Stuck in the Mud {Living Arrows 31/7/17}

I’ve been a bit quiet here recently but I have a good excuse! After spending 2 weeks in Florida we spent a few days recovering and washing before then heading straight off to a very wet and muddy Camp Bestival. Despite a few hiccups (tent collapsing on the first night to name one) we had a brilliant weekend

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Heroes {Living Arrows 10/7/17}

We are currently on a family holiday in Florida, it’s J’s second visit and my sixth. We love everything about Disney and on our first day we visited Magic Kingdom (you can’t not!) and straight away J and I spotted Chip n Dale. She knows they’re my favourite and we ran over to them squealing with excitement

This time round she’s much more understanding, it’s familiar this time around and she is buzzing. I love that this opportunity has been given to her and that she’s excited every day. 

When are we going to stop with the Mum Guilt?

This week I was sat with some mums whilst J and the other kids were doing their thing and the conversation turned to the fast approaching start of school. Naturally we discussed all of the prep we’re having to do and the settling in days that the kids are going through at the moment

Nursery and pre-school graduation inevitably came to the forefront of this conversation and I advised the group it was the day before we go on holiday for 2 weeks, the session is 1:30-4pm and neither my husband or I were likely to make it. I was met with gasps of shock and surprise and they were horrified that I’d miss it (hubby wasn’t mentioned – as it was apparently acceptable for him to be at work)

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A Few Things I Love About Disney World (Part 1)

Next month sees us travel to Disney World for the second time since having J, and my 6th visit since I was 18. I love everything about it – the atmosphere, the Magic Kingdom and the feeling of being a child again to name but a few (even though I’m a long way away from that age!) Here are just a few reasons why I love it:

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A Tunnel of Trees – Halnaker near Chichester

Instagram is quite literally my favourite social media platform. I love looking at beautiful photos, reading snippets of daily activities and seeing new places to explore. Last week I saw a stunning photo of a “tunnel of trees” and after a quick search I found out it was a short drive away from us in a small place called Halnaker in West Sussex

We decided to make a day of it, taking a car picnic with us with a plan to walk through the tunnel of trees up Halnaker Hill to the windmill at the top. The walk wasn’t a long one, 1.5 miles there and back but it was simply stunning. As soon as we entered the tunnel we felt like we were transported into a magical woodland, with the autumnal colours on the trees, leaves on the ground and sun glistening through making it feel like a different world

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Longdown Activity Farm

Life in general and holidays seem to have got in the way these past few weeks and I’ve struggled to find time to put pen to paper so to speak. Hopefully April will see calmer times and a much needed catch up as I have so many photos from our adventures

A couple of weeks ago we visited Longdown Activity Farm for Mother’s Day and took my mum along with us. We last visited on Father’s Day in June last year, and it’s quite nice as parents go free depending on which day you’re celebrating. Mum hasn’t been to any farms or zoos with us since having J, and it’s been years since she last visited Longdown with me as a little girl so it was nice to experience it with her and for her to reminisce from when I was young

As soon as we entered the farm we went straight to the hens and see if there were any eggs available for collection. J found one in the access holes and was pleased as punch, taking it straight to the farm shop and receiving a big sticker. She was a little sad to see it go, but I promised her that at the end of the visit we would buy some eggs to take home, hopefully including the one she had found

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The next stop was the calf shed and bottle feeding the calves. J got straight into it and the calves greedily gupled on the bottle as she was holding it. Mum and I helped her as she fed the calf and the hubster looked on, snapping away at the camera. I mentioned a while ago that there’s so few photos of mum and I, and even fewer of mum, J and I, so this was a perfect opportunity to rectify that and I find that I struggle being on the other side of the camera but he did a pretty good job!

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On Edge {Ordinary Moments Week 11 – 13/3/16}

I’m writing this on Sunday morning, the hubster and J have gone to a birthday party and I’ve been sat for a while wondering what to write for my Ordinary Moments post. Not through lack of activities or events, but through how I’m feeling right now

I’ve  had a really lovely week with my family despite being back at work. Mothers Day last weekend was great and I had some lovely family time with mum and dad, and on Wednesday I had some real proud mummy moments with her learning to write and taking her first ever swimming lesson without me in the water. I was honestly amazed at just how well she took to the swimming, especially as the week before at Center Parcs she literally clung to me in the water and would not let go of me. I was a little (incredibly) apprehensive about her going in, but she was fine – amazing in fact – aside from a slight meltdown towards the end when a boy splashed her

That all seems to have been dwarfed by this weekend and her behaviour. We have been very lucky with J the past few years, suffering very few tantrums and generally having a well behaved child. This weekend has felt as though she has combined those few years  and her turning three, and she’s come at us with a vengeance. We seem to have gained a mini teenager with her back chatting us, not doing what she’s told, and with every instruction we have given her, is asking ‘why?’ or simply saying ‘no’ and going off and trying to do her own thing

