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 Beau was given a paint your own crockery set for her birthday and we finally got around to doing it. She graciously allowed Wyn to paint some so really it was a success. My oil cloth however is terminal.

Decided to give Minx Nails a try as opposed to Gelish which I normally have. Fabulous result however these are best for a specific occasion rather than mother of two chaos – they did last quite well but I removed them myself after only 10 days.

Babychino 🍼☕️ 

 
Peace was destroyed in the night when I went in to check on the boy only for him to say “sick mamma” – indeed. He was a lot brighter in Thursday so we did go out but he still needed lots of mummy cuddles.
We have these beautiful moments if harmony – I imagine just after this photo was take Wyn walloped Beau with a piece if track and she banned him from playing!

Any excuse for face painting and now the boy is in on the act. When Beau asked to be a spider I made sure it was more ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and less ‘Arachnophobia’ 

Fresh peas in our veg box this week – had to cook frozen ones to supplement our dinner as she ate more than she put in the bowl! 

The boy is reaching the stage where he doesn’t always nap when really he could still do with one. This particular day I popped him on the sofa whilst I went to prepare lunch and this was the result. Not surprising if he has to clean all the time!

Traffic jam country style!

A family day at Longleat – we have purchased annual passes – expensive but worth it – I hope!! 

My little girl is off to school in September. Today was her last day at nursery, here she is alongside her tiny first day self.

She has also joined Rainbows which has caused a certain amount of controversy in our household since her father wants her to be a scout but that isn’t an option yet.

May have to start brushing his hair.

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Our children are so cute sometimes, snuggled up together and on other occasions I can see their horns!

Have given this coffee machine a new home since it’s services are no longer required at the hotel – lucky us!

This little boy was wiped out and had a snooze on Granny’s sofa. At the time I was thinking he was about to get sick but we were spared this time!
We decided it was time for the little man to graduate to the cot bed. He looks so cute in his tiny bed – I also love that he comes into our room in the morning and tells me “out bed”.

Wedding preparations all day Friday – the bride made hundreds of little cranes. They looked fab hanging in the garden.

The weather on Saturday was superb and the wedding was lovely. We are so lucky to play such an important role in someone’s wedding. Job satisfaction – tick.

Sunday afternoon was family time spent in the garden and going for a bike ride in the village. Beau snapped this picture with my phone whilst Jon was taking photos of her. Like the filter she chose too! 

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We entered a team in the Dragon Boat Racing at the country fair. We never do well – we’d probably perform better if we paddled backwards but it’s good fun and we were racing money for The Max Appeal which supports children with DiGeorge Syndrome – a worthy course.

Loving my summer twist on a French manicure – really pleased with them.

Both children have been poorly for a few days with high temperatures and a loss of appetite – both slept with me that night. Jon had the sense to sleep on the sofa! 

We picked up Beau’s birthday present ready for the weekend – it is just perfect for her with it’s little basket on the front.

#selfie – need I say more!

On Saturday we went to a birthday party – Wyn was delighted because he could play with a balloon uninterrupted.

Sunday was Beau’s 4th birthday! We had her party at the hotel after we abandoned plans to have it in the village park due to awful weather! British summer at it’s best. It was a great afternoon and the last minute bouncy castle was perfect she had an amazing day. 

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 It has been a very busy week with work and home life colliding. We had an elderly family friend – 92 staying at the hotel for a few days. She never had children and so whilst wanting her to spend a little time with mine I am always acutely aware that she finds them and their childish nonsense alien in the extreme! We also had Jon’s nieces staying at our home and they adore my darling’s childish nonsense and find it completely compelling!

I meanwhile was working each day and squeezing in time with friends and their children early in the morning. Lucky to have such understanding friends. 

 My glass of wine on Friday night was just the job!

On Saturday we cleared out some of our baby items which have been taking up valuable space – clearly Beau is too big for the bouncing chair!

Wyn added the butter from lunch to his hair – I rather like the punk look! 

A good friend’s sister was very tragically killed on Friday night in a road traffic accident. I am beyond words – it is so so sad. She was such a delight, a smile that lit up a room and a personality to match. When you hear news like this it just makes you want to squeeze your loved ones a little tighter. 

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 It has been such a long week and I have been at work loads and yet all my pictures reflect my children – I always feel like I’m pulled in so many directions but even more so when my presence is required at the hotel day after day, all day like it is at the moment.

Beau has some new trainers and is now determined to learn to tie her own laces.

Wasn’t able to take Wyn to his swimming class on Tuesday due to work but he still gave me loads of glorious snuggles when I came home.

I purchased these hanging letters at Christmas but have decided to keep them out all year – they make me smile everytime I look at them.

Jon’s parents have dug out his toy cars from the depth of their garage for Wyn – I’m not sure who is more excited Jon or Wyn! 

Beau’s hair is getting really long now but I am terrified about having it cut incase her curls disappear!

My children love to take all the cushions off the sofa and have cushion islands – I seem to remember doing the same when I was little.

Jon just managed to leave work just in time to come to the theatre with us today – we saw a production of the book ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. It was fabulous – Beau found it really funny and Wyn enjoyed it up to a point but he was a bit tired and grouchy towards the end. We went out for supper and these two ‘monkey bottom faces’ were Wyn and my dinner companions – delightful!

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Our Easter break continues and we spent Monday at the beautiful Chatsworth House.  

 There was a fabulous chair exhibition  in the house but the first picture sums up just how relaxing the day was.

On Tuesday we took the children to Derwent Reservoir for a walk and picnic.

Jon loves face painting with the kids – this one looks like Aunt Polly (I wonder how many people remember Worzel Gummidge?!)

We returned to Derwent on Thursday with another family and I took this picture – Beau told me it was her favourite holiday picture. 

 

It took us six and a half hours to drive home on Friday – luckily both monkeys had a good sleep in the car which killed some time.

Another Beau pic – I will need to credit her soon! This she informs me is the view from underneath her blanket. I love the colours.

The ‘then and now’ picture is thanks to Timehop. The tiny Beau from three years ago prompted me to take a today shot. Can’t believe how grown up my little girl is getting.

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In preparation of our Easter break and in the hope of good weather I got the boy a pair of crocs – he loves them so much he cuddled them in bed Monday night.

Tuesday’s bedtime was a total disaster – I ended up with both back down stairs at 9.30 pm starting the bedtime routine from scratch! Beau eventually flaked out, just before I did.

On Wednesday night Beau wanted to have a sleepover on the carpet with Wyn. This wasn’t the final sleeping arrangement! 

On Thursday we left the village and drove to some friends on our way up to The Peak District for our Easter break.

Friday night – our first at the holiday house. Four families – 8 adults and 7 children. Wyn’s first night was slightly unsettled but he managed to get comfortable on Jon’s back – both of them were snoring!

Saturday was fairy castle construction and Easter bonnet decorating day.

On Sunday we had an Easter egg hunt in the garden and the kids wore their bonnet. They had so much fun – it was a lovely Easter Day.