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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #47 '5 Years'

on Sunday, 21 December 2014.

On the 20th December 2009 I awoke to bright blue skies but a blanket of snow on the ground, and with butterflies dancing around in my tummy.  Later that morning, I walked down the aisle in a pretty little boutique hotel ten minutes away from where we lived, and married my best friend in a perfect, happy winter wedding.  A mortgage, a lot of holidays and adventures, and two small children later, we are where we are today.

Yesterday we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.  We aren't big celebrators of our anniversary, the fact it is five days before Christmas means it inevitably it gets brushed aside for the excitement of other festivities, but as it was a mini milestone year of five years we decided this year to have a fun family day to celebrate. 

Five years has really flown by.  Without making this turn into a soppy post, my husband really is my best friend.  We were best friends before we even got together and since I met him almost ten years ago all he has ever done is support me.  He drives me insane and we can bicker and argue like cat and dog but I genuinely feel so lucky to have found someone who will love me unconditionally through all my bad traits and habits too.  He is a kind, generous and truly special person and he has given me the greatest and most precious gifts in the form of Mads and LL.  I love and adore him for giving me the family I always dreamed of.

But soppiness aside, we had a fantastic family day yesterday.  We went ice skating in the morning and were thrilled to find that we had the whole ice rink to ourselves after thinking it would be ridiculously busy.  I was worried that it potentially could have turned into a disaster and that the girls may not have enjoyed it, but I couldn't have been more wrong.  LL absolutely loved whizzing round on the plastic sleigh and Mads was our little star ice skater and didn't want it to end.  We had a lovely time together and laughed non stop.  

After a brief cake stop and a walk around the garden centre and the farm shop to get some yummy steak for our anniversary meal, we headed to the hotel where we got married.  It's only ten minutes away from where we live but we rarely visit anymore as it's quite expensive and not particularly child friendly, although they are always good when you do go in with little ones.  We stopped and had a drink and Mads and LL were on their best behaviour.  It was lovely to walk around and remember our special day.

Then it was home for a carpet picnic, but not just any old carpet picnic- it was a festive version, with little snowflake chocolate brownies and christmas tree crumpets and sandwiches.  Then LL and Mads had a long sleep while Mr E and I relaxed, (and I wrote this post and did this video in record speedy time!) before we got up and went on our annual tradition to drive and go and find the best Christmas lights.  Mr E then cooked us a lovely dinner of delicious steak and sweet potatoes before we snuggled with a glass of bubbly and watched some films in front of the sparkling Christmas tree lights .  

It was a lovely day to celebrate a special mini milestone anniversary.  I say it a lot but I really am thankful to be living our ordinary yet happy life.

 Here's to ten years!

 

Here's some photos from my iPhone and my big camera, and a little video as well...

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Getting their skates on.

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My little skaters.

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I actually love this photo that one of the staff took of us all- I can't believe we were the only ones on the ice!

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The fake snow was magical- LL and Mads loved it.  A failed attempt at a family selfie.

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The hotel where we got married- it was just so sentimental visiting with the girls- it's the first time we have been inside with them.

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Who would have thought we would have two small people five years later?  We went on our honeymoon to Mexico and Miami and discussed starting a family while sat sipping cocktails on the beach on Christmas Eve 2009.  Exactly a year later Mads was born.

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It's such a beautiful place and it holds so many special memories for me.

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Love this photo of my cheeky girl- I walked down these stairs with my Dad on my way to the room where we got married- I was so nervous!

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Hat hair.

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This is the orangery we got married in- obviously the tables were moved but the light was gorgeous with it's whitewashed brickwork and real trees.  We had a harpist sat in the corner who played Fields of Gold as I walked down the aisle.

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Looking far too grown up- so nearly four!

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We posed for photos with our family and friends outside these doors- how times have changed!

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A family selfie- I love this one!

 

A little video too...

 

 

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It's the last 'Ordinary Moments' of 2014 as I am off to enjoy the festive break with my little family.  I think I will more than likely take a bit of a break from this blog other than to maybe put up my usual letter to Mads on her birthday on Christmas Eve.  I have loved seeing everyone's posts over the last year and love that people join in with this little project of mine- I definitely have captured and recorded so much more of those little moments I would have perhaps forgotten than I would have done without it.

I definitely will continue with it in 2015, so if you want to join in next year, whether that's every week or just every once in a while then we would love you too!  

See you on January 4th for the first one of 2015 and Merry Christmas everyone...

xxx

My Little Bits Of Life #5

on Tuesday, 16 December 2014.

