All posts by Laura Warner

Our Trip To Alton Towers & Stay At The Enchanted Village

Last Sunday after Oscar’s football match we got in the car and drove the two and a half hour drive to Alton Towers. The boys had no idea where we were going, we just told them we were going somewhere and staying away for the night. They were so constantly asking where we were going the whole way there and when we finally drove into the park and noticed the ‘Alton Towers’ sign they were so excited! We followed the signs to the Enchanted Village parking and headed to the reception to check in. Check in was really quick and then we walked to our Woodland Lodge.

The Woodland Lodges are really cute and the Enchanted Village really does look magical. Our Lodge had two bedrooms and a bathroom and everything you needed for a comfortable nights stay. We chucked our bags in to the lodge and headed to the Extraordinary mini golf course and played 9 holes. Oscar managed to get a hole in one on the first hole! It was great fun. We then walked to the monorail station and took the short ride to the theme park.

As it was already around 3pm we decided to head straight to CBeebies Land. Archie’s face was a picture when he saw the rides with all his favourite TV programmes on. We went on the Postman Pat ride, the In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride and on the Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure. It started to rain so we walked back to the Monorail to head back to our lodge. As it was 5pm and the monorail is also used to get back to the car parks as well as the hotels the queue was massive. We had to wait around 45 minutes to catch the monorail. By the time we got to the other end it was tipping down, we ran the usual 5 minute walk back to the lodge and got absolutely soaked.

Back at the lodge we showered and got ready to go to dinner. I booked the Secret Garden restaurant a few days before our stay as the restaurants get booked up really quickly. We walked to the Alton Towers Main Hotel where the restaurant was. The food was really nice and the staff were really friendly. Oscar and Archie loved the ice cream factory where they got to make their own ice creams covered in sauce and sweets. Dinner for the four of us with drinks was around £50.

If you are staying on the resort there is entertainment in the evenings (check the entertainment board and your hotel reception for details). After dinner we caught ten minutes of the entertainment before getting an early night ready for a full day in the park the next day.

Day 2

We headed to the Crooked Spoon for breakfast at 8.45am, again I booked our breakfast before we arrived. The breakfast was really good and then we checked out and out the bags in the car and then walked to the monorail station as with our stay we have early access into the park. We got the monorail at 9.30am and again the queue was absolutely huge so we decided to walk to the park instead of wait. The walk took about 15 minutes. When we got to the park we headed to CBeebies land to finish off the rides. We went on the Go Jetters ride and the Octonauts rollercoaster. We found that as Archie is 0.9m he could go on a lot of rides in the park throughout the day.

We then walked to the Katanga Canyon and went on the Runaway Mine Train and the Congo River Rapids. Both of these Archie could go on too. He loved the the Runaway Mine Train it was really fast, I was so surprised as I thought he wouldn’t like it. Oscar loved the fast rides and was even tall enough to go on the Wicker Man but when he saw how big it was decided to save it until next time (phew!) We headed into the Haunted House instead which was an interactive game where you have to shoot the Zombies.

We headed to the Rollercoaster Restaurant for lunch as I left it too late to book it for dinner for the night before. It is an absolute must, the experience is great fun. You order your meal and drinks and they get delivered to your table on the rollercoaster. The boys loved it, it really is a great restaurant. For the four of us to eat it was about £60 but worth it just for the experience.

We took the Cable Car ride back to Mutiny Bay and went on the rides there and got soaked on the Battle Galleons. Then we went to Cloud Cuckoo Land. After grabbing a drink at one of the many Costa’s at about 3pm we got the monorail back to the car park and started our journey home.

We had a great stay at Alton Towers and would really recommend it. The Woodland Lodges are lovely and the restaurants were great too.

A stay at one of the Woodland Lodges which includes breakfast, 2 days in the Theme park, early access into the park on Day 2, free car parking, evening entertainment and 9 holes of the Extraordinary Golf costs around £277. You can also add a waterpark ticket at the Splash Landings hotel for a day who around £50 for four people.

Below our two videos I made of our days at Alton Towers…..

World Of Dinosaurs At Paradise Wildlife Park

On Monday we drove to Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne for a family day out at the Zoo. I packed a picnic and even thought it was due to rain all day we braved it and got on our way. The boys were really excited as new to Paradise Wildlife Park is the World of Dinosaurs. We have been to Paradise Wildlife Park many times before and absolutely love it! Oscar and Archie are both into dinosaurs and when I told them there would be 30 life-sized dinosaurs they couldn’t wait to see them!

