Monday, 14 October 2019

Living Arrows 2019 41/52 Blogtober Day 14

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" Each week I post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week! 

Its week 41 already and today's post is also part of Blogtober 2019 - a blog post for every day in October!

This week James had to have some teeth out at the Dental hospital, so poor kid has not had a very nice end to the week. He is also in a phase where he does not want nice photographs taken of him either!

Freddie has had a great week at school! He has settled into the school nursery so well and is making lots of new little friends. I think that it helps having his best pal from playgroup there with him who's big sister is actually one of James classmates. The pair of them are so cute together. They are quiet often found chasing James around before school roaring like dinosaurs at him! 

Living Arrows

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Blogtober Day Thirteen

The prompt I am using today is Movies!

The last movie that I actually saw in the cinema was Peter Rabbit! I haven't been to the cinema to see a proper adults non kids movie since I saw The Kings Speech years ago. I always see things advertised on the side of buses or on the TV and think oh I would love to see that but then life and kids take hold and by the time we have a child free night the film is out of the cinema and there is nothing else left to go and see!

Christmas however I love all the movies that come on TV. My favourite Christmas film is Santa Claus the movie. I have great memories of it being on TV every Christmas Eve and I would be curled up on an arm chair or the sofa at my Nannies house watching it. 

Now having two boys I love passing on the traditions of watching Christmas movies together! Last year James was all about The Gruffalo and The Stickman. I cannot wait to see what movies are going to be shown on BBC and ITV this year!!

James has really got into Harry Potter this last year so I am hoping we can watch some of the films over the school Christmas holidays! 

Anyone have any good movie suggestions for a seven year old and almost 4 year old? Comment your favourites below!

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Blogtober Day Twelve!

Day twelve has arrived and I am still posting! I am still here and actually doing ok on this whole posting every day!

Today I am going to talk about my two boys and how they got their names!

First we have James. His full name is James Ian Michael and he was born on 26th August 2012 at 1634 in Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington, Northumberland.

His first name of James comes from my granddad - my mums dad, who died long before I was born. If I had been born a boy then James was the name my parents would have used, so I always said if I had a little boy I would call him James. 

His first middle name Ian comes from my dad. I always said James Ian went well together and so we used it as his first middle name. 

His last middle name comes from Andy's dad Micheal. We loved the choice and had it settled long before we even thought of kids. And I love the fact his initials spell out JIM as my granddad was known to everyone as Jimmy!

Then we have Freddie! or to give him his full name, Freddie Andrew Tinline! He was born on 25th November 2015 at 1219pm at The RVI in Newcastle upon Tyne.

His first name of Freddie comes from Andy's granddad on his mums side who was called Frederick. We felt this was a bit of a long name for a little boy so we went with the shorter version of Freddie. 

His first middle name of Andrew comes from daddy of course. We loved how the two names went with each other.

We knew that with James having two middle names we wanted Freddie to have the same and that was when we decided to use Tinline. That was my granddads middle name and I believe it was his mums maiden name. It felt right to use the name as it then meant both the boys had a name linking them to my mums dad. The poor boy has ended up with the initials of FAT which is quite funny and it really was him when he was a baby as he was quite chunky!

So this is how the boys were named. Has anyone got any interesting reasons behind their kids names? Leave a comment if you have below!

Friday, 11 October 2019

Blogtober Day Eleven

Today's prompt is "Lets Go Outside"

Both my boys love being outside! They love puddles, They love mud, They love water! They just love being in the the outdoors! Freddie especially will jump in every puddle he finds on the way to school whether he is wearing his wellies or not! He jumped wearing his trainers last week and got a shock when he got home and realised he had soggy socks and soggy shoes!

So for the rest of this post its going to be a collection of photographs of the boys enjoying themselves outside over the summer holidays whether it was in Nana and Gaga's garden, or at the beach or just out walking!

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Blogtober Day Ten!

Its day ten already and I am feeling so prepared this year with Blogtober posts! Today I am writing about my most played songs on my Spotify account. 

