30.9.14

Our Week.

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Another crazy week, over. Time is flying, with everything I'm trying to juggle (& even the things I'm forgetting - tonight I spent two hours sorting washing and putting clothes away!!) Everything's always go go go, and I'm barely having time to stop and think! I am quite enjoying it though, I much prefer being busy. Lists are my one true love, I have notebook upon notebook full of them to keep me on track, with meal plans, to-do lists, housework rotas, and post-it's are fast becoming my sidekicks. 

This past weekend was eventful. We went to the boys' golf lesson on Saturday morning, they are both improving and it is just so sweet to watch them! We then travelled to Brighton in the afternoon to celebrate my Uncle's wedding, and catch up with family. Sunday morning I had to call an ambulance for Colin because he had been up all night, after a four hour hospital visit it was decided he had gastroenteritis! We headed home and I packed a bag for me and the boys, we stayed at my parents' to avoid catching it too. He seems better now, thankfully, so we're all home again. I have spent all afternoon catching up with washing, four loads later and the wash bin is still overflowing! How does that even happen?! 

 Bee. 

24.9.14

Life lately.

My creation

Life lately has been about finding balance. Ignoring housework, and this blog, but rocking out elsewhere. It's strange to be using a part of my brain that has been dormant for so long, it's challenging to say the least. Spare half hours are spent with a children's novel, instead of scrolling IG or Bloglovin. Evenings are spent making notes and reading textbooks, instead of lying on the floor of the boys' bedroom. I'm finally putting my foot down and insisting on Joshua putting himself to sleep, which is hard for my Mama heart but better overall. Mornings are spent ironing, or sorting the dishwasher, as I'm about a million times more productive as soon as I wake up, no matter how early! We're nailing the morning routine and are late a lot less often, which is totally an improvement on last year, even with a small child who is boycotting the pushchair! Afternoons are spent with the boys, reading books or drawing or playing builders. I had intentions today if sorting the actual mountain of washing from my bedroom floor, but we made dreamcatchers & played balloon tennis instead.
The fact I can't see my floor is barely relevant when I think about the fullness of my heart. The way the boys giggled when I played silly at the dinner table instead of nagging, THAT'S how I want to be, always.

Bee. 

17.9.14

Catch the Moment 365. Week Thirty Seven.

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253. Number sentences & his sweet concentration face, just like his Mama's. 

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254. & spelling, all by himself. #proudmommab

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255. Typical, Daniel & Daddy exhausted after busy days. 

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256. Walking to visit Nana June with Grandad, a weekly ritual. 

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258. A blurry but ever so sweet moment, bedtime kisses for Daddy. 

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259. Tiger stripes from the window blinds. 


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Bee. 

16.9.14

First Day of Preschool.

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I took these pictures the evening after Joshua's first pre-school session, the lighting wasn't brilliant and he wouldn't stay still, but these are some of my favourite captures of him, probably ever. We were asking him what he did at pre-school and he kept replying "Nothing!" which he thought was absolutely hilarious! Daniel used to do exactly the same, when he was J's age, which made it even sweeter. He seems to be enjoying preschool, despite a couple of (heartbreakingly) rough drop-offs, he calms down quickly and has a blast playing with all the new toys! The irony was that I cried the first week because he didn't get upset! Yet another new milestone that I was totally not ready for, but I'm almost starting to expect that! 

Bee. 

15.9.14

Big School.

