The Me and Mine Project {July 2017}

This has month has been a real game changer in the Howeshold with the extension finally being finished and us being able to move home to our amazing new space, with a playroom, redecorated girls and boys bedrooms and brand spanking new kitchen/living/dining area. We couldn’t have been more ready to get home with two months of questionable sleep Mr H and I were ready to move back in whether it was finished or not!!!

We’ve had a month of being back home and enjoying our new space, and also making lots of use of our local beaches. Summer holidays are here and I am trying to fill the (often long days) and entertain three under 4 which is definitely no easy task. I think this month has been particularly tough because of all the upheaval and after looking through all our photos we realised for the first time in a year and a half we just didn’t quite get a photo with all 5 of us in, a few missed opportunities and photos of four! So this is the best  we can do!!!

A trip to Bigbury beach, where we bought a boogie board, they big ones wore wetsuits, we got attacked by seagulls and little F face planted into the sea, standard successful Howeshold beach trip!

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New Bedrooms

 

First swing, sit up bath, dressing up and one of the million photos of G sleeping

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Fabs for the win!

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I screamed the loudest!

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The siblings photos..

This month I am loving, the SPACE! , throwing ALL the toys in the playroom at night, going on the log flume with D at Crealy, dressing the boys up as a Tiger and a Caterpillar for their Waterbabies swimming, a rare day out celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary, catching up with lots of friend’s babies in the extension! Conquering softly alone with 3 loons!

Little D is loving her new rainbow bedroom, having her toys in her own space, BIG rides at Crealy, Fab ice lollies, surfing on her boogie board, flying her kite at Mothecombe, watching Trolls again and again, having a best friend at nursery, helping herself from the snack draw!

Little F is loving the Dinosaur ride at Crealy, watching Bear hunt again and again, playing with cars cars cars, starting to talk in sentences, his new Dinosaur slippers, dressing up as the Hungry Caterpillar, going to softly and running around with D and no adult, cuddling Peter Rabbit to sleep, his new Whale themed bedroom!

Little G is loving getting his passport photo done, saying goodbye to his Sleepyhead deluxe, wearing a life jacket on Grandpa’s boat for the first time, the Jumperoooooo, a new sit up bath seat, first tastes of banana (he liked it!) making a footprint plate, first go in a swing! (big smiles)

Mr H is loving his new Amazon Prime account (oops lots of shopping) , the pirate ship with little D at Crealy, playing with the boogie board with D and F at Bigbury, eating a wedding anniversary Wagamamas and no children time coffee drinking, DIY in the extension, putting up a million lights! Running with Strava in the evenings.

 

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The Me and Mine Project {June 2017}

This month has been a busy one, still feeling all a bit chaotic as staying at Grandpa’s house whilst the extension carries on. This month it reached the stage of looking worse before it could look better!?! No kitchen… a lot of ripped down ceilings, visiting every night and feeling a bit ahhhh about the whole thing…will it ever be finished?!

 

This month has had its fair share of sunshine, and we managed to time little G’s first holiday with a mad heatwave (which also happened on our Summer get away last year!) and 4 nights in a log cabin in Wales. It took 6 hours to do  3.5 hour journey with a hungry baby that did a poonami in his car seat, and two hungry , tired toddlers who need the toilet ALOT! Having said that we had a MUCH needed break, the children, who have been cooped up in a two bedroom house, had acres of space to run around and we just had some family time to relax…as much as you can with three children under 4!!

This month’s photo is taken in  Wales, in the Golf buggy we hired to get about the park we stayed in (most definitely the highlight of the toddler’s holiday!)

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This month I am loving steak BBQs cooked by Grandpa, a spacious lodge all for us, a sunny trip to a Welsh beach, an enormous chocolate dessert in Tenby, watching the Hand Maid’s Tale every Sunday, buying the finishing touches for the extension.

Mr H is loving Grandpa’s steak BBQ, cruising around with all of us in the Golf cart, garden time in the sunshine, lazy weekends at the Pub and Park, watching the Hand Maid’s Tale every Sunday and diving D around in a Go Kart, first father days celebrations as a Daddy to three!