When we first arrived at the Zoo we decided to see all of the animals first and save the World of Dinosaurs until last. It was raining quite heavily but this actually worked in our favour as most of the animals were indoors and we got so close to them.

The Lions, Cheetah and the White Tiger were all inside out of the rain and we were so lucky to see them only a metre or so away from us.

The Big Cat walkway is always great and you can see a Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Tigers, Cheetahs and the Lions. We stopped at the picnic area by the Tigers which is covered from the rain and ate our lunch right next to the Tiger’s enclosure window. A lunch with a great view!

After we had seen all of the animals in the Zoo we made our way to the World of Dinosaurs.

We were genuinely blown away! It’s absolutely fantastic, full of 30 life-sized dinosaurs that move and make sounds. I’ve never seen anything like it. Oscar couldn’t believe how real they looked. For any Dinosaur fan this is the place to visit. Around the woodland walk around the Dinosaurs are signs that tell you what each Dinosaur is called and facts about them.

By the T-Rex is the perfect photo point where you can pose in a jeep as you get away from the roaring T-Rex. Watch out for the Dinosaur at the end he will squirt you with water! When you have finished the walk there is a great Dinosaur themed shop and cafe.

I am going to take the boys back in a couple of months to do it all again in the dry warmer weather. We got absolutely drenched but had a lovely day out as always at PWP.

*This post is in collaboration with PWP. All opinions are honest and my own.

Shrek’s Adventure London Review

Yesterday we went into London as we were invited to the Shrek’s Adventure London DreamWorks tour and to get up close to a ‘real’ Nadder baby dragon from ‘How To Train A Dragon’. We have been on the tour once before a couple years ago when Archie was only small and Greg was at work that day, so we were looking forward to a fun family day out.

Luckily the weather was beautiful yesterday and it was lovely and sunny walking across the millenium Bridge to walk down the South Bank past the London Eye to the Shrek Adventure entrance. We collected our tickets then had a short queue to the lift. Once upstairs you walk down a hallway with Shrek themed stained glass windows. There is a small shop where you can purchase snacks and Shrek themed light up ears (you can also drop any pushchairs off here too) before starting your tour.

We had our photo taken with Donkey  (one of you will be given a wrist band with a serial number on it so that you can see all your photos at the end). We then we to the departure lounge where we were greeted with a very enthusiastic and fun tour guide who went through a quick safety briefing and led us to the magical red bus station. We met Princess Fiona and then boarded the magical bus with our 4D glasses. We drove/flew with Toothless the Dragon, Kung Fu Panda and the plane from Madagascar. But as we reached Far Far Away with Donkey’s dodgy driving we were surrounded by Rumplestiltskin’ witches and as we landed killed his favourite Witch! oops!

We then met Cinderella who told us we needed to find Shrek, quick. We then walked through the forest to the fortune-teller, Esmeralda who told us we needed to get three ingredients to make a magical portal spell to get us home.

We walked through the forest to the poison apple pub where we were greeted by a Cinderella’s Ugly Sister where we got the hair of a hero from puss in boots. We then walked to go and play a game of ‘the wheel of torture’ where we had to answer three questions to save Pinocchio. We then rewired the torturer’s brain to become our friend and he gave us our second ingredient, the conscience of a boy.

We then went through a mirrored maze to reach Sleeping Beauty on Drury Lane. Gingy then opened the door for us to the Muffin Man’s bakery so that we could mix up our potion. We needed one last ingredient, the scent of an ogre. Everyone knows that Ogres smell like onions, so after Donkey dropped on off we added it to the potion. Oscar was asked to put it in the cauldron. We said the magic word ‘Waffle’ and then entered the magical portal to return home. But disaster happens, Rumplestiltskin had tampered with the portal and we had been captured my the Witches and found ourselves locked in prison. But don’t worry Shrek isn’t far behind and comes and saves us! We are finally back home in Far Far Away.

After the tour is finished you can sometimes have a photo with the bag ogre himself but this wasn’t available when we had finished. Here is a photo from when we visited in 2016.

You then get to meet all your favourite DreamWork’s characters and have photos with them.

New to Shrek’s Adventure for the Easter Holidays (Friday 30th March – Sunday 15th April 2018) you can head to the Isle of Berk and meet one of the baby Nadder Dragons that have just hatched out of its egg. You can have a photo with the little dragon and purchase it at the end. Are you brave enough to venture close enough?

