Monday, 9 November 2015

Down by the Pond


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. 


Coat Uniqlo      /     Boys Slim Cord Slacks £12.99 Zara 

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!









Hat H&M    /    Coat Marks and Spencers


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.

34 comments:

  1. Oh wow I love you're photos they are so lovely. There is nothing better than talking beautiful picture in the autumn, beautiful colours. I love the idea of the gro-clock and the reward chart. We will be changing our little ones bed into a toddler bed and I have no clue what to expect!!! :) #MagicMoments

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  2. Oh, they are adorable! So glad you conquered the bed issue. One kid at a time, lol!

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  3. Beautiful photos! Thanks for linking up. Have a great week!

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  4. Wonderful photos. Thanks for stopping by to Linkup to #OMHGWW
    Have a great week!

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  5. Playing in puddles is so classic!
    http://parentclub.ca/2015/11/ww-w-linky-remembrance-day-craft/

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  6. Great shots.
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/11/basilica-shrine-of-saint-mary.html

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  7. Hi Y'all!

    Looks like great fun! Can't imagine a better way to spend break time!

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  8. This post really struck me with how big he is getting! I remember your postings when he was just little!

    http://ohmmadelife.com/2015/11/11/sometimes-you-just-need-a-break/

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  9. Beautiful photo's and perfect outfits for jumping in puddles I think! #TT_Thursday

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  10. Such lovely photos from your outfit, Jack and Noah both look super smart. Loving Jack's Zazzle hoodie. Thank you for sharing #TT_Thursday

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  11. Gorgeous photos, I love the zazzle hoodie x #TT_Thursday

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  12. Beautiful photos! Love the UNIQLO coat! X #TT_Thursday

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  13. Looks like a lovely trip out. Loving the coat and wellies. I think we need to retry a reward chart. It doesn't usually work for N (he's been working towards a toy chain saw for months, and wasn't interested in even buying the chocolate I'd promised for the smaller reward!) and his gro clock doesn't stop him getting up and going downstairs at a ridiculously early time. So maybe we need to try combining the 2 again. #tt_thursday

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    1. Our reward chart didn't work at first, Emma. We had to be quite firm and tell him to go back to bed. That in combo with the gro clock AND he insists the dog sleeps at the foot of his bed (we miss her being with us, but hey) and he's sleeping through now. So, don't give up! Good luck!

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  14. Wow, the bird sanctuary looks fabulous. I love your photography, it's gorgeous and so are the kiddies. You must be so relieved to have sorted out the sleeping issues. We're currently going through trying to sort out challenging night times with my 14 month old and I'm finding that perseverance and routine is working, finally! x #FunkyKidFriday

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    1. Thank you! I mentioned in this post that Noah was now getting up multiple times. Desperate times called for desperate measures- we had to start with controlled crying. Terrible the first evening, but 3 days in and Noah is now settling himself and sleeping through the night again. Good luck to you!

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  15. such gorgeous pictures! I love the head holding photograph the most
    #TT_thursday

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  16. Such lovely photos :) You have oodles of Zazzle clothes. I have found the choice there overwhelming, but I shall do as you suggest :) xx #FunkyKidFriday

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  17. Aww what lovely photos! I've not explored Zazzle but anywhere that can return shot for Squid has to be worth a look!

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  18. It looks like you all enjoyed your time out exploring the fresh autumn air, the boys look like they're having a great time. It's funny how you plan a big day out for you all and it's the little things like puddle jumping that make the day a hit. Wellies are definitely the perfect item of clothing to wear this autumn! Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

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  19. We certainly need to get Ted a good pair of wellies so he can start jumping in muddy puddles (and ponds) too!

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  20. Jack's hair is gorgeous. He was so brave to feed the geese. Noah has an adorable smile. Thanks for linking on last week's Picture Perfect Party Linky - Amanda's Books and More!

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  21. Gorgeous photographs this week, really atmospheric. I love them in black and white too, especially the last one. You've really captured their personalities.

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  22. I love your photos they are gorgeous. Like they should be in a glossy magazine promoting kids outdoor wear. The black and white one of your son with just the dummy showing between his hands is fantastic. The ducks look pretty good as well :-) #MySundayPhoto

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  23. Wonderful photos, he looks like he's made friends with the ducks

    Thank you for linking up

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  24. Your photos are simply beautiful as are your boys! #mysundayphoto

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  25. Gorgeous photos as always and well done to Jack for doing so well and staying in his bed, I love his reward chart. My eldest has had some tricky behaviour recently so we are thinking of introducing a marble jar to help as a reward system. Fingers crossed it goes as smoothly! x

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    1. Thanks Katie! A marble chart? What's that? I'm intrigued. Good luck with it. We introduced controlled crying with Noah this week. Awful at first. One week in he's settling himself within 2 mins and sleeping all night! Phew!

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  26. Haha, Zazzle can be a bit overwhelming! Love that top though. Lovely photos! x #FunkyKidFriday #FKF

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  27. Your older boy has grown so much. I love the shot of the little one covering his face

    Mollyxxx

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  28. I love how you make the most of any season and any weather by getting outdoors! I need to do that better.

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  29. Ah your photos are so gorgeous, sounds like your making great progress with Jack sleeping in his own bed I need to do this with Bella every night she sneak in with me! Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars x

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