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Me and Mine: A Family Portrait Project 2014- September.

on Tuesday, 30 September 2014.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, September was a really busy month for us all.  It quite literally whizzed by in a flash, and I truly can't believe that the Summer is over and we are now officially in Autumn.  After a really hectic few weeks, we are looking forward to slowing down a little in October, although our weekends are already starting to fill up.

If I could sum up our September in one word, other than hectic, I would say happy.  It's been a happy month, we have made some lovely memories, had some great experiences and it's just generally been happy.  Mr E is happy because he upgraded his phone to an iPhone 6, (and as yet it hasn't bent in his pocket!) I am happy because after five years of living with a mouldy, plain bathroom it has finally been renovated and because I was over the moon to win a MAD Blog Award, Mads is happy because we got kittens a couple of days ago and she adores them already, and LL is happy because, well she's LL and she is generally always happy!

One aforementioned lovely memory is what produced our family portraits for this month.  We went to Center Parcs with Lucy and her family, and for once I didn't have to rely on my self timer as Lucy kindly took these photos for us.  They were taken just outside our holiday cottage, in the deep dark wood as Mads would say.  Indeed, if you wonder what we are doing in a couple of the photos, we are roaring like Gruffalos.  Obviously.

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Here's hoping October is just as happy, but a little less hectic!

 

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Be sure to check out all the other Me and Mine ladies and their family portraits for the month too! 

 

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #36 'Suitcase Living.'

on Sunday, 28 September 2014.

I always knew September was going to be a hectic month in our household.  We started off the month in Center Parcs, where we had a lovely week away.  It was then back home for a few nights, before I headed off to the Mad Blog Awards for the evening.  Back home for one night again, we then headed off on an impromptu mini break to Brighton with my sister.  I was home for another night, before being lucky enough to go away again on a spa day and evening with Next. (a room and bed all to myself- bliss!)  Then on Friday I got home at lunch time, only to have an hour at home before we headed up North to Cheshire to see Mr E's side of the family.

On top of that, throw a bathroom renovation into the mix, where none of us have managed to shower in our home for almost three weeks, and we are all feeling a little bit out of routine.  I wouldn't change a single second of it, I feel so lucky to have been able to have these experiences and time away, but I am getting to the stage now where I am looking forward to our pace of life slowing down slightly.

I have mentioned before that our girls thrive on routine, and as such, they have been a little unsettled the past week, not knowing where they are napping or going to sleep at night, and a bit teary as a result of tiredness.  As I write this, I am snuggled up on the sofa at my parent in laws, LL is having a well needed nap and the rest of them have taken Mads out to the park to play football.  They have been sleeping well still at night, but they have had a few later nights and missed naps, and as such are a bit over emotional and out of sorts.  

We are having a lovely weekend with my in laws.  We arrived last night and went to their village pub for a meal, while today has been spent in their local town, where the below photo was taken.  There was a little fete on and the girls and I had to go on the teacups.  It's just an iPhone snap, but I love the smiles on their little faces- they are both just so interactive with each other now LL is walking and  understanding more, and I sat back and watched them giggling and holding on to each other tightly while we span around and around.  They really are the best of friends and are also starting to develop a very amusing sibling rivalry.  Mads will say 'I have the best toy' or 'LL's not got as many sweeties as me' while LL believes that she should have every single thing that Mads is playing with.  It's funny to watch them.

We go home tomorrow afternoon, and life returns to a slightly more normal pace, with the added excitement of our bathroom finally being completed on Monday.  I can't wait to put all my bits and pieces in there and to have a nice long bubble bath in our new bath, plus the whole house needs a thoroughly good clean.  

We are so thankful to be able to have the chance to go away and to make different memories, as well as giving the girls new experiences, but to me there really is no place like home and I am excited to get back to normal a little next week.  But not for long as our October weekends are starting to get busy too!

 

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A Sisterly Trip To Brighton...

on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

As I am writing this, we were supposed to be in Portugal for a last bit of sunshine before we officially call it Autumn and start putting the heating on.  However due to a number of different reasons we sadly had to postpone our break away.  With a house still turned upside down from our bathroom renovation, my little sister and I decided at the last minute to go away for a couple of nights in Brighton with my girls.

If I could live anywhere else in the UK, I think it would be Brighton.  I don't know what it is, most probably the combination of the seaside, the culture and the amazing shops, I just love it.  Anna my sister, hadn't been before, so we waved goodbye to Mr E and set off on our journey.  We booked a last minute room at the Queens Hotel over looking the sea front, and were excited to see when we arrived that we had an amazing view of the pier and the beach.  Although the decor was traditionally 'British seaside (i.e a little tired), the room was large, comfy and in the most perfect location.

We had a fantastic time.  We ate far too much, relishing in lots of sweet treats, hotel breakfasts and lunch and dinner out.  We spent far too much money, but it was worth it, as the four of us had lots of fun and relished the rare opportunity of undivided sister time.  Anna is ten years younger than me, whether it's the fact that she is mature, (or I am immature!) or the fact that we have the exact same sense of humour- but we get on great.  

We did the traditional seaside thing of going on the pier, riding the Brighton wheel, walking and skimming stones on the beach and wandering round the gorgeous Lanes area. (shoppers paradise!)  We made lots of memories and were all sad to come home, although we missed Mr E!  We will definitely go away together again soon, I am surprised we haven't done it sooner.

