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We are one week into our ‘new normal’ for the time being and we have completed our first week of home schooling due the school closures here in the UK. We’ve actually had a pretty good week .The sun has been shining all week which has helped massively being able to get outside in the garden. Caiden has spent so much of the afternoon out in the garden playing on his trampoline, helping us do the odd bit of gardening or playing with his cars. I’m so thankful for the good weather and I really hope it sticks around. We’ve had such a long wet winter. We’ve both adapted to home school really well. Caiden’s school have set Maths & English work alongside some fun learning and reading to complete each day and I’m so grateful they’ve not applied any pressure expecting us to be working 4-5 hours a day…

Friday 20th March 2020. We are in the middle of this world pandemic and today might possibly be the last school run we do for a while & the last day in Y2 for Caiden. It’s an uncertain time. There haven’t been any guidelines as to when the schools in the Uk will re-open but for now, it’s indefinite and rumours are it could be until after the summer. This is huge, it’s massive and I feel so very sad today about it all. I feel sad children are going to lose a massive chunk of their school education, a huge massive chunk of their socialising and seeing their friends, a loss of routine. They’ll miss out on sports days, school class photos, school discos, end of term parties, proms … Yes I know it’s important for this to happen it goes without saying but it doesn’t stop me for…

This is exactly what we did at the weekend ….. we looked around Winchester University when they had their open day. How has it got to this point in parenting already that we are looking around universities for Lauren to possibly be attending a year in September?? Everyone says things like this all the time and it’s such a clique but honestly where have the years gone? It only seems like 5 minutes ago she was starting school let alone going off to university! Winchester University has set the bar high for our first introductions to universities I must admit. We were all very impressed especially Lauren. It’ll be interesting to see how other universities compare when we look around one or two more. The facilities they have at Winchester for the course Lauren is interested in is second to none, the lecturers were very impressive in their briefs/course talks…

Two Thousand & Twenty – A New Year and the start of a new decade. I do like the start of a new year. I don’t make any resolutions as such, but I do feel like it’s a fresh new book with 365 (or 366 this year) of empty blank pages for us to fill in and at the end of the year look back at our adventures, achievements, memories and just daily life of our year. I added my 2019 highlights on Instagram and I really did enjoy going through a year of our photos to see what we got up to. Seeing when the seasons changed, where we went on days out, what milestones we’ve had and any travel we did. It’s amazing to see just how much we did get up to. Seeing the children on a day to day basis they don’t change much but when…

Having never stayed in a Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express before we didn’t know what to expect. But we were very happy with our stay at the Holiday Inn Express St Albans and I would most definitely stay in another Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express hotel in the future. We were very impressed. Our Accommodation. Our bedroom was lovely. It was modern and fresh with really nice decor. We had two beds, one double and one double sofa pull our bed (this was for 2 adults and 2 children) and they were really comfy. Even the sofa pull out. We all had a comfortable night and a great sleep. The decor was really clean and modern and we had plenty of amenities. We had tea and coffee making facilities, (although we only had 2 cups in the room and there were four of us staying so an extra two cups…

Wahhhhhhhh – I cannot believe we are going to Walt Disney World in Florida soon, for two weeks of magic, fun and (hopefully) sun! I first visited WDW in 1990! I was 9 years old and we went over Christmas & New Year. It was then I fell in love with all things Disney! 29 years on (omg!!) and I can still remember back to that holiday. When we go next month it will have been a whole 8 years since we were last there! Living in a different country and coming ‘home’ for visits and then eventually moving back put any big holidays on the back burner for a while. Lauren was 8 when we went and Caiden wasn’t even born so this will be his first visit. We are all so so SO excited. This past (almost) year since we booked it has actualy gone by really quickly.…

4th September 2007 was your very first day at school and Wednesday 26th June 2019 marks your last day at school. 12 years! How have the last 12 years gone by so very quickly? I remember so clearly the morning of your first day at school. You were 4 years and 4 months old. We had just moved Country 3 days prior to your first day and you were going to a school you had never even stepped foot inside. Looking back now the enormity of it seems huge. Everyone else starting on the same day had already been in to have a look around their new school, meet their new teacher, meet each other, and generally get a feel for it all. Due to us moving so close to you starting there wasn’t time for you to have the same. But this didn’t phase you in the slightest. You…

4 years ago today we moved back home. Well technically it was yesterday we left Ireland but today marks the 4th Anniversary we got the keys and moved into to our home. I wrote this post for our 1 year anniversary and here I am now 3 more years on. Time flies huh? They say home is where the heart is and that is most definitely true. Spending 8 years away it has made us (still) appreciate just where we live and we’re so grateful to be back. It certainly wasn’t an easy decision to make to move home, simply because it meant leaving my parents behind with no real idea if they could do the same. However we were delighted they were able to, and in just under 2 years after we moved back, they did too. These past few years have literally flown by. Lauren was only 12 when we…

Forno Pizza is a fairly new sourdough pizza restaurant in Winton, Bournemouth owned by a couple, James & Gina. During February Half-term and the Easter holidays, they’ve been holding pizza classes for kids before the restaurant opens for trade. It’s so nice having something different planned to do in the school holidays, so as soon as I saw their advert last week I signed Caiden up. During the session, they were taught how to make the dough, what ingredients go into making it and which countries the ingredients come from. They had the opportunity to whisk, touch, taste ingredients & blend tomatoes to formulate the pizza sauce. Fun fact – The tomatoes they use for the pizza sauce are sourced from Italy and grown near the volcanoes. Due to the warmer soil, it makes the tomatoes sweeter! How cool is that? I really liked the fact that James & Gina made sure…

Cruising on MSC Bellissima has plenty to offer for families. From the spacious cabins to the entertainment onboard. I recently spent the weekend on board this beautiful ship and being a parent of two, who has a big age gap, I was really impressed with the amount there was to do onboard for children that suit all ages. Family Accommodation. MSC Bellissima offers 175 cabins suitable for families. I stayed in a cabin that can suitably sleep up to four. It had a double bed and a sofa that converted into a bunk bed for the  3rd and 4th beds. It was very spacious and there was plenty of room. Due to the position of my cabin and it being on the corner I had an ample sized balcony as well. I stayed on Deck 10, Seaside Evo and I had cabin 10178 if anyone was doing any research into cabins for…