I am currently laid up trying to fight off some flu type virus that is plaguing my life. I really am aware in this pregnancy of how grateful I am usually for good health to just get on and be a busy bee, and how that make you feel both generally in yourself and in being able to help you be a good parent and wife. I feel utterly useless and exhausted, and haven’t really been up to a whole lot other than “resting” and a scan yesterday, and certainly haven’t had the energy to be able to look at a screen for very long.

As I lay in and out of conciousness, disturbed by sneezes and coughing fits, I keep coming back to and remembering last Thursday, the day this all began and the moment when I had to cut our outing short because I suddenly felt chills and weakness in my body. It wasn’t a particularly huge day we had planned, quite the opposite really, it was a day like most of our others and one that to most would seem quite ordinary. It was more of a simple and beautiful day spent with Megs at a local ice cream place, playing in the sun and seeing the animals.
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We have noticed that her weekly request, whatever the weather is, is always to go the farm and see the animals. She just loves to be around animals and she beams when in their presence. Our ordinary on our days together now, especially with the lush weather we have been blessed with, has been numerous ice creams, parks and farm visits, and the combination of the 2 leave us both feeling happy and content (and quite tired) and I feel like these small, simple adventures are just the perfect pace at this stage in life.
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Her life really is one of simplicity and where happiness seems to flow easy, I guess that’s the case for most 3 year olds. When I look at her some days though, I realise she can teach me so much about enjoying life and being carefree. I really have being having a lot of fun with her, especially more recently as she seems to listen better and cooperate and is so much more chilled. I love that we can do the same things each week and she loves it as much as the 1st time because it seems to be what she is passionate about. I REALLY appreciated last week that she was so accommodating on her day out to understand that Mummy wasn’t well and cut short her play time; though she had already seen the animals, played on a bouncy slide and had her ice cream, so she probably thought she had gotten her moneys worth!!!
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I certainly cannot wait for my body to fight this virus and return to an okay level of health once more so that we can get back out to enjoying our days together in the sun (hopefully), indulging in ice cream, playing, exploring and loving the animals that surround our local area at various farms. I am loving this simple pace and the ordinary moments we are sharing together in this season.

Linking up with Katie at mummydaddyme for #ordinarymoments 

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So many people have said to me how lovely it will be now that Ethan is in school that I will have time to spend with Megs. I’ve never been sure what to make of this, because I actually spend a lot of time already (every day) with her and parenting for me has always been seen that some stages you have them all home, some stages just one and others none of them. I think each stage is just as lovely and as hard as another. I don’t feel like its been a countdown to E going off to school so that I get lovely one on one time with Megs, we have had our own stages where that’s been the case when he was in preschool and her little.
In fact if we were going to label this time Id say I actually imagined that it might be quite hard at this stage and not lovely initially as this time was foreseen as me having 2 little ladies at home…not just one.
WP_20151003_16_14_33_ProMegan is a very enthusiastic character; she embraces life and what it gives her. She knows her mind and finds delight in the smallest of things…she is loving, funny and like me a bit mental! Ethan is like Nath is many ways, chilled out and just goes with the flow. He has my sensitivity and silliness sometimes, but was more than happy when he was home to have me make a plan each week that he could get excited about and look forward to. Don’t get me wrong, he has a voice and knows how to use it, but unless on the odd occasion there was something pressing that he really wanted to do, he was more than happy to just plod along with everyone else.  Megan on the other hand much prefers to have a say and is always adamant about what she wants to be doing. So realising this I decided that rather than the take the approach I did with Ethan at this age and plan most of our weeks, I would give her more choice to decide where we would go or what we would do (with some suggestions too).

As a result, On Tuesday the 2 of us enjoyed a lovely day out to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. Its not the 1st time we have visited, but we haven’t been for well over a year so I thought it was time to go back and saw it as a convenient day out too as its just out of the city centre.
WP_20151006_13_03_07_ProI love this farm because of the very reason that it is an urban farm. Its so cleverly done and is hidden in a housing estate… they do a lot of work with the community, so it always feels very pleasant and I love it because its small, chilled out and only costs £2.00 for adults and 50p for kids (get in). Its small, inexpensive, different and everything a 3 year old girl desired, so made for the perfect day out for us!
WP_20151006_11_54_26_ProShe has wanted me to take her to the farm for the last couple of weeks, but with me having the flu she had to settle for her second option of repeats of “Barbies Dreamhouse” on Netflix!
But it hasn’t been far from her thoughts and conversation and so of course going to see the piggies was her 1st suggestion to me and her wish was granted…pigs, goats, chickens and donkey’s to name a few and she was in her element!
InstagramCapture_0a87c9d0-50cd-456a-b863-779e0df69593She loved those little pigs and then it was the guinea pigs (because they talked back to her) and we were both delighted to see a hedgehog too in a pen they had (very seasonal and cute).
She then had fun playing in the small park where she showed off her balancing skills and I attempted to teach her “naught’s and crosses”. We took a picnic (though there is a lovely cafe) and would have bought animal feed if I hadn’t have used all of my change (mummy fail). We finished up with a walk by the river and after a 2hr visit that was us done!
WP_20151006_11_46_34_ProInstagramCapture_a3233e44-7a07-4f5c-800a-c1be6fac800cWP_20151006_12_01_28_ProAutumn 2015 doesn’t look or feel how I imagined it to, and nor does it feel any more lovely than when it was Me, E and Megs, its just the way it is – the next stage of parenting which is fun and challenging in its own way. Yes its lovely with Megs and a lot of fun too and I really believe that if Tuesday was anything to go by then it is going to be fun the 2 of us having some girly time and adventures each week (Tuesday – Thursday) …maybe this is what they meant?,  but it was fun with Ethan here too and it will be whenever we have more. Its another fun filled, labouring stage of parenting!
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There are so many places around Yorkshire that the kids and I have been to and had the most wonderful days out and fun at, either just the 3 of us or with friends and cousins. I do feel a bit bad for Nath sometimes, never really having the opportunity to do all the fun things we do as he sits at his desk earning the dough so we can, but I am always grateful he works so hard and rarely complains, but enjoys looking at our pictures and hearing the kids stories. I however do sometimes often moan at him about the stresses of kids, housework, laundry, being tiered and anything else that gets my back up, but like other friends and family members whilst we do have a good whine, its only short lived because despite these annoyances we face you can’t argue that we have the better end of the deal – being a SAHM is actually pretty mint because our times is our own and we have adventure.

