family holiday · family time · happy · making memories · Sunshine · Thankful · Uncategorized

MIA

The time has finally come after months of planning, excitement and waiting it’s that precious, wonderful time we call holiday! 

To me holiday means:

Hours of playing in the pool 

The excitement of exploring your destination 

Staying up late, no matter how little you are!

Dressing for the beach in the day and dressing up at night 

Trying the biggest ice cream you can, just because you can

Always finding out a little bit of history, still a history geek!

Trying all the cocktails on the menu, well it would be rude not to right?

Eating far more for breakfast than you would ever eat for lunch at home

Playing games by the pool, in the evening before the show starts, on the plane, in the airport…. tv? What is that?

Only having Wi-Fi once a day in reception or your room and not really caring!

Eating your body weight in food because after all it’s free! 

Dancing your self silly at a kids disco because you actually enjoy the music and the dance moves just as much as the little person!

Teaching the little person just a tiny amount of the local language but enough to make them feel proud 

Spending a whole week actually together, no interupptions, tiredness from work, no homework, routine or housework, just being a family and loving every minute of it!

Our last family holiday abroad 2 years ago

See you in a week guys!  😁

Lou xx

gardening · happy · home · Sunshine · Uncategorized

And our garden is complete!

Three weeks ago Scott and I decided we wanted an arbour seat for our garden. Off we set to the garden centre to see how much it would set us back. We quickly left again once we realised we didn’t have a spare  £350 to spend and Scott came up with the grand idea of building one with his Dad! 

Three weeks later and every day off spent at his Dad’s and here it is at a fraction of the cost! To say I’m happy with it is an understatement! It’s like it should have always been there, it’s just perfect for the space we had and we all love sitting in it.

I love watching T sit in the seat in the mornings before school with Poppy and coffee there in the sunshine is just perfect 😊

So today I finally went and bought some plants to brighten up my garden, I love this time of year and getting pretty flowers out in the garden makes me happy so I am pretty pleased with what I achieved today.

Now after 2 and a half hours our side fence is also completely painted! It’s amazing what a lick of paint will do to a garden, yes it was a lot of work climbing round the bushes but it looks so much better now and really sets off the colours in the post I think. Another job done now time to sit and enjoy our pretty space! 

bake it better · charity · happy · perseverance · Uncategorized

Charity bake sale for Great Ormond Street -Bake it Better!

The day before:
 So a few weeks ago at work I spoke to my manager about the idea of getting involved in more charity events at work. She was all up for it and so was the director of our company. I applied for a fundraising pack for a charity bake week and once it arrived set about sending emails and speaking to staff at work to try and raise the profile and gain interest. As is standard with these things there was a tonne of interest at first and it gradually wained. This is normal, I expected this but blimey the amount of interest I have today, The day before the bake sale, just makes me sad. I didn’t think there were that many excuses for not baking something but it seems there are. Obviously there are people with genuine reasons why they aren’t going to be able to do something which again is fine I totally get that.
I’m making 2 things to sell tomorrow as I’ve organised it and will also buy lots aswell and I was initially really excited to support a great charity by all having a go at baking something and if it doesn’t turn out right that’s fine it’s all part of the fun. Now I’m just hoping there are more than 3 or 4 plates of food tomorrow.

The day of the sale:

Wow wow wow. I walked into work this morning and could have cried. There was so much food baked, priced and placed lovingly by my banners! It seemed everyone at work really came through for me after all! The amount of effort people went to was amazing and if people didn’t have time to bake they bought things to sell instead!
As the day went on there was a real buzz around the food with people choosing what they wanted and even going back for seconds!
The cookies T made with me got a great reception and sold out so I was so happy about that. All in all it was a great day.
So the end of the day comes and it’s time to total up the donations.

Firstly my target was £44 so I could pay for a family to stay overnight at Great Ormond Street hospital, we smashed that.

The next aim was £81 so I could pay for a playworker for a day, we beat that too.

There wasn’t a target after this so I was just thrilled to bits to have raised over £200!!

It was tough going at times but once the day came round I couldn’t believe how much everyone got into the spirit and enjoyed themselves.

I can’t wait to send this off to Great Ormond Street hospital next week and know what good this money will do.

happy · Mums · Parenting · Uncategorized

Happy day 

Today is a good day, the best kind of day, today is a day I’ve been waiting for and excited about but also one that has come round quickly and without too much clock watching. 