Little D is loving the special new car (golf cart) playing at the beach in Wales visiting Folly Farm and driving a Go cart with Daddy, her new Rainbow converse shoes, a pony ride at the local school fair, eating lots of ice cream!

Litte F is loving wearing his sunhat and shouting at at at! Going in the sea at every opportunity! Saying wheeee in the golf cart, eating ice cream (all over his face!) Driving a Digger at Folly Farm with Daddy.

Little G is loving rolling all over the place! His first holiday, a cheeky taste of fromage frais, a ride on a big wheel, growing his hair lots! Chilling in his beach tent.

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The Me and Mine Project {May 2017}

This month has been a rather crazy one in the Howeshold with our extension build starting at the beginning of the month and us, plus three children, two dogs and a rabbit moving in with Grandpa. It hasn’t been easy, a week of torrential rain and cooped up children missing their toys, and their Mummy and Daddy missing their space has proved difficult. We are SO grateful to have somewhere to live whilst the building goes on, and have an amazing end goal to look forward to but everyday is pretty tough whilst we are not at home. We have been to the theatre to see a toddler’s under the Sea play, which little D and F absolutely loved, visited a fairy festival, been to the beach as a family, Grayson turned 3 months and started baby swimming and we even managed to get the paddling pool out, (when it eventually stopped raining!)

This month’s photo is taken at our building site!

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Sitting on the insulation stacked up in the living room whilst visiting the build!

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3 months old, just beginning to sleep through the night sometimes (yes!)

This month I am loving planning all the little bits for the new extension, starting a couch to 5k, a daily Gin and Tonic after giving up breastfeeding, a bit sunshine and beach time!

Mr H is still working toooooo hard, playing hide and seek in the garden with little D, swimming with little F and little G, planning another tattoo!

Little D is loving playing lots with Grandpa, getting her face painted at the fairy festival and at Newquay zoo ( a perfect little penguin), swimming a little without her float in swimming lessons! sleeping in a big single bed at Grandpa’s house

Little F is loving playing outside more, trying to jump in the sea with all his clothes on! learning more and more words, finally not mixing up yes and no! having his face painted for the first time!

Little G is loving being more awake in the day, holding and grabbing at toys, alfresco naps on his playmat on the decking.

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The Me and Mine Project {April 2017}

This month started feeling a little bit empty with Aunty G going back to Australia. We tried to get out and about lots and managed a yummy breakfast and scooting trip on the Hoe with Grandma and Grandpa, some Easter traditions including little D making an Easter tree and doing some Easter baking (this year F joined in and mostly enjoyed licking the spoon) and an Easter egg hunt in Grandpa’s garden with our cheerio prizes.. (not sure how many more years we will get away with this!) We also made some good use of our annual zoo passes and had a great trip to Paignton Zoo, getting to with all three is becoming (a little?) easier, or perhaps we have just now fully embracing the chaos that is three children under 4! This month we have been anticipating the start of our extension build and moving into Grandpa’s house, all very exciting. Little G has turned 2 months old and is still slotting into our madness perfectly, his little smile lighting up the room.

Our photo this month was taken at the zoo and I absolutely love it!

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Fab day at the zoo!

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Easter bonnets, baking and hunts!

 

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Little G Fox, 2 months old

This month I am loving planning for the new extension, getting excited about little D’s new rainbow bedroom, seeing the new baby giraffe at the zoo, watching little D’s new swimming lessons, some time with little F at toddler sense, buying a new rabbit hutch

Mr H is still working toooooo hard, helping little D with her Easter Egg clues, going on the Train at the zoo, planning the new kitchen!

Little D is loving scooting all over the place, keeping toys in her scooter bag, watching Paw Patrol and Trolls on repeat! talking about our ‘new house’ wearing her Summer dresses, a Trolls Easter egg from Aunty Claire and some super cool Trolls sun glasses!

Little F is loving playing outside more, outdoor picnics, cars cars cars cars and more cars! a Thomas Easter Egg from Aunty claire

Little G is loving giggling, growing growing growing, starting to sleep a little more, playing with muslins, swinging in his swing chair listening to waterfall noises! Smiling at little D

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The Me and Mine Project {March 2017}

March came and flew by in a complete blur. Partly because of the distinct lack of sleep going on here, and partly due to the surprise visit at the beginning of the month from Aunty G! Nothing quite like the shock when you’ve been surviving on a few hours sleep a night to walk downstairs and find your sister, who is supposed to be at home in Australia, standing in your living room! We had a crazy couple of weeks, filled with the good stuff, good food and good fun. Aunty G became bedtime extraordinary and wayyyy to much takeaway was eaten. Couldn’t have asked for a better couple of weeks to brighten a sleep deprived, very rainy March.

