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{The Ordinary Moments 15} #14 'Mr E'

on Sunday, 05 April 2015.

On Good Friday morning myself and the girls went to soft play with some friends while Mr E did a bit of work that he had to do.  While we there we were chatting about our weekend plans, when I suddenly realised that the long weekend would be a perfect time for Mr E and I to go out on a 'date night'- we were long overdue one and with not many plans for the weekend it seemed a great idea.  One quick call later and we found out our 'babysitters' were free.

We rarely take advantage of the fact that all my family live nearby.  Considering my girls are so close to my Mum they have only ever stayed over at her house once in the whole four years that we have been parents, and they have only stayed at my Dad's twice.  This is in part us not wanting to worry anyone and also in part the fact that we are happy to take our girls away with us and have adventures as a family.  Coupled with that my sister is always around to take the girls off our hands for a few hours too.

For the first couple of years of Mads life, and indeed pretty much until last year, I could seriously count on one hand the amount of nights out we had been out just the two of us.  A lot of it was due to being pregnant, saving money, breastfeeding or the fact that we are always pretty busy going away or seeing friends or family.    But the last few months I would say we have started trying to go out more, even if it's just out for dinner or the cinema.  I still wouldn't even say it's once a month but it's definitely more regular than it was.

A few years ago I actually sat and wrote down what I called  'My Little Love Story'- it was a series of posts about how I met Mr E and the start of our relationship.  It actually makes me really cringe reading it back, it's really soppy and a bit OTT, but the sentiment is still there.  Even after all these years I still can't believe how lucky I am to have my husband.  Our relationship has changed a lot over the years, of course having children will do that to you, but he still is my best friend and that is one of the most important things I think.

He used to be my favourite person to go out with.  We would of course go out with friends, but we would also go out just the two of us all the time and drink for hours.  Nowadays my hangovers last a lot longer and to be honest I don't really go what we call 'out out' (when did I get so old?!) and have a few drinks all that much anymore, especially not with him, but when we were younger with no responsibilities, we would go out most evenings.  I have such fond memories of that period in our lives, and some such funny stories to tell.  

Nowadays on our 'date nights' we usually go for a meal and then to the cinema, but there wasn't anything on that we wanted to see on Friday, so we decided instead to go for a meal and a few drinks- something we haven't done in absolutely ages.  We live on the outskirts of our town and it's not exactly the most exciting place to go out in, but we visited a couple of the pubs and bars after our dinner.

We laughed all night long and I drank more than I have in ages, but above all it was just a really nice evening.  At the end of the night we decided it would be a good idea to walk home, which is a couple of miles, and on the way we discussed so many different things.  We are both at a really exciting point in our lives at the moment having just started working together, and it was great to have one of those deep and meaningful, and slightly silly chats that you only do when you have had too much to drink.  Of course we laugh and chat every day, but there's something about a good drunken evening that reinforces just how much fun you can have together.

At the start of the night we took this photo and it's one of my new favourites- we rarely have photos of just the two of us anymore, inevitably there is usually a small person in the frame somewhere, but I really like this one and it's now in the 'privileged' position of being my new phone screensaver.  I love that after all these years, I still get butterflies in my tummy when I go out with Mr E, and I love that he still can literally make me cry with laughter all night long.  I don't want to get too sentimental or soppy, but I really am so very lucky to have him.  Day to day life isn't always sunshine and happiness- it can be stressful, we can argue and I know I can take him for granted sometimes, but I really am glad that my most 'ordinary moments' are with him.  

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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #48 '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...

 

 

*****

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

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #45 'It's Ordinary...'

on Sunday, 30 November 2014.

It's ordinary to want to escape every now and again.  Escape might not be quite the right word but if I am honest sometimes I find motherhood utterly overwhelming at times.  It's all consuming, it's exhausting and of course it is wonderful.  There is nowhere else I would rather be and there is nothing I would rather be doing than being with my girls.  But before my girls came along and became my world, there was someone who held that title all on his own.

My husband.

I find it a little surreal now to think of life before them.  I often wonder what we did with our time, what we used to talk about and how we ever thought we were busy. I'm sure we were- we had work, full time jobs, busy social lives.  But somehow all that pales into comparison now we are raising a three and a one year old.  The truth is though, we had a life, a very nice life before our girls were in it.  Of course, life is a million times better now, but before Mads arrived in December 2010 we had almost six years of just being me and him. 

Nowadays we don't get much chance to just be us two.  We have the evenings when they are in bed, but inevitably we are busy with work or so tired from our days that we just want to slob on the sofa and watch television and not talk much.  I can probably count on two hands the number of date nights we have had since our girls were born- we actually have very willing babysitters but we are quite happy to just be together and do things as a family rather than spend time away from them.

However every once in a while you just need to have a break.  Spend some time away and reconnect as a couple.  So on Friday night we headed off into London for our second ever night away just the two of us in almost four years.  We kindly were invited to stay at the Hampton by Hilton Waterloo, a stylish and modern hotel and so we arranged for Mads and LL to go to Grandmas for the evening so we could have some time just the two of us.

