We had a lovely bank holiday weekend that we spent very lazily really. My favourite day was definitely the Monday. We didn’t have any plans which is always the best kind of day really. The day started in a lovely fashion as I was treated to a lie in and a cup of tea in bed. Unfortunately Little Mr had his eye on all of the pancakes but I will let him off this time.
I had one mission today and that was to find a beautiful golden rapeseed field to take some pictures, Mr H had one mission and his was to have pizza for lunch! I had planned to do this when we visited Mablethorpe but unfortunately Little Miss was too poorly with chicken pox.
I won first and we had a lovely drive around finding our perfect location. We are lucky that there are lots of colourful fields within a short distance of our home. Once we found the perfect place we began. Little Miss and Little Mr had a fab time running around and laughed non stop.
They are not the best and by no means but I love them. Little Mr does too and when we viewed them on the computer he was already picking out the ones that he wanted on his wall.
I love this picture of Little Mr, he looks so relaxed and happy. He was watching and waiting for his Daddy to chase him here.
This is Little Mr’s favourite picture. He loves being thrown high by his Daddy. I had a go too (at throwing the children, not being thrown) but I am not as brave at letting go.
Above is Little Mr’s favourite
“Aww I love this one of Little Miss she is so cute, its much better than the ones of nothing.”
I love the ones of Little Miss and Mr running towards each other and holding hands. I love seeing their precious little bond and how much they love and care for each other.
After our family adventure it was pizza time. Yipeee!
Here are some more pictures from the fields of gold.
We recently spent a long weekend away in a caravan. We booked our cheap and cheerful break with Haven and chose to stay at their Mablethorpe site. Our drive to the park took us over the Humber bridge which was nice as the area holds lots of memories for me.
We had anticipated we would need to make a stop during our journey but luckily both Little Mr and Little Miss slept most of the way – bonus! We were given an upgrade when we arrived and were pleasantly surprised with our caravan. We unpacked and then headed out for something to eat.
Unfortunately Little Miss had come down with chicken pox just before our break but only had a couple of spots until our second day when she was covered from head to toe. This meant we had to plan what we could do a little more carefully. On the Saturday we woke super early thanks to Little Mr, had a breakfast and were all out of the door by 9am. We walked to the beach and spent a lovely morning building sandcastles, flying a kite and combing the beach for shells. We found lots of star fish which Little Mr was extremely wary of for some reason. Little Miss slept most of the time and once out it took her ages to want to touch the sand with her feet. We the went back to the caravan for egg sandwiches at Little Mr’s request. In the afternoon the hubby took Little Mr swimming whilst I stayed with Little Miss. The joys of chicken pox hey, I am just glad it was quiet so we could go for walks and to the beach.
We had a terrible night with Little Miss on the Saturday, she couldn’t settle and was feeling so sorry for herself. As we had had very little sleep we had a much lazier morning and woke for 7am (yep, that’s a lie in in our house, or caravan in this case). We had breakfast and then headed out for a drive to take in the scenery and also find a pharmacy that was open on a Sunday! I had planned to take some pictures on my ‘proper’ camera of the children and us as a family making the most of the scenery however my efforts were mainly focused on Little Miss.
We ended up finding ourselves in Skeggness. Once there we parked up and walked along the seafront. We stumbled across a deserted crazy golf that Little Mr was desperate to have a go of, who didn’t love crazy golf as a kid??
By lunchtime Little Miss was flagging so we grabbed a quick bite from MacDonalds and headed back to the caravan. Back at the park Mr H took Little Mr to the amusements and the park whilst I stayed with Little Miss and tempted her with bi-carb baths in a washing up bowl.
On our last morning we packed up ready to head home but not before a quick play in the sand pit park. We had a lovely time even though Little Miss was not 100%.
I only recently stumbled upon the bucket list linky an immediately loved the idea. So without further a do here is my bucket list for May.
1) To get back onto the fitness wagon. I recently really got really into HIIT (high intensity interval training) but fell off the wagon throughout April for many reasons such as Birthdays, weekends away and work.
2) Spend more time on Riding bikes with little Mr. He loves it but we really don’t do it enough.
3) To save at least £100 this month. This is a biggy a the last few months I have spent every penny I have earnt so I really need to be more frugal with my money.
4) To finish my book. A couple of months ago I began reading The doll house, I was really beginning to get into the plot and I just haven’t picked it up again. I miss reading adult books.
5) To go on a girls night out. Since children I have really scaled back on nights out, I fact they scarsely happen. So on my list is a girls night out though this one is cheating really as I do have a night out planned but it will be my first in a long time.
So short and sweet but hopefully it will be achievable. I will feel more accountable anyway!!
This is a question I ask myself on a regular basis and Mr H when he is feeling brave!
This is what happened whilst I tidied the kitchen!
I have to say with one child I found it easy, Little Mr wasn’t messy and we had half the junk we now seem to have amassed. However I feel with two children it is much harder to keep a tidy home. Therefore I thought it only fair for me to share some of the ways you too can keep a tidy home with young children.
