A couple of months ago I started filming one week out of our month. I absolutely love doing them, in fact I wish I could do them more, but they take so long to film and edit that I think it would end up being a chore for us all. However once a month is absolutely fine and I love that I capture snippets of our day to day life through video.
Last week was the week I decided to film and to be fair it wasn't a normal week for us at all. We are involved in a new campaign for Cath Kidston and on Wednesday a team of seven people filmed us at our home all day. Cath Kidston is a dream brand for me to work with, so it was such a surreal and exciting day, and I am really excited to see the footage when the campaign comes out. I was really nervous before hand as obviously normally you don't have a team of people filming you in your home but the team were all so nice and friendly, and we all loved having them there for the day.
Then I also went on a spa day with my good friend Alison and fellow Space In Your Case colleague after she was invited to test out a Clarins facial. We went to Ragdale Hall, which I have been lucky enough to visit a few times now, although it was Alison's first visit, and I had a really relaxing and lovely break with her.
Other than that it was business as usual, just day to day life, apart from Sunday I got to go on a Mummy/Daughter date with my number one girl. It is exceptionally rare for me to get to spend any one on one time with either of the girls, especially Mads, and I had the most wonderful afternoon with her. We went to the cinema to see Inside Out, the new Disney Pixar film and it was fantastic- I definitely recommend it if anyone is looking for something to do on a rainy day. It was one of the best films I have seen in ages and I actually am embarrassed to admit I cried- at a cartoon!
I really do love filming and editing these weekly videos, they are definitely my favourite to do, although they take so long to edit. I love it though, I find editing them and finding music to fit so much fun and actually quite therapeutic. I was getting really into making it the other night and then realised it was 1am- oops. Still I love that we will be able to look back on them all when the girls are grown up- I wish I had started them sooner. I still can't get used to speaking on camera, especially when I am out in public (we tried doing it in the cinema and the couple behind us gave me the strangest look) but hopefully that will get easier!
This is the longest one I have made, I wanted it to be shorter but I didn't realise how much I had filmed. Hopefully you will get to the end and if anyone has any constructive feedback, I would really appreciate it. It's all still quite new to me!
A couple of weeks ago I decided to film snippets of our week and make a 'week in our lives' video. I loved doing it and mentioned on that post that I may film a week a month, I think it is such a lovely thing for the girls (and us) to be able to look back on in years to come. While my first love and passion will always be photography, there is something just so wonderful about having memories preserved on film- I only wish I had done it sooner.
Last week I filmed another week in our lives. Normally I would leave more of a gap between them as I only made the other one last week, but the reason for this is that June and July are our busiest months of the year. From this weekend onwards we don't have a free weekend until the end of July, and mid week is also taken up by adventures, work meetings and the odd trip or two. I realistically wouldn't have had chance to edit it, so for that reason I have filmed our week pretty soon after the last one.
I love these videos. When I edit together the footage it makes me feel so emotional. I love that I am capturing their delightful smiles, our ordinary day to day routine, and the little snippets of life that make it so special sometimes. Just silly things, like when the girls decided to have a disco and Mads was wearing a pair of sunglasses and a knight's hat, or when we decided to have an impromptu trip to see our close friends who have donkeys in their garden- it doesn't seem particularly exciting now, but I know in years to come I will be so glad I captured those happy expressions on film.
A couple of months ago I filmed a video of a week in our lives. I really enjoyed doing it as I know that it will be such a treasured thing to look back on when the girls are grown up. We often document the days out, the holidays or the special milestones, but sometimes neglect to take a note of the every day. That's indeed why I started my ordinary moments project, to remember the good and bad parts of our daily life. I suppose in a way these videos are an extension of that, it's nice to be able to record the regular parts of our life.
I decided to make another one for the week just gone by. It's a lot longer than any of the previous videos I have made, but I love that we now have this record of just an ordinary week. I am thinking about doing them once a month, just picking a week each month to document and film. I am absolutely loving filming videos at the moment, I have been doing them of days out and special days for a fair while now, but it's fun doing other kinds as well. Just like with teaching myself photography, I love learning about using my camera for video, although I have a lot to learn. I find editing them really therapeutic too- just putting on some headphones, listening to music and getting lost in the world of my little family.
If you are new to this blog, aside from all that we are also having a year of adventures with Subaru. We have had our lovely white XV for almost six months now and it suits our family life perfectly. With this video you can see just how much we use our car and how much fun we have with it. Because at the end of the day a car isn't just for long trips to fun places- it's about the day to day times- using it for the school run, to do the food shop, to pick up emergency Calpol supplies for little girls who are under the weather, it almost becomes another part of the family.
So back to our week. We started the week in Alton Towers which was exceptionally wet but fun all the same. We then had a couple of days of work, which was overshadowed by finally finding out the school Mads would be going to, before having a lazy bank holiday weekend. The weekend was just what we all needed and we had a great time, especially on Saturday when we went into Cambridge for the day and just chilled out in the park, had some lunch at Pizza Express (if you ever go to Pizza Express try the Salted Caramel Slice, it's the BEST thing I have ever eaten!) and just generally had a nice time doing nothing in particular. I have mentioned a couple of times before about how much we love Pizza Express as a family, we go at least a couple of times a month. They are so family friendly and it's truly the only place where my girl's will eat every single thing on their plates. They are definitely my favourite types of days.
