Leaf painting and moving forwards

I didn’t get to sleep until gone 1:30 and our 3yo woke me at 5:50 by patting me on the face harder and harder until I opened my eyes – there are many beautiful things about co-sleeping but having a talking and wriggling alarm clock next to your head is not one of them. Especially when it kicks you in the eye with a foot.

I had arranged to go running with one of the other women from book club so pottered about for 40 minutes and then headed out of the door to meet her. The children had all been awake for some time and had particularly enjoyed watching three huge rabbits on the bottom lawn – they all scarpered when I headed out of the kitchen door! The run was wonderfully head clearing – the sound of footstep following footstep and the satisfaction of pushing through the “this is hard” thoughts!

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Breakfast was eggs on toast:

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The girls were happily sat on a window seat in the lounge for this time watching a Partridge:

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Following a lot more talking with our au pair we then had quesadillas for lunch:

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The weather has continued to be grotty this afternoon so we did some leaf painting with leaves collected at the National Trust we went to at the weekend:

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They really enjoyed it!

Supper was stew, dumplings and mash:

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Early night beckoning I feel…

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Language school for our au pair sorted!

We were lucky enough to be given some eggs yesterday from a friend’s chickens – they were tiny!!

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Breakfast was some porridge with apple/strawberry puree and then poached eggs on toast!

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This morning we had to go to enrol our au pair at her language school.  She did really well and is starting next Monday! The assessor said that they have other students from her country at the language school which our au pair was really pleased about!

Lunch was a jacket potato. I asked for the cheese and coleslaw to be on the side and I’m glad I did having seen some of the other potatoes!

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This was how much of the sides were left:

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Supper tonight was couscous with salad and garlic bread. Our au pair hadn’t ever had garlic bread before but absolutely loved it!

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After all the small people had gone to sleep I finally got out for a run! I regretted not drying my kit last night though as it was beautiful weather first thing this morning and sheeting rain with lots of headwinds this evening 😦 I hadn’t switched the app on for the first half a mile so it was 3 miles in the end, done in 41ish minutes – I was able to run much more tonight, as shown in the last picture,  I’ve taken off the altitude line to make the speed clearer!

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It’s getting there!! 🙂

A beach in the kitchen!

Breakfast today was pancakes – our 4yo has decided that she needs to eat a good breakfast every day to train for sports day. This morning she requested (and ate!) Porridge, pancake and scrambled egg! I just stuck to pancakes 😉

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I hadn’t been organised to do an online shop so I went up to waitrose instead this morning. With 1yo and 3yo in tow. I know people go to supermarkets all the time with their children but frankly it would have been easier to take 2 goats. On speed. Back to the online shop next week!!

When we got back, lunch was a ham salad baguette:

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It’s been really raining here today so before school pick-up we had lots of fun with a picture of a fire engine I found on an online colouring pages website, some glue and red squares of paper:

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They then turned the kitchen table in to a train with the help of a duvet cover over the table and our 3yo announced they were off to the beach! Buckets, spades and shapes were produced and they played for ages pretending to make sandcastles – even our 1yo was really getting in to it! Who knew slate floor could be so much fun!

Supper was chilli lasagne with wedges and green beans:

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A friend now hates me after I took her running.. ;)

Breakfast this morning was boiled eggs:

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This morning I needed to go to a supermarket with our au pair so she could show me the veg she liked and the ones she really doesn’t. There are lots she likes thankfully and the ones she doesn’t are easy to work with!

Lunch was a cheese sandwich with fruit:

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Our 4yo came bouncing out of school really excited to tell me that she’s gone on to new reading books at school but that she’s doing so well she’s actually gone up two levels and has skipped one level entirely! She was so thrilled to tell me – and also to tell me there is a school trip to the aquarium next week also for her class. Both of these overwhelmingly exciting things were enough in her eyes to cancel out the fact that today she’d lost the another school jumper which is now 3 in 4 months. Despite them all being labelled the first two have never been found – annoying given one was lost on its first day and the other was only a week old. It would be nice if they were found but on the bright side it’s getting warmer now and we’re changing school in September to send them to a private school so hopefully she’ll hang on to enough to get through to the end of term!

