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 ⬇⬇⬇
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
I thought I would compile a top ten desires that I wish for my sons to acquire. So here goes: –
- Happiness, obviously essential in my opinion, do whatever it is to reach happiness as long as no one is getting hurt.
- Appreciation for life and the small things as beauty is everywhere
- Your own mind to use it in a creative way that makes you HAPPY
- Please be kind to one another
- Enjoy nature, people take it for granted but it is something else beyond beautiful
- Learn the art of moderation, I know mummy hates it but I promise you it will make life easier and a more smoother ride
- Read because boy is it a great escapism and has helped me in times of need
- Don’t take life too seriously – don’t think what needs to be done just enjoy the moment and simply be
- Don’t rely on money it only lasts in the immediate moment but later you wull be screwed
- Be true to yourself
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.
This weekend we ventured out for a family day out to Birmingham Botanical Gardens (http://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk) 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!
Meet your new daddy son!
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.
I feel my boy is growing up so fast and part of me gets really tearful 😭 but on the other hand I just love my son at this age (1.5yrs) as he is thieving so much. His personality is shaping nicely along with slowly saying the odd word amongst the babble. What I adore about both my sons is that pure innocence of learning and exploring and it makes my heart melt. Even when I am having a shitty day just seeing my little cherubs exploring cheers me up no end, cue *mummy with wide smile full of glee and smug*. So below I have captured the moment when my son was so engrossed with the washing machine today, classic!
Every week I aim as a family to do something where that be a meal, the zoo, park or feeding the ducks. It gives my eldest something to look forward and I love exploring new places. Today we chose Coombe Abbey Park in Coventry as it is a lovely country park and great for kids to walk about in the open air. Plus decided to have a picnic as well so was a fairly cheap day out and great way to get the kids to sleep well tonight, result!
After exploring the forestry area we went over to the kiddy playground which is amazing as all the playground rides were hand made from wood and well thought out with different areas for different ages. There were swings and slides and plenty of ‘bouncy’ type rides with the area being well looked after. I found that people respected the rules of no dogs allowed in the designated area which been to some parks which don’t. Security of the park felt safe as it was far away from the road that you didn’t have to worry and the doors were instantly pulled back to closing position. I felt the place clean and had good toilet facilities which is always a bonus in my eyes. It is definitely a place I will be returning much more so in the summer when it is not so cold but worth a visit nonetheless as it is a picturesque place to visit and watch the wildlife and walk.
Hope your enjoying your weekend,
Love S X