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A Lovely Week At Center Parcs...

on Wednesday, 17 September 2014.

Last week we went on a little week long break to Center Parcs with our good friends Lucy and her family.  After having a lovely long weekend trip last year we decided to add an extra night this year.  I was really looking forward to it, but was prepared for it to be a little hectic, with four young children in a pretty small villa.

It turns out it was the perfect week.  The children were all so well behaved, thoroughly enjoying each others company and making us smile with just how cute they were with one another.  Yes it was hectic, but we also got some relaxing time in the evenings when they all went to bed.  Lucy and I managed a spa evening which was just bliss, while our husbands cemented their bromance by two nights out.  

We all loved swimming, last year Mads was a bit unsure in the water but this year with swimming lessons and lots of trips to the pool this Summer, she was a changed girl, jumping in and splashing about without us holding her.  LL is also a little fish, loving all the slides and generally being more of a daredevil than her big sister.  I loved watching them in the amazing Center Parcs pools.

It's so lovely to be able to find a family to go on holiday with who have similar aged children, whenever we go away with Lucy and her family it just seems to work so well and we did genuinely have a great time- I felt so sad to come home on Friday with so much washing and cleaning to do.  It almost feels like this little break signals the end of our Summer.

Head over to Lucy's blog too as she has posted a video of our adventures too.  We were going to do a joint one but us and technology don't mix clearly!

Here is a snippet into our week through photos and a video...

 

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I love this photo capturing my girlies cuddling- they really are that affectionate with each other, although they do fight nowadays too!

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Her little Toy Story characters come with her everywhere, she loves them.

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It is compulsory when you are little to share a bath with your friends.

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It is also compulsory for your Mummy to take photos of you to make you laugh when you are older.

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These two were absolutely adorable together and we often found them cuddling up on the sofa.

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Her hair is so long and unruly, and she absolutely hates having it brushed but I couldn't bear to cut it.

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Whereas this little one is getting exactly the same curls as her sister.  I do love my little curly mop heads.

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Too much cuteness.

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These two are looking so alike nowadays, and their bond is growing stronger every day.  Although she's still a Mummy's girl.

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Two peas in a pod.

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The Roberts.

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Weeeeeee.

 

A little video of our adventures.... Roll on next year!

 

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #34 'Friendship'

on Sunday, 14 September 2014.

I have never really had a 'best friend'.  I had my closest friend growing up at school, but also was in a little friendship group of four other girls, each of us as close as the other.  Then at university, I had a little group of special people, who I lived with and spent an amazing three years with.  Since I was twenty one I have had my husband as the best friend in my life, we were close friends for two years before we got together and I don't really remember a time in my life when he wasn't in it.

I have moved around a lot, living in Cambridgeshire, Leeds, London and back to Cambridgeshire in my adult life.  As such I have made friends in all of these different places.  I am still especially close to my uni friends, and I am still in touch with my school friends, but being in different places means we don't see each other as much as we would like too.  I tend to live 'in the moment' meaning that I am constantly in touch with my 'baby' friends who live near me and who I met through having Mads, but sometimes I realise I need to make more of an effort to see my oldest friends too.  That said, whenever we do see each other, it's like we saw each other yesterday, which to me is a sign of a true friendship.

One thing I didn't bargain for when I started blogging, was making friends online.  To me, online friendships were a bit strange, not something I could have ever imagined doing.  Although I wrote my blog and chatted to people I didn't know on social media, I wasn't one of those 'weirdos' who met up with people online.  Fast forward and three years later, I class my 'online' friends as some of my closest ones.  I speak to them most days, and there's a few select ladies who probably know more about me than some of my oldest ones.  I meet up with different people regularly at blogging events.

One thing I definitely couldn't have imagined was that we would make such amazing family friends.  I  think finding friends who you can socialise with as a couple are quite rare, it always tends to be that one of you is closer to them than the other.  This isn't a bad thing, but I do think it's often the case.  And then I think finding friends who have the same family dynamic as you is even harder- we have close friends who don't have children, or who have older children, and this often makes days out or weekends away not quite the same.

