January 27, 2017

Little Loves | Lunch Dates, Layers and Nursery Rhymes


This week has been all about getting back into routine after last week being full of sickness and nursery absence for Alexander. Being someone who thrives on routine, I was keen to get back to our usual day to day activities, however it was a little harder than I anticipated... Especially walking two hours each day after having not done that for a whole week! Although it has been chilly, we've had some glorious winter days and I've really enjoyed being back out and about after being cooped up the week before - I think the same can be said for Alexander also.

For the most part we've had a great week, which of course I'll be going into detail on in a moment, but something that has been tough this week is Alexander's behaviour... I do believe we have entered what is commonly referred to as the 'threenager stage'. Being a parent is hard, I mean we are nurturing little beings here, and when a shift in behaviour is thrown at you like a curveball, well, it's basically like a hit in the face.

So, here's to taking a look at the little things that have brought us joy this week, and I look forward to hearing about your own week also.

READ
I've still been reading the two books I mentioned last week - Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult + Swimming Lesson by Claire Fuller. Of the two, I would highly recommend the latter - I'm a sucker for novels that heavily include books in the story telling, as Claire Fuller has done in the narrative of her most recent release.

I do feel like I've lost my reading mojo a little...

WATCHED
Other than keeping up with CBB + my YouTube feed, I haven't watched anything new or noteworthy this week.

HEARD
Alexander has always loved songs and singing, very much like Daddy, and this week Alexander has been teaching me new nursery rhymes! As well as sharing songs that he has been singing at nursery, he has been getting creative with current nursery rhymes. For example, Wheels on the Bus has been one of Alexander's favourite nursery rhymes for the longest time, but as he has started getting into coaches lately (we see many of them on the nursery run shuttling children to and fro) he switches the words to being Wheels on the Coach instead.

MADE
It's been a long time coming, but I've finally made a decision (see what I did there) on a blog template for Captured by Jade. At the very end of last year I updated the layout of my book blog, with the full intention of doing the same to this blog very soon after, and after some deliberation I have decided on a template. Hopefully, within the next week or so, Captured by Jade will be looking a little different. I very much like the minimalist look on blogs, and so there won't be major changes to come, but I'm excited to smarten up this blog of mine.

WORE
Last week it was all about the waterproofs, and this week it has been about keeping as warm as possible - I've been wearing my biggest blanket scarf (similar to this one but a different colour palette) and my warmest fleeces. Although it has been freezing, we've had some glorious days with clear blue skies, and they are only leading me to dream of spring even more.

AND LASTLY...
February half term is just a few weeks away now and I've been thinking about what we'll get up to in the week off. I have no solid plans but I hope we're able to do a couple of fun things, because whilst Alexander may be being a little buggar at the moment, I do very much miss our one on one time now that he is in nursery. It probably sounds a bit daft, given that we do get the morning together, but I've found that we haven't really been spent much time properly together now that he is attending nursery... And I think this could be showing in his behaviour. Having recognised this, I've already started making steps to having more mummy-son time, and we went for a little lunch date on Wednesday before nursery, which we both really enjoyed.

I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

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18 comments

  1. It's been so so cold this week has t it? I think one day at 10am it was still -4 here!!! Freezing! Looking forward to seeing your new blog! Love having freshen ups every now and then! Have a wonderful weekend xx

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    1. I know, right?! I can handle the cold, until the minuses start staying during the day time hours!

      I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  2. A new theme is always so exciting! Can't wait for February half term as we are going away. Much needed!! xx

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    1. Really looking forward to a new theme... I've been blogging here for over a year and half now, so well overdue I think! Oh, how lovely! I hope you have a lovely time away in the February half term; it'll be here before you know it.

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  3. It is so cold! Love the sound of your little one singing. I've lost my reading mojo completly.

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    1. Too cold... I'm thinking of hibernating this weekend!

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  4. Your blog already looks smart... :)
    Having kids is sometimes very tiring, but if there aren't heavy health problems or other issues, the first years with them are the most wonderful of all. Wishing you all a happy weekend! xx

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    1. Ah, thanks Sara. Hopefully it'll look smarter then :-P

      I quite agree with you there... These early years are so precious and wonderful, and whilst there are some trying times, I am ever so grateful to be able to spend these years at home with Alexander.

      I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  5. I also thrive on routine so I know exactly how you feel about getting back into it! Glad you've had a good week, apart from the threenager behaviour. I do not miss that. Although, the fours are pretty dire too... Looking forward to seeing the new blog layout. And oh man, I totally forgot about half term...must take a look at what we can do. Hope you have a lovely weekend! #LittleLoves

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    1. Haha... Sounds like I have some 'fun' ahead of me on the behaviour front!

      I think because this was Alexander's first term in nursery, I've been practically counting down the days until the half term! I hope you find some fun things to get up to.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Good luck with sorting out your blog theme. I used to change mine all the time, but I seem to have settled on mine - for now. I would say the 3's are the worst, although my now 5 year old is exhibiting some pretty challenging behaviour, must have been the week for it! Hope you have a good weekend x

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    1. 'For now' haha... That's what has taken me so long with actually changing the theme and such, I kept flitting to different ones! Your blog theme is right up my alley - monochrome, minimal, but well laid out also.

      Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

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  7. Oh, I'm so ready for half term! Although, I've got to go in to work for a day (Y11 revision) but I have my girls night out organised too, so looking forward to that. I loved Claire Fuller's first book, added Swimming Lessons to my wish list just the other day. Hope Alexander is feeling better now and you're getting back into routine. Enjoy your weekend xx

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    1. I bet you are - you've got so much going on; I hope it is a relaxing one!

      I loved Our Endless Numbered Days too, and was lucky enough to get an early e-galley of Swimming Lessons, which I'm loving just as much. Claire Fuller is a new favourite author of mine for sure.

      I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  8. Just when you think terrible 2's are over along comes the next stage of challenging behaviour, the joys of parenthood ! I can't wait for the February half term this term seems to have dragged on for ages. Have a lovely weekend x #LittleLoves

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    1. Haha - so true!

      I hope you've had a lovely weekend!

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  9. I felt the same with Small Great Things it was too slow for me but I finished. Loyal to the end. I am excited to see your new template I love changing the way my blog looks. I have been thinking to do the same on my own as I normally change it each year. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. #littleloves

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    1. Small Great Things definitely dragged on. I did finish it, and I'm glad I read it, but definitely not my favourite Jodi Picoult book.

      I've had my new template installed now, and I love it! Ooo... It'll be interesting to see if you change your design this year.

      I hope you have had a lovely weekend.

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