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My Sisters in January 2015...

on Thursday, 15 January 2015.

I can not believe it's the middle of January and that it's time to reflect on my sister's again.  It's been a hectic Christmas and New Year, with lots of rushing around yet also quality time together as well, and all of a sudden we are in the middle of January- the time is going so quickly.  Back in December I posted all the photos of a year of documenting my girls together and now another year is upon us, as always I wish the time would slow down.

Firstly I must admit to writing this post in a little bit of a rush.  I normally like to go out and try and at least get a couple of photos of them both with my big camera, but I am frantically writing and scheduling this post the morning before we are due to be going on holiday.  I haven't even attempted to start packing and I am typing furiously in order to get it finished in time before we go away. 

My photos this month aren't particularly exciting, I only have a couple and they are just iPhone photos but I do love them because they show some real similarities in my girls.  They were taken on a very freezing cold day at Rutland Water.  I have more about it to come when I am back from holiday but we went on a wintery bike ride and family adventure there.  It was the coldest day of the year so far, with our car telling us it was minus 1 all day, and we were all absolutely freezing- the type of cold where you can't feel your face, your little nose goes red and your hands and toes are numb, yet it was also gloriously sunny and so beautiful, with a white frost on the ground and a bright blue sky.

We stopped off at the end of the day at a little cafe to get a hot chocolate for me and a coffee for Mr E in an attempt to warm ourselves up.  We couldn't sit inside because we had our bikes and trailer and no locks, so we wiped down a wet table and sat outside.  We said the girls could get a piece of cake or a chocolate bar for being so good all day, but they both wanted an ice cream.  We thought they were absolutely mad but they insisted and they duly sat outside eating these ice creams in the freezing cold weather.  When you are four and one it seems that any weather is acceptable for a ice cream treat!

My two daughter's are so incredibly similar in some ways- they both have a ridiculously sweet tooth, they both are pretty laid back yet also feisty and strong willed, and they both love to wear hats and would wear them all day every day if they could.  These photos make me smile because they actually show ways in which they are similar, yet as they get older they are getting more and more different.  As LL grows so quickly, I am interested in watching how their relationship will change even more over the next year.

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I am excited to be co-hosting the Siblings project again this year with some other lovely ladies.  Be sure to head over to Kelle's blog to have a look at her two little ones- they are probably the coolest and most stylish kids I know and I am Kelle's blog will leave you feeling inspired like it always does with me.  Check out her shop while you are there too- she does the coolest things for small people.  Also link up with her while you are there, next month you will be able to do it here, but I didn't have time to sort my linky code out before I went away!  Also head over to Lucy's blog for some more details about it all!


{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! 



My Sisters In December.

on Wednesday, 10 December 2014.

It's December.  December.  I can not quite believe that we are on the final month of the year, but the tree is up, the Christmas songs are on the radio non stop, and we are getting really excited about the big day.  December has already proved to be really hectic and as we get towards the latter part of it, it only seems to be getting more so with the inevitable Christmas parties, festive play dates and getting organised for the holiday season.

My girls have been so full of character this month.  With each passing day they become more interactive with each other, and it makes us laugh so much.  They have a really unbreakable bond, they look out for each other and they love each other deeply.  Mads will constantly ask LL if she wants to come for a  'sleepover' in her bed- they lie together under the covers and read books or play with the iPad.  They also have a really caring side where they will get their special toy for the other one if they are crying or sad- both of them do it and it is so sweet to see.  The other day at one of Mads friends birthday parties, they sat in a circle playing Pass the Parcel and I looked over at LL had her little teeny arm round Mads and was stroking her back. It made me get tears in my eyes, and one of the other Mum's commented to me on how cute it was.  Indeed whenever we are out, they often get little old ladies stop and smile at them as they run about together hand in hand.

But for all the sweet moments and sisterly love, they really do argue nowadays.  LL can let out the most high pitched shriek when she doesn't get her own way and Mads will try and wind her up and not let her have things.  They are like a pair of old hens, they literally squawk and shout at each other, and LL very occasionally tries to push Mads which obviously doesn't work as she is a lot bigger than her.  At the moment these little outbursts don't happen too frequently and so it makes us laugh as we get a glimpse into the future of what they will be like as they grow.

Our photos for this month were another last minute job.  At the weekend Mr E was away and the girls and I went to a birthday party.  We arrived home in the afternoon and they were clutching their little party bags so I ran inside and grabbed my camera and took these photos in front of my house.  Not exactly the most glamorous or exciting location, but I really like them because it's my favourite kind of light.

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I take photos of my girls together most days, even if it is just with my iPhone.  But as it is December and it's been a whole twelve months of 'Siblings' here is a little recap of a year of photos of my two little ladies- just click on the month to see the whole post and the rest of the photos...





























    This month I am sending you on to have a look at lovely Jess and her even lovelier twosome, while you are there be sure to link up- my linky tools subscription still isn't working properly!


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