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Thursday Photo #143

Now that February has arrived, I feel suddenly very aware that it’s not all that long until the summer. This may seem like a good thing. But for somebody who might have had one too many glasses of wine and entered a half-ironman, it’s a bit of a concern. It is particularly problematic because it’s now nearly 4 years since I rode a bike.

Aims for February

I’m not one for bucket lists or planning what I need to achieve for the month. But this month, I really do need to get my bike serviced and start riding it. We could also do with getting the kitchen at least mostly finished, and I need to buy some boots that don’t have holes in. All very minor goals but entirely necessary I think.

In other news, I’ve had a couple of exciting things blogging things happen over the past couple of days. Firstly, I was delighted to be featured as the Tots100 Blogger of the Month for February. Then today, I received an email to say that we had been chosen as ambassadors for the fabulous Warwick Castle. They’re going to be sending me through some information about special offers, and we’ll be visiting and reviewing it over the coming months. Their latest offer is 25% off their short breaks when you book by 1st March.

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This week’s escapades

I’ve struggled to find the time to fit everything in this week. You may notice that my blog has been a little bit sparse, but I have still been working on it. I’ve turned my sights to Pinterest. It’s something I’ve been meaning to get to grips with for a long time but I haven’t got around to it. It’s taking up a lot of my time right now, but I’m hopeful that in the future it will be less time consuming and more worthwhile.

Libby has been really tired this week, I think school and all her activities are getting on top of her. I really enjoyed watching her swimming lesson though. She’s getting to grips with some difficult techniques including bilateral breathing on freestyle. I’m glad we decided on private lessons, it seems to suit her perfectly having one-to-one attention.

Lia enjoyed swimming a lot more this week too. She finally seems to be getting more confident again, which is a relief. Sadly the same can’t be said for ballet. We went to the lesson but she refused to join in. I would have stayed with her to see if she’d give it a go, but Libby threw a tantrum about the fact that Lia wouldn’t do it, so we had to go home. Definite parenting fail.

Thursday photo #143

Libby’s art club was cancelled for this week, so I thought it would be nice to take the girls for a drink after the school run instead. I always let the girls choose what they want to drink and unusually, they each chose something different this time. Sadly I think Libby suffered from a bit of drink envy – Lia’s hot chocolate looked particularly good and judging by the look she’s giving Lia, Libby wasn’t too pleased that she’d chosen a babyccino instead.

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  1. February 2, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    And on top of everything else you’ve been coaching me 🙂 Congratulations again on Tots100, and also on Warwick Castle, that place is amazing. Best of luck with the training – my bike isn’t even in the same county as me due to our lack of garage

  2. February 2, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Oh bless her, Libby does look envious of Lia’s hot chocolate in that photo! Good luck with getting back on the bike and in training for the ironman. Congratulations on being the blogger of the month and on being a blogger ambassador for Warwick Castle 🙂

  3. February 2, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    That’s the best photo, bless Libby she definitely wants that hot chocolate. I don’t blame her, it looks good. Well done on all the blogging success this week, amazing and well deserved. I really need to get to grips with Pinterest X

  4. February 3, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Ha ha, if looks could kill…
    Good luck with getting your bike serviced and getting training!
    Congratulations again on being the Tots 100 blogger of the month – a huge honour and well deserved!

  5. February 4, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Aww, that really is a proper look! Fortunately Lia is oblivious. I like the idea of the private lessons you have for Libby, I think I need to do something similar for my 5 year old. He might actually enjoy it when he’s getting all the attention and not needing to keep up with everyone else. I will look into it this month. Well done on being Tots 100 blogger of the month and the Warick Castle Ambassador, both well deserved! 🙂 xx

  6. February 5, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    Ironman. You are stupid at times. But, I suppose you will be fab and have plenty of time to get back on a bike again!
    Wohoo on the castle. We have a dew castle craft stuff if you want to do bits with the girls.
    Am not surprise Libby is tired. It’s usually now when they get like this…half term is just around the corner to relax.
    Wohoo on Lia getting on better with swimming. Do you think that ballet just isnt her thing then?

  7. February 6, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Congrats on the Tots100 that’s a fab achievements and good luck with your half iron man challenge – I’m sure once you get back on the bike again you will be fine, sometimes it’s just the thought of it isn’t it? Also fab news on your ambassadorship, I do love a castle 🙂

  8. February 7, 2017 / 9:37 am

    What a great month! Congratulations on your blog ranking and castle opp-very impressive!! That [photo is so funny!

  9. February 7, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Congratulations! And good luck with the bike riding, it’s been a good few years since I’ve been on a bike too…not sure I fancy it much now!

  10. February 7, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Hi Nat, a big congratulations for being chosen as a Tots100 blogger of the month and as ambassadors for Warwick castle, you work hard on your blog and you deserve it.

    You’ve just reminded me to put that soup recipe on Pinterest! It’s funny how one thought leads to another. I keep meaning to sort out my Pinterest act for my blog, but one thing at a time!

    I would have had a meltdown having one child refusing to join in with ballet and the other throwing a paddy because she wouldn’t. It must have been a classic!

    I have every faith that you will complete the IronMan, even if you only get your bike sorted the day before… Not advisable though!


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