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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!'



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.




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