Sparkling Snaps #1

I realised this week – as the #happydiaries linkup came around – that I wasn’t sure I had a positive post to include.  How sad is that!  So… I have decided to do something about that and cheer this blog up with some fun snaps from this week.

I entered into the world of Instagram this week.  I have had a personal account for a while, but never really used it.  I thought it might be a good idea to back up this blog with its very own, dedicated, Instagram page.  It has been a revelation to me.  It is so much fun and I am not sure why I didn’t get into it earlier.  I decided to use that as my inspiration for this post.

Our house has been ridden with the plague this week; full of coughing, sneezing and very little sleeping. But (I think??!?) we may be on the road to recovery now…  Hopefully, I haven’t jinxed it!

This post demonstrates the week was not all bad and it is fun when you hang out with three-year-olds.  Well mostly; apart from when you are suffering from sleep deprivation and spending seemingly endless amounts of time cleaning the potty.

Bob D has not suffered as much as his brother this week.  He has still had a stinking cold though. He is now back to talking 100 miles an hour and giving me a commentary to his day, so I think he is on the road to recovery.  This is Bob D on the trampoline; he was so happy to be out in the garden after seemingly endless bad weather.


Snow Drops!!!!  This is always a good sign, not only are they pretty but they may just mean that Spring is coming.. maybe.. say it is so..??


Bob L has had a rough time this past two weeks, one hospital appointment and two appointments with the doctor.  With a diagnosis of Croup, chest infection and a horrible cold.  He even went off his food for 24 hours; this caused mass panic among everyone; he eats even when he feels dreadful.  Today, though, he was feeling better, has eaten a ridiculous amount of food and has played in the garden.  Getting him in from the garden was no easy task!


This was mid-week.  The boys and I were sick; it was pretty miserable.  We watched TV and I drank tea.  We cuddled in under blankets.  I have to admit I secretly loved having my boys in one place and cuddled in for the day.  They rarely sit still these days so I enjoyed this rare moment.  The next day Bob L was back to not wanting cuddles and saying yuck when I gave him a kiss, so normal service has resumed.


This is a fantastic windmill we found on our walk on Sunday.  At this point we thought we were on the road to recovery.  We were not as it happens, phase two of feeling rubbish was yet to properly kick in.


Fun in the park.  This is actually an adults outdoor gym.  The boys love it


Daddy playing with Bob L!  We had family visiting last weekend and had a lovely time.  As a present for them travelling all the way from America to see us, we sent them home with the lurgy.  Sorry about that!


Bob D taking his ski poles for his walk.  Here he is with his Aunt and very, very happy.  She is definitely his favourite person at the moment!


Our family brought these fab t-shits, along with a superman t-shirt for the hubby and wonder woman jumper for me!  You may now call us the superhero family; here we come to save the day etc etc….


This is one of my favourite songs, not sure about the original but it has reminded me to have this on my playlist from now on!


Speedy Bob L on his bike.  He is fast and fearless.  I run alongside him with a constant fear that he is going to fall over.  He sometimes does but is rarely bothered.  He is stronger than I could ever imagine.


Apparently ski poles are essential on a walk – you never know when it might snow!

Wishing everyone a happy and snot-free week 🙂  Find us on Instagram if you fancy seeing more photos showing what we have been up to!

Next Friday, Bob L and Bob D are going for their MMR boosters.  EEK!  Wish us luck! x





  1. The Anxious Dragon
    23rd February 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Your snowdrop picture is lovely. Early spring flowers like snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils always make me smile, becsuse they look so pretty and as you say its a promise of better weather to come.
    The superhero teeshirts are cool too, I wonder if they do adult versions?
    Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #happydiaries

  2. 18th February 2016 / 4:02 pm

    I love your windmill and I love the little superman and batman capes on your little ones. I hope you guys get better soon. I’m battling a chest cold myself and my teenager is now feeling under the weather, the change in the weather has been rough as it always is when Spring battles Winter for her time to shine, lol! Popping over from #happydiaries

  3. 18th February 2016 / 2:46 am

    Sometimes it can be difficult to remember the good points, especially when kids are sick. Sounds like instagram is a lot of fun. Haven’t made it on yet….


  4. 15th February 2016 / 9:24 pm

    I hope everyone is better now – we have been poorly with coughs and colds etc too. Lovely photos – the snowdrops are so pretty. Kaz x

  5. 15th February 2016 / 7:33 pm

    They look so cute in those t-shirts. Great photo. It’s no fun when our little ones are ill, but it looks like you still managed to find lots of positives in the week. Get well soon. #AnythingGoes

  6. 15th February 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Hope you are all better soon! Looks like you had a great time with family though. Also absolutely love ‘Fast Car’, what a song!! #fartglitter

  7. reimerandruby
    15th February 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Lovely photos! yes snowdrops is a sign spring is coming, yehey! I noticed that with some of my spring bulbs which started sprouting too… By the way, hope everyone is feeling better now! Hey, Keep on snapping for Instagram! #AnythingGoes

