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October 

I love October.  It’s my little princess’s birthday, which I just adore planning and organising. Halloween and gorgeous autumn days.  

April turns 4 this year (cannot believe she is 4) and this year she is fully aware of birthdays and the fun of it all. Last year when she was 2 turning 3 she wasn’t sure about it all and very overwhelmed so this year is exciting.  Every year they are at a different stage and birthdays and christmases are new again 

So this weekend is full full full.  Friday we are carving pumpkins , Birthday party on Saturday (first proper party) Sunday is birthday and she is getting a bunny rabbit and Monday is Halloween.   So much fun to be had in one weekend.  I can’t wait.  Wish me luck lol 

Family safari adventure 

Best laid plans and all that….. I bought tickets to use over the summer for a lovely day out to safari park zoo near us.  Plans of sunny day, shorts and t-shirt, BBQ and full day lazing about there.  Summer came and went and I had to use them or lose them.  This weekend was it.  

Rained all day saturday so went for double or nothing for the Sunday.  Bright but cold.   Off we went.  God likes a laugh too I think and we parked the car and the rain fell.   Rain never hurt anyone and off we went.  It might not hurt anyone but it’s still cold lol.   We had a good day anyway although a little shorter.   I even managed a hot cuppa tea to keep my hands from turning to ice, while April and daddy went on the boat.  

Any day is a memory 

A nothing day

There aren’t many ‘lazy days’ when you have a three year old.  As much as I love nothing else than cosy pj days in my home watching films with cosy blankets and chocolates,  a three year old def isn’t good company and it’s the quickest cabin fever experience you will have.  

April is my world. I miss her when she sleeps. But the same games over and over and over again (at this age especially) is a tad boring so my lazy days become nothing days. Which is make up with spending hours outside the house doing stuff but nothing too over the top and places where there is less people makes it better lol. 

So we had a play date with a friend at a small little cafe.  Even luckier that it had a super tiny soft play and no one else there 

Good hour and a half spent .   Next up. Ice cream parlour (who can say no to ice cream ).  

Great another hour and a half spent.  We are out , spending time together and not stuck up in house but yet doing very little and hoodie dress code accepted.

Final part of day is going to friends house and letting kids play as I sit chilling on the sofa with my friend.  Not too bad. April had fun (therefore less mum guilt). Total spent was £9. And I feel like I had a pretty chilled out day.  Awesome.  

Now where is the wine 😘

photo fun

Well I am loving my new camera.  I have always loved taking photos, especially since becoming a mum.  I had thought about getting a DSLR a while back but I will be honest and thought ‘are they any better than a phone camera’  I knew they were but I also knew that phones were getting better and better at each new update and version.

Nieve Nieve Nieve.  Wow just wow on the quality of the DSLR photos. I love them. I am also learning some editing software via good old YouTube.  So lucky to have many people putting up tutorials to help beginners like myself.

Thanks out there !  I have taken these tonight on my camera but not edited any of them with the new software yet (one is edited (needed to crop only) with snapseed and transferred from phone ) .  Arent they stunning.  Maybe because I had a beautiful little model lol .

 

Our Summer schedule

School holidays seem long and we are just experiencing our first school summer holiday.  April only started nursery in January so we are used to her being with us.  The school holidays arent quite that different to us yet.  However I like to start as I mean to go on .
Gary, Aprils daddy, is self employed and works very hard and going away for a couple of weeks when you have a business isnt always possible.  So I got creative. I work part time so I am off Thursday – Sunday .
I sometimes feel being off with kids is a whole lot of money being spent trying to entertain them and then with out planning its actually more like wasted money .
I find planning fun and with that came up with the idea of craft things to do and a really good day out every week to look forward to . Then a Sunday in house playing with the mountain of toys she already has.  We have our special summer days out and here is a list of our summer weeks.
Week one . – Circus is in town . yay . Got best seats and had full day with friends at this , candy floss , balloons . When in Rome lol.
Week two – Gymnastics summer camp . This was on for three days and the bonus is that I get some me time too . she has three full fun days.
Week three – Airshow . Full day event and picnic will be taken too
Week four – Thomas tank day . _ trip on a thomas tank train .
Week five – Weekend away for some fun fun fun . beach , parks and some adventure
Week Six – safari park and if sunny can take our BBQ
I have filled our ‘special summer days’ with full days out and I mainly like to do these on a Saturday so that my sundays are lazy days.  I like having a plan and I also like to keep ideas up my sleeve for reserve.
Reserve list for bored days.
zoo
Cinema
park
baking
beach
swimming
soft play .
So I am hoping this list helps you out a little too .
Have a fun fun fun summer x

Nursery party for last day

Well last day of nursery and it all went wrong .

Ever have a picture in your head about how things will go? . I do and it never goes the way I hoped. Gary , my husband, says I am idealistic. I like to think I am positive with a bit of magic lol.   It started with a tantrum because ……. she woke up . Thats my conclusion anyway as not one thing happened before that and my eyes hadnt even opened yet.

she then wouldnt get dressed with out a lot of “get dressed now before we are late” shouted at her .  I was tired before even getting to nursery .