When I first started talking to Lucy on my blog three years ago I had no idea we would become such good friends, and I definitely didn't think that we would all become so close.  But ever since our families met at a blogging event, we just seem to have clicked and I would go as far to say they are definitely the closest friends we have.  Our children are very similar ages and love to spend time with each other, our husbands have a quite freaky bromance going on, and when we are with them it just works.  We have a great time together (mainly as we all have a sarcastic sense of humour!) and as we don't live too far away from each other, we tend to meet up relatively reguarly.

This past week has been spent at Center Parcs (another post on that soon!) where we spent a lovely few days with the Roberts family.  It was hectic, with four children running loose, but it was full of happy times, laughing until we nearly cried, and lots and lots of banter.  Our children couldn't have been cuter together, our husband's were actually probably more sad to leave each other than we were, and we just had a fantastic time.  It's our third little break away together (check out here and here) and I definitely think it has become a yearly tradition.  

It's lovely to think I have blogging to thank for bringing a friendship into our lives that I know will last far beyond my blog.  And that in years to come we can look back at our little spaces on the internet and smile at all we got up to.

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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...

 

 

Bridesmaid Duties, Dress Meltdowns and A Weekend in the Peak District...

on Tuesday, 06 May 2014.

Last Friday one of my closest friends got married and I had the honour of being her bridesmaid.  We have been discussing plans back and forth for so long that I still can't believe it has been and gone now. The wedding was held in the most idyllic boutique hotel in the Peak District and we headed up there on Thursday lunchtime ready for a weekend of wedding fun.

The bride looked beautiful, the location was perfect and the wedding was truly great.  It was laid back, relaxed but lots of fun at the same time and I could tell that everyone was really enjoying themselves.  With two small children to look after, the weekend wasn't exactly stress free for us, but we enjoyed ourselves and our few days of family time as well.

The girls behaved really well considering it was a long day, although the morning of the wedding started with Mads having a huge meltdown over the fact she didn't want to wear her dress.  After much bribery and persuasion the dress went on but not without many tense words from Mr E.  It is hard on children to be little angels when their routines are so disrupted, as well as being constantly told to quieten down during the service or while the speeches were on, but Mads and LL were lovely for the most part all day.  It was tiring and a little stressful for us though and it's certainly made me wonder whether we will take them to any weddings in the future as I just didn't feel like we could relax.  Poor Mr E went to bed with the girls at 9pm as they couldn't last a minute longer, but I got to stay up and have a few drinks which was nice of him.

I didn't manage to take a huge number of photos as I was busy with bridesmaid duties, and I didn't take a single one in the church obviously, but here are a few snaps from my phone and my big camera...

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Starting the day off with a glass of bubbly.

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All ready to leave for the church.

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Looking very cute in her dress, even if trying to get it on her proceeded to cause an epic meltdown.

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Vintage records playing outside.

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The latest thing she does is to point at everything.

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Matching pretty dresses.

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Endulging in a cake pop or two.

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The colour scheme was blush pinks, creams and greens and it looked beautiful.

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My pretty bouquet- was such gorgeous pink colours.

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Chatting to the other guests.

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Loved this idea, and the desserts were absolutely amazing.  Someone made this Rocky Road which was seriously the best thing I have ever eaten.  Even four slices later!

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Can't beat a cupcake.

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Just some of the desserts family and friends made.

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Doing the bridesmaid thing.

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Mr E did such a good job of looking after the girls all day.

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One of my best uni friends and his plus one who dutifully had to play outside with Mads constantly.

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My clever friend made these cake toppers herself out of wooden pegs.

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Having a chat to the beautiful bride.

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Gorgeous curls.

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Photo booth fun with bestest uni friends.

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My slightly loony family.

 

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