Our photos this month were taken on a trip to the beach with my family, it was a bit of a gloomy day but no rain, which was a rarity this March.

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A girls fish and chips trip (boys fast asleep)

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Tummy time with little G (those cheeks!)

 

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A puppet show by little D

 

This month I am loving having Aunty G to stay, eating too much takeaway, enjoying fish and chips with both boys asleep (winning!) whole family trips to the beach, little G’s bedside cot, pinning for the new extension, face masks and giggles with aunty G and Mr H, a first mother’s day as mummy to 3 with a beautiful necklace, breakfast and scooting trip on the Hoe

Mr H is loving singing the chicken tikka buna song, eating far too much takeaway with aunty G, doing the assault course with little D at the farm, working too hard

Little D is loving having aunty G to do bath and bedtime stories, loads of treats from Aunty G, Paw Patrol figurines, collecting Trolls and Paw Patrol albums for her sticker book, riding a pony at the farm, writing her own name! Her giant stuffed Poppy Troll from aunty G

Little F is loving playing with new cars from Grandma and Aunty G, hand feeding the goats at the farm, saying ‘wow’ and ‘wheeeeee’, saying thank you and good night, cleaning his teeth and giggling, dancing to Trolls music, playing in the garden sandpit

Little G is loving all the cuddles, listening to white noise at night time, giving little smiles, growing like a weed!

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The me and mine Project {February 2017}

This month’s post is a little late… but not without good reason as on the 1st February we became a family of five! 9 days late and eventually little G arrived at 4:15 pm after A fairly quick labour. So February has been and gone in a flash, full of long sleepless nights, busy busy days which have disappeared in a baby bubble of happiness and exhaustion!! 

With our new arrival we have spent a lot of time at home this month trying to adjust to being a family of five with three under four. There’s been the inevitable trips to soft play and for coffee and cake but with a new baby and a rain filled garden there has been lots of sofa time! 

Little D has for the most part been a little star with G, having the odd cuddle and being really gentle. Little F, still a baby himself, has not given him too much notice which has made things a little easier. There has been far too much TV time this month and we are looking forward to getting used to our new normal next month and getting out on some more adventures!

This month’s portrait was taken in our living room, where I feel like I’ve spent most of this month!!! I am picturing an out doors spring sunshine shot for March! 




Introducing little G just a few minutes old..

Waiting to leave the hospital,



And one of my favourites this month…


This month I’ve been loving being in a newborn baby bubble, staring at the many faces of little G, taking billions of photos of G and trying hard to get lots of sibling photos, eating huge amounts of cheesecake! Window shopping for our new extension.

Mr H is loving all the cheesecake I keep buying, having paternity leave time off, starting swimming lessons againwith little F, making plans for our house extension.

Little D is loving watching Trolls over and over and over again, talking about Trolls! Playing with magnetic letters and spelling all our  names, cuddling G before bedtime.

Little f is loving watching Stickman, Room on the Broom and the Gruffalo, getting new cars from Grandma, saying thank you in the cutest voice, getting some more teeth ( finally!)

Little G is loving making his appearance Earthside! Not sleeping at night… swinging every evening in his Joie swing chair, growing like a weed!  

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 The me and mine Project {January 2017}

January! You came with high expectations a new baby due date, unfortunately you came and went……. with no sign of baby no.3 

I feel like January is always a month that drags on for me, saying goodbye to the fun and excitement of Christmas and hello to those tricky Winter months when the rain never seems to stop! This has been a month of waiting waiting, the last month of pregnancy lasts FOREVER!

We were waiting to take this month’s portrait with high hopes of being a family of 5 but we ended up taking an emergency photo in my Dad’s garden on a rare sunny day at the end of the month as a ‘just in case’ but this baby wasn’t coming and saved his entrance until the 1st February, but that’s another story! 


