Last weekend we had one of those 'bits and bobs' weekends- you know the ones where you don't have any set plans but you end up being quite busy doing different things. It was quite welcome after being away so much over the Summer. As usual either my DSLR or my phone came along for the ride too.
Here is a glimpse of the weekend just gone...
On Saturday we went over to see my Dad for a BBQ cause my grandparents were visiting from Wales. I became like an undercover detective trying to snap candid moments without them seeing. I love this one taken of Mads and my Nana from outside. I truly treasure experiencing these moments.
Isn't it funny how children instinctively know the good ones? I know they are family but even when they haven't seen them for a while, my little ladies just fall straight back into place with their Great Nana and Grandpa.
My 93 year old Grandpa and my 3 year old little girl sharing a moment.
My happy girl.
Reading a story with Nana. My Nana is an ex headteacher and she partly helped influence my love of reading and words. Everytime we visited them she would spend hours reading, doing puzzles or playing Scrabble with me. I loved watching them from a distance reading together.
I couldn't love this photo anymore.
I love this photo for it's innocence and the fact it captures a childhood favourite- playing hide and seek.
On Sunday I took part in my first ever half marathon. Considering I have only been running since January and I hadn't really trained properly for it, I was absolutely terrified. To top it all off, it actually chucked it down with rain most of the time, with the sun finally coming out towards the end. This photo was before- I can see the fear in my face!
It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, especially as I was ill the next day so obviously had a bug and felt so awful at the end, but I am so proud of myself for doing it. I finished in a time of 1 hour 58 which I am so pleased with considering it was a hilly course. I didn't enjoy it at all, but would I do another one? Definitely!
To celebrate my half marathon, we decided to go to Zizzi's Cambridge for a meal as we had been invited to try it out as a family. We went to the Bene't Street branch which is just gorgeous, it's in an old converted bank and the decor is stunning.
To start we shared a garlic bread and a bread bucket between the four of us, the girls had starter's with their kids meals but couldn't get enough of the different breads, which to be fair were very yummy.
As a family we could eat pizza constantly, even my fussy little ladies will wolf it down. For mains Mr E had a delicious Rustica Piccante pizza which we all had a little bit of because it was huge. I had the Skinny Pollo Piccante pizza which was on smaller wholemeal dough and came with a side salad. It normally would have been the perfect size for me but I was so hungry from my race! The girls had Margherita's which got the definite seal of approval with an empty plate from both.
For pudding I had the Panna Cotta which was just delicious, Mads had the ice cream cones and popping candy which she thought was the best thing ever, and LL and Mr E had sorbet.
LL finished her dessert and the proceeded to eat half her sister's! All in all we couldn't fault Zizzi's, the food was fantastic, the venue gorgeous and we had a great time. A special mention had to go to our waiter who really was so lovely with the girls- something which just makes the experience of dining with children that little bit easier and nicer. We have eaten at Zizzi's a fair few times and will continue to do so- what's not to love?
NB: We were invited to try out Zizzi's as a family- all words, photos, and half marathon accomplishments are entirely my own. ;)