Please ignore the dirty shed, we have plans for a brand new patio area in the works....
We had had taster sessions. We had done the back to school shopping. We had our home visit. I had spent hours washing, ironing, and making sure name labels were on every piece of uniform. We had made sure everyone got early nights. We had rushed through breakfast and getting dressed.We had packed his bag with a change of clothes and a waterproof coat. But nothing could prepare me for sending my baby off to nursery. We found his peg, hung up his things and signed in. He was SO ready, so eager to rush off and play with all the new toys, with his friends. I lingered for a few moments, expressing my concern that I was half expecting him to turn back round, to protest. He gave me a huge hug and a kiss, told me he loved me all the way to Jupiter and before I knew it I was on my way to work, unsure how to feel. Surprisingly, somewhat, I didn't cry. Maybe I was more prepared than I thought...
The boys had a blast at Colin's work do - face paints, bouncy castles and fairground games. Plus I got to play with a baby. Win win.
We pet sat two guinea pigs for a friend, the boys were so so excited but the piggies didn't seem to reciprocate the love. Maybe they knew Joshua was sneaking their breakfast carrots...
Strawberry picking with Nanny and Grandad, finally crossing that off our Summer Bucket List (which, for the record, consisted of about eight things!)
My baby boy started nursery, and is absolutely loving it, thankfully.
I have had a stinking cold all week, just praying the boys don't get it too as it's horrid. Planning on spending the weekend relaxing, my parents have offered to take the boys tomorrow so I can get some rest, because they're amazing. Fingers crossed I manage to kick it ready for next week.
Our first full week back at school (well, except for Joshua) was nothing short of exhausting. We started with a super fun family bowling date, complete with Slush Puppies and arcade games, which definitely eased the pain. We've spent the week rushing from place to place, even the usual things like making dinner seem so alien, but there has been plenty of coffee after a mammoth order from Tassimo (20% off a £50 shop, definitely cost effective... eventually!) and kitten snuggles to make me feel better. With no wedding planning or Uni work (I start next week) I've spent the evening relaxing with Nala on the sofa, which has been glorious.
Finally, a month of ten on ten, completed! Ten pictures on the tenth, without any alarms too! I didn't purposely take any of these pictures for this, which gives it a different aesthetic, but I cannot deny it's a capture of our day. As you can see, I have another focus for my photography, Miss Nala, isn't she gorgeous? She's getting bigger and more active by the day, pouncing seems to be her favourite!
Inspired, as always, by the wonderfully talented Rebekah Gough.
Year One. The year of spellings, junk modelling and maths homework. Daniel has been super excited to go back to school and see his friends, and wasn't at all phased by the start of a new year. Thankfully, his FS teacher has moved up with him, which I think eased the transition for both of us, as she's so wonderful. Our school are taking steps to help with the transition too, slowly starting more structured lessons rather than the free learning they are used to, incorporating lots of junk modelling as part of their DT projects (That's three of us now, with J at nursery and needing some for our science lectures! Basing our shopping on what comes in boxes!) We've been pretty good at remembering to read every day after school, I complete advocate the importance of reading and there isn't a day goes by without us sharing books together, but it's the routine of Daniel doing it that we struggle with. Perhaps we'll settle into a routine soon...
Summer is somewhat officially over, with the grey skies and constant drizzle, though I'm not sure it even started... Back at work, as a second year trainee teacher, with a student loan burning a hole in my pocket I am considering a wardrobe overhaul of sorts. H&M as always is my go-to, their quality and pricing is amazing, and they're so on point. There's just something so simple and classic about black, white and grey, so that's my focus. Plus, anything that makes getting ready and out the door in the mornings with two littles that little bit quicker is a bonus, so streamlining my wardrobe seems like a sensible option for fall. I'm committing to a month to start with, using the hashtag #monochromeseptember on IG if you'd like to follow along, or even join in!
Isn't she absolutely precious! We'd been in talks about getting a pet for a while (& by in talks, I mean I talked and Colin rolled his eyes) but when I spotted these babies for sale even Colin couldn't say no. I was a little worried about how the boys would react, I thought Daniel would be terrified and Joshua would be overzealous (which, he was, a little) but they both fell in love and really impressed me. I couldn't believe how tiny they were! Daniel favoured this little one in particular and spent a good hour playing with her on the floor. He called Daddy and practically begged him, and half an hour later we were browsing Pets at Home for all the kitten essentials. Colin took us to pick her up after work, and I don't think I have ever seen the boys so excited. They both cried at bedtime! She's a very timid little thing, though I can't blame her for that. Daniel is being incredibly gentle with her, she sat and mewed at him while he was eating lunch and tried to climb up his legs at dinner! She's still settling in, and spends most of her time sleeping, but she's definitely not going to be short of love in this house!
Welcome to the family, Nala Tiger.
We spent a glorious week in Barcelona for our honeymoon, exploring the incredible city. We arrived Monday afternoon, after an easy flight and some cheeky champagne on the plane! Our hotel was right opposite a huge shopping mall so we went to browse and find somewhere to eat. I'd completely forgotten how difficult it was to be a vegetarian in Spain, but we found a little American diner and had a couple of drinks before heading back to our room to enjoy the Honeymoon wine we'd been gifted. We stopped off at the concierge and booked two day tickets for the red and blue bus tours so we could spend the next couple of days exploring.
After an early start and an amazing breakfast, we stopped off at Le Sagrada Familia, only to find that they were completely sold out! We walked around the outside, which is still absolutely phenomenal! We booked tickets there for the Barcelona Stadium tour, and hopped back on the bus to Camp Nou, which was pretty impressive. Our hotel was on the green route so we headed home after doing both tours, which were absolutely fascinating, and went to relax and drink cocktails by the rooftop pool. We visited the mall again and found an amazing pasta restaurant for dinner, their pesto sauce was so SO good!
Wednesday we headed out early again, stopping off first at the Cathedral which is absolutely magnificent, we got the lift up onto the roof and the views were breathtaking. We then visited Park Guell and walked around the gardens, climbing right to the top of the hill there too. We found a sweet little restaurant on the hill just outside where we ate lunch and drank Sangria before heading to a little science museum to cool off and ride the tram up the hill. Unfortunately we had to walk half way back down to get to the museum but it was fun, the museum had a rainforest exhibition which was really cool, and lots of dinosaur skeletons! We rode back to La Rambla to find somewhere to eat, bought a couple of souvenirs and headed back to the beach for a couple of cocktails.
We'd decided on a beach day so I took full advantage had had a glorious lie in, a late breakfast and then wandered down to the sea. We spent a couple of hours lying in the sun, reading and ordering food & drinks from the adorable beach bar. Colin even got me in the sea, before realising we were looking a little lobster-esque - typically British! We went back to the amazing pasta restaurant where Colin ordered the exact same lasagne, it was so good, and I sampled another pesto. We had a quick shopping spree in H&M before heading home to pack. We covered up and headed back to the beach Friday, for one last cocktail before heading back to the airport.
We had the most incredible week, it was so nice to spend that time together as newlyweds, though I did miss my boys terribly! I would recommend Barcelona as a holiday destination, we've both already agreed we'd love to go back!