I love this one of these two, they look like partners in crime and it just shows how much F has grown up, he’s very much a little boy now and off exploring EVERYTHING….

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All ready for nursery!

This month I am loving getting everything just so in the house ready for the baby, cosy evenings on the sofa with plenty of candles and snoozing, slow weeks of just enjoying the calm before the storm of the new baby, afternoon AND evening naps!

Mr H is loving watching Stickman with both children on his lap after tea, drinking lots of alcohol free beer just in case of a mad hospital dash!  Watching Sherlock while Mummy sleeps, scoffing chocolate biscuits! Using our annual pass to visit the zoo and penguins

Little D is loving her little brother starting nursery, holding little F’s hand wherever we go, wearing Paw Patrol pyjamas EVERY night, watching Stickman cuddled on the chair with Daddy and F

Little F is loving starting nursery for one morning a week like an absolute champ, no tears and a bye bye, high fiving everybody, climbing on the dining room chairs, eating billions of raspberries and watching the whole of Stickman over and over and over again!

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{The Me & Mine Project} December 2016

We made it! One whole year of blogging and photo projects, 12 monthly family portraits, lots of wriggling children and bickering parents but we did it! This month has absolutely flown by in blur of crazy Christmas excitement (me mainly..) and a an intense surge of de-cluttering and organising for the arrival of baby no.3 in January. Not forgetting I turned 31 this month (how!? ) and enjoyed a rare night out for some food and film watching, not to mention a super yummy virgin mojito. It really doesn’t seem such a long time ago that I was sipping the real thing in the Watergate Bay Hotel, with a tiny little F celebrating my 30th! Its hard to believe a whole year has passed and we will soon have another tiny squish in the house.

We have absolutely loved Christmas this year with little D, we had a magical Christmas Eve, she love leaving Santa’s snacks out by the fire (and got so cross with F for trying to eating the mince pie multiple times….look at his face!) and staying up late to watch the Bear hunt! I have felt pretty much exhausted the whole time (thats the last month of pregnancy for you) and its only today, on New Years Eve that I think can finally say that the Christmas decs are away, the house is sparkling clean (ish!) and we are ready for our new arrival.

I am loving this month: my new camera strap, new perfume, HP sprocket and sticking photos all over the house, the magic of Christmas, Christmas songs on at ALL times, new heartburn meds from the doctor (phew!)

Mr H is Loving: his new playstation game (zzzz!) his new Amazon Dot (sucker for a gadget)     a week off work and finally get a few lie ins (new age lie ins that is until 7:30) scoffing Christmas chocolate!

Little D is loving: going on Christmas light hunts, her Paw Patrol pyjamas, her new scooter and Dinosaur helmet, taking her Trolls Poppy doll everywhere, wearing Christmas outfits everyday, staying up late on Christmas Eve to watch the Bear Hunt with Daddy

Litte F is loving: eating bananas all day long ( no change here) running around and hiding in the curtains, saying night night, playing on the rocking horse, his new Converse trainers, climbing EVERYTHING!

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(According to Mr H a can of carling and a mince pie is all Santa wants?)

Christmas Day flew by in a blur of food and fun as it always does and as we discussed on Christmas Eve we are always terrible at taking pictures on the big day! This year was no exception, but we did manage a few.

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Our picture this month was taken on Christmas Eve, we have embraced the charity stripey pyjamas and we were determined to get the dogs in too, not an easy task!

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So here it is the 2016 Me and Mine monthly portrait round up and I absolutely love it, this is something I am determined to continue, although I am not sure its going to get any easier with a newborn to factor in too!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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{The Me & Mine Project} November 2016

This month has absolutely whizzed by in a blur of busy weeks and slow weekends. It has felt like this month, since we enjoyed a family Fireworks night out has been all about getting prepared, for the big C and baby no.3 in January. Having done this pregnancy thing twice before you think I would have remembered what month 7 & 8 feel like, a whole lot of sleeplessness, heartburn and backache in my case! This has all improved in recent weeks with some new medication and thankfully little F’s sleep is back to where he was before and we have even been treated to a few nights of complete sleep recently, unfortunately with a newborn arriving in January this is going to be very short-lived.

