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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.  

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #29 'Cakes and Paddling.'

on Sunday, 10 August 2014.

Inevitably being the UK, it can't be sunny all the time, although this Summer has definitely been one of the best I can remember for a long time.  On Friday we had a ridiculously wet day, in fact lots of parts of our county flooded quite badly.  Rather than stay in the house and yearn for the return of the sunshine, we thought we would go for a splash on our accord- by heading out for a morning swim.

We are really lucky that my stepdad's father 'Granddad Roy' has the most gorgeous indoor pool and so myself, my little ladies, my Mum and my stepsister and nephew all headed over there for a dip and a lunch.  We brought a load of bath toys with us which we proceeded to chuck in the water, and of course some rubber rings and other swimming related paraphernalia, including Mad's goggles which she now officially won't swim without even though she looks a little bit scary in them, as she has a serious issue with getting water in her eyes. 

We splashed, giggled and swam until we were all tired out, got dried off and had a little tea party by the side of the pool, including sandwiches and the most delicious homemade cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies.  It was one of those mornings that makes you feel really lucky to have your family close by and have the chance to spend happy days together.  Oh and have a family member who has a pool.  That's not too shabby either!

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I took these photos on my phone but I think the camera must have been steamed up!

 

Our Weekend Camping Adventure with the Subaru XV...

on Thursday, 07 August 2014.

As a family there is nothing more we love than having an adventure, especially when the sun is shining.  I have this innate feeling distilled in me in the Summer, one where I rarely just like to stay at home.  Even if we just pop out to the park, I have to get out the house on a daily basis.  I love our little home but we love to seek out adventures and make memories as much as we can.

This past weekend we went on a very special adventure as a family- our first time camping.  In actual fact it was my first time camping ever, unless you count a rather soggy Duke of Edinburgh experience at school where we almost set our tent alight smoking contraband cigarettes, but that's a different matter entirely.  We were really excited to have the chance to borrow a Subaru XV for the weekend which was just fantastic, we absolutely loved the car and it was definitely made for families like ours.

I was a little nervous about camping with two tiny people, but actually it was an amazing experience for us all and we had so much fun that I actually have enough photos to fit in to two posts.   We decided to go to Pembrokeshire in South Wales as Mr E used to holiday in Wales a lot as a child.  After learning all about the Subaru XV on Friday afternoon at a really fun off roading event, we headed off on the long five hour journey to reach our destination.

We may have *slightly* cheated at camping and gone for a slightly more luxurious glamping option.  After a lot of research online I found the quite frankly amazing Not Just Any Tent company.  They take the hassle out of camping by arriving at your chosen campsite before you and pitching one of their beautiful bell tents for you.  We were blown away when we arrived- the tent was gorgeous- with fairy lights, lots of bunting, actual duvets and blow up beds, and everything you could need for your camping adventure.  Although slightly more than usual camping, at £245 for two nights, it was most definitely worth the money and we couldn't recommend it any higher if you are wanting to camp with little ones- there was even room for us to take LL's travel cot.

I spent ages looking for a nice campsite and ended up being so pleased with the one we chose.  We chose Dewslake Camping, a small site situated on a farm only a few miles from Barafundle Bay and Tenby.  Having not camped before, I was really impressed with the facilities- I had visions of missing my creature comforts but the toilets were clean, the showers were hot and it had a little kitchen area.  Most importantly it was relaxed and the atmosphere was lovely. 

We had a action packed weekend full of adventure and the girl's loved spending time as a family in a tent, it was such a unique experience for them and for us.  We were worried as to how they would sleep but bar going to bed a little later than usual as obviously it was light, they actually slept really well and didn't wake up until later than they normally do at home!

Here is the first part of our adventure in photos...

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All packed up ready to go in our swanky Subaru XV for the weekend- the perfect family car.  It had leather seats, a built in sat nav, and most importantly according to Mr E it drove really well as well.  We were so impressed with it and loved it more than our current car which is a similar style Qashqui. Plus see those bikes on the back there?  They are our new family bikes- after years of wanting them we finally bought some with a trailer on the back for our little ladies.

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Our home for the weekend- the most beautiful bell tent.

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The inside of our tent- it was so lovely and had everything you needed for a weekend away.

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We had a lovely big spot in the corner of the campsite.

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We went for a stroll round the quaint little town of Tenby which was just lovely.  Just don't try and get in anywhere for dinner on a Saturday night in peak season!

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The sun going down on our beautiful tent.

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We went to the local Heatherton Theme Park which was fun for a morning- Mr E tried his hand at water zorbing and was worse than all the children who were doing it.

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Mads loved the little car track and was so excited to get a license at the end- she has been carrying it around ever since.

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Me and my big girly- I hope she never grows out of sucking her fingers when she's tired or needs comforting.

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Something obviously tickled LL.

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Breakfast outside our tent. 

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On one of the days we went to West Midlands Safari Park, this was fantastic and would definitely recommend it with little ones as there is a small theme park there as well.  Here they are sussing out where to go next.

 

Here is a video from our little adventure.  More photos to come in my next post...

*Disclaimer*- Please don't watch this video if embarrassing Mum dancing offends you.

 

 

NB- We were kindly loaned a rather fabulous Subaru XV for our weekend adventure and given a contribution towards costs for our weekend.  We paid for all other aspects of the adventure, including the tent and campsite. 

 

 

 

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