Monday, 31 August 2015

Me & Mine 2015 - August

August. The month we go back to school and Summer comes to an end.

We're back on the couch this month because we've been spending a lot of time, at the weekend, watching films and TV together. The Xfactor returning to our TV screens means we're now on the countdown to Christmas. The kids love watching it with us with a few snack treats.

I've really enjoyed my time off college but it's almost time to go back and get in to the swing of studying again. I'm looking forward to the next 9 months but I think it's going to be hard going. It's the second year of a three year degree so I can imagine it will be even more intense than last year. I had my first horse riding lesson this month in 15 years. I was nervous but really excited and I had a lot of fun. I think I'm going to do it once a month to build up my confidence again.

Husband has been working hard, as always. He bought himself a push bike so that he can get back in to cycling again. He used to cycle to work every day when he only worked 2 miles away but he works further away now so he hasn't been cycling as much. He still goes on two wheels but they are attached to a frame that houses an engine too. I think he's looking forward to it!

Z enjoyed a Karate camp before he returned to school. The camps are great for the kids. They play games, have team events and strengthen their bond as a Karate squad. He's made so many new friends through his Karate and he loves it. I don't think Z was too keen to get back to school but now that he is back, he seems to be enjoying it. He especially likes that he is in a class with all of his friends.

Miss C has grown so much over the summer. Her personality just shines through. She's a bit cheeky and mischievous but also very sweet and caring. She definitely didn't want to go back to school. Miss C lives for the weekend, holidays, days out and any sort of celebration. She does love her new teacher though which is a huge plus and she was really happy to see her friends again.

We must look like a crazy bunch but we are harmless really.

dear beautiful

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Enjoying the Quiet and Missing the Noise

With the kids returning to school two weeks ago and college not due to restart until September 3rd meant I had a lot of hours to myself. The kids were off to school for 9am and I didn't have to leave the house until 2.50pm to collect them. Almost 6 hours child free, every day of the week?! Think of all the things you could get done. All the work you could do. The cleaning and cooking.

I was looking forward to the time to myself. Husband was working so I had the full house to myself. Well, apart from the cats but they don't require much attention.

I got lots of blog work done and videos filmed for my YouTube channel. I did some sorting of clothes and books and stuff we no longer need.

I enjoyed countless hot cups of tea and coffee and croissants, fresh from the oven.

It was bliss.

For a few days anyway.

Then it got a bit boring. I found myself counting down the minutes until 2.50, when I could finally leave the house to get the kids. I missed them being around. The house was too quiet, even with me blasting music in the kitchen and dancing around without a care in the world.

I know that come Thursday when I'm back at college I'll be wishing I was still off and enjoying all the free time but I do miss not seeing the kids all day.

Isn't it funny how you wish for some quiet time and you end up missing the noise?

The Week That Was #35

Last Sunday, I got up with the kids and let Husband lie on for awhile. The kids played together whilst I got on with the mountain of ironing I had to do. I haven't missed ironing school clothes! After lunch, a friend popped over with her daughter and as it was a lovely day, we decided to take the kids to the park on their bikes. They had fun playing in the park whilst we enjoyed the sun. It was too hot for the macaroni cheese I had planned for dinner so we ordered a Chinese takeaway instead.

On Monday, it was back to school for the kids. Miss C wasn't too enthusiastic about getting up early after 2 days off. She really goes live for the weekends. I dropped the kids off at school and came home to get some work done. It's good to have the peace to get lots of stuff written and stuff done in the house too. After school, the kids, Husband and I played Robot Run which was lots of fun.

On Tuesday, I dropped the kids off at school and came home to do some more work. As it was nice outside, I put a washing on and got it hung up outside to dry. I had left over chili for lunch which was so good! I picked the kids up from school to find that Z had already managed to lose his lunch box. Only a week in to the new school term! We came home and the kids were excited to see a package had arrived for them; a hamster/gerbil cage that I won from Susan! We've decided we're going to get gerbils once we return from Florida.

On Wednesday, it was pouring with rain. Really chucking it down. I took the kids to school in the car and then drove in to town to pick up our dollars for our holiday. When I got home, I had to change as I was soaking through. Eventually the sun came out and dried up all the rain!

On Thursday, it was another miserable day. I dropped the kids off at school and came home to chill for the day. I'm enjoying the time to chill before I go back to college but I'm looking forward to starting college again and having a routine every week for myself. I picked the kids up after school and thankfully, the rain had gone off. After dinner, Husband brought us some Thorntons Mini Caramel Shortcakes which were really yummy. Felix found himself a bed in Z's bottom drawer after Z left it open. Cats really will sleep anywhere they can.

