It doesn't seem like five minutes since I was writing January's Siblings post and here we are in the middle of February. I hate wishing the time away but is it Spring yet? The last four weeks have been about school routine, quick trips to the park, two birthday parties and family time at home with Daddy recovering from having his tonsils out.
I'm not a fan of January, it's cold, dark, grey and always feels like the longest month of the year. The last four weeks have had a big contrast. We've had two weeks of Christmas school holidays, which involved a lot of relaxing and a bit of work and then the other two weeks have been the end of term and then the start of the new term, so all routine and busy rushing around. We can't wait for Spring to arrive.
We've had a great few weeks with the boy's birthday and preparations for Christmas. This time last month we only had five days to go until the boy's birthday and as I write this there are only 10 days left until Christmas. They're so excited that Santa is going to bring them a bike and I can't wait for the school holidays.
I've loved putting this month's video together and I have to say it's my favourite video so far with some wonderful memories to look back on like going to Clip 'n Climb for the first time and singing Happy Birthday, plus I got some everyday moments documented like bedtime stories and getting ready for football. We finished off the month with some Christmas magic, twinkly lights and meeting Santa. Click below to watch:
The last four weeks have included Half Term. The boys went to Nana and Grandad's for three days and enjoyed going swimming twice, jumping in and going down the big slide. I had the end of the week off so we had three days together and enjoyed a breakfast out in town, going to the cinema to see The Jungle Bunch and a trip to the garden centre for cake. At the end of the week we carved pumpkins for halloween. The boys drew a picture and asked me to transfer it on to their pumpkin. You can see us picking the pumpkin in last month's Siblings project post here.
October was all about Autumn fun. Pumpkin picking, a walk to discover somewhere new, half term with lots of chocolate and grading at karate to get the next belt.
The weather was beautiful. The sun was out and we were all wrapped up. The boys had grabbed their sunglasses before we left the house too! We walked round and looked at all the stalls and the boys were fascinated by the skateboarders and the fountains in the square.
Bill's in Nottingham is in a beautiful building. It used to be a bank. The ceilings are high but it feels quite cozy at the same time with sofa benches and velvet cushions on the wooden chairs. There were a few people in the restaurant at 10am but it was fairly quiet which was great for us as we got served immediately. There is a separate children's menu and the portions for the boys were great.
My Dad stayed at home watching the rugby, also because he's having a problem with his ears at the moment which means his hearing is even worse than usual even with his hearing aids in. The boys had been to this park twice before with Nana and Grandad but it was mine and Matteo's first time there. It was nice to have some fresh air as we hadn't been out of the house the day before. Ethan & Oliver were in their element running up and down and going on everything. Their favourite has to be the zip wire. In some parks they have to be lifted up to get on but here they can do it all themselves. They loved zooming down and running back to have another go. After half an hour of watching them running off some energy and us adults only really walking a little bit and pushing them on the roundabout and swing, we started to get a bit cold and so we headed back for a cup of tea to warm up.
This was the fourth time visiting the Pudding Pantry for me, third for the boys. When we really enjoy going somewhere, we go back again and again and we always order the same thing! I know we should probably try something different but I think we like to stick with what we've had before and know we love! The staff are so friendly, the service is fast and the food (and drink) really is delicious.