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A Sisterly Trip To Brighton...

on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

As I am writing this, we were supposed to be in Portugal for a last bit of sunshine before we officially call it Autumn and start putting the heating on.  However due to a number of different reasons we sadly had to postpone our break away.  With a house still turned upside down from our bathroom renovation, my little sister and I decided at the last minute to go away for a couple of nights in Brighton with my girls.

If I could live anywhere else in the UK, I think it would be Brighton.  I don't know what it is, most probably the combination of the seaside, the culture and the amazing shops, I just love it.  Anna my sister, hadn't been before, so we waved goodbye to Mr E and set off on our journey.  We booked a last minute room at the Queens Hotel over looking the sea front, and were excited to see when we arrived that we had an amazing view of the pier and the beach.  Although the decor was traditionally 'British seaside (i.e a little tired), the room was large, comfy and in the most perfect location.

We had a fantastic time.  We ate far too much, relishing in lots of sweet treats, hotel breakfasts and lunch and dinner out.  We spent far too much money, but it was worth it, as the four of us had lots of fun and relished the rare opportunity of undivided sister time.  Anna is ten years younger than me, whether it's the fact that she is mature, (or I am immature!) or the fact that we have the exact same sense of humour- but we get on great.  

We did the traditional seaside thing of going on the pier, riding the Brighton wheel, walking and skimming stones on the beach and wandering round the gorgeous Lanes area. (shoppers paradise!)  We made lots of memories and were all sad to come home, although we missed Mr E!  We will definitely go away together again soon, I am surprised we haven't done it sooner.

Here is rather a lot of photos and a little video of our sister time in Brighton...

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When we got there on the Sunday evening we went down to the beach- the light was beautiful and the girls spent a good half an hour just playing with the stones.  As you do.

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Beautiful light- it was lovely watching the sun go down on the beach.

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Slightly messy beach hair.  

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Still playing with stones.

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Just one more, I can't get enough of this light clearly.

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Yay for the Brighton deckchairs.

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Loving the girly sleepover! We went out to dinner late the first night and then I decided they could stay up later still so I could watch X Factor- Big mistake as they were so grumpy the following morning and we had to go back to the hotel halfway through the day so they could nap!

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The Lanes area of Brighton is a pedestrian only zone and these two loved running around there together causing mischief. 

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So cute.

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Stopping for a little snack- shopping is hard work ya know.

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We stopped off at a little cake shop called Cloud 9, which was gorgeous.  Mads had the most amazing  rainbow cake, while the rest of us had cupcakes which were equally delicious.

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My beautiful girly walking along the pier with her balloon.  

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Such a cutie and growing up so quickly.

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My sister took this one of myself and Mads and I just love it so much.  I normally hate photos of myself but this one makes me so proud I have such a gorgeous little lady.

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You can't go to the seaside without visting some beach huts.

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Lovely beach huts.

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Cheeky smiles while chilling on the pier deckchairs.

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We did the typical tourist thing and went on the Brighton wheel- the girls loved it.

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Posing on the pier.

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A last final walk on the beach and some donuts to share!

 

And here is a little video of our time in Brighton...

 

 

A Little Video Of A Day In London...

on Tuesday, 02 September 2014.

I normally take lots of photos when we go out anywhere for the day, but on Sunday we went to London to visit our friends and I decided to just do a few snippets of video.  While photos are still my favourite, I find video easier when I want to be more 'in the moment' as I can just press record and edit it all later.

Mr E and I used to live in London many moons ago but Mads and LL don't actually visit that often, so as such whenever Mads goes on a train to the 'big city' she gets really excited.  We headed off early with jelly babies for the train, and she chattered non stop about what we were going to do.  We were meeting one of my best friends from uni and her husband, and both my girls love spending time with them.  What makes it even more exciting is that there is a tiny little baby growing in her tummy, and I can't wait for there to be another little person joining us on these days out soon.

We didn't do much, just went for brunch and had the most amazing breakfast ever (according to Mads but I have to agree) of huevos rancheros and pancakes, before taking a wander down to Southbank, going to the Tate and strolling along.  When we lived in London Sundays were my favourite day, the whole momentum just seems to slow down, and we had a lovely day just catching up.

Here is a mini video on our day to the 'big city'. I love the music on this video because for all the horrible things you hear about on the news at the moment, my girls really do make me thankful and feel like it is still a beautiful world...

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes You Just Have To Forget About The Housework...

on Monday, 02 June 2014.

June is an exceptionally busy month for us, with two weekends away, my first ever race and of course our holiday.  We can't wait but it is going to be hectic.  Therefore this past weekend we deliberately made no plans, bar jobs, errands and housework.  

Saturday went according to plan, in the morning I did my first ever Parkrun, which was great fun and really motivating as it was the first time I had ever run with anyone else.  We then managed to get a few jobs done plus an 'exciting' trip to the supermarket to do our weekly food shop.  Sunday however was a different story.  We woke up early and the sun was shining so brightly.  After the week of basically non stop rain we have just had, it was a very welcome change.  It was a day that just called for an impromptu adventure.

We are really lucky to have the most beautiful reservoir a few minutes down the road that is famous for it's cycling.  I have really fond memories of cycling round there with my Mum and Dad when I was little and Mr E had his first dualathon there a few weeks ago, so we decided that it was the perfect opportunity to have a day out there.  Mr E is bike crazy, but it is the first time we have thought about doing it with the girls as they were always a bit too small before.  We packed a picnic and arrived at the cycle hire place bright and early, hiring a couple of bikes and a little trailer for the girls.

We had a great time and ended up biking about ten miles in total.  The girls loved it, Mads thinking it was the greatest adventure ever, smiling from ear to ear and chatting away as they sat happily in their little chariot.  We stopped off for an ice cream before cycling on the road, down little mud paths and up hills with the sun beating down on our shoulders.  After a couple of hours we headed back, finally finding a little spot by the lake to sit and eat our picnic.

It was one of those spur of the moment days that go exactly according to plan and make you feel all warm and happy inside...

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The 'I just got caught eating one of Mads biscuits' face.

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My beautiful grown up looking girl.

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Picnicing- Daddy's make great seats.

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I adore this photo.  When I was pregnant and found out we were having another little girl THIS right here is what I imagined when I thought of having siblings.  Big sister helping Little Sister learn to walk.

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She is so nearly there with her walking, but just won't take any steps without holding someone's hand.

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Sometimes you fall but it's ok when you have a sister to catch you.

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Sharing a mini cheddar.  As you do.

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More walking practice.

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Swinging.

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She has grown super tall of a sudden.

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Sharing a joke with Daddy.

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The way they look at him gives me goosebumps.

 

We also made a little video of our first family bike ride.  I have my bestie Lucy to partly thank for this.  As I mentioned above, Mr E is very in to biking and has been after this action gadget for his bike for absolutely ages but I wasn't convinced, thinking it would be a bit of a gimmick.  However after seeing Lucy's fab, fab video, he managed to persuade me that getting one would also be beneficial for recording our family videos too, so this video was partly done with that and my normal camera.  Thanks Lucy for inspiring me and for making Mr E very happy! ;)

 

(You can check out my previous videos on You Tube.)

 

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On a separate note I found out on Friday that my blog has been shortlisted in the Loved By Parents 'Blogger of the Year' awards.  I can't believe it, so amazing, especially as there are a couple of my favourites on the list too!  

If you like my tales of family life and wanted to vote for me you can do so by clicking the badge below.  Thanks so much if you do! :)

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