Hi Guys! Lockdown has been a bit tough on the Butterfly family. Well, me actually… 😂 The kids have been amazing, they have taken it all in their stride and have been doing so well with school work, playing nicely together and staying active with Jo Wicks every day.
I, on the other hand, have struggled a little bit, and it’s ok to admit that. I am absolutely fine, and overall we have all done amazing well in this weird situation we found our selves in, but juggling work/homeschooling/life has been tricky and I miss people more than anything. I am lucky I live with my husband and my mum so I do have conversations and people around me, but I am a true extrovert and love the hustle and bustle of groups of people, and busy shops and mostly going out and gaining energy by meeting new people and visiting new places.
For us as a family, we love to go out exploring, visiting places, exploring our little part of the world, and further afield when we can. So being restricted to home and the odd dog walks, has been the saddest part for us. I am happy to do it though, as I want my whole family and the rest of the world to be safe and happy but we did still miss adventures.
But rather than be super sad, instead we bought the adventures home and started planning what we might do when we feel safe to start venturing out into the world in this new “normal”.
You know we all love a trip to London. In fact, it’s almost our second home. London is one of my favourite places in the world.
We had planned to go to London in June to celebrate BTS festa and debut weekend, obviously this didn’t happen so we decorated our house and bought London to us. It was a super fun and exciting weekend, spend playing games, listening to music and eating yummy foods.
We did take a really quick to Bournemouth to buy a bubble tea, as it is one of my favourites drinks ever and we had really missed bubble tea. Bournemouth has been hectic and crazy busy so we went on a weekday rather than the weekend to avoid the crowds. We nipped to the bubble tea shop and returned home, but it was oh so worth it.
Over the weekend, we had BTS quizzes, games, our own run BTS style fun times, we had our own birthday cafe event with a BTS purple themed “purple you” mocktail and free gifts designed and made by my wonderful friend Dot’s daughter.
And at the end of the weekend , we even had a “visit” to a kpop store where the kids could choose their (pre-chosen) album I had treated them too. Me and mum had treated ourselves to the 5th muster magic shop and that also arrived in time! 💜💜💜
The weekend ended with a very exciting BTS concert live in our living room, in the form of Bangbang con which we enjoyed with our friends. The whole weekend was amazing! The children had a wonderful time, I had a brilliant time and the whole time spent together as a family being silly and doing fun things was wonderful. It still did make me miss our real adventures but the whole thing was just awesome!
What did you guys do to celebrate BTS weekend? Anything exciting or interesting to share? Let me know in the comments, I’d love or hear what you guys have been doing or buying.
Mr BC works away from home a fair amount, so as a treat before he disappeared again he treated us to a trip and overnight stay to Legoland. On the whole it was an amazing weekend, but I have a few, just a little moan and I want to get it out first, so it doesn’t ruin my whole post. 😂
I know it is a tourist attraction, a park that needs maintenance and upkeep and all of those things, but seriously the amount of money they expect you to spend is seriously crazy. And yes, I know we didn’t have to, but have you ever been. Its so easy to spend a ridiculous amount of money and not even realise and that’s before you get to the BIG shop.
We went in the middle of the summer, so it was busy and hot. We paid for the queue jumping facility but this didn’t even cover all the rides, you had to pay extra for the most special and amazing rides, and even with this, we still spent a good 4 hours queueing, thankfully we stayed in a hotel and got the second day free so we got plenty of time in the park. Drinks, food and snacks all day are not cheap either and next time, I am definitely taking a picnic.
So that’s my moan, the tickets are not cheap as it is and with everything else you end up spending too, its not a cheap weekend but all said and done, we love Lego and we adore Legoland so we will undoubtably go again and do it all again, including spending lots of money.
I feel better getting that off my chest, on to the good bits; literally everything else! I LOVE LEGOLAND!!! ❤️
I could spend days just wandering around looking it all and taking it in and still want to go back for more. It wasn’t the best start as it rained the whole drive there but thankfully it stopped as we arrived. And of course our adventure started sooner as a trip across country is not the same without a stop at Fleet Services, its a given.
The kids were very excited to both finally be all enough to go on most rides, but even without that, they like me both just love Lego. The intricate and amazing builds they make are just wonderful to walk around and look at. We make up little stories as were going around about all the little lego men, It really is an amazing day out and if your family love Lego – its definitely worth a visit.
