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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #48 '5 Years'

on Sunday, 21 December 2014.

On the 20th December 2009 I awoke to bright blue skies but a blanket of snow on the ground, and with butterflies dancing around in my tummy.  Later that morning, I walked down the aisle in a pretty little boutique hotel ten minutes away from where we lived, and married my best friend in a perfect, happy winter wedding.  A mortgage, a lot of holidays and adventures, and two small children later, we are where we are today.

Yesterday we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.  We aren't big celebrators of our anniversary, the fact it is five days before Christmas means it inevitably it gets brushed aside for the excitement of other festivities, but as it was a mini milestone year of five years we decided this year to have a fun family day to celebrate. 

Five years has really flown by.  Without making this turn into a soppy post, my husband really is my best friend.  We were best friends before we even got together and since I met him almost ten years ago all he has ever done is support me.  He drives me insane and we can bicker and argue like cat and dog but I genuinely feel so lucky to have found someone who will love me unconditionally through all my bad traits and habits too.  He is a kind, generous and truly special person and he has given me the greatest and most precious gifts in the form of Mads and LL.  I love and adore him for giving me the family I always dreamed of.

But soppiness aside, we had a fantastic family day yesterday.  We went ice skating in the morning and were thrilled to find that we had the whole ice rink to ourselves after thinking it would be ridiculously busy.  I was worried that it potentially could have turned into a disaster and that the girls may not have enjoyed it, but I couldn't have been more wrong.  LL absolutely loved whizzing round on the plastic sleigh and Mads was our little star ice skater and didn't want it to end.  We had a lovely time together and laughed non stop.  

After a brief cake stop and a walk around the garden centre and the farm shop to get some yummy steak for our anniversary meal, we headed to the hotel where we got married.  It's only ten minutes away from where we live but we rarely visit anymore as it's quite expensive and not particularly child friendly, although they are always good when you do go in with little ones.  We stopped and had a drink and Mads and LL were on their best behaviour.  It was lovely to walk around and remember our special day.

Then it was home for a carpet picnic, but not just any old carpet picnic- it was a festive version, with little snowflake chocolate brownies and christmas tree crumpets and sandwiches.  Then LL and Mads had a long sleep while Mr E and I relaxed, (and I wrote this post and did this video in record speedy time!) before we got up and went on our annual tradition to drive and go and find the best Christmas lights.  Mr E then cooked us a lovely dinner of delicious steak and sweet potatoes before we snuggled with a glass of bubbly and watched some films in front of the sparkling Christmas tree lights .  

It was a lovely day to celebrate a special mini milestone anniversary.  I say it a lot but I really am thankful to be living our ordinary yet happy life.

 Here's to ten years!

 

Here's some photos from my iPhone and my big camera, and a little video as well...

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Getting their skates on.

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My little skaters.

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I actually love this photo that one of the staff took of us all- I can't believe we were the only ones on the ice!

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The fake snow was magical- LL and Mads loved it.  A failed attempt at a family selfie.

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The hotel where we got married- it was just so sentimental visiting with the girls- it's the first time we have been inside with them.

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Who would have thought we would have two small people five years later?  We went on our honeymoon to Mexico and Miami and discussed starting a family while sat sipping cocktails on the beach on Christmas Eve 2009.  Exactly a year later Mads was born.

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It's such a beautiful place and it holds so many special memories for me.

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Love this photo of my cheeky girl- I walked down these stairs with my Dad on my way to the room where we got married- I was so nervous!

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Hat hair.

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This is the orangery we got married in- obviously the tables were moved but the light was gorgeous with it's whitewashed brickwork and real trees.  We had a harpist sat in the corner who played Fields of Gold as I walked down the aisle.

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Looking far too grown up- so nearly four!

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We posed for photos with our family and friends outside these doors- how times have changed!

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A family selfie- I love this one!

 

A little video too...

 

 

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It's the last 'Ordinary Moments' of 2014 as I am off to enjoy the festive break with my little family.  I think I will more than likely take a bit of a break from this blog other than to maybe put up my usual letter to Mads on her birthday on Christmas Eve.  I have loved seeing everyone's posts over the last year and love that people join in with this little project of mine- I definitely have captured and recorded so much more of those little moments I would have perhaps forgotten than I would have done without it.

I definitely will continue with it in 2015, so if you want to join in next year, whether that's every week or just every once in a while then we would love you too!  

See you on January 4th for the first one of 2015 and Merry Christmas everyone...

xxx

A Weekend At Wedfest.

on Tuesday, 29 July 2014.

