Well, the first week back after half term sure flew by! This is where the big homework starts, so that's something new to factor in to the day. We usually fit that between making lunches for the next day and starting dinner. The days are busy busy busy. During the half term break, we met up with my cousin and her little one, and went for a walk around Castle Espie, bird sanctuary.
The most enjoyable part for me was feeding all the birds - but the boys may as well have been anywhere else as their favourite activity was jumping in this massive puddle. They waded and splashed around in it for ages. Wellies are definitely the footwear of this season for us.
In other news, we had been having difficultly getting Jack to sleep in his bed all night. Every single night without fail he would quietly get up and hop into our bed. He slept well, but we didn't. It was all a bit of a squash, we got too hot and Kicky McGee kept jabbing his little feet into my kidneys all night. It was most annoying. I was at the end of my tether. I had tried everything to no avail. This had been going on for a couple of years, so old habits die hard and all that.
Well, finally, after some perseverance, and a combination of a gro-clock and a reward chart, we have broken this nightly sequence and Jack is sleeping in his bed right until his alarm goes off at 7am. It's an amazing feat for him. If he wakes before 7, he stays in bed until it's time to get up. And you know why? Because he loves to move his 'yay' star one more step up his reward chart! 7 consecutive nights in bed means a reward. The first reward was a nerf gun, which was well worth working for. Now, weekly prizes include going out for ice-cream, a day at a friends house, and a chocolate bun. It's such a great achievement for us all. And thank goodness we have Jack sorted because Noah has decided it's his turn to get up multiple times during the night. Sigh.
I've been featuring Zazzle loads recently as they have kindly sent Jack and Noah loads of gorgeous stuff. The choice (although overwhelming sometimes) is amazing. My advice? Just type in something you love... 'rainbow', 'vintage', 'dinosaur'. That cuts down the vast array of choice into a more manageable chunk. In this case, I typed in 'squid'. Jack is very into sea creatures currently. He loved this hoody.
As always, a huge thanks to Zazzle. Check them out!
Looking through these photos makes me realise I need to book Jack in for a haircut this week. I love those curls, but they definitely need a little trim! Have a great week, friends. x
Here's our week that was:
1. Noah, 17 months old
2 & 8. Grapevines in Nanny and Pappies greenhouse
3. Autumn leaves in every colour
4. Visiting with Great great Auntie Doris
5. Playground bumps!
6. TRICK OR TREAT!
7. G'iz a kiss, small human.