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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #27 'Dear Summer...We Love You.'

on Sunday, 20 July 2014.

Life just feels that little bit better when it's sunny.  I know it shouldn't, but let's face it, there's nothing better than the sun beating down on your shoulders.  The week's just seem to go so much quicker, with lots of fun outside, evening al fresco picnic's and impromptu day's out.  Everyone is so much happier, life seems to flow at a much more chilled out pace and for some reason the memories we make just feel that little bit more special.

Without wanting to tempt fate, so far it seems to be shaping up to be pretty good weather wise.  We have had some lovely sunshiny days and lots of fun so far, and of course we have had our holiday too.  Over the next few weeks we have a fair few day's out, weekends away and fun times with friends organised, so we are all looking forward to those.  Mr Sun please stay out to play.

Last week we met our very special friend's for one of those lovely summer days.  We love getting together with Lucy and her two little people, they all get on like a house on fire and Mads and her son really are so sweet together.  Out of all our friends Mads gets most excited to see them, and they run about holding hands and cuddling the whole time.  I remember being young and always having a particular set of my parent's friends who we went on holiday with most years, and I have a feeling that the Robert's family most definitely are our adventure friends.

We headed over to Wimpole Hall which is in the middle of the two of us, and spent a morning lounging on a picnic blanket with the beautiful estate as our backdrop, before going round the farm and the gorgeous walled gardens in the afternoon.  The children all loved it, although poor little LL was a little under the weather with a few of her back teeth coming through in one go.

A lovely day in the sunshine with lovely friends.  Here's to many more this Summer.








These Kind Of Days...

on Tuesday, 24 June 2014.

After a couple of days in the big smoke for Brit Mums Live and a hectic few weekends, we were pleased to see that the sun was shining on Sunday and that we had no plans at all.  I can genuinely say that the weekends I enjoy the most are the ones when we actually just relax, take it easy and enjoy a slower pace of life.  We all thrive on these kind of days.  

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I genuinely think that picnics are my favourite part of summertime.  There is nothing better than packing some bits and heading out.  Plus no hoovering up crumbs from the carpet afterwards.  Winner.

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Little feet in flip flops- too cute.

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No sunny day would be complete without a trip to the park.

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What is it about swings that just sum up childhood?  Perfect, happy innocent little faces.

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She always has her own ice cream and then wants to 'share' everyone elses too.

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Does anyone elses child get ice cream everywhere?  We had to take her sunglasses off as she kept getting them covered in it!  Usually on these occasions I forget to bring wipes too. 

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After nap time we went over to my Mums for an early evening BBQ.  LL loves sitting up at the table and chatting with all the family.

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Dancing to One Direction on Auntie Anna's phone- this little girl loves to shake her bottom and dance.

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A rare photo of Mr E and I that isn't a selfie!

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She is so proud of herself for walking, but still doesn't have the confidence to just go on her own.

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Ssssh she totally didn't have two ice creams in one day.  Honest.

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What is it about babies in playsuits?  Just so cute!

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Sitting on the grass having pudding with Grandma.

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Her little personality is really starting to shine but she knows her own mind too- I thought she was going to be the quiet one but it seems that she is the more diva like of the two at the moment.


I don't know what it is but these kind of days really make me reflect.  I sat in the sunshine with the heat beatiing down on my shoulders and watched my little family eat their picnic.  Mads was cuddling her Daddy, giggling non stop while feeding us all strawberries, LL was generally making a mess with everything she put in her mouth and I just sat back and felt this real feeling of contentment.  Life gets hectic sometimes, it doesn't always go according to plan, but at the end of the day I have them.  I fight and bicker with my husband, I get incredibly frustrated with my children, we worry about money or boring things like bills and there are times when I feel guilty as I just feel a little grumpy for no real reason.  

But on these kind of days you realise just how lucky you are to have a simple, ordinary life.  

I wouldn't change it for anything.


A Purple Adventure...

on Monday, 12 August 2013.

