Jul 15

Family K’s Week #7

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by LifeLoveLaura on July 15, 2014

With my set shifts at work, most weeks tend to be quite similar but I kinda like it this way. It makes it even more special when we do go away anywhere or have anything out of the ordinary in our diaries. It’s not like it used to be when we went away all the time at the drop of a hat, these days life is very different!

Anyway, here’s what we got up to last week…

Monday 7th July, 2014

I worked.

Tuesday 8th July, 2014

I was woken up by this little sausage:

family k's week 7

When get got up there was some moose mail waiting from us from my mum and dad who were galavanting around Canada. Mum always sends us a postcard from wherever she is, it’s sort of a Mama Pops tradition. We got ready to go to meet my friend and goddaughter for lunch and softplay… the one that makes the amazing pizzas! God, was that place a good find! We got grub as soon as arrived but T had other ideas and had a meltdown because he wasn’t allowed in the ball pool until he’d eaten some dinner. The joys of toddlers, eh? It was so hot in the soft play so we didn’t stay too long and we piled into my friends’ house instead where T and his bestie Bea played and chatted away together. They’re a bloody cute little pair!

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

Wednesday 9th July, 2014

I worked.

Thursday 10th July, 2014

I usually work Thursdays but I worked Wednesday instead as Big T had to go to London for work. Little T and I didn’t do much, just pottered about the house. He forced me to watch Mr Tumble all day and he gave Daisy lots of kisses. Cutie!

family k's week 7

Big T got back from London mid afternoon so we all took Daisy for a walk in the rain. I bloody love being out in the rain!

family k's week 7

Friday 11th July, 2014

Big T worked so Little T and I spent the day at home again, pottering. Afterwards we went and did a ‘big shop.’ I hate that job!

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

Saturday 12th July, 2014

I worked. It was a very odd day so I came home and had Daisy cuddles.

family k's week 7

Sunday 13th July, 2014

Little T has his swimming lesson at 9.30am so Sunday mornings aren’t very chilled out, we’re up and out bright and early! Big T did T’s lesson with him whilst I swam for half an hour. We usually stay for a drink but we both forgot our wallets so we came straight home and put T down for a nap. After his nap I tried something new for lunch – ham, fresh mozzarella and cranberry sauce grilled cheese sandwiches. We desperately want Little T to have a go at eating things that are different from his usual beans! He had a go but didn’t eat much, hopefully he’ll get there eventually! I am also attempting to eat a bit healthier, hence the salad.

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

After lunch and kitty cuddles we popped to see my cousin’s new miniature horses. Her house came with stables and a paddock so it seemed silly not to use them for what they’re there for. The two new horses were very cute but the white and tan little bugger bit me when she was licking my hand! I don’t think she meant to though. If she does it again I’ll bite her back! Little T loved them, he came in for a cuddle and stroke too. They’re just like big dogs to him!

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

family k's week 7

All in all, very much an animal filled week!

Laura x

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Jul 7

Family K’s Week #6

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by LifeLoveLaura on July 7, 2014

Last week was a little bit more chilled out with the mad dash of house decorating/cleaning over. Our house finally went up on RightMove, yippee! We’ve had no viewings yet though (boooo!) but keeping our fingers crossed for some soon. The joys of house selling… We’ve only ever been buyers before! Anyhoo, enough of that boring stuff, here’s what we got up to last week…

Monday 30th June, 2014

I worked. T is always in bed when I leave for work and when I get home, after a day at his childminder’s he’s knackered so he is usually in bed again. I don’t often see him on a Monday, waaahhhh.

Tuesday 1st July, 2014

July? JULY?! As if! Tuesdays are mama and Little T days as Big T always works. Little T and I didn’t do much, we just did a little bit of shopping. I did decide that I wanted to start juicing which explains the pics below! My friend Phoebe (of So You’re Getting Married) even created me my own hashtag – #juicingwanker, though the juicing hasn’t lasted long, it’s gross. The smoothies are quite tasty, however! (I know that’s cheating but why break the habit of a lifetime?)

juicing wanker

smoothie wanker

Wednesday 2nd July, 2014

It’s Little T’s My Baby Can Dance day. We bloody love that class! In the afternoon we all took a trip into town to get Little T some shorts with the weather perking up a bit. We might’ve had a cheeky Nandos too! We went to my brother’s for tea in the evening, where Little T played on his massive trampoline until he tired himself out. Then he went all Zoolander in his zebra print!

my baby can dance hull

little t's family tea

Thursday 3rd July, 2014

I worked.

