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Sometimes You Just Have To Forget About The Housework...

on Monday, 02 June 2014.

June is an exceptionally busy month for us, with two weekends away, my first ever race and of course our holiday.  We can't wait but it is going to be hectic.  Therefore this past weekend we deliberately made no plans, bar jobs, errands and housework.  

Saturday went according to plan, in the morning I did my first ever Parkrun, which was great fun and really motivating as it was the first time I had ever run with anyone else.  We then managed to get a few jobs done plus an 'exciting' trip to the supermarket to do our weekly food shop.  Sunday however was a different story.  We woke up early and the sun was shining so brightly.  After the week of basically non stop rain we have just had, it was a very welcome change.  It was a day that just called for an impromptu adventure.

We are really lucky to have the most beautiful reservoir a few minutes down the road that is famous for it's cycling.  I have really fond memories of cycling round there with my Mum and Dad when I was little and Mr E had his first dualathon there a few weeks ago, so we decided that it was the perfect opportunity to have a day out there.  Mr E is bike crazy, but it is the first time we have thought about doing it with the girls as they were always a bit too small before.  We packed a picnic and arrived at the cycle hire place bright and early, hiring a couple of bikes and a little trailer for the girls.

We had a great time and ended up biking about ten miles in total.  The girls loved it, Mads thinking it was the greatest adventure ever, smiling from ear to ear and chatting away as they sat happily in their little chariot.  We stopped off for an ice cream before cycling on the road, down little mud paths and up hills with the sun beating down on our shoulders.  After a couple of hours we headed back, finally finding a little spot by the lake to sit and eat our picnic.

It was one of those spur of the moment days that go exactly according to plan and make you feel all warm and happy inside...

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The 'I just got caught eating one of Mads biscuits' face.

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My beautiful grown up looking girl.

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Picnicing- Daddy's make great seats.

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I adore this photo.  When I was pregnant and found out we were having another little girl THIS right here is what I imagined when I thought of having siblings.  Big sister helping Little Sister learn to walk.

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She is so nearly there with her walking, but just won't take any steps without holding someone's hand.

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Sometimes you fall but it's ok when you have a sister to catch you.

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Sharing a mini cheddar.  As you do.

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More walking practice.

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Swinging.

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She has grown super tall of a sudden.

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Sharing a joke with Daddy.

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The way they look at him gives me goosebumps.

 

We also made a little video of our first family bike ride.  I have my bestie Lucy to partly thank for this.  As I mentioned above, Mr E is very in to biking and has been after this action gadget for his bike for absolutely ages but I wasn't convinced, thinking it would be a bit of a gimmick.  However after seeing Lucy's fab, fab video, he managed to persuade me that getting one would also be beneficial for recording our family videos too, so this video was partly done with that and my normal camera.  Thanks Lucy for inspiring me and for making Mr E very happy! ;)

 

(You can check out my previous videos on You Tube.)

 

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On a separate note I found out on Friday that my blog has been shortlisted in the Loved By Parents 'Blogger of the Year' awards.  I can't believe it, so amazing, especially as there are a couple of my favourites on the list too!  

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Our Lovely Long Easter Weekend...

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

The Easter bunny has been and gone and we now have at least a year's supply of chocolate currently taking up space in our cupboard causing us to have a tremendous amount of lost willpower.  Our four day weekend was just what we needed, a chance to relax and have some quality time together as a family.  I couldn't have asked for anything more and I am sad it is over for another  year. 

I have been feeling really emotional this weekend, I don't know if it was seeing the magic on my girls faces while out hunting for eggs, seeing my 90 year old grandparents and creating memories that I treasure so much each time, or just spending time with different members of my family but I have had to blink back tears on a few occasions as I have sat back and watched the people I love having a good time.  

It was a quiet yet subtly hectic weekend- Friday was spent over at my grandparents having slow roasted gammon and hunting for eggs on their farm, Saturday we went over to my Dad's where my other grandparents were visting, Sunday we went to a local farm for a day out with my sister before going over to my Mums in the evening as it was her birthday and Monday was spent being lazy and doing some tidying and baking.  It was just a laid back lovely weekend with two little girls who were on their best behaviour considering the amount of E numbers consumed.  (Although on Thursday night Mads drew a masterpiece on my new wallpaper with biro and we can't get it off but I couldn't hold a grudge with a three year old all weekend!)

Below are some photos and a (rather long) video of our bank holiday weekend together.  Why can't every weekend be four days long and full of chocolate?  

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A little early Easter treat.

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Bunnies everywhere.

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The girls Easter baskets- a gorgeous Jellycat bedtime bunny and mouse, the obligatory bunny ears, chocolate friends and marshmallows.  We normally have them on Easter Sunday but we had them on Friday this year as we went over to my Grandmas for an egg hunt.

