What an amazing month these two have had. My two little travellers! This month they've spent sixteen days away from home visiting Matteo's parents in Italy and his Sister in Germany. They've had a wonderful time and their Italian has come on loads. It's been tough on us being away from them for so long but knowing that they were happy and safe meant we were less worried about them. Also knowing that they have always each other makes it easier.
For a long long time I struggled with the fact that I had a caesarean birth, I felt my body had failed, that a woman's body is made for giving birth naturally and that I couldn't. I blamed myself for not having enough knowledge around the decisions I made during labour and not knowing how to help myself to progress. I don't know exactly when it happened but around the time I got my new job in summer last year I had a revelation of acceptance.
We finally had our first proper bit of Spring weather yesterday. I love when the clocks change and we get that extra bit of light in the evenings. It gives me more energy and motivation to keep on top of jobs in the house. Since my boys have been away for Easter I have done a big Spring clean of the house and I was able to make a start on the garden yesterday. It has got me thinking about making the house look really nice and what kind of new homeware pieces I would love to buy. I've picked ten things that I absolutely love.
I can't believe we are a quarter of the way through the year but what with the crazy weather we had at the end of Winter, I'm really ready for it to get a bit warmer now. As I write this Ethan and Oliver are enjoying some Spring sunshine in Germany and have been wearing their beloved shorts and t-shirts at the park the last two days. March was another busy month for us and went by way too fast. I think I can safely say the highlight for all of us was our trip to Bridlington for Mother's Day weekend.
Get our family photo albums out of my Mum's wardrobe and you'll see plenty of photos of my brother and I as children on holiday on a British beach, digging holes, making sandcastles and burying each other, sometimes in wooly jumpers, sometimes in swimming costumes or shorts. I remember the donkey rides, tea from a flask and the fact that packed lunch sandwiches always tasted so much nicer than if they had just been made.
I've no idea how March finished so quickly. It only seems like five minutes since I was writing our last Me & Mine post at the end of February. We had just finished half-term and the boys had gone back to school and now they are already on their Easter holiday.
As soon as springtime rolls around and everyone gets happy about the sunshine and warm days, a large group of people also have a daunting feeling creeping up on them: the allergies are coming. Every sniffle becomes a sign that the days of puffy eyes and clogged noses are getting closer, and we are arming ourselves for the season. For some, it will only be a month or so, while for others, it will last from the first days of spring, all the way until fall. But before you start stuffing yourself with medicine, try these simple natural remedies that will help you get through the allergies with fewer symptoms, or none at all.
Spring is officially here now but what with all this cold weather and snow in recent weeks I'm still craving comfort food. I want warm dinners with meat and two veg and to light a candle on a cold evening and then snuggle up on the sofa feeling full and content! This cottage pie is so good, you'll be going back for second helpings.
The last four weeks have been really good apart from a little bit of illness for Oliver. We sailed through half-term and back to school and now time is racing towards Spring and the Easter holidays. This month's photos were taken on the first of March when we had our first ever snow days and school was shut for two days running. We tried to make a snowman but the snow wouldn't stick as it was too cold (-5), it was so powdery and just wasn't wet enough to stick together.
Does February feel like ages ago or is is it that this final push to Spring feels like it's taking so long? I've finally put together last month's Snapshots & Scenes post which is a round up of our everyday moments and adventures. Since I bought my new camera last Christmas, I just love capturing our life through a mixture of photos and video, although sometimes it can get tiring and I don't pick up the camera for a few days, especially when we're busy with school runs and work. The highlight of February had to be Half-term, just that little break from routine and the non-stop hamster wheel of school, work, bed repeat.