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.


I know I say this every week, but this week really has flown by. The new school year is in full swing now and things are slowly starting to form into some kind of routine. Here are my highlights from the past week:

  • Last Sunday we went to Hardwick Park. With it being the last weekend of the holidays, and it not raining, I’d expected it to be pretty busy, but it was actually the quietest I’ve ever seen it. And it was bliss. The weather was a bit grey and gloomy and chilly when the wind picked up, but we had a brilliant day. Whenever we’ve gone in the past I’ve taken the pushchair so that L can have a rest when her legs get tired, but we’ve stopped using it now and I was concerned she wouldn’t make it all the way round. I needn’t have been. The two of them ran around non-stop for 4 hours. Feeding the ducks and geese and swans is always good fun but we had a slight mishap this time. I kept repeating to L that she needed to throw the seeds and not just hold them out or drop them at her feet. As with most 3 yr olds she completely ignored me and got bitten by a swan! That in itself might not have been a happy moment, but what happened after the initial cry was. I half expected her to be frightened and not want to go near them again, instead she told the swan off for being naughty and then carried on feeding them, throwing the seeds forward this time. I love how brave and fiesty this little girl is (although it can be challenging at times!).

Happy Days: A day out at Hardwick park

  • On Monday it was finally announced that I’m becoming the new co-host of the #FamilyFunLinky. I’m so excited to be helping out Karen and Sarah and I officially start on Monday 11th so please come along and join in x
  • On Tuesday M started year 4. He’d been a little apprehensive the night before (he’s never liked school), but he was quite upbeat in the morning and went off no problems. Then when I picked him up he said it wasn’t too bad. Every day since he started school 4 years ago the standard response to ‘how was your day?’ has been ‘Horrible!’, so this was a BIG improvement.
  • On Wednesday L had her first day at pre-school. She was so unbelievably excited and went straight in without a backwards glance, I never even got to see past the cloakroom! Despite coming home covered in bruises after being pushed over, she loved it and couldn’t wait to go back.

Happy Days: M starting year 4 and L starting pre-school

  • On Thursday morning L asked to watch a movie and we cuddled up on the couch together to watch Beauty and the Beast (the original version). She got scared at a few places at the start but stuck with it and really enjoyed it. And I really enjoyed the cuddles.
  • On Friday L was back at nursery for the morning and I actually got to see her go in this time. She went straight over to where some girls were busy making pictures with lots go glue and glitter and pom poms and joined straight in.

We don’t have a great deal planned for this weekend as the weather is decidedly grim so other than walking the dogs I don’t think we’ll venture far. Maybe a visit to my parents for a couple of hours.

How about you? What has made you smile this week?

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42 thoughts on “Happy Days: Swans, Cuddles and New Starts

  1. What a lovely park and it looks like everyone made the most of it#satsesh@_karendennis

    Posted on 9 September, 2017 at 9:35 am
    1. It’s so beautiful there, we’ll be going very soon for sure x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:04 am
  2. Glad that the return to school wasn’t too bad. I can’t imagine how it must feel when your kids don’t like school #happydayslinky
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    Posted on 10 September, 2017 at 9:11 pm
    1. Thank you. It’s certainly emotional! x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:06 am
  3. Looks like you’ve had loads to smile about this week! Some beautiful pictures of your family here. I’ve just got back from a hen do in Bath. I had an amazing time with my friends and I was really pleased to see my two little girls when I got home. Xx #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 6:26 am
    1. Thank you, we certainly did. Ooh, time away with friends sounds fun!

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:08 am
  4. Congrats on the new linky co-hosting gig! Your trip to the park sounds lovely too. The biggest thing that made me smile this week was seeing my daughter stomp around in her new wellies and say, “I love them!” #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 7:00 am
    1. Thank you. L did the same this week, who knew wellies could bring such happiness x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:10 am
  5. Sounds like a fun packed week! No boring days with small children around. We just got home from holidays, so we’re still adjusting, but the kids are happy to be home and back in routine. We attended a fun birthday party on Saturday which made us all smile! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 9:58 am
    1. It was, thank you. It can be hard readjusting to daily life after a lovely holiday but routines certainly help. Glad to hear you had a good weekend x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:12 am
  6. Welcome to family fun!! Isn’t it funny how fast the school routine is just normal again? #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 11:19 am
    1. Thank you. Yes, it doesn’t take long does it x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:14 am
  7. I’m glad that the return to school wasn’t too traumatic! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:21 am
  8. I live the idea of curling up with a classic movie- what a great idea! #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 2:11 pm
    1. It was a lovely moment x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:22 am
  9. I love cuddeling up watching movies with Booey. Even though she is 12 she still like to grab a blanket and snuggle up on the sofa with me.
    #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 3:28 pm
    1. Aww, that’s lovely. I hope my two continue to love it as they get older too x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:23 am
  10. Best bit of the whole week ‘beauty and the beast’ a classic. Rest of the week sounded like a success too but there was a def highlight in my eyes. 🤣
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    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 6:00 pm
    1. You can’t beat the old classics. I just wish they’d stop trying to remake them!