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The little hand knitted chicks from my Mother in Law had kinder eggs hidden in them- Mads loved them and said 'Wow' when she realised there was her favourite treat inside.

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The cheekiest Easter bunny that there ever was.

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We went over to my Grandparents for lunch on Good Friday with my Mum and the rest of the family.

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Ready for egg hunts.

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Some new friends guarding the egg bucket.

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Hunting.

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Mads had a great time searching for eggs in Great Grandma's garden.

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'Found one Mummy!'

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Checking out her big sisters loot.

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My Mother in Law made the girls these gorgeous 'matching but not matching' bunnies and my Mum also made them a lovely Easter basket each.  They were very spoilt with little treats.

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More friends.

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Mads went for a walk with Great Grandma (they live on a big farm with lots of gorgeous land) and picked me some flowers.  Her little face was so cute, she was so proud to give them to me.

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On Saturday we went over to my Dad's as my Grandparents were visiting from Wales.  Nothing is more special to me than these family times, we are aware how lucky we are to be able to make these memories.

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Digging in the garden with Grandpa.

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 Sharing a joke with Daddy.

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On Sunday we went to the farm that we went to last year, Mads loved feeding all the animals.  I didn't take many photos while we were there cause I didn't want to get my camera wet (obligatory British bank holiday rain) but I took some quick video clips. 

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Because when my girls are grown up they will really want an awkwardly posed photo of their Mummy and Auntie in front of a ridiculously old fire engine.  Who wouldn't?  

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Mads and I did some Easter baking on Monday because with all the mountains of chocolate we had in the house we just needed that little bit more sugar.

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I love this photo of my Nana and Mads.  I will treasure it for all the happy smiles.

A little video of our weekend too.  It is rather long, anyone who gets to the end can have a leftover Easter egg.  Maybe.

 

 

All in all it was a lovely weekend.  One of those ones where you just feel thankful to have a slightly boring ordinary life.  Roll on the next bank holiday!

 

NB We were very kindly sent the Jellycat bunny and mouse for Mads and LL's Easter Basket. Thank you! :)

On This Day....Happy First Birthday LL!

on Tuesday, 11 February 2014.

On this day a year ago at exactly 12.52pm there was a gurgling cry and a little person arrived into the world.  Nothing can explain the relief of that first cry, of hearing your baby for the first time.  Those nine long months of waiting, wondering what they will look like, and whether they will be born safely.  Trying to imagine their face, their little fingers clasping yours, and what they will look like dressed in that first outfit that you spent ages choosing.

Nine months of a tummy growing bigger...

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Until this day a year ago when we became a four...

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And the first time you hold them, it's a feeling that is so hard to even comprehend.  The rush of emotions- the intense love, the fear, the adrenaline, and the realisation that life will never ever be the same again.

On this day a year ago a little person stole my heart.  Throughout my pregnancy with her, I felt her kick and wriggle non stop, so active unlike her big sister who rarely kicked and who had to be monitored weekly at the hospital as she didn't move much.  I used to lie in the bath and see my whole bump move and I would lie awake at night while she turned somersaults in my stomach.

I could certainly feel her presence but I couldn't imagine it.  Being a three seemed to work for us, we both loved Mads so much we couldn't possibly imagine feeling the same intense love.  I couldn't quite get my head around being a mum to more than one child or the logistics of having two children.  I just couldn't imagine being a four.

But I need not have worried.

On this day a year ago a little person completed our family.  From the second I first saw her I knew my worries were ridiculous.  We all fell head over heels in love with her.  I witnessed the most magical thing when her big sister met her for the first time.  She was only 26 months but was so incredibly gentle, stroking her face and say 'Baby' over and over again.  From that day on they have been the best of friends and watching them grow close has been the best thing I have ever experienced.

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And now 365 days later my beautiful newborn daughter is no longer a little baby but not quite a toddler.  She is just on the cusp of learning- learning to walk, learning to talk and learning lots of other new skills.  But for the moment she is still very much my baby, she's in no hurry to reach the milestones unlike her sister, and that suits me just fine.  Mr E always says she seems so much smaller, we don't know why but she still seems so teeny to us.

It's been a wonderful year with our LL.  She is a quiet, cheerful little girl, with big blue eyes that sparkle and dance.  She has a smile that lights up her whole face and she loves nothing more than to cuddle.  She will cuddle and bury her face into anyone- her Daddy, her sister and any stuffed toy that is within reach.  But her most special snuggles are reserved for me, her Mummy.  She is a Mummy's girl through and through, and is never happier than when she is with me.  Mads has always been a Daddy's girl so I am relishing this intense bond we share.

With Mads it was all new.  We were learning as we went along, figuring it out together.  With LL I have felt more confident, knowing that the baby stage passes so quickly and that there isn't a rule book for doing it right.  She came into our bed from 4am most mornings for months, co-sleeping with me, her little body moulded against mine, and she napped on the sofa until at least 8 months.  Whereas her big sister was always the best sleeper, it took LL a little longer to realise how good snoozing is.  Now she is just wonderful, sleeping from 7 until at least 7 in the morning, with a long nap in the afternoons too.  And there is a little part of me that misses those early morning sleepy cuddles together.