On Friday, I dropped the kids off at school and headed home. Usually I would do my weekly shop on a Friday, however I'm starting college next week and Friday is a college day so I have to move my shopping day to a Saturday morning. I got on with some housework and then some blog work. After dinner, a photographer came to the house to take some pictures for the magazine I write for.

On Saturday, Miss C and I headed to the shops whilst Husband took Z to Karate. He had his grading for his purple belt which he achieved. We were very proud of him. After lunch, I got on with the ironing whilst the kids played. We had pizza and salad for dinner, which was delicious and then we got in to our jammies to watch the Xfactor. We love watching it! As soon as the Xfactor comes back on TV, we're on countdown to Christmas!

The Black and White Photo Project #59

My Sunday Photo 2015 #35


Saturday, 29 August 2015

365 Project 2015 Days 228 - 241

Day 228 - Miss C all set for a birthday party
Day 229 - I found this little guy in my room in the morning
Day 230 - All set for back to school
Day 231 - Z finds any excuse to read a book - like to not get ready for school!
Day 232 - Teddies everywhere
Day 233 - A few sweet treats for a movie
Day 234 - Husband got stuck in this...heheh!

Day 235 - My neighbour's dog came for a visit and Felix wasn't too bothered with him
Day 236 - Cuddles with their cats after school
Day 237 - A nice cup of hot water in bed
Day 238 - Walking home from school, discussing their days
Day 239 - A cheese, ham and tomato toastie for lunch
Day 240 - Miss C and I taking a selfie!
Day 241 - Z got his purple belt at Karate!

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Moving Our Child Up a Year - Starting Primary 5

Z and Miss C returned to school last week; Primary 5 for Z and Primary 2 for Miss C.

Miss C was super excited to go to her new class as her teacher is really lovely and all the parents of children who have had her as their teacher before, rave about her. I'm really happy that she is also staying with the rest of her classmates from Primary 1. I would have loved for her to be in the same class as her best friend but they will still see each other at break times and for play dates.

If you've read my previous posts about Z, which you can read from this page if you haven't, you'll know that Z has been moved up a year. He should have started Primary 4 last week but instead, he started Primary 5. He's back in a composite class, his third one now, which is a Primary 4/5. 

At first, when I found out he was going to be in a composite class, I wasn't happy. Z has come on leaps and bounds over the last school year and I felt he would be better in a straight Primary 5 class. However he has been placed in the class with the rest of his friends and the school told me this was to really push the group because they are performing top of the year group. In a smaller composite class, the teacher will have more time to spend with them and really challenge them. Z was delighted that he was going to be with all his friends so I didn't want to change his class and upset him. 

At the beginning and at the end of each academic year, the children complete assessments in school. This allows the school to see how much the children have learnt and it gives them an indication of the level at which the children are learning so they can work out classes and sets. In Scotland there are 5 levels which are similar to the Key Stages; Early, First, Second, Third and Fourth. A child can be Developing, Consolidating and Secure in each level. A bit like a driving test; Developing is your first few lessons, Consolidating is being comfortable enough to drive and possibly take your test and Secure is you have passed your test and can drive yourself. Early level covers nursery to the end of Primary 1, First covers to the end of Primary 4 and Second covers to the end of Primary 7. Third and Fourth level apply to high school. 

All children are different and have strengths and weaknesses which is why I don't really believe in stages and levels being achieved by a certain age. Normative development suggests things children should be doing by a certain point in their life but there isn't a set in stone rule for how children develop or learn. My goal is to ensure Z is achieving his full potential and is being challenged in school. In the same breath, I want Z to be happy. 

I asked to see Z's assessments for the end of year so I could see how he was getting on. We had already seen his report card which was excellent and his teacher spoke so fondly of him. I was curious to see what level he had achieved in his assessments. If we were to go on these stages and levels and them being achieved by a certain age then Z, who would have been in Primary 3 if he hadn't moved up a year, would be a First level Consolidating. At the end of Primary 4, Z achieved a Second level Secure. This would be the level expected at the end of Primary 7. It was clear that he could possibly achieve a Third level in Math and English. 