We absolutely love the run up to the big C in the Howeshold and I have been using the excuse of a January baby to kick things off a little early this year ( with the intention of packing it all away pretty early) and as I sit  writing this the tree is up and Buble is on! ( Mr H not so convinced by the music…) Little F has so nearly mastered walking and little D has been on her very best behaviour with the promise that Santa (and his robins!) are ALWAYS watching…. not to mention that she will literally do ANYTHING for Trolls stickers..hehe

This month’s photo was actually taken by my Dad ( Grandpa!) which is a miracle as he is not the most techy person… but we managed to set it up for him and despite the sky being very grey he got some good ones of us all. We are on our annual breakfast and tree shopping day (yes very early!) but I will save the rest of that day for anther post!

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I am loving this month: baby swimming lessons with little F, snuggling on the sofa in the evenings with blankets and smelly candles, watching the fireworks with D, getting all the children’s cute winter clothes out, our annual Christmas tree buying trip with Grandpa, meeting a friends’ brand new squishy arrival.

Mr H is Loving: pretending not to be into Christmas already! sneaking extra Troll blind bags in the shopping to make treasure hunts for little D, watching The Missing (finale tonight!!) a little bit more sleep, a new pint glass for evening beers!

Little D is loving:  her Trolls sticker album (which she announced to Mr H makes her feel VERy happy) playing with glowsticks on fireworks night, eating clementines, playing with the Christmas fuzzy felts and playmobil that came out the loft (oops a bit early)

Litte F is loving: eating bananas and blueberries, walking around the living room with his arms in the air and a big grin on his face, sleeping ALL night, his new pillow, playing with any toys with wheels, saying uh ohhhhhhhhh………

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{The Me & Mine Project} October 2016

This month there has been such an obvious shift in the weather, and although its not been really cold our bear snowsuits, dinosaur hats, Peppa Pig wellies and coats are out! Our weekends have been full of Autumn walks and we have well and truly settled into our routines of nursery, ballet, swimming and toddler group.

My bump has really gone pop and unfortunately the dreaded pregnancy reflux is back. I have been trying to sneak in some cheeky afternoon sleeps when F naps and D watches Paw Patrol but it doesn’t usually work out…

We have had a half term full of adventures, including cinema dates to see Trolls (which little D is now obsessed with) ice skating, magic shows, Eden project trips, Creative caterpillars and ending with some Halloween fun.

This month has seen little F begin to attempt some steps and also his sleep to regress a little bit. Little D has seemed more and more grown up with tantrums becoming less and less frequent, and turning into a lovely (if a little mad?) little girl. There has been lots of talk about the arrival of baby number 3 in January and lots of caffeine fuelled days ( thanks F!)

I should probably point out that life has been pretty exhausting recently, big bumps, babies that don’t sleep,toddlers with endless amounts of energy, trying to do some admin work on the side has meant my blog has , well had two months of posts added today… but hopefully November will be a month of more energy!! (And blog post link ups)

We took our photo at the Eden project and in true Howeshold style we have temporarily misplaced our tripod ( we could lose anything in this family…) luckily the Gorilla Pod on a fence worked out just about ok. We had been ice skating, magic show spectating and pasty eating and we were on our way home, Little F is losing his baby looks all the time and D turning into much more of a little girl than chubby toddler. My bump is hidden which is a shame as I actually look like I am smuggling a pumpkin up my top!

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I am loving this month: crocheting like mad for two new arrivals, glugging Gaviscon for reflux, seeing my bump go pop, GBBO cake nights, carving silly pumpkins.

Mr H is Loving: walking the dogs at night for some peace and quiet, taking little D ice skating at the Eden project, dressing up as a skeleton for D’s entertainment.

Little D is loving:  Trolls…talking about trolls, playing with trolls, looking for trolls..driving us all a bit mad about Trolls! Going on a cinema and Nandos date with Mummy, doing really well at swimming lessons, putting on her own shoes and nearly being able to get herself dressed/undressed, apricot (apringcot) yoghurt,  dressing up as a ghost, watching a Squirrels Tale at the theatre.

Litte F is loving: taking a few first steps, having a little hair trim (by Mummy), weekly swimming lessons, a first taste of chocolate pancakes, playing with his Toot Toot garage from aunty G.

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