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We had a fantastic time at the Shrek’s Adventure Experience. The boys loved it as it is a fun interactive tour that really gets the children involved. I would definitely recommend going as its a really fun family day out. If you purchase your tickets online before you visit you can save up to 30%. You can also purchase a Merlin Annual Pass which from £139 per person which gives you unlimited access to 32 magical attractions! As you are right by the London Aquarium and the Coca Cola London Eye you can buy tickets to be able to visit both/all three attractions at a reduced price which must be used within 90 days. You can also combine your ticket with Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeon helping you to save a lot of money!

I was only saying to Greg today that now Archie is old enough to enjoy all of these wonderful days outs we should invest in Merlin Annual Passes, especially as we take the boys to Legoland and all the time. Especially with the 32 places you can visit with it.

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*This post is in collaboration with Shrek’s Adventure. We were given free entry to the experience. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. We had a fantastic day!

The Smiggle Craze

A couple of months ago Oscar came home from School telling me that some of his friends had scented pencils from Smiggle and asked if he could have some too. I went online and ordered him a packet which he was thrilled about! He then took them into school. They actually smell really nice.

Since then we have visited Smiggle quite a lot. To be honest I get it, I love stationary and the different boys and girls ranges in Smiggle are lovely. I may even buy a few bits for myself. When you walk in the stores the staff are always so welcoming and the whole store is full of brightly coloured, sparkly stationary that every little boy and girl (and Mummy) would love!

Last weekend I got an email in my inbox telling me there was 20% so sat with Oscar to pick a few bits which turned into more scented pencils, a pencil case, boxing pens and scented highlighters. All of their stuff is reasonably priced too and with the sale on it was even better.

Then this week we went to St Albans to meet my friend for lunch and walked past Smiggle on the way to the restaurant, of course Oscar clocked it. On our way back past we ended up going in to the store and emerging a quarter of an hour later with yet another pencil case, water bottle, scented felt tips, pens and a wallet that Archie chose.

We are now well into the Smiggle craze and there are a few more bits Oscar wants to go back and get next week with his Easter money. I’m going to grab myself a sparkly notepad as well!

My Top Toys & Games To Take On Your Travels

With the holidays in full swing and only a couple of months until the Summer holidays I thought I wad write about the top toys and games that the boys love to take on our travels. From a long car journey in the UK for a few nights away or a flight abroad, when you have children keeping them entertained is crucial to a peaceful journey.

Archie is three so keeping him entertained is obviously a little harder at the moment then Oscar who is eight. So here are my top 10 toys and games to take on your travels……

Both the boys love arts and crafts and the Crayola Colour Wonder colouring books are great. They are completely mess free so great for in the car or on an aeroplane so they don’t accidentally get any pen anywhere. I also take them into restaurants on holiday for entertaining them at the table whilst waiting for our meals. Smyths Toys stock the books that come complete with the ‘magic’ pens and have an RRP of £6.49. I always keep a few of the books in the cupboard so I always have one when needed.

An obvious one is Lego. I always buy a couple of little boxes of Lego and Duplo before we go away. They are great for getting the boys to sit quietly in the shade for half an hour and build something.

Great-Nanny brought Archie a Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet which is fantastic. The tablet is £129.99 and comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee, 1 year of Fire For Kids Unlimited app download and a Kid-Proof Case, available in Blue, Pink and Yellow. For the money its a great deal and we have downloaded so many different apps. On my profile on it I have also downloaded Netfilx and some movies for Archie on Amazon Video. He loves it and plays little educational games on it, watches episodes of his favourite programmes and he likes having something like that of his own when Oscar is playing on his Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch is a great gaming console. We got it for Oscar for Christmas. It can be used at home in the playroom TV using the docking/charging station or as a handheld when out and about. The controls also detach from the device and using the inbuilt stand you can play against a friend using the device as a screen. He absolutely loves it and as he has never been into using an Ipad or a tablet likes to use his ‘screen’ time playing games like Mario Kart and Super Mario. The Switch is £279.99 and the games are around £40 each.

For an Easter gift Archie got the Masha and the Bear playhouse playset. He loves the programme and watches it on Netflix and we saw a TV advert for the playhouse and Archie really wanted it. He never asks for anything so we got it for him. Why it is on this list is because its nice and small and all fits inside it self and closes so you can take it on your travels. I didn’t know this when I ordered it but its brilliant and fits in my handbag!

