5 Happy Things #20

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Just when we thought the summer was over, here comes the sun again to give us another chance at all those things we didn’t get round to doing! We have a lovely weekend planned – we’re heading to Legoland today to make use of our newly purchased Merlin passes, and then planning a family BBQ for tomorrow.

We’ve had a week of ups and downs – on Thursday I took Max to Boots for his Meningitis B jab, which we decided to pay for privately when it was announced that he would miss the age cutoff to get it done on the NHS. It went much more smoothly than I’d expected – he was so brave! But to compensate for that, I’ve been determined to fill this week up with lots of nice things.

 

01. When online friends become real friends! I took the plunge and met up with two lovely Instagram friends on Tuesday. We headed to Emmetts Garden, near Sevenoaks, and had such a lovely day mooching around the gardens, watching the kids scoot around on little ride on tractors, and getting to know each other a bit better. More and more I’m noticing that Max is becoming such a friendly and sociable child, and he has such a great sense of humour – it doesn’t take much to make him laugh these days! The kids all played so nicely together and there were lots of laughs. And the grown ups played nicely too – it’s so lovely to meet up with new people and discover how easy it is to just chat. Max has been ‘chatting’ about his new friends ever since and every time he sees them in a photo he points to them excitedly!

 

02. We had Max’s 27 month review on Monday. I have to admit that I was dreading it –  I don’t have the best prior experience with Health Visitors, and the questionnaire that you have to fill out did not fill me with confidence.  After reading it I was quite worried about a few areas in which Max seemed to be behind his peers. But after chatting through everything with the Health Visitor I felt really reassured, especially about his speech and communication, which although are a little behind, didn’t give her any cause for concern. He did refuse to be measured or weighed though – little monkey!

 

03. I managed to snap up two new summer dresses in the Boden sale for bargain prices! I always love a dress as it makes choosing an outfit so much easier – you just throw on the dress and some shoes and you’re done! They’re perfect for these last few days of summer and I already had the perfect colour accessories to dress them up a bit.

 

Stripy turquoise and white dress with turquoise jewellery

 

04. I’ve been really enjoying using my new camera out and about – I’m getting to grips with all the different settings slowly. But I find lugging a camera bag around with me really cumbersome, especially when you have a toddler who demands to be picked up more than he’ll walk. Not to mention the fact that camera bags can be pretty ugly! So I’m beyond excited about my new Jo Totes ‘Alison’ camera bag which arrived yesterday. It looks more like a normal handbag, but the divider sections mean that I can throw in my camera and lenses without worrying about damaging them. And there’s room for other ‘mum’ essentials too!

 

Jo Totes Alison Camera Bag in Mint

 

05. It was my husband’s fortnightly work from home day this week, so we took our lunch break together and went out for a little daytime date! I don’t normally tend to take a lunch break while I’m working, but it’s lovely to snatch some child free time together where we can both eat a meal before it gets cold!

 

I’m looking forward to next week though – I hear it’s paddling pool and ice cream weather again!
 
 

What Katy Said
22 Comments
  • Laura - dear bear and beany
    August 13, 2016

    I love the colour of your new dress, can’t beat a good bargain! That camera bag is gorgeous, looks like a handbag. So lovely to meet up with new friends, I’m pleased you all had a lovely time x #happydays

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 14, 2016

      It’s the perfect bag – looks like a pretty handbag, but all the practicality for a camera! I’ve taken it on a few trips out over the weekend and it’s perfect – you can fit camera, purse, phone, nappies and wipes in! Perfect

  • You Baby Me Mummy
    August 13, 2016

    Oh that bag looks great! What a fab week hun, meeting online friends is always fun xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 14, 2016

      Thanks Aby – I’m just starting out at meeting online friends and it’s all been such a good experience so far!

  • Natalie @memeandharri
    August 13, 2016

    Oh I love the look of your new dress – pics when your wearing it please. I also love your bag – it’s been a good week! #happydays

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 14, 2016

      Thanks Natalie – I’m sure it’ll feature in a photo soon (although having said that, I need to get better at showing photos of myself on the blog in general!)

  • Caroline
    August 13, 2016

    What a fab week, I need that bag in my life haha. glad the health visitor was okay too, I always hated visits from the health visitor. #happydayslinky x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 14, 2016

      They’re so stressful aren’t they? I swear I only ever came away from them with more questions than I went in with, and with the added bonus of feeling awful about myself!

  • Catie: Imperfect Mum
    August 14, 2016

    I love that bag!!! Glad the health visitor went well, it is great to feel reassured rather than interrogated! I hope it is paddling pool weather as its our last week of the holiday in Holland #HappyDays

  • Karen Belton
    August 14, 2016

    Send some warm weather up north!! We had our one year old jabs this week, fortunately on the NHS but I didn’t treat him to anything extra special! Lol! Hopefully the paddling pool gets out!! #happydays

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 14, 2016

      Oh, the one year ones I thought were horrible – I wasn’t prepared for it to be two injections! (Might even be more now with the meningitis one too?) Hope the warm weather finds you this week!

  • Sarah Christie
    August 14, 2016

    Oh I so hope it is great weather next week, I so need it, it has been so miserable up here we have had rain all week grrr. I love the dress and accessories and your new camera bag is so cool I love it x

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    August 15, 2016

    That dress! Swoon! Today has been a scorcher so hoping you got out and about!! 🙂 xx

  • Sian @ QuiteFranklySheSaid
    August 17, 2016

    Oooh how nice is your camera bag! I too hate lugging my camera about and my bag is most certainly in the ugly category haha! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

  • Katy
    August 19, 2016

    I am off to google that bag right now as I know exactly what you mean about camera bags – mine has Nikon plastered on it too which makes me anxious!! Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 19, 2016

      It’s so lovely Katy – I can’t recommend it enough! Compared to my first changing bag which cost the same amount and was horribly cheap feeling this is just so beautiful. You can adjust the inserts however you like to fit in all your stuff. Just looking forward to the freedom of not having to lug around nappies in it now!

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