started!

Thursday

A workday and it was so unbearably hot in the office. I work for the NHS and we’ll continue to wear masks for a while yet regardless of the new rules. Having a sweaty mask face is not a good look.

Friday

Was boiling hot. Ryan came over with Luka in the afternoon as he was able to leave base earlier today so I got to pick up Belle from school solo. I would usually take the dog, but I don’t think our hairy labradoodle would have coped with the heat. It’s been a long time since I picked her up on my own and it was nice to be able to have a chat without Freddie butting in every half a second.

Toddler boy playing with a toy water sink in a tuff tray

With it being so hot, the water fight began as soon as we got home. The most competition being between Isabelle and Ryan. Isabelle came off worse as usual, but she gave a good fight.

Saturday

Was a repeat of yesterday with a huge water fight.

In and out of the garden getting soaked is likely what we’re going to be doing for the rest of the summer and a great way to cool down.

Sunday

Belle, Freddie, and I popped out in the morning to find a blue t-shirt for sports day on Monday. I’m so glad that we got it done and out of the way in the morning as the day just got hotter and hotter.

My Mother-in-Law came over to see More water play when Luka came over with Ryan before Ryan went back to base for the week.

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Family Fun at Paulos Circus Topsham

Family Fun at Paulos Circus Topsham

This weekend we had the pleasure of visiting Paulos Circus at Darts Farm in Topsham. it’s a fantastic setting with plenty of parking and the appeal of coffee, cake, and ice cream afterwards.

Aerial Acrobat performing in the air at Paulos Circus

We visited when they were there back in 2017 so we knew we were in for a treat – Paulos Circus 2017.

Paulos Circus has been entertaining the nation since 1816. Isabelle’s Tour is a mixture of traditional circus acts presented with a 21st-century twist. 

The excitement builds once the Big Top is insight. The walk there today was a soggy one, but it definitely didn’t put a dampener on the experience.

Poroto the Clown doing ladder tricks in Paulos Circus

I went with my sister and her daughter. As well as my two. I wasn’t sure if Freddie was going to sit still but he was mesmerised throughout the show as there are so many different acts to see as well as all the lighting and effects.

An Aerial gymnast performing in the Paulos Circus

We wore masks until we were seated. As we were seated ringside, there were plastic partitions between each family group and a one-way system in and out of the tent. There were also hand sanitisers at the entrance and in the toilets.

What to Expect

The show was Go….Go…..Go throughout with act after act providing non-stop entertainment. 

The acts included: 

Juggling
Balancing 
Aerial Gymnastics 
Aerial Cube Gymnastics 
Ladder walking (not sure if that’s the technical term, but you’ll know what I mean)
Trapeze Artist 
A Fairy on a tightrope
A Robot and a Spaceship

And not forgetting Poroto the clown who we saw in between each act – he was absolutely hilarious. 

There were refreshments available on a cash-only basis so don’t forget to take some cash on the day.

The show lasted around 75 minutes and it went by really quickly. 

It is loud in the big top and there are a lot of flashing lights. I did notice a couple of children wearing ear defenders, but my three-year-old and ten-year-old were absolutely fine without. 

Paulos Circus gymnastics act

How much are the tickets? 

Isabelle’s Tour is at Dart’s Farm until the 25th July with plenty of shows available and then on to Newquay for the rest of the Summer. 

The tickets are £8 per person which is a very reasonable price. Under 2’s are FREE.

These can be prebooked or bought on the gate, but personally, I’m not sure I would risk the disappointment of being turned away. You can book your Paulos Circus Tickets Here.

For all updates, it’s best to follow their Facebook Page

A Spaceship landing with an alien emerging as part of the Paulos Circus performance

Our Thoughts 

Right from the beginning, I thought it was well thought out with a one-way system and hand sanitisers available on arrival. The Big Top wasn’t packed full of people, there was plenty of room and in terms of COVID and social distancing, I felt that we didn’t have any issues at all. 

The show was fantastic. There was something going on all of the time which just keeps the excitement going throughout. I wasn’t sure if Freddie was going to sit still as he has no experience of sitting in this kind of setting as he was only 18 months old when the pandemic hit. However, he was mesmerised by the lights and the acts. He joined in with the clapping and laughed throughout. My daughter and niece enjoyed it so much and again joined in wholeheartedly. 

