When I sat down to write my post for this week I really couldn’t think of anything specific to write about. So I thought I would just do a post about nothing in particular, this and that, a life update if you will. It’s currently Saturday evening, it’s nearly 11pm and I am having a massive catch up on Love Island. Jon is away on a stag do in Portugal for four days and I told him that I would wait until he got home to watch it, but I couldn’t resist as there is absolutely nothing else on.

We took this photo on Thursday night after we got back from Mad’s football class and it makes me laugh. Because Jon and I both work from home, we are pretty much constantly together, so as such when either of us go away it suddenly seems like the person left behind is outnumbered. That said, I must admit I do enjoy spending time with them all one on one, weirdly everything seems to run smoother when there is just one of us, I don’t know whether they get more undivided attention when there’s just one of us, but the last couple of nights they genuinely have been as good as gold.

While I miss Jon when he goes away, I also enjoy my own company from time to time too. I have spent the weekend pottering about the house, doing odd jobs here and there, and I had some friends over for a mini house warming on Thursday evening. I’ll be more than ready for him to come home on Monday though, but I do love snuggling up on the sofa and watching what I want on the television. Before we had the children Jon worked night shifts a lot and I was contracted to work away a week of the month in my job, so we spent a lot of time apart. Nowadays it couldn’t be any more different, with us both working from home and being constantly together. I wouldn’t change our current situation for anything in the world, I love it, but I also think it is healthy to have some time apart from time to time.

Speaking of time apart, last weekend I spent some time apart from our other little people and I took Mads out for the day on her own. We headed over to my friend Louise’s to have a play date with her and our other friend Emma and their little girls. Before we went we took this photo and I absolutely love it. Mads is growing up so quickly, I can’t believe that in a week she will have finished Year One of school. This past year has gone so quickly and I really do wish time would slow down. She got her end of school year report and it reiterated to us that she is a really clever girl, she is excelling in all areas, but her teacher did say that she was ‘lively’ and had a tendency to complete her work at speed and not always therefore make it her best work. I know she does this as I see her doing it with her homework too, plus Mads lives her whole life out in speed. She’s always on the go and never stops, and sometimes I think as a result she often is the one I am ‘telling off’ for not listening or being a little bit cheeky, and sometimes I think this is a little unfair of me. It is just out of all my children, she is often to put it frankly, the ‘hardest work’. I want to make sure I really nurture her in the summer holidays, I want to make sure that we spend lots of one on one time together if we can, and I want to really to spend quality time with her. She’s such a special little thing and I love her so much, I think hopefully we can both thrive together during the summer holidays.

I can’t wait for the summer holidays now. Six weeks of no school runs just sounds bliss right about now. I must admit that I am nervous about how on earth I am going to juggle work around all three of them, but we will make it work. I really want to also relish the time with Lottie as well, before my little school girl heads off to reception in September. It’s all just going so quick and sometimes I want to grab time with both hands and tell it to slow down, I really don’t want my little people to stop being little.

We haven’t got a lot of plans for the summer, something which I am actually really pleased about, although knowing us we will end up finding lots of things nearer the time to fill it. We have a week’s holiday booked in France in August which I am really looking forward to, but other than that I want to spend a lot of time at home. I am absolutely loving being in our new house, we have been here over a month now, and while sometimes I still feel like I am house sitting, most of the time I still walk around feeling like I cannot believe it is ours. I love every single thing about it, even though it isn’t done to our tastes, I love the fact we have more space, I love the neighbourhood, I love the fact we have such an exciting project in terms of renovating it, I just love it all. I want to spend a lot of the summer at home, getting settled and enjoying our new life here together. We will be having some building work happening and windows being replaced towards the latter part of the summer, so in-between some hopefully lovely days out I do want to spend time just being together at home.

