Cupcakes and Cuddles

March 11, 2016

Cupcakes and Cuddles

As I write this the sun is streaming in through our patio doors cheering up our cosy living room. The doors were open a moment ago letting in the gorgeous fresh, spring air but a little grumpy one requested them shut. Lucas is curled up next to me on the sofa and we are watching yet more Andy’s Dinosaur Adventure. If you slowly brush his cheek when he’s sleepy his whole body relaxes and he starts to smile and close his eyes. He has done it since he was tiny and it is the sweetest thing, it always makes me think of him when he was a baby even though he is far from that now. The twins are upstairs in their cots, not quite napping but they are quiet so that is as much as I can hope for.

This week has been a pretty rubbish one, the twins have the sniffles and Lucas has been off school all week. He’s full of a cough and cold but it has really taken it out of him. He very rarely complains but I still hate it when he’s ill or when any of them are ill. It just reminds me I’ve still got so much to learn with parenting, I still sometimes second guess myself when they’re ill. I’m still always wondering which decision in the right one and trying not to worry. Anyway, he seems a bit brighter today but every now and again he goes to curl up in our big bed upstairs. It makes me smile as I remember doing just the same when I was a little girl. I would sit in the middle of my parents massive bed, snuggled up in the duvet and mum would bring me chicken soup and egg custards.

Last night had been another restless night and everyone had woke up looking like another hour in bed would have helped. I don’t mind having days indoors but without even the school run to get out for a whole week in has driven us all a little mad. It has been the most beautiful day here and I’ve been running round the house throwing open all the windows. The weather is making me restless, I always feel the same when you can feel winter leaving and the days are so light. I’m itching to de-clutter and spring clean and when Lucas asks me to sit next to him I sit planning all the things I want to make a start on, my mind going over and over the house jobs to do knowing that we haven’t got much chance of getting anything done until everyone is on the mend.

Today we were in serious need of some cheering up, it is Friday afterall, and I can’t think of anything more cheerful than pretty sprinkled cupcakes. My absolute favourite cupcake recipe is in my Hummingbird Bakery book. They take a little longer to put together than regular fairy cakes so I usually save them for special occasions. Brightening our Friday seemed like as good an excuse as any.

By the time they were cooled from the oven Lucas had decamped to my bed, he hadn’t even wanted to lick the spoon which is surely a sign he isn’t feeling his best. Still, I let the twins loose on the decorations, it was a little chaotic but they do make me laugh and their faces lit up when they realised they could test the cakes. Maybe it wasn’t my best idea to give two restless boys all that sugar but in all fairness nothing cheers me up more than cake so it’s only fair I share that love. Funnily enough we heard little steps on the stairs and Lucas was only too happy to test a cupcake while cuddled up next to me on the sofa and it even raised a sleepy smile from him.

This week has just dragged on and I’ve been endlessly watching the sunshine from the windows and sighing. The cupcakes and cuddles remedy was just what we all needed. Don’t get me wrong, I am already trying to figure out the earliest I can go to bed on a Friday but we are all feeling a little brighter going into the weekend.


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  • Donna

    Those cakes look awesome – I hope you’re all feeling better soon x

    March 11, 2016 at 4:38 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks Donna, nothing like cake to cheer us up xx

      March 14, 2016 at 9:17 am Reply
  • Kim Carberry

    Those cakes look very yummy! A great way to cheer everyone up. I hope you all feel better soon x

    March 11, 2016 at 7:45 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thank you, the cakes were indeed quite yummy! xx

      March 14, 2016 at 9:18 am Reply
  • Natalie

    Oh Hayley they look delicious! Bless poor Lucas I hope he starts to feel a little better soon. We seem to have someone sick every week in our house it is exhausting!! Enjoy your weekend x

    March 11, 2016 at 9:44 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I think we’ve gotten off quite lightly with illnesses over the last few months so they’re making up for it now! Just desperate for him to be back to normal, thank you lovely xx

      March 14, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply
  • Natalie - Little Jam Pot Life

    We have been having this recently and the cakes remedy always seems to help, not to mention that I want to eat lots of it at the moment, ha. Hope your little chap feels better soon x X x

    March 12, 2016 at 7:07 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Oh I think you should always be eating cake Nat, you deserve it, must be pretty tiring in your house when they catch these nasty bugs xx

      March 14, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply
  • Karen (@karenjwhitlock)

    Sorry to hear that your house is full of colds – poor kids. Cupcakes are a lovely way to cheer them up though x

    March 12, 2016 at 7:11 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks Karen, I find that cake always helps! xx

      March 14, 2016 at 9:20 am Reply
  • mummyofboygirltwins

    Cake is always a good idea for cheering everyone up. They look amazing 🙂 Ahhhh do get well soon all and big hugs xx

    March 13, 2016 at 7:59 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks Jess, we do love a good cake in our house, whatever the excuse 🙂 xx

      March 14, 2016 at 9:21 am Reply
  • Mary @TheHeartyLife

    Oh no Hayley, so sorry to hear that they haven’t been well this week. I bet it really did feel like a long one – eeeek!
    The cakes look great and I bet it was fun. Glad things are on the up and hope the weekend was a good one x

    March 13, 2016 at 8:27 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks Mary, I think he is improving very slowly but maybe that is a good excuse for more yummy cakes this week! xx

      March 14, 2016 at 9:22 am Reply
  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    How are you all feeling now? Better, I hope. These germs are really lingering, aren’t they? It feels like we’ve been sick since Christmas. I go in to panic when the boys are ill. For someone who’s normally the epitome of calm, Paul has to stop me from looking up our doctor’s home address 😉

    March 13, 2016 at 10:27 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Haha, I know, I lose all reason when they are ill. I’m constantly thinking I should be doing more when really all they need is rest. We’ve been quite lucky with bugs the last few months but they’re certainly making up for it now! xx

      March 14, 2016 at 9:29 am Reply
  • Notmyyearoff

    Oh pesky germs. I hope they’ve now gone.bits horrible when they get poorly but I’m glad the magic cupcakes worked at cheering him up x

    March 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply
  • Sarah Christie

    I hope Lucas get better soon Hayley, its awful seeing them poorly isn’t it? And do you know I ma exactly the same I seem to be in spring cleaning and clerking out mode at the moment, it makes you feel so much better when you have had a declutter x

    March 14, 2016 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Katie LifeonVistaStreet Haydock

    What beautiful cakes! Well done boys, I’m glad this cheered Lucas a little. It’s awful when they’re poorly xXx

    March 17, 2016 at 9:51 am Reply
  • mamasvib

    Cakes look so ‘happy’ and fun – and no one ever got sad eating cake. Glad you’re all on the mend now xxx

    April 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm Reply
  • Mini Travellers

    those cakes look yummy, you can’t beat cake and cuddles can you. Need some of that this week i think.

    May 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm Reply
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