February has been a pretty good month for us, as I feel like we’ve had quite a lot of time to relax together both at home and over at my parents’ house in Yorkshire. We spent most of the half-term holiday over there and it was such a treat for me to be able to take my foot off the gas a little bit and not try to be all the things and do all the things all of the time.
Being a single parent is hard work and I’m finally starting to find it easier to let other people help me out more, so I can spend a little more time on recharging my batteries. Having mum and dad around to do that is such a big help, and Sam and Florence love staying at their house so much they hardly even notice when I nip out to see my friends, or even just grab an hour to myself during the day to go for a run, pop to the shops or even – are you ready for this one? – lie on the sofa during daylight hours reading the paper. Yes that one actually did happen sometime a few weeks ago.
As usual, we had a few tries at getting some nice Me and Mine photos this month, and as my January photos were all taken in our living room I made a big effort to grab some while we were out and about. The top photos were taken just a few days ago down by the beach, as it’s such a gorgeous backdrop and one we walk or drive past most days. I’d just collected the kids from the childminder’s house so the light was getting dusky but the beach looked just as serene as ever.
The rest of the photographs were taken at The Tarn on Ilkley Moor, where we went walking with my mum over the holidays. It was so cold that week, we were all well wrapped up but a walk up the hill to feed the ducks always blows away the cobwebs.
You can see how cold it was as the tarn was icy in parts and the ducks looked like they were walking on water as they paddled over its frozen surface. I remember when I was a little girl actually walking right across the water with my dad when it was frozen solid. I was careful not to say that too loudly in front of Sam and Flo in case it gave them any ideas.
So February has brought a little much-needed breathing space for me. I’ve kept up and improved my running, I’ve been a bit more sociable and tried to make time to have some fun, and I’ve even won a holiday! I was so pleased to have been chosen by James Villas to go on a seven-night break to one of their properties after writing this post about my favourite holiday memory. Hopefully this time next month I’ll have it all booked in and be able to tell you a little more about it but I am genuinely so excited, it’s really given me and the kids a boost this last week.
We go into March feeling slightly better than we did going into February, which is another plus. March is probably my favourite month as it is my birthday month, the month I got married, and usually includes Easter too. Let’s hear it for daffodils, pastel-coloured mini eggs, fluffy bunnies and chocolate for breakfast.
This post is linked up with the Me and Mine project – hosted by Dear Beautiful, Bump to Baby, Capture By Lucy, Let’s Talk Mommy, Mummy Daddy Me and Tigerlilly Quinn – where you take a photograph a month of your family all together.