Today my use returns, no longer am I free to walk miles before and after work at my will, eating late and sneaking in trips to the chip shop. No more lie ins on a work day and quickly throwing some lunch in a bag on my way out of the door. From today games night at friend’s houses with lots of prosecco and giggles will no longer be able to happen on a school night without the need for a babysitter and the fog that descends the next day will once again affect someone else. From this evening the dog will no longer be sleeping facing the front door because she knows there is someone missing and she is waiting for them to come home. My time will be shortened in the mornings and taken up by reading and homework in the evenings. School uniform will need to be prepared, baths and hair washes scheduled in. Bed time stories will once again be a thing and that school backpack will see the light of day after 2 weeks stored in the cupboard. Hair styles will need to be planned and executed daily and packed lunches planned. Time to catch up on that series I’ve been wanting to watch for 3 weeks, gone. Extra time to prepare for the car boot sale we are doing Sunday, forget it. Time to spend my Saturday evening watching something that isn’t Britain’s got talent, not a chance. 

All this because today my T is home and I get to kiss that little face again! To be called Mummy and be needed morning and night by this person sometimes just for a cuddle! To be able to tuck her in at night and wake her up in the mornings, get her ready for school and help her learn when she gets home. To spend the weekend playing and the evenings watching trash tv while snuggled on the sofa. To hold that little hand again and have my baby girl back that is why today is a happy day. 💜

Children · Easter · Family · happy · horse riding · Parenting · Uncategorized

Our Easter Week

This week has been great. It has been a week full of play dates, Easter egg hunts, bike rides and more. It has been a week of having fun with my girl, enjoying being her Mumma and having as much fun as possible with her before she goes away for a week on holiday with her Dad. I’ve loved every minute of it, here is a diary of our week. 

Monday we biked round the country park near our house, T helped us wash our cars to earn some pocket money and we went to the library for their Easter event. It was a beautiful sunny day and we finished it by watching a movie together.


Tuesday T went on her pony day. She spent the day at the stables and had 3 hours of riding and spent the rest mucking out ponies, feeding and grooming them and walking them to fields. She hasn’t done a day like this since August and she loved it.

Wednesday we went to a friend’s for an Easter hunt, games and lunch. We have done this for years now and always have a great time there.

Thursday we went to a friend’s for a play date and had a lovely time catching up and it was warm enough for the girls to play outside which was great. In the afternoon we went swimming with my cousin, something we haven’t done in months so T loved it. This is something we need to get back into now so she starts to get her confidence back before our holiday in June.

Friday we went to a friend’s for lunch and a little Easter hunt. T made an Easter crown and enjoyed playing with our little friend Kali while i had lots of cuddles with her baby brother.
We then took a bike ride round the same route we did Monday so I could track it and see how far it was. T was great and so was Poppy. The one bad thing, my phone needed an update so didn’t track the route! This meant when Scott came in from work he ran it and took T back on her bike again!
We found out the route was 2.5 miles so T biked 5 miles today! My little trooper:)


Tomorrow we have our Easter egg hunt at home after the bunny has been 😉 then T and I have the rest of the day to ourselves. It’s been such a fun week and I am just now starting to feel sad I have to be without her for a week. This is the pitfall of having to share I guess. At least I know I couldn’t have shown my little person a more fun week and will remember this every minute I miss her next week. 

Family · happy · Sunshine · walking · weekend

7 mile Sunday and one great weekend

Today has been a beautiful day! The sun is shining and our beautiful blossom tree looks like it has pink marshmallows hanging from its branches. Not that we have had much time to appreciate it today as we decided to take a walk today and make the most of this beautiful weather. 

We walked from our house through Ferry Meadows country park and along the Nene Valley railway line to Orton Mere and finished up walking the length of the rowing lake and stopping for lunch at a lovely pub called the Boathouse. 

After we had time to refuel and get Poppy a drink we walked back a slightly different way which was still just as peaceful as we walked past the golf course and through the Ferry Meadows steam railway station until we finally made it home nearly 7 miles later! It really was so nice to just be out walking and taking in the sunshine, making the most of our Sunday together. 
Yesterday was Scott’s birthday so Friday we travelled to the coast to stay with my Nan. Once we had tired the doggies out we took a trip into town and spent some 2 p’s on the machines on the seafront. T loves winning the teeny toys that eventually fall out and we had great fun walking along the pier and playing games to win her more prizes for her haul! 



