5 Happy Things #26


I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since I posted a 5 Happy Things post – time flies! But that means there are lots of great things to choose from to go into this week’s list.


01. We had a lovely week’s break down in St Ives, Cornwall, principally to celebrate both my parents turning 60, but John, Max and I managed to sneak in a few days on our own too before everyone else got down. I always worry that a change of scenery will be difficult for Max but he’s becoming much more adaptable as he gets older, and was very taken with the ‘holiday house’. Of course his sleeping was a different matter and he definitely found it difficult to settle at night. But he loved his ‘choo choo bed’ – a Thomas the Tank Engine Ready Bed that we had to hastily buy from Amazon when we realised that he was too big for a cot bed now!


02. We had a lovely family meal out in Padstow at Rick Stein’s Bistro – us, my parents, my sister, brother in law and my nephew. I had John Dory with capers and olives and some fabulous cauliflower cheese, and the most amazing white chocolate pannacotta for dessert. I wish I’d taken photos as it was fantastic!


03. It was lovely to watch Max and his cousin play so well together – they spent all week just chasing each other round! And for the first time ever I felt like they got on more than they argued – a big turning point! They’re the same age, so have grown up really close, but I do think that closeness in age has made things like sharing very difficult at times. But I was staggered when Max noticed that his cousin really wanted a toy that he had and was crying about it, and I watched him go over and hand the toy to him – heart melting! (and jaw dropping too!)


04. We visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek which was a lovely morning out (free entry with our Merlin passes!) Max loved seeing the penguins and the otters, but his absolute favourite was an enormous sea lion who decided to roar right as we approached. Quite frankly I thought it was pretty terrifying, but Max loved it, and ran towards the sea lion, roaring back at him!


05. I didn’t feel well on Thursday at all, and we had to have a stay-at-home day, which Max always finds difficult – he’s very much a ‘get outside’ kind of guy. But he obviously picked up that I wasn’t well (in fact, he suggested Calpol!), and was just the most well behaved and cuddly little guy. We even had a nap together in my bed, which he thought was a total treat!


Quite Frankly She Said
  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    November 19, 2016

    Your time in Cornwall sounds lovely and just what you needed. Its lovely when they are start to surprise with little moments. At this age they start to become more aware of people around them and their needs. It’s just lovely. I am a bit jealous of your nap in bed together. Take care lovely x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      November 22, 2016

      I’m not going to lie – the nap in bed was lovely! Although the next day he did ask for his nap to be in our bed – not a road I want to go down really!

  • Heels and hooves
    November 19, 2016

    Ooh I love Cornwall! Glad you had a good time. How adorable that he suggested calpol for you! Hope you’re better now lovely xx

  • Karen Belton
    November 20, 2016

    Thought I’d not seen you in a few weeks! Holidaying is fun. Sorry your s bit poorly but love the sounds of cuddles in bed!! #happydays

  • Carol Cameleon
    November 20, 2016

    That is so cute – offering calpol when you’re ill! The cuddles in bed sound great though. #HappyDayslinky

  • Burnished Chaos
    November 21, 2016

    Sounds like a lovely time away, it’s great when cousins get along and starting to share is a biggie. I think we’re going to have to invest in a readybed too as there is no way my youngest is going to fit in a travel cot anymore either, why do they have to grow up so fast?

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      November 22, 2016

      I highly recommend the Readybed – we thought it was great! We hyped it up by showing it to Max online, and he was so excited that it had Thomas the Tank Engine on! Small enough to just fit in a small space at the end of the bed too.

  • Natalie @memeandharri
    November 22, 2016

    Max is a sweetheart, Harri gas a cousin close in age whom she absolutely adores however due to their closeness in age there was a phase when all they did was argue! They are great together now. Hope you’re feeling better lovely we have had a sick house also!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      November 22, 2016

      It’s good to know it’s not just us! It definitely feels like we’ve turned a corner now – it does make things easier when you’re not constantly policing!

  • Lucy's Locket
    November 24, 2016

    Sounds like you had a lovely time. I love that he gets along with his cousins. I hope my daughter will have some cousins soon!

  • Katy
    November 26, 2016

    Sounds like lots of fab family time. Sorry you were poorly- bless him for suggesting Calpol!! Thank you for joining in #HappyDaysLinky xx

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