Deciding to try for another baby.

Having another baby has been out of the question for a while.  Where we lived before was too small, we just didn’t have the space for another person.  It was never an option and when people would ask when we were going to have another I used to get really annoyed. It was almost like a kick in the stomach each time as it wasn’t our choice not to have another. It just wasn’t possible.  We would often be told that “if you really wanted one you would find space” like we hadn’t weighed that option up. There wasn’t any spare.  We were already stressed living on top of each other and adding someone else to that mix was going to just make things a million times worse. More arguments when we got in each other’s way in the kitchen or when we couldn’t find what we needed as everything was behind 5 other things. So yes, a baby was always a no go. Continue reading

Meet the Newest Addition to our Chaos, Wonderful Ronnie!

When we knew we were getting our own home we started to get excited about the prospect of getting a dog.  Both Ant and I grew up with dogs and our families have always had dogs since I can remember. To not have a hound of our own always felt a bit strange. Like there was a hole in our family unit.  A dog shaped hole.

There isn’t anything quite like having a dog when you’re a child. A four-legged best friend is a pretty special thing. My childhood bestie was called Scrappy and he was one hell of a hound. I could go on about all the amazing things he did for days but let’s just put it this way, Marley & Me had nothing on our Scrap. As you can tell I have so many fond memories of him and I really wanted Luca to have that same experience.

Once we had moved we started to scour dog rescue websites to find the perfect furry friend. After weeks of daily searching, we finally stumbled across Ronnie.  A young Labrador cross in need of his furever home. Continue reading

Summer Fun in the Woods at Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory is about half an hour from our house yet it’s somewhere we have never visited. Until now.

We saw that over the summer holidays they had loads and loads of activities on offer to keep the kids entertained. Most of them were activities from the National Trust list of 50 Things to do Before You’re 11 3/4. We’ve been working our way through the list slowly but surely so having somewhere close by that makes ticking some of them off without having to plan them yourself is always a bonus.

In fact, we had so much fun we visited twice.

The first visit was for the geocaching event.  We took Luca and his friend Kieran.  After a quick briefing from the geocaching expert, we were handed our GPS device and sent on our way.  The boys absolutely loved following the compass and watching the metres count down to the geocaches before searching around to find the hidden container. Continue reading

Driving Diggers at Diggerland Yorkshire

Diggerland has been on our list of places to visit for ages. It’s so close to where we live and we’ve said we would take Luca a few times. We finally got to tick Diggerland off our list a few weeks ago.

The first thing we commented on when we arrived at Diggerland was how close the parking was to the entrance. It’s perfect for leaving bits in the car, like a picnic, if you wanted to. You can easily nip out to grab it as long as you get a stamp on your way out so you don’t have to pay on your way back in again.

As we walked through the doors we were greeted by our first digger to sit in for a photo.  Once we had been through the main entrance you walk out into the park itself.  Luca was astounded by all the diggers that greeted us.  Whilst Luca got his head around all the rides to choose from we nipped into the café to grab a coffee. As I ordered coffee’s Luca & Ant jumped on the coin operated, indoor go-karts. I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. Continue reading

The Gruffalo at West Yorkshire Playhouse

We all know and love The Gruffalo (and if you don’t where have you been for the past 18 years), so when we heard it was coming to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go.

The Gruffalo has pretty much been part of Luca’s life since he was tiny. He even has a few of the characters in teddy form. We have both the book and the film and no matter how many times we read or watch it, it never grows old.

It really is an iconic book of childhood now so we were really intrigued to see what the adaptation by Tall Stories would be like. As we sat and waited for the performance to begin Luca could barely contain his excitement.

The Gruffalo West Yorkshire Playhouse

It’s safe to say it really didn’t disappoint. It was lively throughout and the characters did a great job of drawing the audience in. There was lots of audience participation too, with the children having to help by roaring as loud as they could and filling in the infamous lines from the book. Continue reading

Luca is 5!

5 years old, that’s come around quickly. How on earth did Luca get to five years old already? It’s madness I tell you. I can hardly remember him being a baby anymore.

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At five years old Luca is pretty awesome.  I’m so proud of him and the little boy he’s turned into.  He’s kind, caring and shows lots of empathy towards his friends and others.  He’s doing well at school and really seems to enjoy going and learning new things. His reading skills are fab and recently we started to read some Roald Dahl books together at bedtime, which he loves.  So far we’ve read George’s Marvelous Medicine and The Magic Finger. Continue reading

Our wonderful new home

We’ve been in our new home for about three months now and I can’t tell you how happy I am living here.  It’s definitely living up to expectations.

Our house move went so smoothly. I think mainly due to the help of ten of our incredible family and friends.  We had unpacked pretty much all the boxes by the end of the day and were sat eating takeaway curry and watching crap tv by about 8pm.  It was a pretty good start to life in our new home. Continue reading

Paulos Circus at Farmer Copley’s

It’s no secret that we lovely a good family day out.  Whether it is a trip to the beach or a museum we are often found exploring new places and doing things together.  Recently we added a new favourite to our repertoire.  We went to the circus. Paulos Circus to be specific.

I’m not sure I’ve ever been to the circus before, even as a child.  Luca definitely hasn’t. So when we were invited to Paulos Circus at Farmer Copley’s we couldn’t say no.

It worked out to be the perfect activity for the day we picked to go.  It was a gloriously warm day but it was also a day full of thunder storms and lots of rain. Continue reading

Beast by Night at Farmer Copley’s

Now I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I make a pretty awesome Sunday roast. My mum has taught me well and I’ve added my own little stamp over the years. This means that I don’t really like going out to eat a Sunday roast. I loathe paying for a meal I could have cooked better myself.  This means that despite eating out a lot, we don’t often eat out for Sunday dinner.

A few weekends ago though we had a really busy Sunday. We had a Christening in the morning and lots of other bits we needed to get done so I couldn’t be bothered cooking. It was the perfect opportunity for us to go check out Beast by Night, the new restaurant at Farmer Copley’s.

As you can probably gather, and if you’ve seen my earlier posts about Farmer Copley’s, it is a working farm, and the restaurant is situated on the farm. Therefore, as you’d probably expect, most of the menu is heavily meat based. Having said that, vegetarians like myself, are catered for too. Continue reading

I’m back! 

It’s been nearly a month since I last posted and what a month it’s been.  My absence has been due to our house move which happened on the 1st April and we’ve had no internet since then. It’s actually been quite a nice break, I’ve had no choice but to just step back from the blog and because it was out of my control I didn’t feel too much stress around it really.

But I’m back now and I’ve got so much to write about and tell you. I can’t wait to share our new house with you all, I’m absolutely in love with it and thanks to my amazing family and friends the move went really smoothly and we had pretty much everything in its place by the end of the day. 12 people helping definitely takes a load off your shoulders. I will be forever grateful for their help, in fact that reminds me I still owe them a Sunday dinner as payment.

I’ve also got a long weekend break at the North East Coast to share with you and a restaurant review too. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m also thinking of starting a few new series as well.  Anyway I’m off to sit at my new breakfast bar, with a steaming hot cuppa in hand and try plough through the huge to do list that has resulted from no internet access, hopefully I won’t fall into the trap of procrastinating with online shopping for home-ware!