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This time last week we were on holiday in the Lake District. 

We stayed in the white cottage in the photo – Darling How. It was great, as always. Returning to the same place each year is special for me – every year I remember the year before, and i love building memories in the same place each year. Amelia remembered last year too, and knew exactly what she wanted to do with her week. She wanted to build a bridge, play hide and seek in the cottage and go in the hot tub. 

As Easter was earlier this year, the weather wasn’t as sunny as last year. We had a few windy, rainy days, but we still got out and about every day. It got nicer toward the end of the week too.  The girls both had Wellies (so did I!) and they loved jumping in puddles – Amelia was ‘making hot chocolate’ in the puddles, and Rosie just thought she was peppa pig. They walked in the streams, we found lots of frogspawn, and we went to Amelia’s favourite bridge every single day (she didn’t want to explore anywhere else!) and threw stones, made bridges, walked in the stream and just played. 

My favourite things about this year were:

– being at the bridge – watching the girls just play without it having to cost anything or involve anything more than water, stones, sticks and imagination was great. It’s what they need and made it special.

– Fairyland. There’s a walk just outside the cottage which gets you direct to ‘fairly land’ where the fairies live. Amelia got a gift from them (a fairy doll) and she was so happy and excited and I just loved her innocence and belief in magic. She talked about it non stop for the rest of the day:

Playing at being a witch and chasing the girls round the cottage with Rosie shouting ‘try n get me’ and hiding from each other. 

Watching the kids in the hot tub – they both loved it. Although I have to admit that they are fearless and this panicked me a bit! 

– going for a walk in the evening with Lydia -the sun was shining and it was lovely. And I’d had a bit of wine and found a few silly things really, really funny lol. 

– going in the hot tub when the stars were out.

– having time to read my book, and not having to rush to get things done or be anywhere, or to have loads of house tasks to do. 

– spending tIme with my family – my nana was poorly and in hospital until 2 days before we left so having her there was special too, and the holiday wouldn’t have been the same without her there. 

I could go on but I won’t. Amelia said it was the best holiday ever, and Rosie didn’t say anything but I know she had the best time. I loved it, and just wish we could have stayed even longer as it went by so fast! 

I love holidays – making memories without distractions. Now I just have to wait for the next one! 


A happy half term.

It may sound silly to say, but I really have found it harder than I would have thought having Amelia at full time school since September. It makes time go so much quicker, with very little time for family fun. I really miss her – I miss crafts, educational projects and daytrips out which I took for granted before.

But it was half term last week – the perfect chance to fit in lots of fun 🙂 I made a timetable – I drew it, put the days and put 2 activities each day, with lunch I between. In the morning it was a going out activity generally, and in the afternoon was something just for Amelia while Rosie napped. Some of the things we did were:

– we made a den.
– bake a pie for tea.
– lots and lots of drawing and colouring.
– reading books.
– I brought the mattress downstairs, put cushions around it and they had a trampoline for the day.
– we went to McDonald’s.
– we went to a ‘secret cafe’ (BHS!) in town after getting Rosie some new shoes. Amelia had £3 to spend and chose some hair clips – she offered me the money for Rosie’s shoes though 🙂
– we visited the library.
– we went for a walk.
– we watched a film.
– swimming.
– we went to visit friends.

We also (this was not on my list!) went to the circus, me, Amelia and my Mum. It was really good -we saw planet circus, which was stunts, including a motorbike kind from britains got talent – although we didn’t know that at the time! I really enjoyed it, and so did Amelia. Thank you Mum 🙂

We had a lot of fun this half term. I feel like we did a lot,many that’s remembering that I was sick 1.5 days and worked 1.5 days. We fitted a lot in 🙂

And something sweet (and funny) – we did the food shop one day, and Amelia really wanted to use her ‘pennies’ to buy the cereals – I said t save it, and she replied ‘but Mum, I only want to waste my money so that you don’t have to waste yours.’ I thought it was sweet and very thoughtful, bless her. And no, I didn’t let her pay for the cereals! She did lend me £1 for the trolley though 🙂

I love my girls. When they are grown, these are the times I will miss more than any others.



Live positively.

Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in everyday.

I’m bringing back my positives. I need to do this for myself – i find it far too easy to get stressed about work and general busyness, and not stop to appreciate my fantastic life. I need a chance to stop, take stock and appreciate what i have. I’m going to start doing this on a Sunday as it’s the end of the week, so it works for me.

So, whats been good about this week?
First of all, me and Craig had our first child free night since Rosie was born. Rosie slept out for the first time on Saturday night – Craigs parents had both girls. It was lovely actually. We didn’t do anything – we got a chippy tea, and watched naff tv and talked. We talked a lot, about our house plans, and general bits and bobs. And – this is the best bit – i got a whole night of uninterrupted sleep and didn’t have to wake up at 6am. It was great – lay in’s have not reduced a lot, i was wide awake at 8.30am, but that extra time makes a huge difference to me. And both girls were really good for their nannie and grandad.

Secondly, house plans. We often mess around – having jobs, kids and busy lives makes doing much in the house difficult. We plan a lot but don’t get much done. So we’ve planned our first three jobs – firstly rewiring downstairs, then moving the front room door, then decorating the hallway. We’ve listed these three jobs as the ones we will focus on. So my job for this week will be to find quotes for rewiring downstairs. I love having plans for the house, and find it frustrating at the same time. I hate waiting, but love thinking about what my ‘dream’ plans are.

Thirdly, boring but we got our car insurance sorted. We’ve saved £70 on what we paid last year by changing me to main driver.

Next, my girls. My wonderful girls. Amelia has been brilliant this week. She’s been such good company – funny, helpful and loving. I love it when she’s like this – i gave her jobs to do in her bedroom – hoovering her rug and helping me polish – and she loved it, and kept saying how fun it was. She then also helped me clean the bathroom. And she’s loving making potions at the moment – putting allsorts in a big bowl with water in the garden. She’s spent ages and ages doing it, keeps her busy.

And Rosie – Rosie is getting to the hard work stage. But she has beautiful smiles, is curious about everything, is learning everyday. She’s working up the courage to take her first steps, and is saying mama, baba, dada, mmmm. She’s a lovely baby – she is just so genuinely content and happy. She knows what she wants and doesn’t want, but generally shes just so easy going and happy to do anything.

I think that’s it. I just wanted to make sure i don’t forget the wonderful times with my girls. I want to look back and remember how much i love life, how much i love them, and how lucky i feel. They make me smile every single day, and they put work related stress into perspective.