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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #11 'These Little Faces'

on Sunday, 16 March 2014.

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These little faces...

 

These little faces are full of innocence.  They know nothing of the bad in the world, all they see is good.  They are pure, unspoilt, free from lines, freckles from the sun and blemishes.  There are no scars yet, no war wounds from a falling off their bike incident.  They believe in the good in people and that the little things are the most magical.  Sometimes I think I could learn from them.  They are a blank canvas, it's our job to help guide them.

These little faces are full of happiness.  They smile and laugh constantly, their big blue eyes dance around and their little noses scrunch up in delight.  To see them happy, running excitedly as we chase them, swinging high and giggling on the swings, and letting out big belly laughs as we tickle them is quite possibly the best feeling in the world.  To experience their happiness makes everything worthwhile. 

These little faces can be sad.  They can be scared, or poorly, or just want to cry.  Big, salty wet tears can fall down their chubby cheeks,  or collect in their beautiful long eyelashes.  These faces fit perfectly into the nook of my arm, their legs wrapped round my body, where I can gently rock them back and forth, back and forth.  I can stroke their hair, wipe away their tears and tell them that it's going to be ok.  I would hold them like that every single second if I could, feeling their little hearts beat beat beating against my own. I like that I am the one who can make everything better.

These little faces can make me so frustrated.  They make me mad, angry and I can feel like the world is against me.  They can be angry, screw up in a grimace when they have a tantrum or a strop, and they can make me literally count the seconds until bedtime.  But once they are asleep and I sit down on the sofa and breathe a sigh of relief, it's not long before I want to see them again.  To hold them.  I miss them while they are sleeping, and I often go into their rooms and wish I could wake them up for a cuddle.  These little faces look oh so peaceful when they are asleep. I would love to know what they dream about. 

These little faces make me feel such a mixture of emotions.  I have never experienced a love like it, so pure and unconditional.  They have made me realise what it is like to experience the truest form of love- a love where there is nothing you wouldn't do, or give up for them.  They can make me feel on top of the world, feel euphoric and feel a high like no other.  Yet just like a drug, they can make me feel at my lowest, make me feel like I am failing them.  Have I not played with them enough that day?  Should I have lost my patience over something so small?  They make my insecurities, my fears, and my anxiety go to a whole new level.  They make me realise my faults, yet they have also made me a better person.

These little faces will grow up.  They will change, they will mature.  Their little milk teeth will be replaced with gaps, before turning into adult ones.  Their smiles will change, and with it a little bit of their personalities too.  They will lose that wonderful stage where they have no inhibitions and where their whole heart belongs to their Mummy and Daddy.  Play Dough and dolls will be swapped for make up and gossiping with friends.  In the future they may even have their own families, feel all the things I am feeling now.  The years will fly by, they will grow, and I will be left wondering why time goes so damn quickly.  Why it is so fleeting.  I will be left with all the thousands of photos I took of their beautiful childhood years.  And the amazing memories. 

Of those pure, beautiful little faces.

The little faces of my daughters. 

 

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Our Retro Inspired Living Room Makeover...

on Thursday, 13 March 2014.

We have lived in our little house for four and a half years now, and we love it a lot.  It is by no means our forever home, but it is full of love and memories.  Slowly but surely we are getting it how we want it but budget and time means that it isn't happening as quickly as we would like.

Our living/dining room is the hub of our home.  It is the room we are in most of the time- we do our relaxing, playing, eating and entertaining in this room but for ages it has just been a blank canvas.  When we moved in it had wee yellow walls and green shagpile carpets (no joke) and we gave it a lick of paint, added some other touches and put down beige carpet throughout the house, but it hasn't had our stamp fully put on it until now.  

I decided a couple of weeks ago I was fed up of it in it's current state, and set to work giving it a revamp.  The first to go was the Artex on the ceiling, I loathe Artex and got a quote from a plasterer to see if he could reskim it all.  It was reasonable and so I begged Mr E to let us get rid of it.  He agreed, so we had this done while also getting rid of the rubbish lampshades and having swanky new spotlights put in. 

