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Jessica's memorial at her forever bed with a vase of orange, yellow and white roses

Grief and life after Jessica: Don’t tell me how to feel

We’re coming up to the third anniversary of Jessica’s death. This time of year is a tough one. This time three years ago, Jessica was already struggling with the viruses…

The word 'routine' with a clock as the 'o'

Friday Focus 19/03/21 – Routine

We all seem to have settled back into a routine again with Sophie at school during the day, Thomas at home, and me working from home. Hubby’s been going into…

Four Easter egg decorations made from craft foam

Crafting with kids – Easter egg decorations

These small hanging Easter egg decorations are perfect for decorating Easter trees and are simple to make. We made them in four different designs and you can find our template…

Sophie (dressed as Alice in Wonderland), Thomas (dressed as Peter Pan) with a forest background with Jessica (dressed as Little Red Riding Hood) peeping out from behind a tree

Siblings – March 2021

This month’s photos were inspired by Sophie dressing up as Alice in Wonderland for World Book Day. I had so much fun playing around with Photoshop to send her down…

Jessica standing in front of a tree looking out over a big branch - "Country Kids"

Country Kids 13/03/21

Welcome back to Country Kids. I hope that you are all keeping well and that your children are settling well back at school if they’ve returned this week. Our outdoor…

The word 'productive'

Friday Focus 12/03/21 – Productive

Sophie is enjoying being back at school and it’s amazing how much more productive I’ve been now that I don’t have to supervise and help with remote learning! I’ve managed…

Thomas standing by the mud kitchen holding a tray

Messy outdoor play with our new mud kitchen

A mud kitchen has been on my mental wish list for the garden for a little while now, particularly after watching Sophie have so much fun with the mud kitchens…

The word 'mischief' with a doodle of Thomas sitting on the 'f' holding a bottle of oil upside down with it dripping down and creating a puddle

Friday Focus 05/03/21 – Mischief

Thomas has been full of mischief this week. He’s been decapitating my daffodils in the garden, throwing mud at his sister and then excelled himself by working out how to…

Two yellow clothes-peg planes

Crafting with kids – clothes-peg planes

I love it when a home-learning topic provides inspiration for a craft activity. Sophie has recently been learning about Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic…

My husband (holding Thomas), me and Sophie (holding Jessica's picture) out in the garden

Me and Mine – February 2021

If January was a month of struggling with lockdown restrictions, February was a month where we settled into them; finding ways to make lockdown life more bearable. We shifted our…