She went in fine but complained about the hat I made as it didnt fit and she didnt like it and she didnt want to wear it . SIGHHHHH

The parents were to go back at 10:30 for a little tea party and when I went in she come running up all smiles . I gave her a bit hug and she then said  I WANT CHOCOLATE ( the chocolate we made)  but I didnt know where anything was as its not MY nursery ha ha . That resulted in tears and the teachers asking “whats wrong April”  it ends up the chocolates were out in the kid room and she was free to get them but ‘couldnt’ with out me . So there I am feeling very uncomfortable wandering around the nursery with the shy crying child (let it be known she is not shy any other time at nursery or at home)  She then ‘demands ‘ crisps which I said no and was starting to get annoyed with the spoilt child in the room, and annoyed it was my child .

She didnt take part in the first half of the games they did and instead just cried.  I now wished I hadnt bothered.

Second half she did take part and I felt like a breakthrough .   The end came and we left with april crying bcause she couldnt find the hat she made. You know the one she hated and wouldnt wear.

Sigh .

I wanted to start a tradition that at the end of every school year she got a balloon but now I was stuck between the tradition not getting started and spoiling an already spoilt child .  We picked up daddy and I ranted to him about my day and then got to the balloon shop for a successful balloon purchase.

Its now half 7 and April is in bed, the balloon is burst and in the bin (child stamped on it)  and mummy is opening some wine.  Dont judge . Tomorrow is a new day . Thankfully

Here are some of the better pictures….hiding the bad parts of the day (pictures are good at that )

Teachers gift – Sweets

APril has only been at nursery for 6 months and although she goes back next year for preschool nursery I still wanted to give the nursery staff a thank you gift.

If I am honest I love doing these things.  I love giving . So any excuse to do these is fine with me .  They like it, I like it ….. its win win really .

So I didnt quite know what to make and I didnt want to spend tons getting each of them something (there is a few staff) so I looked on pinterest and found the sweet bag toppers. So cute.  Pinterest also points you to free ones that you can print in the house and ETSY has many many that you can buy .

I found one for free that says Thank you for being sweet.  I then decided this would be ideal to give to the teachers and just add sweets.

At the pound store I bought bags of sweets and got coloured zippy bags . They even had a basket there too . Max spend was £7  . Sorted .  A little bit of magic ( put all together ) and TA DA ….. we have a cute basket of thank you sweet bags .

Hope the staff loved them . xx

Last day of 1st year Nursery

Dear April

I cannot believe tomorrow is your last day at nursery for the summer.  It has been great seeing you change when at nursery and also weird knowing you have a little life outside mummy and daddys world, and its just yours.  However its all part of growing up and I am so very proud of you and the way you have excepted the challenge.

You only started January due to your age, but the six months have seen you grow with confidence and courage.  You go with such confidence and you have made friends of your very own.

Its all new to me and your dad and we are trying to go with the flow with what happens and whats expected and try to show an interest and be part of each step when we can (allowed lol , the control freak momma has to have a step back )

Our first summer break and we will have lots of fun adventures I promise ( we couldnt stay in with your energy )  The entire week I have thought about you leaving for holiday and had to keep reminding myself that you are the one off for 6 weeks not mommy lol.  I wish it was me.

This week I have managed to be on top form with organising . I have done sweets for the teachers , wrote a letter to your little friends mum about meeting up over the holidays  (sadly she hasnt text me but at least I can say I tried) and sorted your Mad Hatter hat for your party tomorrow

Today I rushed home (after a very long day ) and we made chocolate shapes for you party tomorrow too . It wasnt too easy with you as my assistant this time around and there wasnt much concentration being had with the mad singing you were doing lol but we did it in the end .

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I have your blackboard ready for tomorrow and I am loving that I can be part of your life and make the events as special as I can .  IMG_5244

Wishing you the best last day my gorgeous girl and a fun summer break with mama and dada .

 

Love you to the moon and back . xx

 

YouTube Video

April is three but its a digital world for her since her birth . She has seen us use our phones for just about everything and soon we seen her copy the ‘swiping’ action before she could even stand on her own.  The ipad was amazing for her as a baby as you have a lot of educational apps and videos on it and from a young age she would watch things to help with her eye coordination and hearing to name a few.  It was a natural part of her world …..Sometimes I think that is sad and others I think its a very good thing IF USED CORRECTLY .

April found the youtube app on her own and managed (I dont know how) to discover the surprise opening videos herself .   She gets limited time on the IPAD for watching things like this before moving on to an educational app that we do together (if she lets me)  but nonetheless she likes youtube .

So I decided one day we would create our own youtube video that way she would have fun watching herself.  I am quite a shy person and easy to hide behind the computer screen and this blog but I thought it would be fun ….. April took a little bit to get into it but then she was all pro at the end ….Have a watch.

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