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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #24 'The Week Summer Officially Began.'

on Sunday, 15 June 2014.

Oh Summer, we were wondering when you would make an appearance.  You have been teasing us for a while now, giving us a glimpse of you and then promptly disappearing back where you came from.  But this week you decided it was time to 'officially' arrive.  We are under no illusions that you will stick around forever, but we are certainly enjoying your company while you are here.

What is it about the sun that makes everything that little bit better?  It's been a happy but simple week in our house, we have been enjoying lots of time outside- morning's out with friends or catching the last of the afternoon sun on the days the girls have been at nursery.  I adore the sunshine, I definitely think I should be living abroad.  I love the feeling of the sun beating down on my shoulders, that first lick of an ice cream on a hot day and the carefree sound of my girl's giggles as they play outside.  

Last Tuesday we were contemplating what to have for dinner when we decided that the weather was just far too nice to be sat indoors.  So we rang Mr E on the way home and told him we were off out for an impromptu picnic.  We packed some yummy food, the compulsory naughty picnic snacks and headed off to a pretty little meadow by our house.

We sat there for ages, just enjoying the last of the sun, chatting about our days and remarking on just quite how lucky we are to have our little family.

Because that's the thing.  Sometimes the most ordinary moments are definitely the sweetest.  And all it takes is a simple little afternoon picnic to remind us of that.

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A Magical Adventure...

on Wednesday, 11 June 2014.

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning after opening my eyes is check my phone, more specifically my social media.  I have a quick glance at instagram, or twitter, or facebook, and then I may say good morning to my husband.  How bad is that?  I am slightly over dramatising the scenario (only just!) but the reality is I do spend a fair portion of my time absentmindedly flicking through social media for no particular reason.

I adore having my blog, I love that facebook helps me keep in touch with old friends or that I can gain inspiration through sites like instagram, and I love that my online life has brought me so many opportunities and friendships, but I can't remember my life before my blog.  Now any moment that I am not looking after the girls, seeing friends or working is taken up with the online world.  Nap times are spent writing blog posts or doing my usual pointless flicking through various apps.  What did I use to do with my time?  My house would be a lot cleaner that's for sure.  

But sometimes you just need to switch off and that's exactly what we did this weekend.  We had a family weekend away to the MOST MAGICAL PLACE ever.  It deserves capital letters as it really was that amazing.  A remote treehouse in the middle of nowhere in Wales.  No electricity, no phone signal, not even an indoor shower or toilet.  Just my little family and going back to basics.  It was absolutely perfect.

My photos or video will not do this treehouse justice but just imagine living high up in the trees and that is exactly what it was.  There was no one around for miles, just us and A LOT of sheep.  It was beautiful, peaceful yet oh so stylish.  Although the weather wasn't great (The sun did come out periodically!) we went on lots of walks, ate lots of sweet treats, snuggled, read books by candlelight and played games.  It was just what we all needed.  

The girls were so good considering we were all sleeping in the same room, although Mads didn't go to bed until near enough 10pm on the first night. (when it is windy the trees REALLY creak!)  We had a simple, lovely few days, topped off by visiting my grandparents on the way home.  I am so thankful for my little family and the opportunities that we get to experience and I will treasure the memories of the past weekend.  

I also proved that I am not necessarily a country girl at heart, firstly by putting my lovely PJ bottoms on a candle and setting them on fire and secondly by freaking out about needing a wee at 2 am (the toilet was outside) and waking Mr E up to come with me to hold my hand!

 I didn't charge my camera and it went on to low battery while we were there, so because I wanted to save it for seeing my grandparents on the way home, I thought I hadn't taken that many photos.  Turns out you can take the blogger away from social media but you can't taken the blogger away from her camera!  I couldn't go completely cold turkey- I may have self combust or something. Oops... Here is our weekend in photos and a little video...

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The most beautiful place ever.

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Girls in bed.  Candles. Wine. Sat on a treehouse balcony with an amazing view. Check.

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Posing on the spiral staircase.  Not an easy feat while holding two wriggly children.

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You had to access the treehouse by a number of bridges which Mads thought was the best thing ever.

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The 'wibbly wobbly' bridge.

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We took a trip to the local seaside.

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Writing your name's in a heart on the sand.  Standard practice.

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We stopped off at a gorgeous little sweetie shop for an ice cream.  Doing the normal tourist thing and getting the lady to take a photo of us all.

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Lots of snuggles were had.

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The treehouse had no electricity and the hot water was powered by the fire, so we spent a lot of time lighting candles.  And then a lot of time stopping LL crawling and picking them up.

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Mads kept cheating at Jenga but as we love her we let her do it.

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 We did lots and lots of walking.  Well as much as you could do when had forgotten to pack the baby carrier.  Oops.

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 And did lots of swinging.

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 Plus lots of Gruffalo hunting.

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Log walking was also a must.

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Late afternoon sunshine is the best kind of sunshine.

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This girl loved running about.

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We stopped off at my Grandparents on the way home as they live on the border of Wales.  I will treasure this photo of Mads and my Nana.

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The obligatory family photo we take each time. :) 

 

And here is a little video of our adventures...

 

 

 

 

Just a little note at the end to say thank you so much to Loved by Parents.  We won this trip through them and I couldn't finish this post off without thanking them for giving us the opportunity for such a wonderful weekend together.  They haven't asked us to write about it or mention them in any way, but I just wanted to say thanks.   We have already said the treehouse may be our special family place and we will definitely be returning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Sisters In June.

on Tuesday, 10 June 2014.