When I was a student at university I would always have music on when I was working in my room, or if I was traveling between home and university on the train I would have my iPod on. These days I use Spotify on my phone if I am listening to music when I am out or traveling back from mums on the bus sans kids! But my main time for listening to music is when I am blogging during the day or when I am cooking in the kitchen. We have one of the Spotify family accounts where we pay £14.99 a month and both Andy and myself can use it. We have Spotify hooked up to our Google Home Mini Speakers which are in our kitchen and in our bedroom. We may get another one to put into the boys room once its finished but its more likely to be a chrome cast we get for them. 

So when I am in the kitchen I tend to either play a playlist of songs I have put together. At the moment I am really liking the music of Shawn Mendes, so after listening to all three of his albums on Spotify I put together a playlist of some of his songs that I really like. I really love his early stuff from Handwritten and Illuminate like Life of the Party, Something Big and Nothing Holding Me Back. I also love Fallin All In You and If I Can't Have You which are both amazing!

I have also been playing the Jonas Brothers Sucker a lot and Freddie is totally obsessed with the song and he will actually run into the kitchen and shout "Hey Google Play Sucker!" We even have a playlist which is just Sucker on repeat five times! Its so funny when it starts again Freddie shouts "oh its another Sucker!" He gets so excited and dances round the kitchen when we have it on before school!

After these two playlists my next most played list is the Bedtime list. This is where I have saved the Disney Lullaby album that we play at bedtime for Freddie. Normally we don't even get halfway through the playlist before he is asleep.

I am always looking out for new music to listen to, even thought I tend to always revert back to my old favourites of Westlife and D-Side!

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Blogtober Day Nine

Today's prompt is "A day in the life!" I am literally going to write this as a timeline as it is easier! This was my day last Friday the 4th October.

Both the kids were up by 6am and it was straight downstairs to get them both dressed for school and give them some breakfast. While the kids were eating both Andy and myself got ourselves showered and dressed for the day. Andy was working a 9-5 shift so he didnt need to leave the house till around twenty to eight.

The alarm on my phone goes off at 0825. This is to tell the boys they need to go to the toilet, get their shoes on and get their coats on. A second alarm goes off at 0830. This is the one that tells us we need to be leaving the house in the next five or ten minutes.

0840 we are at the school gate waiting for the caretaker to open it. Once the gate is open we cross the car park to the side gate and once that open we are into the back yard. Both the boys go off to play leaving mummy with two school bags, two water bottles and a pack lunch bag! 

0845 the staff open the main door at the back and James comes and says goodbye and grabs his stuff. I update his TA on how he is as his asthma has been flaring up with the drop in temperatures.

0850 and we are at the foundation unit gates as they are opened and its into the foundation playground for Freddie and his little friends. The reception class kids go straight in and just before 9am the nursery kids go in. 

Once Freddie is dropped off I have three hours to get stuff done! First I walk across to Tesco at Kingston Park so I can get the Free From Biscuits for Freddie, and the Bear Yoyo's and Fruit peelers for James pack lunch. I also grabbed two bits for Freddie for his birthday!

Since it was raining I decided to get the free bus home at 10am, I literally came in the house, put Freddie's free from pizza in freezer, unpacked rest of bags onto top of freezer and then went down to Aldi to get some more bits there. By the time I got home it was 11am and I had 40 minutes to have a cuppa before it was time to pick up Freddie at 1155.

1205 and we were back in the nice warm house and I had got Freddie out of his wet trousers and wet shoes. We have our lunch and spend the afternoon curled up on the sofa watching Hey Duggee. 

1500 we go out to pick up James from school and get home around 1545 as we had to go to local shop and mummy then started cooking up the Pizzas we had for tea. By the time all the pizzas cooked it was around quarter to five and daddy had sent a message to say he was on his way home!

The boys had their tea and watched some Cbeebies and played with the wooden train tracks. Freddie came and sat on sofa to watch bedtime hour and as soon as iggle piggle finished he was asking for bed. Mummy took him up and he was fast asleep by half past seven.

Mummy then came downstairs and booted up the laptop and got the blog work all up to date. 
9pm and it was bedtime for mummy!

So this is what last Friday looked like. Friday always seems to be the busiest day!

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Blogtober Day Eight

Woo Hoo I have actually completed the first week of Blogtober 2019! 

Today I am going to talk about where I grew up and where we live now!

