We went on a bear hunt!

After being inspired by the children’s new favourite book.  

I decided that this half term we would go on our own little bear hunt. This meant us going on a walk down into the wood near my house while reciting the story repeatedly and while I tried to snap as many picture as I could. Plus it meant I got to final test out the back sling I brought to carry Baby in.

The weather has been very bloody beautiful this week and has been a welcomed changed because it meant that our walk wouldn’t be put on hold. I arranged a day out with a friend and her children, but the original plan was changed and we instead decide to packed a picnic and go on a adventure. 

OUR HUNTERS!   

We were all really excited to go for a hike around the woods. Even Baby was excited and was loving her new carrier. So off we set, with our picnic packed the kids raring to go and everyone excited for the fun.

“We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.” 

 

“We’re Going To Catch A BIG One.”   

 “What A Beautiful Day!”

 “We’re Not Scared.” 

 

We had great fun and we ticked most of the books adventures, like mud, forest, a little beck (almost a river). Lucky for us there wasn’t a snowstorm or any dark caves. 

Sadly we didn’t find any bears but we saw sheep, cows, horses and a cute family of donkeys. 

 

We managed to get round our walk and at end we worked out that we had all managed to do about 4 miles and were completely exhausted. But like kids do they some how managed to find loads of energy just as we got home to sit down. 

It was then that the boys asked if they could have a camp out. I thought why not the weather is lovely and I knew our tents needed to be aired out soon. (It had been a few years) 

So we got out a tent and put it up in the garden.

 

The boys wanted a camp fire to roast marshmallows but that wasn’t possible, instead we managed to talk them into a BBQ for tea.

They seemed happy with them. 

Soon it was time for my friend and her girls to leave, Hubby and our girls went to bed. Which left me and the boys to try to snuggle down and get comfy in the tent in the garden. 

 

As you can tell they were very happy and really excited. 

When I first agreed to the idea of camping in the garden I had seriously thought that they would have been happy to sit in tent, tell ghost stories and then realise it was cold, uncomfy (my air bed bust a few years back, so we were sleeping on just hard ground) and that they would want to crawl back into their own beds in time for me to curl up on sofa and watch Scandal.

I was very wrong and we stayed out there all night. They even stayed out there this morning when I had finally decided I could pretend to sleep anymore an I needed the loo and then a coffee!

I was happy to see they loved camping as much as I normally do. Hopefully next year when baby is a little older we can look into booking a family camping holiday.

Do you ever acted out your kids books?

Have you ever camped in the garden?

Nikki x

Ps, sorry it’s such a photo heavy post but I hope you enjoyed it.

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Yes, they’re all mine!

As a mother to 4 and a step mum to 2, my family is classed as a “large family” and because of this people I know, strangers on the bus, in shops or on the street and even sometime professionals feel they have a right or needs to pass comments or judgements over me and my family.
Saying stuff like “You have your hands full”, “Don’t you own a TV?” or “Haven’t you got enough!”. These are normally quickly followed by the question “Are you having anymore?”. (This is normally said as they pull a face like they have smelt or tasted something terrible!) 

Most of time I can easily ignore these comments and just right them off as people trying to be funny or ignorant. Even if it does really worry me when random strangers or people that I barely know insinuate that my hubby and I are baby making machines!

The worst I have had is when people I thought were my friends make annoying accusations that I only have “so many children” so that I don’t have to work and I can sponge off benefits or my husband! (Who works full time I might add)

Those types of comments tend to take a little more to forgive or forget. Instead I choose to ignore them because I don’t feel the need to live my life or raise my family the way other people think I should. 

My family and I don’t want to fit into the norm because we want to be ourselves!  And I love them for that.

In all honesty I never thought I would have a big family. As a teenager I didn’t even want children but at the crazy age of 16 I found myself pregnant. It wasn’t planned and at the time I thought my life was over. Luckily as my bump grew, so did I and by the time I was 17 I gave birth to my eldest son T. It was then that I feel in love with motherhood and I realised I wanted more then just 1 child. 

That been said I never dreamed I would give birth 4 times and have added children to make my family whole.

But just because a family is larger then most doesn’t mean that the parents have a larger, unsatifiable appetite then everyone else. It just means they have been blessed with hearts and arms to be filled buy all their beautiful children. 

It’s not for other people to make them feel bad or pass unwanted comments about someone’s about parenthood because every family is different and special! 

I don’t go around judging people because they chose not to have more then 1, 2 or even 3 children because that is a personal choice that is completely up to them. 