Take a look at our pictures from our weekend below:
Poppet had her first experience of 4D cinema as well, and I think I captured the moment perfectly and it might be my favourite of her ever! She always looks beautiful and it feels like she senses the camera coming and is always ready but not on this day. 😂😂😂
More of our weekend to come:
We were most exciting to visit the Ninjago ride, the spooky castle and Poppet was desperate to go on the boat ride. Monkey not so much as he’s not a fan of water but he was a trooper and did alright. He’s possibly not as brave as Poppet and he doesn’t face his fears in quite the same way but he still did amazing.
The best part for me (the kids really enjoyed the rides this year) is always mini land. I love seeing all the little details and intricacies. I am a huge fan of London (i know shocking right – if you don’t know this – then you need to go back and read some more of my posts! 😀) So I love seeing the mini version of London, but of course, there is so much of the world I haven’t seen and seeing all the min version really makes me want to travel to see it for real. I just need to get over this damn fear of flying.
As I mentioned Poppet is really brave but she is really scared of heights but does she let that stop her. Does it hell?? She is not only brave but when she is scared, she does not let it stop her, she faces her fears ( and yes she screamed almost the whole time but still) she conquers it all the time. Super proud of her!
That was the whole weekend! We stayed in a wonderful Holiday Inn, the place was beautiful, it had a swimming pool and beautiful rooms and the staff were friendly and amazing with the kids. Overall the weekend was fabulous and I can’t wait for our next adventure.
I am not usually one for all of that New Year, New Start business, not because I don’t believe it’s good thing but because if I start something as a fad or because it’s the thing to do, I don’t generally have the willpower to follow it through! 😂
But when it comes to writing for my blog, it is a New Year, and is the perfect time to do a bit of writing. I took a break towards the end of the year, to try to get my life sorted, rest, have fun with my family and friends and just relax and bathe in the festivities of Christmas.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, I have been sharing some photos of our festive season, which I hope you have enjoyed but I haven’t found the time to do much writing, but in the New Year haze, it finally dawned on, I don’t think I’ll ever get my life ‘in order’ or sorted, as I quite like the semi-organised, chaotic version of my life. I love crazy, sporadic adventures, we will never be a really organised, on time family. It’s not how we are wired and I am ok with this. Yes, sometimes our life is crazy, and it’s tiring and frustrating but mostly it’s fun!
I love sharing on this blog. I like that I can share all of our exploits, I enjoy sharing my concerns and worries, and knowing that someone else out there is probably feeling the same and hopefully won’t feel alone anymore, I love that I get to share my loves and passions. Having a social outlet is amazing, and I hope to keep growing my blog in the coming year.
Mostly I look forward to connecting with you, my followers more over the next year. As much as I like to write, I love to communicate, I love nothing more than connecting with people, hearing stories and travelling the world without leaving my room. (I mean l love to actually travel too! 😂 but you get me). So please comment, message me, follow me on my other accounts, but please get in touch!
Just in case you missed it, here is a quick photo catch up of my ChristmaS.
I think sometimes being a mum can be the hardest job in the world, yes its rewarding and I love being a mum, but it can push you to the end of your limits and back again within the space of minutes. But on some days, it is the easiest thing in the world to be a parent, because no matter how hard life has gotten, or how stressed you are, you can look at those little people you created and see so much love, admiration, imagination, beauty and love (Again)! And on those days, I feel like I could conquer the world. It is also so easy when you are feeling stressed or tired to forget how lucky we are to have been blessed with these beautiful children.
Why am I feeling gushy today? Well, I guess I just feel proud, happy to have such wonderful children, blessed to have perfectly healthy children to hug every night, and well, the list could go on. We joined in the wave of light for baby loss awareness yesterday, and I guess it always leaves me feeling blessed and thankful. I suffered a very early miscarriage a couple of years ago, and we had been trying for another baby in the last few years but were unsuccessful due to my illness. I have accepted our baby journey has come to an end, but it was still hard to go through everything. But I could never even begin to imagine other peoples heartbreak of miscarriages and baby loss. Taking a moment to join together on October 15th to raise awareness for miscarriage and still births is such a poignant and beautifully sad time, it does make you reflect on your own life. Knowing people who have been through stillbirth and miscarriage lately, it is something I reflect on a lot. I am not sure what made this year different, but it has really made me stop and see everything I am thankful for.