So here we go, it's slightly longer than my usual videos, but here is an average week in this beautiful life we are leading raising our little girls. It's always hectic, sometimes stressful, but a lot of fun...
Before we had small people in our lives, I worked in the travel industry for many years as a Marketing Account Manager for the biggest online hotel website. Basically to cut a really long and boring story short, this meant I was responsible for all the hotels within a designated area. My area was the South West of the country and as part of my contract I was contracted to work away a week of the month and visit some of my hotels. One of the areas I looked after was Bristol and so I often went down there for a visit.
It was always one of those places I really enjoyed visiting- it's a really diverse and cultural city, plus it's ridiculously colourful and stylish. I hadn't been in a few years so when Visit Bristol invited us to stay for the weekend to see what the city had to offer for famillies, I couldn't wait to start planning.
On Friday afternoon we excitedly packed up our Subaru XV (perfect boot space for all our bags!) and headed off with two hyper little ladies. Unfortunately we couldn't have picked a worse weekend to go- from the second we arrived it basically rained non stop. It wasn't just rain however, it was full on gale force winds too. I wouldn't say it put a dampner on our weekend as we still had an amazing time, but it definitely meant we didn't see as much of Bristol as we liked. What we did find however, were some fantastic indoor activities for familiies- there is literally so much to do in all kinds of weather.
We actually started our weekend off on Friday evening when Mr E finished work (his last ever day at his job- eek!) and headed to Oxford which is half way between us and Bristol, just to stay in a Premier Inn for the evening. We did that usual parent thing of hiding out in the bathroom eating chocolate while the girls slept! Then it was up and off to Bristol first thing on Saturday morning.
I didn't think I had taken many photos due to the aforementioned weather, but in actual fact on inspection of my memory cards I found quite a few. Here is the first part of our weekend in Bristol in photos and a little video...
On arrival in Bristol we headed over to Clifton, a cute little suburb, to have some brunch. We found a cute little cafe called The Farm. (which just happened to be in front of us when it was torrential rain)
We have a tradition of having pancakes when we eat breakfast out so we all shared this stack of pancakes with maple syrup, fresh fruit and natural yoghurt- they were delicious.
While I had the chorizo eggs.
We checked into our room at the Marriott City Centre Hotel (where I actually had been to before as I had to give a presentation to over 70 people in my previous job- it bought back scary memories!) and the girls were really excited to be given some bags of popcorn by the hotel staff as there was a traditional old machine in the foyer. The Saturday afternoon was mainly spent dodging the rain and mooching round the shops.
After a quick change we headed out to dinner.
We headed to Glassboat for dinner, which is exactly that- a glassboat serving European cuisine offering panoramic views of the river. It was absolutely stunning inside and the girls were so excited to be eating dinner on a boat.
Posing outside the restaurant.
We had an early reservation meaning that we were able to watch the sun go down, which was gorgeous. The restaurant was lovely, but I wouldn't say it was massively child focused- they didn't have a separate children's menu but they did kindly do us a smaller plate of the butternut squash risotto for the girls. As it got later it became quite a romantic venue being that it was Saturday night, and they were the only little people in there. It didn't bother us as our girls are used to eating out and don't get up from the table but it's worth bearing in mind.
For my main I had the butternut squash en croute, roast chicory with a roquefort sauce, which was delicious.
On Sunday as the weather was dreadful we decided to head to At Bristol- an interactive science museum. We weren't sure whether it was going to be too old for the girls, but it turns out they absolutely loved it. There's so many hands on things for them to do and they loved playing with all the experiments. I love this photo of the wonder on their faces as they took turns in building a parachute and letting it fall to the ground. Their other favourites were the giant bubbles and the way you could milk a cow. You easily could spend a whole day there- it was brilliant.
After a morning at At Bristol we headed to a restaurant called Bordeaux Quay for lunch, which was a lovely deli, restaurant, bakery and cookery school on the harbourside. I love this photo of LL and Mr E doing a spot of colouring!
Testing her knowledge of all the Mr Men characters!
I had the pulled pork bun which was so yummy.
Followed by the creme brulee for pudding. I have this obsession for creme brulee at the moment which doesn't appear to be doing my fitness mission much good!
LL was fascinated by the fish and learnt two new words while we there- 'fishies' and 'turtle'. Her speech is still taking a while to come along but when she does say things it's the cutest thing ever.
After a busy day we headed back to the hotel. The girls and Mr E got room service while I went out for dinner with two of my favourite blogging friends Fritha and Lori, who live in Bristol. It was lovely to be able to get the chance to see them while we were down here, and we laughed all night long.
Here is a little video of our time in Bristol....
Part Two of our weekend coming soon!
NB: Visit Bristol invited us to stay for the weekend and gave us a media pass to enter some of the attractions. Although they gave us lots of information about Bristol, what we chose to do was up to us, and all thoughts and opinions are our own.