Last week I posted my first Happy Days Linky hosted by Katy at WhatKatySaid & Jenna at Tinyfootsteps – it was a really therapeutic thinking about all the things that made me happy – I had trouble keeping it to ten! As I sit here indulging on Mon Cheri pondering if the box could be made into ‘pirate gold’ and therefore giving me the excuse to open the second box (I have only got three left honest, chocolates that is not boxes!) life feels pretty good. Their aim of helping us appreciate the little things in life definitely seems to be working. This week I have decided stick more the the traditional way of doing things.
Out & About
As I work four days a week I try to pack a fair bit in at the weekends or early evenings now that we have the light and for the first half of this week the weather. However this week all and all has been busier than most. On Tuesday evening we headed out to find some bluebells at the top of our lane, the light was perfect for photos and Monkey was intrigued following the little paths, trying not to step on any of the wild flowers. Last year I got some beautiful photos of him, now he’s almost three it was a lot harder getting a natural pose and not just playing up to the camera ‘cheese’ photos. I think we may have started a tradition… a blue bell photo each year..
Thursday evening I helped a friend out and had her little boy for a couple of hours while she prepared for a Masters exam. Please don’t judge me but we were all at the park at 7.30pm, bedtime is normally 7-7.30! The boys loved it and it was such a nice start to the weekend, plus it made me feel good helping a friend out. Then on Friday we had our Music Bus session as normal in the morning, a lot of the older children have stopped as they are getting ready to start school. This makes Monkey one of the oldest and suddenly it seemed quite noticeable causing me to reminisce about our times there. From the class we picked up Nannie and headed over to Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent for the Superworm Trail. You can read the full blog post here. It was a last minute decision, I was expecting to head over to Alice Holt in Hampshire but it wasn’t until Friday morning that I realised it wasn’t on there! I did um and ah a bit about whether it was too far, but I am so glad we did go it was a lovely afternoon, so peaceful and relaxed – just the three of us, wandering around in the woods, discovering hiding places and collecting sticks. The weather was really kind, so much so when walking across the sand covered play area looking down you could almost have been on a European beach somewhere….
Fun at Home
Theres not been much art and craft going on this week although we did make a blue (Monkey’s favourite colour at the moment) for St Georges Day – albeit a day late on Friday!
The rest of the time we have been working in the garden – our potatoes have gone in, as have our garlic and onions. We were neglectful last year so have decided to keep planting to a minimum and have opted for a whole bed of potatoes. The varieties we have chosen are Premier (first early), Charlottes (second early) and Pink Fur Apple (main crop), we are hoping it will help break the bed up for next year too. The tomato plants are in their grow bags in the greenhouse and we have planted some more seeds to bring on in the conservatory. Monkey is also very proud of his sunflowers with are coming on a treat.
Time for Me
Um – well been a bit rubbish here… although I am having an hour to myself now as Monkey naps? Does that count even if I am blogging? We also went out last night with some friends to a localish Thai restaurant, it was good letting our hair down a little although Hubby drove – bless him. The friends in question now live in a different town from us so we don’t get to see them as much as we would like, they also have a young family and so are also constantly juggling. Our friendship works because we both realise this and don’t put additional pressure on each other to over commit, its just not possible at this point in our lives, but when we do get together we make the most of it …red wine anyone?
My Happiest Moment
Has to be sitting alone quietly for a couple of minutes outside the cafe at Bedgebury in the sun right on the waters edge listening to the ducks. It was so peaceful… it was really good for my soul!
Next week I would like to…
Read The Art of Mindfulness for Children by Alisa Reddy. I am flying up to Edinburgh and back in the same day for work on Thursday so hoping to get the majority of it read then. Its not a long book so achievable if I don’t fall asleep, it has some mindfulness exercises in it which I want to start using with Monkey and I might pick up some tips too.
Wishing you all the best for the week ahead xxx