What all this tells me is that Z is still progressing at an advanced level even with skipping a year of school. It hasn't affected him in the slightest it seems. Even the Deputy Head agreed that Z didn't appear to be levelling out, which was a huge concern for the school, nor had he suffered social or emotionally from the move.  

This year is going to be an interesting one. I'm still unsure about the composite class and worry that Z and the rest of his group will be left to get on with their work because they all work so well together. I hope they will be challenged and enjoy Primary 5. 

I'm proud of Z; I'm proud of both of my children. Miss C had an excellent report, just like her brother and she finished her assessments at her "expected" level. They both love school and really, that's all that matters to us as parents. Of course we want them to do well and reach their full potential but we also want them to enjoy their time in school, making friends and gaining life experiences. 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Robot Run from Orchard Toys - Review

We've been huge fans of Orchard Toys since Z was a toddler and our collection has grown over the years as they have a huge range of board games and puzzles to choose from.

We were sent Robot Run, one of their new board games, to review. Robot Run is aimed at age 3 and over and is suitable for 2-4 players. Robot Run promotes colour recognition, turn taking and observational skills.

Inside the box are 40 robot cards, 1 paint brush card and the instructions. Handy to know, if you ever misplace your instructions, you can download them from the Orchard Toys website.

The game is really simple to play. Each player is dealt 5 robot cards and the rest of the cards are placed face down in a pile. The 5 cards are turned face up so the other players can see your cards. The youngest player starts by lifting the top card from the pile of cards and placing it on the surface, face up for all to see. If they have a robot from their 5 cards that matches either the colour or the type of robot, they place it on top and play moves to the next player. If a player can't match the colour or shape of the robot on the top of the face up pile, they have to take a card from the face down pile and add it to their own cards. The first person to get rid of all of their robot cards is the winner.

The kids found Robot Run really easy to play and really enjoyed the game. Z worked out quite quickly that he could use seeing our cards to his advantage and play the game strategically. Because of this, we decided to change the rules so that no one showed the cards they were dealt. This made the game more interesting and exciting for us all.

Robot Run is priced at £7.50 on the Orchard Toys website which I feel is really good value for money. The game pieces are really colourful, detailed and well made. Another great game to add to our collection and one that I would take with me in to nursery for the children to play.

We received Robot Run for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Dear Parent on the First Ever Day of School

I've been here before, where you are preparing to be. The first day of school. Ever.

It seemed to come out of nowhere. One minute you have a baby then a toddler and within so little time you have a child, ready to start school.

I went to the enrolment day and felt emotional. I went to the parent's meeting and felt emotional. We found out what class they would be in and which of their friends would be with them and I felt emotional. They said goodbye to their nursery and their wonderful teachers there and I felt emotional. I cried a little bit.

I bought the uniform and felt emotional. I held cardigans, trousers, shirts and pinafores against their little bodies and felt emotional. I bought the school bags and lunch boxes and felt emotional. I wrote their names on everything and labelled everything and felt emotional. We took them for their school shoes and I felt emotional...that may have been more to do with the price though. Shopping for school shoes for one - not too bad. Any more than one and well, it's not going to be pretty at the till.

The summer before they started school was one of the fastest summer holidays ever. 7 weeks, over in the blink of an eye. Days spent here, there and everywhere just trying to get as much done with them before they went off to school. Day trips, weekends away, shopping trips, treats, goodies...not a moment to be wasted. Time before school starts is precious, no matter what age they are but it is especially precious before that first ever day of school. You want to saviour every last second with them before you have to give them away for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.

The night before the first day of school, I stood in Z's room and then, two years later, in Miss C's room and watched them as they slept. No longer nursery children but children about to embark on one of the biggest adventures of their little lives.

On the first day of school, the kids were excited. I felt emotional as I helped them get their uniform on. Everything was big on them. Sleeves came down to lie on their knuckles. Z needed to roll his trousers up at the waist and Miss C's pinafore came down way below her knees.

As we reached the school gates, my stomach was in knots. It wasn't any easier second time round. In fact, it probably gets harder the more times you do it because it's closer to the end of the toddler era. At least when Z started school, I still had Miss C for company.

Seeing all of the new children, wearing clothes that seemed to be drowning them and bags that were almost the same size as them was hard. Seeing other parents or family members, trying to hold back tears and lumps in throats was hard. We were all feeling the same way. Even those who were putting on the front of being glad that, finally, they were sending the last of their brood off to school. They were probably suffering the most inside.