I love the circus and the atmosphere was brilliant. Everybody was clapping along and laughing the whole time. The performers give 100% to their acts and it shines throughout the acts.

To see more of the acts have a look at our Day’s Out Highlights over on our Instagram account.

*We were gifted tickets to attend the Paulos Circus to enable us to provide an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

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My Family Life 2021

Monday

My Family Life – We went to toddler group in the morning. I’ve been worried about how little interaction Freddie has with other children. He tends to avoid other children in every way possible, playing around them like they aren’t there. However, today the toddler group only had three toddlers and a baby so they formed a little trio and played alongside each other the entire time.

We then went to the park where we played for a bit longer. It was so nice seeing him playing without shying away from other kids. I’d made him a little packed lunch so didn’t need to worry about rushing back home. By the time we did get back he was exhausted and was trying to have a nap. Naps are an absolute no now unless we still want him running around at 10pm.

Tuesday

A workday for me so not a lot happening.

Wednesday

And it’s raining again. The weather needs to seriously make up its mind. I’m sick of taking coats and umbrellas but being too hot. Freddie doesn’t mind, any excuse for jumping in puddles. He chose a great school pick up outfit and roared at everybody that we went past!

Thursday

An office day and which went really quickly.

Friday

The end of another week. I got Freddie’s pre-school information today. He’s got every morning for three hours each day starting in September.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m going to miss him like crazy but I know it will be good for him. I’m going to ask if he can start the first couple of weeks by doing maybe three mornings just to see how he goes. He hasn’t ever been in a childcare or nursery setting, it’s just been me or his dad looking after him since he was born.

I have no idea how he’s going to be. He’s a confident little boy but he’s never been without one of us. We’ve had both ends of the spectrum. Our eldest started nursery without a backward glance and our middle one cried every day for about six months. Hopefully, he’ll be somewhere in the middle.

Saturday

We had such a good day. We went to Paulos Circus as Darts Farm with my Sister and Niece. We started off with a bit of lunch at home and then we made our way to Darts Farm. As the last few days we’d had rain, we knew it was going to be a soggy walk across the field, and it really was.

We had such a good time though. It was about an hour 15 minutes long and I didn’t think Freddie was going to sit still but he was mesmerised by everything from the lights, sounds, and the amazing performances.

Afterward, we had ice cream and a play in the play area. Freddie found a puddle and ended up looking like a swamp monster.

We also had a visit from Ryan, our eldest with a bottle of fresh banana milkshake from a local fill your own milk place. There’s nothing like it!

Sunday

It rained…..again! We were going to pop to my mum’s but I don’t drive so we didn’t fancy a soggy walk.

I’ve finally decided to get my driving license. Well, I decided last year but then the pandemic kinda ruined that plan. Well, it’s near on impossible to find a driving instructor at the moment. They’re all choc-a-bloc, and the next available test is in December. As soon as I’ve nailed down an instructor I’m going to book both the theory and the practical and just get it done. I’m terrified that I’m going to be an awful driver or at least a very nervous driver, but it’s time to get my wheels!

Wish me luck!

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Trying New Recipes with Hello Fresh

Trying New Recipes with Hello Fresh

After months and months of seeing posts on meal subscription boxes, we finally took the plunge and ordered our first Hello Fresh box a couple of weeks ago.

I got a referral code from a fellow blogger so that she received a discount off her next order which is quite a nice thing to do.

You can sign up via the website or via the App (iphone and Android). I downloaded the App which is so easy to use.

The choice of meals is really good, and there are several different categories to suit your palette including Family Recipes, Quick Meals and Chef’s choice.

How does it work?

When you first download the App you will be asked for your preferences. Ours are family meals and quick meals which as a busy Mum takes the hassle out of looking for new recipes that both kids will eat and we will enjoy also. You select the number of people the meals are for. There are four of us, but Freddie doesn’t eat very much and Chris has quite large portions so we opted for the four people. Then you pick how many recipes you want per week. We opted for three and then the rest of the week we eat relatively simple meals. I’ve started to meal plan which works so well for us, and reduces the food shopping bill as well as my sanity at having to come up with seven meals each week. Choose your delivery date and enter your payment details. It’s as simple as that! All of the food comes already portioned into the exact amount that you need for the recipe. The meat and chilled products come in a separate insultated bag with cool packs and the remaining ingredients come in numbered brown paper bags each relating to the correct recipe card. The cards are really easy to follow and can be kept to use time and again.

