Well just like that our half term is over and this week the kids have returned to school! Monday morning we were eager beeves and surprisingly early for school (such a rarity), but by Wednesday we were back to our old ways of legging it up there with 2 minutes to spare!

Things have been rather quiet around here this week, both with the oldest 2 not around during the day, and here online! I am aware that I have majorly neglected my blog and not posted anything since last weeks #MyHeartyLife post, but I have been tired and busy getting on top of our home after half term, and generally occupied with the demands of other areas of my life. I hope to get back into the flow again starting today, as I have a lot of ideas of things I want to write about, as well as several collaborations building up that I need to crack on too!

Grateful For …

This week I have felt grateful for great old and new friends! I have loved catching up with old friends over in Leeds last week, and my oldest of school friends this week. I love (and am grateful for) those people you don’t always see very often, but make the effort to be interested in your life. I love when you get together you pick right up where you left off, be it days, weeks or months in between!

Our week has naturally fallen back into our term time routine, which means going to groups and soft plays, and it’s been lovely to see my pals from the village again and have some chats and laughs. I have been grateful for an overall really enjoyable week (made so by sharing our days with others) and I loved that yesterday we had a little lunch date at the farm shop with some mum friends! I feel grateful to have so many new friendships blossoming for Alice and I!

Succeeded At …

I think it’s high time I told you a little bit about what I am up to in my “Private Life” (yes I do have one!). I am rather open with my life online, it’s a given when you blog about your life/lifestyle, but there is one little detail I have deliberately left out, and that is that in September I started a college course at night school!

It’s been incredibly demanding (and some days almost impossible) around being a stay at home mum to 3, blogging, and general life, but so far I am clinging on and scraping by, and mostly enjoying it! I plan to write a post about this choice to return to education in the near future, but I will mention now that my biggest success this week was going back after half term and managing to complete and hand in my first (of 5) units to pass!

I have made some lovely new friends at college that seem to be so similar to me, and they make me laugh so much. I feel that each week I go, and each assignment I write, is a major success around all I do everyday with the home and family.

Found Beauty In …

This week has been filled with all kinds of beautiful things and moments! I loved laughing and singing with college friends midweek, and looked upon that simple moment as been such a beautiful thing. I have enjoyed lunch with old and new friends too, both of which were tasty, beautiful and treasured moments in my day!

Last Friday we met some friends in Leeds and went for a walk around “Golden Acre Park”. I have little memory of ever going there when we lived in Leeds, however being there last week made me wonder “why the heck not!”. It was such a lovely afternoon, and I found it all so beautiful to look at – the lovely woodland and water, the beauty of the kids having such a fun time playing with their friends!

The next day (Saturday) brought another beautiful moment when I went to take a picture of the kids, and Megan said “We are saving a space for Poppy”. Well me heart just melted! It was such a gorgeous thing to say!

If you don’t know our story then read it here, but in 2014 their sister passed away at term and was stillborn. It has been incredibly hard, and on some days impossible, but moments like this remind me of how very much a part of our family she will always be. It’s hard to live without one of your children, but I am grateful for the moment’s my kids remember with me, and love her!

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You can link up one post a week that fits into either or all of the “Prompts”, and I ask that you at least comment on mine and one or 2 others too. Kindness costs nothing and a comment on your blog feels amaze!

Please use the #MyHeartyLife on Social media whenever to share the goodness and cheerful moments in your life that day! It might also help when summing up the week into a blog post to link up!

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Yesterday morning I took Alice across to soft play in our neighbouring village and whilst super freezing cold, the sun was shining and it felt so good to get out after a week of being indoors resting from a heavy cold and feeling blah!

Our whole week has literally been spent at home, playing, resting and doing very little as I have felt unwell and just like my brain and body needed a break from everything normal! I of course did the school runs, made dinners and kept the home half decent, but I have just really felt ill and needed a break!

Aside from a few remains of a mega coldsore, I am doing well now.

Grateful for

I haven’t really cared much for January. Perhaps it’s the good ol “January Blues”, but either way I am so grateful to see the end of it and welcome a new month. I am grateful to see that the nights are getting a little bit lighter week on week and that we are having slightly warmer days here and there with some sunshine too! It makes me hopeful that Spring won’t be too far away and that is exciting that the world will soon come alive again.