Considering how many photos I take on my iPhone a day I am pretty useless at remembering to put them on my blog.  I started doing 'My Little Bits of Life' to record all those mini moments from my phone photos that don't warrant a post of their own.  

My phone is still definitely the camera that comes around with me the most.  I have my big camera, which will always be my favourite, but when I am out and about, especially in the week on my own with the girls, I find it a lot easier just to take my phone- I am always so worried I am going to drop or lose my DSLR.  

Here is a little snippet of our ordinary lives as through the eyes of my iPhone...

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1.  Taking photos of Mads and LL in front of my garage door shows no sign of waning.  I don't know why I do it, I just love to take a photo of the outfits they are wearing that day as I think it will be a lovely thing to look back on when they are older.  Plus for some reason they really love taking a photo out there and on the days I don't they always ask me too!  I orignally got this little jumper with the words 'I Love You Love Me' for Mads but it doesn't fit her even though it's aged 4!  I love it though, it's from House of Fraser.

2.  A couple of weeks ago Mads and I went on a Mummy/Mads day to the theatre, I absolutely love spending one on one time with each of them but it doesn't happen very often.  We went with three of her little friends to watch Octonauts and she loved it, plus we went to Giraffe for pancakes!

3.  I bought these for Mr E, but pretty much ate them all myself. (standard)  They were the tastiest things ever, I am obsessed with anything cookie dough related so was excited to find them.

4.  Talking of sweet treats, Mads, the girls and I have a naughty habit of going to Tescos and picking up Krispy Kreme donuts on days when we are just chilling out.  Very unhealthy but oh so good.

5.  Another day, another outfit.  We are still utterly obsessed with the Little Bird range and these trousers of LL with the little braces are my favourite thing she owns I think.  I have just bought a pair for Mads too. 

6.  A couple of weeks ago I went into London for a day of meetings, a couple with some of my freelance clients and also a Space In Your Case related meeting that Alison came along with me to.  We then briefly went to Covent Garden and met Poppy, a new friend we both met when we went on the Thomson Airways blogger trip to Palma.  I lost my macaroon virginity and we posed in front of the beautiful Christmas Tree. 

7.  We go to our local Garden Centre a lot, but we love it even more when it's festive.  The girls love checking out the Christmas village and pointing out all the different parts.

8.  I often get asked when we are out and about by random people how I get my girls to keep their hats on- I don't know why but they love them and wear them all day, even in the house.  Yet LL will kick up a fuss over the smallest hair slide in her hair- it's very strange!

9.  My little trinkets shelf is looking very festive- I found these cute little mini snow globes from Paperchase and I love them!

10.  My Mum found me this Christmas jumper for £2.99 on eBay.  An absolute bargain if you ask me- it's so horrendous it's amazing.  I wore it on our festive day which made Mr E cringe a little.

11.  Mads has an incredible bond with our kitten Walter.  She loves them both but he is the more affectionate of the two and follows her everywhere.  She loves playing with your ear and has done since she was little, she basically just continuously pulls it which is a strange habit, but it is her comfort.  Walter will even let her do that to his.  The cats drive me mad as being kittens they are so naughty, but I am so glad we got them as they are such a lovely addition to our family. 

12.  My favourite colour is yellow so I am loving all the mustard in the shops at the moment.  I love this photo as LL looks like a little old man I think.

13.  I was so excited that my Mum found this in the loft- it used to hang on my nursery wall all those years ago and I love that it looks so retro now.  We have plans next year at some point to put the girls in a joint room together so I am saving this to go on the wall in there.

14.  It was my sister's 21st at the weekend and we had a great evening celebrating.  I love this toilet selfie (classy) of the two of us.  My jumper says 'This is not a Xmas jumper' and is from River Island- I had to buy it, I have no idea why but I just love it. 

15.  I love the girls Christmas jumpers too- we are definitely going all out festive in this house this year- although I can't persuade Mr E to wear one.

16.  Still on the festive theme, Mads, LL and I did some baking at the weekend.  Even though I hate cooking and am pretty terrible in the kitchen, we are enjoying baking together more and more.  We made these little gingerbread and vanilla cupcakes and even got some string to make scarves for our little men- Mads loves them and was so proud to show her Grandma when she came over.

 

If you are on instagram do come and say hello- I'm @mummydaddyme.

 

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #47 '{Birthdays and Nights Out}

on Sunday, 14 December 2014.