So why do people feel the need to pass comments on my choices?

  

Nikki x 

Parenthood is the best rollercoaster!

Parenthood is a amazing, exhilarating, stressful and terrifying experience and one that I didn’t truly understand the gravity of whe I took on the job of being a mother at the young age of 17.  

 

It is full of  high speeds decisions as you try to multi task nappy changes, bottle making and house cleaning, while trying to enjoy the thrills as you ride out the good times of cuddles, kisses and learning new things.

Most parenthood journeys start out slowly as you enjoy the excitement of your pregnancy, new bump and eventually your baby. The joy and adrenaline builds  as you watch your children learn an grow, and they climb the milestone track reaching the peak as they learn to smile, crawl, sit, walk and eventually fall!

It is then that the tears, scream and terror starts as you plunge down into the tantrums, the endless sleepless nights and the dreaded teenage years!  

 

As you whizz along your daily lives, bending round the different curves and challenges as you try to figure out which parenting path to take. Knowing you will make mistake along the way as you try to figure out what is best you and your family.

The fast paced loop de loops of life leaving your head spinning and you confused as youtry to figure out what your 2 year old is trying to say to you and when you fly through the water pit and your hand go up to protect yourselves from the onslaught of unknown bodily fluid the mini person will try to share with you on a regular basis. 

  

 

There will be times of total elation and you feel an overwhelming rush of love and happiness as you hold your little bundle wrapped up in your arms and all you can think is how awesome you must be for being able to help create this truly estounding and beautiful human being in front of you.

As the round the last few corners and you reach the end of the being a full time parent. You will think back over the wild ride your children have taken you on, the scary and stressful bits long forgotten and the happy memories remain. You will then look at your children and realise they made you into the best thing you could be a mother, a father, a parent!

And that’s the scariest rollercoaster ride ever!  

Nikki x

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6 years today, we made it official! 

6 years ago today my hubby and I made our relationship official. We had meet a few weeks before and had been seeing each other almost constantly. (When he wasn’t at work, I wasn’t at college or my boys were awake)

When I first met my hubby I wasn’t looking for a relationship, I was happy being a single mum to my 2 boys. We had a great set up were T was in school and P went to nursery while I went back to college full time to redo my GCSE’s.  

 

But all that changed when I went out for a night out with friends, walked into a bench and as my hubby say “presented him with an opportunity!” (Yes he was being vulgar!)

It was after that night that we started seeing each other for a while. I really liked my him but I was t young to rush into anything because I had my boys to think about plus I had been hurt when pervious relationships ended badly.

 

 

My hubby was great and really understanding about me not wanting to introduce him to T and P before I was ready and thought we had something together. He understood why he was only allowed to come see me once my boys were in bed or come and steal an hour to take me for lunch while I was college. 

He used to be so romantic standing outside my college building with flowers or a single rose (notice how I said “use to”!). It was amazing and I quickly found myself falling head over heels for him, so much so that I blurted out “I love you!” after only being together a month. 

It was round about then that introduced him to my children and I met his daughter. We all got on great at first and my boys loved finally having someone to wrestle and play fight with. 

We got engaged after 18 months because I had told the hubby I wanted more and that meant we start trying for a baby or we got engaged. A few weeks later I found out I was pregnant with E and her conception date was around about the day we got engaged.  

 The hubby moved into my house while I was pregnant and when E was born we stopped being in a relationship and became a blended family.  

We finally got married on the 8th March 2013 after being together nearly 4 years. (I was actually 11 weeks pregnant with baby when I got married). Our wedding was one of the happiest days of my life because finally I was marrying this man that I was so madly in love with. He was some one who loved me for me and had seen me at my worst and still wanted to be with me.

When baby arrived our family an lives were complete.  

 Now I’m not saying that over the years everything has been easy or prefect because we have both had our low points where we have done or said the wrong things. But even when that happens we tend to try and work through our problems and figure something out. (I said tend because sometime it can take a few nights of hubby on sofa before we are able to forgive and talk about the problem) 

But one thing I know is that over the last 6 years my hubby and I have changed (not always for the better) loads and I know that because of him I have learnt how to love, trust and let another person (other then my kids) in to my heart. Because of that night I found my soul mate and the person I want to spend the rest of my life. 

So thank you for the last 6 years of (almost complete) happiness and I hope we have many, many more years to come.

I love Hubby x 

 

Nikki x

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#Project365 – week 14 

Day 89 

On Sunday we finally saw the sung or the first time in ages. So we put on our wellies and went for play at the park p, bumping into some friends on the way. The kids had great fun.