We then had wallpaper put up on our long wall, gave the whole place a lick of paint and added some finishing touches.  The room originally had a purple and brown colour palette but I also introduced mustard.  Yellow makes me happy.  I realise it might not be everyone's cup of tea but I love it.  I love the bright colours and am really pleased with how it has turned out.  We still have a few finishing touches to go but I thought I would show you our new living room makeover in photos.

 

Before

 

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Before we started our living room looked like this.  Not offensive but bland, boring and uninteresting. Note the horrendous Artex on the ceiling and the cheap, slightly crappy lampshades!

 

After

  

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This wall was already previously painted purple but we gave it another lick of paint to brighten it up a little.  I took this photo before we put it back but we have a little desk to one side of the sofa where Mr E's iMac sits.

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This wall has our BC (Before Child!) photo frame on it.  The rest of the house is full of photos of our little ladies but we like to keep this one the way it was before.

Nikki McWilliams biscuit cushion

I fell in love with this cushion from Nicki McWilliams.  It was a bit more than I would usually spend on a cushion but who doesn't love a Custard cream?  The Love cushion is from Homebase.

Orla Kiely wallpaper

Our wallpaper is from Orla Kiely.  I absolutely adore it and think it has transformed the room.  It was a brave choice to go with such a bold mustard print but I love it.  The stripey mustard cushion and purple velvet one were from H and M Home.

Mustard Cat Cushion

I also fell in love with this mustard cat cushion from Howkapow.  The knitted brown cushion is from H and M Home.

Mustard Throw from Laura Ashley

This mustard throw is from Laura Ashley, it's lovely, big and cosy. 

Garland from Southwood Stores

I struggled to figure out what to do with this space above our understairs cupboard, but found this lovely garland from Southwood Stores and thought it was perfect.

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In our town there is a huge vintage bric-a-brac shop, three floors full of treasure.  I found these old fashioned milk bottles and thought they would be perfect for our retro inspired living room.  

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I got the little decorative purple stones from Ikea.

Mustard and Purple Living Room

Our table was getting wrecked from the girls drawing and eating on it constantly, so I found this dotty wipe clean purple fabric- perfect as a tablecloth.  The flowers were a birthday present from a lovely client of mine!

Vintage Polaroid Camera

I have had this vintage polaroid camera for a long time, the certificate is from 1978.  The Haarlem tea light holders are from Howkapow.

Old English Company Print

Our print is from Old English Company, and I love it.  Think it looks great up on the wall.

Orla Kiely wallpaper

Just love our wallpaper!  The rug we had previously but I like the colours together.  It's not for everyone but it makes me feel happy.  Next job is the bathroom, but think we need to save up some pennies first- this makeover went *slightly* over our budget!

 

Some of our other room tours...

Mads Big Girl Room

LL's Nursery

 

NB.  We paid for every single bit of this makeover, but I wanted to include the links in case anyone is after any inspiration.

 

 

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My 30th Birthday Weekend...

on Tuesday, 11 March 2014.

Last weekend I turned thirty, a milestone which to be honest I wasn't particularly looking forward to. I was quite happy in my twenties and as it loomed ever closer I felt a little disheartened about the thought of leaving them behind.

In fact, I had one of the most lovely weekends that I have had in a very long time.  Mr E and I haven't really 'done' birthdays since the girls came along, not properly anyway.  But he went all out for my 30th, and I was spoilt and treated all weekend.  I know that I am very lucky to have my husband and all that he does for us the majority of the time, but he really did make my birthday so special and I am so thankful to him for that.

He had planned the whole weekend.  On Thursday night we went over to my Dads for dinner which was a nice pre birthday celebration.  On Friday, my actual birthday we went to meet some family and friends for lunch in the pretty little village I went to school.  Then Friday night I went out for dinner with my Mum's side of the family.  Saturday we went off shopping for the day while my Mum had the girls and I got to spend my birthday money.  It was great to buy a few clothes as I was in desperate need for some wardrobe updating.  Saturday night we had a double date with Lucy and her hubby which as always was great fun.