Last year I brought some fantastic car road tape from We Are Kidly and stuck some on the aeroplane tray so Archie could play with his cars. I also used it on the sun lounger and on our hotel room floor. It comes off easily leaving no marks behind and the air hostess on the plane couldn’t believe how long it kept Archie entertained and what a genius idea it was. It is £11 for a roll and as well as road they also do a train track tape.

We love Orchard Toys and have tons of their games but they also sell different mini travel games for toddlers which are great. Archie loves playing games and doing puzzles so have mini versions to take away with you is a great idea. Oscar will join in too even if it is a bit easy/young for him.

Orchard Toys Animal Match Mini/Travel Game Orchard Toys Llamas in Pyjamas Mini / Travel GameOrchard Toys Little Bug Bingo Mini / Travel Game

When it comes to games Oscar loves Cluedo and Monopoly and games like that. But recently he has fallen in love with Top Trumps. We have a few sets of cards now, sports cars, predators and dinosaurs. They are the perfect size to fit in your bag and we take them to Nanny and Grandad’s on the weekend so they can play too. It is the perfect family travel game.

I hope you have found this useful and it’s given you a few ideas of how to keep your children entertained whilst traveling! Happy holidays!

All New PJ Masks Series 2 on Disney Jnr & Competition

Both Oscar and Archie love PJ Masks, in fact Archie’s 3rd birthday had a PJ Masks theme. They watch the episodes over and over again, but now the PJ Masks Series 2 is only less than a week away from bursting on to your screen and we have been lucky enough to preview the first two episodes! The boys loved them and they have watched them over and over again. Il be pleased when it’s on TV on Wednesday so I can reclaim my laptop.

The new series will be airing on Disney Junior this Wednesday the 28th March at 4.30pm with each new episode airing weekly after that on a Wednesday at 4.45pm. We can’t wait to see the rest of the series! It is not to be missed!

Episode 1, Moonfizzle Balls sees Lunagirl putting people in a trance with her Moonfizzle balls. The PJ Masks have to find and collect all of the balls but with Owlette and Gecko ending up in a trance too its up to Catboy to save the day.

Episode 2, Soccer Ninjalinos is where the Ninjalinos plan to splat the whole city. Can the PJ Masks save the city from the Night Ninja and the Ninjalinos?!

We were also kindly sent some PJ Masks goodies. Some party supplies to have our viewing party, a Catboy and Gecko mask each to wear and play, a blind bag with a PJ Masks figure in it to add to their collection, a 60 pc glow in the dark puzzle which Oscar really enjoyed doing as he’s really into puzzles at the moment and a carry along art set and stamp and sticker set where both the boys sat and drew some great PJ Masks pictures, using the pens, paints, stickers and stamps.

To watch the new episodes in comfort we were also sent an inflatable chair to sit in and the most amazing Catboy car shaped duvet which looks fantastic. As Archie has a double bed we gave it to his best friend Roman who absolutely loves his new bedding!

We love the PJ Masks party supplies, in fact Archie’s 3rd Birthday was PJ Masks themed and I brought lots of the party range. It’s fantastic. It is Archie’s favourite TV show.

I have also been given an amazing PJ Masks bundle to give away to one of my lovely readers. It includes an Owlette mask, Gecko plush toy, a selection of the party range and blind toy bag. Simply enter below to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck! And don’t forget to tune in on Wednesday at 4.30 on Disney Jnr.

 

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This post is in collaboration with PJ Masks UK

Willows Farm Easter Eggstravaganza & NEW Mr Tod’s Lair

Today we were invited for a day out at Willows Activity Farm in London Colney, Hertfordshire to the opening of Mr Tod’s Lair and their amazing Easter eggstravaganza programme. We arrived at the farm at 9am for a lovely breakfast that had been put on for us and then a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit and the naughty Mr Tod himself. It was lovely to see the lovely Ruth from Rock N Roller Baby and Carolynne from Mummy Endeavours and their children.

We were then taken to the brand new Mr Tod’s Lair adventure playhouse which is absolutely amazing with tunnels, a Mr tod’s play kitchen and slides. The boys loved it and had lots of fun playing in it. There is also a new Mr Tod’s tasty treats kiosk with the most amazing smelling doughnuts and Super Squirrel Nutkin test agility course.