Day 90  

 We got invited back to Brewers Fayre at Old Brickworks. So I invited my mum along. Sadly the boys were still at school and hadn’t broke up yet. It was just Me, Grandma, E and Baby. As you can tell we had fun 🙂 

Day 91 

The hubby lovely treated me to a rather big breakfast in bed! It wasn’t even my birthday or Mother’s Day. It was just because he loves me.

Day 92 

The hubby was sulking a little because he tired to April fools me but I didn’t fall for it. What can I say I’m use to him being a fool so I wasn’t going to fall for it.  

Day 93 

It was another beautiful day and I spotted some daisies growing in the field next to the park. I hade to get a snap of them because I love daisies ❤️. They always make me think of my childhood and long summer days sitting in the garden making daisy chains. 

Day 94 

 I decided to get in the Easter mood for my #snaphappybritmums photo. The prompt was “hat”. So I thought a selfie wearing Baby’s rabbit hat would be prefect. 

Day 95 

 Another selfie I know but it’s not often me and the hubby manage to get a snap together. And I have to say I really love this picture. 

So there’s my week in pictures. 

I hope you will let me know what you think in the comments.

Nikki x 

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Feeling deflated! 

For the past couple of days I have been finding it hard to be my normal, bubbly, excited and happy self. 

No matter what I try to do to perk myself up I just feel run down, unhappy and beaten by life.

It’s like this gloomy cloud that is just hanging over me and the little things that don’t bother me normally or I can usually brush off and forget about are actually starting to bother and get to me.

For example yesterday as I was watching Baby and her sister playing happily in the park together.

  

Baby was thrilled to finally be getting the chance to try something other then the swings. she was truly loving the freedom. 

As I watched them play I started thinking about how often we are going to be able to go to park now the weather is nicer and about when I use to take E when she was Baby’s age and watch her run around and climb the climbing frame and go down the slide. Then I started to think about how long it’s going to be before Baby will be able to do that.

It was then my chest started to tighten and my heart ached because I finally noticed and realised that Baby wasn’t walking yet. All of her little friends at playgroup are toddling and she has just started to master standing and a bit of cruising. 

At that moment I saw a family with a child younger then Baby and he was running in front of his parents into the park. I nearly broke down in tears right in the middle of the park because I finally starting to see her learning delays. 

I always knew it takes children with DS that little bit longer to learn new thing and they don’t just pick things up and Baby has been so amazing at learning things quickly and has been hitting all her milestones that I just never really noticed a difference between her and other children her age. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that first realisation can as a shock. It knocked me for six and it has had me worrying and brought back a load of fears and emotions I thought I had already dealt with. 

And it has left me feeling really deflated! 

Nikki x 

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#Project365 – Week 13

We haven’t done very much this week as I haven’t been at my best and now the kids are ill too. But here’s my week 13. 

Day 81

On Sunday we went to the Sunshine and Smiles World Down syndrome celebration. It was a great day and they had Singing Hands perform which was amazing too. I must say I was rather star struck when they tried talking to me and Baby and just didn’t know what to say. 

Day 82

My kids completely adore Lego and where so happy that these cane in the post while they were at school. 

Day 83

On Tuesday while I snapped this pretty cool picture of the clouds and the way the sun was shine and light them all up. I though it was beautiful. The amazing little things you see while on the school run. 

Day 84

I went into to have all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed and while I was waiting to go down the theatre I thought I would share my sexy hospital stockings. 

Day 85

They said I should expect some swelling and bruising but I was shocked at how much my face has swelled up. They did explain that they had complications removing my bottom 2 wisdom teeth and had to actually chip away some of my jaw bone. It’s safe to say I look like a character from a beano comic. 

Day 86

We received this beautiful personalised apron for Baby from Isabella Peters in honour of World Down Syndrome week. I was so blown away when she offered to send Baby something and I must say it’s absolutely gorgeous and I am completely in love. 

Day 87

Last night I was tagged in a #widn post on Instagram. So I thought I would share my diet of the week. Soup! My face is really swollen and sore so eating isn’t easy, then add the stitches and I have no plans to be trying to chew anything for a while yet.

Day 88

The boys decided to build a Den/fort in their bedroom. I must say I’m rather impressed as they have done it all on their own. I had told them, if their really well behaved they can leave it up and both sleep inside it tonight.

So there you go that’s my week in pictures.  

How’s your week been? 

Nikki x 

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