On Sunday we dropped the girls off at my Dads and headed off to Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire for our first night away since we became parents.  We have been away as a family, or separately but never together without the girls so it was a real treat.  We spent a relaxing day before having some dinner and drinks in the evening.  After a mini lie in, we headed back to our girls on Monday lunchtime and were treated to the best cuddles.

Here is our weekend in a mixture of big camera and iPhone photos...

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Yippee- pressies!

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I was in total shock when I opened my presents, Mr E had completely and utterly treated me.  I got lots of lovely bits, and from the girls I got an iPod shuffle which he had engraved with 'To Mummy Happy 30th, Love Mads and LL.'

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He got me a gorgeous set of stacking rings and a new watch which I was blown away with, and he thoughtfully got it engraved with a lovely message.  Serious brownie points.

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Our little family at lunch.

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This girl was in her element with all the attention.

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On Saturday afternoon after we got back from shopping we took these girls to the park to let off some steam.

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Enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

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Enjoying the river in Henley on our first night away.

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Relaxing.  We couldn't have asked for nicer weather.

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Standard.

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We stopped off at this beautiful little village called Hambleden for a walk in the sunshine.

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Our room for the night was gorgeous, we took advantage of TV watching in the bath. ;) 

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Selfies.

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We sat in a pub for ages reading magazines, one of those silly things you miss when you don't do it anymore.

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Selfies by the river and pink fizz.

All in all it was the most amazing weekend and I feel sad that it's over.  I couldn't have asked for anything better for turning thirty and I feel so lucky to have my husband, girls, family and friends who made me feel so special.

Now it's back to reality with a bang and lots of washing, work and cleaning to catch up on.  

But with lots of happy memories.

 

My Sisters In March.

on Monday, 10 March 2014.

We are going through a phase where getting photos of these two girls together is hard work.  Firstly they constantly seem to be on a quest for mischief, and generally not at the same time or place.  The days of sitting quietly, with Mads holding LL delicately are most certainly are a thing of the past.  Mads tolerates the camera in small doses, but if you ask her to look at it she pulls an inane cheshire cat sort of grin.  Posed but natural is definitely not her forte!

LL on the other hand needs to be contained in something in order to take a photo of her, otherwise she escapes before you can press the shutter.  Whereas before she would sit and stare at the camera perfectly with her big beautiful blue eyes, now her mission seems to be to look everywhere other than at me and the big device in my hand.  

As LL isn't walking, I am struggling to know what how to get photos of them together, as they are just so busy doing their own thing.  They love to play together but usually it is has a limited life span before LL is off trying to do something else she shouldn't be.  She is well in the throws of that exhuastingly lovely age where it's fun to be anywhere she shouldn't be.  If you ask Mads to hold LL still you usually get results like this...

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We experienced the first mild day this year on Saturday, so we thought that it would be perfect to get out and get to the park.  Obviously all children enjoy a chance to let off steam and play, and Mads and LL are no exception.  I still experience the biggest joy when they play on the swings together, they giggle in delight and set each other off giggling even more.  

I love this photo where they are playing on the seesaw together, they look so happy and full of love and innocence.

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They get on so well like they always have done, but funnily enough I love watching them beginning to squabble the most.  It's so amusing to watch Mads get stroppy with LL for something, as at the moment it looks like LL is going to be the one who holds her own, she lets out a loud shriek if Mads ever tries to take anything off her.

They are growing up so quick these sisters of mine and I am relishing every minute of watching them grow and interact together.  I've said it a million times before but the best thing about being a Mum to two children is watching their relationship change, grow and develop month by month.  I feel very honoured to be able to watch them become best friends.

 

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This month I am sending you over to Lauren's blog.  Her blog is one of the first blogs I started reading and is still one of my favourites today.  Be sure to go and have a little look at her gorgeous boys and what they have been up to this month.

(My sisters in February)

(My sisters in January)

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