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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Week 124 - what has made me happy

It has been a good week. My daughter celebrated her fourth birthday and has announced that she is now "grown up". It was the first year that she has really appreciated her birthday and it was lovely to see. This week sees my son turn six, and they will be having a joint birthday party this weekend. I am not sure how it will go as there will be a lot of children, ranging from two to eight! We'll see what the weekend brings. My mum has been up since Thursday and it has been lovely to see her. The children are enjoying being dropped off and picked up by someone other than me and my husband too!

Here is what has made me happy this week...

Cold football pitchYorkshire Dales sunshine

Monday, 2 March 2015

February month in a minute

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in last month and I look forward to seeing your February videos!

February has been a good month. Definitely a lot more positive than January. We have kept busy and enjoyed half term. My daughter has had a go at riding a bike for the first time. It has been so nice to have a month without having to write essays. Every year at university I have had at least three essays due at this time of year, so it has always been rather stressful before,

The B&B has had a steady trickle of visitors and we are enjoying the calm because we are fully booked every weekend from May to July which will be very busy! It's nice to still welcome guests in the quieter months though.

I am starting to prepare for March, which holds both children's birthdays. This year they are having a joint party, which could be incredibly messy! I am looking forward to it though as we haven't ever done a joint party before.

Without further ado, here is my February video.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

01.03.15 Silent Sunday


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Dear beautiful girl...

Dear beautiful girl,

You turn four this week. It doesn't seem that long since I held you in my arms for the first time, amazed at how this little person had entered the world (very quickly). You are confident. Sometimes possibly a little too confident. You are not shy. You will tell people exactly what you think of them, and their clothes/appearance/smell. I kind of admire that, albeit sometimes I wish the world would swallow me up when you loudly exclaim about that "REALLY fat lady" and then ask if they will die soon. I don't know where you got the link between fat and dying, but it seems firmly lodged in your brain, no matter what we say.

Child painting

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Week 123 - What has made me happy

Well, I survived half term. The first couple of days my daughter was at nursery and my son was at sports club, so it was business as usual at the B&B. The first day we all had together was a trip to the National Media Museum on possibly the busiest day ever. We only lasted an hour before we had to leave (you can check out my vlog here). Then the children seemed to bicker through the rest of the day, sniping at each other and generally not getting on! Friday was better, we went to soft play and spent some time with their old childminder. My daughter misses her so much and I love to see how close she is to the other children. My daughter surprised us all by riding her big brother's bike on Saturday morning. She is nearly four and I am incredibly impressed with her. The rest of the weekend was good, but again there was a lot of bickering. I hope we can sort this phase out before the Easter or summer holidays because it's so frustrating listening to the two of them being mean to each other. There have been lovely moments though, things which made me smile. So without further ado, here is what has made me happy this week...

AconitesTulips in the sunshine

Monday, 23 February 2015

Red Nose Day 2015 - What you can do to help.

Red Nose Day is on Friday the 13th of March. It's set to be as humorous a day as ever and aims to raise even more for charity this year. Last year I was part of the Team Honk Relay, taking the baton from Leeds to Ilkley and looking fairly silly as I did it! This year Team Honk are taking part in a huge danceathon at Wembley. 500 Honkers are dancing non-stop for six hours at Wembley. It's my son's birthday party that day so I can't be there, but will be there in spirit! There will be different dance styles every thirty minutes and it sounds like fantastic fun! You can sponsor team honk here.

Tech-too Alphabet Tablet review

We have been trying out the Tech-Too Alphabet Tablet at home. My children are very nearly four and six, and I initially thought that this would be better for my daughter, being the younger of the two. She has just started learning her phonics at nursery and has flashcards at home. She is desperate to learn to read and I am obviously happy to encourage this. 

Tech-Too Alphabet Tablet

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Colour : The Photo Gallery

The Photo Gallery : Week 218


22.02.15 Silent Sunday

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Hot Wheels Track Builder Spiral Stack-Up Review

We have been trying out the Hot Wheels Track Builder Spiral Stack-Up set and seeing how it fits in with the other Hot Wheels tracks we have at home. I was impressed with the packaging, you simply had to push your thumb into the back to open it. Usually I end up hacking at Hot Wheels packaging with a knife, so it was definitely a welcome change!

Hot Wheels Track Builder Spiral Stack-Up