I told Dave all about the project and how I wanted us to be able to join in and he was up for it - which was a relief as a monthly photo of all five us could have been tricky otherwise.
Saturday, 31 January 2015
Friday, 30 January 2015
Taking over Tatton Park in Cheshire, Geronimo Fest 2015 will be happening across the course of May Bank Holiday weekend (Sat 23rd - Mon 25th)- which I'm hoping means we'll have some lovely weather but I won't hold my breath.
|Amy's models her foxy reins!|
I can't wait for the weather to improve so I can take Amy out and about exploring the big wide world with her fabulous new Toddlepak.
A traditional approach to Valentines Day is going out for a meal but you can really push the boat out here by organising something a little different. Rather than a trip to your local Chinese or Indian, why don’t you book a trip to a posh restaurant in the city or look for something a bit quirkier?
|Photo Credit: Celso Flores via Compfight cc|
We live in a creative time and products are more innovative than ever. Sites like Not on The High Street are packed full of unique and personal gift ideas that are bound to put a smile on your partner’s face. Have a look and see if anything pops out.
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Earlier in the most I wrote about how I was missing my Grandma. Over the last few weeks I've thought about my Grandma and Grandad a lot and found myself easily brought to tears.
I know they say time is a great healer & that in time you get used to people not being there but sometimes I think the passing of time only serves to make you miss them more. The more time that slips by the more things they have missed.
When each of my grandparents died there was an element of relief. We knew they were ready. Grandad particularly had been deteriorating for many years. His dementia had seen him living in a home, a decision which was incredibly hard for my Grandma. He'd have hated it if he knew - if he knew what he was like. Such a strong, healthy & active man reduced to sitting in his chair, mumbling to himself & not really knowing what was going on. That's not how I remember him though. No. My Grandad is pottering in his shed (goodness knows what he actually did in there with his balls of twine made from old tights & jam jars full of nails), my Grandad is down the garden in his greenhouse growing tomatoes, he's wearing his flat cap, he's picking up coins off the road to save for us and he's tricking me into getting out of his favourite chair with the promise of a Kit Kat waiting for me in the kitchen.
If Grandad were here now he'd be round at my Mum's doing all the faffy little jobs that my Dad has neither the time nor the patience for. He'd be walking the dogs, polishing shoes & making cuttings to grow new plants in the conservatory. I like to think that he'd have had a soft spot for Ben. I know he'd have loved all three of them of course but I think he'd have particularly enjoyed spending time with his great grandson - teaching him things. I'm sure he'd have saved all his shiny pennies for them too just the way he did for us when we were little. Ben and Chloe thank him when they find pennies on the floor shouting "Thank you Grandad Joe!" and it always makes me smqaile to know that they know things about their Great Grandad even if they didn't get the privilege of meeting him.
If your grandparents are still with you then cherish them. Cherish those precious moments and make the most of the time you've got.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Now I must admit that for me - the most stressful times in my week are the hour or so from getting up on a Wednesday or Thursday morning to setting off to work after I've dropped everyone off at childcare, and coming up a close second is swimming lessons on a Tuesday night. Trying to get everyone where they need to be at the right time and in the right clothes with a smile on their face is hard work believe me. (And the smile doesn't always happen that's for sure!)
Bedtimes have had their moments, they don't always go like clockwork, however I wouldn't say they've ever been particularly stressful *touch wood*. From Ben being just five weeks old we started a pretty solid bedtime routine and have stuck to it ever since, each child just finding their own place in the routine as we adapted it to accommodate their changing needs.
Aside from the regular structure of our bedtime routine I think the other really important factor in our bedtimes running smoothly is that it's a team effort. Even when it was just Ben we treated bedtime as a bit of quality time, we did the bath together, got him ready for bed together and really enjoyed the quiet time. With three it's more of a necessity that we do bedtime together - usually with one of us getting Amy ready and the other sorting the big two, finding them their pjs and getting clothes sorted for the next morning.