More specifically today, I guess I am feeling proud and honoured to not only be a mum, but be their mum, Monkey and Poppets. I often struggle as a mummy to share how happy and proud I am of my two children, I wouldn’t want to appear to be bragging or showing off, I will talk about them in conversation until the cows come home but I don’t generally start a conversation on how they are are doing something well, or have excelled in something, but I realised I want to share when my beautiful children have done well, and I want my friends to feel able to do the same with me, we should all share and congratulate each other, without feeling like its a competition or “bragging”. Now I’m not saying thats what my friends or people I know do, because I don’t think they do. Its definitely me feeling like this, I think I feel like thats what I would sound like and so don’t, nothing to do with what anyone has ever said to me. I guess I just worry that being proud will come across as bragging, I don’t know where this feeling has come from, but I guess I don’t like the idea of making someone else feel uncomfortable. But I don’t want that to be how I feel anymore, I want to show how proud I am, I want to share their successes, and I probably will have a moan about them when they’re being pains too! But thats ok! I think everyone should be with people they feel comfortable to be able to do this with.
We had reports home from school last week, which then leads into parents evening. Both monkey and poppet had excellent reports and I couldn’t be more proud of everything they have achieved. They are two very different children, both doing amazing academically but Monkey is much more creative and imaginative and Poppet is your usual academic sort. They both love to read though, which makes my heart sing. As an avid reader, I am glad I have two small bookworms.
Parents evening went amazingly as well, and we had no complaints and instead focussed on what we as parents, and the children can be doing to keep working hard and be the best version of themselves they can be, which is wonderful. Its also nice to see, as even though as I say they are both doing amazingly well academically, we also got to talk about them as children and their interests and personalities. As especially for monkey – getting to show his creative and imaginative side is also so important to him. I can already see his teacher appreciates this side to him, and recognises he is just a wonderful fun, open boy which is incredible; as it is only October.
Its a wonderful thing to have a school that recognises the children for who they are, not necessarily just for how they do academically. Monkey might be very creative but Poppet also has a lot going on – she does a lot of extra curricular activities. She works hard after school on weekends and is progressing so well and is taking on extra classes to improve in her first love and passion: ballet. I am not a dancer so I just have to listen to what she wants to do, and have faith that her teacher will fill me in, I am probably most proud that she is so dedicated and enthusiastic.
I could not be more proud of the two children I am raising, As a mum, I often get a lot of mum guilt for so many things, and I spend half of my time, wondering if I am doing an ok job, and feeling like I am failing. I think all parents feel this way sometimes, but it is so nice to sit back, and actually enjoy the children and see them for who they are, and appreciate that actually you are doing a good job, and your children are perfect to you and it is ok to feel proud and honoured to be their parent and share in their successes.
I can look at my children, and see I am doing well. But it is the best feeling in the world when other people acknowledge it too. We had a christening last weekend and my two were amazing at the service and at the party at the pub afterwards, they behaved beautifully, I didn’t have to raise my voice once, they entertained themselves, sat nicely and I had a wonderful day. And the nicest part was hearing people say how good the children were! I don’t need other people to tell me they’re great, I know they are but its still nice to hear especially when five minutes later, they’re winding you up again and you want to lock yourself in the bathroom and eat chocolate all day! But for those brief, shining moments, they were amazingly, angelic and wonderful and people saw it! Perfection!
For my final moment of overly soppiness – Poppet will be six soon, and having both in school and seeing their reports and hearing how well they are doing and just life generally going relatively smoothly, I started thinking, “wow! where has the time gone?” And as you do, when feeling rather sentimental and sappy, started looking through the old photos, so here is a few oldie but goodie photos of monkey and poppet, looking beautiful and amazing as ever with their own little unique characters! I wanted to share this to show how amazing and unique each and every child is. And although I might still have some days where I feel like my best isn’t good enough, or the children are winding me up and I am having to remind myself to breath every five seconds! I know that feeling won’t last, I know the good days out weigh the bad and I know to appreciate every moment and see the beauty in everything, because as they say, they won’t be small forever and its true!
Todays post was written in reflection of how far I have got in life, in remembrance of what we and countless others have lost and to celebrate all things we have to be thankful for. I wrote it towards the end of Baby Loss Awareness week, as we joined in the Wave of Light for all the babies in the heaven; that are missed from their mummies arms every day. My friend carried her baby to full term, and you never for once think something bad could happen, and yet it can, all over the world. She lost her baby and this was the first time, I had ever really thought about it or talked about such things with anyone. I guess these things had never affected me, so I had never thought about them and I think that goes for a lot of things. So my final thought for the day is, lets not let subjects become taboo. Lets all try to be open and talk about everything, even if it hurts or is painful. The more we share and talk, the more these topics are discussed; awareness will also increase and with it new hope for these subjects too.
I hope you enjoyed looking over our first couple of days in Rome! By the second day, we were having a blast! It was super, super hot! More than what we are used to, but we went with it and still had an amazing time. Read on for our next day.
Day 3 – Thursday
Mamma Butterfly wasn’t feeling too well today and decided to have a rest in the apartment. So, me the kids and Mr BC headed off into Rome to seek out a hop on/hop off bus and take in as much of Rome as we could.