A few weeks ago I was bridesmaid for one of my closest friends.  While I had a lovely time and her big day was absolutely beautiful, lets just say that a formal setting, hours of speeches and solo parenting for Mr E while I was doing bridesmaid duties, did not make for the happiest of small children by the end of the weekend.  The girl's behaved (reasonably) well considering how long and not terribly exciting the day was for them, but by the end of it they were tired, we were tired and we vowed that next wedding they would be left in the capable hands of Grandpa while we went and relaxed.

Fast forward to this past weekend and our promise to ourselves seemed to be forgotten as we all packed in the car and headed off up North for our friend's wedding party.  They got married in Colorado and were having 'Wedfest'- a festival after party in a field.  I must admit to feeling slightly apprehensive after the last wedding being such hard work.  I need not have worried, 'Wedfest' was a perfect afternoon.

The sun was shining, it was informal but such a perfect idea- with hay bales to sit on, people camping, dj's playing old Ibiza tunes, and a band later on in the evening.  There was a delicious BBQ and an ice cream van, lots of bubbly and a bouncy castle for the girl's.  They were an absolute credit to us, being very well behaved and chatting to everyone.  

We all danced until late into the evening, and Mads and LL loved dancing with us.  It made me smile from ear to ear watching them dancing together, they didn't stop even for a minute.  All in all it was a great party, made even nicer by the fact it was so hot.

Here are a few photos from my DSLR and phone...

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Our 'Wedfest' attire.

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Hats and Hay bales.

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What every successful wedding needs.

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I love this photo of my cheeky girl.

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Ice cream messy faces.

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She was in her element having everyone chat to her.

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Their little retro style ice cream dresses are my favourite thing of theirs at the moment.

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Yummiest cake ever.

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Looking very grown up.

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The sun setting on a lovely day. 

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And lastly we went to Leeds (where I lived for 5 years) for a spot of lunch and shopping on Sunday, and of course another little trip down memory lane like we did last year.  I walked through these doors almost ten years ago for a pizza and decided to apply for a part time job.  Little did I know the man who handed me the application form would become my husband and we would have our two little ladies. 

 

All in all it was a great weekend. We are loving the sunshine so far- long may it last!

Bridesmaid Duties, Dress Meltdowns and A Weekend in the Peak District...

on Tuesday, 06 May 2014.

Last Friday one of my closest friends got married and I had the honour of being her bridesmaid.  We have been discussing plans back and forth for so long that I still can't believe it has been and gone now. The wedding was held in the most idyllic boutique hotel in the Peak District and we headed up there on Thursday lunchtime ready for a weekend of wedding fun.

The bride looked beautiful, the location was perfect and the wedding was truly great.  It was laid back, relaxed but lots of fun at the same time and I could tell that everyone was really enjoying themselves.  With two small children to look after, the weekend wasn't exactly stress free for us, but we enjoyed ourselves and our few days of family time as well.

The girls behaved really well considering it was a long day, although the morning of the wedding started with Mads having a huge meltdown over the fact she didn't want to wear her dress.  After much bribery and persuasion the dress went on but not without many tense words from Mr E.  It is hard on children to be little angels when their routines are so disrupted, as well as being constantly told to quieten down during the service or while the speeches were on, but Mads and LL were lovely for the most part all day.  It was tiring and a little stressful for us though and it's certainly made me wonder whether we will take them to any weddings in the future as I just didn't feel like we could relax.  Poor Mr E went to bed with the girls at 9pm as they couldn't last a minute longer, but I got to stay up and have a few drinks which was nice of him.

I didn't manage to take a huge number of photos as I was busy with bridesmaid duties, and I didn't take a single one in the church obviously, but here are a few snaps from my phone and my big camera...

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Starting the day off with a glass of bubbly.

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All ready to leave for the church.

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Looking very cute in her dress, even if trying to get it on her proceeded to cause an epic meltdown.

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Vintage records playing outside.

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The latest thing she does is to point at everything.

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Matching pretty dresses.

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Endulging in a cake pop or two.

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The colour scheme was blush pinks, creams and greens and it looked beautiful.

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My pretty bouquet- was such gorgeous pink colours.

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Chatting to the other guests.

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Loved this idea, and the desserts were absolutely amazing.  Someone made this Rocky Road which was seriously the best thing I have ever eaten.  Even four slices later!

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Can't beat a cupcake.

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Just some of the desserts family and friends made.

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Doing the bridesmaid thing.

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Mr E did such a good job of looking after the girls all day.

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One of my best uni friends and his plus one who dutifully had to play outside with Mads constantly.

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My clever friend made these cake toppers herself out of wooden pegs.

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Having a chat to the beautiful bride.

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Gorgeous curls.

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Photo booth fun with bestest uni friends.

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My slightly loony family.

 

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4 Years.

on Friday, 20 December 2013.

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(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.

x

  NB:  I can't dance to save my life.  Sorry about that.

 

 

 

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