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My Little Bits Of Life #2

on Tuesday, 17 June 2014.

My iPhone has been out in force recently capturing little snippets of our day to day life.  While my first love with always be my DSLR it is big and heavy and so when we are just out here and there it is great that we can still capture photos and memories.

Here is the latest going's on from the camera in my pocket...

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From left to right...

1.  A little 'bear' bum.  These little joggers were Mads and I loved them then and I still love them now.  So cute!

2.  Daddy snapped a photo of us three girlies before work one day.  

3. Sunshiny sun selfies with my littlest lady.  This weather has meant we have been spending lots of time having picnics and going to the park.  Simple but lovely.

4.  We thought we would try out a different supermarket one weekend (we totally live a crazy life that's for sure) and these girls were so cuddly I just had to take a photo of them in their 'matching but not matching' cardies.

5.  We hired bikes a couple of weeks ago and had a great morning out together and the view was just beautiful.

6.  My biggest girl looking super cute in her sun hat.  I am loving dressing them in their summer clothes.

7.  We went to get LL's first shoes with my grandparents and they treated us to the.most.awesome.cake.ever at this gorgeous little tea room.

8.  I am loving wearing yellow at the moment, although when I wore this outfit the other day Mads observed that I looked like a bumblebee!

9.  Mads and I got new shoes- her mini Birkinstocks are cuter than mine though!

10.  Nothing cuter than a baby in a matching romper and bonnet.  Especially when it's polka dot.

11.  Even my phone is ready for summer- love this happy colour phone case.

12.  Sisters sharing a picnic blanket.  The way they are with each other is the best thing about being a parent to two.

13.  Mads totally rocking her pink tied waist blouse and little heart denim shorts.  She has started picking her own outfits now.

14.  Mr E took part in his first dualathon- a 10k run, 38k bike, 5k run. The girls and I went to watch him and were so very proud of him.

15.  We went for an impromptu BBQ at our friends house one Saturday- it was a bit of a gold day with my 'K' bag and gold shoes.

16. Yet another gorgeous outfit from Little Miss M- this time she was rocking her stripy jumpsuit and some strawberry sandals.

17.  We recently got asked if we would like to try Netflix and I am already obsessed.  My list is so long of things I want to watch, currently we are working through Breaking Bad and I am also reaquainting myself with Gossip Girl.

18.  Happy feet in bargain Primark sandals.  

19.  Mads always leaves the house with the 'essentials'- her Hungry Caterpillar toy and a Lightning McQueen phone!

20.  We went on an amazing weekend to a treehouse in Wales, this girl was in her element and thought it was such an adventure.

21. Yet more yellow.  Working from home means I don't need to dress up but I have decided to make more of an effort to feel nicer and wear pretty things, even if it's just for the nursery run. 

22.  And finally Mr E went to Germany for a few days and bought me back these chocolates- they are so yummy and nice and colourful too!

 

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #24 'The Week Summer Officially Began.'

on Sunday, 15 June 2014.

Oh Summer, we were wondering when you would make an appearance.  You have been teasing us for a while now, giving us a glimpse of you and then promptly disappearing back where you came from.  But this week you decided it was time to 'officially' arrive.  We are under no illusions that you will stick around forever, but we are certainly enjoying your company while you are here.

What is it about the sun that makes everything that little bit better?  It's been a happy but simple week in our house, we have been enjoying lots of time outside- morning's out with friends or catching the last of the afternoon sun on the days the girls have been at nursery.  I adore the sunshine, I definitely think I should be living abroad.  I love the feeling of the sun beating down on my shoulders, that first lick of an ice cream on a hot day and the carefree sound of my girl's giggles as they play outside.  

Last Tuesday we were contemplating what to have for dinner when we decided that the weather was just far too nice to be sat indoors.  So we rang Mr E on the way home and told him we were off out for an impromptu picnic.  We packed some yummy food, the compulsory naughty picnic snacks and headed off to a pretty little meadow by our house.

We sat there for ages, just enjoying the last of the sun, chatting about our days and remarking on just quite how lucky we are to have our little family.

Because that's the thing.  Sometimes the most ordinary moments are definitely the sweetest.  And all it takes is a simple little afternoon picnic to remind us of that.

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A Magical Adventure...

on Wednesday, 11 June 2014.

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning after opening my eyes is check my phone, more specifically my social media.  I have a quick glance at instagram, or twitter, or facebook, and then I may say good morning to my husband.  How bad is that?  I am slightly over dramatising the scenario (only just!) but the reality is I do spend a fair portion of my time absentmindedly flicking through social media for no particular reason.

I adore having my blog, I love that facebook helps me keep in touch with old friends or that I can gain inspiration through sites like instagram, and I love that my online life has brought me so many opportunities and friendships, but I can't remember my life before my blog.  Now any moment that I am not looking after the girls, seeing friends or working is taken up with the online world.  Nap times are spent writing blog posts or doing my usual pointless flicking through various apps.  What did I use to do with my time?  My house would be a lot cleaner that's for sure.  

But sometimes you just need to switch off and that's exactly what we did this weekend.  We had a family weekend away to the MOST MAGICAL PLACE ever.  It deserves capital letters as it really was that amazing.  A remote treehouse in the middle of nowhere in Wales.  No electricity, no phone signal, not even an indoor shower or toilet.  Just my little family and going back to basics.  It was absolutely perfect.

