Now: Sparkling Snaps #3 


Skiing, baking and vaccinations sums up this week quite nicely!

It has been a quiet week but here is a little summary through our Instagram photos.


Last weekend we decided to try skiing again.  It was marginally more successful than the last time – blog post to follow on this.  Next weekend we have booked a hotel and are skiing for the weekend, I think that will be much better.  I took this photo on the way home from the ski resort.  Its really simple but I like it.  It was rainy that day, so I think black and white sets the right mood.

Bob D’s first time on the slopes.  He loved it and is telling people he skied down steps, we don’t think he has the concept of slopes yet.  He was really brave though, very proud of him.


After a recent article made the front page of the newspaper I work on, I was hit with the ‘cake-rule’.  This rule is pretty much a good excuse to have treats in work.  If you are in the paper in any way then you have to bring sweet treats to work.  So on Monday evening the boys and I got to work and baked biscuits and tablet for my colleagues.  The biscuits turned out really well.  The tablet went in the bin.  You win some, you lose some!


Sometimes by the time the boys get to the end of their four days in nursery, they are pretty tired.  This week has been the first time in weeks where they have went for the full four days.  They have had a lot of time off lately due to illness and visitors.  As a result they just wanted their duvets down from their room on Thursday afternoon and wanted to watch a movie.  I did try to suggest they cuddle up on the sofa, rather than the floor but that was dismissed as no fun!


The boys are at a lovely age, they really love helping me out.  In particular they love helping to hoover.  I hope they want to still help me as they get older, although I some how doubt it.


The boys were due to the have their pre-school boosters last week but they still had the end of this nasty cold that is going around.  So we put it off and they had them on Friday instead.  They were incredibly brave, no tears. Although Bob D did tell the nurse off for making his arm hurt.  Afterwards they got a certificate, sticker and a book.  They were really chuffed! I am glad that it is over with, I was not as brave as the boys.  I felt sick beforehand and couldn’t eat any breakfast.  Big softy!  The boys did start to get really tired by the afternoon.  This was the three of us cuddled up on the sofa, watching a movie.  It was lovely, although both boys wanted mummy to themselves which was a little tricky.



Someone posted this on Facebook the other day and it really struck a cord with me, especially as I work through my feelings about surviving HELLP syndrome.  I had not realised how hard the whole thing had been until I started to do this blog.  I very much tried to bury my head in the sand until last year.   It turns out sometimes you have to face your demons to fully get over them.  It has been a therapeutic, hard, emotional and rewarding journey so far.  I have been lucky to speak to some amazing people over the last two months who have really made it all worthwhile.



This week I finally managed to set up a Google Plus account for Double the Monkey Business.  I haven’t quite managed to work out how to set up a link on my WordPress account though.  It doesn’t seem to work for some reason.  It is on my to do list to fix this week.

One a side note, for my email subscribers, I have been having a few problems with the link on the email that has been sent out.  I think I have worked out why it is happening and hopefully it won’t happen again.  Thanks to those that let me know 🙂

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  1. March 4, 2016 / 9:47 am

    I miss that time when my boys would snuggle up with pillows and duvets on the sofa (or rather floor) thanks for including that it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling remembering. Love that b&w street shot and a truly great quote.

  2. March 8, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    I love snuggly movie days, my boys are 10 and 11 and luckily not too grown up for them yet 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • March 13, 2016 / 6:45 am

      That’s good to know :). I hope they will continue to love snuggling up for movies. It’s a favourite thing to do. X

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