The twins’ last day at pre-school

Tomorrow is the twins’ last day at pre-school and I’m feeling very sad. They attend a lovely little village pre-school and have done since they were two. Oscar also attended when he was younger. It’s such a lovely caring place. The staff are brilliant and really go the extra mile to help the children and parents make amazing memories. The annual nativity, easter bonnet parade and summer show are all lovely events that we’ve always enjoyed attending. And tomorrow we say our final goodbye. Pre-school, and the fabulous staff, have been part of our lives for over five years, but…

Why I disagree with SATs – a bit …

Next week Oscar will take his Year 2 SATs exams. For the past few weeks he has been anxious and stressed about taking the exams and it makes me so cross that seven year-olds are put through this completely unnecessary stress. We’ve obviously reassured Oscar that SATs are not important and he just needs to try his best. In fact, I’ve told him that the only exams that are important are his GCSEs, which he’ll take when he is 16! Until that point exam stress should not even be part of his life. At seven he should be developing his…

When your child struggles at school

I’ve debated whether to post about this subject for a while now. My blog is basically a place to store all our memories, so that the kids can read them all when they get older. It’s basically their journey. Generally I try and record the special memories, the nice happy ones. After all we live in an Instagram world where we always present our best side to the world and it’s good to be positive. However, everyone’s journey has ups and downs and if I don’t record it all then I’d feel dishonest and like I’m saying I’m ashamed of…

Easy guide to buying boys swimwear

Excitement is starting to build in our house, as we are off on holiday for two weeks at Easter! We’re going on a caribbean cruise and we can’t wait. Now the shops are starting to stock their new collections, I’ve started to think about any bits we need to buy, particularly for the kids. On holiday we’ll no doubt be spending lots of time on the beach and swimming in the pools on the ship, so it’s important to choose the right swimwear for everyone – the boys are particularly in need of some new swimwear. Although boys are not much choosy when…

The twins are four!

At the beginning of February the twins turned four! I know everyone says it, but I can’t quite believe how fast it’s gone since they were born. I remember it like it was yesterday and yet in September my two babies will actually be starting school! I had booked the day off work and we spent the day eating cake (mainly me) and going crazy at soft play (mainly them), where we also met Simon for lunch (he didn’t have enough holiday left to have the day off). Early evening we went to our local Indian, where we normally celebrate…

Childrens’ body odour – breaking the taboo

When Oscar first started school, I was really shocked to find that at the end of the school day he often had a bit of a whiff about him. I always assumed that children didn’t really get body odour until they hit the puberty years, however, this isn’t the case and childrens’ body odour is now actually quite common. After speaking to a few friends with children of similar ages, it was clear Oscar wasn’t the only one and that school-age children, particularly boys, often sweat a lot and as a result can sometimes pong a bit! I suppose it…

A letter to Oscar on his seventh …

Dear Oscar Today you turned seven! I know it’s a huge cliche, but I can’t quite believe how quickly the past seven years have gone. As I said to you this morning, seven years ago you changed my life – you made me a mummy. I wrote about the day you were born a couple of years’ ago, you can read all about it here. I’m so proud of the lovely, kind-hearted boy that you’ve become. You’re kind, sensitive and a little bit of a worrier at times (you get that from me – sorry!). You love your brother and…

The parenting rollercoaster – stop the ride I …

As a mum of three, including 3 year-old twins, I often get asked “How do you do it?”. If I’m brutally honest, somedays I really don’t know! Recently I’ve been finding this whole parenting lark hard. Really hard. All three of our children seem to waking up before 6am, particularly at weekends. Plus the twins, Heidi especially, are taking the whole ‘threenager’ phase to a whole new level. I’m absolutely exhausted! Last weekend was particularly tough. Here’s one example of many incidents that occurred during our two days of supposed quality family time… The kids were all awake at 5.30am on…

Birthday selfies {My Captured Moment}

Yesterday we returned home from an amazing two week holiday in our favourite Spanish village, Benahavis. Whilst we were there it was my birthday. We had a lovely day on our favourite beach, which is quite small and isn’t quite as touristy as many of the others in the area. We built sandcastles, played in the sea and enjoyed lunch at the lovely little restaurant on the beach (I may’ve also indulged in a Prosecco!). It was a lovely way to spend my birthday. I haven’t had chance to collate all the pics from our holiday yet, but I promise to share…

My Captured Moment – Sports Days

This week has been a week of Sports Days, and thankfully the weather has been kind! Although I don’t think they warrant a post on their own, it’s nice to capture them and this weekly My Captured Moment post is the perfect place. On Monday Oscar has his Sports Day. He was super proud to come third in his running race. At his school they do team events, but finish with a few running races, which are good fun. On Thursday it was the twins first pre-school Sports Day, which consisted of lots of run races. I was completely shocked…

Father’s Day 2016 – My Captured Moment

This week’s My Captured Moment is a few photo’s from Father’s Day, which was last week. We’d prepared presents the night before, so the kids were all super excited when they woke up and couldn’t wait to ‘help’ Simon open his presents. We went to Harvester for breakfast, and although the food was okay, the children were not. They were all little monkeys, so we decided to needed to get out for a couple of walks, so they could burn off some of their crazy energy! We had arranged to pick my Dad up for an afternoon walk, so before…