I was born in Northumberland and I actually grew up on the coast in a small fishing town called Amble. The town has changed so much since I was a child and I love going back with the boys, especially in the Summer when the weather is nice so we can go to the beaches that I used to play on when I was their ages. I lived there right up until I went to university, coming home for all my holidays! Although when I used to come home, I would find that the quiet used to drive me crazy as by then I was used to all the noise that came from living in Salford on the outskirts of Manchester city centre! I had only been out of university for four months when I first met Andy and I spent the next four and a half months commuting from Northumberland to Surrey to visit him for a week or long weekend at a time before I made the permanent move in the January!

For the next two years and six months I lived in Surrey with Andy, first of all in Walton-on-Thames where he is originally from and later in Woking. During this time we also got married up in Northumberland!

We moved back up north at the end of July 2011 and have been up here ever since. We first stayed in Amble with my family while we were looking for our own place, we eventually found somewhere in Morpeth and moved in not long after we found out I was pregnant with James. We stayed in this lovely little flat until April 2014 when we moved into a three bedroom house in Gosforth. We only stayed there a year as by the January of 2015 we had decided we were ready to buy a house and put in an offer on the house we are living in now!

We have been living in our house since June 2015, moving in when I was around 4 months pregnant with Freddie. The community we live is in brilliant. We have a fantastic school five minutes walk away which James is in year 3 and Freddie is now in the nursery. The school really pulls together when events occur like we had recently. I'm not going to go into what happened on the blog but if you follow me on social media you will had seen.

So this is all where I have lived and currently live. I know we will definitely stay in this area as well I cant hack the quietness of the coast and countryside any more! I'm definitely a city girl!

Monday, 7 October 2019

Living Arrows 2019 40/52 Blogtober Day Seven!

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" Each week I post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

Today I am including my Living Arrows post into Blogtober 2019!

This week James actually got a free school meal! Since he started year three he moved onto pack lunch as he no longer gets the free school meals. Every so often his school does a themed lunch day which the school pays for and every child in the school gets a meal even if they normally bring pack lunch. This theme was traditional so James got a roast dinner! James also brought home Justin Beaver this week - Our Beaver Colony mascot! He was chosen as he never stopped running around the field when we were doing the litter pick and he was getting excited over everything he found!

Freddie has had a brilliant week at nursery! His teacher was telling me how well he is doing with using the school toilets. This is probably due to the fact when we go out more often than not he will use a toilet rather than a potty now. He was being such a big boy at the hospital the other week and using the toilet rather than potty they had! He is such a wriggle bum when he is in bed at the moment! A few times I have woken up to him lying across the bed with his head on my side!

Living Arrows

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Blogtober Day Six

Today the prompt I am using is "I am never without..."
And typically the one thing I never go anywhere without is my mobile phone! It's such a cliche and it is probably the same for most people.

The furthest I have ever actually gone without taking my phone is to the school as our school is literally five minutes from our front door! If I am making a quick trip to collect one of the boys then I don't really need to take it, but any further afield then its the first thing I pick up!

Once I start running the Beaver colony, my phone will become even more important as parents and other leaders will have my number to contact me to let me know if kids will be missing sessions. It will also be used for taking photographs at events and sharing them with parents.

So what sort of phone do I use? In the last few months I have started using a Sony Xperia L3 and I absolutely adore it! It has a nice big screen which is a must for me and the back camera is 13mp! It also can be unlocked with my finger print and not just a pin number which is fantastic, especially when the boys are always watching over my shoulder to try and find out the pin number so they can get into my phone to watch YouTube!

The only other thing I am never without is my house keys! If I am out of the house even if Andy is at home, nine times out of ten I will take mine with me so I can get back in when I get home, as we have to keep the door locked and keys out the door most of the time as Freddie has discovered how to unlock and open our front door the little monster!

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Blogtober Day Five.

So its Day Five and the prompt is "Something to eat!"

I absolutely adore cooking and try to cook from scratch as much as possible. Especially with Freddie having food allergies.

I used to love baking cakes, but since Freddie went dairy, soya and wheat free it has been quite hard for me to bake often like I used to.

I'm still navigating the whole free from baking, I did try to make some wheat free biscuits a few months ago when we were first attempting the milk ladder with Freddie and the only word he said was yuk! 

I am on the hunt for a recipe for free from digestive biscuits as Freddie adores the ones you can buy in the Tesco free from aisle, but at £1.10 a pack he can get through three or four in a week!