Friday 4th July, 2014

Big T worked so Little T and I had a day pootling around the house, watching cBeebies and reading. We played, took Daisy for a walk and ate lots of beans. Look at T’s big beany belly, he looks very proud of himself for polishing off a full tin. He wouldn’t eat anything else!

zebra print baby grow

cbeebies fan

baby is a baked beans fan

Saturday 5th July, 2014

I worked then went straight home to get ready for a night out! It was a very hardcore day for me, I’m usually in bed by 9pm! Saying that, we did have lots of fun, even if we did feel a bit hazy the next day… Little T stayed at my cousin’s, which is pretty much a home from home for us all. It’s lovely to have them so close by.

night out in hull

Sunday 6th July, 2014

We had a lie in with Little T being out. My cousin told us not to rush in picking T up so being able to sleep for as long as I wanted was pure luxury! In the afternoon we went round to my cousin’s to pick T up and stayed for tea. It was lovely watching T run around the garden and thinking about what we might have by the end of the year. At the moment we have a pokey and very shady yard. We often gatecrash my cousin’s garden and outstay our welcome but Little T loves running around in the paddock at the back of their garden. He’ll love it even more when they get their two Shetland ponies!! I can’t wait!

outdoor family tea al fresco

family tea al fresco

family tea al fresco

family tea al fresco

Here’s to some house viewings… come on buyers!!

Laura x

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Jul 1

Share Your Nursery: Amy & Livvy

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by LifeLoveLaura on July 1, 2014

“Share your nursery,” the feature where mummies and daddies offer parenting hints and tips and tell us all about their little ones’ haven is back! This week we have lovely Twitter mummy Amy and her little lady Olivia!

I’m Amy, I’m 29 and I live in Oxfordshire. I’m mummy to Olivia (Livvy) who is 7 months old. I’m a primary school teacher and begrudgingly having to return to work in September. Fortunately I can go back part time so I will still get to spend lots of time with Livvy, hurray! My favourite foods, and in fact the only foods I seem to eat now I’m on maternity leave, is cake and chocolate. In fact, 95% of my facebook statuses revolve around Livvy and cake!

Being a mummy

Being a parent is so hard. I love it though and much prefer it to being at work! The hardest thing is dealing with Livvy’s constant need for me. I have become so efficient at doing jobs while she sleeps like making dinner, housework, online grocery shopping (life saver!), admin etc etc. Having said that, it as a joy to watch her learn and grow and I am such a proud mummy when I see her do something new for the first time.

Has becoming a mummy changed you at all?

I don’t think I have really changed to be honest. Obviously my life has changed because of all the new activities filling our week but as a person I think I’m the same. I try really hard to be quite relaxed about stuff to do with Livvy e.g. when she moved to her own room, leaving her with inlaws, passing her round for cuddles with strangers etc.

How do you cope with the lack of sleep?

You just do! From 4-6 months, I went through a really tough stage where she was waking up 5, 6, 7 or more times a night. She was in her own room so I had to keep trekking back and forth between her room and my bed. I’d put her back in her bed asleep and just as my head would hit the pillow, I’d hear whingy noises over the monitor, which I knew would only get louder! But you just get on with it. As tired as I am, I can’t sleep during the day while she naps so if I’m particularly tired, I just cancel any exhausting activities for the next day!

Share Your Nursery

life love laura share your nursery amy and olivia livvy

life love laura share your nursery amy and olivia livvy

life love laura share your nursery amy and olivia livvy

life love laura share your nursery amy and olivia livvy

Where did you get the inspiration for your nursery décor?

Our wedding bunting! We got married in August 2012 and my Granny made metres and metres of bunting in our wedding colours. When we found out we were expecting a girl, I knew the bunting would have to make an appearance in her room. After that I chose the colour of the feature wall and then chose the Beatrix Potter theme.

We’ve tried to cram as much furniture in as possible into a not very big room but we have a cotbed (donated from my aunty), an Ikea wardrobe and chest of drawers (complete with lilac drawer dividers!), changing table and bookcase.

Did you decorate whilst you were expecting or did you wait until Livvy arrived?

I was desperate to find out what we were having and I found out mid-July, just before I broke up for the summer holidays so spent August going baby-mad decorating the nursery and getting everything organised.

What is your favourite part of Livvy’s nursery?

Probably the bunting! Every time I see it, it reminds me of our wedding. I also love the clock with my name on which my Mum made for me when I was born.

Which items in your nursery have you found to be the most useful?

  • The Ikea ‘Samla’ drawers underneath the changing table so I can quickly get nappies / muslins / wipes when needed!
  • Mr Tickle – I sewed him on to some ribbon and attached a hook to the ceiling so he hangs down above Livvy when I’m changing her nappy as a distraction. The most disheartening thing is when Livvy gives him a bigger smile in the morning than me!

Is there anything that you haven’t really needed?

The mobile above the cot. Livvy doesn’t use it to go to sleep but it’s a great distraction for when I need to jump in the shower and leave her for 5 minutes.

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

A really comfy chair to feed in. There’s no space in our nursery for a chair so each time I feed I have to take her back into our bed and feed. This is fine but it would be easier if I could do it in the nursery!

Thank you Amy, I love that you have some of your wedding in Livvy’s nursery. What a great way to rekindle memories! You can follow Amy on Twitter at @AmyWhelan18812.

