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Miscellaneous Memories #15

on Thursday, 26 June 2014.


I haven't had a whole lot of random photos left on my camera recently, I have generally been using all my photos for other posts or I have been taking my iPhone out instead of my DSLR.  However I do love looking back through my memory card and finding odd photos- just little snippets of memories and stories that I don't want to forget.  

Earlier in the week I posted photos of our life recently through the eyes of my phone, now here are some little bits as captured by my 'big camera'...

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Love the rawness and graininess of this photo of LL and her Daddy.

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Serious splashing situation.

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A little rape field moment.

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The love both my girls have for their Daddy is possibly my favourite part of watching them grow.

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At 16 months this little girl still seems very much a baby.  She isn't in a hurry to hit her milestones and I am not in a hurry to watch her hit them.

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Sometimes I don't get a look in with these two when Daddy is around.  They then are super cuddly on a Monday to try and get back in my good books!

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I love this photo of these two.

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Daddy liked the swing at our treehouse a bit too much me thinks.

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Sisters chilling on the bed with an iPad and some crisps.  A perfect lazy afternoon on our weekend away.

 

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Her eyelashes are still so long and I love the way she furrows her brow when she is concentrating.

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This girl is turning into an ice cream addict like her Mummy. 

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While this one is turning into such a cheeky little thing.

 

You can check out my previous Miscellaneous Memories here.

 

These Kind Of Days...

on Tuesday, 24 June 2014.

After a couple of days in the big smoke for Brit Mums Live and a hectic few weekends, we were pleased to see that the sun was shining on Sunday and that we had no plans at all.  I can genuinely say that the weekends I enjoy the most are the ones when we actually just relax, take it easy and enjoy a slower pace of life.  We all thrive on these kind of days.  

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I genuinely think that picnics are my favourite part of summertime.  There is nothing better than packing some bits and heading out.  Plus no hoovering up crumbs from the carpet afterwards.  Winner.

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Little feet in flip flops- too cute.

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No sunny day would be complete without a trip to the park.

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What is it about swings that just sum up childhood?  Perfect, happy innocent little faces.

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She always has her own ice cream and then wants to 'share' everyone elses too.

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Does anyone elses child get ice cream everywhere?  We had to take her sunglasses off as she kept getting them covered in it!  Usually on these occasions I forget to bring wipes too. 

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After nap time we went over to my Mums for an early evening BBQ.  LL loves sitting up at the table and chatting with all the family.

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Dancing to One Direction on Auntie Anna's phone- this little girl loves to shake her bottom and dance.

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A rare photo of Mr E and I that isn't a selfie!

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She is so proud of herself for walking, but still doesn't have the confidence to just go on her own.

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Ssssh she totally didn't have two ice creams in one day.  Honest.

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What is it about babies in playsuits?  Just so cute!

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Sitting on the grass having pudding with Grandma.

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Her little personality is really starting to shine but she knows her own mind too- I thought she was going to be the quiet one but it seems that she is the more diva like of the two at the moment.

 

I don't know what it is but these kind of days really make me reflect.  I sat in the sunshine with the heat beatiing down on my shoulders and watched my little family eat their picnic.  Mads was cuddling her Daddy, giggling non stop while feeding us all strawberries, LL was generally making a mess with everything she put in her mouth and I just sat back and felt this real feeling of contentment.  Life gets hectic sometimes, it doesn't always go according to plan, but at the end of the day I have them.  I fight and bicker with my husband, I get incredibly frustrated with my children, we worry about money or boring things like bills and there are times when I feel guilty as I just feel a little grumpy for no real reason.  

But on these kind of days you realise just how lucky you are to have a simple, ordinary life.  

I wouldn't change it for anything.

 

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #25 'People Like Me.'

on Sunday, 22 June 2014.

I have said many times before what blogging has bought to my life.  It's strange but I almost can't remember a time before it, it's become such a big part of it.  It's just my ordinary life now- I wake up, I look after my girls, I check in on social media, I write a blog post or I see what my online friends are doing- it's just become a second nature to me.

It's a hard thing to explain to someone who isn't a blogger.  For a long time I was embarrassed of my little online space, fearing people would think I was 'weird' for sharing so much of our lives online, or 'odd' for chatting to people I didn't know via a computer.  And to an outsider, maybe it is a little hard to comprehend.  

But this weekend I sat in a room full of women (and a few men too!)  who 'get it'.  People like me.  They understand what it is like to feel an incredible connection to people who you only speak to through typed words on a screen, or a 'like' on social media.  How it feels to feel like you know someone inside and out even though it's the first time you have met face to face.  All united in the fact that we are women and mothers who share a love, a passion, and a very special hobby.   

I spent lots of time with some amazing friends, real life friends not just 'online' ones.  Friends who I confide in, laugh with, cry with and share a very special bond.   Ladies who I am exceptionally proud to know.  I got to meet so many lovely people and I wish I could name each and every one but I would get finger ache, there's that many.  I got to share many hugs and happy words, even if they were just a fleeting hello.  It's a great feeling to feel such a sense of unity, support, kindness and love amongst people from all different walks of ilfe. 

And to top it all off I won an award.  All the finalists in my category were amazing and I was in such shock.  I reached the stage shaking like a leaf and mumbled something about how I wasn't very good at this kind of thing but it meant the world to me.  

And that's just it.  It really does.

Without being cheesy, blogging has changed my life.  It's brought me opportunities I could only dream of, it's enabled me to finally take the leap to work for myself, it's made me meet people who I am lucky to call my friends and it's made me appreciate every.single.second with my girls.  It's taught me that incredible sadness exists, that it's ok to cry in front of a room full of 500 people and that we are all connected by this quite frankly amazing online community.  

Blogging is such a ordinary moment for me now, as much of a part of my day to day life as brushing my teeth.  But when you stop and really think about it, it's actually a very extraordinary thing to be a part of.  I am truly thankful to get a chance to be part of a community of 'people like me.'

 


(I was a bad blogger and didn't take many photos this weekend but here a couple I did take- would have loved to have taken some more with others.)

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An absolute pleasure spending a lot of the weekend with these ladies, what fabulous friends- Jenny, Lucy and Morgana.

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The ever so lovely Alison, someone I feel thrilled to have finally spent time with after chatting online for SO long, and beautiful Alex who is hands down one of the sweetest girls I have ever met. 

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Toilet selfies and Lucy, my bestest.

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Still in shock. 

 

*Disclaimer- Winning an award is definitely not an 'ordinary moment' for me but it's ok to bend the rules every now and again.  ;)

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!

 

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