24 May 2015

Our Weekend - Another bank holiday

I think there is something very special about the promise of a long weekend and it makes us as a family seize the day but equally be as lazy as possible. I especially love that giddy Friday night feeling where you relax, sit back and know that for the next few days it's all about the family.

We started early on Saturday, as usual, around 5.45am but at least the small people both slept up until that point. It's fairly rare still for us. Bubba spent some time practising her writing and numbers and she is very diligent in her approach, it's so cute to watch her working out how to write and sounding out letters all the time. I do hope she loves to write and read as she gets older.

By 8am I was in the garden painting our little shed green. Hubby and his friends built the shed soon after we moved in just under two years ago and I've wanted to change its colour since then. But with Cubs arrival and updating our house inside, there was always something more important to do. I've still got the back and one side to go but hopefully that's going to be done by the time you read this.
As is my usual quest at the weekend, in the afternoon we set off to find coffee (& cake) and to buy more wood stain...the reason I hadn't managed to finish the shed earlier. Bubba tried her very first babyccino and I'm not sure why I've never got one before now. She loved it and it made her feel like a big girl, she sat and kept asking if she had grown.

Saturday night was a fake away curry as we didn't want to cook but didn't want to spend out on a proper curry (& I thought it might be better on syns for me). We pigged out a bit but it was nice.

I had told Bubba that on Sunday we would go swimming as a family but what I didn't factor in was her 4am start to the day and although she was coaxed into going back to sleep, she was still up at 6am again. She told us all about 7am that we needed to go to the pool early to beat the rush. We didn't go that early!!

It was really nice although cub wasn't very happy about being there to start with and cried if I tried to put his legs into the water, he did get the idea of it in the end and we all had a great time. However for the rest of the day I felt shattered but not sure why seeing as I didn't do any real swimming, just a bit of bobbing around in the water with the boy! Cub fell asleep on the way home so we did what any self respecting family do...we stopped for a cheat meal for us all.

Sunday afternoon we did the middle clash dash to B&Q for paint (with the rest of the world it seemed) and hopefully on Monday hubby will be painting our old tired garage doors jet black. It'll make a huge difference to our curb appeal and I'm rather excited about it. Can't believe I get excited about stuff like that now!

Whilst hubby spent the rest of the afternoon prepping the doors by sanding and filling, I created a play area for the kiddies. I always remember Sunday den building with my brother being great fun when we were little and I did want to do the same with a sheet and chairs but knew cub would pull it all down by trying to constantly pull himself up so instead I got out the tent and tunnels and they played nicely for a while.

Here is our Sunday night dinner which was pizza topped chicken and SW chips...It was awesome and a great end to a fab weekend. Monday is a bit of the same for us and there will be some painting and playing and resting and laughter...it can't get better than that really.

This post is linking up to the Weekend Linky  - A rush of love & Write like no one's watching

20 May 2015

Why voting in the MADS 2015 is a Good Idea

Tots100 MAD Blog Awards 

 If you are a blogger then you know all about the Tots100 list and how blogs rank (mum if you are reading this, I am defo not in the top 100...try the top 1000 *cough, looks slightly shifty). Hey at least I'm in the top 1000, I'll take that seeing as there are literally hundreds and hundreds of brilliant parent blogs out there.

If you are a blog lover then it's also a great way to find even more brilliant reads and you never know what you might learn along the way.

It's also now the time of year that the blogging community goes a little stir crazy over all the awards ceremony's around. I love nothing better than seeing that a blog I follow has got the recognition it deserves and has been nominated for an award. I make a special effort to vote each year and make sure all the categories are filled in as I think it's important to be heard and show those whom I vote for that I appreciate all your hard work (and it is hard work this blogging lark, it takes hours out of a week, your children get used for all sorts of experiments and testing of products, there is always one eye on your stats and what could potentially make a good photo).

So if you do follow someone and you love their style and their blog keeps grabbing your attention, why not think about voting for them, It'd make their day (I hope, but if not then there is always Karma!!).

So the nifty link above takes you to the MADS which stands for the 'Mum and Dad' Blog Awards which five lucky individuals will win. It's a huge thing and I do hope you take the time to vote...

To get you started here are a few of my fave blogs at the moment and the reasons why you should take a look.

The lovely Charlotte, where do I begin, she creates wonderful meals, takes awesome photographs and really really really writes from the heart. A true inspiration

The place to be for a laugh and to know you are definitely not alone, the wonderful 'don't beat yourself up' guides are a good read and the Wicked Wednesday photo linky will get you nodding along.

A very stylish mumma and a very stylish blog, I love the Friday linky of Little Loves which gives you a glimpse of everyone else's week. When I visit this blog it makes me feel calm and glossy...I know, a blog that makes you feel like that is always a winner

This is just a treasure trove of ideas and advice (& codes for cheap tickets etc). He introduced me to the idea of not comparing my beginning to someone else's middle which is so simple yet so powerful for every area of your life.

Please do take the time to look at new blogs and if you have a few minutes then have a go at voting for a few of your faves. Every little helps, just click on the linked logo at the top of the page.

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