Here is rather a lot of photos and a little video of our sister time in Brighton...

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When we got there on the Sunday evening we went down to the beach- the light was beautiful and the girls spent a good half an hour just playing with the stones.  As you do.

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Beautiful light- it was lovely watching the sun go down on the beach.

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Slightly messy beach hair.  

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Still playing with stones.

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Just one more, I can't get enough of this light clearly.

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Yay for the Brighton deckchairs.

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Loving the girly sleepover! We went out to dinner late the first night and then I decided they could stay up later still so I could watch X Factor- Big mistake as they were so grumpy the following morning and we had to go back to the hotel halfway through the day so they could nap!

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The Lanes area of Brighton is a pedestrian only zone and these two loved running around there together causing mischief. 

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So cute.

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Stopping for a little snack- shopping is hard work ya know.

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We stopped off at a little cake shop called Cloud 9, which was gorgeous.  Mads had the most amazing  rainbow cake, while the rest of us had cupcakes which were equally delicious.

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My beautiful girly walking along the pier with her balloon.  

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Such a cutie and growing up so quickly.

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My sister took this one of myself and Mads and I just love it so much.  I normally hate photos of myself but this one makes me so proud I have such a gorgeous little lady.

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You can't go to the seaside without visting some beach huts.

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Lovely beach huts.

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Cheeky smiles while chilling on the pier deckchairs.

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We did the typical tourist thing and went on the Brighton wheel- the girls loved it.

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Posing on the pier.

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A last final walk on the beach and some donuts to share!

 

And here is a little video of our time in Brighton...

 

 

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #35 'A Not So Ordinary Evening.'

on Sunday, 21 September 2014.

This past week has been a little bit of a funny one in our household.  Our house has quite literally been turned upside down as we are in the process of having our bathroom renovated.  While this is incredibly exciting, I have been waiting to be able to afford to do it since we moved in five years ago, it also has caused havoc to our routine.  The week has passed me by in a blur of dirt, mess, builders and grumpy children who haven't been able to nap due to noise.

Therefore I haven't been able to even contemplate taking any photos for my ordinary moments post this week, my mind has been completely elsewhere.  Therefore I am slightly cheating and sharing some photos that are actually anything but ordinary.  Oops.

On Friday I headed up to London for the Mad Blog Awards.  For anyone who doesn't know what they are, they are a rather swanky awards celebrating parent blogs in the UK.  I couldn't believe it when a few months ago I found out I was a finalist in two awards, Best Baby Blog and Best Blog Photography.  

I met up with my good friends Morgana and Jenny who I was sharing a room with, and we had some lunch and spent some relaxing time chatting, getting ready and drinking birthday prosecco.  We also had a gatecrasher in the form of Katie, who writes one of my favourite blogs, so it was lovely to have some time to chat to her.  The afternoon whizzed by and soon we were in our dresses ready to head down to the awards.

I can't possibly name everyone who I met and saw but it was a fantastic evening, meeting new bloggers and chatting to old friends.  The awards were being hosted by Dr Ranj from CBeebies, something which Mads was utterly excited about.  The Best Baby Blog category was the second award of the evening, and I know that everyone says this but I truly didn't expect to win this year, therefore I was gobsmacked to hear my name called out.

I was shaking really badly as I headed up to the stage and I think I may have uttered the most terrible speech ever, speaking far too quickly and with my voice breaking on a couple of occasions.  I used to have to speak and do presentations in front of lots of people for my work all the time, but for some reason I just clam up when it comes to my blog- I think it is because it means so much to me.  I was so nervous.  The rest of the awards passed in a blur, with some incredibly worthy winners including some of my favourites My Two Mums, Little Button Diaries, lovely Fritha and Actually Mummy.  I didn't win the photography category, but my good friend Lucy was a very deserving and talented winner. 

We were actually quite tame (some of us were anyway Katie who broke the world record for the amount of sweets you can fit down a pretty dress) and didn't drink too much, but it was a late night, with the night ending with myself, Morgana and Jenny eating pizza at 2.30am in our huge big bed!    Waking up in the morning, my timeline was full of tweets congratulating me- thank you to anyone who took the time to do that and to who voted for me in the first place, it really does mean a lot.

I am honestly over the moon to have won an award, especially as the other finalists were all so fantastic.  We all care so much about our blogs, and to get a little recognition for your hard work out of a community of amazingly talented people, is just such a special feeling.  For a long time I haven't told friends or family that I blog, although a few have found out, but I really am starting to feel proud of my little online space.  More than that though, every time I go to an event, I feel so lucky to be able to call myself a blogger and to have met some such incredible people through writing about my little ladies.  

 

I only had my iPhone on me, but here are some photos.  They are a little blurry as the light was SO bad...

 

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 Beautiful Jenny in our huge room!

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Gorgeous ladies at lunch, it was lovely to be able to spend some quality time with Morgana and Jenny.

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All dressed up.

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 I was sat on a table with two other winners- Fritha and Tom.

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Jenny and I with Dr Ranj!

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Some lovely ladies- Fritha, Lori, Bex, Kirsty, Becky and Lucy.

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Katie, Morgana, Jenny, Sarah and Suzanne.

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2.30am pizza- always a good idea.

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A yummy omlette and waffle brunch with Morgana, Jenny and Katrina.

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Yippeee so chuffed and amazed!

 

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