This is week 3 of my Our Weekend Happy post. I’m very impressed that I have managed to keep writing these posts for 3 whole weeks. I don’t have the best track record at consistency.
Anyway, in case you haven’t seen my previous Our Weekend Happy posts, it is based on a weekly post that one of my favourite bloggers, Lisa from Mummascribbles writes. I’ve always loved her posts. And so I decided that I wanted to write something similar.
Tomorrow (Wednesday 31st January) Lisa and I are launching Our Weekend Happy as a linky and an Instagram hashtag community. We would love you to join us and link up any happy blogs and vlogs about your weekend. Also, please remember to use the hashtag #ourweekendhappy for any happy weekend Instagram photographs. We plan to do a monthly round-up of our favourite photos from the #ourweekendhappy community. Lisa and I are so excited about our new venture and we hope that you will join us.
Our weekend Happy – #3
Friday 26th January 2018
This weekend was quite boring in many ways. January has been really busy and the children are exhausted. So we decided to have a lazy family weekend. And it was a good thing too, as Little Mister H started teething again and Little Miss H was full of cold and very unhappy.
It was a great event and I got to see the new carriers in action, plus drink prosecco, eat a yummy afternoon tea, watch a catwalk and make my own poster as part of the BabyBjörn Love Manifesto:
“All mothers are created equal”
The BabyBjörn Love Manifesto is a campaign that BabyBjörn is running alongside the launch of their new carriers. They feel it is the time for mums and dads stop putting pressure on themselves to be the perfect parent. They want parents to feel empowered, have faith in their own instincts and to parent as they fit. This campaign fits perfectly with my recent post, The Declaration of Motherhood, and so it was only right that my poster featured a quote from that blog.
While Little Miss H was at school on Friday, we discovered that she had been made the Learning Legend for her class that week. It was awarded for her love of writing and the fact that she has begun to try to write short sentences (as you can see below).
“I lke fihs” (translated as “I like fish”)!
She was made a Learning Legend in the morning assembly. And she was given a certificate, which now has pride of place on our fridge. We are so proud of her and she is doing brilliantly in school.
Saturday 27th January 2018
Puzzles, craft and the art of being lazy
As I said, we decided to have a lazy weekend as we’d had a busy month and both the children were feeling poorly. So Saturday was all about chilling at home and spending time together as a family.
Mr H played with Little Mister H. Meanwhile, Little Miss H and I did a number of jigsaw puzzles together. Little Miss H likes us to race to see who can complete their puzzle first. I generally lose because I get given the jigsaw with more pieces.
After that Little Miss H and I had great fun with her Usborne Cut-Out Paper Dolls that Santa Claus brought her at Christmas. She particularly liked colouring in the blank clothes, which I then diligently cut out for her to place on the doll. It was a lovely activity and we spent a good hour or so designing clothes.
In mid-afternoon, Mr H went to watch the local football team play and the children and I snuggled on the sofa. Then once Mr H was home it was time for the kids to have their dinner and go to bed.
Once the children were in bed, I started to get ready to go out. I was going to the pub quiz being held by the PTA at Little Miss H’s school. At about 19:30 I headed over. We live near the school and so I was the first of our team to arrive. But I was soon joined by my teammates. Sadly we were depleted in numbers and we were down to a team of 6.
We tucked into our snacks and glasses of prosecco and started to answer the questions. And we were doing pretty well (we weren’t great but we weren’t terrible either) until the second half of the quiz. We made the fatal mistake of playing our Joker Card on the wrong round. We thought that we would be answering questions on music. But oh no! It turned out to be questions about scientists. We failed miserably and only managed a score of 3 (which even when doubled with the Joker Card was a very unimpressive 6 points).
In the end, our team came second from last. But it was still a fab night and it was lovely to spend time with people I normally only see at the school gate. And I got to end the night by walking home with a half opened bottle of prosecco in one hand. Winning!
Sunday 28th January 2018
We all slept very badly that night. Both the kids ended up in bed with us. This normally results in Mr H and I not getting much sleep. As we are parents to a pair of bed and quilt hogs.
Once everyone was awake (some of us more bleary-eyed than others) Mr H went for a run and I got the children their breakfast. Then after breakfast Little Miss H, Little Mister H and I got out the pens and pencils and did some drawing and colouring. Then when Mr H arrived home from his run I headed upstairs and blogged for a few hours.
A trip to Bateman’s
It was then time for a quick lunch and to get the children dressed ready to go and visit another National Trust property. We do love visiting National Trust homes and gardens. They are always so pretty and it is the perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise. As a family, we tend to all go a little mad if we stay inside all weekend. And my anxiety has a tendency to flare up on a Sunday if I don’t get out and about.
We headed off to Bateman’s, which had been the home of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book. It was a lovely house and Little Miss H enjoyed running around the rooms. She even sat down at a table in the drawing room and drew a picture of her Auntie B.
After a short walk around the house, we headed into the gardens. These were very muddy but it didn’t stop Little Miss H and her brother from having a runaround. They even played a short game of chase and it was magical to hear them giggling together. Little Mister H is only 18 months old, but he is very steady on his feet and he loves to do whatever his sister is doing. So this involves a lot of running, some falling flat on his face and also the obligatory jumping in muddy puddles.
Family dinner and bedtime
We got home from Bateman’s at about 16:00. Mr H headed into the kitchen to make dinner for us all. And the children and I played some games in the living room until dinner was ready. Then after dinner, Little Mister H and Little Miss H had a bath before going to bed.
Once they were in bed, Mr H and I settled down with a glass of wine and some more episodes of Homeland. And after watching a few episodes of Carrie’s world fall apart (again and again and again) we headed upstairs to get some sleep.
Did you have a lovely weekend? If you’ve written about it then please remember to link up to the brand Our Weekend Happy linky (it will be live tomorrow).
I was invited to the BabyBjörn Love Manifesto launch event and have been given a BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One for free so that I can review it on this blog. However, as always all words and opinions are 100% my own.