Back to reality…probably with a bump

I sit in the study this evening, frantically trying to get through the last few essays that I had to mark over the 2 weeks, with a mixture of emotions.

I know that I like working. I know that I like my independent time. I know that by the end of the week the relaxation of these last 2 weeks will be a distant memory.

(In reality, it’ll probably be by about 10 a.m. tomorrow!)

I grow increasingly anxious and ‘blue’ about going back to school after every break.

I’ve had a wonderful time with Sprog, much of it outside and most of it laughing.

He is the most special and most wonderful little person. A friend’s Facebook status today reminded me that I made him, I grew him, I fed him and I helped to make him into this gorgeous little man.

Over the last two weeks, we have enjoyed so many different things…I could probably write about 10 posts about them (but marking means I don’t have time, and let’s face it my smug smiley face might get boring!)

It’s the time for the little day-to-day things that I will miss the most. Sprog helping put the washing out and bring it in…me with a peg on my nose…hilarious! Walking hand in hand to the car because we have time to go at a slower pace and I’m not rushing us around. And having our dinner, all three of us at the same time.

I will leave you with a selection of photos from our break together… These are the ones that I will print out and have by my desk to spur me on when I don’t want to keep going.






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There you have it, my happy little world with my happy little dude, without work and just having fun.

Monthly Monday Melfie March 2015

Good morning,

I had a whole host of melfies with Sprog that I could have used this month, one of the benefits of having half term off work. I chose this one based on the fact that it shows us painting and messing around which is something that I’ve been dying to do for ages but we don’t seem to have time on a normal day.

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I love the fact that Sprog smiles for the camera now. Sometimes it’s more of a purposeful gurn than a smile, but this one is definitely a total smile!

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 I’m on a Dechox for the British Heart Foundation during March

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The little things that make me happy

It’s all too easy to become stuck in our daily routines, whatever they may be, and to forget to enjoy the little things. For example, this weekend is a very exciting moment in my life. I’m going to the cinema! I’m honestly a little giggly inside at the thought. I haven’t been at all in the last 18 months and it feels like forever since I took that time out to do something for me.

So here’s my list of the little things and the small moments of joy that make me smile. I wonder if you’re similar to me.

1- Going to the cinema obvs!

2- An early night in bed with some trashy TV.

3- When some old school Take That comes on the radio during the nursery run… Cue squealing Mama and a confused Sprog.

4- A really good hot shower.

5- When a student attempts to dig themselves out of a hole for not having their homework and ends up making it ten times worse.

6- The cake brought it at work on a Friday is chocolate, lemon drizzle or red velvet.. Hint hint colleagues!

7- I manage to successfully block the sun out of my classroom and keep the air flowing…the blinds vs the windows is an ongoing battle!

8- The super cheesy grin that Sprog flashes me when I get him up from his nap.


9- I catch hubby unwittingly singing a Disney Princess song! This happens more often than you would think!

Tell me all about your small moments that make you smile!!

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My beautiful family

When I started this blog, I didn’t want to share photos of myself and Sprog. As time has gone on, I have begun to post photos but rarely of his face as he hasn’t made a choice to appear online and I’m not sure that I have the right to make that decision for him.

However, some rules are made to be broken occasionally. I can’t help but share a few of my absolute favourite pictures from a little family photo shoot that we had this weekend. I couldn’t be more proud of both of my boys and these photos just made my heart swell with happiness and love for them both.

They were taken by the fantastic Vix at VP Photography in Worthing. She was great value for money, friendly and made us feel very welcome. She offers a package where you get to keep hard copies of the images for a very reasonable price indeed which is perfect for families who don’t always have money fountains which would pay for the more pricey photographers out there. You can find her on Facebook and at her website.

So here goes… a little bit of rule breaking.






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