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The Highlights of our Easter Break

For some reason, I have found my time off work rather stressful as I have been feeling incredibly disorganised. Are you not supposed to just enjoy your holidays and relax?

I am normally rather good at staying on top of things but somehow, I have been feeling completely overwhelmed in the past few weeks and unable to see clearly what I am doing or where I am heading. Rather than getting things crossed off my list, I just keep adding new things to do and end up making myself worry about nothing getting done.

Of course, everyday stuff gets done but not the things I want completed before my little girl is born. A lot of it must be the fact I see my due date approaching (seven weeks from now!) and I still have not figured out when I could try to clear a drawer to fit our baby’s vests and sleepsuits. Feeling unprepared terrifies me.

Enough of my ramblings… Apart from the turmoil going on in my head, there have been lots of highlights with hubby and the children over the past two weeks and I am hoping the little ones have not realised I was getting so panicky inside.

Enjoying the little things as a family has been brilliant. Jumpy (one year five months) had her first breakfast with her siblings at their small table, and you could tell she was proud to be one of the big ones. That was priceless! She has been climbing everywhere over the past couple of weeks, from the low table to the table in the garden to her big brother’s top bunk. She is quick and she is good at it!


We spent a lot of time outdoors. Just stepping out of the house without a coat on was like a treat in itself. Being able to take cardigans off and feeling the sun on our faces was incredible. We did some weeding, cleaned the patio, planted seeds and the children have loved checking regularly on what they had planted and watering the garden.


Crevette (5 years 9 months) and Beanie (3 years 6 months) really enjoyed looking for specific things: a raspberry cane, an ant, a spider… They absolutely loved finding a snail in the garden, putting it on a leaf to see it joined by a teeny one a bit later. They went on bike rides, spent time in the park, caught up with friends. We had a picnic and walk by a lake, fed the ducks, visited a little zoo near Cambridge. Crevette loved the fruit bats, Beanie preferred the ‘horsey’ (donkey) and Jumpy’s favourite was the same as mine: a very entertaining, crowd-pleasing otter.


Indoors, we had a great afternoon in a soft play area, me chatting to my friend whilst enjoying a cold drink; our children running around. At home, we treasured snuggling up on the sofa all together, really listening to each other and giggling with one another. We also made toilet paper roll Easter bunnies, scented play dough surprise Easter eggs, cress heads, cookies and the children pretended cooking like me using vegetable peelings, a few bowls and spoons.

Making Cookies

Five members of our family arrived from France yesterday and that has been the biggest highlight for us. The children simply could not wait to see their Mamie (grandmother) and the rest of the family.


  1. 21/04/2014 / 6:27 am

    I’m glad you have had some quality time together – it’s so important. I can relate to not being able to relax in holiday and agree that family time helps. Hope you can work through your list now to feel in top of things xx

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 10:33 am

      I have made up my mind: I will organise my list tomorrow when the little ones are in bed so that I can start feeling like ‘me’ again! Today is family day! x Mel

  2. 21/04/2014 / 6:28 am

    It’s no wonder you are feeling stressed with only seven weeks to go and three small children to look after. I feel stressed and overwhelmed with three big kids to look after and no baby on the way! But it looks like you have had some fun anyway. Love the shadow photo.

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 10:36 am

      We have had fun, and writing it all down makes my list of things to do actually seem like less of an issue. What matters most is family time. x

  3. 21/04/2014 / 7:12 am

    If it makes you feel any better, I was exactly the same at the end of pregnancy, it’s a completely overwhelming experience any time but it felt much more so third time for me. Can’t even get my head around fourth time, with a toddler under 18m in the mix! Hats off to you lovely, I’m sure you are doing so much better than you think! Gorgeous photos as always, reading your blog makes me want to do a photography course xx #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 10:42 am