Laura x

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Jun 30

Family K’s Week #5

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by LifeLoveLaura on June 30, 2014

Last week was another busy one, you never seem to stop when you have a toddler do you? Even on your days off! Warning, there are lots of hair dye and wedding “selfies” in this post. It’s a one off, selfies aren’t my thing unless there’s a dog or a toddler tagging along…

Monday 23rd June, 2014

I worked.

Tuesday 24th June, 2014

I spent four hours (no joke) deep cleaning our kitchen in the morning. Thankfully Little T was in a good mood and was happy to play with his toys whilst I got on with my chores. See, I’d be the perfect housewife. I the afternoon I took Daisy and Little T for a walk in our local park where Daisy managed to hunt down the only puddle in the whole of the field, something she’s good at doing! She loves water and mud but doesn’t so much love the hosepipe when we get home. She never learns! Afterwards when Big T came home from work we went to the Italian in our village for tea. It’s a favourite place of ours, can you tell? Little T can’t get enough of their pesto and tomato garlic bread. He sits shouting “more” until the plate is empty!

pets and toddlers life love laura labrador

pets and toddlers life love laura labrador

pets and toddlers life love laura labrador

pets and toddlers life love laura labrador

Wednesday 25th June, 2014

We took Little T to his “My Baby Can Dance” class, a Wednesday morning staple. We had to shoot off early though as the estate agent was coming to take photos of our house. It has never been so clean and tidy  in the four years we’ve lived here, we excelled ourselves! In the evening I went for a leg wax at my usual beauty place at the golf club gym in our village. We didn’t realise there was a classic car show going on so Big and Little T enjoyed a wander around that whilst I had my leg and face hair ripped out.

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Thursday 26th June, 2014

I worked then I dyed my hair when I got in. It was half a project, lightening it for my final colour. Some would call it salmon pink.

hair dye projects

Friday 27th June, 2014

We were planning on going to soft play but we forgot that Big T was working at twilight shift, starting at 5pm so Friday was a mish mash of jobs – taking our paperwork into the estate agents and grabbing some things from the shops. We popped into Costa for a cooler and a babyccino and then I dyed my hair after Little T had gone to bed. Fit…

costa cooler and babyccino

costa babyccino

loreal auburn brooklyn hair colour

Saturday 28th June, 2014

It was the day of our friends’ wedding so we were up bright and early to drive over to Wakefield for the big day at Nostell Priory. We got ready at Big T’s mum’s and Big T had to leave earlier than me as he was a groomsman so he had duties to carry out! I arrived at 12pm ready fro the ceremony to start at 12.30pm. The wedding was lovely and it was a great day. I even had a boogie later on, and I don’t dance… ever! I couldn’t resist when they played Shake a Tail Feather though, I shook my bum for Little T!

nostell priory wedding

wedding nostell priory

wedding nostell priory

wedding nostell priory

wedding nostell priory

Sunday 29th June, 2014

We started the day off with a greasy Maccy D’s breakfast (standard after booze) then left Wakefield around 10am, with surprisingly clear heads, for the All About Dogs Show at Lincoln Showground. It was something I’d been looking forward to all week, especially entering Daisy into the water jumping competition that I’d spotted on the website. We met our friends and our goddaughter there with their labrador Noah and headed straight for the K9 Aquasports stand where we signed Daisy and Noah up for a go at water jumping. They both love a bit of this anyway when they’re out and about on their walks! Noah wasn’t so keen jumping into the clear water as dogs are used to jumping into muddy murky lakes and puddles. Daisy was a bit hesitant at first too but she had a go and enjoyed it so much that the attendant recommended that we did enter her for the competition! Yay!

We went for some grub and went back to the aquasports stand for the competition which, with two heats, Daisy ended up coming in 4th place with her best jump being 10.3ft. We were so proud!!

dog scarf

maccy d's bagel breakfast

all about dog show lincoln k9 aquasports

all about dog show lincoln k9 aquasports

all about dog show lincoln k9 aquasports

all about dog show lincoln k9 aquasports

all about dog show lincoln k9 aquasports

Little T was in his element spending his day surrounded by dogs. In fact, so was I! It’s something we’ll definitely go back to next year. Maybe Daisy might beat her personal best in the water jumping too… pushy mother, me?!

Laura x

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Jun 25

Family K’s Week #4

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by LifeLoveLaura on June 25, 2014

It’s a little bit late with this weekly round up post, we’ve had a mad few days emergency deep cleaning and decorating ready for our house going live on RightMove. It should be up by the end of this week, eek! Anybody fancy buying our pad?

Anyhoo, last week…

Monday 16th June, 2014

Monday is one of my set days so I worked then went straight to bed to watch TV. I have a habit of laying with my legs crossed so this little madam made herself comfortable in my lap.

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured

Tuesday 17th June, 2014

On Tuesdays Little T and I sometimes meet up with my goddaughter Bea and her mum. This week we went to a new soft play (not brand new but new to T and I) and I can safely say I’ve found the Holy Grail… this softplay also made the most amazing fresh pizzas! They’re onto a winner there! So after we snaffled up our pizzas we went for a play all afternoon, it was fab! I don’t know who enjoys soft play more, me or T. It’s safe to say I burnt off quite a lot of said pizza, who needs the gym…?!