1) Never wash clothes
This one is a buggy as doing this will cut down on the huge workload that follows freshly washed clothes. If I never wash clothes I will never have to dry them so will save time hanging clothes to dry and once again bringing them in. There will also be no folding and no ironing.
2) Never iron clothes
If you follow step one there will be no clothes to iron and you are well on your way to keeping a tidy home.
3) No Birthdays until you turn 18!
No cards to display which inevitably clutter up a surface and the best part is no presents, so no toys to fill already overflowing storage boxes/selves/baskets or any other small space not currently overrun with stuff.
4) Use disposable plates and crockery
Paper and plastic and once dinner is over throw in the bin! This step also saves on loading and unloading the dishwasher.
5) Never dust
An occasional blow on surfaces where there is a buildup should do the trick or if you are desperate a quick once over with a baby wipe.
6) Banish children and husband to the shed
Now this stage is a winner and if achieved will save you the most time. If you better half and children can never enter beds will remain made, there will be no crushed biscuits, smeary windows or mirrors and sticky banisters. Socks will be in draws not under cushions, sofas or bed sheets.
7) NO pets
More poo, urine, grooming, hair, food the list goes on. A bad idea if you want a tidy home.
This list is by no means exhaustive and if you have your own methods please feel free to share your tips.
Here is my final thought on keeping a tidy home.
For Mothers day I treated my Mum to a champagne afternoon tea at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel in York. Due to mega busy work schedules we have only recently been able to actually go, but it was so worth the wait. We decided to make the most of our day and also treat ourselves to some ‘me time’ in the spa.
When we arrived it transpired they had a mix up with our booking fortunately they could quickly sort it out for us and we chose our treatments. I opted to get some gel fingernails as I rarely get chance to paint my nails and like the idea of having something that lasts a little longer than a massage. After our treatments we headed into the pool area and made the most of the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
We then got ready to head for our afternoon tea, which was amazing. We were presented with a huge tea list to choose from, we chose China Rose tea and it was devine. Everything about the afternoon was amazing from the silver cutlery and tea pots, to the huge yet delicate cake stand bursting with amazing treats.
The best part was they also did doggy bags (classy cake boxes and dainty paper bags) so we could take some treats home. Before heading home we had a nosey around the other rooms of the hotel. The decor is so sumptuous it really shouts luxury.
We had a great afternoon and will definitely return. I would love to stay in one of the rooms
(hint hint Mr H) .
I love this picture of my two cherubs. It was one of about 50, the other 49 involved one child being a blur so this was as good as it got. Little Miss and Little Mr wore these outfits to a Golden Wedding anniversary we recently attended (you can read about it here
Shirt – you can’t really make out from the picture but it has lots of small cameras over it.
From F&F at Tesco.
Trousers – woollen mix black/grey originally part of his two piece Christmas outfit.
From M and S
Boots – Jones the boot maker.
Dress – Black and White rose dress
From Laura Ashley
Tights and Frilly knickers
Shoes – Golden Mary janes
I can’t quite believe it but this week Little Mr turned 4. How can that be?
Some how this Birthday made myself and his Dad more reflective. Perhaps its because its because 4 means he will start school or the fact that at 3 he was still our baby. To us 4 just seemed so much older. the age at which he really was a little boy and no longer a toddler or preschooler.
I have been planning Little Mr’s Birthday for months, well years really. It was his first proper party as we have previously held smaller tea parties at home. This year however he had asked to celebrate with a party, especially as he has been to many of his friend too. I knew straight away that we wouldn’t be having his party at home as the prospect of 20 plus children plus parents was too much so settled on a local village hall. Since the day Little Mr arrived I have been planning out (in my head at least) what his parties would be like and I am so pleased with how his Birthday went. It was just how I had imagined.
We had Little Mr’s party the day before his actual Birthday. Lots of his friend came and he had a marvellous time.
It was fair to say following the party we were pooped. We came back to the house with family and had a well deserved cup of tea and slice of cake. Little Mr had been very spoilt by all of his friends and received an overwhelming amount of presents. Once the children were settled for the night we finished we marked the occasion with a bottle of Champagne and reflected on the last four years. On how Little Mr entered the world, our first thoughts bringing him home, how we were using garden chairs as indoor furniture!! We wouldn’t change where we are now but it would be lovely to steal one more snuggle with our new born little boy.
Before bed I snook in to Little Mr’s room for extra cuddles on his last night as a three year old, one last kiss and of course a photo.
Little Mr woke early on his Birthday, 5.30am to be precise. We even had to wake Little Miss which is a rarity. We spent a few hours opening presents and playing with new toys before heading to the coast. we visited the amusements, walked the beach, had fish and chips and ice cream. During our trip Little Mr said that it had been his wish when he blew out his candles that we come to the seaside for the day which was sweet.