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My sweet little four-year-old is now in his third week of Primary School. I am in typical Mama 'I can't believe this, he's my baby!" mode, spending hours on end wondering how on earth all this time has slipped through my fingers. He is absolutely thriving though, and is having so much fun it almost makes it okay. Almost. 
We had been counting down the days, since his transfer day in July he has been begging to go back to "big school". We had been to ASDA to stock up on new polo shirts, smart grey trousers and Spider-Man shoes. I'm fairly sure the Spider-Man shoes made up about 45% of his excitement! kiddo is obsessed with superheroes right now. He got himself dressed, asking for help with his collar and a wild-goose-hunt for pants (my main super-housewife fail is putting washing away, there are always piles and wash baskets full dotted around the house) Daddy used his special hair wax to make him look super-cool, and he packed his school bag. A giant superhero emblazoned satchel, nearly the size of him, that he just had to have, because it was 'just like Uncle Connor's!' He pretty much strutted to school, holding hands with Daddy who got a late pass to work for such a special occasion, which Daniel was ecstatic about. I followed along behind, camera in hand, mama-razzi in her element. Little monster was a little too overexcited for portraits, but these work fine. Perfect, actually. When we got to his classroom, he found his peg with his name on it and settled down to play cars, just like that. I walked out with a knot in my chest, at the realisation that I had just handed my baby over for the whole day and he was totally okay without me. Bittersweet, just like every other moment in my parenting career. 
He now spends his days playing superheroes, eating school lunches (much to my surprise), having music lessons and playing in the garden. They must be his favourite things because that's all he ever tells me, once he manages to string a sentence together from pure exhaustion that is. 
"There are two things we should give our children; one is roots, and the other is wings" William Hodding Carter, II (1907 – 1972)

Bee. 

14.9.14

Our Week.

My creation

Today has been super productive, alongside lazy Sundays these are my favourite days. I blitzed the house - tidied, hoovered, dusted, three loads of laundry, & Colin sorted bits in the garden, I just feel content now everything is in it's place. The boys had their first football session since before summer & did great, they both really surprised me with now well they did and Joshua's moving up to the next class! We went shopping for donuts & a new notebook (stationary just makes me happy, particularly when it's pink AND has dividers AND is going to be used for writing abut books!) Colin and Daniel played football in the garden while Joshua and I took glorious naps, and afterwards D said "Thank you Daddy. I liked playing with you" #heartmelt. I read half of the children's novel Sky Hawk, as homework, sitting in the garden while the boys played. & I just had a wonderfully hot bubble bath, listening to country music. Absolute perfection. Days like this make me excited for the next week, and have me making lists so we can have this much fun and be this organised all the time. A girl can dream, right?! 


Bee. 

13.9.14

Ten on Ten. September 2014.

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A poor effort ten on ten this month. Seven on twelve anyone?! I worked all day on the tenth, and forgot to set the alarms, and then had Uni all day on the eleventh. I was so nervous but I actually had a lot of fun, treasure hunting round the campus and meeting the rest of the group. There are only twelve of us and everyone seems really friendly, so we're off to a good start. I'm so worried about being overwhelmed with it all, but I'm hopeful too. I did take a few more photos on the 12th, but they were all rubbish and blurry #fail. 

On another note, I'm feeling really underwhelmed and uninspired with blogging lately. I've been thinking a lot and I can see it being thrown on the back burner while I find my feet at least with working more and juggling the boys and Uni work. I'm sad about that but I will try, whether it's just like IG with pictures and captions, because I like having all our memories here. We'll see I suppose. 

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Bee. 

11.9.14

Catch the Moment 365. Week Thirty Six.

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246. First day of school, my boys together.

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247. Best buds, off to the shops to choose a treat.

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248. Sweet stories with Daddy.

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249. Helping Nana June with her exercises. 

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This last week has been bedlam, with school and work, preschool and Uni. Full throttle into education, us three. Looking forward to the weekend, and some time to relax. Though we're also going to have to fit in swimming, golf and football, plus all the housework I've ignored this week. Promising right?! 

Nurse Loves Farmer

Bee. 

8.9.14

Farewell summer. Hello fall.

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So, it seems that summer is over. The sun seems to be sticking around a little while longer but the evenings are feeling chillier. Bittersweet. We have loved the summer, being outside ALL DAY, late nights & early mornings, water fights, park hopping and beach trips, but I am a little excited for fall. Fruit pies & custard, boots & thick socks, cosy nights in, layers and hot chocolates. We're figuring out a new routine, starting earlier to be more productive, working more and trying to be more organised. As always. 

Bee.