Choosing what to eat

This is the fun part. It’s like ordering from a menu. If you don’t make a selection one week, it will be made for you based on the preferences you have chosen which could be a nice way to try something new. Otherwise you just log into you app and make your weekly meal choices. I’ve included Belle in the meal selection as she’s become quite particular about what she eats reently which is hopefully just a phase.

Are you locked into the subscription?

Absolutely not. You can pause the subscription whenever you want and reinstate it again when you’re ready. So if you’re going on holiday you would pause for the duration, but you could change the delivery date so that you get a box the day that you get back when there’s usually nothing in the fridge.

What about all the packaging?

This was one of the things that I had thought about before placing an order. As everything comes pre-measured there are a lot of little sachets and plastic packaging to enable this to reach our door as fresh as it can be BUT Hello Fresh have obviously thought all of this through and you can read about there commitment to sustainability and reduced carbon foot print here. Receiving your ingredients individually portioned means a reduction in food waste which is a huge thumbs up.

Our thoughts

I love it! I love a subscription box or service and the time it saves me constantly looking for new ideas to feed the family. Our first box was discounted, and there are always lots of discounts around for new customers. We thought that the price of the boxes after the initial discount was a little bit pricey, but having said that, the rest of the week we eat relatively simple meals such as pasta, jacket potatoes and salads so it evens out the cost of the shopping.

We’ve had three deliveries so far and there’s only two meals that we’ve enjoyed all the meals except maybe a couple of dishes. One was a pasta dish that just didn’t have enough flavour for us and the other was lovely but took a lot longer to make than the recipe card stated.

This post isn’t an #AD in any way as we are paying for this subscription ourselves, but if you would like to try a box and get a £42 discout (essentially a FREE box) then send me a DM through Instagram for the code.

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Our Family Life 2021

Monday

I don’t believe this! The kids are both poorly again. Coughing and sneezing and Belles got a high temperature. No school and no toddler group. Belle has taken herself back up to bed so I know she must be feeling poorly.

I did let them raid Daddy’s Fathers Day stash in the afternoon to cheer them up a bit.

Tuesday

Was a work day for me and a nice break from wiping noses. This morning I actually slipped after steeping in the remainders of Freddie’s sneeze. I literally went flying like I’d stood on a banana skin!

Wednesday

Sod’s law that I’m now feeling absolutely awful. I’m starting to miss lockdown when the kids were germ free. I’ve had a negative lateral flow test but have requested to work from home tomorrow so that I won’t need to wear a mask all day.

Freddie also found this red spider in the garden which we took a picture of so we could enlarge it to look at its features. He loves looking for bugs so this was exciting!

Thursday

A work from home day and a nice break from the kids. Belles gone back to school now as she’s feeling better. I feel worse but at least I can just work and not have to look after a toddler who asks about 5023 questions a day.

Friday

The weathers lovely and Freddie is in a great mood. I feel relatively better but still have a horrible tickle in my throat. We decided to get out in the sunshine today so we took the dog and the bike on a lovely walk before picking Belle up from school.

Freddies sleep is pretty poor at the moment so it’s time to take action. I’m still breastfeeding him at night so we need to stop this and get him in his own bed. I know it’s going to be a massive struggle and will impact my sleeping even further, but it’s time now.

We’ve been advised to do it gradually, first of all by introducing a teddy or comforter during feeds so that we can essentially replace my boob with whatever we choose.

It worked! He picked his sheepy which he held onto whilst feeding and then I took him off as he became sleepy. He moved away and went to sleep.

Saturday

It poured down so all plans for the park were scrapped. A home day for us with not a lot to report.

Sunday

My nieces and Nephews came over to play with Belle and Freddie. The older two are belles age and the younger two are Freddie’s age which works well.

The downstairs resembled a trashed toy shop but the kids had a lovely time, and everyone was worn out come bedtime so it was a good day all round.

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Our Family Life 2021

Monday

So far so good. We’re all better and back at school and work. Freddie and I have been to toddler group this morning. He actually sat down today for a few minutes during singing and storytime which he hasn’t done before.

It’s a rainy day today so he was allowed to jump in all the puddles on the way home which is one of his favourite things to do.