Around the corner from our apartment – beautiful
More of the Roman Forum by bus
We did the full bus tour – we did get for a short detour to Castle Sant Angelo as it is one of my favourite buildings in Rome and I really want to go to the Museum. So we jumped off and head around the museum and then jumped back on to finish the tour. The kids got a bit fed up walking around Castel Sant’Angelo! It wasn’t the most child friendly if museums, but I really enjoyed walking around and seeing some beautiful art and architecture, and reading about the history and how Popes would flee to hear was amazing. I love the angels in the Castle, but my favourite part is the view from the very top. The view of the whole if Rome is incredible but the sight if St Peters is spectacular!
One of my favourite views – Castle Sant Angelo
Pont Sant Angelo – “Bridge of Angels” – approaching the Castle.
Castle and Post Sant Angelo – beautiful!
looking out over the River Tiber
Our own little angel – Standing Guard at Castle Sant Angelo
Spectacular View of St Peters
Again, trying to get a panoramic view of Rome – Monkey kept putting his hand in front of my camera!!! 😀
From the top of the Castle you can see for miles – and this is part of the spectacular view. Breathtaking St Peters Basilica!
‘Our Own Cherub!’After walking around the museum and seeing lots of Angels – Monkey stops me and says “Look mummy! I’m one of those little angels that shoots arrows to make people fall in love!”
Once we had ran around the Castle and saw all it had to offer, we had some lunch and head back onto the bus. Where we had free headphones and got to hear lots of stories about Rome, whilst getting to see lots of sights of Rome.
Monkey was most impressed with the mythological origins of Rome.
As we headed back around to the Ancient side of Rome, and to the Colosseum, it all just got a little too much for my little travellers!
After a long day of tours, we settled in for a bit of a rest and Mr BC made us some Spaghetti Bolognese! It was yummy and a perfect end to an amazing day!
Day three appears to be a long day of lots of photo taking! And as next day was filled full of adventure, I will leave you wanting more and sign off for now! But stay tuned for part 3 of our Roman Adventure!
It has been a few weeks coming but with us taking our holiday earlier in the summer holidays; the kids being off; me being back at work and putting in extra hours so I could take a couple more days off at the end of the holidays, I just haven’t found much time to write as I would have liked too. I love writing my blog, and I love that is has inspired me to do so much more wonderful things with my family and children. I am learning everyday to try to say yes more to things, as I really meant when I said I wanted more kaleidoscope adventures. The downside to this living life, is not having as much time to write up about it afterwards. But I am not giving up, I just need to take some time for myself and hope you will forgive me if sometimes my posts are delayed. And finally you can enjoy seeing some of our wonderful captured moments from our holiday to Rome.
I don’t think I will ever give up writing my blog, I know I don’t have huge followers but I am ok with this, as I enjoy writing for myself, and as I say it has inspired me to want to do more, live more and enjoy myself more. I love that I possibly am sharing my adventures, thoughts and ideas with others though, and hopefully inspiring you all to go out and find adventures of your own.
31st July – 7th August 2018 – Rome, Italy (with a trip to Pisa for Poppet)
Mamma Butterfly and myself went to Rome back in 2008 and fell in love with Italy! We have wanted to return but having two small children, a city break especially one with so much culture, art, architecture and academia as Rome, we thought it may not be the most appropriate family holiday for us yet. I did not bank on having two especially amazing children though! Who take after me so much, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. They, of course, do love a good play on the beach, or swim in a pool and playing with toys like every other child. But, they also love looking around old houses, discovering castles, and hearing all the stories that come with these unique places. They both love to learn and love exploring. So over a year ago when Monkey started learning about the seven wonders of the world, he started to discover that travelling abroad might be fun and he heard about the Coloseum in Rome, and for the next year he asked when we could go. I like every other parent, thought long and hard, would there be enough to keep them entertained, would this really be on the top of his holiday list a year from now?! I did some research, we talked about Rome with the kids and what it would have to offer them and when some months later, they both still liked the idea of it, we went ahead and booked it. In the mean time, my very smart, very techie savvy children googled Italy and Poppet decided as we was in Italy, we also needed to visit Pisa, as she was desperate to see the leaning tower.
The countdown began.
And now looking back all my worries and woes, were for nothing, The children were amazing, we had a beautiful, engaging, exciting holiday full of adventure, stories, history and fun.
I get a little snap happy and took lots of photos so I am probably going to have a run of blog post about our trip:here is part one of our Roman Holiday! Enjoy!
