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June & July 2018

I completely forgot I hadn’t shared my June round up so it’s a joint one this month.

This seems like such a long time ago now when rain was a regular occurrence. We had so much fun splashing in puddles and playing in the water. As it was miserable we had the place to ourselves.

Samuels concentration face here is just gorgeous. It was a hot day so we found some shade in the park and played with his trains.

Fun in Nanna and Grandads garden. There is always something interesting to do there.

Samuel looks so sad here. He actually really enjoyed Peppa Pig but this was the start of him being poorly with a throat infection. He was so quiet bless him.

Samuel is definitely his happiest when outside. Can’t quite remember what he was so excited about here.

Pure joy in this picture. I just love it!

Samuel had a great time with Nanna, Grandad and his cousin Henry at Wheelgate Park. Here are the two cool dudes enjoying a snack break.

Family selfie with our cheeky boy!

Mummy and Samuel day out. We had such a lovely day. Samuel just loves ducks and we must have stood here for 20 minutes.

We went on a little steam train ride but as you can probably tell from the picture Samuel wasn’t keen. He loves trains so was a bit surprised he didn’t like it.

Swimming- Samuel loved it and he is going to start going more regularly after the holidays.

Daddy was camping in Skegness for the weekend so we went and met him. It was actually a really lovely day all round.

I could have picked so many of our holiday photos but loved this action shot. This was the day we arrived and we were just exploring. The boys were not dressed for it but they couldn’t help themselves from jumping and running into the sea.

Holiday BBQ. Samuel definitely enjoyed the busy but chilled days. He had big naps, late bedtimes and long lie ins. Other than having his milk he really isn’t one for routine.

Samuel looks like he is really enjoying this but in reality he lost interest pretty quickly. He had lots of fun running around and rolling the balls down hills and tunnels though.

This is on the way home from Devon. I was a bit worried about the long car journey but Samuel was so good.

There we go. June and July. So many brilliant pictures of happy memories I could have chosen.

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March 2018

Gosh this year is flying by! How are we in April already?

Here is my March round up in pictures. I find it so hard just choosing a few.

We had a fabulous time in Norfolk for the weekend and Samuel loved spending time with his cousin Henry. Here they are enjoying a bath together.

Another cousin. This time his biggest cousin Max. As you can probably tell Samuel loves him so much. Max is so good with the little ones!

So much family time this month. Both Samuel and Henry love books and it’s lovely seeing them enjoying sharing stories together.

Samuel wants to be on the go all the time and this can sometimes be tricky especially when we are having a meal out. Thankfully on this occasion the restaurant was pretty empty so he got free rain to have a bit of a run around and a dance to the music.

Samuel loves to pose and has recently discovered the selfie mode on my phone. When he wants his picture taken he will come in close and look at the screen. He has also mastered saying cheese and doing a smile when a camera is pointing at him.

We had quite a few sleepless nights and it turned out Samuel had an ear infection. It cause the eardrum to perforate which is how we discovered it. He is getting better at telling us when he is hurt but he couldn’t quite communicate this and we put it down to his back teeth. Lots of Mummy guilt after we found out what the real issue was.

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A letter to my 18 month old

Dear Samuel

Today you turned 18 months old. 18 months!!! It seems like only yesterday that I held you in my arms for the very first time. You are definitely not a baby anymore. You are a toddler. A little boy with his very own personality.

You choose not to understand the word ‘no’ but quite freely use it yourself. We can’t help but laugh at your cheeky ways though. When you are not happy you lay on the floor and make a pretend crying noise. It doesn’t last long and we can soon turn it into a giggle with a quick tickle. You are so ticklish and laugh before we even touch you.

You are still very much a Mummy’s boy and love to snuggle in close when you are tired or sad. I love collecting you from the childminders as it’s has if you haven’t seen me in forever. Your face lights up and when I pick you up you hold me tight and feel all my face as if checking I’m really there. You love it with Julie though and quite happily wave me off in the mornings.

I love how you chatter away to us and it’s so difficult sometimes as we don’t always know what you are trying to say. You are so patient with us though and just keep repeating yourself until we give you the answer you were after. I love hearing your little voice especially when you say Mummy. I can hear you now in the bath with Daddy. You are talking about ‘bubbles’ and splashing about in the water. Bath time is Samuel and Daddy time and you love it. You listen to music and giggle away together.