The house is making slow progress. Three rooms are sort of half done- the girls bedroom, our baby boy’s room and the playroom. I am at that stage where there are a few things that need to be done in each room, but until those are done none will be finished. I think either the girls room or the play room will end up being done first which is exciting. The girls absolutely love their ice cream themed room so far and I love how excited they are about it. After that, I have no idea what will be the next project on our massive list, bar the windows being replaced and the conservatory being modified. We shall see, but our pot of money is running pretty low already so we might have to wait a while.

And that’s it really for my mini life update. I am still doing a few day in the life’s each week over on You Tube which I am really enjoying. Jon and I have talked about putting our baby boy into nursery, something which I have been really reluctant about, but I deep down know that we do need to start thinking about it. At the moment not only is my work/life balance rubbish, but also I am finding it exceptionally hard to fit in everything I need to do. I find I am constantly chasing my tail and not ever doing anything proactive and I find that I only have time to concentrate on one thing at a time- so I might concentrate on You Tube but then my blog or instagram suffers, or I might work hard on instagram but then my you tube doesn’t get any new videos. I am hoping if he goes into nursery one (or possibly two days a week as you have to do at least two I think) then it might help me be a better parent and wife as I will have more time to dedicate to them instead of fitting in work to every extra hour I can. Realistically though I do think that it is just part and parcel of the nature of this work, you are never going to be completely on top of it all, and there is always so so much more you could be doing.

I’ll finish this post off with a picture of my boy. Who is at that stage where I need eyes in the back of my head as he is honestly the biggest mischief maker. In a room full of toys, he can find the one thing he shouldn’t be playing with. He is trouble with a capital T but he is also just the loveliest boy so we always forgive him.


As always we would love for you to come and link up with myself and Donna.


  • Lovely little update Katie, I too love my own company as Eddy used to work shifts up until starting a 9/5 a few years ago and now I love it when he goes away! Well done Mads at school and can you believe they are going to be in year 2, it’s seems madness. Xx

  • Carie says:

    What a lovely little bits of this and that post! I can so relate to feeling like I’m constantly chasing myself in circles and much as the girls love school I think we’re all very glad our summer holidays have started. Enjoy the last little bit of your sole control of the remote!!

  • Donna says:

    Oh I love an update. As much as the big posts are great it’s nice to have a catch up with the bits in between too 🙂 I have about four evenings out of ten where Dave’s working and I love that time to myself – although he’s having a role change soon which will see him doing pretty normal hours, and Monday-Friday. I think it will be a bit of a shock to the system! x

  • Hannah says:

    I love the girl’s new bedroom, it sounds like you are making amazing progress in your new house, I think we started our kitchen at a similar time to your move and we still aren’t finished! We have decided to put Ava into nursery two days a week from September. It’s a huge move and i’m not sure if I’m ready either, but it will leave me two full days at home alone for the first time child free in almost 8 years! Not that it will be free time – as I am hoping to be self-employed, but it will be more time to ‘adult’ and have a better life balance which is much needed. It sounds like a perfect summer you have planned x

  • I do like a little update post. This year really does seem to have flown by, I’m not sure if it’s just something that happens as we get older or what! That picture of you and Mads is gorgeous and I love how you’ve done the girls bedroom.

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Ahh I love how your house is coming together and that bedroom is just lovely. Z is another speedster, he’s just always in a rush to finish everything and he thinks there’s a massive short cut in learning things by heart (which is excellent for spelling, but not always for everything else). Sounds like Mads is doing really well and I cannot believe Lottie is going to start school already! Hope the summer holidays is brilliant for you all 🙂

  • Ah so pleased for you that the house is coming on nicely- 3 rooms nearly done is still pretty good when you’ve only been in a month, and from what I’ve seen so far they look lovely 🙂 I hear re juggling work and children over the summer! I’m resigning myself after this week to doing what I can in the evenings (if our baby boy will let me!), and being kind to myself so I enjoy the holidays with the 3 of them. x

  • So good to hear the house is coming along well, I loved your vlogs in June. The girls bedroom is looking fantastic. Hope you all have a wonderful Summer holidays, can’t believe our babies are starting Reception *wahhhhhh* xx

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