makealongstoryshort Basically how I feel now I'm about to go in for a three-hour gum surgery appointment, I.e. absolutely crapping self. Wish me luck, IG friends! #worstsaturdayever 11h
  •   tamingtwins Oh gawd, I hope it's not too terrible and it's an excuse to an ice cream based diet for the coming days. Xxx 11h
  •   1yummymummy1 Luck! Hope it all goes well - any excuse to eat ice cream eh?! xxxx 11h
  •   icklewelshie Oosh, hope it all goes well, enjoy the ice cream later on! X 11h
  •   ecbassett Garggggh! You have all of my sympathy xx 10h
  •   kaml1912 Huge hugs 10h
  •   nessiewestie Oh Rachel!!! All the very best! We look forward to assisting Yvonne with grandmother duties! Big hugs X X X 7h
  •   nkh_lavieenrose Oh NO! Sending calming vibes and wishes for painless recovery. Worst Saturday ever is so accurate. 6h
  •   vixcarvill Good luck Rach X 5h

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makealongstoryshort I mean clearly this is the most heartfelt think piece on the blog this year: My Fringe Does Not Look Like Other People's Fringes. Link in my etc etc #makealongstoryshortblog #hair #tragedies 1d

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makealongstoryshort [FIVE MINS LATER, ON THE SWAMPY PATH]
Me: 'hey, remember when Teddy fell over in one of these slimy puddles? Haha, we'd best be careful that doesn't happen to--'
*SPLAT*
Good job they keep spare clothes at school.
#childhoodunplugged #sunrise #thatmonsterhattho
1d

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makealongstoryshort One hazy path to the weekend: coming up. (I have been ill since Saturday. Tim persuaded me to walk Henry to school this morning and it was just the right tonic.)
#slowlived #reflections #nature #forestspam
1d
  •   usingspoons Hope you continue to improve and have a better weekend! 1d

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makealongstoryshort Chickened out of walking today. Wish I hadn't.
#sky #winter #nature
2d

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makealongstoryshort Alright, slacker, time to get around to bike riding for no. 2. I'd forgotten how ACHINGLY SLOW these early stages are. 🚴🏻🚴🏻🚴🏻 #childhoodunplugged #bike 3d

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makealongstoryshort This boy. Held my hand for an hour, just because I'm sick #boys #motherhoodthroughinstagram 4d

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makealongstoryshort Delicate sky this morning #sky #nature #thegreatoutdoors 4d

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makealongstoryshort What a PERFECT example of an insta-sham: here's a pretty photo of the pancakes I'll be making later. But since I'm still ill, wearing yesterday's clothes, haven't washed my hair for four days and can't move for our untidied crap, it ain't gonna look much like this. But yay, pancakes! #pancakeday #keepingitreal 5d
  •   kaml1912 @makealongstoryshort Sending huge get well hugs and chocolate hobnobs your way. 4d
  •   kaml1912 Side note: This is the second insta-sham reference I've seen in as many days having never seen it before. Apparently I live under a rock? 4d

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makealongstoryshort Oh hello! It's just me, with *something I wrote* illustrated by @tealapple, giving away this hand-lettering on the blog today! I feel sort of like a dork and sort of like a king. You can find the link to the dead easy giveaway (plus a quick tour of the art on my hideous magnolia walls) on my profile page #makealongstoryshortblog 5d

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makealongstoryshort I've spent my ibruprofen high rushing around getting stuff done. Now it's worn off, so I'm counting down the minutes till Ted's naptime instead 🤒 #fwis #highfiveforibruprofen 5d
  •   roswensian It's what I hated most about being pregnant. I was sad without booze, Brie & Pate but without ibruprofen life was HARD! Hope you feel better soon 5d
  •   makealongstoryshort @roswensian oh YES - I missed Lemsip most of all happy to have the option back when I'm sick! x 5d
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makealongstoryshort Looking at photos of walks from earlier in the week is almost as good as going on one, right? Asking for a friend. Who plans to be back in pyjamas within the next thirty minutes. #sunday #sickday 6d

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makealongstoryshort @mrjeffcoat's back, which means I just woke up at 8.30am (!) and this is the first thing I can see (!!). Damn, he's a keeper
#love #and #pancakes
1w

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makealongstoryshort Stained glass out of sweetie wrappers. Thanks, Sarah and Duck.
#CBeebies #kidsactivities #capturingcolour
1w

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makealongstoryshort Toddler lunch rules: put tiny portions of things in silicon mini-muffin tins. Make sure the cheese is in blocks so the diner can construct a tower before eating. Don't even think about including peppers, you filthy animal. #toddler #lunch 1w

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makealongstoryshort Here it comes: the signs are small, but they're here 🌳
#Spring #nature #slowlived
1w
  •   nkh_lavieenrose So.Very.Jealous. I feel like spring will never come to Virginia... 1w
  •   makealongstoryshort @nkh_lavieenrose oh, but Virginia looks so beautiful in the snow! I bet it gets annoying after a while, but we get snow so rarely now it feels properly thrilling 7d

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makealongstoryshort 7.10am, and I have already said 'BE KIND TO YOUR BROTHER' and 'IF I SEE YOU DO THAT AGAIN I WILL TAKE IT AWAY' approx. 27 times. So read this post on the blog about seven little things making life better in 2016. Because I need the reminder, and you might too. #ontheblog #makealongstoryshortblog #linkontheyouknowwhere 1w
  •   makealongstoryshort Also I am so VERY tired of hearing them shout at each other and so VERY worried that they get that from me, and that they might be too young to get the hypocrisy of it right now, but they won't always be argh argh argh x10 1w
  •   tealapple The number of times yesterday I ended up shouting "no! Just leave him alone!" after they didn't listen the first five times defies belief. 1w
  •   nessiewestie I hope the day has improved 1w

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makealongstoryshort Just not even a little bit sorry. #afterschoolsnack #biscuits 1w

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makealongstoryshort I swear there was a moment during this hot chocolate break where the wind died down and the sun felt warm. Warm, on my head! It was like an out-of-body experience!
PS, he did over two miles entirely on foot, powered by biscuits and Thomas stories. We'd better get a good nap out of this. #toddler #silchester
2w

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makealongstoryshort Morning! In case one of your children woke the other one up deliberately at stupid o' clock (), here's something I wrote last night about hawks, and David Bowie, and time-stopping. Link's on my profile page.
And wishing you a giant breakfast to make up for this tomfoolery. #parenting #motherhoodthroughinstagram #makealongstoryshortblog
2w

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