Saturday, 25 July 2015

End of 4+




It's been 10 months (39 weeks) between these pictures and I don't think, along with many other us, I can fully comprehend how quickly that time has flown! 
A lot has happened since September. My little 4 year old is now almost 6!!!! She is so bright and curious. 
She is an absolute book worm and her reading is Amazing! 
She reads everything in sight! EVERYTHING! Like signs, posters, menu's, anything and everything she sees she will try and read it.  I'm constantly amazed at her talents. 
It would seem that numeracy is also her forte, just like Daddy!
She has a mind for numbers and this makes me so happy. I was, am, not at all numerically challenged but equally I am not the great mathematician, my husband, however, is! and if she follows his lead and stretches her brain in that manner then whatever life path she chooses, she will excel (no pun intended) 
She isn't a fan of sports (like her mum) she will try. It she doesn't place that upsets her. Not to the point of melt down or enough to make her want to do anything about it, but non the less it bothers her.  We have talked about how we cannot be great at everything and in fact if it were a reading or maths race she would place if not actually win.  That helped. But she was still a little bereft! In need to work on how to encourage her with this! 
She has shown me how her confidence has grown, it's something I noticed whilst on holiday. We were eating at Pizza Hut and (the sweetcorn lover that she is) she asked if she could go and get more sweetcorn from the salad bar all by herself, I was shocked, I hid this feeling, but I encouraged her and watched as my lovely little treasure skipped towards the salad bar and happily helped herself to a few spoons of corn! My heart burst and melted all at the same time. She was showing her growth,  she has grown, but equally SHE IS GROWING, THIS IS GOOD!! Jack and I looked at each other with the same feelings, pride and amazement! 
She amazes me daily, I'm biased in her awesomeness, I'm her mummy and alongside her daddy we are her greatest fans. 

It's scary to think what changes will take place over this summer let alone in the school year to come. 

I am incredibly proud of our little girl and I hope with deepest sincerity that whatever happens over the next school year, as I said to a colleague, she is happy. You know really that's all that really matters.

Talk to me about your child's experience of 4+ (reception class) 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hello Sam

Whilst I sit comfortable & snug in my bed holding and feeding by beautiful boy, I look back at the last 11 weeks. We are on the cusp of the 12 week milestone. (You know, the one where 'it gets easier' 'things stop' 'new things start' )
I think about all the things that have gone before us..... The birth, bringing him home, introducing him to his wonderful big sister, registering him, meeting our families, meeting friends, feeding him, the long nights, the long days, the love (oh goodness THE LOVE) the joy he brings and the tears too. I think about how it felt to anticipate Sam and his birth and think how quickly all of that was over and how he is simply one of us now.  How his sister adores him and the way he looks at her, like, I can't wait to get up and play!. 
How having a second child  is not how I imagined it would be, its different, good different, but different all the same. I think about how in this time my beautiful daughter turned 5 she began school (another post) and she grew ( my goodness she grew) she's such a clever little Squidge, she makes my so incredibly proud I could burst. I think of how she has slept by my side in nights when J worked away and she wanted to be close, I think of how it felt to see my husbands face as u have birth to our son, how it felt to see him hold his boy for the first time, how J supports me and how, without him, I rely couldn't do this. I think to myself how lucky I am and  I cherish every moment of this last 11 weeks.

I have been blessed with two wonderful children, who are healthy and happy. What more could I ask for? 

Welcome to the world Beautiful Sam 


I will talk more about his arrival in another post but for posterity and whilst I am here I wanted to put down a few thoughts....

He arrived at the start of September and he turned our world upside down. He completed our family and showed me how much I could love another child! Honestly its indescribable how I feel about this little monkey! He's awesome. Just like his sister. I was scared I wouldn't feel for him the way I feel for Bella but I need not have worried, the rush of love came & it just keep on going, even  through the long nights. Whether that's because I know for certain he is out last baby or just because second time around I am finding I appreciate the small thing more.  I'm not sure. But I do know that every minute counts and it's lovely (most of the time!) 


I gave myself time away from the blog, whilst he was super tiny, so I could concentrate on my family. I feel ready now to return to blogging, to share the next chapter of our lives and to continue to immerse myself in the mummy world. 

Xxxx 


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

~~the boys nursery~~

Pinterest has a lot to answer for! 

I've been aware for quite some time that a baby blue nursery wasn't for us. 

There's so much inspiration online that I found I really wanted to go bold! Thanks to awesome ideas from over the pond we hoped that we could achieve something a little different. 

Bean and I love the bold colours of 'jungle themes' but didn't actually want a jungle theme, or any animal mural ideas going on . We just wanted a relatively timeless/ ageless decor that would grow with our little boy. 

So this is what we came up with....

Stripes!! 

We knew that stripes were our goal, we searched for paper but alas it couldn't be found in a colourway we liked, so instead, we embraced the frog tape and Bean made the stripes himself!! 

We are both over the moon with the outcome! It is indeed (to me) very Pinterest!

 Its different but not crazy. 

The colours are bold, but familiar.

 Its a stimulating palette, but hopefully still enough to allow baby to sleep. 
Its nothing short of everything I wanted! 

Its perfect! 

The circle might well look odd, but for those race car lovers out there you will probably realise there will be something going in that space.

Not a number though, no!

A letter! 
Baby's first initial will go into that space once he is here and we are 100% sure on his name! 