You love trains, cars, tractors and dinosaurs and never venture far without a book. Your favourite story at the moment is ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. You like to read it at bedtime and watch the animated version on the telly. You seem to have a thing for sticks as you also love the ‘Hey Duggee’ song ‘Sticky, sticky, stick, stick’. You like to dance around the living room saying ‘stick stick stick’ over and over again whenever it comes on.

I love spending time with you my gorgeous boy and although at times it’s exhausting (you are constantly on the go and still don’t sleep through the night) I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Mummy and Daddy love you so much and can’t wait for even more adventures with you.

Lots of love always

Mummy xxxxx

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20 facts about me!

A couple of weeks ago I was tagged to do 20 facts about me. I have done these a couple of times before and I wanted to try and think of 20 facts that I hadn’t previously shared. It was very hard! I’m really not that interesting. So here they are if, indeed, you are interested.

  1. My name is Gemma Louise. I think Louise is probably the most common middle name there is.
  2. I’m allergic to yellow gold but thankfully I am more of a fan of white and rose gold anyway.
  3. When I was 4 I cut my arm open on the corner of a radiator and I still have the scar today.
  4. I hate the material valour/velvet. The thought of it even sets me on edge.
  5. I really enjoy car journeys if I’m not driving. I think it’s because you can’t feel guilty about sitting there and doing nothing whereas at home you’re always thinking ‘oh I must put that load of washing in’ or ‘I really need to hoover’.
  6. I am 6 months older than my husband. A fact he likes to remind me of on a regular basis.
  7. I have to have a shower every morning. I just can not leave the house without having one. I just wouldn’t feel clean all day.
  8. I love a good old British holiday. Most of my favourite places are in this country and I can’t wait to visit the same places I went as a child with Samuel.
  9. I have seen a ghost but still don’t believe. I am far too logical.
  10. I love a red lipstick. It’s definitely my go to colour on a night out.
  11. I worked behind a bar during my late teens and I loved it. If I worked during the week you would often see me sat at the end of the bar doing my maths and English A level homework.
  12. I have never broken a bone (touch wood)
  13. Lee and I have been together 13 years.
  14. One of my favourite places in the UK is the city of York. Lee even proposed to me there.
  15. I love a good box set binge.
  16. I hate my feet being cold but also hate wearing socks or slippers at home. Lee moans a lot about me putting them on him to try and warm them up.
  17. I love musicals.
  18. I can crochet but haven’t had much time for it since Samuel was born.
  19. I love a printed photograph. I love having them in frames around our home and putting them in albums.
  20. I have turned into an emotional wreck since having Samuel. It seems like the slightest thing sets me off 😭

Hope I haven’t sent you to sleep with those riveting facts. I tag anyone who wants to join in.


My favourite birthday present ever! #blogtober16

I would have to say that this years birthday was one of my favourites to date. The timing of it just fell perfectly. The weekend of my birthday started on the Friday with the best birthday present ever; seeing my baby at my 20 week scan and being told that he was growing perfectly. We decided not to find out if we were having a boy or a girl but just to know everything was as it should be was enough for us. 

We then went off to Chester for the weekend with my parents. My actual birthday was on the Sunday and just so happened to be Mother’s Day. We decided that it would be the perfect time to share our exciting news on social media. 

We finished off the weekend with a trip to Chester Zoo. Well you are never too old! 


What career did I have planned as a child? #blogtober16

I don’t think I always wanted to be a teacher although I often did the usual lining up of my teddies and doing the register. I vaguely remember wanting to be a doctor but decided I didn’t quite have the nerve (or brain) to do it. A Weather Girl was another option I considered. I used to have a book all about the weather and would look at the clouds before declaring that it would indeed rain today or those pinkish clouds mean snow. 

It was during 6th Form that I made my final decision to become a teacher. I had volunteered at my old infant school and decided that yes I could do this. 


An old photo of me. #blogtober16

I have chosen this photo because I absolutely love it. It is me and my Grandad when I was about 2 years old. He was and still is such an important person in my life and one of the reasons we named our little boy after him. I have been so lucky to have such positive male role models and I am still so close to my Dad and Grandad even now as an adult. I know that they will continue to be these things for Samuel along with my husband and father-in-law. I feel truly blessed to call them all my family. 

Me and my Grandad just before I gave birth