December always is hectic in our house.  Not content with Christmas and all the festivities, we also celebrate our wedding anniversary on the 20th, Mads birthday on Christmas Eve and my little sister's birthday on the 13th.  This means that inevitably December is expensive and busy, but we love it all the same.

A couple of weeks ago we went on a rare night away to London which we did as a sort of early anniversary celebration.  It was only the second night away we have ever had from the girls, of course we have had nights out together but to be honest they aren't regular, it seems to be either of us going out separately rather than together.  Indeed I won't go out for ages and then this week I have had three nights out, due to Christmas parties and get togethers with friends.

However yesterday evening we had a very important milestone to celebrate.  My little sister Annie turned 21, so of course this was a cause to get together our whole family and have a little party.  My Dad and stepmum very kindly agreed to have the girls at their house for the evening to stay over, meaning that we didn't have to worry about getting home at a particular time. (As I write this we are late to go and pick them up!)  So Mr E, my Mum and step dad, grandparents, step sisters and a couple of family friends headed into Cambridge for a nice dinner together.

I have spoken about my sister many times on this blog.  Even though there is a ten year age gap between us we are incredibly close and I see her lots- indeed she is the best auntie to my girls and adores them so much.  I am so proud of who she has become and can't believe she is 21- it feels like five minutes since my Mum came to Leeds to celebrate mine, and last night made me feel a litle old!

We had a great time.  The food was lovely, the company of course was even lovelier and after the meal, we headed off for a few drinks before my sister and step sister headed off properly 'out'.  My grandparents paid for the whole meal which they often do, which was just so sweet.  You can't choose your family, and of course mine is a blended one as my parents aren't together anymore.  But I feel genuinely lucky that I have ever such a lovely one, with both my stepdad and my stepsisters, and of course my stepmum on my Dads side too.  

Now the next celebration will be our 5th wedding anniversary, although we don't do much for that, and then it will be Mads birthday on Christmas Eve.  I can't believe she is going to be four!

We love you Annie, Happy 21st Birthday.

 

A few iPhone snaps of our evening.

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Myself and the birthday girl.

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All of us.

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Blowing out the candles.

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Slightly tipsy selfies.  

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Photoshoot and some Beautiful Dresses.

on Friday, 12 December 2014.

When my girls were smaller I used to get my little DIY backdrop out and try and take mini photoshoots of my them both.  I absolutely love taking photos of them (I think that's obvious!) but as they have gotten older and more mobile, I rarely try and take photos where they are actually posing, I actually don't get my 'big camera' out anywhere near as much as I used to as my iPhone is easy to take around with us- I much prefer being out and about and taking natural photos while they are having adventures or having fun.  They are less posed, the light is always better than indoors and I don't get those forced, fake grins that you inevitably get when you ask Mads to smile at nowadays.

However at Christmas we like to get the Grandparents and Great Grandparents a lovely photographic keepsake of our little ladies.  Whether that's a photo book or a framed photo, there is nothing they love more than getting a recent or up to date photo of them both.  Indeed my Mum's house is actually like a shrine to them both, my Stepdad jokes that we may as well move in as he see's them every direction he looks!

They all prefer the more traditional style of photo, rather than action shots, so around this time each year I do try and take some photos of them together, usually with varying success.  I decided the other day to have a little impromptu photo shoot of them both to try and get some nice ones for Christmas time.  It also seemed like a great opportunity to try out their new Poppy England dresses which we were kindly sent.  So armed with my camera and the dresses we headed off to my Mums house as the light in her house at 4pm in the afternoon is a lot better than at mine.

I actually adore all these photos I took.  Far from looking posed and unnatural, I think they look happy, smiley and full of love for each other.  I actually look at these photos and feel a lump form in my throat as they couldn't paint a more accurate picture of my girls at this present moment in time- they are the best of friends (most of the time) and they really are the most happy little souls.  What is it about putting on a traditional looking dress that makes them look so carefree, innocent and childlike?  

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 I'm just so pleased with these photos.  Technically if you look close they are quite grainy because it is just so dark at the moment but the girls were just so happy and loved putting on their dresses and being silly.  The Poppy England dresses are beautiful and we are going to wear them on Christmas Day as they are perfect for a special occasion.  The team there also very kindly sent us some cardigans as well but we forgot to put them on.  The girls are so lucky to have been sent such adorable dresses- we can't thank them enough.  

Here's hoping that the Grandparents will love their photos of our terrible twosome this year- I know I will definitely be framing one of these to go by my bedside table too! 

 

 

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