Monday, 29 December 2014

Jack Frost is About


Brrr! There's a day you wouldn't want to venture too far from the stove, and we haven't. But dear wee Jack didn't want to be stuck inside all day, especially when he woke up to such a thick layer of frost. Or snow, as he keeps referring to it, regardless of how many times we correct him. Over the Christmas period, as we opened the doors on our advent calendar, each day we counted how many days were left until Christmas. Every day, Jack would ask, "and then it snow?" All these festive songs and movies would have these poor wee mites thinking snow is a shoo-in on Christmas day, and I think he was a bit heart broken when there wasn't a pick of it.


Driving in these conditions isn't fun either, so at least we can avoid going too far in it since we're all still off. How lovely it is having Daddy about, and getting out of the routine of school runs. Whilst walking the dog last night I seen a car spin 360 degrees, and I nearly went on my bum a few times too.


Jack wore his Next Santa hat, and he was bundled up in a jumper, body warmer, and a United Colours of Benneton coat. We finally got to try out his new Aigle snow boots. They kept those feet warm and dry. The grips were fab for pretending to ice skate, and walking over slippery ground in general.





Hope you all had a fab Christmas! We did! It was just so relaxing! Santa was great to Jack, he got everything he asked for, and more. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know he asked for a Batman costume. Gosh, he's so cute in it. It's those angelic golden curls poking out from around his mask. Check him out, with his wee built in abs! He adopts a very stern persona when he puts it on. Well, a superhero who must save the world doesn't have time to mess about I suppose. Here's our week that was too. Happy New Year, m'friends!


1.Baby Yoga
2. Christmas eve
3. Happy baba in his pram
4. Lego car
5. Frosty walk
6. Meeting Santa Claus, (of course you know, is one of the biys from home)
7. Scampi Robin
8. Noah

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Party of 4


Well, golly gosh, I've just been the worst blogger lately. I'm telling you people, there aren't enough hours in the day. (Well, there literally aren't enough hours of daylight anyway.) Every weekend needs to be used doing stuff that needs to be done. No time to stop and smell the roses. Yesterday we made some time though. We marked the occasion of Jack's birthday with a party, complete with a bouncy castle (as requested months ago) and I couldn't let today go by without blogging on this wee mans 4th birthday.


The most amazing thing happened to us at 6.55pm, 4 years ago - we were blessed with this tiny little 5lb 5oz baby boy, who has grown into this strapping big lad. He knows his own mind, and can be a right stroppy handful sometimes ('spirited' as I prefer to term that) and my side of the family will have to take credit for his stubborn nature. But through all that, he is oh so sweet, ernest, generous, honest, loving and loyal. I love his love of all things superheroes, how he enthusiastically likes to help us cook, his wild big playful imagination, the funny things he comes out with and the fondess and thoughtfulness he shows towards his brother. He takes his big brother duties very seriously. 


Jack has been psyched about his birthday party for months. We hired a hall, and a bouncy castle (an absolute essential part of the party!) and a handful of friends and family came to join in the fun. Jack had an absolute blast. He loved being the centre of attention. My chocolate birthday cake didn't quite work out as planned, so it was a last minute dash to Tesco's yesterday to pick up a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake. As a huge Turtles fan he was over the moon and is quoted as saying this was one of the highlights of his birthday, so I suppose it's just as well.







Some of the days with this fella have been long, but the years have been short. When I think about how fast he is growing up it brings tears to my eyes. His Daddy and I could not be prouder of the little man he is becoming. We love this boy something shocking. Happiest of birthdays to our little dude. And here are some photos of our week that was, they seem to be in keeping with the colourful theme of this post!

 It's my birthday and I am THE MAN!

1. This week I reached my personal goal of exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months! This was Noah's first spoonfeed. What a mess!
2. Matching Christmas jumpers from our good chums Freddy and Rachel
3. Party food - Rainbow jelly!
4. Bouncy castle fun!
5. Ring Sling
6. Noah is 6 months old. Happy half birthday to our wee-est!
7. Brothers
8. Admiring the Christmas Tree

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Threenager


That angelic smile is covering up a phase I wish would end with my whole being. For two weeks now, Jack can only be described as a threenager. Stroppy, apathetic, whingey, and downright rude. We've clawed our way through this sort of phase before, so I'm clinging to the hope that this too shall pass, but boy oh boy, he is trying my patience right now.