We had an amazing evening.  We drank copious amounts of cocktails, were shocked by the prices considering we rarely go out anymore, (£19 for a round- good grief!) and held hands the whole time. We talked about the past, we laughed our heads off at old memories, and we talked about the future and our hopes and dreams.  We of course talked about the girls, of how proud we are of them and how lucky we were.  We went for dinner at Hawksmoor, somewhere I have been wanting to try for a long time, and it was pricey but delicious- the steak was incredible and the service was amazing.  

It was lovely just to be together and we both woke up the next day with sore heads but happy smiles.  It was so nice to just be together for a bit and of course as we pulled into the drive at my Mum's house we were both excited to see our terrible twosome, who greeted us with the happiest of welcomes and tales of their adventures with Grandma. 

It's ordinary to sometimes want to get away just for a little while...but it's always our ordinary life that we always can't wait to get back to. 

 

(A few photos of our night... they are only with my phone and the light was awful but you get the idea...)

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Mr E surprised me on the train with this- he's always been so thoughtful.

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Before we went out- I love this pleather effect metallic skirt from Next.

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If you like steak you should definitely give one of the Hawksmoor resturants a try- we have been wanting to try it for ages and it didn't disappoint.  It was more than we would normally spend on a meal, definitely a special occasion place but it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time.  We went to the Guildhall venue in the city.

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 We both went for the fillet- then we shared triple cooked chips, skinny fries, creamed spinach and mac and cheese, followed by salted caramel ice cream and salted caramel rolos- it was utterly delicious.

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We drank lots of these. 

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We had a beautiful view of London from our hotel window- here's the sun rising. (Why do we have an inability to lie in even when there are no children around?)

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We headed down the next day for breakfast- hotel breakfasts are definitely the best kind!  I loved these tiles and the breakfast set up in the Hilton, it was really relaxed with benches and no set seating.

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Loved spending quality time with my best friend.

 

 

 

 

A Little Blog Post From Mr E and LL...

on Tuesday, 12 August 2014.

My husband is pretty long suffering when it comes to this blog.  Actually he puts up with a lot for the sake of my 'little' obsession with documenting our memories together.  Not only does he help me design it, well more the coding and stuff that gives me a headache rather than the actual design, but he also humours me when it comes to my incessant desire to take photos everywhere we go.  He only has a limited time threshold though, before he makes me put the camera away, especially when it comes to photos with him in them.  But really, deep down, I know he is really supportive of my little blog and he often reads my posts and texts me to say something about them.

The one thing he has never done however, is commented or ever written anything for my blog before.  He is very much a silent reader and a couple of times I have asked him to write things and he  has politely (or not so politely) declined.  Therefore on Sunday I was really touched and surprised to find out that he had done something really sweet for me.  On Sunday, I went on a long overdue date day with Mads, we rarely get any one on one time with each other, so when Ripleys London invited us to go on a fun filled day with them I jumped at the chance to spend a day with my big girly. It meant that Daddy and LL got to spend some special time together too.

One thing I always ask is that if I am away from the girl's for the day, I ask for Mr E to send me a couple of photo's just so I can see what they are getting up too.  I was slightly miffed on Sunday that he hadn't sent me any of him and LL, but I wasn't too fussed as Mads and I were too busy having lots of fun.  However when I got home I was greeted with the cutest surprise- he had made me a little video of their day together and written me a blog post too.  It actually made me get tears in my eyes that he would think to do something like that, so of course I had to share it!

 

Here is Mr E's little account of his day with LL...

 

'So whilst the wife is away for the day in the big smoke with Mads, I got to spend some quality 1 on 1 time with our small bean LL!  It’s not often I get to spend 1 on 1 time with the smallest one, it’s usually a combination of the full family or I’ve got both of the little critters to myself! Obviously I had lots of 1 on 1 time in the beginning with Mads as she was around before LL. My first observation is that what was all the fuss about when we had just one child? Having LL all to myself is so easy, just one child to entertain and keep happy is simples! ;)

My second is that LL is at such a great and fun age, always exploring, smiling and giggling. She is constantly busy and always doing something, it’s like she sets herself little missions in her head, I love it! I’m also reflecting on Mads at this age and wondering if she was the same, she was always smiley and giggly but maybe the second time round I’m a bit more of a relaxed parent and finding it easy to enjoy the early years. Having seen how quickly Mads has grown, I’m in no rush for LL to grow up.

I have an incredible bond with Mads - she has always been a Daddy’s girl, and I often feel that my attention is focused more on her, as because she is a little older she requires more attention and energy. It’s also quite hard to find something that suits both ages, at the moment even a gap of 2 years feels like miles apart, although I feel the gap will soon close and they will be like 2 peas in a pod! Today has definitely made me realise what fun LL is and I have decided to make a conscious effort to have more 1 on 1 time with her and just enjoy these times. Before you know it, it will be tantrums, handbags and boyfriends and there will come a point where Daddy is no longer their best friend!

Oh and as Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

 

Anyway here is Daddy and LL’s little adventure!'

 

 

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