One place we’ve been a few times is Farmer Copley’s near Pontefract. We had an excellent visit (actually with Nath) last year for their pumpkin festival and again at Easter with their cousins. Its such a wonderful, well kept, happening farm. I love that there are so many adventures with each season and its always a lot of fun for all ages. We chose to visit all together again as a family this week as Nath had some annual leave and the kids had earned their 10 sticker quota each to qualify for a Strawberry Picking adventure. We also noticed on their Facebook page a £5 PP offer for all of the summer attractions (Hello bargain) and so it made sense to do it all and have a fun family day/afternoon out!
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InstagramCapture_06c3c67a-c450-49c7-beb7-be4027d2b271We started off the afternoon with the reason we were there -PYO Strawberries! I decided a few weeks ago that our house was becoming far too cluttered with tat and that the kids really didn’t need any more “stuff” in their lives. Instead I decided to put experiences and treats on their sticker charts so that they could work for various extra special activities or days out. The first target was 10 stickers each (took them about 12 days) for Strawberry Picking…I am so glad we made the change to this way, because crouched in a field with his little hood up picking fruit, Ethan turned to Nath and said “this is the best day ever Daddy, Thank you” – Gratitude, enjoyment, manners and having fun…not to mention fresh air, education and love of fruit! Mission accomplished!
WP_20150721_12_42_13_ProWP_20150721_12_45_47_ProMegs too loved it and couldn’t believe how many strawberries were there for the picking. She kept asking if the farmer was watching us…hmmmm maybe they didn’t all make it into to tub!?
WP_20150721_12_48_42_Pro WP_20150721_12_40_41_ProIt was a great time together, I am so glad we decided to do it this year and to attach to it the feelings of reward for the kids. It £7.50 for 3 tubs, which really is a reasonable price for a family activity for 4 which is edible too.
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Part of the Summer season at Farmer Copley’s includes a corn maze. Iv’e driven past it many times and also various others around Yorkshire but never actually gone in one. This was included in the wristband price we paid and was well worth it. We were given an A4 booklet with activities to do, a quiz and crayon rubbing’s…all to be found around the maze. Whilst we spent a good 45 mins in there we didn’t actually find them all as the kids saw the tractor ride and became restless,
WP_20150721_13_40_37_Pro WP_20150721_13_45_14_ProI was amazed how occupied they were though and how much they loved the adventure of it and how informative the little posts were. I am deffs looking forward to going later in the summer when its a bit taller and more of a challenge!
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We never miss an opportunity for a ride in the Tractor carriages when we go to Farmer Copley’s and it was set up this time around part of the corn maze. Again included in the wrist band price and always so much fun for kids and adults. Megs was so content sat there, bumping along though the corn. It was lovely.
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Another family fave and the location of hours of fun and laughter. It seemed like 2 mins since I was last stood by it chatting with my sister in law watching the kids play, only this time with my £5 wrist band I didn’t stand by and watched..I got stuck in there, and it was mint. I love to be fun, silly mummy, carefree and laughing and all that came out as the kids and I went nuts on the ‘bouncy pillow’ as they like to call it.
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Initially shut due to winds but luckily opened before we left. It always shows me how fearless the kids are and they spent a while going up and down it, laughing out loud!

6. Hay Stacks, Go carts and Digging
As well as everything else there were several games, mini mazes, go kart track, Sandpit and haystacks to climb. Ethan tackled them no problem and was amazed by the brilliant toys and digger machinery available in the sand pit…he was living the dream!
WP_20150721_14_29_22_Pro WP_20150721_14_13_20_ProWe almost didn’t end up going because of the showers in the morning and the general overcast and dark clouds of the day. It briefly  made me think and reflect on life these last few months and how I have made a concious effort to not let the doom and gloom stop us from having fun even though we have had our own fair share of storm clouds over head. We usually, like we did Tuesday just go for it and hope for the best and we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome this time because other than a few spots of rain the weather was mild and dry and we had a blast together.

I love it when we can have carefree adventure days together with lots of laughs and smiles despite the overcast and I love it when Nath is able to come along for the ride too – Though I sometimes wonder if he fully realises how “free spirited” his kids are until moments like this!
WP_20150721_14_11_10_ProPs – Check out the farmers FB page for a voucher for £5 pp fun which is valid til the end of Aug and have your own adventures and frolics down on the farm! 

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