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Texan homeschooling mama to 7! After 13 years in the North of Scotland, now living in the North of England! :-)

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A few more photos from yesterday's museum trip. George fell in love with the snakes. πŸ˜† He wanted to get his hands on them! πŸ˜‚ He was very keen to explore on his own as much as possible and the birds with buttons to hear their sounds was another favourite. #boymama #11monthsold #lifewithababy #lifewithlittleboys #mamalife #motherhood #lifewithsevenkids #babylife #curiousbaby #letthembelittle #familytime #makingmemories #childhoodunplugged #motherhoodunplugged #neverstopexploring #littleboysareawesome #homeschoolingmama
Many hands make light work. 😊 We had a clean-up work morning at church today. The big kids helped with indoor jobs and I figured if I did garden work outside I could try and be useful whilst keeping my 3 small boys from making more messes! πŸ˜‚  Fergus & Elijah enjoyed helping clear up, tho weren't so keen on litter picking. πŸ˜‰ lol The sun was out and rain stayed away so that was very useful.
My boys have dreamed of going to a Lego store since forever. At last, it came true! 😁 But the smallest boys totally slept thru it all - the museum obviously exhausted them. πŸ˜† The kids had pocket money saved up & enjoyed building their own minifigures from the pick & mix. I loved the thanksgiving harvest set - tho didn't buy it. I did treat myself to the Lego salt & pepper shakers! πŸ˜‚ Cute & practical/durable! πŸ˜‰ Peter pointed out the Cath Kidston shop across the mall from Lego store and wondered if I had ever been/wanted to go in. I had a browse - lots of pretty stuff yes. BUT my frugal nature saw the price tags and I came out empty handed. πŸ˜† Lego salt shakers were much better buy. Think I'm 100% boy mum! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ Then we had dinner at IKEA (which was almost round the corner) and eventually home. All in, a fun day out. I have a few more museum photos but they will have to wait for another day. #lifewithlittleboys #boymama #lifewithsevenkids #childhoodunplugged #legoisthebest #letthembelittle #welovelego #mamatimeout #mamalife #motherhood #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #familytime #makingmemories #homeschoolingmama #lifewithboys
Sometimes you just need to have a quiet family day out. πŸ’• The Hancock Museum in Newcastle is fantastic!  So much to see and learn about. Fergus wanted me to read out the correct name of species for everything we looked at. 😊 And George thought everything was amazingly exciting. πŸ’•After over a month of isolation with chicken pox, it's good to get out. ☺ #homeeducationlookslikethis #homeschoolinglookslikethis #homeeddays #homeedlife #homeschooldays #homeschoollife #homeschoolingmama #mamalife #mamatimeout #motherhood #lifewithsevenkids #boymama #lifewithlittleboys #letthembelittle #neverstopexploring #alwayslearning #makingmemories #familytime #childhoodunplugged #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged
NOT the garden visitor you want! 😧 This guy is super bold & not shy. Peeking up at us at the window and making a *few* of the kids comment about how cute he is! 😜 But he is rather smaller than the big brown rat we have had wandering about outside the house the last few days. Eek,  how many river rats are there?! Send poison! πŸ˜‚
Who needs ornaments when you can have Gordon, James & friends?! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ #boymama #lifewithlittleboys #twoyearolds #lifewithtoddlers #toddlerlife #toddlersarethebest #mamalife #letthembelittle #motherhood #childhoodunplugged #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #trainlovingboy #thomasfan #thomasthetankengine
This cheeky boy seems to be on nap strike this week. πŸ˜‘ He is just so hyper with energy & curiosity (aka getting into *everything*! πŸ˜†) But the less he naps, the later he is going to sleep at night too - he just fights sleep even more. 😫 And then gets extra grumpy with being tired, yet living in denial that he actually needs sleep! πŸ˜‚ Yes, it's been one of those weeks. Hoping it's just teething and he will chill out a bit soon. 😁 And yes, he is most lovable & cuddly all the same - but his mama is kinda tired! lol πŸ˜‰ πŸ’• #lovehimsomuch #boymama #mamaproblems #mamalife #lifewithsevenkids #babylife #lifewithababy #11monthsold #lifewithlittleboys #busybaby #curiousbaby #motherhood #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle
Composting with kids. πŸ‚πŸ Fergus loved gathering leaves but was in tears seeing the bean plants go. 😟 He loves watching things grow in the garden and is sad for their growing season to end. He said he misses them. πŸ’™ Anyway, he helped me empty the lovely finished compost (full of fat earth worms) and we added leaves to the tumblers ready for the next batch. The rest of the kids helped with various autumnal garden jobs too. I love all the useful leaves we have here - gold for gardening. πŸ‚ 😁 #gardeningwithkids #composting #organicgardening #gardening #vegetableplot #vegpatch #vegplot #vegetablegarden #veggarden #autumndays #autumn🍁 #childhoodunplugged #mamalife #motherhoodunplugged #motherhood #letthembelittle #boymama #lifewithlittleboys #lifewithsevenkids #toddlerlife #lifewithtoddlers #twoyearolds #toddlersarethebest
These passionflowers just keep on blooming. πŸ’œ #passionflower #passiflora #passifloracaerulea #passionflowers #gardening #gardeningwithkids #nevertoomanyflowers #flowersinbloom #flowersinthegarden #flowersinstagram #beautyintheordinary #beautyintheeveryday #autumnflowers #autumndays
Helpful baby! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ George was playing in the drawer of clean kitchen towels (as he does! 😁) but this time decided to start polishing the floors. πŸ’™ Kept him occupied for more than 5 minutes too! πŸ˜† #lovethiskid #11monthsold #boymama #helpingmama #lifewithababy #lifewithlittleboys #letthembelittle #babylife #busybaby #lifewithsevenkids #childhoodunplugged #motherhoodunplugged #mamalife #motherhood #lovehimsomuch #littleboysareawesome
Gotta love a good vintage sewing machine. 😍 I treated myself to a 33 year old Pfaff 741 last week and it arrived this morning. 😁 It IS a gamble to buy an old machine 😏 but found it on eBay at a great price, and just had to risk it. 😜 Happy to say it hums along very nicely & sews beautifully - a few nice decorative stitches too. πŸ’œ It's obviously a solid machine and has been looked after over the years. I don't regret handing over my fab modern electronic Brother machine to Abigail, but I *have* missed having a machine to myself. 😊 So, no excuse for not getting some sewing done this winter, right?! πŸ˜‚ The older boys want to learn too, so not sure 3 machines is enough for us all. πŸ˜‰ Sewing bee time! lol #sewlittletimetosew #sewing #teachingkidstosew #mamalife #sewingforkids #kidscansew #lovetosew #sewingmachine #sewinglove #pfaff #pfaff741 #vintagesewingmachine #pfaffsewingmachine #motherhoodunplugged #lifewithsevenkids #motherhood
My precious Grammie passed away at 1:30 this morning (Texas time). πŸ’œ She was the best grandma us 16 grandchildren could have ever hoped to have. My childhood memories are filled with her and when I look through old photos, she is in all of them. All our many birthdays over the years - she didn't miss any of them. The family gatherings and other events - she was always there. πŸ’• Almost 10 years ago to the day, I took my first two children over to meet her. These photos are very special to me, though Abigail & Benjamin were too young to remember. By the time we returned 5 years later, with a further 2 kids, she wasn't very well. But these past years and esp last few months proved what an amazingly strong woman she was. πŸ’• My children will know the stories of this very special great-grandma of theirs, even if they never met her. πŸ’œ