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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #30 'Ordinary Moments To Treasure'

on Sunday, 17 August 2014.

I have spoken a few times on my blog about my Grandparents.  I am lucky that I still have both sets of my Grandparents around, which at my age is pretty rare.  My Mum's parents live near us and we often see them, but my Dad's side live on the border of Wales so as such don't get to see them as much.  We try to see them every couple of months, whether that's us going up to see them or them coming down to see my Dad.  This weekend my Dad travelled up to get them and brought them back down to his house for a few days.

My Grandpa is 93 and my Nana is nearly 90, so as sad as it may be, it almost feels like we are on 'borrowed time'.  That is the inevitablity of life, and as much as you try not to think about it, I often do, especially after we have said our goodbyes.  Therefore every time we see them it is so special, and I am so thankful that that they have got to develop a relationship with my girls.  On Saturday afternoon we went over to my Dad's and Step Mum's for a BBQ, where we spent a few hours making yet more unforgettable memories.  Both Mads and LL were such good girl's and I managed to catch a couple of sneaky snaps of them when they weren't looking.  The fact that they are unposed and capture such raw emotion, are even more special for me.

These are ordinary moments, but actually they are some of my most treasured.  We will continue to make them for as long as we are lucky enough to do so...

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'My Fitness Mission'- July.

on Friday, 15 August 2014.

I cannot believe how fast the month's are whizzing by, July has been and gone and it is now time for another one of my fitness updates.  I was really overwhelmed with how kind everyone was after I braved putting my wobbly bits on the internet last month, so thank you for whoever took the time to comment on that post.  

It's been a relatively slow month when it comes to fitness, but here is how I got on...

 

Exercise.

 

We have been so busy over the Summer that I am really finding it hard to fit exercise in on a regular basis.  I always said that you can always find time, but I find that looking after two children, being self employed, going away so much on day trips and weekends over the Summer, working plus blogging too, means that I have been struggling to find the time recently.  That said I have still been running at least once or twice a week, but I really want to be doing more.  I went back to my local Park Run one Saturday, which I really enjoy, but haven't been able to go back since as we literally have been busy every Saturday.  I am hoping that come October when we aren't so busy, I will be able to go on a more regular basis.  I also did something pretty brave for me and went along to one of my local running clubs weekly runs, it was good but also I found that they stopped a lot and chatted when I kind of just want to get on with it.  I want to go back but again I just haven't had time and now I feel a little bad and nervous about going again after not going for few weeks.

I haven't beaten any of my personal best times for ages, which I am a little disapointed about as I like to set myself challenges, but I did run my furthest so far in July.  I ran ten miles one Sunday afternoon, which was a killer but I was so pleased I did it and I did it again a week or so later.  By the end my knee's were really sore though and I felt really weak so I need to read up on fuelling a bit more and learning what's best to take with me on my longer runs.  This month sees me tackle my first half marathon and to say I am nervous would be an understatement- I am absolutely terrified.  I haven't trained anywhere near as much as I should have done and therefore feel really unprepared.

I have also been doing mini kettle bell sessions a couple of nights a week.  When I say mini, I mean mini- usually around ten minutes.  I watch kettlebell workouts on You Tube and myself and Mr E have a good collection of weights now.  I am definitely starting to see definition in my tummy now, while the bottom still sticks out and I have a small amount of excess skin, (hello 9lb babies) I can actually feel muscle at the top which hasn't happened before ever!  I enjoy using kettlebells as I can work out in the comfort of my own home, although you definitely need a reasonable sized space as you do have to swing them around a fair bit!

 

Food.

 

My diet hasn't been great this month, but compared to what it was like in January, anything is an improvement.  We have eaten out a lot this month due to days out, weekends away and other bits and bobs.  I am still finding that I am ok with food unless we have lots of treats in the house, then I just don't have the willpower to stop.  For example I got a tub of Ben and Jerry's the other day (the new Greek Yoghurt one- try it!) and ate the whole thing in one sitting.  If there is chocolate or anything sweet in the house I just can't resist it, and of course I can't resist yummy food when we are eating out. However we are still making a conscious effort when we are at home and eating to think a little more about what we are eating, having smaller portions etc.  I have a huge obsession for greek yoghurt and strawberries at the moment, which still is pretty full of sugar but a lot better than having chocolate every evening like we used too.

My diet coke obsession is still getting worse, I am finding I crave the sweetness more than ever, especially if I am having a 'good' day and not treating myself to anything else.  At the moment, I probably don't even drink a glass of water a day, I was so good at the start of the year, but I find it boring and just forget.  I really need to get back to drinking two litres if I can as I can really notice the difference in my skin and also my headaches if I dont.

 

Overall.

 

Overall I am still so pleased with how I am getting on with my twelve month fitness mission I set myself in January.  I am now 2lb shy of having lost two stone since January, and while I have put on a couple of pounds since last month, I am pleased that I am actually starting to see some muscle poking through my wobbly bits!  I am so pleased I have stuck to it for this long, after not having done regular exercise for years, it has completely transformed the way I feel about myself, and has helped me regain some confidence when it comes to buying clothes and just generally the way I look.  But above all, I genuinely do enjoy the feeling that exercise gives me and that is something I never thought I would say.  I love starting to feel stronger, and the fact that I no longer get out of breath walking up the stairs.  I feel that this is just the start of my addiction to fitness and I love that even though I have bad days, I still want to learn and do more.

