Fab feb half term week!

I love the school holidays as it means that whilst I get to spend time with Sprog, catch up with friends and maybe catch up/prepare some work, I also actually appreciate the lovely things that we do so I always make sure that I link up to #TWTWC in the holidays.

Saturday – ended up not being hugely exciting but I was extremely grateful for my parent’s house being a warm haven as we had plumbers in all day with windows and doors wide open!

TWTWC 1Sunday – because Saturday had been unpleasant and stressful, we made sure that we had our family time out. We hit the town for lunch at one of our favourite cafes, had a lovely walk along the seafront and hubby and Sprog played in the park together.  When we got in, Sprog and I did some painting and crafting.  I was super excited and posted about our Toddler Graffiti and Easter snap cards. (Photo is our Toddler Tula’s first outing!)

Monday – We had our lovely Mummy and toddler friends round in the morning and then Hubby’s cousin and her 2 boys in the afternoon.  The toybox felt very loved after it was almost completely emptied twice in one day!

Tuesday – Nursery day for Sprog and I went to the dentist. Exciting! I did some blogging and some decorating planning… seeing as we’ve decided not to move, I get to redecorate our bathroom and bedroom!

Wednesday – One of the most exciting days Sprog and I have had. We went to a local farm that I completely love and spend ages running around.  Sprog was so interested in all of the animals and the tractor this time.  He was clucking at the chicken’s and ‘oooing’ at the horses. He loved the horses who were “kissing” each other – he’s a big fan of kissing! Then we had lunch at Dunelm Mill (I know, pushing the boat out!) whilst we collected a few bits for the new look bathroom.  In the afternoon, we did some T-shirt painting and made a start on our Easter cards.

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Thursday – Nursery day again.  I had planned to get all of my lessons sorted (or at least some) but had issues with remote access so ended up with no reports and no lessons planned which could be a problem on Monday morning! I did manage to mark a set of assessments and some of year 11 work too so not all was lost. I also did some sneaky planning for my trip to the Baby Show on Saturday!

Friday – We met up with an ex-colleague (my ex work wife!) and a colleague who is currently on maternity to play which was great fun and I love having a good catch up with this pair.  Work is not the same without them.

Saturday – I headed to the Baby Show in London.  I won’t worry about telling you about that now as I’ve got quite a few posts lined up about that!
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All you need for now is to know that I had an amazing day out which included drinking on the train on the way home!

Anyway, I am truly grateful that I get the opportunity to have these whole weeks off with my little man.  It feels like our opportunity to reconnect and whilst it always makes me sad that I need to have time to reconnect with my own son, the joy and happiness that he gives me in one week will definitely keep me going. And it’s only 5 weeks until the Easter holidays anyway!

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Mama’s reflection #11

The week that was half term! It was so lovely this week to be able to spend some time with sprog (exhausting but amazing!).  We’ve done some great things inside and out and about, although I had been hoping for better weather to be able to be out more but never mind.  We’ve seen friends – old and new, we’ve had arts and crafts time, we’ve had baby sensory time (always a winner) and we’ve had lots of messy food time.

It’s been incredibly difficult to manage my work load and being mama over this week.  For all the people who think a teacher leaves work at 3.30 and is done with it, you probably won’t believe me when I say that despite still not having a full teaching timetable (meaning that I have more spare time in school hours than everyone else) I have so far spent the whole 2 days that sprog was at nursery sat at the desk working, a couple of late evenings and I still have more to do this evening.  I am working on the understanding that I have a very limited amount of time to get everything done and I have to work really effectively – this is working. However, I did want to have one day with some time to myself – this is not working! I don’t have the answer yet, so if any teacher types out there can make any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

On another note, I have started doing my #100happydays this week on instagram (MrsBudgie12) which has been great fun so far.  I also started doing the 30 ab challenge which has started appearing a lot on Facebook – we’re both doing it – we’re on day 5, I can safely say that it is hurting! But if I can keep at it for 30 days, maybe, just maybe, it will help shed some of the mummy tummy.

I’ve actually looked back at photos from this time last year today and I can’t believe how much more I know now.  This time last year, I was 7 months pregnant (looking more like full term) and on a Hen Weekend in the beautiful sunshine getting overly warm and fat feet!  “It’s a Knock Out!” was the activity of choice so I was delegated the team photographer job and had to have a stupidly large t-shirt to wear.  This year, sprog is wearing his baby grow in matching colour scheme to the Hen Do.

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Contrary to the image portrayed in this photograph, I am not a giant! As such a large portion of the”Hen’s” were shorties, the taller ones are the 2 of the right of the front row but we considered it too much hassle for me to get down there and get back up again for the photo so I was the only tallie who remained standing!!

I also thought I’d include one more picture from last year to make everyone chuckle…ever seen a 7 month pregnant human banana?

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You have now!