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured mega fun beverley

Wednesday 18th June, 2014

Big T and I took Little T to his “My Baby Can Dance” class which we all love so much! Big T’s nurse training is quite handy as it’s nice when he is off during the week on his theory time. Although he should be using his days to study, he can spend an hour or so with us at T’s classes so he can see what T and I get up to whilst daddy is at work all week on his placements. After T’s dance class we got pie, again, and demolished them when we got home. The dance class being up the road from the amazing pie shop it going to be lethal!

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured hull pie 2

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured hull pie 2

Thursday 19th June, 2014

I worked again. Then I came home to this… Eeeeekkkk!

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Friday 20th June, 2014

Little T and I got up early and played downstairs whilst daddy had a little lie in. Afterwards we all went out to Garbutts Bar to see Little T’s Uncle Tom, who works there, for some lunch. T loves a Garbutts lunch! T made sure he wasn’t going anywhere without his ear defenders, bless him. God knows why, they don’t even work anymore after he picked out all of the protective foam from the inside of the ear covers. He looks a bit like Warren from There’s Something About Mary when he wanders around with his ear defenders, bless him!

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured garbutts hull

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured garbutts hull

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured garbutts hull

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured garbutts hull

Saturday 21st June, 2014

I worked. Little T spent the day at my mum and dad’s whilst Big T did some emergency house selling decorating!

Sunday 22nd June, 2014

We went to a family fun day put on by Hull Prison at a local park. One of the prison staff’s daughter has cancer so the day was to raise funds for the family. There was a rugby match between Hull and Everthorp staff (there are a lot of prisons around here!) as well as stalls, cartoon characters (my nephew loved having his photo taken with Spiderman!) and an ice cream van that had the best whippy ice cream I’ve ever tasted, yum! We didn’t stay long but it was nice to go support a good cause. Afterwards we took Daisy for a walk on Beverley Westwood. Little T loves the Westwood too so it was a winner for all! My niece pootled around in her trike which Little T gatecrashed, courtesy of my brother…

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured beverley westwood

Afterwards we went to my cousins for a BBQ. This was a last minute invite but it turned out to be lots of fun, those sort of evenings usually are the best! Little T doesn’t usually stay up late, he’s like clockwork, but he was still dancing around the garden at 9.30pm!

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured family bbq

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured family bbq

life love laura family k's week 4 the week that was captured family bbq

A very lovely and sunny week for all… even if Big T did lose his expensive specs on Sunday too! Ooops!

Laura x

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Jun 17

Little T Talks – Part 4

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by LifeLoveLaura on June 17, 2014

Since my last Little T Talks post in April, T’s talking has come on amazingly. I thought he was lazy but it seems he was saving it all for the past few weeks! He has become a sponge recently and is repeating everything he hears, whether we say it, he hears it whilst out and about or if he hears it on the tv. He is loving repeating words and learning what they mean. I don’t even know where he has learnt some words from… the other day Big T said T pointed up into the sky and said “airplane.” We don’t spend a lot of time in the garden as we don’t have one! I can only assume it’s something he has picked up from playing outside at grandma and grandad’s but it’s so sweet that he’s not only learning words but also what they mean and he can put them into context.

His list of staple words now is too long to remember to put into a list like I have previously, I wouldn’t want to leave something out. Instead, I can say that he has finally said the word that I’ve been willing him to say for the past year or so… “MUMMY!”

 i love my baby boy

For months we have been asking T to say it and he has plainly refused. Ever since he has been able to say “daddy” he has used it to refer to both me and Big T. But, on Friday 6th June (yes, I made a note of the date, it’s a big deal!!) when I was putting him to bed I was chatting to him, asking him to repeat the names of people in his family which he loves doing. Off the cuff I said “mummy” which he repeated as clear as day. I asked him to say it again and it was like he’d realised what he’d said as when I asked again he laughed as if to say “what, why did I just say that?!” and spoke some complete gibberish to me! Since then, he has been using “mummy” all the time and he looks like he’s enjoying saying it to me, he must love the praise that he gets from it. It’s only taken him nearly two years! People have said in the usualy smug way, “you’ll be sick of hearing that soon,” but I will never EVER get sick of my baby boy saying “mummy” … unless he’s still saying it at 21!

T is also using his manners really well, saying “ta” unpromtped whenever he needs to. I’ve heard people say “he should be saying thank you, not ta.” I want to tell them to fuck off. He’ll say thank you when he’s ready, he’s only just learning to talk. It makes me wonder why these people think they know so much about child language acquisition. Are they teaching their kids to recite Homer’s Oddyssey before they’re two?? T also likes to say please or “peas” when he asks for something. He does need reminding about this every now and again but he’ll get there, he’s a pretty well mannered and good natured toddler really. He’s a bit like Daisy, he loves to please!

fill me up buttercup

T has also become obsessed with shoes in the past few weeks. Probably because I can’t stop buying him them! They’re lined up on our fireplace where he can see them and one of the first things he says when we come downstairs in a morning is “shoe on.” He changes his shoes throughout the day whilst we’re at home, every time bringing me a different pair whilst saying “shoe on.” He’s likely to have picked that up from me singing “shoes on, shoes on, shoooeees on, shoes on…” to the tune of the opening of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” every time we’re getting ready to go out. He sometimes tries to sing along with me. The things you do when you have kids!

