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 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 😍

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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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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!  

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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.

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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!

 

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Monday morning we took Wyn to soft play. They had a tray of cakes up on the counter and Wyn wanted one, so he went and got a chair out of the Wendy House, pulled it past everyone to the counter so he could climb up and get to the cakes! 

On Tuesday evening I finally got round to repairing the button cushion I made last year. Very satisfying work.

After swimming Beau and Lexie looked like they were catching up on the weeks gossip! 

 

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I spent Friday working on the accounts – I had a strange view from my makeshift office at the end of The Regent Room.

On Saturday when I was trying to tidy up our cottage I went into the kitchen to find Wyn studying the Yellow Pages.

Another very busy Sunday at the hotel today – a party of 39, a party of 18, a party of 11 and a few more tables in the restaurant. I was happy to come home (before the 80 arrived for a meeting tonight) to enjoy cuddles with my babies while reading their favourite book ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson.