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Holiday Spam...

on Monday, 07 July 2014.

You may have noticed it has been a little quiet around these parts for the last week or so.  The reason for this is that we have been thousands of miles away in Rhodes on our first foreign holiday as a family of four.  We got back late Saturday night and have been drowning under a sea of dirty washing and unpacking.

I think it is going to be quite hard to put into words about just how much of an amazing time we had on our holiday to Levante Beach.  Of course we expected to have a great time, we were on holiday after all, but we had an intensely special week.  One that we will all remember for an incredibly long time.  Even as I type this I can feel tears pricking at the back of my eyes, perhaps a little of the post holiday blues that is inevitable when you return back to normality, but also because quite simply I am a little overwhelmed by just how much one holiday and place could capture my heart and define us as a family.

I kept my promise to myself and kept my phone off.  Bar going on to instagram to do the odd photo, I didn't check my emails, read my tweets or look online at anything.  I completely switched off, we all did, and we really needed to.  We relaxed, we had new experiences, we made new friends and above all we reconnected as a family.  We have come away with sunkissed noses with emerging freckles, a couple extra pounds in weight from an over indulgence of waffles in the morning, and a whole host of memories that will give us goosebumps for a long time to come.

Of course, I took SO many photos and some video too.  Apologies but this little blog is going to be overtaken by holiday spam for the next week or so but I have just so much I want to record, share and remember.  I am going through and sifting through all the photos from my 'big camera', plus I want to actually write what we got up to, but in the meantime I wanted to share some of the photos from my iPhone.  

Here is a snapshot of our holiday through the eyes of my phone...

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Fun in the pool with LL who loved splashing about in her ring and a spot of relaxing (more about that in another post!)

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The beautiful Levante Beach, looking gorgeous at sunrise.  I surprised myself by getting up and going to the gym four times, although it was so hot I didn't do that much!

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We started a mini tradition of standing outside our suite and taking a photo of that evenings outfits.  Isn't it wonderful going on holiday and not having to cook or wash up for a week? 

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One of the great things about Mark Warner is that a lot of the activities are included in the price.  Mr E and I went on an organised bike ride with Emma along the coast, stopping at a little bar for a diet coke in the sunshine.

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More holiday posing- I loved the excuse to dress the girls up in little outfits that they just don't get to wear much of at home.

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This girl grew so much in confidence over the course of the week, going from not letting go of us to swimming and jumping non stop.  We got her a Konfidence jacket just before we left and it gave her and us a bit more reassurance.  She just loved every second of swimming.

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Paddling.

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We had a little routine where by the girls would have an after lunch swim followed by an ice cream- their little faces were an absolute picture each time.

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They would then have an afternoon siesta, as would Mr E occasionally too while I got to lay in the sun and read my book, which was absolute bliss.

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Mads loved her water pistol that Grandma bought her and LL, but we had a slight issue on the way there that we packed one of them in her Trunki and it got flagged up as we passed through security! They wouldn't let it on the plane and Mads was so upset- how stupid are we?!

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Messing around in the pool- it's a lot harder than it looks trying to take a photo underwater!

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We loved going down to the beach every evening after dinner for a paddle.

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Our last night outfits.

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Saying Bye Bye to Rhodes.

 

As I said, I have so many photos from my DSLR I want to share, so this blog is going to be a very sunshiny place for a little while.  A perfect way to counteract the sadness as our tans fade and life returns to normal!

 

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

on Monday, 30 June 2014.

I usually like to take special photos for my Me and Mine photos each month.  Make a little effort out of our busy life to go somewhere that means something to us to take a snap, or do it while we are doing something fun.  I like to take a couple to preserve the memories.  However this month life has just been so busy.  Don't get me wrong, it's very much welcome, we have had a hectic, fun and happy June full of adventure, but it means that I just haven't had time to take family photos.

We have been busy most weekends- we have been to a treehouse for an amazing trip together, I took part in my first 10k race, (and have had a sore knee ever since- oops!) Mr E had the girls for the weekend while I went to Brit Mums Live and we have had the odd quiet day of fun in the sunshine.  It's been a lot of fun and we have made a lot of memories together.  But the fun hopefully doesn't stop there.  As you read this we will be sunning ourselves on holiday- our first one abroad as a family of four.  

I am so excited for a break away.  We all need it- Mr E has taken on a new freelance contract and has been working every single night for hours, and we are relishing some time away as a family.  I adore blogging and the online world but am looking forward to switching my phone off for a week and going off the social media and work radar. (Bar the odd instagram snap naturally- isn't it obligatory to take a photo with a cocktail in your hand?)  I really want to spend uninterruped moments with my girls and husband, read lots of books, (I have packed 6- what else do you do in the evenings with kids?) and just take some time 'off' to relax.  Hopefully we are having a good time as you read this!

Our family portrait for this month therefore was taken by a kind passer by on our little treehouse weekend away.  We stopped for ice creams in a really cute old fashioned sweet shop, Mads and Daddy went for large cones, Mummy went for a scoop of vanilla in a tub, (always a tub for me) and the lady kindly gave LL her own mini cone as she felt sorry for her having to share Mr E's.  Just a happy snap of the four of us.  Except my children don't look too happy.  Probably because the woman was interupting us from important ice cream eating.

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And a last minute 'I forgot a proper family portrait' photo...

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Because our passports totally class as a family portrait don't they? 

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This month I am sending you to go and have a look at Chloe's blog.  She has two boys who are very similar in age to Mads and LL, perhaps we could sort out some sort of blogging arranged marriage or something as they are very cute.  Be sure to go and check out her family photo, she is a super talented photographer.  

 

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.

 

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