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Our Weekend Happy #4 – Muddy Walks, an Afternoon Nap & Songs at Dinnertime

This is week 4 of writing an Our Weekend Happy post. I love writing these posts. It is so nice to record the little moments that make a weekend happy. Even when we have a quiet day there is always something worth remembering.

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.

Last week Lisa and I launched Our Weekend Happy as a linky and an Instagram hashtag community. And tomorrow we will be hosting week 2. We would love you to join us and link up any happy blogs or 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 look forward to reading your Our Weekend Happy posts.

Our weekend Happy – #4

I have to admit that last weekend was quite boring. We were all ill (once again!!!) and so we didn’t really want to venture far from the house. So this week’s Our Weekend Happy post might be a little boring. Sorry!

Saturday 3rd February 2018

Muddy walks with friends

I was pretty bleary-eyed on Saturday morning. I went to bed early the night before but then Little Mister H woke up shortly after midnight. He and I then spent the night on the sofa. And Little Mister H fidgeted all night. There were many times when I woke up to find two little feet in my face.

Mr H and Little Miss appeared at 07:30 and I headed back upstairs to spend 30 minutes reading my book. After that, we all got ready to head out as we were meeting some friends at Lullingstone Park at 10:30.

The weather, of course, was typically British. Although there had been beautiful blue sky all morning it started to pour with rain the moment we got into the car. And it continued to rain for our entire trip to the park.

A photograph of a lady and a girl on a muddy walk at Lullingstone Park - Our Weekend Happy #4 - Muddy Walks, an Afternoon Nap & Songs at Dinnertime - Mrs H's favourite things

We’d never been to Lullingstone Park. But we thought that we would visit as it is half way in between us and our friends, Norma and Ali. It was lovely to see Norms and Ali. They are some of our best friends and they are spare parents to both Little Miss and Little Mister H.

We had a muddy walk in the park and then had a stroll along the river. The park is beautiful and I imagine that it is stunning in summer. We’ll definitely have to go back with a picnic when the weather is nicer.

A photograph of a little girl and her baby brother on a muddy walk at Lullingstone Park - Our Weekend Happy #4 - Muddy Walks, an Afternoon Nap & Songs at Dinnertime - Mrs H's favourite things

Then after a quick trip to the play park, we headed back to our cars to travel the short distance to Sevenoaks and pizza.

Pizza Time

A photograph of a little boy having a happy time one weeked at pizza Express - Our Weekend Happy #4 - Muddy Walks, an Afternoon Nap & Songs at Dinnertime - Mrs H's favourite things

We all headed to Pizza Express for lunch. And we had a lovely time. It is always so nice to chat to Norms and Ali. And the kids love them both. Little Miss H was talking non-stop. She told them all about school and her wobbly teeth.

As you may know, I’m trying to be healthier at the moment. So heading to Pizza Express for lunch was probably not the best idea. But I had one of their leggera pizzas and added a superfood topping to the salad. Yummy and virtuous.

A photograph of a pollo ad astra leggera pizza from Pizza Express with added Superfood topping on the salad - Our Weekend Happy #4 - Muddy Walks, an Afternoon Nap & Songs at Dinnertime - Mrs H's favourite things

An afternoon nap

After pizza and a lot of time running around after Little Mister H (who refuses to sit in a high chair), it was time to say our goodbyes and head home. We got home shortly after 14:00 and I headed straight upstairs to bed. I was tired from a night of little sleep and I still felt ill from the virus that I’m desperately trying to shake off.

I was only expecting to nap for about an hour. But my wonderful husband left me to nap for four hours. I was finally woken up by Little Miss H at 18:00 and asked if I could run the kids a bath.

Little Miss H asked if we could have a family bath and so I piled into the bath with Little Miss H and Little Mister H. It was quite cramped in there. But Little Miss H had a lovely time playing hairdressers and styling my hair for a ball I was apparently attending.

After family bath was over, we dressed the kids in their PJs, read their stories and put them to bed. Then Mr H and I headed downstairs for dinner and a chilled evening in front of the TV.

