Hello Friends, It’s Been A While!

It has definitely been a while since I have sat down and written a blog post. I wish I could say I missed it and maybe a small part of me did. A very small part. Possibly a teeny, teeny tiny part of me. Mostly however, I needed a break. I wanted time off writing and analysing and to just enjoy my babies being small.

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For the most part, while I wasn’t blogging, I was feeling really sad, well I still am feeling really sad. Sad because my biggest is going to school in September. Of course, I am absolutely delighted for her but for me, there is this heavy feeling in my chest. It’s hard to describe and it sounds overly dramatic when I try to put it in to words but for me (if not anybody else), there is something heartbreaking about knowing that she won’t be a preschooler anymore. She isn’t the little girl who needs to hold my hand as we walk down the road. She’s the child who is turning in to a beautiful young person with an incredibly independent spirit. She tells me on a daily basis, ‘I can do it myself, Mummy’, and ‘I don’t need help!’. The Mummy part of me beams with pride that she has a forceful, determined personality. The emotional, irrational part of me wishes I could freeze time. To rewind the clock and relive these days all over again but with new adventures.

I think I am quite different to a lot of people in the sense that I hear friends and family saying that their school or University days were the best days of their lives when they were young and had fewer worries. Despite the stresses, the chores, all the bills and all the downs, I actually prefer this time of my life. This time where there is so much love, unconditional love. The sound of laughter. The giggles, oh the super cute giggles that come all the way from inside their bellies. These are the days that I will remember when I am old and grey with the most fondness.

I know that change is not necessarily a bad thing. Come September I might be happier that my baby girl is in school. It will mean that I have more time to spend one-on-one with Heath. I feel immense guilt for not having as much quality time with him. There will be more time to go to toddler groups and to take him swimming (he definitely needs to swim regularly as our recent holiday shows how petrified he is of being in the water). Generally though, I am looking forward to learning about life through his eyes. He is such a different soul to Annabelle. He doesn’t have her fearlessness in a lot of ways. He will climb and run and jump higher and faster than she ever did but he is a more reserved personality. Belle talks to anyone who will listen and if you engage in a conversation with her, good luck trying to get away! Heath on the other hand needs me for reassurance. He loves his cuddles and clings to whatever limb of mine he can grab first in most daily social encounters.

I guess going forward, I need to focus on what adventures are to come. I need to think of Dr. Seuss and remember, ‘Don’t cry because it is over, Smile because it happened’. Bx Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 09.13.29 copy

Wyevale Sanders Half Term Baking

During this Spring Half Term, Andy, Annabelle, Heath and I were invited to Wyevale Sanders to make some yummy treats at the Little Bug Bakery. We made some squashed fly biscuits, decorated creepy crawly cupcakes and enjoyed a picnic lunch afterwards. We attended one of the many events running throughout their Wildlife Week, which also included creating pollination stations and pine cone feeders.

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Being an outdoorsy family, our children love to explore the environment around us but on some days, like this particularly wet one, if we can’t be with nature, we like to teach the children about the little creatures that share our surroundings.

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Although, that being said, I think it was actually Andy who had the most fun creating little lady birds and red roses. He was at least on topic, as I on the other hand, went completely off the beaten track and made err… a dog cupcake! OK, my excuse is that I’m not a baker and have little skill as a cake decorator. I’m more of a cook.

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So Andy and Belle got their hands dirty mixing up the flour and margarine and made these beautiful heart shaped squashed fly biscuits (see pictures below). Annabelle had a lot of fun combining the ingredients and the team leader was particularly helpful when her mixture didn’t combine! Heath and I had the opposite problem and our mixture was too sticky. Once again, the team leader swooped in and she and Andy managed to salvage my mess and make a few extra yummy biscuits.

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The day was great fun for the whole family. As adults, we exercised our creative bones by helping our little ones and the children had particular enjoyment sampling their creations. Despite being a slightly fussy eater, Annabelle tried everything she made. She doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth and rarely likes cakes, biscuits and chocolates. I have noticed however that she is more willing to eat something she has made and so I am particularly glad that we attended the Little Bug Bakery to introduce her to a wider variety of foods and treats.

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It can be a bit of a struggle sometimes to find ways to entertain the children during Half Term. Often wet weather means a chaotic room full of kids at soft play and most groups with creative activities are closed for the break. This made me appreciative of the invitation to Wyevale Sanders as it is perfect for our family. The morning activities wore out the children and they both napped in the car on the way home.

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If you fancy seeing what activities are happening during Wildlife Week or coming up soon at a Wyevale Garden Centre near you then click on the links. *This is not a sponsored post. We were invited to attend the sessions in exchange for an honest review (and it is clear from the pictures that we had a wonderful morning at the garden centre). Bx