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She is a lot quieter than her sister, happy watching the world and taking it all in.  We used to joke that we forgot she was there when we went out for the day, she would happily sit in her buggy or in a highchair while we attended to her noisy hyperactive sister.  Nowadays there are some glimmers of feistiness emerging- she will have a mini loop out if someone has some food and she wants it, and if Mads tries to cuddle her when she isn't in the mood she will push her away.  This normally results in uncontrollable laughter from the pair of them.  

I could literally write about her non stop, but to be honest my words just don't do her justice.  She's made this the best year of all our lives so far, has completed our family, and made me a mother to not one, but two incredible little ladies.  I feel so lucky to be able to call both these girl's my daughters.  

And now my littlest daughter is one.  It's been a super fast year, and those newborn days feel a long time ago.  I wish I could bottle up the memories so I could relive them again and again- the announcement video we made after our 12 week scan feels like a whole lifetime ago, and I am so glad I am recording all our family milestones on this blog.  Being a mother has made me realise just how fleeting time is.  

No doubt there will be a few emotional moments today, and a few teary eyes as we celebrate LL's first birthday quietly together.  But while I am feeling sentimental and a little sad that we are saying goodbye to her baby days, I am excited to see all the stages that will come.

 

 

As the song says on the little video I made for her birthday,

'Forever is better with you.'

And that couldn't be a truer statement.  

Thank you for being ours, we love you darling LL.

Happy First Birthday.

Mummy, Daddy and Mads.

xxx

 

 

 

About Time...

on Tuesday, 14 January 2014.

Sometimes at the end of a long day I lie in bed and think that I haven't been the best Mum I could have been that day.  Perhaps I have snapped at Mads for no reason, left them in front of the TV that little bit too long, or lost my patience just a little bit too quickly.

Or then I think that I have got stressed at something that really doesn't matter, like a new stain on the carpet or the fact that I didn't manage to tidy the house that day.  I worry about what if's a lot as well, and every day worries like bills and work.  

A few months ago I watched a film at the cinema with friends called 'About Time'.  The premise of the film is that the main character can travel back in time to live that day again and potentially change it.  Although not going to win any Oscars, I really loved the film as it completely resonated with me and I made Mr E sit through it again at the weekend.  Again it really made me think about my life.

My beautiful little ladies are growing up so quickly.  Every day Mads grows a tiny bit taller, conquers something new or acheives another milestone.  She's three!  Three.  I cannot believe it.  Every time I look at LL I feel like she looks less like a baby and more like a toddler and it feels like she is on a mission to leave babyhood behind.  

I like to think I am a good Mummy, in fact I know I am a good one, but sometimes I think I like an easy life.  I may say 'Let's go the park after nap time' only to decide it's a bit too cold and dark to go. Or I try and tempt Mads away from doing painting because I just can't be bothered with the havoc and mess.  I sometimes don't go on full days out in the week because of the fact that I am strict with their nap time routine.  Don't get me wrong, we go out every morning, we play lots and we have lots of fun but what I am trying to say is that sometimes I don't think I make the very best we could out of each day.

But you only get one chance at each day, once they are in bed I won't be able to ever get it back again. Who cares if we go out and get ridiculously muddy?  They are just clothes and they can be washed.  Who cares if they don't nap for one afternoon?  It won't make them never nap again.  Who cares if it is cold and dark?  Why not make it even more fun and go out and have an adventure with a torch?  Who cares if we stay in our PJ's and cuddle all day?  There will be a time when they won't want to snuggle with their Mummy non stop.

My girls are at a stage in life where the most simple and ordinary moments are exciting.  Mads has the biggest and best imagination, where even the most mundane tasks are worthy of an adventure.  They aren't yet motivated by material possessions, they are completely innocent, full of expectation, and by far their most favourite thing to do is just to be with their Mummy and Daddy.  

I need to look at the world through their eyes a little more.  See the excitement and beauty in it.  See that even the most simple moments are beautiful and something to smile about.  Time is so fleeting and going so quickly, and I want to experience, record and treasure all these memories I am making with my little girls.  

Even the most ordinary ones.

There is a line in the film that has really stuck with me...

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I think it's definitely something I am going to try and live by a bit more.

 

 

 

 

At the weekend I filmed one of our ordinary days.  One of my closest friends Lucy has made a few videos and we have featured in a couple.  Mads ADORES them and I think we must watch them all at least a few times a week, with her constantly asking me.  They are so lovely to look back on and so I thought I would make one myself, I wanted to capture a simple day in our lives.  It does make me stop and realise just how lucky we are.

 

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