I am most grateful thought this week that Nath and I took the plunge and booked a holiday to America in March! I might be chatting about this for the next few weeks, so sorry if it bores you, but I am just so so excited and thankful to be able to go back and see treasured places and friends in a few weeks. I am looking forward to the kids first experience of American life!

Succeeded at

My biggest success this week was baking a great cake for a get together with our neighbours on Saturday. I’ve never been the best of bakers and it was so fantastic to see how well it all came together and how nice it tasted too. It made me feel good and has really built my confidence to bake a little more here and there.

I also succeeded at getting Ethan to clean his room! Get out the trumpets and party poppers because this is the ultimate victory. We completely blitzed it and cleaned every inch! He is by far my messiest child and a real hoarder too, so I feel it the ultimate mum win this week to see his room so neat and clutter free and it makes me so calm!

Found Beauty in

Walking over to soft play always looks lovely as it’s a nice country walk, and yesterday didn’t fail to disappoint. After dropping the kids at school I decided to walk a different way and with the sun shining on the little village church, it just looked so beautiful – I had to stop and take a picture.

Blue skies, Winter sun and the historic stone of the church with its green church yard was possibly the biggest beauty of the week and I always feel so happy to live in such a charming place.

I think that Alice was so relieved to finally get out yesterday and be in a normal routine again (cabin fever comes to mind) and it was nice to have some fresh air and a good walk and talks with other mums and the childminding crew, (even if we did get caught in icy showers on the way home!). I say it all the time, but I love that all this is right on our doorstep now.

#MyHeartyLife Rules

You can link up one post a week that fits into either or all of the “Prompts”, and I ask that you at least comment on mine and one or 2 others too. Kindness costs nothing and a comment on your blog feels amaze!

Please use the #MyHeartyLife on Social media whenever to share the goodness and cheerful moments in your life that day! It might also help when summing up the week into a blog post to link up!

 

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This week we have been on Christmas break from school, and unlike other school holiday’s we have been super laid back and done very little! We have thrown our usual daily routine and mega plans out of the window and spent mornings in our PJ’s, and days eating Christmas treats and snuggling with blankets whilst playing!

The house obviously looks like a right state as a result, with half the decorations still up, laundry to be sorted, and tat to be tidied. But for now we are grabbing opportunities to enjoy these last few days together with all the good reasons to have some treats!

Grateful for…

This week I am incredibly grateful that the kids have been more than happy to stay home and play, draw and watch films. I haven’t been well the last couple of days (nothing more than my period – they’ve been bad since having Alice, and this week the pain was the worse yet) and on Wednesday I couldn’t sleep and cried a lot it hurt so bad. So Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, all I wanted to do was rest. With all of that the kids were so good and understanding, and so I am grateful for that!

I am grateful that all week they have been really good in their behaviour too. I like to think that they’ve turned over a new leaf, but I think reality is more that they are wrecked and still recovering from last term and late night partying!

 

I am also grateful for school holidays so we can just drift a little and chill, and do what we please. We have been grateful to be closer to family so we can hang with cousins during this time too.

Success

My biggest success this week has been in starting this linky! It might take a while for me to build, but I feel so good that I set the goal and took the plunge right away, before time got away with me and I became too busy with other things.

Found Beauty in…

Yesterday afternoon despite not feeling great, we got out to a soft play in Bridlington (on the sea front). They like it because it’s for older kids and therefore more challenging, it’s at the sea side so equates an adventure, and of course there is always the chance of an ice-cream treat for good behaviour… so a winner all round.

We walked there via the harbour as we always love to look at the fishing boats and out to sea! Despite the grey day and rainy weather it was a beautiful view to take in.

What has been great for you this week? Where have you seen beauty and found joy? When have you felt gratitude? Link up below and let me know or #myheartylife on Insta with an image to sum it up. I look forward to seeing them and connecting together!

#MyHeartyLife Rules

You can link up one post a week that fits into either or all of the “Prompts”, and I ask that you at least comment on mine and one or 2 others too. Kindness costs nothing and a comment on your blog feels amaze!

Please use the #MyHeartyLife on Social media whenever to share the goodness and cheerful moments in your life that day! It might also help when summing up the week into a blog post to link up!

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