We then went around the rest of the farm using our Easter Eggstravaganza programme so that we didn’t miss out on anything. It is jam packed full of fun for all of the family to enjoy and is a full day out!

We took our Friends along with us and their daughter and they absolutely loved Willows and couldn’t believe how big it is and how much there is to do. We walked around the farmyard and fed the animals and held a guinea pig. The Easter chicks that have just hatched are adorable.

We then went on Tristan the Tractor who drove us around a circuit surrounded by cows, sheep and pigs and through the decorated Easter scene. It is very sweet, with Easter songs playing for the children (and adults) to sing along to. As you are walking around the farm you also have a fun hunt and you have to find the answers hidden around the farm and then at the end of the day hand in your completed form to claim your prize!

Next up was the watched the cow milking demonstration and then the Peter Rabbit show. The Peter Rabbit and friends costumes are so good, just like in the hit TV show. Archie is Peter Rabbit mad at the moment after watching the Peter rabbit movie last week and absolutely loved seeing Peter today. He was a bit wary of Mr Tod!

We then went in the Peter Rabbit adventure playground which is amazing, the boys love it. It is full of musical instruments, interactive games and outdoor play. It is perfect for the dry weather and you can sit for ages watching the kids have fun in the treehouse, Mrs Tiggywinkle’s house and Mr McGregor’s garden and potting shed.

We then placed our bets for the Pig Race. It’s hilarious watching the pigs race around the track and all the adults getting super competitive. Over by the animal race track is the holiday events showground which obviously at the moment is set up for an Easter Egg hunt in the Easter Garden. You have to find 5 different coloured eggs to then go to the egg exchange and get five chocolate eggs.

We went for lunch inside the Woolly jumpers play barn, the boys had a kids meal deal and we had a salad and a jacket potato. They have a massive menu with something for everyone. The four of us ate for around £20. The boys then went into the soft play to run around and go on the slides.

After lunch and a play we went back outside and went on the playground and the woodland play trail. We had such a lovely day as always at Willow’s!  The Easter Eggstravaganza programme is running from today the 24th March until the 15th of April and would make a great family day out during the Easter Holidays. If you book your tickets online you will save money, your ticket price is all your pay and everything inside the farm is included; the fairground ride, inflatables, tractor ride etc is all included.

On the door for the Easter Eggstravaganza, adults are £21, children over 2 are £22, under 2’s are free, over 60’s are £20 and a disabled adult or child is £12. Like I mentioned above you can save money by booking online prior to your visit.

We will be going back in the Easter holidays to do it all again as its just a fantastic fun filled day out!

Happy Easter!

To The People That Just Don’t Get Blogging…..

This week alone I have seen three posts in blogging Facebook groups where friends/family/other School Mum’s have been rude to them about their blogs and sharing their families on the internet. As a blogger I see this, I think most do and what frustrates me the most is that if your not a blogger then you just don’t get it!

You don’t get that as a blogger you can earn bloody good money. Big campaigns can pay thousands of pounds and a lot of bloggers have given up their 9-5 jobs and now blog full time earning way more than they did before.

Some people see it that we are bragging and that makes me laugh too. Most things we share, experiences, holidays etc or when we review products are for others to read before they go and make a purchase or book a holiday. Most people just see it as useful information.

Some bloggers have even thought about giving up and the other people in our blogging community groups always urge them to keep going and ignore the few that ‘just don’t get it’.

Also those type of people say things like, “you get so much free stuff!” It’s not free! In return for a holiday or a day out or a product review work goes on behind the scenes to film and edit a video or write a blog post and make sure the photos are on point. It’s advertising for a brand on our blogs which is no different to them paying for a TV advert or a magazine feature.

Whether you like bloggers or not it’s the future of advertising and a great way of seeing ‘real’ people review a product or a great raw holiday video on YouTube that you can actually see what it’s really like.

As bloggers we can tell the truth, as it’s our blogs we can give you a real review rather than a biased one which helps people to get the truth before making a purchase. To me that can only be a good thing?! If you don’t get blogging and social media that’s fine, but please refrain from commenting on something you know little or nothing about.

Plus if you did understand and chose to try it yourself you would see all the amazing opportunities that come your way, you can work from home around the children and what an amazing blogging community you can become a part of. I personally have had loads of amazing opportunities; from being in television adverts, being a brand ambassador, to getting to review holidays and so much more!

Rant over…..

