March has been a month of playing 'ships in the night', with Oli working every weekend and being off on the days I work and the girls at school and play school we haven't had much family time at all. For that reason it's been quite a difficult month and we are all craving some time as a five.
Despite this it's been a productive month. I started my new working pattern of 3 longer days rather than 4 slightly shorter days and that has worked so much better for the family. When I'm at work, I'm at work, when I'm at home I'm at home and feel like the balance is much better -although I'm pretty exhausted as is Oli! The children are now only in childcare for one day and have adapted really well to the new arrangement and love their settings which is all you can ask for really. Miss Dot even told me to 'go away' when I picked her up on Monday!
The hard work is paying off though and has meant that this month we have been able to buy a new car which will give us much needed boot space and the girls seats can all fit in a row on the back seat. We have also designed and signed off our kitchen project which will be starting in July!
Our Me and Mine capture was a last minute affair this month - taken on the 31st March in my parents garden after School and was pretty much our only opportunity.. As always I thought I'd share some of the outtakes - time isn't the only thing we're up against when trying to capture us as a five... if someone isn't running off, we're being photo bombed by a dog! you'll see why we decided to sit down in the end, even then it was a challenge, but we kind of got there in the end! I love these four people with all my heart and whilst these photos are far from perfect it's my kind of perfect. Life with three young children is unexplainably, wonderfully chaotic and keeps us on our toes that is for sure, these photos sum that up if nothing else...
We are so ready for April and so excited for all that it brings - and I'm not just talking about the copious amount of chocolate! The weather is taking a lovely sunny turn which means more time outside which is good for all of us and when we're at our best - adventuring in the sunshine. It's the Easter holidays so the girls are all at home together with us for 2.5 weeks so Oli and I have both booked some time off to spend some time as a family. We have a short trip away with the girls planned to beautiful Yorkshire and then at the end of the month Oli and I are escaping for a a night away together - the last time we did this was about 2 years ago! All in all, April will be a very different month to March.