Just as we have been embracing jumpers and our winter boots, the weather changes and along comes a nice weekend. Well that’s what we have been promised so we shall see. Anyway enough about the weather, and here is a little look back at our past fortnight.

Little Loves

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I have barely had time to pick up my book recently. I promise I will get back into reading this week.

Watched

I don’t often watch vlogs (apart from when I am being forced to watch Zoella with the 11 year old), but somebody had shared this stunning video of What Alex Did when he visited Haven recently.… Continue reading

How has it been 3 weeks since I last joined in with Little Loves. Time seems to run away with me in the week, and it always takes me a few weeks to settle back into the routine of school. Getting used to packed lunches, school admin and ironing uniforms again. But thankfully no more school runs for me, as both children walk to high school. Here is a little look back at the past 3 weeks.

Little Loves

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Reading lots of Trip Advisor reviews ahead of booking our summer holiday. Don’t get me wrong as I know some reviews you need to take with a pinch of salt, but I honestly think I could sit on Trip Advisor all day.… Continue reading

Riverside County

Riverside County is one of the most populous counties in Southern California, USA. It’s one of the best places to stay where work and life is a great balance. There are so many attractions to see and experience in Riverside. You can visit museums, theme parks, and indulge in food. Riverside County is an ideal place to live for families looking for a place to settle in California. The local government is very active and provides lots of programs and services that ensure that residents are happy, safe and secure. Considering moving here? Take a look at these 3 great places to live in Riverside County.… Continue reading

I have really missed writing up my Little Loves post over the summer, and I am glad the weekly link up is back after its summer break. I last wrote a Little Loves post back on the 27th July, a post that was filled with emotion as Katie had just finished primary school. Fast forward 6 and a bit weeks and she has just started high school, thankfully with a lot less emotion from me. So my Little Loves this week is a look back at our summer holidays.

The summer holidays

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My aim was to read 2 books during the summer holidays and I achieved this.… Continue reading

Last night I was looking at our ‘summer list of fun’ which has been pinned to the kitchen wall since the start of the summer. Many things have been ticked off such as cinema day, swimming day, and a day of shopping (yes you can tell I live with an 11 year old girl). But one thing that has remained unticked is ‘school holiday sleepover’.

School Holiday Sleepovers

And when you are 11, sleepovers are THE best thing ever. I remember having sleepovers when I was my daughters age, seeing who could stay awake the longest, and having that all important midnight feast. So I am kind of sad that for some reason the school holiday sleepover didn’t happen.… Continue reading

Can you think of a local hero ? A person or group that have given up their time to make others smile, or made a difference to your home town.

Pork Farm Website

It could be the lady who works for a local charity, giving up her time to others who are less fortunate than her. Or how about the  scout leaders, who give their time and passion to bring fun and laughter to local children (my daughter being one of them, who benefits enormously from her weekly scout group and camps). Or a community group who has helped to transform an unused patch of land into a calm oasis for local people to enjoy.… Continue reading

Where an earth did the last 3 weeks go. If I am honest I have been consumed with the emotion of Katie leaving primary school. In the past 3 weeks we have had the Year 6 trip to London, leavers assembly, leavers party, and then the final goodbye to primary school after 11 amazing years. It has certainly been an end of an era in the Williams’ house.

Tween style

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Katie’s leaving book and shirt which had so many wonderful messages from friends and teachers.

Watched

It has to be the leavers assembly which was last Friday.  My tears were kept under wraps for all of 2 minutes, until Katie opened the assembly.… Continue reading

Today I will pick my little lady up from primary school for the very last time. The final school run EVER at 3.15pm, after doing it for 11 years.

Primary School

11 years of doing the school run in the wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail and occasionally the sun.

11 years of getting my children to school on time (apart from that time I was REALLY late and Katie got a late mark). Oh and that time my husband went to work with the house keys in his pocket and we were locked in.

11 years of standing in a soggy school field, cheering on your kids at sports day.… Continue reading

Another 2 weeks has passed since I last joined in with Little Loves, and what a fortnight. Last week we were in Greece, and this week has been a blur of high school transition days, work, family life, school reports, SATS results (both amazing) and orthodontic appointments for the teen. I am ready to flop on the sofa this evening with a bottle of wine and Gilmore Girls.

Glass of wine

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I am loving Big Little Lies (thanks to all the Little Loves people that have mentioned it in their posts recently). I am about half way through and it has gripped me from the first page.… Continue reading

Who doesn’t look forward to evenings.  A chance to relax, have a meaningful conversation with your other half, and catch up with your favourite tv programmes. But in reality you flop down on the sofa, can never agree on what to watch, and then grunt at each other as social media sucks you in.

Perfect night in

So every Saturday we have decided we will have a ‘perfect night in’. From catching up on our favourite box sets (currently on Gilmore Girls, Series 6), to actually agreeing on a film to watch together. Our phones will be banished upstairs, snacks will be consumed, and the obligatory candles will be lit.… Continue reading