It’s really taken us aback, and I’ve felt unbelievably on edge, and in turn, the hubster has too. The 1, 2, 3 countdown is getting to 3 and we’re following through with whatever threats and promises we have, but she just doesn’t care. I honestly dread to think about the teenage years, the last 36 hours have given me such a headache and I would do anything right now to have my lovely daughter back

I know and hope it’s just a phase where she pushes the boundaries, but when you’re least expecting it, it really takes you off your feet, especially after the last few great weeks of family time. Yesterday we took the girls for a walk and ride to Hockley Viaduct and throughout the entire walk I was grumpy with the dog, J and even the hubster for numerous reasons. It was a beautiful day, the first day it’s actually felt like Spring but we just didn’t feel it which is so unusual for us

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After spending the day in turmoil, we decided this morning that we would part ways for the day and ‘tag-team’ swap with J, to give the other some much needed breathing space. When the hubster suggested it I felt immensely guilty as I normally treasure my time with her, and him. But actually I couldn’t have been more relieved

I know I don’t see her a huge amount in the week and like to make the most out of the weekend, but I’ve felt myself turning very quickly into shouty mum after the last few days of dealing with her

Those 2 short hours today will give me some much needed sanity, so I can enjoy what’s left of this beautiful sunny weekend with my girl. After all, one happy parent is better than 2 grumpy parents.

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My Sunday Photo {Week 11 – 13/3/16}

We went to Longdown Activity Farm for Mothers Day with my mum last weekend. It’s been a long time since we had a full day together and we had a great time feeding the animals, playing on the equipment and interacting

Near the end of the visit mum requested to have J’s face painted and J chose a tiger. The queue was quite lengthy but J was really excited about having it done so we continued to wait while she played. The face painter did a great job and didn’t take any time at all, and J was equally as good, sitting still and listening to what she was being asked

Following the face painting J spent the rest of the time we were there roaring at us and passers by, and mum was pretty pleased that her granddaughter was happy. It was a great day out and I look forward to another adventure with mum again soon

 

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Family Time at Center Parcs

Last week we went to Center Parcs with a couple of friends. I have a real love for Center Parcs and whenever we go we make full use of a break from the 10am opening on the first day to the evening on the last. Aside from Christmas when I was poorly and a bit of a write off, the last time we had some ‘proper’ family time together was when we went to Florida in September, so it was long overdue

Unfortunately we started the week with an unwell child so we weren’t quite sure how the week would pan out, but overall it was a pretty great week full of family time and memories. I took so many photos that I still haven’t gone through but my Ordinary Moments this week is about the short but amazing family time we had together

J has started to tell us constantly that she loves us, although she does it at least 30 times a day it is adorable and she even extended it to our friends midway through the break which I think they were a little shocked with to begin with. She really is the most loving little girl I know and it does get a bit tiresome at times so I often have to remind myself it’s not going to last forever and not to get weary when she says it

I spent a lot of time trying to do one on one talking with J, or holding hands with her and the hubster when walking and just trying to be a ‘fun’ mum rather than the normal stressed out and tired mum I generally feel I can be. J seemed to appreciate this and we shared a special lunch of pancakes together on the Thursday before meeting the hubster and the group for a swim

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Me and Mine {February 2016}

February has been one of those months where it just whizzed by but at times it felt like time itself had stopped. J spent most of the month feeling off colour and coughing a lot at night and we have had to slow down and let her rest, especially on the weekends which is very unlike us

It’s not been all bad because we have managed to move her into the second biggest room, the back room (previously known as the junk room) and we’ve had a really big clear out and generally decluttered upstairs. This was our most unloved part of the house as we only use it as a dressing / sleeping / bathing area, but I’m more inclined to spend time up there now and J loves her new ‘big girls bedroom’. Remarkably it’s stayed tidy too!

Around mid month, after a couple of weeks of taking it easy J was starting to play up as she isn’t one for sitting still, so we decided to go out for a family walk to St Catherine’s Hill in Winchester, with the plan to take some photos at the top of the hill

The photos make me laugh just looking at them, the hubster had stood for ages waiting for me to set it up and J was desperate to use my camera and sat on the floor also waiting for me, getting slightly frustrated as I wouldn’t let her use it until I had finished the photos. My knees were muddy from setting up my camera on the damp grass (must invest in a tripod, the gorilla-pod just isn’t cutting it at the moment) and the dog went on a mad one racing around the field (after I didn’t actually notice her in the first photo or the one where she photobombed us). It was a typical attempt of trying and failing but making some funny memories along the way

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