This time of year is never my friend! I get depressed by the weather, long for brighter and longer days and generally spend the whole of January and February wishing away the minutes until the start of spring.
I am however hoping that this new series of ‘Celebrating The Small Things’ I started last week is going to bring a bit of joy to the next few gloomy months ahead.
This week I have picked a couple of my favourite moments that have involved things I don’t get time to enjoy as often as I would like.
One On One Time: With five children this is certainly something I don’t get the chance to do as often as I would like so I cherish them everytime I get the chance.
We took a trip to Southbank to an event where Frankie got to meet some of his favourite characters from the Cartoon Network show – We Bare Bears and we both sampled delicious coffee that had been expertly poured and topped with incredible latte art.
Aside from having to take some pics whilst I was there we spent the rest of the morning completely screen free, talking about all those radom things that run through the mind of a six year and and really just enjoying each other.
Healthy Changes On Track: For those of you that are followers of my blog you will know that the past few years have gained an ever expanding waistline with my change in career.
Its something I’ve been battling with for a long time now and this week I feel that I’ve finally broken the cycle and things have got back on track.
There have been no faddy diets, I’ve just cut out the rubbish and reduced my portion sizes, I have got back into all the exercises I love such as spinning and kickboxing and have been feeling and seeing the benefits both physically and mentally.
Getting An Insight Into School Life: When your children set off to school they spend over half their day in the care of somebody else and we have very little insight into what they get up to; and if your children are anything like mine they aren’t to free with letting you know what they do either.
At the beginning of the week I wasn’t to excited about the thought of having a meeting at the school, but was pleasantly surprised when we got the chance to join the children in the classroom to see what they get up to during their working day.
It was so lovely to see Frankie interacting with his peers, thumbing through textbooks and asking questions on things he was coming across and seeing how much he has come on during his short time at school.
You would have thought that by child number four I should be hardened to that ‘first day’. As today proved I’m clearly not!
It was number four’s first day at nursery and all of those mixed emotions came flooding through just as they had with the others, but with a few more thrown in.
Number four has without doubt been my most challanging child. He is massively strong willed, extremely boisterous and is hugely outgoing.
This has driven me to the edge over the past three years yet I wouldn’t have him any other way. I just worry now how his character is going to go down in a nursery environment. Play areas and toddler groups have always been a challange for us and I would be on guard the whole time. In a large nursery with lots of children I am worried he will realise he has a bit to much free reign as there are plenty more children that need to have an eye kept on them.
There is also the worry that I’m not there to watch what he is eating and as he has not reached a level yet where he understands his allergies I am in a real panic that I am going to be getting ‘that’ phone call!
The upside to him getting some much needed structure to his day is that I get to have a few hours on my own with number five. He is such a placid child that has really been a little pushed into the background being the last in a long line of little ones. It’s his time now and I am going to make the most of trips to the park, toddler sessions and cuddles on the sofa with my little baby for those precious few hours of the day.
With 18 years of parenting under my belt you would have thought in some situations alarm bells would ring and you would learn from past mistakes.
Oh no not me! When number three came away from the pocket money section with a ridiculous balloon toy filled with flour I should have point blank refused. Instead I looked at her sad face and then listened to the promise she would keep it away from the boys.
Only a day later four and five have got their sticky mitts on it and caused a flour explosion across the entire house!!
I’m sure if you have read my blog before you will know that number two’s first love is scooting.
I’m making it my mission to get some really good action shots of him as a reminder of these days incase it’s something he no longer wants to do anymore.
It’s a little bit of a challange as the fact he is nearly a teenager I had to stand behind a board for the majority of the morning to get this shots so I wasn’t seen by anybody!!
This picture completely sums up my husband and our fourth child.
They are like two peas in a pod. Hyperactive, loud, show-offs, full of character and both with funny wandering eyes!!
They being bundles of fun and laughter to the house and we wouldn’t have them any other way X
I know it’s a cliche but the saying “doesn’t time fly” really is spot on.
I was reminiscing by looking through old photos the other day and came across one of my favourites of number two.
I remember it being a boiling hot day at a local fete and he was adamant that he was going to wear his full Peter Pan regalia.
I’m so glad that I have these captured moments to look back in fondly.
My favourite days out by far are a trip to the beach. Paddling in the sea, sandcastles, skimming stones and of course fish and chips!!
I’ve found it really hard to pick a favourite beach shot as there are so many I love.
I chose this as now that number three is aproaching his teens photos of him are rare and this just captured him doing what he loves, where we love.