Liked and loved – May 2017

I’m writing this with the windows flung wide open, listening to the birds singing outside and the washing machine whirring away inside, another load on the go which will soon go out on the line to dry in this beautiful sunny weather.

May has been a real mixed bag weather-wise, but for now at least it’s giving us blue skies and sunshine here in Swansea.

The children have gone off to school covered in suncream and Nerys is looking far too grown up in her new school dress!

We’ve had a really good month in general, and here are the things I’ve liked and loved:

 

Our trip to Bluestone.

I was really lucky to be offered a 4 night stay in Bluestone, with enough notice for Steve to be able to take the time off work and for his parents to make arrangements to be able to come along with us.

We had such an amazing time.

The weather was gorgeous pretty much the whole time we were there, so we were able to take our time exploring the resort in the afternoons, after spending our mornings splashing about in the blue lagoon swimming pool.

If you ever get the chance to go, take it, it’s such a beautiful place!

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Reading this post.

I tend to read a lot of blog posts, but this one from Wendy over at Naptime Natter has really stood out to me this month.

Wendy posted a beautiful photo of herself over on instagram, in celebration of the fact that she has been breastfeeding her son for 6 months.  And amongst all the positive comments she received, there was one negative comment that stood out.  This post ‘please, can we stop arguing about how we feed our babies‘ was Wendy’s response.  It’s spot on in my opinion.

 

My trip home.

Last weekend I hopped on a National Express coach and went back to Kent to visit my parents.

I always used to get the coach home when I was at University, but then switched and started getting the train instead.  But when I went to book tickets for this trip I found that the train was more than double the price of the coach, and not actually that much faster.

So coach it was, and it was a really pleasant journey.  And so, so worth it to be able to spend a weekend with my parents and my brother.  We ate, we drank, and we talked a lot.  A LOT.  It was just what I needed.

Enjoying the simple things with the children.

Life gets busy at times doesn’t it.  And every now and then I realise that I’m not as present as I would like to be.  I’m checking my emails, and writing lists, and trying to get things done, when really I need to just organise my time better so I get my work done at set times and then spend the rest of my time actually being fully present with my family.

This month I’ve tried much harder to do this.  And it’s been lovely.  I’ve been sitting and eating breakfast with the children in the mornings, rather than running around doing other things.  When Rhys has been at school I’ve spent time with Nerys, walking at her pace to the shops or to the library.

I’m still working at getting the balance right, and actually getting everything that needs to be done, done.  But I feel like I’m off to a good start.  If anyone has any tips on juggling everything though, please do let me know!

 

So that was May.  What will June bring us I wonder!

 

A Cornish Mum
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