#LittleLoves – friends, Panorama and lasagna

This week has been social and I’ve loved it. Everything has come up last minute and somehow it’s all fitted in perfectly. The summer holidays don’t make too much difference to us, but we do get to spend time with friends we don’t see very often. We spent last Friday at Clifton Park in Rotherham with friends, and although it was very cloudy the boys had a great time in the water fountains. It’s the first time I’ve been and it’s really fantastic.

My sister gets married next Saturday and I’m heading down to Cambridge on Wednesday or Thursday to help with prep. I am so excited, and I really hope the sun is shining for them. I’m speaking at the wedding service and need to sit down and finalise my thoughts. I don’t want to be worrying about it last minute!

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Thinking a little too deeply about a nursery bag

Rufus was born when Winston was 22 months, so neither of them remember life without each other, and it’s something I really like the thought of. I realise it’s probably because I was never alone growing up. I’m number five of eleven children and I loved the constant buzz of the family home. Being by myself wasn’t something I appreciated until I was married, it’s something I definitely had to get used to – learn to enjoy even.IMAG2041Win has shared everything with Rufus – his clothes, his shoes, his coats, his toys, his books, his buggy and his bedroom. Win starts nursery two days a week in a few weeks time, and it suddenly occurred to me that he’ll need a bag to take to nursery to carry his lunch and a change of clothes. He’s never truly had anything of his own – something with his name on it, that he’s responsible for. It’s one of those parenting moments that has really taken me by surprise. I know a bag really doesn’t matter, or mean anything, but it marks a new stage for us, in particular for Winston.  Continue reading

Online exercise classes by Mummy Workouts

I am so excited to tell you about some online exercise classes I’ve been reviewing through Mummy Workouts, because I am so pleased with them.Mummy_Workout_Logo_3 (1)

Exercise once you have kids can be troublesome, not only because of time, but tiredness, confidence, money and lack of motivation are huge factors too. Mummy Workouts provides live classes such as yoga, LBT, full body workouts and stretching, all in the comfort of your own home. In short, it’s an online fitness studio for Mums, but I also think women who don’t have children would really love them too.

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IMAG2402“A portrait of my boys, once a week, every week, in 2015″

Since Ru started walking I’ve wanted a picture of them holding hands, but I didn’t want to force it. Win offered to help Ru walk down the stairs and my heart burst a little. Win has never been super affectionate with Ru, but he’s never been jealous either – he just accepted he was here and didn’t make a fuss.

W: Win has gone a bit crazy with drawing over the past few weeks – we now have an entire folder for Jesus’ pictures. I bought him an A3 pad and an A4 pad and they were both finished by the end of the afternoon. I think I need to get myself to IKEA to buy a few rolls.

R: Ru has not been happy with the service he’s received from chez Hancock this week – I thought he must be teething but he didn’t have his usual cold symptoms, however we just noticed his two fangs popping through on Thursday night. He’s been really emotional, but absolutely fine when we’re out of the house, so that’s a bonus.

E xx

Linking up with Jodi from the wonderful Practising Simplicity.

#LittleLoves – Insurgent, a coatigan and going blonde.

This week we have kept everything really local and it’s been so nice. Win’s been on his bike and I’ve done so much walking – now I have about five plasters all over my feet. I haven’t been wearing any fancy footwear, so I’m not sure what’s going on.

Win bashed his nose quite badly one night and he said to feel better he needed to hold a wet towel on his nose, then have a drink, a shower in the morning and finally a visit to the castle. Who needs a mum hey? I can’t decide if it was sweet or manipulation (!) I’m glad he suggested the castle though because it was one of my favourite outings of the week. It’s a giant climbing frame and always peaceful.

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