Spot the twins

We have an amazing buttercup field by our house and I took all the kids to get some pictures of them playing.

Nice idea. Jacob wouldn’t join in because he was tired and wanted to go on Sam’s shoulders.

The girls kept whinging because they kept hurting themselves on thistles. And I stood in dog shit.

Apart from that look at the idyllic pictures (haha). The dog jumped so high over the buttercups that her ears looked ace as they flapped around!

Anyway I got my buttercup picture. Happy mummy.


Harry Potter….again

Yep I’m back in London doing something Harry Potter related again. This 20 year anniversary has been so bloody good!

I have visited the Harry Potter A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library, then we watched the Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets film with a live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, and lastly we watched Harry Potter The Cursed Child at the theatre in the West End.

Wow, that’s a lot of Harry Potter stuff I dragged my husband to (and he loved it secretly).

I really enjoyed every single one. The exhibition was only £10 entry fee and was fascinating to see where she got her ideas from old magical books.

The Royal Albert Hall was stunning to see in itself before listening to the fab orchestra, which performed all the music perfectly and just like in the film.

The Cursed Child I was more apprehensive about. I love the story as the seven books/eight films and I was unsure I wanted the story to continue when it ended after the Deathly Hallows.

I was so pleased when I watched the play last night as I thought the story and play was utterly amazing.

I read the screenplay last year, but to see it on stage blew my mind. How they did the magic on stage was so clever.

We also visited Mina Lima, which I have always wanted to see and it didn’t disappoint. I have bought some of their books online as I love the duo’s work, so to see a shop full of their designs was just ace.

Now my Harry Potter marathon has come to an end. Sigh. The twins are seven next year and that’s when I’m going to start reading the books with them to get them on all things Harry Potter.

I hope they love it as much as I do, or a part of me might die a little inside!

Whit holidays

We have had a jam packed week so far and one thing I have noticed is that the girls now like getting themselves dressed and are not choosing the same outfit anymore!

My days of identical twins dressing identical may be numbered. It makes me a bit sad but I’m pleased they are embracing their personalities and choosing their own style.

Tamsin always goes more tomboy, choosing jeans and shorts whereas Phoebe is all about skirts and dresses.

Tamsin is a mini me, I was just like her as a child. I think Phoebe is more like Sam. They have always had different personalities yet get on so well.

It has been hot this week so we have paddled in the water at Happy Valley with the dog Red, visited Macclesfield Forrest for the first time (which was fab) and had endless bbq’s.

In fact, on bank holiday Monday we went all highbrow and did some recipes out of the pullout recipe booklet from The Guardian newspaper.

The pineapple salsa and bbq’d beetroot went down a storm. I need to be more creative in the cooking department I think. No more bog standard sausages and burgers (I’d like to think I will stick to this but probably won’t).

One thing I have bought for the holidays is Crocs. I have always thought I would never buy into the croc craze mainly because I think they are bloody ugly shoes.

I caved and decided to get some after a friend gave me some hand-me-downs and I realised how amazing they are for kids! So SO practical.

They get wet, dirty, thrown around the garden and still look the same. No polishing or cleaning necessary. I have missed out on YEARS of an easy life! Christopher Kane is onto something!

We are going to Wales next week to stay in a safari tent. Me, Sam, the kids and the dog all in one tent. Hmmm. Will let you know how that ones goes!

Tooth fairy visits

We have lost a tooth! Tamsin had a wobbly tooth, which got knocked out playing tag.

Luckily her friend Georgia found her tooth in the playground otherwise we would have had tears!

Her teacher put it in an envelope for the tooth fairy, which I thought was a nice touch. She was so excited to show me when she came out of school.

A little note and a pound coin was found under her pillow and she has carried it around with her ever since.

I thought her twin Phoebe would have been upset as she doesn’t have a wobbly tooth but she was fine with it.

In fact her big tooth is coming through at the back of her small tooth, which isn’t ideal but the dentist wasn’t concerned.

Hopefully Phoebe’s will start wobbling soon. Jacob is now also desperate for a wobbly tooth but he is only three, he has a long time to wait!

Spring walks

The evenings are finally getting lighter after what seems like a long, long winter.

I have really enjoyed walking our dog Red (Jacob’s choice – his favourite colour!) in the winter but walking a dog in spring is so much more pleasurable!

Seeing leaves on the trees, different flowers and hearing birds tweet away. Pure bliss.

I took the kids for an early evening stroll at the weekend to the woods near our house. It has a lovely river running through it and they love getting muddy and wet (so happy we have a porch to strip them down in!)

My little ones are definitely outdoorsy and I can’t wait to go on bike rides when they are a bit older. But for now, we will stroll around the pretty English woods.

Home schooling the twins

Since the twins were off for a while with chickenpox I tried a bit of home schooling. It lasted one day.

I take my hat off to people who do it as it is hard not to get distracted by other things around the house.

I had so many jobs to do on top of wanting to do some work with them and entertain Jacob was certainly a different challenge for me.

The girls loved it to be fair. We did spellings, reading and number bonds. The weather that week was boiling hot (a rarity in Manchester) so we did spend a lot of time playing outside before the rain returned.

We did lots of gardening including planting beetroot, courgettes and raspberry canes with my mum. We also planted all the herbs out in our garden. See some pics below, I did love having them off but back to school they go!

Becky Adlington Swimming Gala

Phoebe, Tamsin and Jacob have their swimming lessons with Becky Adlington Swimstars.

This year for the first time the company decided to hold its first swimming gala – for free!

Each child took part in three races. They were front, back and an obstacle race. The older kids had the chance to win a rosette for first, second and third place. The younger foundation stage (all three of mine are in this stage) won a gold Becky Adlington medal at the end and had their picture taken.

Unfortunately Becky Adlington was running late and arrived after our races were finished but it was due to childcare and we have all experienced that before!

The twins and Jacob loved it! Jacob got a bit overwhelmed after the first race and watched the rest of the gala sat on my knee.

Tamsin started popping up in chickenpox by the second, she showed no signs before we arrived to the gala and it literally started just as she put her swimming costume on!

We swiftly left afterwards as I was worried she was contagious. I’m so happy we took part in the gala as it was a great experience for them and I enjoyed watching them too!

The pictures below are from the Becky Adlington Swimstars Facebook page.