Toddler wearing a puddle suit jumping in puddles

Tuesday

Was a work-at-home day for me, and typically the sun has come out. Freddie doesn’t sleep that great normal times, but since being poorly his sleep has been rubbish so I’m knackered and running on empty.

I’ve woken up this morning with really awful backache which isn’t much fun, but at least I don’t have to spend the day running around after Freddie.

I binge listened to a new podcast called Influencer Insights with Abi Hugo which is really good. She knows literally everything there is to know about Instagram and well worth a listen.

Mango chicken with bulgar wheat and roasted carrots on a plate

Wednesday

We got another Hello Fresh delivery today which I find really exciting. Having these deliveries has made a huge difference to the way we shop. I order three meals and then the rest of the meals for that week are really simple like jacket potatoes and pasta. If you find that you’re running out of meal ideas I would definitely recommend that you give Hello Fresh a go. I’ve written a post on what I think which I’ve just got to add the finishing touches to.

Other than that, Freddie and I just pottered around the house doing a bit of house stuff and playing.

Thursday

I made it into the office today. I don’t think I’ve physically been in for about a month.

We also had a relatively good night’s sleep which always makes the world of difference.

Toddler boy playing with foam soap in the bath

The day ended with Freddie having a bath with the spray soap stuff which he loves. As you can see he made a lot of mess, but it was a great distraction for hair wash time.

Friday

I had a little bit of work that I had to get finished today and then we were out in the garden playing for the rest of the afternoon before school pick-up. Belle likes to FaceTime her friend, the same friend she’s been at school with all day so she did that after school whilst Freddie and I made dinner and attempted to read some books.

Saturday

It was such a lovely day that we went for a walk down to the quay for an ice cream and cake. There’s a place that do the yummiest yoghurt topped flapjack which I always get if we go there.

The kids went in the park whilst I stayed just outside the fence with the dog which he wasn’t happy about. Usually, he cries if his humans go out of sight but he was fine sitting in the sun for half an hour whilst they burnt off some energy.

Coffee and yoghurt topped flapjack by Exeter Quay

Down by the quay in Exeter, there are loads of swans and geese that nest there. Not just a few, there’s loads. They’re quite scary to walk through, especially with the dog.

The geese came about a few years ago when a lone goose was found there, and I think the RSPCA introduced another goose for it to befriend.

Toddler boy and ten year old girl sat on a bench at Exeter Quay

Sunday

I’m so glad that we got out yesterday as it’s bucketing down with rain so we got out the Playdoh and played games all day.

Playdoh worm with a bottom

Freddie loves to make sausages and worms with Playdoh so that he can chop them up with his knife (plastic obvs) but this morning he asked me to make him some long worms and then he added on bums so that they could do Poo’s which both kids found hilarious!

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Our Family Life 2021

Monday 

We had to miss toddler group this morning as Freddie still isn’t very well and neither is Belle now so we’re all huddled at home wishing the germs away. 

Tuesday

It’s a workday for me and I’m more than happy for some time away from the kids who are both ill in that annoying whingy way. Chris is now feeling ill so it’s time to start thinking about getting a COVID test just to be on the safe side.

Wednesday

We didn’t want to take any risks so we’re all going to be tested at our local Corona drive-through. It was exactly as we expected. A nightmare! Freddie wasn’t too bad. We made a game of looking for his bogeys up his nose with the swab which he was more than up for. Belle on the other hand was the nightmare. She refused and squirmed, and it was getting hotter and hotter in the car. Well, we got it done eventually, but I was a hot sweaty mess underneath my mask. So gross!

Thursday 

Thursdays I usually go into the office, but because of the COVID test, I’m working from home. Mid-morning we got our results which were thankfully negative. I rang the school and work to let them know that we’d been given the all-clear. Isabelle is itching to get back to school, but she’s still coughing quite a lot so we think we’ll keep her off until Monday. 

Friday

As we’ve been cooped up all week I took the kids out for a walk today. It was lovely just being outside. Both the kids like being outside so when we got home, we had our lunch in the garden and spent the rest of the day playing outside.

Saturday

We spent the day wrapping presents and making cards for Father’s Day. Freddie made handmade wrapping paper using paint to print his handprints on brown paper, and Belle made a batch of Rock Cakes by herself.

