Welcome to my very first post of 2017, of course I had every intention of getting a blog post out before now but in the end I embraced the break and decided to wait until the girls went back to school before diving back in. We’ve had a lovely break but I must admit the girls and I were starting to get rather fed up of each other as the week went on so when Thursday came round I think we were all ready for them to go back to school!
I mentioned last week that I’ve started reading the The Night Circus again, and oh man, it has drawn me in and swept me up in its magic all over again. It is so detailed that I didn’t really remember much of the plot so I’m enjoying it just as much the second time around.
I’ve done very little blog reading recently, that’s just because I’ve had a break from all things bloggy over the last couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to making time over the weekend to catch up with some of my favourites.
I’ve just binged my way through Travellers and Sens8 on Netflix (thank you holidays!), both series have a similar feel to them with the characters being connected in some way. I thoroughly enjoyed both and looking forward to when Netflix bring out more.
Talking of Netflix the girls and I have loved watching Troll Hunters, it’s created by Guillermo del Toro, and if you’re familiar to his work you will definitely see his influence. It’s got humour, action and great story lines, in fact it really pulled me in while I was doing the ironing, it even kept the youngest’s attention which is a mighty feat!
The girls and I also popped to the cinema for a little treat the day before they started back at school and saw Kubo and The Two Strings at Kids Club. It’s a film that passed us by when it was released but I am so pleased that we caught it the second time around. It was a beautiful and epic film full of detail and culture. My eldest girl cried when at the ending, which is the first time a film has ever made her cry. I’d say it’s a film that’s best enjoyed by older children, with my youngest being nearly 6 I don’t think she’d have understood it if she was younger as it does deal with some complex themes, and some bits are rather creepy! As a parent it was so refreshing to watch such an engaging film that didn’t go for cheap and lazy laughs and a non-existent story line – it definitely doesn’t talk down to or patronise children.
Well, I’ve not made much to tell you about but my girls have been super creative this week and made the most of the last few days of the holidays. One morning they managed to do painting, play doh modelling, drawing AND giving stop animation a try! E had been watching a programme on CITV about how to do your own stop animation and she followed along with it, asked me for the app and then her and her sister gave it a try!
As you can see, we are still obsessed with Trolls!
We wrapped up warm on the Bank Holiday Monday and went for a family walk in the Lakes. We live so close to the Lake District and so rarely go, this is something we want to change this year – and we even bought ourselves walking boots, so you know, it must be serious.
I picked up N’s coat in the Boden sale, she’s needed a new warm coat for a while now so when we spotted this cosy parka was just £24 (full price was -£61) I had to snap it up.
Over the past week I’ve heard my children much more than music it has to be said. E was given a Poppy from Trolls costume (thanks Lyds!) and soon discovered that it had a button you could press to play one of the songs from the film.
I thought I’d share the joy with you and put the whole song here. You are so welcome 😉
I feel like I’m getting back into normality now the girls have just started back at school, I do think it’ll take a few days to get my head around all the things I need to do to get ready for this year. I’ve got lots of exciting plans swirling round my head that I need to get out and work through. I think a bit of a brain dump is in order!
Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves,
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