We are half way through the year already, how did that happen! We have lots to celebrate;
Simon’s spinal operation was a success, he is out of hospital and in much less pain. It was hard being apart from each other, and hard in the early days, but he is slowly getting stronger and we even managed a few family days out towards the end of this month. We visited Beningbrough Hall near York and had a beautiful day, a picnic, football on the lawn, a walk around the walled gardens and a visit to the park. It’s the simple pleasures that are the most enjoyable, spending time together with no distractions and no reason to rush, we were all calm, relaxed and enjoying the sun!
We can’t imagine life without Ava, and last week we saw her first real (non-gassy) smile! A week later and she is smiling at every opportunity, and its transfixing, it’s so easy to spend hours just cuddling her and making her laugh. James tells her all about his day at school, and he shares more with Ava than he does with any of us! She is settling into a better sleeping routine which is a welcome change after the 3 hourly feeds!
Summer has finally arrived and we have been enjoying a lot of time in our garden, Lily has been asking to play in the swimming pool since December, so her face lit up when we pumped it up. Surprisingly she doesn’t really enjoy playing in the water, I jumped in fully clothed to shock and splash the children (and Simon!), James and Amy loved it, but Lily cried when I splashed her and wanted to go indoors!
We have been enjoying fresh homegrown strawberries and lettuce this month, our first harvests from our garden. Our allotment is looking brilliant too, full of colour and fresh fruit and vegetables, and a few too many weeds! James and Lily love caring for their plants and watching them grow. This year is a bit of a test, and a step towards becoming organic & self-sufficient. I love the idea of batch cooking fresh tomato and basil soup to freeze for winter, and making strawberry cordial to drink. We have just finished our last batch of stewed apple from the apples we harvested last year, to make apple crumble, it was delicious! I have been putting a lot of thought into starting an allotment blog to record our journey to self-sufficiency.
Simon and I are on a fitness mission at the moment. We have been eating healthier and I have started running again to help me lose my baby weight and ‘mum-tum’. Its getting a bit competitive as we both have recently purchased a ‘fitbit’ watch which acts as a pedometer, as well as monitoring heart rate and sleep. They are fantastic and we are really enjoying using them, except when they remind us we have only had 4 hours sleep… then they aren’t so brilliant! I want to lose 2 stone in total, and Simon wants to lose about about 1 stone, 10 pounds so we both have a way to go, everythings more fun with a bit of competition!
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