Half Term With My Tots..

Like every working mum I’m always counting down the days until my next break from work.   Leaving my two little ones, Letoya & Ethan every morning at 6:45 am is the hardest part of my day, so when half term is around the corner I like to plan as many activities as possible to have some quality family time.

February half term is always more tricky than others as you can guarantee rain, freezing temperatures and coughs and colds in abundance.  However, there are still so many fun things to do, which the lovely British weather does not impede.

We had a lovely morning at The Yard in Stamford.  The Yard is an indoor soft play centre in Stamford, Lincs and is open for children upto 7 years.  I love  bringing my children here because it is great fun and always clean!  As a germaphobe and slightly paranoid parent, this is always a massive plus!  Oh and did I mention that they do the most amazing home made cake!

  
On one of the slightly warmer days I took Letoya & Ethan to the park I used to go play in as a child.  I love being outdoors when we get the opportunity.  Seeing them run around free as birds brings me so much joy.  They are such energetic children and given the chance, will always choose outdoors over indoors.  What shocked me most is that we were the only people in the park.  And this is often the case.  Children just don’t seem to play outside anymore.  Going back 20 years to my childhood I clearly remember always seeing someone I knew at the park, or playing on their front lawn.  It’s quite sad really.

  
My daughter is really obsessed with stationary, diaries, pens, crayons.. the list goes on!  She was begging me all holiday to take her to Accessorize to pick out some new items.  So we took a trip into town and went shopping, picking up some new pens and some clothes.  As Letoya gets older, her taste in clothes is really evolving.  Up to a year I could pick out anything and everything that I liked for her.  Now I am bargaining to keep her in the cute outfits that I love, while compromising on what she likes.

  
Late in the week we had a family birthday party.  I relished the opportunity to dress the children in their cutest outfits.  But, throw a room full of children all smartly dressed in with bottomless sweets & fizzy drinks, you can guarantee no one will stay looking tidy for long!  They had a great time and it was great to see them having so much fun.

  
Fast forward to the next morning when the sugar rush had passed, we had a relaxing Saturday, doing very little.  Sometimes the best of times are the ones when nothing is planned.

Now I am back at work, the children back at school and nursery… And the countdown begins again.

How did you spend half-term?  How do you find balancing work and home?

Much Love

Lisa xx

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40 Comments

  1. February 28, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    OMG your kids are so sweet! congratulations forr them and of course for your talent to write this great post!

    • wonderlingblog
      February 28, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      Thank you Mary Anne this is so kind of you to say! X

  2. March 1, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    aww thats soo cute

    • wonderlingblog
      March 1, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      Thank you!

  3. March 1, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    As an working mother, I understand how you egar to spend time with kids…God bless you..and family.
    Memorable moments!!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 1, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comments… it is definitely difficult to get that work/life balance right

    • wonderlingblog
      March 1, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      There’s nothing better…

    • wonderlingblog
      March 1, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Thank you 🙂

    • wonderlingblog
      March 1, 2017 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 2, 2017 / 7:19 am

      Ah thank you so much.. they are special x

  4. March 2, 2017 / 4:26 am

    The kids are gorgeous. I can totally understand how you feel as a mom myself. Our heart ache whenever we think of leaving them for work. You are doing wonderful job and an amazing mom.

    • wonderlingblog
      March 2, 2017 / 7:19 am

      Thank you Anmaria that is so kind of you to say

  5. March 2, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    You have really cute kids! And you sure look like you are having a lot of fun. I don’t have kids but I miss my little niece because I don’t see her when I work late. She is already asleep by the time I get home. So on weekends, we sure bond a lot. 🙂

    • wonderlingblog
      March 2, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      Ah thank you they are a blessing.. it’s hard to make time for everything our lives are so busy now..

  6. Amber
    March 2, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Your kids are really precious! I always like having fun with my kids. I work at home so I’m usually always available, but since they have school and activities, we can’t always do what we’d like. So now and again we go out and have fun too!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 2, 2017 / 3:06 pm

      Thank you Amber, we have to squeeze it in when we can x

  7. March 2, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Your kids are adorable. It’s great that you are a parent that looks forward to school holidays; I know many who dread it!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 2, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      Haha.. by the end of the week I think most mums are running out of ideas x

  8. March 2, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Your kids are adorable – and I can totally relate to the compromise issues that come up as little girls come into their own sense of fashion! My teen is a mess these days, and as she changes so does her fashion sense – and not always in ways that I enjoy. It has been an interesting journey for us, learning to compromise with each other so that I’m respecting her sense of style and she’s respecting my desire to see her dress carefully. Glad you guys had a great break together; and your son is such a cutie!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 2, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      Thank you Brandi. I can definitely relate to that.. it is hard setting boundaries that are fair but allow then enough room for their own personalities to grow x

    • wonderlingblog
      March 2, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks Fiona!

  9. March 2, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    How cute are your little ones? I like the sound of Yard and its a great way to have fun indoors when the weather is not good x

    • wonderlingblog
      March 2, 2017 / 11:23 pm

      Definitely .. roll on summer though, my little ones are ready to be in the great outdoors!

  10. March 2, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    Such lucky kids to have a devoted Mum! Sounds like a great half term

  11. March 3, 2017 / 2:45 am

    Oh my gosh your children are so beautiful. It is tough being a working mom. I love spending every second I can with my children too.

    • wonderlingblog
      March 3, 2017 / 12:17 pm

      Thank you, that is so kind of you to say.. if only we all had more time! X

  12. March 3, 2017 / 5:15 am

    I agree with you that children don’t play outside much any more. It’s sad and I think it effects socialization. They need to go out more I think.

  13. March 4, 2017 / 12:47 am

    Love these pics and your kiddos are adorable. I feel bad about my lack of time with the kids and I work at home. You are doing a great job!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 4, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you, we all do the best we can it can be really hard with all the other pressures

  14. March 5, 2017 / 12:39 am

    I work at home and yet I still think I’m not spending enough time with the kids. I can so relate with how you feel, so when the weekend comes along I also make sure that I bond with them as much as I can.

  15. March 5, 2017 / 9:15 am

    I went back to work 3 days a week after my first bub and it was a struggle at the start, but we just feel into a routine and it worked. My little fella loved daycare and I loved being back at work. But with my 2nd bub I am now fortunate enough to stay home with them. I miss work and the social interaction with adults. But I love being at home with my boys.

    • wonderlingblog
      March 5, 2017 / 10:02 am

      I long to be at home with mine. It is the first thing I think about when I get to work ‘I wish I was at home with the little ones’. Thank goodness for routine it is the only way I manage!

  16. March 6, 2017 / 6:58 am

    Ohh they are both adorable! You are a lucky Momma 🙂

    -blairvillanueva

    • wonderlingblog
      March 6, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Thank you, they are my world!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 6, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you Nadine, I love them to bits!

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