      Hun, you are so so kind, thanks! I want to do a photography course, too! I almost signed up for a cheap beginners’ course one evening a week last September at my local college but then life got in the way (or I forgot maybe – I will add it to my list for September… See what I am doing here? Typical!). x Mel

  4. 21/04/2014 / 7:27 am

    Aww sounds like you have had some lovely times and must be fab to have some family over to stay! Really glad you’re feeling less overwhelmed, so hard when sometimes it feels there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get things organised!! Hope you manage to get everything organised and prepared 🙂 xx

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 10:47 am

      I probably will not manage to get it all done and organised and I am sure not matter in the end. We put so much pressure on ourselves…

  5. 21/04/2014 / 8:48 am

    Sounds like a brilliant week, your panicking aside, of course! I liked that otter photo, too, so suspect he’d have been my favourite! Hope you manage to get things sorted before baby arrives x

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 10:59 am

      Thanks Jocelyn. Time with the children is so precious; it puts everything into perspective.

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 10:49 pm

      Thanks Fiona. Today was great. Just enjoying the day and going with the flow helps a lot…

  6. 21/04/2014 / 9:57 am

    You are busy! I will be very very stressed if people will visit me. I am so a control freak if things go wrong I cry =P Lovely post. #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 10:57 pm

      I know how you feel Merlinda and can definitely relate to that. Mel

  7. 21/04/2014 / 10:23 am

    Ahh, those moments when everything seems like a very uphill struggle. Not great, but it sounds like you may have found your antidote right with your family time. I hope you are still feeling a little less stressed x

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 11:12 pm

      Thanks Iona. Feeling a bit less worried, but I think I will only be 100% at peace with myself when that ‘to do’ list is sorted and I give myself some deadlines rather than adding to the list and scaring myself. x

  8. 21/04/2014 / 10:26 am

    honey this sounds like my easter holidays! i need to chillax and destress and go with the flo.

    I hope you have the most amazing time with your family that has just arrived

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 11:13 pm

      Such a difficult thing to do when you are a bit of a control freak, isn’t it? It has been great having family around. x

  9. 21/04/2014 / 11:43 am

    I completely understand that feeling of panic when your to do list just keeps getting longer and longer and nothing ever seems to get done! I am way too guilty of that! Family time is just as important though and it keeps you sane when you enjoy yourself – that’s what life is all about after all! Your Easter craftiness has been really lovely to read about. X #magicmoments

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 11:25 pm

      Thanks for your comment about the crafts, Sam. The children (and I!) have really enjoyed being creative without going too crazy. Sometimes I think I should not have a list of things to do, but then would I do anything? I am sure I still would.

  10. 21/04/2014 / 11:43 am

    I love holidays but am never organised and then I stress about what to do. And I only have the one boy yet :). I hope you’re feeling much more relaxed now that more family has arrived. It looks like you had a great week though in the sunshine 🙂

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 11:30 pm

      The sunshine was really lovely, as was spending time all together. It is only my inability to stop thinking about that list that has been a pain!

  11. Alexandra Mercer
    21/04/2014 / 2:02 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling less overwhelmed, don’t worry you’ve plenty of time left to get everything prepared. Do you normally have your babies early or late or are you one of the few people who has them on time?

    • Mel
      21/04/2014 / 11:06 pm

      You sound so chilled, Alex! I normally have my babies late (so far, 2 days, 4 days, 10 days) so I am hoping for a late girlie so I can have a few days off at the start of my maternity leave to just chill a bit and sort things out. x Mel

  12. 22/04/2014 / 10:09 am

    I’m pleased you had a lovely time with your family. I hope you get on top of things hun, I know how you feel x

    • Mel
      22/04/2014 / 11:26 pm

      Thanks. It can be so difficult seeing past that mountain of things to do… I am sure I will get there in the end. x

    • Mel
      22/04/2014 / 11:22 pm

      She is really enjoying her stay, thanks!

  13. 22/04/2014 / 8:50 pm

    Lovely when you finally get the chance to spend some quality time with the family. Hope you’ve had lots of fun.