Yesterday we went for a Captians breakfast at a cafe we have been visiting for years on the seafront, this was a birthday treat for Scott and I think he enjoyed it, although he did wish he was taking part in the park run we were watching from the cafe! 

After another long walk with the dogs

and surprising Scott with his birthday cake we headed home and got ready for our evening out. It’s rare we get out for dinner together and even rarer that one of us doesn’t have to drive so we really did make the most of our evening with dinner at Prezzo and cocktails after including a cherry bakewell and an espresso martini! It was such a great day and night and I think we certainly made the most of the birthday celebrations. 

Im just impressed we went out for dinner, drinks and dancing and still walked 7 miles the next day! Peak District/ Lake District training is well and truly on 😉

Childhood · happy

Making the most of it

This weekend has been different because Scott and Tiana have both been here for a lot of it, so we decided to do something fun yesterday and make the most of our Saturday together. We went down to our local steam railway and got the train just a few stops up to Wansford. Once we arrived we spent our time looking round all the old steam trains that are on display, looking at the model railway, checking out the workshop from the viewing platform and treating ourselves to a hot sausage roll in the cafe. After a while there we caught the steam train back again. It may not seem like much but we had so much fun doing something we have never done together before. From the minute we arrived at the station to the minute we got off the train home we all just enjoyed doing something different with our day and T did not stop smiling the entire time. Happy days.

Devon · happy · romantic weekends · Thankful

Feeling greatful 

So I’m back after probably the longest break since I started this blog. It’s been a busy couple of weeks and the one word that springs to mind is greatful. 

I’m feeling greatful for the time T had off from school so we could use it to play, make hama beads, watch films and spend time walking Poppy together. 

For the high winds we had Sunday following on from the storm on Thursday so we could go and watch Scott fly the kite and laugh our loudest laughs at him being pulled along and then eventually right over with the wind! 

For time with my best friend, catching up over a few glasses of wine, watching strange but funny films and just enjoying girly time hanging out together. 
For Sunday evening meals at home in the warm with the heating on snuggling on the sofa all 3 of us together. 

For friends who can make time to spend with us, whether it’s to go for coffee or come over lunch I’m forever greatful to have a good base of people around me I can sound off to about anything on my mind and get honest advice.

For T to have such sweet little friends, I love to see her happy playing with her toys with friends, racing scooters or creating art for a friend and just seeing her pick them up and squeeze them to say bye makes me smile.

For my hard working husband, for who the hard work is finally starting pay off and is at last getting the recognition he deserves. Whether that means some tough choices to be made in the future we will see but whatever the decisions I know we will make them together.
Finally for this weekend, tomorrow we head back to Devon to the lodge we call our happy place. We are staying there for 4 days and plan to get to a few places in and around Dartmoor we haven’t seen before as well as stop off in Exeter for some shopping. This is our first time taking Poppy so it will be slightly different but I’m looking forward to showing her hills and scenery! (Where we live is completely flat and there and are certainly no wild ponies!) We are so ready for this busy weekend along with getting time to relax and enjoy just being together as as a couple, not parents or employees, just us and the puppy, should be bliss! 
Have a great weekend everyone 

Lou x

Devon · happy · making plans · romantic weekends · UK breaks · walking holidays · weekend breaks

On the countdown

Today is 21 days until we get to go back to Devon. This will be the third time we have stayed in this perfect little lodge in the cute little town of Cullompton. This is our time to just be together, there is no signal in the lodge so no social media for me, or random YouTube videos for Scott. No stats updates or updates on group messages from his work or my school mum’s chat. No this time is just purely for us to relax in the hot tub and enjoy each others company and it is bliss. I’ve spoken about Devon before and what happy memories it holds for me and I have a feeling this time will be even more special as we haven’t been for 2 years we are just so excited to get back to the long walks in the day and drinking bubbles in the tub at night while looking at the stars. There really is nothing better and today the countdown begins. 

happy · Open fires · Staying in · Sundays · Uncategorized · Winter

What Sundays are all about

This has been a cosy weekend of fires, hot chocolates, biscuits, catch ups and getting organised. Having some time to myself today I woke up with a positive outlook on the day I was going to get things accomplished so when everyone gets home we can just have fun. Well it’s not long until this house will be full again and I’m sitting here in front of my fire relaxing in my new socks having cuddles with our bundle of fluff. With dinner soon in the oven this is what grey winter Sundays are meant for.