T is also obsessed with saying “boo-boos” and “willy.” Typical boy there!! He has also started saying his name in the past few days. If you ask him “who’s T…?” he will point to himself and say “meeee!” This is adorable.

Only one thing now remains… cats are STILL “Lyla!”

Laura x

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Jun 16

Family K’s Week #3

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by LifeLoveLaura on June 16, 2014

I’ve been taking a bit of a blog break recently and I’ve been enjoying it so much that I’ve decided to focus LLL on Family K more than anything in the future. Documenting little snapshots of our lives week by week means we won’t forget what we’ve been up to and there’s no more pressure on our precious time. I will be blogging when I want to blog, on my terms – the way I always wanted it to be.

So, other than deciding on what I’m going to do with LLL in the long run, here’s what Family K have been up to this week…

Monday 9th June, 2014

I worked. It was probably the busiest day I’ve ever had at work in the six years I’ve worked in my job. I came home feeling like I’d ran a marathon… Talk about aching like a bastard!

Tuesday 10th June, 2014

Little T and I went into town to do a bit of shopping. I needed a couple of new bras but when you’re a 38H this is easier said than done. We also enjoyed a Nandos – our favourite mama and Little T date! We then popped to see my big bro on our way home. T adores his Uncle Lee!

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Wednesday 11th June, 2014

First thing we went to view a house that we’ve had our eyes on. It was our dream house but not in the right area. I’m a bit of a sentimental bugger and want Little T to grow up in the area his mama grew up in. I couldn’t imagine it any other way so the house, even though beautiful (with a HUGE garden and a playroom!!) wasn’t for us. After the viewing, and feeling slightly relieved that the house I thought I’d fallen in love with wasn’t the one, we plodded off to Little T’s fab “My Baby Can Dance” class. He loves it so much and so do we, it’s by far mine and Big T’s favourite out of all the baby classes we’ve been to. Especially dancing along to “Shake a Tail Feather” with shakey eggs and bells, it reminds me of our wedding where we had a Blues Brothers band!

We then had Pie for lunch whilst T napped and we spent the afternoon doing bits and bobs like going to B&Q where Little T pulled a can of paint off a shelf, exploding ALL over the floor. Oops. Toddlers are FUN!

Thursday 12th June, 2014

I worked again but left early as it’s Big T’s mum’s birthday week. She was over here from Wakefield to look after Little T so after playing with T and my nephew for a bit at my parents house, we went out to the lovely Italian place in our village for tea. Little T and I shared lasagne and garlic, tomato and pest bread. It’s T’s favourite meal! So much so that every time we pass the restaurant these days he shouts “in there!” and cries if we walk by. Definitely his mother’s son…

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Friday 13th June, 2014

It wasn’t an unlucky day for us. We had our house valued in the morning which we came up trumps with. We were pleasantly surprised by the sum so it sounds promising for us. In the afternoon we went to view a house in our village too that is exactly where we want to be and is perfect for us so fingers crossed…!

Saturday 14th June, 2014

I worked but popped to see Little T at my parents’ on my break. I’m very lucky to work not far from home. When I got home T was already in bed and Big T had cooked my tea – sausage, mash, peas and Yorkshire pud. He’s a keeper!

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Sunday 15th June, 2014 – FATHER’S DAY

We all got up early to take Little T to his swimming lesson (regardless of Big T’s stinking hangover from watching the football!) His lesson used to be on Saturday so Big T used to take him but now we can all go together as it’s both of our’s day off. T is so confident in the water, it’s lovely to see. After swimming my best friend and her boyfriend popped round to see us. We don’t see them often as they live way over the other side of Yorkshire but T was having his nap so he missed out on seeing his Auntie Amy. Then we got ready to go for lunch with my parents, brother and cousin’s family at the Triton Inn in Brantingham, East Yorkshire. I’ve always heard good things about this pub but what I didn’t realise was that, although it’s quite posh, it’s a dog friendly pub! I was gutted seeing other dogs sitting at the dinner tables, Daisy would’ve loved it! There’s always a next time… After our lunch my dad went to see his dad and my mum, Big and Little T, my cousin’s daughter A and I all took Daisy for a walk on Beverley Westwood. Little T picked me some buttercups, it was lovely!!

triton inn brantingham

triton inn brantingham

beverley westwood

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beverley westwood

beverley westwood

beverley westwood

All in all it was a very nice week, let’s just hope the house that we’ve seen is meant to be for us. Cross your fingers and toes!