Day 1 – Our arrival did not go as seamlessly as planned. Even though we read some terrible reviews about Ryanair, we hoped they were inaccurate. They weren’t! Terrible delays, no communication and they almost lost our baggage but finally hours later than planned we arrived and we were all thankfully still really happy!
Too early for little poppet.
Wanted maccy d’s breakfast and fleet let us down! 😦 still my favourite services!
Probably a little early for monkey too.
Delayed flight… colouring activities it is.
does he even know he’s on a plane?
Kids enjoying the plane!
Mr BC took this mid-flight, i have no clue where it is.
This is my effort to get the “perfect picture” of us enjoying the flight!
She wasn’t a huge fan of looking out window as she’s scared of heights but she did love flying.
she didn’t want me taking a photo of her nerves. i know how she feels
This is actually a true reflection of how I was feeling. I’m probably more than a nervous flier, I will possibly never get on a plane again. I didn’t enjoy it, I had a panic attack and cried the entire flight. 😳
I took a chance and took a quick picture in between nervous breakdowns.
Tired Poppet – finally gave in
I of course, being scared to fly did not enjoy myself. I am not just a little scared, I guess i have to face that I am irrationally scared to fly. I know its irrational, I can tell myself all the facts about flying but I am so scared, I suffered from a tiny panic attack. Being me, I try not to show it as I don’t want my fear passing to the kids but I could not help it on this flight. I cried the entire time, I didn’t like to be left so if poppet or monkey needed the toilet, Mr BC had to take them and Mamma Butterfly had to come next to me and hold my hand. It was silent tears and if the kids talked to me I took a deep breath and pretended, but they knew. Thankfully it didn’t bother them, but I didn’t enjoy it and I was tense the whole flight. I know my fear is a bit ridiculous as we landed safe and it was fine, but I can’t tell my brain or heart that enough for it to understand.
Anyway, we arrived and it was as beautiful as I remember and our apartment from Airbnb was awesome and was amazingly located. We walked out our door to a restaurant (which we would discover was amazing!!!) and a short walk down a street and right there, two minutes from our apartment was a beautiful sight we had all come to see.
We went for a walk to see the colosseum at night and it was a truly beautiful and mesmerising start to our holiday.
We finished off with our first of many visits to the restaurant across form our apartment: Iari The Vino. The food is amazing, the prices are reasonable and the food is worth it and best of all the staff are incredible. Taking children out for food can be a bit tricky but the staff at Iari are wonderful.
Monkeys pizza was bigger than his head
Boo! I’m going to eat it all!
Poppet loved getting to stay up late to eat – when in Rome…
…coca cola in a wine glass!
Day two – Colosseo and Roman Forum
Monkey was excited to go to the Colosseum although I think he thought there might still be gladiators there, once he realised this, thankfully he was still ok! He loved to hear some stories about gladiators, and fighting animals and Christians! (That was a tricky subject!) It was so hot though, that we had to return the apartment for a bit to cool down. But they both still had an amazing day!
Poppet ready for the day – looking good
Monkey ready and looking very cool
Piazza Venezia – Really important and beautiful building
Monkeys first Italian Fountain – first of many
Poppets first fountain – not sure what she is doing
I love a good Roman Temple – Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
Walking around the Forum we all imagined what the buildings used to look like and picked one for ourselves. I chose this Temple!
Arch of Titus
Love the trees in Rome.
Mr BC and the kids walked up to this spectacular sight! Me and mamma butterfly waited at the bottom
They discovered a fountain at the top
Mamma posing again with a wonderful Roman backdrop
TRee got in the way of what would have been a good photo
Monkeys got it though
Colosseo from Mr BCs go pro
More of the colosseum.
Stunning view inside the colosseum
Me and Mamma Butterfly back in Italy and loving it!
Trying to get a family photo – batteries had gone on my remote.
Bellisimo ragazza – beautiful girl
Bellisimo ragazzo – beautiful boy
Only time we can get her to eat – in Italy! loves her pizza and we are on holiday!
Speaking of people who love their food!
Another reason I won’t make a good food blogger – always too excited to eat the food to get a photo!
Mr BC took the kids for a short walk
I saw some gladiators in a chariot! Monkey loved it!
I got to play with monkeys toys!
We ended the day over at Iari the Vino again! The food was still as
yummy! Monkey got some toys from the colosseum, which I had a play
with whilst they went off for an evening walk with Mr BC!
I hope you are enjoying our holiday adventures! Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!
Ciao for now! Arrivederci and Buona Notte! Goodbye and Good Night!
My house is full of chaotic energy at the minute. I feel this post is going to be a true reflection of my chaotic mind, so bear with me.