So for something to eat its Freddie's biscuits!

Friday, 4 October 2019

Blogtober Day Four

Day Four and the prompt I am using is "On the Shelf!" 

Shelves are something we don't really have in our house. In fact the only two that we have in the whole entire house are in the kitchen and bathroom!

Our kitchen shelves are basically a dumping ground for keeping things out of Freddie's way like scissors, sellotape, and the all important name labels for naming school and scouting stuff!!

The ones in the bathroom however are where all the Child's Farm bath stuff is kept! We have been Brand Ambassadors for them for around three years now and we absolutely love the products! Using the shelving unit to store them is perfect as they take over at least two shelves!

We have shampoo, conditioner, 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, hair and body wash, bubble bath and our trusty 3 in one swim, which is shampoo, conditioner and body wash! This was a life saver when we went on holiday last year as it meant I only had to pack one product for us and the boys for washing our hair and body after a day in the pool or on the beach!

There are a few other bits on there like adult shampoo and body wash, but I definitely prefer using the Child's Farm stuff as it smells much nicer and it is much kinder to skin!

Don't the shelves look pretty with all the bright colours!!

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Blogtober Day Three

Today the prompt I am using is "Organised Chaos!" This is definitely my life! 

Life with two boys is definitely chaos but it is mostly organised! On a daily basis I have to be organised for what the kids need to take with them to school and nursery! 

James has started taking pack lunches to school now that he has started in year three so that needs to be made the night before to save time the next morning! He also has to take a large water bottle, his reading book and his homework diary. Then on a Wednesday you have to add in his swimming kit as Wednesday is year three swimming day at a local pool. 

Freddie does not need to take that much with him to nursery bar a spare set of clothes which is kept in his bad. He also has a draw string bag on his peg with an extra set of clothes in. We did this because of his allergies in case he came into contact with his allergens aka wheat he would get a bad stomach quite quickly.

When the boys are in school and nursery I have three hours without Freddie to get all my blogging and web design done plus doing food shopping, washing cooking etc. 

And life is about to become even more hectic as I am taking over our local Beaver Colony after the October half term holiday, so I will be needing to allocate at least one of my three hour sessions a week to planning the sessions plus the actual meeting on a Thursday night!

So yes my life is definitely Organised Chaos!

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Blogtober Day Two

Welcome to day two of Blogtober 2019! Today the prompt I am using is "I blog, therefor I am..."

So yes I blog, but what do I consider myself? Well I don't think I am a full time blogger, more along the lines of part time blogger, full time mum and  part time web designer. 

I only have fifteen hours a week child free while Freddie is attending the local nursery at the primary school, and in that fifteen hours I have to fit in household jobs and  preparing meals for the evening along with doing blogging, website work and food shopping! Occasionally I will boot up the laptop once the kids are in bed and do an hour or two of work then, but more often than not I am so exhausted I tend to crash out!!

And soon I will have to add in preparing Beaver sessions as I am currently getting my DBS check done to take over the running of our local Beaver colony that James currently attends!

So that is what I consider myself in the blogging world!

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Blogtober Day One

And so October has started and its time for Blogtober! Last year I totally did not even attempt blogging everyday in October, Probably because we spent a week of the month in Majorca and I knew I would not have the time to schedule posts!

This year though I have no excuses as I have 15 hours a week to dedicate to blogging while Freddie is at nursery and James is at school!

This year I am using a mixture of prompts from places and also including my normal monthly post of siblings and my weekly post of Living Arrows!

So today I am telling you all about ME!

My name is Victoria, but everyone calls me Vicki or Vic, but my dad is the only one who really calls me Victoria!

I was born in April 1985 so that makes me 34 years old! And yes I think I actually look my age now, especially since having James and Freddie

I've been married to Andy for eight years and we have been together for eleven years!

We live in a suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne and bought our house four years years ago!

We have two boys, James who is seven and in year three at school and Freddie who is almost four and has just started the nursery at James primary school!. 

In our eleven years together, me and Andy have lived in eight homes together, Three down in Surrey and the rest up here in the North East! Twice living with my parents!
We have no pets although James is desperate for a dog or a cat! He changes his mind on a daily basis! Both boys are not too keen on little dogs so I have no idea what we will eventually get, but it wont be until Freddie is at least six!!!

