Spring snow day and what we learnt from the recent snow

what we learnt about snow days - bubbablue and me

For those of you used to snow (and lots of it) and cold each year, you probably look at us Brits and laugh at our inability to cope when a harsh winter hits.  But we’ve just got through the 2nd (or 3rd depending on where you live) bout of snow, and some ultra-cold weather (for us).  It meant snow days for many with schools shutting all over the country (and one snow day for us), and chaos on the roads.… Continue Reading “Spring snow day and what we learnt from the recent snow”

From fighting to friendship – sibling relationship change

school photo siblings

A siblings relationship isn’t always perfect. Brothers and sisters fight, the competitive spirit comes out and often parents despair.  And there doesn’t seem to be much written about the sibling relationship.  If you ask around friends there’s not always a pattern of age different, girl or boy siblings.  It’s just some siblings get on better than others. Being an only child N doesn’t need to worry about sibling relationships, although he did say the other day ‘it’s a good job I… Continue Reading “From fighting to friendship – sibling relationship change”

Project 365 2017 week 23

Lego card sorting out

It’s week 23 of Project 365.  Despite it being summer the weather has been so up and down, I’ve not been out much during the week to take photos.  Apart from flowers, I’m not finding much inspiration. The whole instagram engagement thing has put me off a bit – just not feeling like taking photos, and then not having any I want to share. Plus of course, when engagement drops to half, it feels like there’s no point sharing them.… Continue Reading “Project 365 2017 week 23”

This boy says no to Disney films

I am partial to watching the occasional Disney films.  Back in our 6th form we used to watch Beauty and the Beast quite frequently – it was one of 5 videos we had in our girls house.  And the classics are classics for a reason. (*post contains affiliate links) But N will not watch them.  There’s no love for Disney movies when it comes to N. Well, I tell a lie, he’ll watch Jungle Book.  But that is the only… Continue Reading “This boy says no to Disney films”

Ode to an only child – is only child syndrome real?

Only child syndrome, is it real- - Bubbablue and me

When I was a child, only children were a mystery to me.  I thought I didn’t really know any.  Because all my friends were mostly 1 of 2 children, with the occasional 4 thrown in.  But it wasn’t until secondary school age when I realised I knew 2.  Yes 2.  One at dancing, and one at school.  None through music or sport, most seemed to have a sibling.  And similar with my brother’s friends.  Even at uni, I knew very… Continue Reading “Ode to an only child – is only child syndrome real?”

Helping kids have broader life experiences – trip to Blenheim Palace

Broader life experiences and a day trip to Blenheim Palace - Bubbablue and me

I’ve said it before, if N could stay on the farm all the time helping out he would. He’d be quite happy trailing his dad around, or his uncle.  And apart from wanting to go on holidays, he would happily forego any days out with me.  Obviously this makes me sad.  I don’t get to spend much time with him as it is being at work and with school, so weekends are precious.  But more than that I want him… Continue Reading “Helping kids have broader life experiences – trip to Blenheim Palace”

Project 365 2017 week 7 – half term fun

snowdrops at Mottisfont

It’s onto week 7 of this year’s Project 365 and half term for us. N and I went away for a few days, so there were plentiful photos to choose from. I may have taken 600+ photos across my phone and camera. Oh and not forgetting my GoPro videos (and accidental photos on there!).  They’re all downloaded to my laptop, organised and sorted out, weeding out the rubbish shots, and now just to tag them as I edit for blog… Continue Reading “Project 365 2017 week 7 – half term fun”

Project 365 2017 week 6 – raindrops and blankets

checking out the fish and chip shop

It’s week 6 of Project 365, and things are looking up for photography taking. Yes, leaving work at 5 now sees it still light.  Added to that, N actually let me take some photos so I’ve had quite a lot of him to choose from this week. On Sunday it was a wet day, and I spent a bit of time taking water droplets photos on weeds and the car. I love the car’s reflection in these ones. On Monday… Continue Reading “Project 365 2017 week 6 – raindrops and blankets”

Project 365 2017 week 5 – illness and cats

playing with homemade fans

It’s week 5 of project 365 and I’ve been really rubbish with the camera.  We’ve not been anywhere for weeks (no day trips or venturing out to even the park), since just after Christmas. I’d been hoping to this weekend but even that’s not happened.  Now N’s swimming is just 30 minutes later, it eats into any time we might have for going out for the morning or even the day. I hate arriving places later than opening, having to… Continue Reading “Project 365 2017 week 5 – illness and cats”

The birthday interview with a 6 year old

Birthday interview with a 6 year old

Last year I was really impressed with N’s willingness to do one of the ‘interview with’.  He even agreed to do it on camera.  And for the first time I got more out of him than previously.  So I had high hopes that turning 6 years old would provide even more insight into my son. But no.  Although he did agree prior to his birthday that we could do an interview, he then refused to do a video.  And we… Continue Reading “The birthday interview with a 6 year old”