P R I C K L E 🌵 Thank god it's Friday right? We have zero plans for the weekend which means the lazy days can roll on in, I'm kind of hoping it stays quite drab and dreary, this is England and I've most certainly missed our miserable English weather.
T I C K T O C K 🕗 I'm in love with my new clock - you can tell I don't get out much can't you? Stupid me didn't read the measurements on the website so it is a lot bigger than I anticipated, thank goodness it works perfectly in the living room though. I'm loving adding the finishing touches to this room, it's been my favourite to decorate.
L I F E 🌿 I want to fill my house with flowers, but until I can learn to keep them alive I'll have to put up with artificial. I'm finally getting my house exactly how I want it, room by room and this little corner of the living room is just perfect 🌱
H E A T W A V E ☀️ Tomorrow is set to be 32 degrees. Thirty two d e g r e e s!!! And as much as I close my eyes and sniff suncream, I am not on the beach anymore. Counting down the weeks till we go away because screw you England, this weather isn't part of the deal.
2 5 🎈🎉 It was my birthday on Wednesday so we went out for the obligatory family meal last night and a restaurant with no air con was not enjoyable 😅 Twenty five always felt old to me as a child, it's halfway between twenty and thirty (which seems so daunting) BUT I only feel about 15 inside so I'm clinging to that 😂
B A B Y 🌵 Patrick has woken feeling a little poorly today, my poor little baby. He's managed to throw up all over the sofa so our living room smells pretty delightful right now. It looks like we'll just be enjoying the sun from our garden today then as I don't fancy venturing too far with a sickly babe. 😷
H O M E 🏡 I am in love with my new wall hanging that my brother bought for my birthday - it is so pretty! John also managed to put up the last blind in the living room so at last I feel as though it's really coming together minus a few decor pieces. Where is your favourite place to shop for decor?
B O O K E D ✈️ I am SO excited to be back here in a few months. My parents kindly booked flights for my birthday to go back to their villa for 4 nights in September, sans children and we can't wait. It's very rare we leave the boys overnight, so that doesn't help ease the mum guilt. ☀️
M Y T R I B E ❤️ The ying to my yang and the pains in my ass. Had the loveliest day and can't wait for another five whole days off with these crazies. 👨👩👦👦
Today our much anticipated solo holiday is being booked and I can't bloody wait. 👙 Me and John can't quite get our heads around what flying or even laying around a pool will be like without the familiar 'muuuum' calls, but we can't wait to find out. Roll on September ☀️
Patrick's really into his books at the minute, I recently ordered some classics in board form to keep on his little bookshelf so he can access them himself - no worries about ripped pages here. So far our favourite are The Smartest Giant in Town, The Hungry Caterpillar and of cours Dear Zoo. What are your favourite stories for smalls? 🐛🦁📚
S A T U R D A Y 🍭 Patrick still has his rash so we spent the day indoors, I've been decorating most of the morning and then we snuggled on the sofa watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. 🍫 How's your day?
H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y P A T R I C K 🎉🎈 I can't believe you are one, and what a one year old you are; strong willed, affectionate and courageous. You've been through SO much in your year that most wouldn't go through in a life time - this time last year your future looked short and bleak but yet here you are thriving and lighting up our lives every single day. I don't think I could love you any harder my boy, happy god damn birthday ❤️🎉
I've thrown myself into finishing off Patrick's room this morning. I don't even want to turn the news on anymore, just cuddle my smalls and stay right in our bubble. I still hadn't got over the attack on my hometown just 10 days ago, to be faced with fresh grief is hard. I'm trying desperately to focus on what went right last night, our emergency services rushing to a scene that your instincts tell you to flee from, the passersby who stopped to help those in need, knowing those inflicting harm where still at large. The world feels all wrong at the minute and you know what, it sucks. 💔
Baby boy - we're fast approaching the big one. Today you're an absolute delight, despite all of your big brothers attempts to wind you up ❤️
My little peapod is a year old, in exactly one week. It's quite surreal when I think back to this time last year - on this exact day we got the confirmation he'd be induced prematurely and all that we went through over the next two weeks I really didn't think I'd be here now a year later with a sleeping baby upstairs, never mind one who is thriving. ✨I'm proud of him and I'm proud of us, June will always host some of the most harrowing memories but some of the best too. I have my boys and I know not everyone is fortunate enough to say that. Extra squeezes for this nugget - I can't wait to celebrate his year 🎉💙
Yesterday I uploaded a picture on Twitter of my beautiful Noah. Smiling happily away after his first ever face painting - at Chester Zoo. Moments later my troll has her say (of course - can I do anything without her having an opinion on it?) Apparently it's a disgrace his teeth are like this at three years old and we should be ashamed. Well, thankfully his dentist, you know the one actually qualified to talk about teeth? Tells me his pearly whites are perfect and healthy. If I wasn't so confident in my ability as a mother, such scathing remarks about my own child could be really damaging. I'm not sure what makes a person quite so bitter and hateful, to see a photo of a child and look for the negative. As my son grows up, I'll be sure to continue to teach him that it's not about a crooked tooth, a hair colour or your weight, it's what's on the inside that truly counts. Good thoughts always shine out of you like sunbeams - it's just such a shame not everyone gets the memo. ☀️ #beafountainnotadrain
I'm so gutted the weekend is almost over, it feels as though it's barely started. Noah treated us to a lie in till 9 o'clock which would have been truly fantastic if the baby got the memo and didn't wake at 5:45 🙄. Coffee all round?
We had the most fabulous day at @chesterzoo. It's changed so much since I was little, and with their new Madagascan play area the boys were never short of anything to do. Noah adored it, his favourite animal was by far the Giraffes and I think it was mine too. Especially those little baby ones. #nogiraffeemoji #playatchesterzoo
I squeezed my boys extra tight last night, it's so hard to remember good in a world that feels quite evil and twisted right now. We all say our goodbyes in a morning, safe in the knowledge we'll all reunite together around teatime, but that knowledge doesn't seem too safe anymore. Parents waved their children off to have the time of their lives, a euphoric, electric atmosphere to be experienced and yet some of those families are left with the most unimaginable pain. My hearts with them today.