So this is all about me!!

Monday, 30 September 2019

Living Arrows 2019 39/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" Each week I post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

This week we got the kit list for James upcoming school residential trip to Kielder, which he is so looking forward too! A few of his friends are apprehensive about it, but I think for James as he's already done two nights away with Beavers he will be fine! He is already so excited! Mummy is about to finish labelling all the stuff he needs to take with him.They are only away for one night but the kit list is crazy with the amount of clothing! Mummy is going to use her zip lock bag trick and pack each set of clothing into one to make it easier on James so he's not having to root around in his bag for clothes.

Freddie has had a brilliant week at nursery. Everyone has now joined his class and he is making lots of new friends. He is already starting to leave mummy at the classroom door which is something that James never did. And he is already starting to leave his Moo at home, where as James took CB everyday of nursery for the whole year! His favourite activities seem to be playing in the water and painting! A few times last week he was collected minus his jumper has they had to take it off as he had soaked it!

We sadly finished the week on a heartbreaking note with the death of a little girl in the boys  school as the result of a hit and run on the road behind our house. The local community has really pulled together to support the family. 

Living Arrows

Thursday, 26 September 2019

An Update On Freddie's Allergies

Freddie was diagnosed with Non Ige allergies to Dairy, Soya and Wheat back in May and has been under the dietitian team since November 2018. He has been suffering issues since he was around six months old and it took us till he was two and a half to actually see the general paediatrics at our local hospital, who were the ones that referred him to the dietitian team. 

When he went to the hospital allergy clinic back in May, he was actually discharged by the registrar with no plans. When we went to see his new dietitian back in July she was not happy that he had been discharged and decided she wanted him to go back, but this time she wanted him to see the actual consultant. 

So the first week of James being back at school, Freddie's dietitian was going to be at a meeting that the consultant was going to be at and she spoke to her about Freddie. That evening I got a phone call from the dietitian saying the consultant was calling him back in on an urgent appointment. One week later and I got the appointment in the post for the following week. 

The appointment was last Friday afternoon and it went really well. They did all the skin prick tests that he should have had back in May and they all came back negative to the Ige Allergies or to put it into non medical terms  - they came back negative for immediate reactions which we were thrilled with. 

We now know for certain his allergies are the non Ige variety or delayed reaction. Now we are waiting for an appointment with a senior dietitian to start the slow process of trying to reintroduce dairy into his diet. Even if we could get it so he could tolerate milk in cooked food it would be brilliant. 

I will do another update once we have had this appointment and what the process is going to be. At the moment we are only looking to reintroduce milk. I think it will be a long process to add in soya and maybe wheat in the next few years. 

Beavers update for James

So James turned 7 about a month ago and I really thought it was time I did an update on how he is doing in Beavers.

So in September 2018 James joined our local Beavers Colony and I have to say it was the best thing for him we could have done. He has come right out of his shell.

In March 2019 he did his first overnight stay with Beavers and gained his stage 1 nights away badge. Last week he did another night away, so I am expecting the stage two badge to appear soon.


In total in his first year he gained eleven activity badges, five staged activity badges and three challenge badges.

There are six challenge badges to be gained and when you have them all you are awarded your Bronze award which is the highest award in Beavers.

Logging into his profile on the online Scout manager I can see he has almost completed two more challenge badges and a couple of activity badges!

Before he even went back to his meetings for the new term he took part in a Beavers sports day where he tried lots of different sports including Bell Boating which has earned him the stage 1 Time on the Water badge.

If anyone was to ask me if I would recommend putting their child into Beavers I would certainly say yes do it! James absolutely adores it and really looks forward to his weekly meetings and really misses it when it is off for school holidays.

We already have Freddie's name down on the waiting list to join when he is approaching six and he's not even four yet!

To find your local groups click here

Monday, 23 September 2019

Living Arrows 2019 38/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" Each week I post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

This week James finished the week with another Beavers camp! This one was held jointly with Central Gosforth. It was up near Corbridge so Nana and Gaga picked us up on Saturday morning to drop him off and then on Sunday Nana and Gaga went to pick him up as it was easier for them to go straight to get him rather than detour via our house to pick up mummy!

