3 Mar 2015

Our Year // February 2015

Blogging took a back seat in February it's a busy month with half term and m turning 5. There just seemed more important things to be doing in the month of February. I listened to myself and took time out with my family. It's what I needed. I am working on a few posts so should have some new content live soon. In the meantime here's a monthly roundup for your pursuing and my memory keeping purposes!
The month of February saw lighter mornings, a night out with my hubby without the kids (and a new outifit! Always makes things better!) seeing my gorgeous friend Sally and her beautiful family. Plus lots of family time. My mum and sister both became poorly with different things. They are both on the mend but it was a trying month emotionally. For various reasons. 
This big boy turned 5 this month and he's growing into such a lovely boy. We had snow not lots thankfully but enough to make him very excited!! We had half term which saw a soft play trip, a cinema trip, playtime at home and days with his grandparents and his daddy. We multi juggled the childcare options. 
Little man is growing at alarming speed. Still very little in the way of speech but his walking and climbing ability is head of the class. He has taken to climbing on furniture! He wants to walk everywhere and protests loudly while getting in the buggy. He's really settled and nursery and loves heading off 3 days a week. The girls there adore him which makes drops off so much easier. 
I got my craft on this month and domaines off lots of projects. A cardigan for my god daughter, a hat for N, my socks and blocked my shawl! Plus started a Stylecraft yarn peg collection and wound the wool for my next socks. Plus finished another square on my sampler! Lots of ticks against my craft 2015 list
I also started a new crochet project. Something which is taxing my brain whih is good. It's growing steadily. It's a the Sophie's universe cal and the pattern is beautiful. 
I'm still sticking to slimmingworld and lost a few more pounds this month. Slow and steady and still getting to eat good food!
And I finished two books in February! On track for 12 in 2015 goal!! Enjoyed both. Found the second a bit more tricky to stay interested in but enjoyed in nonetheless 

And that's another month down in our house!! Hello March. 

4 Feb 2015

Our Year // January 2015

One month into the year! It goes so quick right??
Our January included hubby turning 34, getting back into the swing of routine back to school, nursery and work, M getting his orange belt in kung fu, lots of sleepless nights due to poorly snotty children, a sickness bug hitting me and hubby, silly selfies with my boys, getting my 1/2 stone award at slimming world (my be healthier and lose some pounds goal in actual progress) and some fun mummy only fun including drinks and dinner with a lovely friend and some hotpod yoga sessions. 
I got my craft on (and sticking to some of my crafting aims for 2015) with getting all the 2014 photos into an album, getting some 2014 layouts done and in the scrapbook album - I will be posting a little something this month all about memory keeping. I also found some time to get on with my OUAT the frosted pumpkin stitchey sampler and making progress on my socks. They should be finished soon - heel is turned and one the foot. I'm itching to get this finished so I can cast on my mind the gap socks - might try a toe up this time. Good to try new things.
Finished my first book of 2015. YAY. And enjoyed it thoroughly, so much so I downloaded another couple by the same author - one I'm over half way through with now.. Meaning I am staying on track with some of my 2015 Goals too (plus I went out and was social!!) 

And I ate some good food!! Majority all slimming world friendly too!! POW!! Being back on the slimming world diet means I have been having to be organised and menu plan - more ticks against my goal list  - go me.

A good month - how was your January? A good start I hope. 

L

26 Jan 2015

Our stories 2015 // Kung Fu

We are not the type of parents to fill our children's days with multiple after school clubs or extra curricular activities. At least not yet. I'm sure as the boys get older and develop more interests our planning for things will need to change. But right now we happily go along with our weeks without rushing to lots of post school activities. We have tried classes in the past with M. He's tried basketball for a term and gymnastics. Both of which after lots of tears and talking we got him to take part in. My child may be loud most of the time but others he can be painfully shy and self conscious. Not that people ever believe that. After these failed attempts and stressful classes we did not push anything on M. However last year he asked to do KungFu. We then dutifully looked about classes. We found one local to us that runs classes through the week but also Sunday morning. Which is a much better fit for our family. 

Since then we have seen our child go from one who does not want to partake, is shy and just stands still or at times he is willing he is chatting jumping and generally not listening. Now he attends class, listens to his teaches, is able to answer questions has the confidence to join in group activities and is being able to take in and retain the lessons he is learning. 
He now has recieved on several occasion the "you rock" card. This is given out to the class member who tries their hardest. Not necessarily the best in class but the one who is listening, improving, learning and trying. It makes me so proud. 

I'm so pleased we are able to provide M with this chance to try something like this. Something he enjoys. It's not cheap (but which kids activites rarely is) but it's teaching him some great values. For now it works for us. 







14 Jan 2015

Our stories 2015 // back in the swing of it.

There is something reassuring to me about falling back into routine back at work and school and what not. As much as I loved our holidays together actually back in the swing of soothes my soul. I'm a funny old thing I know. 
We are back in the familiar stressful busy rushed but needed routine. 

Monday. 
School run. Day off for me. Errands run. Food shopping complete. Washing head start. Tidy. Sit. Do something enjoyable. Maybe. School run. Dinner. Bath. Bed. Dinner. Tidy. Bed. 

Tuesday. 
Baby with hubby to inlaws in pjs. Get M ready. Breakfast club drop off. Commute. Work til 5(ish). Collect M from my mums. Home. M bed. Dinner for us. Hubby collect N. Eat dinner. Bed. 

Wednesday & Thursday 
Get both boys dressed. Breakfast club drop off. Nursery drop off. Commute. With tea. Work til 2.30(ish). Commute. Nursery pick up. Park. School pick up. Home. Snack. Dinner. Chores. Bath. Bed. Hubby home. Tidy. Bed. 

Friday. As above. Except we usually visit my mum after school. Kids fed. Then home. Our dinner. Collapse on sofa as the end of busy week is over. And the weekend is here. 

By end of weekend. I'm craving the structure of the week again. (As I said I'm a strange one) 

Our structure routine etc changes. It ebbs and flows. We have to adapt at times school holidays, parents evenings, hobbies, nights off and such. 

But right now. This is how we do.