Belle prefers to have her own gifts to give now that she’s older so that she can hide it in her wardrobe. She’s really thoughtful when making cards and decorating her gifts.

Ryan brought Luka round which always puts a smile on Freddie’s face. They messed around on the trampoline and got up to the usual mischief getting ALL the toys out.

Sunday

It’s Fathers Day so we had a very rushed Full English and present unwrapping before Chris had to dash off to work. That’s the trouble with him working in retail and taking weekends off is a premium. He got some very nice gifts from the kids. Ryan was very flash with his presents this year as it’s the first year that he’s been earning a decent wage – a very nice pair of running shoes means that Chris is going to have to get his act together and start running again! It wasn’t until the afternoon that I realised that this is the first year that I haven’t got anybody to buy a card and a present for. I was going to go round to my Mum’s with some cake for a cuppa but Freddie fell asleep, so I just sat and moped about a bit. We had a nice takeaway when Chris got home from work. Curry since it was his choice. If it was left to Belle to choose we’d have had McDonald’s.

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Monday

Freddie started his new toddler group today. It was only a small group of around nine children but it was lovely. They had a huge range of wooden toys. The little kitchen area was absolutely adorable. The washing machine even had a little working drum!

The children made bread, sang songs, listened to a story, and even made felt treetops. I’ve never done felting before, but we made balls which we dipped in washing up liquid and rolled before adding the coloured felt wool. Freddie loved the washing-up liquid part, but then a little boy threw a wooden ball into the water which of course was much more fun so Freddie joined in.

He also became more than a bit obsessed with the toilets. They had tiny toilets with little sinks, all Freddie height so he kept telling me that he needed a wee so he could mess around in there.

I didn’t take the pram as were slowly fading it out and he was well and truly knackered by the time we got home. He had such a lovely time though.

This made us a gorgeous steak dinner which could beat any steak restaurant hands down. Freddie took himself off to the sofa and fell asleep which he never does!

Tuesday 

I worked from home. Freddie has been really quiet today and he’s got a temperature so he’s had lots of snuggles with Daddy, and I’ve been popping in and out to see him. Towards the end of the day, we knew that he was coming down with something so we dosed him up on Calpol and crossed everything that it wasn’t going to be too rough.

Wednesday 

Hmm, the day started at about 3.30 am for me this morning when Freddie covered our entire bed in sick. I had to strip him off, strip all the bedding and sheets off as well as cuddle him whilst his little body heaved with yet more sick. This is the first time he’s been properly poorly which I suppose is because he’s been shielded from all the usual germs that he would have likely picked up. At 6 am I did a job swap with Daddy so that I could get a couple of hours sleep before he went off to work. 

He managed to eat a bit of toast which I think he really enjoyed. He was clingy for most of the day, but no more sickness until near bedtime when he started up again. This time we managed to get it all in the sick. In usual Freddie form, he wanted to know where the sick had come from. I told him it was from his tummy and was the food that he’d been eating to which he looked disgusted and told me ‘No, I not eaten any of that’. 

I went to bed early tonight anticipating that we were going to have another rough night. 

We got our first Hello Fresh Delivery today which Freddie helped me unpack. I’ve been wanting to order one of these food subscription services for ages. I love that it’s as easy as picking from a takeaway menu, and then it arrives all ready for you to cook with no more thought needed. I ordered the three meal options which we’re saving for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday which will be perfect since Freddie is ill. I’ll let you know how we get on with that.

Thursday 

I wasn’t wrong, and I was also supposed to be working from the office. Now, this is where working from home is literally the best thing ever! I could stay at home and work whilst being able to pop down for cuddles when Freddie needed me. Now that’s a work/life balance that all of us mums need. 

Saturday 

The day started off okay. We have a patch at the bottom of the garden where brambles keep growing. with all the rain lately, the brambles took hold pretty quickly and there was one long one at the back which you could easily have mistaken for a prickly beanstalk. We took to the brambles with shears, and after making sure the kids were being careful, I chopped the massive one down. Only I didn’t really think about where it was going to fall and it literally landed on me AND got stuck in my hair. Belle, bless her did try to help but it was too prickly for her so I did a sort of weird jiggy dance until it fell off. 

After that little blip, we smashed it and got it all cut down pretty quickly. Then we raked it into a pile where it was going to be bagged up for the tip. Halfway through raking, we discovered that we’d uncovered an area that was heaving with newts. There were all in little piles and started running around. Belle declared that they must be rehomed, so we spent the next however long using a bucket and spade to carefully collect the newts and rehome them in a different part of the garden. 

That’s where the arguing started between Belle and Freddie. They both wanted to rehome all the Nigel’s (a mutually chosen name for the newts) and they were literally playing tug of war with the bucket. 

We eventually got it all done and installed our old sandpit which we’re going to use as a planter. Now we just have to fill it with soil and get planting. 

That evening we did something we haven’t done for ages. I cooked the kids tea early and we ate when they were in bed. We used to eat this way every night when Ryan was little and we both worked full-time. He would eat when he got back from school and we would eat at around 7.30. I got to eat my food without anyone trying to eat it or anyone trying to sit on my lap. Bliss.

Sunday 

Another day still at home as Freddie is still full of a cold. It is my Nephews birthday today and we were going to visit him with his present, but we don’t want to spread Freddie’s germs about. 

Ryan popped in for a visit before going back to base so the kids had a water fight in the garden with Ryan and Belle going to battle against each other. Belle got soaked, but then Freddie was the wildcard who soaked Ryan from behind when he was dodging Belle. 

 

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Our Family Life 2021 (23/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (23/52)

Monday

It’s the first day of the holidays and Freddie’s birthday week. Daddy has to work today so we had to entertain ourselves. Of all the places to be going, we off to B&M and Matalan. Belle wants to pick a present for Freddie from B&M and get some new clothes from Matalan. This wasn’t as bad as I expected – Belle usually turns into a total diva when it comes to clothes shopping. I even managed to get myself a couple of tops. As well as picking some stuff up for Freddie. Freddie spotted a shopping trolly – the shopping trolly came with us. I’ve got no more to say on that matter!!

We grabbed some McDonald’s on the way out as it’s in the same shopping bit and sat in some nearby gardens to eat it. They have a wisteria tunnel in the gardens which the kids enjoyed running through. All in all it was a very pleasant experience.

Tuesday

We booked to go to Crealy. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we had a great day. The kids took it in turns to pick what they wanted to go on. We went on a pirate ship that went up and down making your stomach flip over, we went in several of the play areas and loads of other rides. The ride that belle was most looking forward to was the log flume. It was also the ride we waited the longest for (45 minutes). We’ve been on it before without any problems.

However, this time, Isabelle screamed blue murder right from the get-go. She screamed for it to stop, for someone to help her, she pleaded and screamed the whole time. I couldn’t stop laughing, even more so when we got off and saw the photograph that they took. She’s not going to live this down for a very long time and even she found it funny afterwards. We even got included in Crealy’s socials which was quite funny.

Wednesday 

We had a day at home getting all sorted for Freddies birthday on Saturday. The kids we’re both happy with this as we’ve had a busy few days. 

Thursday 

We went down to Plymouth for the day today to visit our niece who we’ve only seen a couple of times since she was born thanks to the pandemic. Freddie enjoyed playing with her toys and Belle’s silly dances had her laughing and smiling. 

Friday 

We went to our local beach. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it was clear when we got there that it was jammed with little if any social distancing going on. We walked further along the beach until we found a spot that wasn’t super busy. We forgot how a day at the beach is not relaxing as a parent. Freddie was up and down to the water which meant that we had to take it in turns to chase after him. He found a little girl to play with and sat digging holes and filling them with water. We then did what we haven’t done for a long while. We did have a little go in the arcade but it was short lived as we had to wear masks which made it completely unenjoyable. We got chips followed by hot doughnuts. It’s practically the rules of beach going as far as we’re concerned. 

Saturday 

It’s Freddie’s 3rd Birthday. We had hoped to have a family picnic, but the forecast for the weather was pretty rubbish so we decided to plan a day out instead to Woodlands theme park. It was such a good day and the kids had a really good time. We went on rides, played in the park areas dotted around as well as going in the soft play which felt safe enough. I think that everyone appreciates a day out much more than we did pre-pandemic. Freddie had the best birthday followed by cake on our return. 

Sunday 

Family visits in shifts! It feels ridiculous, but it’s the only way that we can do it at the moment. Fingers crossed that next year we’ll be all back to normal. 

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