Oscar’s 8th Birthday

Last week Oscar was 8! I don’t know how it is possible, the years have just flown by, its so scary. We had such a fun jam packed week and I always love to make such a big deal out of the boys birthdays! After all they are only little for short amount of time.

Last Wednesday we kicked off his birthday with a surprise trip to the theatre to see the Lion King. he was so excited when we arrived outside as he has wanted to see it for ages. the show was absolutely amazing, the best I have ever been too. The costumes were out of this World. We were also really lucky to book amazing isle seats, five rows back from the stage. Our view was amazing.

Thursday morning Oscar ran into our room so excited for his birthday! We went downstairs for breakfast and so that he could open his presents and cards. This year he asked for a hover board with the go kart extension kit which is absolutely amazing and I love going on it too. He also got Minecraft Lego and some Nintendo Switch games.

After school we went to Prezzo for dinner as it’s Oscar’s favourite restaurant with my Brother and our friends.

On Saturday we had his party with his friends at Hollywood Bowl in Watford. We’ve never had a bowling party before and as it’s something both the boys love, so we thought it would be a good idea. I was actually quite surprised at how reasonably priced it is compared to some of the other parties we’ve had over the years. 23 children to bowl and eat it was about £260. He had great fun and he was so lucky to get so many lovely gifts.

We did tell Oscar last year that that was the last ‘big’ party he would have and we would take a few friends out and then do something special like go to the theatre but somehow he’s managed to wangle a party and the Lion King!

On Sunday afternoon we then had all the family over for tea and cake. We had a lovely Minecraft cake from Wenzels which tasted amazing! Oscar loved getting everyone on the hover board!

Oscar has had an amazing birthday! The countdown is on until mine now next week, where I will turn 30!

My Separation Anxiety

Last week Archie turned 3! I can’t quite believe it and just don’t know where the time has gone. Being the second and last child I have definitely noticed more anxiety this time around watching him growing up and I just don’t want to let him go. He is so ready to start nursery and was meant to start next week but I have delayed it a term, as the time got nearer my anxiety went through the roof. He is around children a lot during the week as we go to two toddler groups, a Playball class and his swimming lesson so I know he’s not particularly missing out on anything by staying at home with me. He also needs to be potty trained to start at the nursery as we haven’t quite mastered that yet. I’m not going to lie there is a part of me that just wants him to start next September and just do one full year in nursery before reception.

Looking back Oscar didn’t go to nursery until he was three either, he started nursery on the September after his third birthday going a few mornings a week and did a year in nursery before going into reception. Again we went to lots of classes so he had lots of child interaction. Even now as Oscar’s school holidays draw to a close and he goes back to school next week I start to dread it, as I love having him at home with us and really enjoy the school holidays. During the week he has such a long school day (8.20-4.15) and then after school clubs, reading, piano practice and homework so we don’t have a lot of time during the week to do anything fun. So we make the most of the weekends and holidays.

I think in my crazy mind I think that once Archie starts nursery and he does a couple of mornings which will then lead into days and then suddenly he will be at full time school that I just want to keep him at home for as long as possible as once he starts that’s it. He’s my sidekick and goes everywhere with me so suddenly having free time to myself will be lovely but very strange. My Mother In Law said to me years ago that your children are only lent to you and then they grow up and fly the nest, I get that but it scares my how quick the time goes, Oscar is almost 8 and I wish life would just slow down.

I 100% have an issue with leaving the boys, Oscar was only left once overnight when he was 2 weeks old as it was our best friend’s wedding (he was 3 weeks early) and since then I’ve never had a night apart from either of them. This year my brother is getting married and I was invited on the hen do to Marbella. Now instantly I wanted to go, sit in the sun and have fun with the girls and then my anxiety kicked in. Leaving the boys behind even though I know they would have a fun weekend with Greg and be totally fine, the thought of being in a different country to them made me say no. Even now there is a part of my brain that says don’t be so stupid, go and enjoy yourself! Greg’s been away with his friends loads since we had children and its great to have time just being you!

I know a lot of the problems go back to when Oscar was born and he was poorly and then when he was a few weeks old he couldn’t breathe and I had to clear his airways. It scared me how quickly things can go wrong and since then have always felt safer when they are with us. Which is crazy I know.

Even me reading this post back now and I think ‘crazy lady’ and can see how I am missing out on doing certain things/trips which would be fun. But for now I just want to enjoy our boys whilst they are still young. After all when they are all grown up I will have plenty of time to do other things.