Starting school, beach days and puddle busters #littleloves

Starting school, beach days and puddle busters #littleloves

How is it Friday already? I’ve been off work this week and it’s been a busy one. We were in Anglesey with my husbands family until Sunday and F started school on Wednesday.

At the weekend we had some nice weather and even made it to the beach. We enjoyed plenty of family time and a couple of lovely meals out. On Monday and Tuesday, E went to nursery and I spent some time with just F. We did some crafting and I also did some shopping and jobs whilst I didn’t have a toddler underfoot.

F started school on Wednesday.  Just half days this week but she seems to be loving it already. I’m just finishing writing this at 11 pm after going out for a meal with friends. We had a great catch up and lovely food. Of course, E woke whilst I was out and she was asleep on the living room floor when I got home! Will she ever sleep more than a couple of hours at a time?

There have been lots of things I’ve loved this week. One on one time with the girls, catching up with friends & family and a weekend away. Anyway enough waffling, here are my #littleloves this week.


I’ve actually been reading myself this week. I packed a book and this month’s The simple things magazine for our weekend in Anglesey. I’m reading Bridget Jone’s baby. It’s a short book and familiar too (I enjoy reading most once I get a few chapters in and know the characters so it’s nice to skip that). I’ve not picked it up since we got home though. I don’t know if my taste in books has changed or if this just isn’t as good as the others. I’d still like to finish it and also watch the film.

We arrived home to find our copy of Town and country had arrived. I won this in a giveaway over on Book Bairns blog last week. It’s a really fun book that F loves already. It’s a search and spot book but it’s so much more. The illustrations are fun and there are lots of little details to spot. There are also lots of opportunities to talk about the pictures.


E’s confidence whilst walking grow and grow. She’s only been walking 2 weeks but she’s getting really confident. On Thursday, last week, when we arrived in Anglesey and our family wanted to see her walk, she was doing a few steps in a straight line. Today she is walking more than crawling, getting up from.the floor without something to pull herself up on, moving at speed, bending down to pick things up before carrying on and changing direction frequently. Don’t get me wrong she’s still wobbly. We’ve had a fair few bumps and tears this week.


F had her first piece of homework to complete over the summer and we ended up doing it the day before school started (Tuesday). I promise we will be more organised with the next piece. She had to make a treasure chest and fill it with things that meant something to her and would prompt her to discuss our summer.

Yesterday was her second half day and already we have a letter about her first none uniform day next Friday. Seriously! Fancy dress based on her favourite book character. Right now I have no ideas. She wants to go as Batman! (her favourite thing to watch is lego Batman and she loves her bat Halloween costume). I know it’s a comic book but I would prefer something from a more age appropriate from a children’s book she actually reads.

We also baked a chocolate and banana cake and I batched cooked some meals for the freezer. I like to have some quick meals in the freezer for busy days (days when we get in from work at 6 pm).


What is with the weather this week? One minute it’s warm and sunny, the next wet, windy and cold! I ordered these amazing puddle busters for F last week. They will be coming in useful very soon if this wet weather continues.

F also wore her school uniform for the first time on Wednesday. She looks so grown up in it. Part of me is going to miss her on my days off (and the ability to go out for the day or away for a long weekend) but the other part of me is excited to watch her grow and learn. It will also be nice to have a bit of time with just E. I think I’ve said it before but I feel like a lot of the time she is being dragged to places for F’s benefit or kept happy whilst F is doing activities. It will be nice to do activities aimed at her more often. I started this week by playing with musical instruments with her on Wednesday morning (F would usually snatch every one off her as soon as she picked them up) and taking her to play group yesterday. She’s turning in to a little cheeky toddler at the moment and it is lovely to get the chance to watch her personality develop.


I know we shouldn’t laugh but we’ve really struggled to keep a straight face this week when F has repeated a phrase. I’ve no idea how it started but when she is cross about something this week she has been saying “Poo that dog!”. I have no idea where it came from or what it means!

And lastly …

I managed to get back to my usual 3 posts this week and I hope it continues as I have lots of ideas for posts. In case you missed this weeks posts, I shared a round up of our days out and other adventures in August on Monday and on Wednesday I shared my review of World pizza (a children’s book).

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  1. September 8, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Oh she looks so super cute in her uniform! Hoping she loves school!

    • Claire
      September 9, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Thank you. So far so good.

  2. September 8, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Hope F had a good first week and settle in well at school! I am terrible for leaving homework till the last minute! I’m going to try harder this year! Hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

    • Claire
      September 9, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      Good luck with that. I’ve just ordered Fridays fancy dress outfit so that’s an improvement for me!

  3. September 9, 2017 / 10:14 am

    How cute is F in her school uniform! Where did you get those puddle busters? They’re gorgeous! I need to try to find something similar for my little one before he drowns himself in all the puddles. Hope you all have a great week x

    • Claire
      September 9, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you. They are from Frugi. They do a few differnt designs.

  4. September 10, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    They really learn quick once they start walking it’s off then no stopping them. The confidence hits and they are speedy little things on two legs. I love that age. Uniform snap is absolutely adorable. Love the school colors. Sounds like you had a great week. #littleloves

    • Claire
      September 11, 2017 / 5:20 am

      Thanks Jenny. I love red so I’m happy with the uniform too. E is so soeedy already but it does mean lots of bumps!

  5. September 11, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Oh she looks so lovely in her uniform – same colour as ours! Meme was also doing her homework the night before she went back to school!!! I hope you have had a nice weekend #littleloves

    • Claire
      September 12, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      I love red so I’m happy.

  6. September 12, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Loving the treasure box homework, such a lovely idea for them to share in such a creative way. We are always last minute with any homework despite best intentions!
    I hope that F’s really enjoying school now she’s a little more settled xx

    • Claire
      September 12, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      She does seem to be enjoying it so far thanks. Glad I’m not the only one at the last minute despite good intentions!

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