Sunday 4th February 2018

Household chores

Sunday morning was one of those times when you just mill around the house and get on with jobs. Mr H headed up into the loft to give it a clear out. I sorted through boxes of old clothes and decided what we are going to sell at our next NCT Nearly New Sale. I did some planning and list writing for the week. Little Mister H napped. Little Miss H played. And it was all rather uneventful. But it was lovely to be able to do nothing as a family.

A trip to the Range

A photograph of a little boy sitting in a large Lightning McQueen car - Our Weekend Happy #4 - Muddy Walks, an Afternoon Nap & Songs at Dinnertime - Mrs H's favourite things

Once we had eaten lunch, we headed into town to go to the Range to buy some weighing scales. We were then planning to walk the short distance to the park. But as we left the shops it started pouring with rain and hail.  And as both the kids were quite miserable we decided to head home instead.

A photograph of a little girl at a play park and playing with the zip wire Our Weekend Happy #4 - Muddy Walks, an Afternoon Nap & Songs at Dinnertime - Mrs H's favourite things

But within a minute of getting into the car, the sun reappeared. So we took a detour and went to a different park. All the park equipment was soaked and Little Miss H was not dressed for the occasion. And Little Mister H spent most of the time wanting to be carried and crying as his back molars are coming through. Needless to say, it wasn’t the most successful park visit in the world.

A dinnertime sing along

The rest of the afternoon was filled with tears, tantrums and arguments. Both the children were in foul moods and made life quite miserable. They kept on fighting over every toy. And on one occasion Little Miss H was sent to her room to calm down.

As soon as it was 17:00 we placed their tea before them and prepared ourselves for bedtime. But during dinner, Little Miss H asked to listen to some music. On a whim, I decided to play a few songs from the Hamilton soundtrack. I’m obsessed and I’d read a brilliant blog post from Tim at Slouching Towards Thatcham that said how much his family loved the music. So I thought that it would be worth a shot.

And oh my, both Little Mister and Little Miss H loved it. They both started to dance and sing. Little Miss H’s mispronunciation of Alexander Hamilton as Alice Xander Handybum was pretty darn cute. And for the first time since that morning, both children smiled and were happy.

Dinnertime was followed by bedtime, dinner for Mummy and Daddy and bedtime for Mummy and Daddy. Yet that one moment, when we were all humming and dancing to songs from Hamilton was the perfect way to end the weekend!

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).






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    The Autism Dada
    February 14, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Muddy walks on the weekend are fantastic. Though non muddy walks on a weekend are better of course – especially if with warm weather 🙂

    Looks like you had a buy weekend from you post – even with tantrums and sing alongs – sounds like my weekends.

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    Lisa (mummascribbles)
    February 12, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    This weather just makes it impossible to plan days doesn’t it?! It sounds like you had a lovely weekend despite the few problem moments! And a four hour nap? That is not a nap – that is a full on sleep to us mums! Thanks for being my lovely #ourweekendhappy host 🙂

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    Louise (@TattooedMumsy)
    February 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I love The Range and could spend ages int here browsing and probably spending money I really shouldn’t! Pity it rained for you on Saturday but what’s a little to get in the way of a day out, we had similar weather here at the weekend too and it was so cold! #ourweekendhappy

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    February 7, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Lovely post huni! I think you and I would be great friends! I love Nearly New Sales and The Range lol!

    Shame about the weather, but getting some fresh air is fab none the less! Seems like every time we try to step out the house at the moment for a walk it seems to be at least drizzling! Like you said, British weather :p

    We’ve also all been suffering with the awful colds doing the rounds. Our daughter has been the worst of all with multiple ear infections and sniffles. I hope you’re all on the mend now? #ourweekendhappy

    Jemma x

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    Alice | Letters to my Daughter
    February 7, 2018 at 8:29 am

    It’s impossible to keep up with this weather isn’t it! I’ve made the mistake of going to the park when it’s soaking wet and that didn’t go well either. Glad you managed to have some fun despite feeling poorly x #ourweekendhappy

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