Rare Breeds Centre

Earlier this month both Oscar’s nursery and his playgroup both decided to do trips to the Rare Breeds Centre out near Ashford, within a week of each other. I’d been a few times when I was little but I couldn’t really remember it. Luckily Oscar didn’t care about going twice in the space of a week.

Oscar loved the first barn you go in with the ducks, guinea pigs and rabbits, as they get the guinea pigs and rabbits out so you can pet them.

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He talked to some pigs

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Saw a goat trying to climb a tree

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Saw a massive butterfly which gave mummy the heebie jeebies

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But to be honest I think the part Oscar enjoyed most was the playground

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Oscar really enjoyed both his trips and there is so much there that we could’ve quite easily spent longer there and not been bored. Hopefully we will get to go again one day.

 

 

 

 

Lazing on a sunny afternoon

The weather this week has been glorious so me and Oscar have taken full advantage of it, and spent as much time outdoors as possible. My favourite place to be outside, ever since I was a little girl, is my grans garden, and now it’s Oscar’s favourite too.

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Where’s your favourite place to spend a sunny afternoon?

My life in pictures, june 2014

Well quite frankly, this month has been pretty shit, no actually it’s been fucking shit, excuse my french. I’ve had my heart ripped out and me and Oscar have been left to pick up the pieces. I would say it’s been one of, if not the worst month of my life. But throughout all the shit, I’ve still managed to take some pictures. So this is my month in the few pictures I took this month.

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* Oscar chasing bubbles in Papou and Yiayia’s garden

* Beautiful sunset

* Oscar’s first sports day

* Asleep in mummy’s bed

* Oscar and I in the woods

* Helping daddy mow the lawn

* Uncle Kris being line judge at Wimbledon

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* Oscar the food blogger

* Sunny day on the swings

* Potty training is done

* Helping paint the wall

* Odd shoes and socks day at nursery

* Sandcastles in the garden

* Wearing his toilet seat as a necklace

* Goats by my grans house

* Me about 22 years ago!

Hopefully July will be alot better!

2 weeks on

2 weeks ago today I became a single parent. There I said it. It’s been understandably a tough 2 weeks, full of tears, forms, phone calls and crap, but on the other hand, my friends and family have been brilliant. I’m not going to go into details of what happened, as that’s between me and Paul (unless you’re friends with either of us in real life) and there are some things I want to keep private, or off here at least.

I’m not going to lie and say it came like a bolt out of the blue as that would be a lie. Things weren’t great between us and we were actually meant to be starting marriage counselling 3 days after we split, so we did have problems. However I thought that we would have a few sessions and then make an informed decision to either carry on or call it quits. But the universe had other ideas, the bastard. Maybe thats why it’s been commented that I’ve been coping well, because things weren’t great before it all kicked off. Had it been a complete bolt out of the blue when I thought things were perfect, well I’m sure I’d be a million times worse than I am. That’s not to say I’m fine when I’m not. It sucks. Big time. Big hairy donkey balls worth of suckiness. Paul was my best friend and now he’s not here and it is hard. I am angry and upset and all those other feelings that come with the end of a 10 yr relationship, and I’m sure I’ll feel even more crap when Paul moves all his stuff out (including the computer I’m trying this on.) I can’t watch certain programmes on tv as they were “our” programmes that we used to watch. I tried to watch one last week, “How I met your mother” and I was crying by the end of it. I can’t listen to our first dance song and Spotify the bastard keeps going to play it. I do still have a wedding picture up but its high up on the wall out of sight so I don’t see it all the time. I took my engagement ring off the other day and that was pretty shit. I’ve worn it constantly for nearly 10 years. only ever taking it off to wash my hair. I stupidly decided to delete our wedding anniversary off the calendar on my phone last week too, I’m not sure why. It’s not like by deleting it off the calendar the day isn’t not going to happen.

But on the positive side, I have Oscar to be strong for, and he is amazing and a big help. I can’t just break down as much as I might want to sometimes, I have to sort things out to make sure we have a roof over our heads and food in our tummies. He misses Paul, of course he does. As his t-shirt says, he’s daddy’s little deputy and always will be. Paul may have been a lousy husband, but he’s still Oscar’s daddy, and a good daddy at that, and that’s not going to change, no matter how things are between us. Paul has somewhere to live now and we’re slowly getting into a routine of him seeing Oscar. We’re keeping it all very informal at the moment as thats what is working for us. I’m not in any rush to get divorced, for a start I don’t have £400 for court costs and neither does he. I’m keeping my surname whatever happens though, I’m not going back to my maiden name! (Sorry to any of my dad’s family reading this!) I’m trying not to think too much about the future, I’m just taking it day by day at the moment, otherwise I’ll be a quivering wreck. But this is my life now.

It’s a family holiday Mummy

……………..Or how I was guilt tripped by a 3 yr old

I thought I would share some of the pictures of our holiday to Spain. Even though it was only a month ago so much has changed since then that it feels like a lifetime ago.

WARNING THIS IS A PICTURE HEAVY POST

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Oh and the guilt trip? I didn’t want to get into the pool as I’m not the biggest fan of swimming pools, so Oscar came up to me and said “But it’s a family holiday Mummy!” I felt so guilty that I had to get in the pool.

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Meal Planning Monday 23/6

It’s a bit of a weird meal plan this week, I’m still not used to cooking for just me and Oscar and my freezer is already full to bursting, hopefully I won’t need to freeze anything.

This week I’m planning to cook:

  • Fish Pie
  • Ragu Penne Pasta Bake
  • Cauliflower Cheese

Each meal will do us for 2 nights and I wanted quite easy meals that I don’t really need to think about and I think I’ve chosen things I know Oscar will eat. We’ve got pasta bake tonight which is left over from Saturday, as we went for a chinese at my mums last night. 

What are you planning to cook this week?

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100 happy days

I’ve seen this hashtag floating around on Instagram for ages and I thought now seemed like a good time to start it, little rays of happiness while it’s all just a bit crap here. I won’t post all the pictures on here, possibly just a weekly round-up, but here is the first picture.

One of my closest friends sent me this care package to cheer me up (and make me cry!)

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If you want to follow me on instagram, and see what’s making me happy then search for mrsdymond or click here

 

An explanation

Things are going to be a bit quiet on here for a while, hopefully not for too long, but just while I adjust to my new role as a single mummy. Don’t be surprised if there is the odd sponsored post now and again either.

All good fun and games I suppose, I’m off to make another phone call for another form to fill in.

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Life in photos May 2014

This is just a short one from me this month, as most of my pictures are from Spain and I’m saving those for a separate post.

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☆ Potty training.
☆ Asleep on the bus after a day at the beach
☆ On Whitstable beach
☆ My view from the sun lounger in Spain
☆ Teddy bears picnic.
☆ Excited to go do the food shopping with his cookie at daddy’s work.
☆ Oscar’s drawing of a car
☆ Me and Oscar took a selfie in Spain

What did you get up to last month?