Our Thursday Photo #20

This week we have been deliberating and agonising over what to do about school for Libby. We don’t want her to go to the local school where we live at the moment, and this would be our catchment area. The only way to guarantee that she will get into a nice school is to move house. We love the house that we live in, it’s a great location, close to family and it’s just coming together as we want it. Ultimately though, the school that Libby goes to is too important to take a risk on, so we have reluctantly…

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Establishing a routine

Libby and Lia are much too young for school, but that doesn’t detract from the need to establish a good tea time routine that will make life easier when they do start school. The most important thing for me when it comes to tea time is that we all eat together as a family. I think this encourages children to eat well, enjoying the same food as us and eliminating the need to cook several different meals at different times. I like to cook fresh food, using a variety of ingredients, particularly fresh vegetables to make sure that the girls…

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When things aren’t quite as they seem…

Last night, my sisters and I went to our favourite restaurant, The Terrace on The Hill in Malvern, as a last evening out before my youngest sister goes to university. While we were there, we overheard someone talking about a poor review on TripAdvisor that had rated the service badly. This got us chatting about TripAdvisor, and how one person who has taken offence to something innocent can have such an awful effect on the success of an establishment, just by writing a poor review. I honestly can’t think of anywhere with better service than The Terrace on The Hill,…

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Hello School!

Libby was only two in June, but already we are starting to get concerned about her going to school. Our local school isn’t a place that I’d like to send her to, and getting into a different one is going to be difficult and may involve a house move. We will need to apply next year, and if we only get offered our local school I’ll home-school Libby until we manage to move to somewhere with a nice school. One of the best chances she’ll have of getting into a nice local school is if she goes to the nursery,…

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Our Thursday Photo #19

I’m struggling to believe that it’s Thursday again already, it only seems five minutes ago I was posting last week’s photo from my phone. We came home from our holiday on Monday, having all had a fabulous week. Libby’s speech is developing every day, and she is at a stage now where she generally talks perfect sense, so the odd word of utter nonsense or silly mistake can be really entertaining. Here are a few examples from this week: Libby: I want to go on the radiator. Dad: The radiator? Libby: Yes, I want to go on the radiator (points…

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Things to do in Pembrokeshire with a baby and a toddler

Last week, we had a lovely camping holiday in Pembrokeshire. I always find it difficult to know quite what to do with the girls when we’re somewhere different, so I’m writing this in the hope that it might help someone else who pays a visit to the area with babies or young children. We stayed at a campsite in Manorbier, a ten minute walk from the beach. At Libby’s pace it was more of a 20 ┬áminute walk though, and if we’d had a buggy we’d have had no chance! The walk was through a beautiful wood and avoided the…

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Our Thursday photo #18

On time with my post today, but posting from my phone as we’re on holiday in sunny Pembrokeshire. Camping with two smalls is exceptionally hard work, but we are managing and enjoying the change of scenery. In particular, Libby has enjoyed the beach and a boat ride, hubby is enjoying being of work and spending time with the girls and the dogs are getting plenty of fresh air and walking. For me, I’ve loved the change of running scenery. I managed to run down to the beach yesterday, have a short swim across the cove and back and then run…

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