Our lives are so busy at times that it can be all too easy to focus only on the negative and tiring things that have happened during the week. To counteract this, every week I join the #HappyDaysLinky run by the lovely Katy (whatkatysaid.com) and Sian (quitefranklyshesaid.com) to reflect on all the moments of the past week that have made me happy.

This has been the Hubby’s first full week back at home so obviously we are all having a very happy week, but here are the highlights:

  • Saturday we had a nice relaxing day at home and watched far too many movies.
  • On Sunday we headed out to Hamsterley Forrest for a couple of hours. It was extremely muddy which L thought was fantastic and had great fun jumping in muddy puddles. A lot of the parks have been altered and a new one added since we were last there so there was more to explore. We had to strip L off before we could get her in the car though and it was straight to the bath when we got in. You may have guessed as much if you saw my Sunday photo below.

Jumping in muddy puddles at Hamsterley Forest

  • M had an eye appointment on Monday and for the first time they didn’t need to use eye drops (huge relief as he really hates them) and his eye sight has even improved slightly. Needless to say he was one very happy boy.
  • On Wednesday the lovely Louise from Little Hearts, Big Love featured my Words To Live By series as part of her #withkindnessandlove series which is part of her #365daysofkindeness project. It’s a great series sharing stories of kindness and things that have made her smile during the week, go check it out.
  • On Thursday we met up with some family for a meal (poor M missed out as it was during the day while he was at school). We always used to be able to take M anywhere when he was little and not have to worry but L is a different matter entirely and have to make sure the place is pretty kid friendly first as she’s not great at sitting still or being quiet. Usually by the end of the meal we are rushing to get out because we can see that she is getting bored and about 10sec away from a meltdown. Amazingly she was good as gold and made friends with a few other kids. We treated her to some mini dunking donuts and they barely touched the sides. She then decided she’d dunk her finger in the remaining chocolate sauce, can’t say I blame her.

L dunking her finger in the chocolate sauce

  • The fantastic Katie from Mummy In A Tutu picked my Be The Person You Want To Become post as her favourite post from the previous week’s #ablogginggoodtime linky.
  • L has always been a bit of a messy eater, as most toddler’s are, and I’ve shared pictures before of the state she gets in eating yogurt. Yesterday I took my eyes of her for two minutes and she took it to a whole new level, deciding she’d rather eat her yoghurt with her hands than use a spoon. It may have been a mammoth clean up including an outfit change but it did make me laugh. Not sure how much actually went in her mouth though.

Happy Days L covered in yoghurt

  • Hubby unexpectedly sent for me a soak in the bath while he looked after the kids and made a start on tea (I know, he’s amazing). I can’t remember the last time I had a long soak and it was bliss.

We’re planning another trip to Hamsterley Forrest this afternoon then to the opticians tomorrow to get M some new glasses.

How about you, what has made you happy this week? And what do you have planned for the weekend?

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16 thoughts on “Happy Days: Family Time and Getting Messy

  1. Ah your hubby sounds like a good egg and nice to have him back. I bet that lazy Sunday was nice. The messy food photos are brilliant!! xx #happydays

    Posted on 18 March, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    1. He certainly is. Thank you x

      Posted on 26 March, 2017 at 2:19 pm
  2. I love this post, Alana! I love that they are messy eaters and you let them be that way! Mindful dining at its best! I have one neat eater and one, well not so much! She really enjoys her food and is very tactile. Thankfully she came second, so she got all of the clean clothes handed down from Big! Our pup, Gatsby, is quite pleased with her messiness. <3
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    Posted on 18 March, 2017 at 7:57 pm
    1. Ha ha, that was handy! Yes, our dogs are always on standby to clean up after dinner too x

      Posted on 26 March, 2017 at 2:19 pm
  3. That photo of L with the chocolates post doughnuts is hilarious! Sounds like you’ve had a good week especially with the opticians! #happydayslinky
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    Posted on 18 March, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    1. Thank you. I’m gutted she didn’t want to share x

      Posted on 26 March, 2017 at 2:20 pm
  4. Love that you had to get her changed before before getting her in the car – that’s a seriously good sign of a day in the life of childhood! And let’s hope hubby gets you in the bath more often 🙂 #happydayslinky
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    Posted on 19 March, 2017 at 8:27 pm
    1. Ha ha, thank you x

      Posted on 26 March, 2017 at 2:20 pm
  5. Her face in those photos is fab! Sounds like a lovely week x #happydays

    Posted on 19 March, 2017 at 8:54 pm
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 26 March, 2017 at 2:21 pm
  6. I can just imagine how happy you and the kids must feel now that your hubby is back! Sounds like you had a great week! I love Little L – she seems like such a happy little girl, always doing her own thing 🙂 xx #HappyDaysLinky
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    Posted on 20 March, 2017 at 10:09 pm
    1. Thank you, it’s definitely great to have him back x

      Posted on 26 March, 2017 at 2:22 pm
  7. Love that puddle splashing! A relaxing soak sounds perfect – he’s a keeper! Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

    Posted on 22 March, 2017 at 10:38 am
    1. She certainly doesn’t do things by halves! x

      Posted on 26 March, 2017 at 2:22 pm
  8. Jude is a nightmare for choosing to eat his yogurt with his fingers instead of his spoon, it’s so messy! Thank you for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x
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    Posted on 25 March, 2017 at 10:15 pm
    1. Glad she’s not the only one x

      Posted on 26 March, 2017 at 2:23 pm