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E is Seven



As I write it, I can barely believe that my teeny little baby who arrived 3 weeks early, is 7. Seven whole years of E. Seven years of absolutely adoring her, even when she drives me scatty.  

At seven:

  • She wants to be an artist when she grows up.  Or work in the office with Mummy and Daddy.  She's also spoken of wanting to be a vet or a nurse but with her current dislike of blood when she hurts herself, I'm not entirely sure how that would work.
  • She loves her curly hair and hates it when it gets brushed straight (oh I hope this is always the case!).
  • She is often found with a notebook and pencil in hand, writing or drawing.  
  • She loves to watch Operation Ouch and will spout random medical facts to me when I least expect it. She will tell me when I should look away from the squeamish parts, whilst staying glued to them herself.  
  • She also enjoys The Simpsons, Alvin and The Chipmunks (or Chickmunks as her and T call it!) and the Despicable Me films.  
  • She will get up and dance as soon as any music comes on to the TV or radio.
  • She enjoys her football and dance classes.
  • She likes playing with Barbie, lego and her LOL dolls but also likes to be creating and making things.
  • She often wants to sit and cuddle me on the sofa.  
  • She loves being in the garden, especially if she can jump in the paddling pool.
  • She is still a fairly fussy eater but is slowly (very, very slowly!) getting better at trying different foods.
  • She very rarely has her bedding over her at night, preferring a thin sheet covering her or nothing at all.  
  • Her teacher tells me she is a popular little girl who does like a little bit of a gossip at times. She's where she should be with her school work and is particularly thriving in reading and writing.  
  • She loves her little sister and despite frequently complaining about how annoying she is, will often go in T's bedroom first thing in the morning to play with her. 
  • She still loves to climb into bed in the morning for a cuddle.
  • She goes through spells of carrying goatie around with her. Goatie is the soft toy she has had from birth.  


It was a complete shock to me when I discovered I was pregnant. I remember feeling somewhat shell shocked for a time. It was a whole new world that I wasn't entirely sure I deserved or understood and at times, it still feels that way.  I often feel that I am doing things wrong and wonder if I do enough for and with them. Am I doing enough to pave the way for the future, will they feel able to confide in me as they grow up? Am I too distracted, too impatient? Am I enough for them?  All I know is that I will do everything in my power to do the best I possibly can by both of them.  

Happy birthday my darling girl.  We all love you so much.

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Thistlewood Farms


Good morning lovely people! I hope you have all had a great start to the week.  I realised today that it is only two weeks to go until the children go back to school. Back when they first broke up, it seemed like such a long stretch in front of us but actually, it hasn't been too bad. Even with all the bickering! 

This week's Tuesday Twinkler is a post from Thistlewood Farms all about picking paint for your home. With us renovating our home, slowly but surely, I'm going to pin this to refer to when it comes to picking out our colours.  Pop on over to have a read - are there any tips you would add? 



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Gratitude Journal #47



Quieter Week
I found last week a bit of a struggle in that I was just so bloomin' exhausted so a quieter week was just what I needed. Especially after the busy weekend.  

2 hours of alone time!
We went for lunch with my MiL and niece and when it was time for us to go, my MiL said that she was happy for the kids to stay and play for a while if I wanted to pick them up later.  Needless to say, I took complete advantage of it and came home and got on with some work.  I got lots done and even though I was working, I felt totally relaxed afterward.  

School uniform shopping
Not my most favourite of jobs but I managed to get some school uniform ordered last week. I think the only thing I have left to order is the school cardigans, which have to come from the school direct and I'm leaving until they go back as I'm not entirely sure on sizing.  I do resent having to buy them from the school, I wish we were able to buy them from the supermarkets as I think the quality would be far better.

E's birthday party
This weekend it was E and my niece, K's, joint birthday party. We went for the soft play option as it's just so easy and they all had a blast until E smacked her face and ended up grazing it, after which she got quite grumpy. I think, in all honesty, she was hangry as once she had some dinner she cheered right up! 

Playdate with L
Friday saw us pop to my friend Ls. We had coffee and cake with her Mum whilst the children all ran riot.  It was nice to get out of the house and for some different adult company. 

Birthday shopping
I finally finished shopping for E's birthday presents. Hurrah! 

Gratitude Journal #46


Welney Wetlands
Last Tuesday we went to the wetlands with my good friend L and her two girls. The weather was forecast for heavy rain and we were lucky it held off until we literally got through the front door.  We took a picnic with us and spent a good few hours walking, pond dipping and dissecting owl poo.  The kids loved it!

MRI scan
I had my appointment for the MRI scan on Saturday. It didn't go well and I've rambled about how it went here. I'm very grateful to the staff for being so kind and understanding towards me. 

Afterward, I popped into work to have a drink with my in-laws and check my emails before going home and it was nice not to have to worry about getting straight back to the kids.

Kids Soft Play Party
On Saturday, D took the girls to a soft play birthday party whilst I was at the hospital.  It was great for them to burn off some energy as well as catch up with their school friends.

30th Birthday BBQ
This weekend was all about surprises for my friend L who is celebrating her 30th birthday today. We were some of the friends that her husband invited to a surprise BBQ he threw for her at Thetford Forest.  It was lovely, there were roughly 40 of us, lots of kids and it was just really chilled. The kids all played really nicely together, without any arguments or tantrums. The food was delicious and they absolutely spoilt her, which was really lovely to see. 

Cathedral Crafting
When my in-laws had the girls last week they headed to Ely cathedral where they were holding a craft event for children. The girls had a great time and came back with lots of different things that they had made.

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Little Orange Dog

Hello - happy Tuesday to you all! 

 After last week, I'm thankful that this week is off to a much better start, although I will admit that the kids were a little.... testing, shall we say! I hope you've all had a good start to the week? 

This week's Tuesday Twinkler is a post from Little Orange Dog, sharing days out in Kent. With pictures of Dover and Walmer Castles, if you are local to Kent, it is worth popping over to have a look.





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