The teachers coming out to collect the children and giving my child one last hug and kiss and sending them off on their new journey, a journey that I will only be part of a little bit, was hard. Thankfully, my two took it in their stride. They couldn't wait to start school and walked in to the building, eyes bright, smiles wide. Some children didn't cope so well and I hope that doesn't happen for you because it was breaking my heart to watch so I can only imagine how hard it was on the parents of that child.

I wondered to myself, would the teacher get to know my child, the way I know my child? The way Z goes quiet and hides his face if he's upset or frustrated? The way Miss C puts her fingers to her mouth when she's feeling shy or nervous? The way Z's eyes light up when you engage him in something he's passionate about? The way Miss C starts to talk all fast and high pitched when she's happy about something?

I worried about them making new friends and being able to get changed for gym. Would they manage to eat their packed lunch OK? Would they manage to carry their lunch tray with their school dinner on? Would they have time to eat their lunch? Would they fall over in the playground and hurt themselves? Would there be someone to comfort them if they did?

When I picked them up after their first day at school, they were beaming. They were happy. I felt relieved. I felt like I'd worried for no reason. They told me all about their classroom, their teacher and the other boys and girls sitting at their table. They brought home artwork which we displayed on our fridge. They exclaimed, "I love school!" That made me feel so much better.

On our first parent's evening, I knew then that their teacher had gotten to know them and their little personalities. They understood them. Miss C's teacher could tell me how much Miss C loves to draw and be creative and, "boy does she love horses!" Z's teacher told me how bright Z was and how much he loved to read, write and do Math. "He has a brilliant mind!" 

Starting school is such a huge milestone not just for a child but for us as parents. It's scary. It's unknown. It can be hard to let go. But it's exciting too. It's new. It's the start of something amazing. Your child will be OK. You will be OK. There may be some tears but it will all be OK. And before you know it, the summer holidays will be here and you will spend every moment of that time cherishing all the time you have with your child.

Monday, 24 August 2015

The Week That Was #34

Last Sunday, Miss C was up early, raring to go to horse riding. I took her and Husband stayed home with Z as he was getting picked up to go out with his best friend. They were going to a trampoline activity centre. After lunch, Miss C had a party to go to. She was really excited as she loves a party. Husband took her to that so I could get on with some jobs at home. Z got home before her and told me all about the trampoline centre. He had a lot of fun as did Miss C who filled us in on the party games and party food when she got home.

On Monday, it was the last day of our summer holidays. It was a beautiful day but the kids decided they wanted to play with their toys indoors after seeing a huge wasp in the garden! I did the ironing and washed our bedding so it was nice and clean on for bed time. I got the school bags ready and set out the uniforms for the morning. The kids did go out to play before dinner and then complained when they had to come in after dinner for their showers and books. Both of them were in bed before 7pm and asleep by 7.30pm.

On Tuesday, it was time for Z and Miss C to go back to school. Thankfully, it was a really nice day for walking to school and they were in good spirits going back. I also had my college induction day which went really quickly. When I picked the kids up from school, they were still in good spirits and excited to tell me all about their first day back. Long may that continue!

On Wednesday, it was another lovely day. So lovely in fact, I sent the kids to school without a jacket. I also painted one of my fences that needed doing. Those were the jinxes that brought on the rain around 2pm. I picked the kids up from school in the car and dropped Z's best friend off at home to save him getting wet. We changed in to our jammies when we got home and had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. It was yummy!

On Thursday, I dropped the kids off at school, came home to get a shower and then spent the day doing a bit of work. It's been weird not having the kids here and I really think I'll be ready to get back to college in two weeks time. When the kids got home from school, they got changed and played with their Playmobil toys until dinner time.

On Friday, I dropped the kids off at school and headed to Asda for my shopping. It was great to do the shop in peace. As great as the kids are at helping, it does take longer to get round the shop. Z had his friend over for tea after school. They played outside a lot as it was dry and, of course, Minecraft featured heavily. Miss C watched The Fox and The Hound.

On Saturday, Husband took Z to Karate and he was asked to fill in his application for grading next weekend. If he gets his new belt, he'll be a purple belt! After lunch, we nipped in to town to order our dollars for our holiday. The rate better not go up now! We nipped to the park on the way home and Z went to his friend's house to ask him if he wanted to come out to play. We ended up chatting with his parents for ages.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

This Boy

This boy looks so grown up in this photo. He had just been for a haircut and I always think it ages him when he has his hair chopped off...and that's the reason why I won't cut my hair short!

