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4 Years.

on Friday, 20 December 2013.


(Us- taking horrendous 'selfies' since 2005.)


On this day four years ago I married my best friend.  

1461 days as Man and Wife.

That day was the best day of my life bar the days our little ladies were born. A Christmas wedding,  with snow on the ground, and lots of twinkly fairy lights.  An intimate ceremony, with 35 of the people we love most in the world, followed by a Christmas party with 100 people we are lucky enough to call our friends and family.

I couldn't have asked for anything more.

Exactly a year and four days later Mads arrived in our lives.  And twenty six months later so did our littlest girl.  It's been a whirlwind few years.

Our relationship has changed since having our girls.  We don't have as much time for each other, we are constantly tired, we bicker more, we rarely spend any time alone and our main focus is raising our daughters.  

But we are closer.  We are a family.  We are ordinary, but we are happy.

I am so lucky to have my husband.  I am so, so proud of him, of us, and I know that he does a huge amount for us.  I couldn't have asked for a better man to raise my girls with.  He cooks, he comes home from work and runs me a bath so I can have a little relax, or he will bring home chocolate (always good) or send me happy texts.  He is the most caring and kind man I have ever met.  Even if he can't quite put the toilet roll in the bin when it is finished.    

The below video is my favourite part of our wedding day, our last dance, which we requested to be Take Thats 'Never Forget'.  We didn't have a videographer, instead friends and family picked up the camera and videoed snippets of our day for us.  There are lots of funny bits, like video 'selfies', random conversations and drunken dancing that we just wouldn't have got if we had a videographer, although the footage is a little shaky!

We still don't know who actually was holding the camera during this song, all we know is that they obviously had one too many drinks and couldn't hold it still, but I am so thankful that they did pick up the camera at this point.  I love the fact that no one knows they are filming.  

 It sums up our whole wedding day- everyone was a little bit tipsy (p*ssed) as it was the end of the night and only a hardcore few were still up dancing.  I start crying halfway through because I knew our day was coming to an end and the emotions of such a special day just got the better of me.  I had had a fair few glasses of fizz at this point in my defence.  

It's blurry, shaky, and cuts out half way through the very last song which was 'Fairytale of New York.' (My favourite Christmas song and one which we didn't realise was going to be played.)  I was also mortified because everyone got in a circle and held hands and made us dance in the middle.  I hate being the centre of attention, and had just about got through our first dance, only to have to do another one.  


It's imperfect but it's happy.

Which I guess kind of sums up our marriage.


Happy Anniversary Mr E.  Here is to another four years.  And hopefully many more after that.


  NB:  I can't dance to save my life.  Sorry about that.




This Bank Holiday Weekend We Have Been...

on Tuesday, 07 May 2013.

This long Bank Holiday Weekend we mostly have been...


Basking on blankets in the sunshine (or in the shade if your LL!)


Meeting my in-laws in Stamford for the day and going for lunch and playing in the park.


Going down slides with Daddy really fast!


Having a picnic in the back garden.


Mixing paints in order to create masterpieces.


Creating those masterpieces.


Been put in stupid sun hats that completely ruin our street cred.


We went to the park for a walk and of course had to stop for an ice cream.


And we found a 'jungle' that needed exploring.


We stopped for a nice long picnic in the sunshine.


And lay on a blanket and looked up at the sky.


We went to a family BBQ at Grandma's house.


And we shared a joke with the rest of the family.


All in all it has been a lovely, relaxed long bank holiday with a mixture of DIY and house sorting thrown in for good measure.  

Why can't all weekend's be three days long?


The Standard...

on Monday, 08 April 2013.

Every morning at pretty much half past seven on the dot, a little voice shouts 'Dadddddddy.'  Not Mummy, but Daddy.  My husband gets out of bed, goes and gets Mads milk and then picks her up from her cot, scoops her into his arms and brings her into our bed for a cuddle.  

And so begins the morning ritual.  He takes her downstairs, makes her breakfast and gets her dressed.  That's just what he does.  

If you look up the definition of Father in the dictionary it says 'A man in relation to his natural child or children.'  Then there is that expression 'Any man can be a Father, but it takes someone very special to be a Daddy.'  

Some people are Fathers. Take my husbands father for example.  He is a relation, he fathered Mr E, he wouldn't be here without him, but at the tender age of three, only one year older than Mads is now, his 'father' walked out on my mother in law and out of his responsibilities of raising two young children.  Just like that.  He left her to look after those young boys and raise them into the men they are today.  He lost that important role of being someone for his children to inspire too, to help nurture them and raise them into decent, caring human beings.

My husband may not have had a father figure in his life, but that hasn't stopped him in being a Daddy to my girls.

From the day Mads was born he has made me exceptionally proud.  He was the first to hold her in the operating theatre, he kissed her head and I saw the tears in his eyes as he looked at her.  I knew then that he would do anything for her, regardless of whatever happened to our relationship in the future.  He was the first to change her nappy and for the first couple of months he got up with me for every night feed even though I was breastfeeding.

As she grew more interactive their bond grew stronger.  Now they are as thick as thieves, and I love watching them together more than anything.  There isn't a day that goes past where he doesn't tell her that he loves her.  And Mads adores him, she talks about him all day and she can't wait till he comes back from work.  He is so hands on with them and he couldn't live up to his role more.

Since LL came along he is exactly the same with her, although he definitely prefers them when they are more interactive as according to him 'babies don't do much.'  But he cuddles her, kisses her and snuggles up on the sofa with her at night.  And I see the love in his eyes as he looks at her.  As I write this he is watching a film on his ipad, Mads is napping and LL is snuggled up on his lap.

It is going to take two very special men to capture my girls hearts when they are older.  I hope that they use their Daddy as the standard by which they measure all men.  After all a Daddy holds a very special place in a little girl's heart.  I know mine still does for me.

One day, a long time away, my husband will walk both my girls down the aisle on their wedding days.  He will 'give them away' to let them start a new life with someone who hopefully will treat them exactly how they deserve to be treated.  Just like my own Dad did to me.

Until then, they can know for sure that they have most certainly captured one man's heart.

And that person is their wonderful, caring and utterly fabulous Daddy.

I couldn't ask for a better partner to help me raise my children.




Just Because...

on Monday, 25 March 2013.

Just because it's always lovely to see scrummy little ladies on a Monday morning...especially with their Daddy...






Our little lady is six weeks today and has fitted in just perfectly.

We love her.


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