We are on the final few days of school, the countdown for our Roman Holiday is on and in the next few days we are finally, finally celebrating monkeys birthday! We say finally because he has been 7 for over half a year! With all this in mind, our house is a constant flurry of tidying, packing, excitement and craziness!
Monkey (well the whole family really) is currently obsessed with The Greatest Showman – if you haven’t seen it yet, you really should – it is an amazing film, and the soundtrack is awesome. We listen to it pretty much every day on the way to school, it really wakes you and prepares you for the day.
(Our Lego Creation – The Greatest Showman himself – P T Barnum)
So for his party, he wanted this crazy, circus extravaganza! I managed to talk him down to a Greatest Showman Party and sleepover (yep, I am the crazy mother letting a bunch of 7 year olds sleepover!) I have some circus skills to try out, some circus arts and crafts, and a night of popcorn and candy floss filled DVD watching and sleep, if I can get them to sleep that is! 😂
I plan on making our living room into a sort of circus tent and I have bought some of the cutest accessories for the party, so I for one am very excited for it.
The invites have been sent out, the children are all excited and the planning is well on the way! Watch this space for some exciting pictures of our fun filled greatest showman party sleepover.
Basic Italian learning is well on the way, and every now and then the kids will pipe in with ciao mummy! Often they even get it in the right context. I wasn’t expecting much from them, but I love how they are so exciting and willing to learn. It makes me so proud to know I am raising children who are so keen to travel, and learn about everything.
As for school, we just need to get through Sports Day and the last few days and then we are on our way to the summer holidays. Ah, Sports Day! We are not necessarily the sportiest family in the world but we are born triers. So Monkey tries his hardest and is always amazing, he doesn’t really win anything but he loves to take part and for me, I feel like that is all I could possibly ask for. It will be poppets first sports day, she hasn’t really mentioned it, so I am not sure how she is feeling about it, but I imagine she will face it like she does everything in life, with a beautiful smile, pure determination and an almost stubborn quality to try her absolute hardest.
Beyond sports day, school has been amazing this year. Poppet settled into school well, and monkey has taken everything in his stride yet again. I could not be more proud of the pair of them if I tried. I am not saying they haven’t struggled sometimes, waking up in the morning is a task for Poppet, and we have had a few conversations about how school seems to be getting harder (bless my little man – he has a moan about it, and still does ok!) but they have both just cracked on and performed to the best of their abilities and they make me proud to be their mum every single day. I can understand their frustration sometimes, as I question my own parenting all the time, I think we all have moments where we worry, stress or sometimes don’t even want to do something. But I hope I am showing them that with support and love they can try everything and with practice will get better. Also with the understanding that sometimes we have to do things we might not be so keen on, but everything we do will help shape us into being the best person we can be.
With all of this going on – craziness running rampant in our house. I think I work best in a crazy flurry of excitement, the adrenalin of everything all at once keeps me ticking over and with the end of term fast approaching, I am lucky that I love a bit of drama. In fact as a family we love to live in organised chaos. We are made up of live in the moment people, so much so, planning is probably the most uncomfortable thing for us, the drama of living for now is spice of life. Nothing is quite as dramatic as trying to find entertainment for two energy filled children whilst trying to go to work and keep the everyday running smoothly. The downside of this, is September will come and we will soon realise we have no uniform, the book bags have been lost and Monkey cannot possibly have ruined yet another pair of school shoes! Could he?
****** I could have sworn I posted this last night, we had sports day today! It was good! Monkey didn’t come last in everything this year which is a huge improvement for us, and I still just love his attitude. “I didn’t win any race mummy, in fact I came last quite a lot.” I told him it didn’t matter as long as he tried his hardest and at first he said he didn’t ry his hardest which I thought was funny, but then he thought about it and said “I did try my hardest but I just don’t think sports it for me, but I still enjoyed doing it with everyone!” And that my boy is why I love you!
Poppet on the other hand, got a tad overwhelmed by her sports day and by the end looked a bit like she didn’t really know what to do in some of the activities, but she still looked like she was having fun, so overall I am a very happy mummy! Now we just have to get through the last day of school, which is a bit emotional for all of us, as we all like both of their teachers very much, but onwards and upwards as they say! ******
Do you know what the collective name for a bunch of butterflies is?
Have you ever used one of these? Do you know what one is?
When you look in it, it looks a bit like this:
…and if you twist and turn the end, it shows lots of different colours and patterns and it constantly changes. It is both magical and beautiful!
I am getting to a point I promise. You are probably wondering what this has in common with a bunch of butterflies and how is it relevant to me and my blog.