I was lying in bed this morning casually flicking through twitter as the rest of my house were still asleep, (I seem to have an annoying habit of waking up ridiculously early at the moment) when I noticed a few people tweeting about their 'Siblings' posts for this month.  I thought they may have just been super keen, until I realised that the post was meant to go up today.

Cue me panicking as I completely thought that it was tomorrow.  I had no photos ready (I was going to attempt to take some today) and no post written.  I jumped out of bed like a crazy lady and went downstairs and fired up the laptop.  While it totally doesn't matter if I don't post this month, it's not like it's an official deadline or a matter of life or death, I didn't want to let the other ladies in our little group down so I have salvaged some blurry photos from my iPhone.   Total blogger fail.

I took these photos of the girls yesterday before we went out for the morning with my Mum.  They are both wearing their matching navy dresses which is actually totally OTT for a Monday morning trip to town and the garden centre, but I find I have so many gorgeous outfits for them both that don't get worn very often.  And if one can't dress up a little to peruse the shrubs and eat a jacket potato in a cafe full of old age pensioners, when on earth can you?

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These daughter's of mine have been so lovely this month.  With LL so nearly walking Mads has been in her element helping her by holding her hand non stop.  The look that my biggest girl gets on her face when her little sister walks to her is one that makes my heart swell a little bit- she has a look of complete pride written all over her delicate little features and she laughs and claps along with her.

Mads is definitely a 'little Mum' that's for sure.  She is so kind and caring towards LL, always thinking of her.  She makes sure she has toys to play with, will always share her food with her (even when she has cake which even I am not too keen on sharing) and constantly cuddles and kisses her.  If she cries she goes to her instantly, and with each month that goes by we get to see them interact more- their relationship and bond is growing stronger by the day, with the odd bit of feistiness thrown in too.

So there we have it.  My lovely sisters in June.  A bit of a rush job in terms of the photos and this post but as always the sentiment is there, and it's a little snippet of our everyday life I don't want to forget.  Now I can go and actually get my children up and ready for nursery- all this before 7.30am in the morning.  Unless you are a blogger you will think I am totally mad for rushing to post this but these blogs do strange things to us I swear.  

 

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This month I am sending you over to my lovely friend Lucy to check out the snaps of her two little people.  It was her birthday on Friday so be sure to say Happy belated Birthday while you are over there too!

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #23 'First Shoes'

on Sunday, 08 June 2014.

It's funny what makes you emotional as a parent.  As I sit writing this, the girls are in bed having their afternoon nap.  I was trying to locate one of my old posts- this one about when we bought Mads first shoes.  It was only just over two years ago but it feels like an eternity has passed.  I am sat here on the sofa and for a brief second I felt like bursting into tears.

Motherhood is so bittersweet, there's that saying 'The days are long but the years are short' and that couldn't be more apt.  Sometimes I find myself staring at the clock, willing it to be seven so I can put the girls to bed and just have a bit of time to myself.  Sometimes I realise it's only nine thirty in the morning but it feels like it should be lunchtime.  But then I look back at a photo of my now three year old in her first tiny shoes and I realise that I hardly remember the way she was then.  

Of course, I have those memories stored in my head, hundreds of photos capturing those moments I don't ever want to forget, this blog with it's stories and snippets of our family life, but it all gets a bit hazier with time.

To me, them growing up so quickly brings such a strange mixture of emotions to the surface.  I feel like we are constantly saying goodbye to things- goodbye to them sleeping in our room, goodbye to their first year, goodbye to breastfeeding.  With each new milestone- first smiles, first steps, first day's at nursery, there is a stark reminder that we won't get these moments back.  That we won't get to feel those amazing feelings again.

Occasionally I will notice things I didn't notice before, like how Mads can suddenly pronounce biscuit correctly instead of saying 'bicit', or how she no longer needs me to fast forward the bit on Shrek that makes her get scared.  Or how LL's hair now reaches the bottom of her neck, or that she no longer cries if she doesn't get her milk right.this.second after she wakes up in the morning.  Just little things, signifying that our girls are changing, growing and leaving different stages behind.

Last Tuesday we went with my Mum and Grandma to get LL's first pair of shoes.  While not walking unaided yet, she is getting more confident every day and therefore we thought it was time.  Great Grandma bought Mads first shoes so it was only right that she do the same for LL.   And watching my smallest daughter holding hands with my Mum and walking round the shoe shop, giggling and laughing because she was just so damn proud of herself, made me feel a strange mixture of happiness and sadness. 

Happiness as I get to witness her on a new journey.  Those first steps are such an incredible time, bringing with them a whole new world of discovery and adventure.  Yet a twinge of sadness because she's walking straight out of babyhood and becoming a little person, just like her big sister before her.  While I relish these milestones and new experiences, it's so bittersweet that we have to say goodbye to the previous ones. 

She's still not entirely ready to let go of our hands yet and start walking on her own.  She is so nearly there, but she just needs the reassurance that someone is there for her, steadying her in case she is about to take a tumble.

And I guess that's the thing about motherhood.  It's about letting them go, just that little bit more with each milestone we pass on this crazy journey together.

 But it's about letting them know that we will always be there to catch them if they fall.

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