    • Mel
      22/04/2014 / 11:06 pm

      We had a great time in Camden Town all together yesterday! x

  14. sarahhillwheeler
    25/04/2014 / 10:25 am

    Love the donkey too. Sounds like you are doing an awful lot with only seven weeks to go! And to-do-lists can be a mixed blessing….have been known to add things to them which I have already done to make myself feel better….so you are not alone!

    • Mel
      25/04/2014 / 11:32 pm

      Am I not the only one to do that? I am glad you mentioned this, Sarah… I have left a few things I have actually done on there so when I dare look at it again to give myself deadlines, I will be able to cross off a couple of things! Crazy behaviour!

  15. 25/04/2014 / 12:31 pm

    Looks like, after feeling very stressful, you had a wonderful week. I have three boys and stress about getting everything done but i just take the day as it comes and the most important thing is that we are all together x x

    • Mel
      27/04/2014 / 12:24 am

      You are so right! Being together is what really matters at the end of the day. x

  16. 25/04/2014 / 5:18 pm

    Despite your turmoil looks like your children have been having a brilliant time – love the shadow photograph too.

    • Mel
      27/04/2014 / 12:27 am

      I really think they had a great two weeks and that makes it all OK, really!

  17. 25/04/2014 / 9:11 pm

    This is a wonderful post. I wrote about our expectations of holidays and how they actually stop us from enjoying them! Simple family time is just what we all need sometimes, and to stop expecting to be able to do everything. It sounds to me like you’re achieving a huge amount, enjoy a break, it’s all going to be fairly hectic again quite soon 🙂 Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

    • Mel
      28/04/2014 / 10:29 pm

      I agree with you 100%, Sara! x

  18. Lou's Lake Views (@LLoopyLou)
    26/04/2014 / 1:26 am

    Your outdoors time sounds much like mine, isn’t it a relief to go without 10 layers of clothes before you head out! good luck with getting organised before your due date 🙂 #ThePrompt

    • Mel
      28/04/2014 / 10:42 pm

      Thanks Lou!

  19. Cheryl (@CherylInTheUK)
    26/04/2014 / 7:37 am

    Feeling the sun again is wonderful. So enjoying not wearing a coat everywhere, all the time. I often look back at my photos and realise that I’ve done more than I think. Almost like a post to-do list. Enjoy the last few weeks. #CountryKids

    • Mel
      29/04/2014 / 2:03 pm

      So true! I am going to look at the photos I took in the past couple of weeks and try to think of it that way. Great frame of mind!

  20. Karen (@wouldliketobe)
    26/04/2014 / 9:05 am

    Sounds like a lovely waster with some quality family time. Lots of lovely photos. Good luck with everything and enjoy your family staying x

    • Mel
      29/04/2014 / 2:02 pm

      Thanks Karen.

  21. mummyshire
    26/04/2014 / 11:09 pm

    Your post made me smile, as sometimes just surrounding yourself doing everyday things and family is the best tonic you could ever have to replenish the mind and soul! Can’t believe just HOW busy you are with your three plus one just 7 weeks away. Forget to-do lists, you need some ME time!! Go easy on yourself and enjoy spending time with your lovely family before it’s all change again x

    • Mel
      29/04/2014 / 2:00 pm

      A bit of ‘me’ time would be soooo good. I think that is just what I need (possibly what every mum needs!). Only problem is there are not enough hours in the day…

  22. 28/04/2014 / 12:11 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely time – I know what you mean about constantly adding to lists instead of crossing them off! Hope your little ones had fun with their Mamie, mine were delighted to have their French Mamie here too 🙂

    • Mel
      28/04/2014 / 9:41 pm

      The children had a great time with their Mamie and are really looking forward to the Summer holidays in France. That list should be burnt… or maybe I should start doing something about it and crossing things off rather than keeping it at the back of my mind or adding to it. Very naughty!

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