Laura x

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Jun 8

Family K’s Week #2

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by LifeLoveLaura on June 8, 2014

This week has been a little bit more normal for us. I returned to work after my pneumonia, maybe a little bit too early but there’s only so long you can stay off for these days! Here’s a round up of this week for Family K…

Sunday 1st June, 2014

We spent the day in my brother and sister in law’s garden with my very noisy four year old nephew and verrryyy cute one year old niece. T loves spending time with his cousins, they all play together so well. Especially T and his little lady cousin, T loves babies! I had a little game of “who can lay down and stay quiet the longest” with the boys which T well and truly lost. Nevertheless, the 30 seconds or so of quietness was bliss! Best. Game. Ever. This was also very special day for some friends of ours so I spent the day thinking about them and wishing I could be with them. Little and Big T and I were with them in spirit though.

Who can stay still the longest?

Who can stay still the longest?

Monday 2nd June, 2014

On Monday I had a duvet day with my little cousin A. We watched TV snuggled on the sofa with Daisy and then someone came to pick up the chair that we were selling in the evening which meant Big T had to eat his tea on the floor. Daisy enjoyed this immensely…

The best kind of days

The best kind of days

Gi's a bit dad

Gi’s a bit dad

Tuesday 3rd June, 2014

Tuesdays are one of my set days off so Little T and I met up with my friend and my goddaughter Bea for lunch and a trip to The Deep. T can’t get enough of The Deep and as we have a pass which means we can go as many times as we want to for free, it’s a great thing to do to pass a couple of hours, especially when you’re a toddler. It tires T out!

the deep hull

Oooohhhhhh

Wednesday 4th June, 2014

I can’t actually remember what I did during the day on Wednesday. This is what having little ones does to you, some days you don’t do anything in particular but you have a nice day anyway. Then you forget what you did! I did, however, put a lot of Little T’s stuff up on here to sell after T had gone to bed. You can see it all here, there’s some gorgeous stuff and I don’t want to part with it all but I can’t keep it all forever either!

This is just one of the many things for sale on "Togs of T!"

This is just one of the many things for sale on “Togs of T!”

Thursday 5th June, 2014

I worked for 12.5 hours then came home and was VERY happy to remember that Big Brother was starting that night. Yaaaaay.

Dog on lap, BB on telly. Perfect.

Dog on lap, BB on telly. Perfect.

Friday 7th June, 2014

Big T is on his theory time with uni at the moment so he is at home a lot but he still has uni work to do so in the morning we all went to a couple of estate agents in our village to book our house to be valued, eeeek! When we got home, Big T went upstairs to crack on with some uni work so Little T and I played downstairs and I cooked my adapted Slimming World sausage and beany thing for tea (you can see the recipe here). Big T went to do some over time at 5pm and as he left for work our gorgeous new sofa arrived. He just missed out on seeing it but Little T and Daisy didn’t hesitate in checking it out. It has finished off our beautiful (if I say so myself) new living room perfectly. We all LOVE it!

Drinking from my big boy cup

Drinking from my big boy cup

I love this meal!

I love this meal!

Is this my new chair mummy?

Is this my new chair mummy?

Oooh this is pretty!

Oooh this is pretty!

Daisy's spot

Daisy’s spot

Saturday 7th June, 2014

I worked, again. But I did pop to my parents on my break to see Little T as Big T was at home getting some uni work done. It’s always lovely to see T on my work break, it makes the day go quicker!

Sunday 8th June, 2014

First thing I popped to the local M&S to see if they had another of T’s yellow fisherman coats. They have all sold out online but I’ve been meaning to get him a bigger size for ages. Just my luck! They did, however, have one in store which I almost did a little dance about so I snapped that up and bought myself a bunch of Sweet Williams for my new bottles on the fireplace. This afternoon, some of Big T’s friends came over with their little boy who is only two months younger than T. We haven’t seen them for a while so it was lovely to catch up. We went to Pizza Express for lunch (yum), where Little T tucked into his very own chicken pizza. He takes after his mum in his love for all grub Italian! Afterwards we walked across to The Deep. Again. We’re getting good use of our pass this week! Everybody loved The Deep although Big T’s friends have been before. Afterwards we were all shattered so I sat outside the house whilst Little T had a nap in the car. Then shortly after, after scoffing down a banana and some grapes (toddler standard), Little T went to bed after his busy day! That meant Big T and I could watch a bit of Soccer Aid and I’ll be watching Big Brother later, whoo!

Yay!

Yay!

There isn't such a thing as too many florals

There isn’t such a thing as too many florals

T made friends with a Gentoo

T made friends with a Gentoo

All in all, although work has been thrown into the mix, it has been a pretty pleasant week and us moving house is looking a little bit more likely day by day. I have seen a house that I’ve fallen in love with but I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch!

Laura x

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Jun 3

Share Your Nursery: Rachel & BB

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by LifeLoveLaura on June 3, 2014

Welcome to this week’s “Share your nursery,” the feature where mummies and daddies offer parenting hints and tips and tell us all about their little ones’ haven! This week we have fellow blogger Rachel from Three Years and Home.

