At the park with Nanny

Wednesdays are normally a day where Monkey spends the day with his Nanny & Pops, but every now and then Pops is at work on a Wednesday. Sometimes those days are just Monkey and Nanny days, but sometimes LM and I join them for a bit of fun, I don’t quite make up for Pops’ absence but it’s nice to spend some time with my Mama too :). Last Wednesday we went to our local country park together for a picnic and playtime, and it was just lovely.

The forecast was for a lovely sunny day, and it certainly started off bright, but then clouded over and turned decidely grey but it didn’t stop us having lots of fun.

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At one point we the only people in one of the play areas so Nanny, who loves a bit of silliness, went on the slide with Monkey, who thought this was brilliant!


Then I thought LM should have a go on the slide too, purely for her sake you understand šŸ˜‰


Just an ordinary day having fun with the littlies and their Nanny who they both adore. It is her 65th Birthday today, so Happy Birthday Nanny/Mum!

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My Lovely Mum

With Mother’s Day approaching I have been feeling a little soppy and nostalgic. Motherhood is hard and I have to admit this past month with all of the illness in our house I have found it especially hard. Don’t you find that being a Mum yourself really makes you appreciate your own Mum all the more? It certainly makes me appreciate my Mum.

It’s been particularly tough with both kids having Chicken Pox lately and it must have been much harder for my Mum as she had Chicken Pox at the same time as my brother and I. I have known this for years but never really appreciated how tough it must have been before. It is hard enough dealing with two kids when you are well, let alone when you are suffering too.

We have always been close, even with the stomping and door slamming of my teenage years, and though we didn’t always get on so well living together when I came home from Uni (not an easy transition), as long as we aren’t living in the same house and both have our own space we get on really well. We have been through some tough times, with the death of my Dad and her fight with Breast Cancer a year later. But we’ve also had some amazing times including a week in New York on the start of my world travels and her wedding to my ovely Step-Dad (Pops). She set me up on the blind date with my lovely Hubs and is a wonderful Nanny to my kiddies. She helps us out so much with the kids, mostly because I know she just loves being their Nanny!

I’m not very good at sentimental writing, and I certainly can’t write a poem but here is a little photo tribute to my lovely Mum on Mother’s Day, I could not appreciate and love her more. (I could have used some very dodgy shots of us both from over the years but chose to be kind to both of us – note the jump from toddler photos straight to adult ones lol!)

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Thanks for being fab Mum šŸ™‚

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Mother’s Day Giveaway from Custom Canvas

Motherhood is hard work. It is amazing and wonderful and rewarding, but oh can it be hard work! It is a rollercoaster ride and a steep learning curve that doesn’t end, but continually changes as your children grow. Becoming a Mum myself has made me appreciate my own Mum all the more.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if, like me, you are thinking about what to get your Mum, then have a look at this amazing giveaway in association with Custom Canvas.Ā Custom CanvasĀ are specialists in creating beautiful customised canvas, acrylic and jigsaw prints using simple methods so you can upload photos via Facebook, Flickr, Instagram or using pictures saved to your computer.

As a special Mother’s Day treat they are offering one lucky winner a Ā£50 E voucherĀ for the Custom CanvasĀ website to upload their own image or photograph to receive a beautiful customised canvas.

You could give the voucher to your Mum to use, or pick a special photo to have printed onto canvas for her. The choice is yours but whichever way you go I am sure she will love it.

Best of luck!

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Terms and conditions. This competition is open to UK residents only. Ā  The winner will be randomly selected and contacted directly by Custom Canvas.Ā  The prize will be an E voucher up to the value Ā£50 to be used on theĀ Custom Canvas website and has no cash value.