That is the question that has been whirring around in my head the past few weeks. The last time I was on my little space was 3 weeks ago, and in both mine and the blogging world that’s a very long time
One of our favourite places to visit child free is Bath. We used to drive through it and look at it in awe, and I always said I wanted to visit. So when the hubster surprised me with a trip there last February child free, we made a decision to keep it our special place. We had a child free weekend recently, and before we knew it we had booked train tickets and were excitedly on our way there
The plan was… well we didn’t really have one. We wanted to walk by the river, stop for a coffee at one of the cafes on Pulteney Bridge looking out at the River Avon, and maybe indulge in a spot of shopping and lunch. The focus was to reconnect as a couple, and have some uninterrupted conversations, which are so rare and infrequent
Once again, the day flew by and it was lovely to spend some quality time together. We walked through Parade Gardens, seeing the river from the other side, had some lovely Tapas for lunch and found new spaces to visit, and more that we want to see another time
Bath you are beautiful, you take my breath away every time. And I can’t wait to go again and reconnect with the hubster in this special city
Last month I wrote about my monthly health plans to help me have a happier and healthier year for 2018. Last month I said I would walk 1-2 miles each day. I exceeded this and ended up walking an average of 2-2.5 miles a day thanks to my new role. Here is the update for the rest of the month
And so we’re already through the first month of 2018. I’m not going to lie, I’m exhausted! There’s been a lot of change,, a new job, new routines and new activities each week but it’s been a good start to the year and although we’re all very tired, we’re all really pleased we’ve done it all and made it through to the end
For most of the month January was miserable weather wise, we had grey sky upon grey sky, and it made me question why I always say winter is one of my favourite seasons. Thankfully the sun decided to shine at the end of the month and we managed to finally get out, and that works for me. I’m not saying we’re a family of fair-weather walkers – we’re quite the opposite, but it’s been really windy and wet, and that’s just not fun
We wanted to continue the theme of outdoors family photos and my cousin’s husband kindly took these for us when out on a walk on the last weekend, as the end of the month seemed to creep up on us
- Starting my new job. I was a bag of nerves on my first dayand there’s a lot to learn, but it was the right change and I’m pleased with that
- Having a mummy daughter day mid month
- Having lunches out. My mum and dad kindly got us restaurant vouchers for Christmas, and we used them on the weekend for some quality family lunches
The hubster loved:
- Roast dinner Sundays. It sounds silly but family afternoons at home on a Sunday with a dinner he cooked made him smile
- Playing lots of tennis
- Watching J do the Kevin McAllister (Home Alome) eyebrows – too funny!
- Starting 3 clubs in January – we were only going to do 2 but she pleaded with us to do all 3 so we are trying it for a term to see how tired she is
- Starting at a childminders – after school club was a bit too overwhelming for her, and since starting at the childminders, we’ve had to drag her out in the evenings
- Going for a dog walk with her cousin. She absolutely adores her younger cousin and although L wasn’t feeling it on the walk, J had a brilliant time!
- Rolling in as much fox poo as she could find – horrid!
February has another half term where the hubster and J have some time together, a month of school diary activities and a couple of evenings out planned. I have a feeling I’ll be saying how quick the shortest month of the year seemed to pass by!
January you have been long and full of grey skies, but you’ve also flown by with new starts, new routines and lots of change. At times it felt like the days would never end, and at times we wished away the grey skies, only to be rewarded with more grey skies, but we often wanted for the days to slow down so that we could fully enjoy time together
It was a month which was full of family time, with lunches out, trips to the cinema and swimming. We celebrated Duffy the bear’s birthday one lunch out, singing proudly in the restaurant as J fed him, and had the biggest and most lovely cakes I’ve seen when out with friends for lunch at the end of the month
We’re not fair weather walkers, but the weather has just been so bad and so windy that we’ve naturally found ourselves favouring indoor fun instead. I’m someone who usually adores Winter, with it being my second favourite season, but this year has to be the wettest and most miserable Winter we’ve had for a long time. That said, the evenings are getting lighter again, and we’ve had some nice long dog walks after school and work
If there was a word that could underpin January for us it would be change. I started at my new company and spent much of the month adjusting to learning about another organisation and getting used to full time hours again, and the hubster spent much of the month getting used to a change in family routines and school drop offs. J started the month at a new childminder after not really settling at after school club, and she also had a month of new activities, starting tennis lessons, restarting swimming lessons, and finally joining Rainbows. We were worried that she would be exhausted, but she pleaded with us, and so we’ve decided to try it all for a term and see how she gets on
And so here is January in fewer photos that normal. I’ll get the camera out more in February for sure
A new year a new you, or start, or so the saying goes! For us, 2018 arrived with several new starts. There’s the obvious work one which I’ll talk about at some point and which has exhausted me in the evenings and weekends, so much so that I’ve neglected my little space on the internet, but for J the month had several new starts and she took them all in her stride. Before Christmas we identified that the after school club wasn’t working for her and instead decided to book her in with a childminder which so far has been the perfect choice. No tears before school, no begging us to finish work early to pick her up, instead it’s quite the opposite and we’re practically having to drag her out!
We’ve also been on the waiting list for Rainbows for J for quite some time, and finally she was allocated a place. We told her beforehand and she was so excited throughout the day that she told her teachers and most people she met, but as we arrived she became a little nervous. We needn’t have worried as she really enjoyed it and came out asking when we could get her outfit – must get that ordered!
Next stop in the week was swimming lessons at a new location and tennis lessons to start the weekend off. She spent much of the month pleading with us to do all three, and naturally we’re concerned she’ll be too tired, so we’ll try it for a term and see how she gets on. She thrives on a challenge and changes, that’s for sure!
We’re in the midst of returning to work, school and general routines, so to break it up I decided on a late afternoon walk with the girly so that she could use her space scooter and so that I could take some winters photos. I adore winter, but I am struggling with the continuous grey skies and dark afternoons, but we continue to try and make an effort to explore and enjoy the scenery around us
I’m not sure why children do it, but the minute you want to take a photo which doesn’t have them in it, they choose to be in it and that’s what happened with this photo. I must try to use this approach more!
Whenever we go ‘up north’ to visit our friend we always try to go to Trentham Gardens in Stoke on Trent. It’s peaceful, tranquil and beautiful – just what we need in amongst our busy lives
We have always been incredibly fortunate with J, we missed the terrible twos, were lucky to not have a ‘threenager, and even missed the ferocious fours, but my goodness the fearsome fives have well and truly found the Cook household. I honestly don’t know what has got into my lovely placid child since she turned five, but she is putting up the barriers and going through the motions that we (probably shouldn’t have) smugly felt that we missed out on while others went through it some 2-3 years ago
I’m going to be honest and say that even though I know we’re in a new year I haven’t really thought about it being a ‘new year’ – kind of like I’m in denial. I know it’s because there’s a big change starting on Monday – did I mention I have a new job? Haha! But in all seriousness until I’ve started that I feel a bit like I’m in limbo and have procrastinated a lot about the fact it is January