I’m Rachel, mama to two little cherubs … CK who is three and BB who turned one in January. We moved from Switzerland to North Wales before Christmas and have slowly but surely unpacked the millions of boxes that made their way back with us. A few months on, our house almost feels like a home but I really wish a fairy godmother would come visit and wave her wand over our mess of a garden. We really have no idea what we’re doing when it comes to all things horticultural.

Being a mummy

My brothers are eight and ten years younger than me so I’ve had many years of practice at running round after two little boys.

Having two of my own came with few shocks but I don’t think anything prepares you for how full on and relentless being a parent is. It’s the lack of time to sit and think that really bothers me the most (I’m a thinker rather than a talker so the occasional bout of silence is really important to me).

But on the flip side, never have my days be so entertaining and the amount of times my heart feels like it’s going to burst with joy each and every day is remarkable. My two little dudes are (mostly) a complete joy to spend my days with.

Has becoming a mummy changed you at all?

In some respects, yes. I’ve had to slow down and learn to sit and enjoy the simple things. If CK wants to jump up and down in leaves for an hour, then why rush him? But saying that, it’s amazing the amount of things that I can fit in as soon as the boys have gone to bed. It feels like I rule the world between 7pm and 10pm.

How do you cope with the lack of sleep?

Some days better than others. I guess, you just have to suck it up. I find that keeping moving is the best thing. If you give in to the tiredness and plonk yourself on the sofa, you end up feeling worse and the day drags. Get outside in the fresh air, keep your body and brain active, and everything feels a whole lot better.

Share your nursery

BB’s nursery is mainly neutral and feels very calm but there are a few little things placed round his room to capture his attention and make him smile. He has some very old favourites … a rocking chair that my mum remembers being in her great grandmother’s parlour, and a rabbit that belonged to me when I was a baby. There are some new decorations that were bought especially for him … a Paddington Bear print and the bright Swedish nesting dolls. And then there’s a couple of items that came our way through my blog … the fab grey moKee cot and the robot wall stickers from TinyMe. They all work together to make his room feel like a really nice place to spend time in.

life love laura share your nursery three years and home

Nursery 2 Laura

Where did you get the inspiration for your nursery décor?

BB’s nursery is in a similar style to the rest of our house (and how I dress too) … lots of white but with pops of colour. I’m not keen on wallpaper and shy away from bright colours on the walls (I worry that I’m going to change my mind) so his room is quite neutral with some quirky decorations and toys.

Did you decorate whilst you were expecting or did you wait until BB arrived?

Poor little BB was basically in the spare room when we lived in Switzerland but since moving house he has a room of his own, albeit the box room. There wasn’t really much time to do anything with his room other than give it a lick of paint … white paint … and move him in to it.

What is your favourite part BB’s nursery?

I love the history of the rocking chair. We think it must be around 200 years old and I often sit on it and rock BB and wonder about all the people that have sat (and possibly nursed their children) on it before me.

Which items in your nursery have been the most useful?

Again, definitely the rocking chair. A good storage system is also essential – a lot of people bought clothes for BB so having enough cupboard space to store multiple sizes was hugely helpful. And then some little toys that I have to have to hand in any room that I change him in because it’s almost impossible to get him to lie still.

Is there anything that you would advise parents to be not to buy?

A lot of people told me to buy a changing table. I didn’t (I’ve always used the floor) and haven’t missed having one. I think it would have been an unnecessary expense.

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

I spend way to much time on Pinterest to be able to pick just one. Maybe a tea machine for the nights when I seem to spend hours rocking BB to sleep.

Thank you so much Rachel! Your 7-10pm comment made me chuckle. I HEAR YA! Aren’t the robots just adorable? As well as Rachel’s very pretty blog, you can also follow her on Twitter @3YearsandHome.

Laura x

 

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Jun 1

Family K’s Week #1

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by LifeLoveLaura on June 1, 2014

This is the first of (hopefully) many Family K weekly round ups. I’ve had a long think about the focus of my blog recently and have decided to stay with my main reason for blogging – writing down all of the best things Little T and his family get up to. Stats and free stuff are things that don’t mean a great deal to me and I don’t want to fall into that trap. As long as I am happy reading back on my blog, that’s the main thing. So, there will be lots more about us on here in weeks and months to come. I want to make sure I remember as much about Little T’s growing up as possible and this is the best way to do it. So, here’s my first Family K weekly round up!

Monday 26th May, 2014

A Bank Holiday, yippee! To be honest, Bank Holiday Monday’s usually mean nothing to me as Monday is my set day at work. I’ve worked the last two recently so I took annual leave to enjoy the day with Little and Big T! My mum, godmother, big brother, Big and Little T and I went to Drewtons, a local farm shop, for one of their award winning breakfasts. I adore it there, right in the middle of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. We’re so lucky to live right next to some of the most beautiful countryside. After breakfast Big T had lots of uni work to do so I ended up spending most of the afternoon with Little T and my parents whilst Big T bored himself silly with his essay. Rather him than me! My dad played golf so my mum and I sat in the conservatory napping and watching TV whilst Little T went for a snooze upstairs. Isn’t this just how Bank Holidays should be spent?! Afterwards, mum, dad, T and I did a bit of food shopping and then we all packed into our house for tea at our brand new dining table. It’s the first time it’s been used! Not a very exciting day but a lovely relaxing one all the same!

