May has been so busy. I must say it every month but this month really has flown by. We were all so ready for a bit of a break. We have had trouble getting the boys to bed in the evening which has lead to them being grumpy and tired in the mornings. It all came to a head last week with me feeling tired, emotional, hormonal and stressed and I started with a migraine which then lasted six days. I'm glad to say that over the last few days I have felt much better, more relaxed and less anxious. Thank goodness for half-term and a week off work. We have enjoyed some fantastic weather this month so we have tried to make the most of it as this might be our summer and June, July and August could be terrible!
Yesterday I missed something, an event in Ethan's school life that I should have been there for. He received two certificates at premier assembly and I wasn't there to see him standing up in front of everyone. I didn't see his face, searching for me in the crowd and smiling and me smiling back so proud. I know there'll be others and he'll soon forget it but it really upset me. I was over emotional after a long week where I hadn't felt well and was ready for a break, but there was something else behind that guilt. It was a guilt that has been there for six and a half years.
Natural glam seems to be this year’s theme, and we were never more excited than we are now. Individuality and self-expression are finally taking priority in the beauty world, and all of the trends are aimed at enhancing our features and making us feel confident in our own skin. Rather than heavy contouring, it’s all about taking care of your skin, hair, and celebrating unique beauty. Want to check out this season’s coolest trends? Then take a look and pick your favourites.
Whilst totally loving the brighter evenings, it's really giving me a headache at the moment because the boys just won't settle down in the evening until the sun starts to go down. They are driving us crazy and it's exhausting trying to get them to go to sleep before nine o'clock. Going to bed later means that they're tired in the morning, grumpy, have difficulty concentrating and listening when asked to do something, like get ready for school, eat breakfast etc! It also means that Matteo and I hardly get any time to wind down after all the jobs are done in the house before it's time for bed for us.
When you've been learning and speaking a language for a long time there are certain words and phrases that stick out and embed themselves in your everyday life. Italian is such a beautiful language, it just sounds so lovely and flows off the tongue so well, two of the reasons I wanted to learn it. For this blog post I've picked five Italian words/phrases that stand out for me.
April was a bit of a strange month as it felt like it was split into two halves. We had the Easter holiday and lots of rest for the first two weeks and then back to the crazy school routine for the other two. It has been great this month to have more light and I have felt like I have had more energy. With the boys being away I got to rest a lot but I also got lots done like painting our bedroom and the doors and door frames upstairs. I also got the house properly clean for the first time in a long time.
My boys love playing games and watching videos on the iPad although we limit their time on there and they probably only use it once or twice a week. When they were little we had a few educational games on there but they grew out of those so we deleted them. Now they just have a Lego game and a skiing game so when Kidlo asked us to try their coding app I was so pleased to get the boys to try something new and educational and to get them using the iPad for more than watching toy unboxing videos!
So just like that we're into May already! The boys were in Italy for their Easter Holiday the first two weeks of April and the last two weeks have flown by because we have been back to school runs and normal routine. If you read my Siblings Project post for April you'll know that it was tough for us being apart for so long even though we knew the boys were having a great time and were well looked after. It was amazing to be reunited though and to have them back home.