Our Week – positivity, illness and dinosaurs

This week has definitely been a game of two halves. It started quite well. I took part in a challenge on Tuesday to go a day without complaining, inspired by a fellow blogger Becky at Cuddle Fairy. I don’t even think I moan that much but it was still surprisingly difficult to do. It is not really enough to just bit your younger when a moan surfaces. The trick to doing it properly was to switch your mindset and look for the positives around you. The school morning was less stressful than usual as I wasn’t telling everyone off for not getting ready! It was a freezing cold day so I found myself appreciating my warm coat, hat and boots. It took some will power not to join in when everyone seemed to be moaning about the temperature. I found I’d really enjoyed the day and will try and carry on with a no complaining mindset.

The end of this week was quite tough. The boys have been unwell with coughs and are not really sleeping. On Wednesday and Thursday they mainly just wanted to lie on the sofa and watch TV which is very unlike them. The only silver lining is that my house is surprisingly clean as I’ve been doing house work to pass the time and the boys have not been trashing it like they usually do. Sam and Leo had a day off preschool on Friday. Sofia is also a bit under the weather although was coping with it really well and hasn’t complained at all. Leo is having such a bad night sleep tonight as he keeps waking himself up coughing. He has spent a lot of this evening sitting with us in the living room.

Because of having poorly little people to look after I haven’t been able to do a lot of the other stuff I normally do during the week. My blog has been a bit neglected and my daily headspace mindfulness meditation has completely gone out of the window. I’ve also drunk a ridiculous amount of coffee to counteract not getting enough sleep. This has all left me feeling a bit meh!

I knew i needed to do something fun today to cheer myself and the kids up and to pass the time while Rolando was working. We decided to make today dinosaur day. The makeshift fun included making dinosaur hats and dancing to everybody do the dinosaur. We made cutout dinosaurs sticking pictures. I also made a trail of giant footprints from craft foam for the kids to run along and jump between. I found a few dinosaur stories so we snuggled up on he sofa to read, Tyrannosaurus Drip, The Dirty Great Dinosaur and Ten Little Dinosaurs.




The coming week has lots of things to look forward to. I’m taking Sofia for a little shopping trip tomorrow, it is Rolando’s birthday and I have a day off work. Finger crossed it is a week full of less coughing and complaining!

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

21 thoughts on “Our Week – positivity, illness and dinosaurs

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed our day of #nocomplaints! Thanks so much for joining in & for the mention here. I will link your post up to mine. I hope you will join in the next round of no complaints. And, I’m so sorry to hear the boys were ill. There’s so much going around this time of year! x
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    1. Thank you for inspiring me to a day of no complaining! I’ve been trying to do it routinely and I can really see the way I react to things makes so much difference to how my days go.

  2. I love the idea of no complaints day and imagine it fits really well with the mindfulness work too.
    Right, we are definitely having a dinosaur day here soon…my little one loves Andy’s dinosaur adventures but that’s as far as I’ve taken it. I love the sticker pictures and the idea of the foam footprints. I think I might try and do it as a dinosaur adventure with the backpack and the clock too…hmm I’m thinking aloud now but, amazing, thank you for the inspiration! #KCACOLS
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    1. You should definitely do a dinosaur day! It is really easy to do and such good fun. We love a theme day in our house any excuse for a bit of dressing up and messing around (we do pirate day every summer too).

    1. Thank you – I’m really trying to keep up the no complaining spirit despite the poorly little ones, I think in a way it has helped get us through a tough week.

    1. Thank you Laura – we love all of the Julia Donaldson books, I think I can recite most of them by heart!

  3. Agree with the #nocomplaints challenge being tough! You definitely do have to swap it round to see the positive. Sorry your children were poorly but glad you had so much fun with the dinosaur activities! #KCACOLS

    1. I’m really trying to keep up the no complaining spirit – I really enjoyed it but it is a bit of a challenge to maintain.

    2. I’m really trying to keep up the no complaining spirit – I really enjoyed it but it is a bit of a challenge to maintain it.

    1. Thank you – we take any excuse for a bit of dressing up and messing around. Fingers crossed my little dinosaurs will be feeling better soon.

  4. I love that you’ve had a dinosaur week! My eldest was obsessed with dinosaurs when he was younger so we were regularly doing dino-related crafts etc. He is still into them now but thankfully not as much. I still remember all the different types though – they have been etched into my brain now!

    Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday! x
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  5. The No Complaints Day sounds a great idea. But a No Dinosaurs Day sounds even better. 🙂 Our three-year-old is obsessed as well. We can’t make a journey without his faithful T-Rex coming along in the buggy or car seat.

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