The beatiful Yorkshire Wolds

The beautiful Yorkshire Wolds

drewtons farm shop east yorkshire life love laura

Breakkie!

life love laura our brand new alexander ellis dining table

A family tea

Tuesday 27th May, 2014

On Tuesday Big T was at work so Little T and I spent the morning together doing what we love the most, reading and playing. After his morning snooze we went to my cousins to spend some time with her and her daughter A, who absolutely loves Little T! We played, chatted and A made Little T his very own ‘loom’ bracelet (apparently they’re all the rage with the kids these days. What does this old fart know?!) and then my cousin went to the gym so Big T and I took Little T and A out for tea to the little but lovely Italian place in our village. They do an immense lasagne which I shared with Little T. He takes after his mama in his love for Italian grub!

Yummmm

Yummmm

T is one of the cool kids

T is one of the cool kids

Wednesday 28th May, 2014

On Wednesday Big T was carrying on with some of his uni work that had to be in on Thursday (nothing like last minute eh?) so Little T and I, with my parents and A, my cousin’s little girl, all drove over to Monks Cross Retail Park near York. A brand new huge John Lewis, M&S and Next have just opened so we went to check those out. We also had some lunch at the new Giraffe Restaurant there and I can honestly say, the staff there were some of the friendliest restaurant staff I’ve ever come across. And we’ve been to a lot of restaurants! They were lovely! I enjoyed a “Hippy Hippy Shake” and T enjoyed colouring in whilst waiting for his focaccia pizza bites! A very lovely day, however, was spoilt a little bit by my constant coughing and struggling to breathe.

Love a bit of the tropics!

Love a bit of the tropics!

Deep in concentration

Deep in concentration

Thursday 29th May, 2014

On Wednesday night, after spending all day violently coughing almost constantly, I had to sleep on the sofa so I didn’t keep Big and Little T awake. Thursdays are usually my set day at work but I had to ring them and tell them that I needed to go to the doctors as I felt horrendous and was struggling for breath. I rang the doctors first thing at 8.30 and got an appointment straight away. I had a chest infection about 5 weeks ago and despite anti-biotics it never really cleared up. It had been getting progressively worse. I told the doctor and he spent quite a while going through symptoms with me, coming to the conclusion that I have atypical pneumonia. This freaked me out a bit but after googling when I got home it isn’t as nasty as it sounds, it’s just a mild case of pneumonia but my chest still hurts and I keep coughing to the point of being sick so hopefully the inhaler and shit loads of antibiotics will help clear it in no time!

My new best friends

My new best friends

Friday 30th May, 2014

On Friday, already feeling a tiny bit better from my tablets but still coughing like a 300 a day smoker, Big T, Little T and I spent the morning in bed. These days we don’t have any say in what we watch on our bedroom TV in a morning, it’s dominated by CBeebies. So is the ipad! Little T made himself very comfortable whilst watching Mike the Knight. Pretty sure his position of legs akimbo, hands down pants, is a sign of years to come. In the afternoon we dropped T off at my mum and dad’s for a couple of hours whilst Big T and I had a very exciting appointment. I don’t want to say much about it at the moment but there will be more about this in the not so distant future!

Comfy there T?

Comfy there T?

Our exciting appointment

Our exciting appointment!

Saturday 31st May, 2014

On Saturday morning Little T didn’t get up until around 9.30am. Big T and I were a bit thankful for this so when T started shouting for me to go and get him I didn’t mind hopping out of bed. The lie in was lovely! It soon became clear why he’d been so quiet in his room – he’d been stripping his wallpaper! He looked very pleased with himself when I went into his room! To be fair to T, he had done us a bit of a favour as we have been meaning to strip his wall and repaint it for a while so he’s given us a bit of a kick up the arse with it. Now we have to do it! After breakfast we got ready to drive over to West Yorkshire to see Big T’s twin brother. We don’t get to see Little T’s Uncle Rhys very often so it’s nice for both T’s to spend some time with their side of the family as we spend plenty of time with my lot. We went for a burger (surprise surprise) and then went onto Big T’s nana’s in North Yorkshire for an hour or so. Three parts of Yorkshire in one day, impressive eh? When we got home and put Little T to bed I took Daisy out the front of the house to play with some bubbles. She LOVES chasing bubbles, just as much as Little T does! My cough had subsided a little bit during the day but I went through phases of feeling very faint and shaky, it was horrid. Typically, my cough came back with a vengeance in the evening!

Baby decorator

Baby decorator

Just got my rollers in

Just got my rollers in

I love bubbles me

I love bubbles me

And there we have it, a very family orientated week for us all. Let’s hope my chest clears up soon, my stomach muscles are aching like mad!

Laura x

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