• blog graphic with title written in blue in the middle and two images of Spike, a 5 year old blonde haired, brown eyed girl enjoying herself. Image one is Spike on the sofa reading, image two is her laughing looking to the left of the camera after throwing rocks into the river on a sunny day
    Birthday,  Discussions,  Family,  Personal posts

    A Letter to Spike – on your 5th Birthday

    Dear Spike, Well this year’s birthday is a little different isn’t it? Yesterday we went for a socially distanced walk with Auntie K. At some point today or tomorrow, Grandma is driving up to drop your presents off at the end of the drive. Your birthday will be mostly celebrated with mummy and daddy at home. There are no fun days out. No birthday parties and no friends to have over for tea. Your past 12 months This year couldn’t be more different from the last 4. But we’ll make the most of it and you’ll end the day with a smile on your face just like you usually do.…

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    Planning a birthday in lockdown – How we’re going to be spending Spike’s 5th birthday

    Spike has had a birthday party and a special family day out on her birthday since her very first birthday. It’s always a special day for her, and we always make sure there are memories made. Usually the days out feature the zoo but last year it was Coral Island where she felt very lucky all day!  This years expected party and day out plans This year she asked to go back to Chester Zoo, where we spent her 3rd birthday. She also was nearly the very lucky recipient of a birthday party at the Butterfly House and Mini Zoo in Lancaster. (Can you sense the theme – the girl…

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    Playing tourist and exploring the capital – A childfree weekend in London

    Last month for T’s birthday we decided to hop on the train and head to London for an overnight stay. It was bliss. Not just because we got a change of scenery. No, because we didn’t have a child complaining after 3 minutes of walking that her legs hurt. And we got to spend some quality time together without being prised apart or interrupted. And how often does that happen as a parent? Travelling in style We headed down to London on an early Friday morning train courtesy of Virgin Trains (#gifted) in their first class carriage. It was a stress free, comfy journey and thankfully, despite the wind, we…