It has been suggested to me that maybe there is something 'working on him'. Well, there is a bug going round at the moment which has hit my husband, and little Noah too. Today, I have been struck down and it's not fun. So, I've decided to give Jack here the benefit of the doubt and try and put the memories of this walk to the back of my mind. Yes, he did pretty much throw a tantrum the entire way. Sigh. 



On this adventure, Noah wore a vintage Mothercare snowsuit that I spotted in the Rusty Zip (you wont miss him in it) and an H&M striped beanie. Tantrums McGroo wore his Ingugu hat, Robot coat from the House of Fraser Name It range, Zara cords, Barbour Scarf, and Classic Hunter kids wellies.




 Now, listen to how long I can cry at the top of my lungs the whole way home. Suckas.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Parklife


It's been quiet here for a couple of weeks. Sorry about that. The weather has been so cold, wet and miserable that I haven't been inspired to have our usual Saturday outdoor adventures. Plus, there is so much that needs to be done! I spent the weekend rain-dodging in carpet warehouses and buying bulbs (and then having to go back and return said bulbs since I had bought the wrong wattage - argh! Wasted precious hours!) Not the most exciting of weekends. Anyway, these photos were from a much better weekend a while ago. Jack, Noah and I, headed out to meet my brother and parents for breakfast, and then spent a sunny afternoon playing in the park. There's literally nothing Jack likes better than the park! Super-fun until we have to go and then begin the tears and tantrums!



I wanted to feature one of my wonderful sponsors, UK kids company, Desmond Elephant. They stock tonnes of amazing kids clothing brands. They sent m'boys some gorgeous stuff, including this ahhh-mazing Tootsa Macginty bear sweatshirt in sun-yellow. The mouth zips open to reveal a fearsome bear with some gnarly teeth! Can you even imagine how much Jack loves this interactive fun sweatshirt? We have the craic zipping open the mouth and roaring at people. They're all very nice and play scared. It gets great giggles.




They didn't leave Noah out! Their store stocks loads of baby brands too, and they sent Mister this adorable Pigeon by Organic for Kids blue elephant print romper. You should check these out! They last for ages since the feet can be adjusted as they grow. What a great idea.


Thank you so much to the fab Desmond Elephant for the items. We love these. Plus, the awesome Tootsa Macginty dungarees, which you can see featured on Jack here. They're giving my readers 15% discount on an order with the code JACK15, so have a wee gander, won't you? 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Jack O' Lantern


The Hallowe'en break has begun, and to kick it all off I took the family to Alderside Farm's Pumpkin patch, to choose and carve a Jack O' Lantern. I booked this a few weeks back, and Jack had been excited about it all month. Well, the day finally arrived when we got to ride the big blue tractor up to the Pumpkin field. 



My poor puffy-faced husband had his wisdom teeth removed yesterday under heavy sedation and was still feeling a bit woozy, but he didn't want to miss pumpkin-pickin'. He wasn't allowed to do much for 24 hours, including driving and carrying the baby, so since I was holding Noah and the camera, we had no choice but to have Barry to carry all our pumpkins. We figured dropping the pumpkins wouldn't be as bad as dropping the baby. Look at him. High on pain killers - Dear help him. He's a brave soldier, isn't he?




Jack chose the perfect 'kin, and we hopped back on the tractor, which took us back to the farm, where we carved our Jack O'Lanterns. It was a swell Hallowe'en activity for little ones (and us adults too). Jack probably enjoyed the hot chocolate back in the barn the most. He's a serious chocolate monster, just like his Ma. 
Happy Hallowe'en, you lot!



 Here's our week that was!

1. Footy
2. Mammies wee pumpkin
3. Weeeeeee!
4 & 7. Bro's
5. Felt accomplished to finally send the birth announcements / thank you cards for Noah this week
6. Jester Jack
8. 18 weeks old