This boy is smart. Super smart. He's articulate and polite but he can be silly and laughs so hard, until tears roll down his cheeks, if you so much as mention the word fart around him. He gets that from my late Gran. 

This boy is confident and loyal. He has a really close circle of friends. They all get on so well and their different personalities make for an amazing little group of people. I know that in 10, 20 even 30 years time, they will still be friends, no matter where they are in the world. 

This boy loves to read. He will read a book in a day if he gets the chance. I really hope his love for reading stays with him his whole life. 

Z has settled back in to the school routine and seems to be liking his new class and teachers. He's delighted to have all of his friends in the class with him too. I think this is going to be another great school year for him. 

The Black and White Photo Project #58

My Sunday Photo 2015 #34


Friday, 21 August 2015

Playmobil Princess and Knights - Review

As Playmobil Playologist, we often have the important job of reviewing some of the toys and we recently received two sets to play with. Miss C, a huge Playmobil fan, is always so excited when she sees anything relating to Playmobil whether this is on the TV, in a shop or in a magazine. So things do get a bit wild in our house when a Playmobil package arrives.

Our recent parcel was no exception. Not only was Miss C delighted to find a new toy for her but Z was equally excited to find a set for him that I knew he would love.

First up we received the Take Along Princess Birthday set (product number 5359) which is aimed at ages 4 - 10 years. These take along sets are fantastic and this is Miss C's third one. She always looks to see which animals are included in the set and she was delighted to see a dog, a cat, a frog and a swan to add to her animal collection.

Miss C and I put this set together in around 10 minutes. It was really easy to set up and comes with lots of fun accessories including a birthday cake and some presents. There's a garden area that you can  play with your people on and two backdrops for inside the case; a ball room and a garden area with a water fountain. Everything can be stored inside the carry case so Miss C can take it along to her Gran's house and store all the bits together so they don't get lost.

Z was really keen to open the Wolfs Knights' Castle set (product number 6002) which is aimed at ages 4 - 10 years. This set has more pieces to it so it took a bit longer to build. Z wanted to build it by himself and the instructions were straightforward enough for him to do so in just under an hour.

This set comes with figurines and a horse to play with and we loved the little trap door that drops the baddies in to the dungeon. The details are fantastic such as the flame torches and the little lock on the dungeon gate. Z doesn't really sit and play very often as he prefers puzzles or reading but he genuinely sat and played for ages with the Knights' castle.

As always, I am super impressed with the quality of the toys we received and I've found that, even with the sets we've bought ourselves, Playmobil toys are worth the money for durability and the hours of imaginative play they offer.

I made a video of the kids taking the toys out of their boxes, building them and then playing with them which you can watch below.

We received these items to review as we are Playmobil Playologists. The opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Bagsy Beauty - Review

Despite the fact that I don't often wear make up, I do love the stuff and have a make up bag full of goodies. My favourite thing in my make up bag is my Dior red lipstick. It's so pretty and it lasts ages. I love browsing the make up counters in places like Debenhams or nipping in to Boots for quick peek and I love finding new colours or brands to try.

I was recently sent some items from a British make up and beauty brand; Bagsy.

Bagsy launched in June 2015 and is available to buy exclusively from Their items are designed to be easy to use and easy to carry meaning you can pop them in your handbag and touch up your make up as and when you need. 

I was sent the Ray of Sunshine Perfect Glow Bronzing Powder, the Pretty Cheeks Velvet Blush, the Lip Velvet Soft Matte Lip Colour and the Wow Lips Full Colour Chubby Stick. To keep it all together, I also received a very cute flamingo designed cosmetics bag. Bagsy make up is quite reasonably priced and they currently have around 11 items in their range. 

I absolutely love the packaging. The different designs are quite quirky and some of them reminded me of the Ted Baker girls' clothing range. 

The mint green inside the packaging is a really nice touch. This colour seems to be really popular just now and I think it makes the products look really classy. 

What also impressed me and I think makes Bagsy stand out is the lovely quotes they've used throughout their packaging or imprinted in their products, like this one in their bronzing powder.

I love the Bagsy Wow Lips Chubby Stick. It glides over your lip and the colour is really subtle. It also smells really nice. It reminded me of a crayon!

The Lip Velvet, whilst giving a matte finish, looks really glossy and pretty on the lip. A matte finish means your hair won't end up sticking to it like it can do with some lip glosses. 