Well, the cute little child toy that shows lots of colours and shapes is called a Kaleidoscope and a collective of butterflies: also a Kaleidoscope. I love this! I feel like my life is sometimes like looking into a kaleidoscope, you’re not sure what is going to happen, or how exciting the day might be. The beauty of a kaleidoscope is in its simplicity. Its pretty, colourful and with every twist and turn you can see something different in the colours. As a self confessed Butterfly Child, I try to live my life the same way, I always try to have a good time, see the beauty in everything and spread happiness everywhere I go! And as I am raising a couple of butterfly children too, that kind of makes us our own little Kaleidoscope too!
I am going to share with you now, something that has been on my mind for a while. Mr BC and I always talk about our life and our dreams. Generally we don’t have a plan, we are both kind of “lets just live in the moment and decide at 11am we should head out for the day!” kind of people. 😂 But we have had a rough couple of months, not rough compared to others, we appreciate we are quite lucky, but still we’ve had a sad, emotional and sometimes painful few months.
Starting with our family plans, we had always planned on having a third child and with that in mind we hadn’t really thought of anything else. However, after a few years with nothing, we decided to try to be happy and enjoy the two beautiful children we already have. As it turns out, with my health issues from the end of last year, this could have been contributing to why we had found it difficult, and although I am sad at the thought of not having another, I know how lucky I am to have the two I have, and I want to be healthy and be able to do things with them, and enjoy life now! So, I am awaiting hospital appointments for surgery and I am trying to find ways to make my pain easier to deal with.
Mr BC and I are always chatting about what we would like in life, what our dreams are or things we want to experience but we have never made it a thing! I guess we never officially said “x,y and z is what we want from life.” We had some sad news recently too, Mr BC’s father passed away, and it has been a sad and hard time, made harder because he passed away abroad which came with its own challenges. But the one thing I cannot shake is that we are all really sad he is gone but he was living life right up until the end! He was away with his partner, travelling, trying new things and experiencing life to the full and that is incredible.
I started my blog, to give me some ‘me time’ and to share our adventures but it wasn’t until I started thinking more about butterflies, also seeing our very first sunset as a family and our recent sad news made me realise, I wanted to make a sort of list (not a bucket list as I hate that term ) but I wanted it (our adventures) to have a name, a purpose – a list we can all add our dreams and wishes on. I want to do more travelling, I want to take the children to lots of places and see more of the world, (this in itself is a huge challenge for me, as I am scared of flying but I will tell you all about that another time.) I also want to have more fun, try new things and just enjoy life with/without the children. I want to say YES, more than I do! I want to experience as if I am a big child (which basically I am) but with that feeling of excitement you get as a child!
To help this dream and to give myself some me time, I decided I wanted to get a job, a real job where I can settle (which luckily I have found an incredible place to work, with some amazing people and a wonderful manager – I will talk more about this later) and to earn some well deserved pennies, so we can have all of these adventures. An adventure can just be at home, doing something, trying something you never have before or having fun at home! You have already witnessed some of our new adventures (sleepover with Dippy for one) but I hadn’t put a name to it before, but here you go, our plan for the future is to live life like the Butterfly Children we are, by having as many Kaleidoscope Adventures as we can. And I am hoping you will stick with me to follow our adventures and maybe join our little Kaleidoscope and have some adventures of your own.
**** Edited!!!! Hopefully, the videos should now be working! I couldn’t put the final video reveal on as we had a few technical difficulties (Mainly I couldn’t stop using the children’s real names and ruining the video. But anyway hope you enjoy, Poppet and Monkeys “Nailed it’s!”****
Poppet and I have become a little obsessed with a Netflix programme called Nailed It, the host is a little exuberant and annoying but she’s supposed to be! And we love her and the show!
The basic premise is baking reality show where normal people, not necessarily bakers at home, try to recreate what I call Pinterest worthy cakes. From biscuits to look like their own faces to a shark eating a surfer cake and everything in between.
I love a good Pinterest browse, and I like to bake and share, so if you’ve been following me on instagram/twitter, you will know that we decided as Mr BC was due back today we would bake him a cake as a surprise homecoming cake, and because we can’t do anything simply, we decided to have our very own episode of Nailed It!
We each picked a cake we wanted to try to copy, but in our own fashion. I am working with a five and seven year old so we had to make it a bit easier.
Here are the cakes we picked to model our own after (we find them from a quick google search, obviously not our work and we thank who ever created them, we only used them as inspiration:
Friday after school we did a quick shop for all the bits we would need and headed off home to whip up some cakes! It was a very fun Friday evening!