A better view!! 
 
In time the cotbed will go in here andthe crib   (without those bumpers I might add) will be in our room.

This room makes me so very happy! 

Its perfect for our tastes! I just hope little monkey likes it too!! 

There's more room reveals to share, such as inside the wardrobe and the drawers etc. I think those will be best saved for a video instead!! 

Let me know what you think! 

Ttfn
S xxx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

~~35+6 ~~


Time flies as they say! 
I sit here & rest whilst my little girl is at summer club! 
She's super excited to see friends two days a week & I'm happy to get some time to relax, nest, make crafty baby projects & watch homes under the hammer!!!! 
We are now into the home straight!
Its only a matter of single figure weeks now! That's a point I find a little daunting but also I'm ready!, we are ready! We want to meet our boy & all be together! 

So as a 'treat' (I know I'll bet you can't wait!!) I thought I would share some bump shots from the past 10 weeks or so! 

I'm not slim so early bump shots weren't all that amazing, now they are pretty cool though so take a look!! 

24 weeks 

















So there you have it! 

I see a Running theme do you? 

**Maxi dresses!!!!**

Only one of which is actually a maternity one! These, dear readers, are the work of the angels, especially in the heat we have been experiencing over the past few weeks!

I'll be grateful of a few cooler days that's for sure!!!! 

Let me know in the Comments if you have found any other funky maxis that I should look out for! I love that I can wear most of these once baby is here! 

Ttfn xxx 

~~gender reveal~~

So what do you think???? 
Blue or pink??
Well we were fortunate enough to be able to have a 4D scan last weekend and we found out the gender of our little Monkey!


This is how we told people 

 
Its a boy!!!!!!!! Hooray!!!!!!! 

We are soooooo thrilled & happy and so too is my little girl! She is over to the moon!!!! 

So now to start getting things ready for his arrival! I'm so excited I could burst!!!! 

So why did we choose jelly beans?? 

Well a long story short is I call my husband 'Bean' as his nickname and from there we had jelly beans as our wedding favours, and when I saw an idea to use them for a gender reveal on Pinterest, I knew it was the way forward for us! 

We altered the plan a little but I love love love the end result! 


Here he is smiling at us!!!

Happy happy days! 

Xxxxx

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

~~Mum & Me~~

My friend & her little one popped over for coffee.
It's  funny how your friendships change once children come along, more play dates than fancy coffee shops! 
Anyway she's a new neighbour (well we are the new ones!) & she is lovely! 
So lovely in fact that she bought me this little gift to congratulate me on the pregnancy! 

I received  a few "mum to be" gift sets when I had my first child and as grateful as I was I kinda felt they really weren't all that useful. By the time I wanted to relax and soak in the bath, I was almost a beached whale so a host of soaps and salts and scrubs really didn't float my boat, so when I saw this I was initially unsure as to what to expect! 

I was VERY pleasantly surprised! 

Inside this lovely little bag are some great little treats! Some for mum and some for baby. I'm certainly keen on what this gift set has to offer! 

It's called the *mum & me* set and its got 4 gifts inside.


Now this is the part where I went ooooh and aaaaah! 

The contents are, Bump unwind bath soak, New mum Hand Gel,  Sleep tight baby bath & a (good size) muslin square. 

Its a perfect gift. A treat for all the stages. Something to pop in my hospital bag in miniature or use now in a shower (as a bath isn't fun for me) "OCD gel" is always a winner in my book & perfect  for out & about nappy time, a soothing bath soak for baby is a clear winner and then another muslin, I mean seriously you can NEVER have enough 'muzzies' those beauties are awesome! 

The contents are brilliant!!!!!! What's not to love??? 

I would love to know who decided on the contents of this bag as they are so great and I'm not all that easily pleased generally so this is good a great accolade! 


I'm excited to see what else is in the range and would happily give this line of products as a gift too! 

Well done Cussons what a great idea!! 

*all personal opinions, this was a gift from a friend, I just love it* 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

~~On the turn ~~

I rarerly get to the end of the week & find I have some fruit left! We all love fruit here!!! 

Somehow this week it was different! 
I think its down to having cake around! Shocker!! 

I hate waste & begrudge wasting money by binning my fruit that's seen its best! 

So, like many others, I cook it! 

Want to see what I came up with? 

Two rather sweet dishes that took my healthy fruit & added a couple more calories! 

Almost brown.....


Apples! Peeled, sugared & in water. Ready to boil for 20 minutes until soft & caramelly !



Then whacked into a lovely John lewis stone wear dish, topped with my Nanna's recipe for crumble topping (6oz flour, 3oz sugar, 1.5oz butter)  & voila! A whole dessert for next to nothing! 

Just waiting for the custard!!  

So what happened to the bananas?

I used this recipe...

http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/02/11/moist-chewy-banana-oatmeal-cookies/



To create two flapjack cakes! (Meant to be bars but I put all of the mix in two silicone cake moulds!) 


Mulched banana, added literally everything in the recipe, then mixed with THE BEST SPATULA ever!!! & whacked it into the moulds! 



45 minutes at 180 & they look like this...


According to my husband & work colleagues they taste delicious!!!! 

I think I'll make them again! 

Yay for fruit that's about to turn bad! 3 awesome puddings!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Expect some cooking / mummy based colabs soon with Leanne from  "my little life of scrap" Now that should be great fun! 

Xx