I don’t know about where you are, but here in Yorkshire (Yorkshire folk will confirm), we have had some pretty miserable rainy weather recently! When I planned our Summer break, I never took into account the good old British weather and how it might influence those plans. I just saw the word “Summer” and imagined long sunny days in sandals and shorts, paddling pools and water fights, and lots of ice pops! Reality however has been somewhat different, and whilst we have eaten our fair share of ice pops, I’ve quickly realised Summer is very unpredictable – you cant exactly have a beach trip in a monsoon, and you can’t take the kids on a nature walk when its blowing a gale, and as you are probably more than aware, it has been on that level of rainage/storms!


Yesterday was a complete wash out of course, and potentially a day of cancelled plans, falling out and exhaustion. I was slightly disappointed to say the least, but at the same time we took it in our stride and made the most with what we had. With said rain (and a long weekend of travelling) it meant that we ended up staying in all day which would usually equate to me going slightly mad and us all getting a good dose of cabin fever, but it actually turned out to be a really hearty and successful day in! We had invited some friends over for a play date and whilst the kids built dens, played dress up, trains, knights and watched Moana (for the 50th time), we chatted about anything and everything! We then made homemade pizzas for lunch and had sneaky ice creams out of the freezer for afters. The day flew by and the kids had so much fun with new faces and friends. 

I went to bed feeling like it was certainly a “Mum win” kind of a day!

On the flip side of our lovely rainy day in yesterday, just last week we embraced the rainy forecast and hit the water fountains in Hull city centre. We decided that the kids were going to get wet anyway so what’s a bit of rain? It turns out it wasn’t “just a little bit rain” but clearly Yorkshire is now home to a Monsoon season, and we were soaked to the skin in seconds with nowhere to shelter! The kids LOVED it, and it was the biggest laugh and fun we’ve had in ages…

It is from these 2 days of laughing and having fun despite us apparently being in Monsoon season, that I have decided that rain is actually a lot of fun if you are prepared. Whether you are out and about splashing in it and getting soaked, or snuggled with friends indoors eating yummy food (and they were delish pizza’s), and playing your favourite games together, it can be a great day “whatever the weather”!

I think as parents we often spend so much time feeling like we aren’t enough for our kids, or we are so quick at pointing out or down falls, and what we haven’t been able to do with them, that we miss the small moments that matter. The moments that bring sunshine despite the rain…the moments like making the most of a rainy day with friends, and getting soaked from fountains and rain together. The moments of giving your kids a fun day inside despite the weather and creating memories as well as their own pizza! On days like these we need to pat our selves on the back and celebrate, because we didn’t just survive it, we laughed, we loved and we had a heck of a lot of fun!

Rain, I have discovered, doesn’t have to make for cancelled plans and going insane. It is fun, sounds great on a conservatory roof, and encourages you at times to take a break and become inventive!

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It’s been absolutely ages since I had a good baking sess with Megs. I am not that great at it though occasionally I do surprise myself, and so baking with her is a great shield if its not perfect, and we always have fun in the process too which is wonderful. It is something we tried to do weekly when she was at home with me, purely because she loves it so much and it is an opportunity to talk and be creative as well as having some half decent tasty treats in the house.  And so whilst she was off school this week and when she was feeling better and getting bored of Netflix, I ensured her hands were washed well (twice) and we got our bake on!

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Iv’e said it before but Autumn/Winter makes me feel a need for more spice and warmth in my life, with the likes of cinnamon and ginger making an appearance for flavours and fragrances around the home. And so as the suggestion to bake slipped out of my mouth I automatically found myself fancying giving ginger biscuits a go (hoping they would be a success), and after a quick look on Pinterest I found a recipe that was both easy and thankfully only required the ingredients I had in saving the stress of searching for something else (Phew)!

I am a bit weird when it comes to baking or things that require measuring out for cooking as I don’t have any scales in my kitchen (true story). When I cook I make it up as I go along unless I can use cups or a jug and so with baking, I always look for a recipe done in “Cups”…this way I can scoop it out and bung it in the bowl. I honestly will disregard a recipe if it is in anything but cups!! As I write this I think maybe kitchen scales would be a good gift this Christmas? Who knows what delights i’ll create then. Anyway I digress, here is the recipe I went with that was so easy and successful, and its in cups…

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Megs and I had a lovely time laughing, giggling, chatting, measuring and mixing. It was lovely though she hadn’t been well to be able relive those life at home days again and have her mostly as herself as oppose to shattered from school every evening and rushing to do dinner. Oh, and the biscuits weren’t all bad either…VERY tasty and very impressed with the results…nothing like making the best of a bad situation with some chewy gingery treats to show for it!

Ginger Biscuits

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I love it sometimes when life takes a spontaneous turn, it makes it a little more exciting doesn’t it? Like after a couple of weeks of lovely crisp sunny weather we wake up to a heavy down pour of giant flakes of fresh white snow. Two amazed little children screeching around the house, unable to walk, only bounce as they move due to the sheer excitement in their little selves from seeing snow! I love at times like this to go with it and just grab these moments and make the most of them.

Megan and I decided that instead of going to the museum as planned that whilst Ethan was at school we would do something a little different, and so we grabbed our warm clothes and boots and enjoyed a lovely walk to the supermarket in the fresh flurry to buy some supplies to have a cosy baking and craft day in…she loved it.
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She laughed the entire walk there, mouth open catching flakes and crunching along to make the first prints. Moments like these rarely pop up on the verge of spring and so it made such a fresh change of pace and activity!

Megs is a creative soul; she loves to make things, bake things, colour, paint and stick, and it seems like ages since we had, or rather made time to pursue these things together. We did these activities a lot when Ethan was at home but since school and then pregnancy sick days, our days have been either out and about, watching movies under blankets, seeing friends and family or generally doing very little. Its been nice recently to wake up with energy, with ideas and with the spark of being “Mummy” again. To be able to get back to our ordinary routines of making and creating together as well as taking days out to explore. It was so nice on Wednesday to be able to say “let’s go wander in the snow and lets bake something tasty to enjoy with hot chocolate later when Daddy and Ethan return”.
InstagramCapture_9e0ac575-3caa-4dde-af5d-a474e94bd985.jpgI thoroughly enjoyed the little giggles and pleasure in Megan’s face as she mixed, poured, measured and stuck to make biscuits and flap jack and then cards for her Grandma’s for Mothers Day!
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Days like these are nothing spectacular, just the ordinary moments that make up family life. But, days like these certainly make me cherish being a stay at home mum – they feel productive yet relaxed and they are moments where we laugh together, talk about all kinds of things and bond over something that Megan is into.
I am so glad to be getting some flow back to our lives, some energy and joy so that we can make the most of days when spontaneity strike!

Linking up with Katie @mummydaddyme for #OrdinaryMoments 

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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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