Such a cliche but time really is whizzing by and I can’t believe we’re just about into Q2 of 2018. March has been a jam packed month, we were chatting yesterday and didn’t think we had done much, but when looking through the camera roll March was filled with snowy and sunny adventures
Didn’t February pass by quickly? We find ourselves at the end of the 2nd month of 2018 already and looking forward to March, the month that brings us spring and longer days
As I write this, the UK is in the midst of a week of freezing temperatures and snow, and the south is in eager and fearful anticipation of snow for the first time in several years. My car is packed with a blanket, ski jacket and snow boots, and although I have a lot to do this week, I am looking forward to seeing some snow
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
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
A few days late for our Me and Mine post for November, and for good reason – the hubster and J’s birthdays. I think this should be the last time I mention it, but every birthday is such a big milestone and so bittersweet that I can’t help but not focus on them
And so we say goodbye to my favourite month in the calendar. The month of beauty in the skies and all around us, the month where we spend so much time outdoors and the month where we pick pumpkins, play in the leaves and naturally start thinking about cosy evenings with hot chocolates and marshmallows
October was simply wonderful for us; a weekend away, half term holidays, birthday parties galore, a new business position for the hubster and a new job for me. October is always full of adventure and anticipation, and is the one month I’m always sad to say goodbye to
We actually had a photo organised at the beginning of the month, a photo with us and the dog taken by my cousin’s husband while we were on a walk, but then we went to the New Forest for a weekend and the sun shone. I just couldn’t help but set the camera up for another family portrait even though the dog wasn’t there, and it was funny to watch the hubster run to and from the tree – my remote still isn’t fixed and I was too short to jump up onto the fallen tree
Sherry has loved…
- The feeling of accomplishment after a month of blogging every day. It’s safe to say I don’t plan on doing it again for a while but it was nice to explore my creative side
- Going on a mini break with the hubster and J in a camping pod
- Pumpkins and pick your own in preparation for Halloween. The hubster rolled his eyes so many times when J and I arrived home with our treasures but he secretly loves it…I think!
The hubster has loved…
- Going away for the weekend, having our family portrait and walking down by the river
- Having a child free date night
- Playing our new favourite game, Staccups
J has loved…
- Staying in a camping pod. She bounced with excitement when we arrived in, and it was a welcome change from school runs
- Going to lots of birthday parties, playing with her new school friends and getting a head teachers award
- Seeing her cousin and going on lots of outings with them
Lexi has loved…
- Staying with her doggy pal Archie while we were away and being treated like royalty
We move into November at a rate of knots, the month dominated by 2 birthdays, family traditions and weekends of busy schedules. Every weekend between now and Christmas is busy and booked up that I’m looking forward to resting during the break
The outtake for this month is when child and dog decided not to play ball – at least the grown ups are looking!
And so my favourite month in the calendar is nearly up and we’re hurtling into our busiest 2 months of my year. The months where we already have something planned for every weekend and then a much needed 10 days off together as a family over the Christmas break. Before I get ahead of myself, lets focus on the month that was October
We’ve had our National Trust passes for a couple of years now but it’s been a while since we went to Mottisfont. I offered J a variety of things to do on the first day of her school holidays and she proudly told me that she hadn’t been to Mottisfont for a long time, and wanted to go there Continue reading “Visiting Mottisfont in Half Term”
I’ve been meaning to write up our adventure in the New Forest for a while as it was a perfect day prior to J starting school. We went to Bolderwood in the New Forest to see the deer and do the Gruffalo Spotters Trail, something we’ve done in Cheshire but not in Hampshire