Day out – Mooch around Hinckley

Hey readers,

Way it’s Saturday… Said no SAHP, ;))
But Saturday is our family time and today we choose to do nothing particular special but visit Hinckley and have a mooch round. The last couple of days have been tough due to sick bug and just needed to get out of the house before I go insane! 
It was great as there were loads of charity shops which meant updating the kids book shelf with some new books and my eldest currently loves the little men books. 
We also decided to go out to cafe for lunch  which was ok apart from the massive slice of cucumber, and everything deep fried  lol. Must remember to research places beforehand because decision making and tiredness are never good combo! It was not particular fun and hard work to entertain a VERY active toddler who only ate two chips! So, hubby thought it be good to take DS1 out to stop him becoming too bored and causing too much stress, grr. Cheers for that responsibility which was tough I am not going lie major meltdown which is fun with the lovely old dears throwing dangers. Sickness sucks in toddlers, grrrr! 
Anyway, to try and calm down my son I told my son to pick a toy which resulted in ANOTHER nosy toy and chocolate, yeah I know full time member of the bad parent club. But to be fair I was knackered and emotional at this point as well as feeling yukky myself.
Anyway, good cop saved the day again and my personal life saver in keeping everything together. After ten minutes the day turned out well with me purchased a little bit of crap in B&M one of my fav shops as a mother, yah! 
My DS1 enjoyed exploring the simplest of things which will always be treasured for me, couple of them captured in photos below ⬇⬇⬇

My favourite number is 16!

Look at meeeeeeee!

It’s a horse in a town naturally!

My DS1 loves maps, fact!

Anyhow, back at home with tea and Thornton’s chocolate with my feet well and truly up.

Hope all have a lovely Weekend.

Lots of love S X

mummy daddy me

10 things I want for my boys

Hey readers,

I thought I would compile a top ten desires that I wish for my sons to acquire. So here goes: –

  1. Happiness, obviously essential in my opinion, do whatever it is to reach happiness as long as no one is getting hurt.
  2. Appreciation for life and the small things as beauty is everywhere
  3. Your own mind to use it in a creative way that makes you HAPPY
  4. Please be kind to one another
  5. Enjoy nature, people take it for granted but it is something else beyond beautiful
  6. Learn the art of moderation, I know mummy hates it but I promise you it will make life easier and a more smoother ride
  7. Read because boy is it a great escapism and has helped me in times of need
  8. Don’t take life too seriously – don’t think what needs to be done just enjoy the moment and simply be
  9. Don’t rely on money it only lasts in the immediate moment but later you wull be screwed
  10. Be true to yourself 
Love to hear your list of wants for your child/children.

Lots of love, S X
The List

Thankful Thursday – brotherly love

Hey readers,

This Thursday I am thankful for my son’s brotherly love for one another. For me when I first had my DS2 I was very anxious about how my eldest would deal with the change of dynamics in the household. Gone are the times of the undivided attention solely given to my DS1 it now has to be shared between both of my sons. Totally a shock to the system for me and my DS1 when my youngest arrived. At first my DS1 was very wary and quite hostile towards my DS2. For example, when I was given my DS2 a feed my DS1 would jump all over me and DS2 in order to separate us. This was an extremely stressful time for me and in reflection my son too.  It is so same hard to deal with chance and took a long time to adapt. I would say at least six months realistically to adapt to changes. 

Over time things fell into a routine particularly after we moved DS2 into the nursery with DS1. This helped formed a connection between the boys. Gradually as my DS2 started to form his own personality and awareness of others a relationship between my two sons emerged. Yeah there is TONS of rough and tumble, arguments over a frozen pea, jealousy etc. But most of the time there is laughter, love and a connection between my sons. So, when I do feel like I am going to lose my mind I shall remember that the good times out weigh the bad. And I am blessed that both boys love one another. 

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Day out – Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This weekend we ventured out for a family day out to Birmingham Botanical Gardens ( which is in the Edgebaston area of Birmingham not far from the city centre. We went on a Saturday and there was plenty of car spaces within their own car park. It was a fantastic day out for us all and there was plenty to see. We did have a picnic there though there is a cafe but bear in mind the prices are pricey. The sun was out which makes family days out a whole lot more pleasant and less to bring, bonus! There are several sections within the place but the bestest part for my kiddiewinks were the lushous green rolling hills for them to roll down. The most hilarious part for me was watching my DS2 work out how to use his balance as he has not experienced hilly hilly places much. I just adore toddler waddle don’t you, haha!

Freedom waddle!

The outing give us a chance for my DS1 to practice walking about as he is still learning and getting him to walk for longer periods. Which to his credit has done exceptionally well and on the day walked a good old 2-3hrs. Compare that to my oldest that’s impressive but DS1 is lazy but he slowly getting better. The trip also give my DS2 a change to learn to balance a bit better.
Both boys enjoyed the environment particularly the fountain which given half the chance my DS2 would jump in, haha! So, I did use the wrist strap to stop him wondering off as he was partial to the pebbles on the floor and getting his hands of the puddles. Oh the joys! Though my DS2 was not overjoyed at the prospect of his lack of freedom due to the restraints and had good old sit on the floor tantrum. 

 Grumpy pants!

 Meet your new daddy son!

Me loves water as it creates mess, mhahaha! 
Their was also a great playground and one ride where you sit and spin round. I say this but my darling eldest is not one to be convential in play. I say that he only plays 2% Of the time with toys at home as he much prefers to mimic adults/objects such as trains so therefore has a great imagination. So, when he saw this Spinny ride well he was in heaven with playing the role of a train instructor and running round instead of actually sitting on it. Bless him and normally his attention span is small but he did this for an hour. 
Tickets please!

Anyway, there is a children’s section but it was closed off  due to redevelopment but the child’s maze was still available play with. which both my boys loved and the older children love my DS2 as he is so little and angelic like.  That was  a joy to watch my eldest socialise as now again me and hubby worry that he might be autistic (I am) so chances higher but other times we think nah he is ‘normal’ but it does not matter whatever we just want him to be happy! 
So overall we stayed a good 3hrs or more and greatly knackered my little darlings to sleep. Yeah right three times they woke up that night, sods ;)! Oh did I mention at the end of trip hubby likes to buy something in the gift shop, yeah ten pounds suddenly leaked out of purse, pfft! 
Lots of love, S. 

Thankful Thursdays – 19th Match 2015

Hey readers,

Today I want to celebrate nature as it is so beautiful even when you live in a concrete jungle there will always beauty somewhere around the corner. It is great to explore with little ‘uns. I think it is really important to appreciate what you have got as it is very easy to judge others and be bitter. OK, I live in a flat not ideal and would love to have a house with as garden as nothing so beautiful then being outside in the open air. But I don’t and we can’t always get what we want. But what I am greatful for is living up on 16th floor and having views to die for. You would not believe the amount of green in the city but there is TONS far and wide.

My beautiful city!
I’m particular greatful for the fact that down the road from where I live is a little urban type gardens which is beautiful greenage and full of nature for my sons to explore. They are called The Lady Herbert Gardens.  Below is some pictures of them.

Anyhoos, that’s what I am thankful this Thursday for 🙂

Lots of love S X

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