My photos or video will not do this treehouse justice but just imagine living high up in the trees and that is exactly what it was.  There was no one around for miles, just us and A LOT of sheep.  It was beautiful, peaceful yet oh so stylish.  Although the weather wasn't great (The sun did come out periodically!) we went on lots of walks, ate lots of sweet treats, snuggled, read books by candlelight and played games.  It was just what we all needed.  

The girls were so good considering we were all sleeping in the same room, although Mads didn't go to bed until near enough 10pm on the first night. (when it is windy the trees REALLY creak!)  We had a simple, lovely few days, topped off by visiting my grandparents on the way home.  I am so thankful for my little family and the opportunities that we get to experience and I will treasure the memories of the past weekend.  

I also proved that I am not necessarily a country girl at heart, firstly by putting my lovely PJ bottoms on a candle and setting them on fire and secondly by freaking out about needing a wee at 2 am (the toilet was outside) and waking Mr E up to come with me to hold my hand!

 I didn't charge my camera and it went on to low battery while we were there, so because I wanted to save it for seeing my grandparents on the way home, I thought I hadn't taken that many photos.  Turns out you can take the blogger away from social media but you can't taken the blogger away from her camera!  I couldn't go completely cold turkey- I may have self combust or something. Oops... Here is our weekend in photos and a little video...

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The most beautiful place ever.

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Girls in bed.  Candles. Wine. Sat on a treehouse balcony with an amazing view. Check.

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Posing on the spiral staircase.  Not an easy feat while holding two wriggly children.

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You had to access the treehouse by a number of bridges which Mads thought was the best thing ever.

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The 'wibbly wobbly' bridge.

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We took a trip to the local seaside.

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Writing your name's in a heart on the sand.  Standard practice.

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We stopped off at a gorgeous little sweetie shop for an ice cream.  Doing the normal tourist thing and getting the lady to take a photo of us all.

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Lots of snuggles were had.

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The treehouse had no electricity and the hot water was powered by the fire, so we spent a lot of time lighting candles.  And then a lot of time stopping LL crawling and picking them up.

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Mads kept cheating at Jenga but as we love her we let her do it.

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 We did lots and lots of walking.  Well as much as you could do when had forgotten to pack the baby carrier.  Oops.

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 And did lots of swinging.

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 Plus lots of Gruffalo hunting.

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Log walking was also a must.

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Late afternoon sunshine is the best kind of sunshine.

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This girl loved running about.

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We stopped off at my Grandparents on the way home as they live on the border of Wales.  I will treasure this photo of Mads and my Nana.

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The obligatory family photo we take each time. :) 

 

And here is a little video of our adventures...

 

 

 

 

Just a little note at the end to say thank you so much to Loved by Parents.  We won this trip through them and I couldn't finish this post off without thanking them for giving us the opportunity for such a wonderful weekend together.  They haven't asked us to write about it or mention them in any way, but I just wanted to say thanks.   We have already said the treehouse may be our special family place and we will definitely be returning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Sisters In June.

on Tuesday, 10 June 2014.

I was lying in bed this morning casually flicking through twitter as the rest of my house were still asleep, (I seem to have an annoying habit of waking up ridiculously early at the moment) when I noticed a few people tweeting about their 'Siblings' posts for this month.  I thought they may have just been super keen, until I realised that the post was meant to go up today.

Cue me panicking as I completely thought that it was tomorrow.  I had no photos ready (I was going to attempt to take some today) and no post written.  I jumped out of bed like a crazy lady and went downstairs and fired up the laptop.  While it totally doesn't matter if I don't post this month, it's not like it's an official deadline or a matter of life or death, I didn't want to let the other ladies in our little group down so I have salvaged some blurry photos from my iPhone.   Total blogger fail.

I took these photos of the girls yesterday before we went out for the morning with my Mum.  They are both wearing their matching navy dresses which is actually totally OTT for a Monday morning trip to town and the garden centre, but I find I have so many gorgeous outfits for them both that don't get worn very often.  And if one can't dress up a little to peruse the shrubs and eat a jacket potato in a cafe full of old age pensioners, when on earth can you?

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These daughter's of mine have been so lovely this month.  With LL so nearly walking Mads has been in her element helping her by holding her hand non stop.  The look that my biggest girl gets on her face when her little sister walks to her is one that makes my heart swell a little bit- she has a look of complete pride written all over her delicate little features and she laughs and claps along with her.

Mads is definitely a 'little Mum' that's for sure.  She is so kind and caring towards LL, always thinking of her.  She makes sure she has toys to play with, will always share her food with her (even when she has cake which even I am not too keen on sharing) and constantly cuddles and kisses her.  If she cries she goes to her instantly, and with each month that goes by we get to see them interact more- their relationship and bond is growing stronger by the day, with the odd bit of feistiness thrown in too.

So there we have it.  My lovely sisters in June.  A bit of a rush job in terms of the photos and this post but as always the sentiment is there, and it's a little snippet of our everyday life I don't want to forget.  Now I can go and actually get my children up and ready for nursery- all this before 7.30am in the morning.  Unless you are a blogger you will think I am totally mad for rushing to post this but these blogs do strange things to us I swear.  

 

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This month I am sending you over to my lovely friend Lucy to check out the snaps of her two little people.  It was her birthday on Friday so be sure to say Happy belated Birthday while you are over there too!

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