Hats off to our amazing school for another brilliant sports day. I've chosen these pictures carefully and purposely haven't included any of Daniel during the races because I was further away and didn't get any of him without other children in. I am so proud of both my boys today, it was a long morning for everyone but they did great and joined in with everything, cheering and smiling. It was all a bit much for J-bird, who has been waking around 5am, he curled up on my lap after lunch and fell asleep!
Colin and I were lucky enough to get away for a child free long weekend last month, while his parents took the boys to a caravan we jetted off to Rome. The city itself is absolutely breathtaking, everywhere you look there are amazing sculptures, cute shutters on the windows and quaint little restaurants. We were incredibly lucky with the location of our hotel, we were just around the corner from the Colosseum and walking distance from most of the sights. We actually managed to see most of them in one day, just wandering from place to place (Thank the Lord for Google Maps!) and we were in a prime location for daily naps once we had got tired!
The Trevi Fountain and Colosseum were absolutely incredible, definitely worth the visit, we waited in line for the latter rather than paying for a guided tour and the line didn't take as long as we'd thought. We used the audio guides which were interesting and made a morning of it. We did pay for a tour of The Vatican City sights, which I'm not sure was completely worth it because the line wasn't as long as we'd thought but the guide was lovely and informative.
We spent our days walking miles and miles, eating more carbohydrates than should strictly be allowed (but oh, my, the pizza!) and gazing at the spectacular sights. A beautiful place for an adult holiday, probably too much walking for most children though we did see quite a few families! I would definitely recommend.
Nine on nineteen for the eagle eyes, but it's the thought that counts. I've been really uninspired to blog recently, the last few months have been hectic as ever but now I've finished university for the year my evenings are free again (for a couple of weeks at least!) This idea is one I always try to do, I have a reminder set in my phone for the tenth of every month and alarms ready to go. It's such a simple thing but I love the way it fits our crazy lives into a nutshell. This particular capture was a Sunday, I shared a few of these photos on my Instagram but kept the rest in the hope I would one day put this post together. Joshua got a new scooter for his birthday so he was desperate to ride it, even if it was only to the car so we could drive to swimming. Daddy's treat, a big breakfast was in order after a night out out, before a nap and a quick trip to a new park. There are so many parks near where we live, we are so lucky, the boys spotted this one while we were running/biking the week before and were desperate to go! It didn't disappoint, the big climbing frame and seesaw were definite wins. We had to pretend we were a family of pirate otters (these kids' imaginations, seriously!) Here's to the next ten on ten! Inspired, as always, by the lovely Rebekah Gough.
A super celebration of my little superhero. Minimal pictures as I pulled this off in a week, single-handedly entertained a dozen children in the morning and sorted a second party out with only an hour break in between. The bouncy castle went down well, as did the abundance of Marvel memorabilia that now fills half of our toy room. A massive thank-you to everyone who came to celebrate our boy turning FOUR, now forgive me while I go and sob in a corner.