My mother is away visiting her sister so I have been able to spend a week with the kids. The weather has also been kind so we have been outside a lot.
Pizza for supper on Monday went down very well, unlike the angel delight which received a mixed response at The Grays – Beau divided her portion out amongst the others!
The sand pit is a huge hit again this year.
That’s the view from sitting in our garden at the table – don’t think the kids realise how lucky we are, despite Wyn’s new found timidity around the cows!
The first picture just reinforces my need for a girly night out – we have so many half finished conversations on the go my brain can’t cope!
Wyn was wiped out after playing at the park – properly catching flys in this picture!
Love the last one which Beau took in the car – grinning at his big sister 😍
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.
What can I say I have a girlie girl despite my best efforts! I now embrace it knowing that she is tough as old boots and loves getting dirty!
‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson is a firm favourite of Wyn’s – I think this author is simply fabulous.
My boy is so cool – enough said.
My heart nearly melted in the car when Wyn said ‘hand’ to Beau – they rode the entire journey holding hands.
My brother-in-law has turned 40. Jon and I flew out for his birthday bash which was great fun – a weekend sans kiddies! This was his birthday shirt curtosey of my lovely sister.
I had my nails done in a super sparkly party style – just remembered to snap a pic!
On Monday Beau, Wyn and I enjoyed a late lunch out – they each had a pizza and I had a salad, I felt extremely virtuous! Plus it was delish which certainly helped!
On Tuesday I worked from home but was beginning to loose the will to live when I couldn’t connect to the network.
I got this picture done for Jon at Valentine’s but have only just had it framed. It’s from Not on the Highstreet by A is for Alphabet and I am really pleased with it.
Grabbed a takeout coffee from the hotel this morning – it’s a great initiative as far as I’m concerned!
Look at my girl asleep Friday night – I had to investigate when she was no longer on the monitor screen!
Forget ‘Where’s Wally’ it was ‘Where’s Beau’ Saturday afternoon and then the big tidy up before Daddy came home.
This last pic was from Saturday night we went to dinner at a friend’s house – the theme was ‘festival chic’. I have to admit we were a bit fast and loose with the term chic by the time we had consumed a fair amount of wine and the fake moustaches, wigs and glow sticks were in full use!
Day 43 – the start of a week full of fabulous ladies. My mother is away for the week so I have no additional help with the children so I have had a week as a stay at home mum. Although that doesn’t actually reflect what we did! I drove the children up to my best friend in Leamington Spa on Sunday night after we finished staff training. On Monday a third pal arrived with her two children. The chosen wine glasses came after a discussion regarding crystal and size – we were pretty pleased with our decision!
Day 44 – half term is never the time to go for a day out if you have pre-schoolers and this can be avoided however we had a great day and Wyn had me pushing him on the swing for an eternity!
Day 45 – the drive home with two zonked out children, followed by a dash to the supermarket to restock the fridge and approximately five loads of laundry.
Day 46 – we missed Elspeth’s 4th birthday party because Beau was poorly however we had a lovely after with The Grays in their new home making and then eating fairy cakes.
Day 47 – my little Wyn’s face is returning to normal – still loads of marks on his little body.
Day 48 – we had a wedding at the hotel on Saturday and part of their decorations included to books like this with the pages folded to create words. I’m sure it’s a Pinterest moment!
Day 49 – the second birthday party of the weekend. Yesterday’s was held on a wood and some lovely friends adopted my two and took them when I was working. Today’s party had a truly splendid face painter and bubble man – he had the kids inside bubbles! The theme was pirates and princesses – Beau did not need any encouragement to put on her fairy princess clothes!
What a week of highs and lows!
Monday saw us up near Bath on a Best Western training course called ‘The Personality Experience’. It was an intensive two and a half days but it was so worthwhile – really looking forward to passing it on to our staff.
After the course finished on Tuesday we drove to the New Forrest and stopped overnight there. The sheep slowed our journey a little!
At dinner Jon had arranged for roses to be on our table – we will both be working Valentines. The flowers still look beautiful now – lucky me!
On Thursday Wyn and I had curry for dinner – I am proud to say he was a big fan!
I had a lovely glass of wine on Friday – Beau came over to me and told me it was wine made from turtles! This was followed by another sleepless night thanks to Wyn – I had noticed the first spot on Friday so I needed the wine!
Saturday he had half a million spots – you should see him now poor love. They are in his eyes, mouth, all over his torso and in places little boys don’t need spots!
We had a wedding open afternoon at the hotel on Sunday (my mum looked after Wyn and Beau came to work with us). It is always so lovely to see the hotel set up wedding ready and be able to chat to the couples who come to look around. We have some great local suppliers who help us to dress the hotel and then are there to pass on their wisdom too.
So an inspiring week to start, with a touch of romance ending with a very poorly boy and a tired mummy.