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:51 am
  11. #thesatsesh what a lovely idea to note on your blog what you’ve been up to. I hope the linky goes well for you. The original of any Disney is always the best!
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    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 7:43 pm
    1. Thank you. You’re so right, why do they insist on messing with them?

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:31 am
  12. #FamilyFunLinky
    It’s so good when you get a nice response from the kids after school. Usually I don’t even get a “Horrible”. What made me smile? – I’m English living in Cardiff with a family who all claim to be Welsh though I often remind them that at least 7/8 of their family tree is English. This week I referred to someone being “posh Welsh” to which my youngest replied, “that’s English”!
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    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 8:01 pm
    1. 😂 i love it when kids come out with stuff like that x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:55 am
  13. What a lovely post. Congratulations on hosting the linky. That’s great….well done. It was a very busy week wasn’t it?! But it’s good to see your children were so happy at school and preschool. #familyfun

    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 8:34 pm
    1. Aww, thank you 😊

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:31 am
  14. It’s always such a relief when the school year starts off right!
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    Posted on 11 September, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    1. It certainly is x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:32 am
  15. Sounds like the back to school went well! Hurray for your linky host role on family fun too. I’d love you to add this post to #PointShoot if you have time. Thank you for hosting 🌟 #familyfun
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    Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 8:00 am
    1. Thank you. Will do, I’ll be over later x

      Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:36 am
      1. Popping back to say Thank you for adding this lovely post to #PointShoot 📸
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        Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 8:01 pm
  16. lots of great stuff here. Love that she kept feeding the swan and good for her for not looking back at drop off. That can be such a tough moment, for everybody #familyfun
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    Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  17. I’m still trying to get back into the swing of the school year routine. We are only on the second full week so hopefully by next week I will have a more agreeable schedule for myself and the boys, though they seem to be adjusting better than me, lol. Congrats on becoming a new host for the #FamilyFunLinky

    Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  18. Awww lovely post. It sounds like you had a great week. Congratulations for being the new family fun linky co-host ☺ #FamilyFunLinky
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    Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 3:50 pm
  19. Such gorgeous photos and that comment about her telling the swan off made me laugh out in a quiet coffee shop! I can imagine mine doing similar. School started for us for the first time last week, and it’s funny how quick they settle into a routine isn’t it? Congrats on hosting the linky – first time I’ve joined it x

    Posted on 13 September, 2017 at 11:26 am
  20. I love that she told the swans off, good girl. Sounds like you’ve had a busy week. Always feels good when they go into school / pre school without issues, hope it continues x
    #FamilyFunLinky

    Posted on 13 September, 2017 at 1:51 pm
  21. Looks like you’ve had a lucky week. Love your girl’s reaction to the swan, too funny! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 13 September, 2017 at 7:47 pm
  22. Aw what a lovely week with starting school in a new year and starting nursery for your little one.! And congratulations on being the new co-host of this lovely linky – it’s my first time linking up so thank you for having me! #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 13 September, 2017 at 9:10 pm
  23. We nearly got attacked by a swan once who was after our sandwiches, and I’ve been weary of them ever since. Well done on your daughter for being so strong!
    And welcome as new host of the #FamilyFun linky 😉

    Posted on 14 September, 2017 at 5:14 pm
  24. So pleased L loved pre-school! She looks so happy in the photo. xx #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 14 September, 2017 at 9:55 pm
  25. So hard getting into the swing of things again. My two are so tired! Glad yous have settled well and I hope they’ve had another great week! Thank you so much for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x
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    Posted on 15 September, 2017 at 8:20 pm
  26. Sometimes the nicest weekends are the quiet ones. I hope you’ve been having a good one. #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 17 September, 2017 at 9:50 am