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...
Getting their skates on.
My little skaters.
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!
The fake snow was magical- LL and Mads loved it. A failed attempt at a family selfie.
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.
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.
It's such a beautiful place and it holds so many special memories for me.
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!
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.
Looking far too grown up- so nearly four!
We posed for photos with our family and friends outside these doors- how times have changed!
A family selfie- I love this one!
A little video too...
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...