This past weekend is the first weekend in a long time that we haven't had anything planned.  I love those kind of weekends, but I also want to make sure that we at least get out and about a bit. 

Therefore we woke up on Saturday and decided that we should go on an adventure.  

Here is where we ended up....


This is Hitchin Lavender- a gorgeous farm with miles and miles of the purple flower.  Mads loved exploring, running up and down the fields, and helping cut the lavender and putting it into her bag as you are allowed to cut one bag and take it home.  And of course I loved the photo opportunities!









The lavender smells so beautiful, and we had a great time exploring.  Mads was in her element although she was a little wary of the bees- of which there are hundreds!

It was a great morning out.  I love impromptu family adventures- they are always the most fun!  

I love that our girls are making us realise the most simple pleasures in life.


Those Special Kind Of Weekends...

on Wednesday, 10 July 2013.

Do you ever have a weekend that you know you will remember for a long, long time?

One that is full of laughs, full of fun, full of adventures and full of firsts?

Well we just had one of those.


Last weekend we headed off on a very long car journey in the sweltering heat to a Shorefield Park just outside Milford on Sea in Hampshire for three days of fun with my lovely friend Lucy and her family.  


We arrived on Friday late afternoon, after a very long, uncomfortable car journey in the heat, which should have taken us three hours but instead took us five.  We checked into our accomodation, a three bed luxury caravan with Lucy and her family next door, and had a look around the park.  Shorefield Park is really lovely, with lots of facilities for adults and little ones.  

We had the most wonderful few days.  Here is a little snapshot of what we got up too.


We headed to Paulton's Park, a family theme park and home to Peppa Pig World.  Mads had been excited for weeks to see 'Peppa' and the day certainly didn't disappoint.


It was so unbelievably hot and therefore of course the park was incredibly busy- at first we were a little worried about how long it would take to queue with impatient toddlers but we soon found our way.  We spent a bit of time in the amazing soft play area which of course was nice and cool.


LL and BG loved having thumb sucking lessons while their siblings charged around the Peppa themed soft play.


Some were more excited than others by the rides!


Peppa Pig World was packed so we headed off to the other bits of the park which were just as fun and we only had to queue for a max of 10 minutes for a ride.  Mads and BB went on their first ride on their own- we expected meltdown's but they loved it and went on some more after that!



Having a picnic.


We headed back to Peppa Pig World a bit later on where the queues were so much quieter and we got on a few more rides.  Mads loved it and I would definitely recommend it.  I was suprised how much more there was there- it isn't just for Peppa fans.


The next morning was just as hot so we headed off to the local beach- the children were having a wonderful time until we had a situation with a poorly seagull that cut short our stay!  


Shorefield had a really lovely outdoor pool which we had a great time splashing about in.  It was LL's first time swimming but it was a little cold for her so she didn't stay in long.  There is also an indoor pool that we went in later as well which she loved.



BG enjoyed chilling in the shade and LL snoozed while Mads and BB played on the amazing pirate ship playground covered in sand.



There were al fresco dinner dates in the early evening sunshine.



This happened every evening- we got tipsy, laughed so much and learnt interesting facts about each other in a little drinking game.


My little family in the sunshine.




We had the best weekend in the sunshine.  We couldn't have asked for better weather, the location of the holiday park was gorgeous, the facilities were perfect for our children and the adventures we had were great.

We have come away with sun kissed noses, and funny tales to tell.

Already firm friendships have grown even deeper and I can tell that this may well become a yearly tradition.  

But the main thing we have come away with?

Lots of happy memories.


Disclaimer- A big thank you to Shorefield Holidays for giving us a complimentary stay at their lovely holiday park, a big thank you to Paultons Park for complimentary park tickets, and a big thank you to Mr Sun for making an appearance all weekend.  Thanks to our lovely friends the Dear Beautiful Family for being the perfect partners in crime.  All words, photos and opinions are entirely my own.


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