Poppet and monkey had their very first experience of cracking an egg on their own, so there is a chance both cakes have got shell in them! 😂
The more we baked the more excited they got, which is always fun to be around! I try to keep the fun as much as possible but there is nothing better than seeing activities through a child’s eye! Everyone is fun, anything is possible and everything is shiny and new! I hope my children keep that for as long as possible! Everyday I try to keep that spirit alive not just for the kids, but for myself! We should try to see the beauty in everything!
Whilst we waited for the cakes to bake, we started making our fondant decorations. This was equal parts fun and messy but Poppet Nailed It, as seen above when she celebrated nearly finishing!
Saturday morning is always packed with dance runs (ballet and theatre school) so we couldn’t carry on until the afternoon but as soon as had lunch we got straight back to it! We couldn’t wait to finish and Sunday to come to show off to daddy.
We had buttercream to smother all over our cakes, icing to make and finding the perfect placement for our fondant decorations. The timer was on to get it all finished – so Poppet pressed her imaginary panic button (if you watch the show – this is where the contestants get to press a panic button and have three minutes of help form the judges) in our version it meant monkey helped Poppet finish her decorating which was beautiful seeing them work together so nicely!
But it was soon Sunday and Mr BC returned and we did our big reveal and then ate some yummy cake!
The children worked so hard, And both did amazing jobs! Poppet had a bit of help from me to create the shape of a unicorn, but she did so well, but monkey got a bit upset as he felt his wasn’t as good but I think it was incredible as he had no help at all! It was all his own work! I am incredibly proud of them both, and I am sure we will attempt another Nailed It again in the future. We all enjoyed a nice slice of cake and all the cakes were yummy!
I hope you enjoyed our version of Nailed It! We had lots of fun making the cakes and we are definitely going to enjoy eating them! It was supposed to be just a bit of fun to help time pass whilst waiting for daddy to return home! I hope you can all see how much fun we had, and it didn’t matter that the dining table was a mess afterwards because we had fun! Why don’t you all have ago and send me your pictures of your Nailed It’s!
So Mr BC took the kids out in a convertible, let them get sand all over my carpet and taught poppet to ride her bike! Could I top that? Did I want to? Was this a competition? HAHA! It was actually really nice as Mr BC was still off work for the second week too, so we got to spend the whole week as a family and that rarely happens so it was amazing!
We kicked off the holidays with a trip to Maplins as they had a sale on and monkey loves science so I thought it’d be cool to get some bits to build circuits. We found this incredible 100 and something circuit board for building all sorts of circuits and it is incredible. It will be along time before they have mastered how to build complicated circuits on there own, but they managed to get a light to turn on. We then headed over to Weymouth for a Dinosaur activity day. It wasn’t great but it was nice to get out the house and the kids behaved beautifully, so who can ask for more.
Next up for our week of Easter fun, I had planned ahead and got some Easter Crafts to do. Including some scratch art, mosaic making and jumping sheep. I think our work turned out beautifully. What do you think? Did you do any nice crafts over Easter?
Mr BC decided he would quite like a quieter day and we wanted to go out so off we went on an adventure with Mamma to a national trust spot we haven’t been to yet. As you probably all know I am an avid reader, I like stories, poems, pretty much anything. But I love looking around houses, gardens and monuments, so out those two things together and I am going to love it. So Samuel Coleridges Cottage was right up my street, my children do also like to look around most houses/castles/garden, hence why we are national trust members, but could I sell a little cottage to them. Why yes, yes I could! Have you ever wanted to have a go at writing with a quill? My two have, and this is one of the activities at Coleridge Cottage.
We all loved it at this little cottage and spend the better part of 4 hours there! It was incredible, we did a spring tale, learned some poems, had a wander round the garden, Mamma and me got to enjoy a cream tea and both kids really enjoyed using a quill. I have a quill at home but I had to give it go, and Mamma couldn’t wait to give it a go! If you ever need a rainy day activity in Somerset I highly recommend it! It was incredible! We all had a wonderful afternoon and will definitely be returning.
We also stopped off at Cerne Abbas to see the Giant Man! We did some gardening and spent lots of time playing as a family. It was wonderful, and I am really glad we got the chance to take the time off together. Its easy to get caught up in work, life and the stress of it all sometimes, and both Mr BC and myself work really hard, and we often have different times off to cover holidays etc, so when we get time all together it is extra special and this is my new promise to myself. With everything that has happened lately, and with life not always turning out as you hoped, I just have to remember to be thankful for what I’ve got and to work with what I’ve got. So we are going to have more holidays off and we are planning our first proper family holiday together as we speak! Exciting times ahead!