Freddie has had a brilliant week at nursery. Everyone has joined his class now so he is very happy that his little friend from playgroup who is also one of James friends little brother is there as well! He oddly enough started crying at the Monday and Tuesday drop offs, but come Wednesday he went into the classroom no tears and left me at the door! So when I picked him up his teacher said for him to start doing the full three hours from the next day! He has loved being in for the full three hours! He still does his grumpy face when it comes to coming home. 

Living Arrows

Monday, 16 September 2019

Living Arrows 2019 37/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" Each week I post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

So Freddie had his first proper day at the school nursery last week and he went running in! He took his Moo with him which I was a bit shocked at as he never took Moo to playgroup with him! He had a few tears in the classroom when he realised he was not going to see James and then cried on the way home as he wanted to stay!

James has been having a lovely week at school and is really enjoying himself in Year Three! He had his first swimming class and also his first meeting back at Beavers! Its been so hard to get photos of James on his own now he's back to school!

Living Arrows

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Siblings September

Welcome to the Siblings project for September!
Its the ninth month of the year and we now only have three more months of siblings posts for 2019!

This months photograph was taken just a few days ago on Freddie's first day of nursery at James school foundation unit!

I cannot believe Freddie is in nursery already as James was in this nursery with the same staff when Freddie was born!

I cannot believe how tall Freddie is compared to James! There is three years between them and Freddie is catching up James in height fast!

Thursday, 12 September 2019

To Freddie On Your First Day Of Nursery

Our Darling little Freddie Bear

Today is 12th of September 2019 and it is your first proper day of Nursery at the local primary school. You had an hours visit before the summer holidays and you loved it! You then had a home visit last week from your new teacher and then just a few days ago you had another one hour visit. 

Today is the start of your formal education in the school we hope you will attend till you are eleven!

You are one of the first children to start and for that mummy and daddy are so glad as James was one of the last to start so he went into a big class, where as you will be there when it is small and gets bigger. Your class is actually quite a small one, so more children may join as the year goes on. When we visited the other day you actually told me to go away!

I hope you will be ok making the change from playgroup into the school, you are pretty lucky as a few of your little friends from playgroup are making the move with you so there will be some familiar faces for you in the classroom.

Unlike James you are very used to being away from mummy as you have been going to playgroup since just after turning two for 6 hours a week then once you turned three you did 15 hours a week at the playgroup to get you ready for going into the school.

We hope you have a fantastic first day our little bear


Mummy, Daddy and James

Monday, 9 September 2019

Living Arrows 2019 36/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" Each week I post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

So James is officially back to school! He had a great first four days of year three including a trip! He is so loving his pack lunches! 

Freddie had a successful home visit with his nursery teacher. He was telling her what music he likes which for a three year old is pretty funny as it's things like Jonas Brothers, Westlife, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and everything mama listens too!

Living Arrows

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

To James on your first day of Year Three.

James as this goes live you will be an hour into your first day of Year Three.

Its so hard to believe this is your fourth year of full time school and your fifth year at the primary school if you include nursery. 

It seems so crazy that you are now in key stage two! It really only seems five minutes since you started nursery and now you are in the senior part of the school!

You have so much to look forward to this year starting with a trip on Friday and then your trip to Kielder next month! I know you will have a fantastic time on your Kielder trip and I know you will be OK as you have done nights away with Beavers!

Have a fantastic first day off school and I can't wait to hear all about it tonight! 


Monday, 2 September 2019

Living Arrows 2019 35/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" Each week I post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

Today is the last day of the school holidays! James goes back to school tomorrow. Freddie does not have his first day at nursery till next week but he also has his home visit from his nursery teacher and his nursery TA tomorrow!

Yesterday was James birthday party! We had some of his friends over to our house and we did a Be My Bear party kit where each of the kids got their own blue bear to stuff and name!! We chose to do this as it gave the kids an activity to do and worked out cheaper than making party bags! Each child left with their own bear along with some cake and sweets. 

Last week mummy, daddy and Freddie came home on Tuesday, while James had a few extra days at nana and gaga's house. He came home on Wednesday so we could take the boys to buy their shoes for school on Thursday morning ! James also needed PE shoes, trainers and wellies plus Freddie needed wellies as he is going to be starting forest school sessions at nursery!

We also did some hunting for Elmer which was so much fun!