It was not only our 4yo who had good news today – we found out the car we looked at over the weekend will be ours! It’s a Land Rover Discovery 3 and is absolutely beautiful!  With only 47, 000 miles on the clock it has a lot of life in it yet but it also has 7 seats in it which means we can all fit in the car when we go out! We’re picking it up at the weekend, very exciting!

Supper was fajitas tonight but I forgot to take a photo!

After the children had gone to bed I went out running with a friend, she hasn’t run before but did really well! I don’t quite know what was up with my gps though as we certainly didn’t do the return mile in 11 minutes and also my phone thought it was only half a mile back, oh well! Encouragingly, I found tonight really really easy with the extra walking which shows how much I have progressed and was a nice recovery run!

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Buckland Abbey

Breakfast this morning was boiled eggs and toast:

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This morning we took our au pair to a nearby National Trust property!

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It was after 12 when we got there so we had lunch when we arrived:

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The weather was absolutely beautiful so the children were able to have a good run around the gardens before going in the house:

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By the time we got back (with 2 very tired children and one indignant one about being woken up) it was almost supper:

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Lovely day, our au pair enjoyed seeing the history – as did I!

May stats and update

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Weight: 14st 3.2lb (-1.6lb)
Bust: 46 (-0.5 inch)
Waist: 41.5
Hips: 42.5
L Arm: 12.75
L Thigh: 23

I’ve lost half an inch from my bust but all other measurements remain the same which is hardly surprising given I’ve only lost 1.6lbs. I haven’t been as focused as I should have been but I have started running and, in two and a half weeks, got back up to 3 miles so I’m really pleased with that!

Goals:

13st something by my birthday (10 days)
12st something by my 1yo’s birthday (beginning of July)
11st something by the start of school (beginning of September)
10st something by a family party (beginning of November)
9st something by New Year
8st something by my 3yo’s birthday

This means I have:

10 days to lose 3.2lbs
7 weeks + 3 days to lose the next 14lbs
8 weeks + 3 days to lose the next 14lbs
9 weeks to lose the next 14lbs
8 weeks to lose the next 14lbs
16 weeks to lose the last 14lbs

At which point I will be back to/smaller than these photos which were taken 8 months ago before the accident:

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Church and one week in to potty training

One week in today! She did a huge wee in the potty this morning and had an accident this afternoon and evening but the frequency is decreasing and she’s now giving me 2 seconds notice before she wees so the awareness is coming!

Breakfast this morning was just some toast:

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My 4yo and I went to church this morning, the sermon was about being a host and also how to be giving and hospitable, quite apt given the arrival of our au pair this week! Lunch was ciabatta with peppers/aubergine/courgettes/garlic and topped with mozzarella. It was lovely and our au pair really enjoyed it too:

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It’s been beautiful weather this weekend so we played out in the garden for a while this afternoon and also made a start on party invitations for our 4yo’s birthday party!

Supper was chicken and veg pie with roast potatoes, carrot and swede mash, brussel sprouts and broccoli followed by crumble. I think I got to eat half of my main meal (the children were tired and grumpy, we were eating late) and a quarter of my crumble! (our 4yo and 1yo polished off the rest between them)

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I found 2 photos today, one taken in August and the other taken at the end of September. I cried, I have put so much weight on since the car crash in December – I’ve faff-arsed around for the last month when I could have made more of an effort although I have worked hard at the running so that’s good. I’m going to do an update post in the morning but here are the photos I found for now:

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I had a 28 inch waist in these pics and was in size 8 jeans. Tomorrow I am going to get the photos printed (un cropped versions!) and hang them where I keep my running things to remind me why I am doing this.