 

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Running in exotic locations in July- first up in Rhodes.

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And with some new mates in Wales.

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My new obsession.  Beats chocolate buttons.  Although I still eat those too. ;)  

A Little Blog Post From Mr E and LL...

on Tuesday, 12 August 2014.

My husband is pretty long suffering when it comes to this blog.  Actually he puts up with a lot for the sake of my 'little' obsession with documenting our memories together.  Not only does he help me design it, well more the coding and stuff that gives me a headache rather than the actual design, but he also humours me when it comes to my incessant desire to take photos everywhere we go.  He only has a limited time threshold though, before he makes me put the camera away, especially when it comes to photos with him in them.  But really, deep down, I know he is really supportive of my little blog and he often reads my posts and texts me to say something about them.

The one thing he has never done however, is commented or ever written anything for my blog before.  He is very much a silent reader and a couple of times I have asked him to write things and he  has politely (or not so politely) declined.  Therefore on Sunday I was really touched and surprised to find out that he had done something really sweet for me.  On Sunday, I went on a long overdue date day with Mads, we rarely get any one on one time with each other, so when Ripleys London invited us to go on a fun filled day with them I jumped at the chance to spend a day with my big girly. It meant that Daddy and LL got to spend some special time together too.

One thing I always ask is that if I am away from the girl's for the day, I ask for Mr E to send me a couple of photo's just so I can see what they are getting up too.  I was slightly miffed on Sunday that he hadn't sent me any of him and LL, but I wasn't too fussed as Mads and I were too busy having lots of fun.  However when I got home I was greeted with the cutest surprise- he had made me a little video of their day together and written me a blog post too.  It actually made me get tears in my eyes that he would think to do something like that, so of course I had to share it!

 

Here is Mr E's little account of his day with LL...

 

'So whilst the wife is away for the day in the big smoke with Mads, I got to spend some quality 1 on 1 time with our small bean LL!  It’s not often I get to spend 1 on 1 time with the smallest one, it’s usually a combination of the full family or I’ve got both of the little critters to myself! Obviously I had lots of 1 on 1 time in the beginning with Mads as she was around before LL. My first observation is that what was all the fuss about when we had just one child? Having LL all to myself is so easy, just one child to entertain and keep happy is simples! ;)

My second is that LL is at such a great and fun age, always exploring, smiling and giggling. She is constantly busy and always doing something, it’s like she sets herself little missions in her head, I love it! I’m also reflecting on Mads at this age and wondering if she was the same, she was always smiley and giggly but maybe the second time round I’m a bit more of a relaxed parent and finding it easy to enjoy the early years. Having seen how quickly Mads has grown, I’m in no rush for LL to grow up.

I have an incredible bond with Mads - she has always been a Daddy’s girl, and I often feel that my attention is focused more on her, as because she is a little older she requires more attention and energy. It’s also quite hard to find something that suits both ages, at the moment even a gap of 2 years feels like miles apart, although I feel the gap will soon close and they will be like 2 peas in a pod! Today has definitely made me realise what fun LL is and I have decided to make a conscious effort to have more 1 on 1 time with her and just enjoy these times. Before you know it, it will be tantrums, handbags and boyfriends and there will come a point where Daddy is no longer their best friend!

Oh and as Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

 

Anyway here is Daddy and LL’s little adventure!'

 

 

My Sisters In August.

on Sunday, 10 August 2014.

We are well in the throws of Summer now and we are really enjoying (almost) every minute.  I don't remember a time the weather was so nice, and I am loving the long days in the sunshine.  Mads and LL seem to thrive on being outside and active, and I could happily stay in the sun all day.  We have been enjoying picnics, playground trips, and days in the garden with friends- so much less stressful than our Winter pasttime of soft play. I have been organised again this month and have a few photos of my sister's all ready to share. 

Last weekend we went to South West Wales on our first camping adventure.  It was a lot of fun and Mads and LL relished the quality time with us.  We have been switching off a lot this Summer- away from TV screens, phones and constant checking of social media, and it's been very welcome indeed.

 On one of the day's in Wales we went to a local beach.  We had already had a busy day at a theme park and lunch at Pizza Express (my fussy children would lick their plates clean at Pizza Express so we go there a lot!) but didn't feel it was right to go to the coast and not go to the beach, so we made our way over there late in the afternoon.  I am so glad we did because it was so quiet and peaceful.  We built sandcastles, ate our pretty sandy sandwiches on a picnic blanket, and enjoyed feeling the sun on our shoulders.  We also found some sand dunes and the girl's had lots of fun sliding down them on their bottoms, they were giggling in delight.  

I love these photos, firstly because they are a memory of a pretty special weekend, but also because my little ladies just look really happy, and at the end of the day isn't that ultimately what any parent wants for their children?  They make us laugh every single day with their antics, and are the best of friends yet also fight like cat and dog.  Their relationship is really beginning to shine through and they are fast becoming a real double act, egging each other on all.the.time.  We went to buy a bathroom suite the other day and they were running up and down the showroom being so mischevious together.    I look at these photos and my heart aches a little bit with pride and love for my two lovely daughter's. 

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This month I am sending you over to have a look at Chloe's lovely blog.  She has just won a trip of a lifetime to California which I did a little jump of joy for when I heard because I was really rooting for her and totally deserved it with her video she made.  Go and have a look at her gorgeous boys.  

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