The last half of our summer started off well with walks in the woods… A walk in the woods Going to visit the horses… A walk in the woods As well as finding random Willow pattern pottery scattered around A walk in the woods

The boys went to their dad’s for a week, and I got some freedom (which was sooo lovely!)

Somewhere in #Perth #Scotland such a pretty place :)

By the time the boys got back, the weather had changed and it was raining often. Though there were moments of sunshine in between…

Max is waiting patiently for Grandpa to arrive so he can go to his respite day out! #autism #specialneeds #socute #waiting

And Max has started to call me “Mummy” properly!!

So all in all, our holidays have been pretty damn awesome! Though I’m not ashamed to admit it’s been good to get back into our usual routine.

And by routine, I mean getting some peace from the constant noise that is having both boys around 24/7! ;)



It’s now four weeks into the summer holidays up here, and damn it’s been a blast all in all!

Of course, I’ve been keeping up to date with memories by taking photos on my iPhone, so here they are… wait till you see all the firsts Max has had!


Max’s first tooth fell out! It’s been wobbling for a while, and finally he started asking for “help please” and trying to put my fingers in his mouth to pull it out.

I told him to “twist and pull, Max!” and god love him, he did! Out popped his first tooth, a quick look and he dropped it into my hand, said “yesss!” complete with fist pump, and went back to watching tv.

Atta boy, Max!

Interestingly, this was the tooth he was born with that came out first… made me a wee bit emotional. What? It’s totally allowed – he’s my last baby! <3


The very next day he amazed me even more by happily putting on shorts!

This being the boy who used to scream blue murder if I tried to put a short sleeved t-shirt on him, and shorts have always been a complete NO in this house… not any more!

I think he’s finally realising how much more comfortable he can be if he’s able to wear less.


And to top it off?

He’s started shouting “Come on Zack!” and beckoning his big brother over to play with him on the trampoline!

You could say this house move has been good for him… it certainly feels like he’s doing something new almost every single day at the moment.

Of course something has to give. This time it’s his diet – he’s refusing a lot of foods that he used to scoff, but hey, you can’t win them all, and it is so hot right now that I don’t think any of us are that hungry! His sleep is also taking a bit of a nose dive, but I’m pretty certain that’s more to do with the heat at night than anything else. Still better than it used to be though!


I’m loving the silhouettes of the church behind us in the evenings…


It’s pretty damn gorgeous around here.

Milo has decided to help me learn the tarot! #tarotwithin #catsofinstagram

I’ve been doing a tarot course since the start of the holidays (The Tarot Within) which has been my me-time for the evenings… I’ve got to say, I’m learning so much about myself while learning about the cards. It’s a wonderful process.

And of course, no tarot reading would be right without my wee familiar, Milo.

Poor Milo sliced the pad on his foot and needed stitches... He's not impressed at all! #catsofinstagram

The cat who managed to slice the pad on his foot and had to have stitches…


Then he managed to get the bandage off, which means he has to wear the Cone of Shame.

Poor bugger… just another 4 days till the stitches should be able to come out!

Zack and I were taking #selfies when Kenzi decided to #photobomb us! #yorkie #dogsofinstagram #littlemomentsapp

Zack and I attempted a selfie, and of course Kenzi absolutely *had* to join in. Not that she’s all “me me me!” or anything.


We saw a squirrel in the sky!


Of course Max couldn’t be left out of the selfie game!


Zack turned 9 (NINE?!?!?) and apparently lost the ability to smile in photos.

But he was extremely happy about his birthday present!!


Max took the selfie thing a little too far…


There have been a few walks in the woods.


Obligatory thistle photo!


And a new person in our lives. :)


I got snuggles from the most gorgeous little guy in the whole world! Nothing beats the softest of soft baby hair. <3

(I am NOT broody!)


And Max has taken to loving bath time once more!

So as you can see, we’ve been pretty busy over the last few weeks here!

The boys go to their dad’s next week for a few nights, so I fully intend to make the most of not having the constant “Mum, Mum, Mum, Mum” that goes on here (oh you thought these photos meant life was always blissful? HA! No) and have lie ins and watch scary movies in the middle of the day just because I can.

Oh the fun life I lead!

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer!

Just 3 weeks and 5 days till school starts back up… ;)


Fun in the Sun

by Marylin on July 8, 2014

Fun on the #trampoline <3


We’ve now been in our new home for just over 2 weeks.

Everything is unpacked (except for that one box…), the boys have settled unimaginably well, and even the pets seem more contented here.

The biggest wow-factor has most definitely been how well Max has settled.

He didn’t even wake the first night here!

He’s just taken to it all like a duck to water – part of me is still waiting for the ball to drop, but I don’t think it’s going to now.

So we’ve been making the most of our new home with the start of our summer holidays.

Fun in the sun for the boys, particularly since their new trampoline arrived at the weekend!

Oh, and I may have an actual real boyfriend now too…

Things are on the up and up here at chez Softthistle!