All of the items fit perfectly in to this really gorgeous flamingo cosmetics bag. It is lined with the mint green colour and it just looks really lovely. I could see me purchasing this as a gift for someone. I'm keeping this one for myself of course! I think I'll use it for some essential items on holiday. 

I made a video to show off these Bagsy beauties which you can watch below. 

I received these items from Bagsy for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

What Miss C's Been Wearing #13

I can't tell you how much I love summer and the clothes the kids can wear when the weather is nicer. I love little dress and legging combos on Miss C and I think she is rocking this outfit! 

I got her dress from H&M last year and it cost around £4.00. A bargain! And I love the little ladybird print. We paired the dress with navy leggings from Next and red high top Converse. 

She is one cool kid!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Preparing for Back to School

We have been on holiday since the end of June so whilst it may seem like we're going back to school mega early in comparison with those of you down south, we've already enjoyed 7 and a half weeks off.

The kids return to school tomorrow. I always find it strange that they don't start back on a Monday, (although I've heard it's a different start date across the country) but I think the kids enjoy easing back in to school.

I bought all of the school uniform before the school holidays started. The reason I did that was so I got all the sizes and styles I wanted. I made a video of my school uniform haul if you want to have a nosey at it on my YouTube channel. I also included a checklist of everything we need for school.

Last week, I spent a few days making sure everything was ready for the kids going back to school tomorrow. These are some of the things I've done:

  • Labelled their clothes and shoes
  • Packed the gym kits in to the school bag
  • Filled the pencil cases with stationary
  • Written names on lunch boxes and school bags
  • Checked school shoes still fit from when I bought them - 2 weeks ago!

Another thing that I think is a good idea is to start to get the kids back in to the routine of early bed, early rise at least a week before they are due to go back to school. From last Sunday, I put the kids to bed at the time I would usually put them to bed on a school night and I set my alarm for 7am on the Monday morning. Z is a bit older now and doesn't fall asleep at 7pm like Miss C does so his bed time will probably be nearer 8pm this school year. He likes to get comfy in bed with a book so he'll still be in bed from 7pm. By doing this before they go back to school, the early nights and early rises won't be such a shock to the system for them. 

What tips or things do you do to get you back in to the school routine?

Sunday, 16 August 2015

The Week That Was #33

Last Sunday, the girls woke up at 6.30am which was a bit early for us. It's always the way at a sleepover though. Late bed, early rise. They played happily together for ages, had breakfast, got dressed and then went back to playing. Z arrived home after lunch and then my friend popped over with her daughter. We had a catch up with a cup of tea and the kids played Minecraft because it was miserable outside. After dinner, an early night was in order for us all.

On Monday, Husband left for work and the kids and I decided to have a day of playing and colouring. It was a funny day weather wise. One minute the sun was shining and the next it was pouring with rain. After dinner, it had brightened up so the kids were able to get outside to play before bedtime.

On Tuesday, Miss C and I spent the afternoon clearing and tidying up her Playmobil sets and her Sylvanian Families house. Everything was mixed up, out of place and the clothes were off the Sylvanian Families. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels a bit crazy when you can't find which outfit goes on which animal again. It took 2 and a half hours to sort through it all but everything looked great when it was done. It probably won't last long.

On Wednesday, we headed to the library after lunch. It was a lovely day and the kids had fun running through the park. We picked out some new books, had a nosey in the museum and then headed home. The kids wanted to play and I had a sit down with a cup of tea and some toast. We read our new books at bedtime and whilst reading, one of my friends popped in with some Krispy Kremes for us. Yum!

On Thursday, the sun returned! The kids were excited to get out in the garden and enjoy the sunshine. We had lunch outside and then the kids played with the Playmobil pool. It was lovely to sit outside and enjoy some good weather for a change.

On Friday, after going to Asda to get our food shop, the kids played with their toys. Their Uncle arrived just after lunch with three boxes of books for Z to read. He was very excited and as soon as Husband got home, they cleared out all of the books he has read from his shelves and replaced them with the new ones. After dinner, we watched Big Hero 6 which is definitely one of our new favourite Disney movies.

On Saturday, Husband took Z to Karate whilst Miss C and I got ready to go to town. I was happy to see the sun out as it meant I got to hang out my washing! I've been loving the Comfort Intense I was sent to try as it leaves our clothes smelling amazing and I only need a little bit because it's ultra concentrated. We headed to town after lunch to get Z a hair cut for going back to school and then nipped to the park to enjoy the sunshine.

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