  8. 15th February 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Some lovely pictures, its nice to sit back and realise the positive times on a bad day or week

    • 15th February 2016 / 3:21 pm

      I enjoyed looking back at the good things we have done 🙂 Thanks for reading x

  9. 15th February 2016 / 3:13 pm

    i used to love Tracy Chapman.. god i haven’t listened to her in ages.. thanks for reminding me x

    • 15th February 2016 / 3:21 pm

      She is fab! I was glad for the reminder as well. Listened to it over and over this week x

  10. 15th February 2016 / 7:26 am

    Oh hon, hope you and the family have fully recovered its so rubbish when you are ill. Great photos, welcome to instagram 🙂 its got to be my favourite social media platform at the moment. Really love the superiors T-shirts what a greta idea – looking forward to seeing a picture of all of you in them! x

    • 15th February 2016 / 3:24 pm

      We just about there, just left with never ending coughing! Oh that is a good idea, need to get a photo of us all in our superhero gear! x

  11. 14th February 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Lovely post. Nothing worse than all getting lurgy eh? Looks like you had a good time nevertheless x

    • 15th February 2016 / 3:30 pm

      I know and when one gets it, we all get it. On the mend now though I hope x

  12. 14th February 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Such lovely photos, hope you all recover soon and can continue to have some family fun. Congrats on creating an IG account for your blog

    • 15th February 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Thanks! We are on the mend now I think. Loving Instagram! x

  13. 14th February 2016 / 2:55 pm

    Hope everyone is feeling better now? Love love love Instagram easily my favourite form of social media! I loved your snowdrop photo too x

    • 15th February 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Thanks hun, I love Instagram too. Your photos are fabulous! x

  14. Zoe
    14th February 2016 / 12:31 pm

    What a week you’ve had! Just been over to your instagram account and followed you – it’s great fun isn’t it? Like you, I had an account for ages and only really started using it properly, but now I’m well and truly addicted!

    • 14th February 2016 / 12:43 pm

      I am loving it!!! I love seeing everyone’s different photos, it makes a welcome break from Twitter and Facebook 🙂 Thanks for the follow, followed you back. Have a good day xxx

  15. 14th February 2016 / 12:53 am

    Hope everyone feels better now. I love instagram. There’s so fab accounts on there. Love the picture of the snowdrops. They are beautiful x

    • 14th February 2016 / 6:51 am

      Definitely on the mend now thank you 🙂 x

  16. 14th February 2016 / 12:07 am

    I also like the snowdrop picture – plus admire how you’ve captured the boys at play without putting their faces on. I’ve really been struggling to have meaningful photos without having the kids faces but you’ve captured them in their lives well – was this intentional?

    • 14th February 2016 / 6:50 am

      Yes it was, I try to keep their faces out of photos if sticking them on anything public. I am lucky though, they are really obsessed with hats – they won’t leave the house without them, they hide their faces well 🙂 x

  17. 13th February 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Hope everyone is feeling better now. Glad you’ve found some positives in the week. The photos are lovely. I particularly like the snowdrops xx

    • 14th February 2016 / 6:57 am

      I love that photo too, was just taken with my phone which I was impressed with. I am not a very good photographer usually! X

  18. 13th February 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Hope you are all well on the road to recovery now. Love the photos in your post – the windmill is amazing!

    • 14th February 2016 / 6:55 am

      It was amazing. You could go inside as well. Love discovering new things when out walking 🙂 x

  19. Leah Miller
    13th February 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Such gorgeous photos. I love that old windmill, and finding old treasures whilst out walking. I hope that your colds clear up soon, we seem to have been recycling them between ourselves for the past month…!

    Leah xx

    • 14th February 2016 / 6:53 am

      That has been the problem here too. My kids go to nursery and that doesn’t help either :(. The sun was out yesterday so I am hoping Spring is coming.. Xxx

  20. 13th February 2016 / 11:52 am

    I think everyone has it at the moment. I am not the first blog post this week to mention it, so in good company ha ha! X

  21. 13th February 2016 / 11:35 am

    It’s never boring with a three-year-old isn’t it? That’s a fun age! Love the snowdrops photo and I used to listen to Tracy Chapman a lot. You’ve just reminded me of how much I like her music too. Must hunt down and dust off my old cds 🙂

    • 13th February 2016 / 11:49 am

      My hubby looked at the snow drops photo and asked where I took it. He was surprised when I said the garden lol! Taken from my phone too which I was impressed with 🙂 enjoy listening and reminiscing ! X

  22. 13th February 2016 / 11:14 am

    Great photos, love your super hero tops too! My husband is mad about bat man so he would love that for our little boy. Great to hear your enjoying Instagram too, I’ve set up a page myself but never really use it – must get better 🙂 Best of luck!

    • 13th February 2016 / 11:51 am

      I never really saw the point in it before, I just used Facebook. But actually it is a welcome change to just look at cool photos. Has made me take more of our day to day life which is good as I usually forget 🙂 x

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