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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!

A Magical Adventure...

on Wednesday, 11 June 2014.

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning after opening my eyes is check my phone, more specifically my social media.  I have a quick glance at instagram, or twitter, or facebook, and then I may say good morning to my husband.  How bad is that?  I am slightly over dramatising the scenario (only just!) but the reality is I do spend a fair portion of my time absentmindedly flicking through social media for no particular reason.

I adore having my blog, I love that facebook helps me keep in touch with old friends or that I can gain inspiration through sites like instagram, and I love that my online life has brought me so many opportunities and friendships, but I can't remember my life before my blog.  Now any moment that I am not looking after the girls, seeing friends or working is taken up with the online world.  Nap times are spent writing blog posts or doing my usual pointless flicking through various apps.  What did I use to do with my time?  My house would be a lot cleaner that's for sure.  

But sometimes you just need to switch off and that's exactly what we did this weekend.  We had a family weekend away to the MOST MAGICAL PLACE ever.  It deserves capital letters as it really was that amazing.  A remote treehouse in the middle of nowhere in Wales.  No electricity, no phone signal, not even an indoor shower or toilet.  Just my little family and going back to basics.  It was absolutely perfect.

My photos or video will not do this treehouse justice but just imagine living high up in the trees and that is exactly what it was.  There was no one around for miles, just us and A LOT of sheep.  It was beautiful, peaceful yet oh so stylish.  Although the weather wasn't great (The sun did come out periodically!) we went on lots of walks, ate lots of sweet treats, snuggled, read books by candlelight and played games.  It was just what we all needed.  

The girls were so good considering we were all sleeping in the same room, although Mads didn't go to bed until near enough 10pm on the first night. (when it is windy the trees REALLY creak!)  We had a simple, lovely few days, topped off by visiting my grandparents on the way home.  I am so thankful for my little family and the opportunities that we get to experience and I will treasure the memories of the past weekend.  

I also proved that I am not necessarily a country girl at heart, firstly by putting my lovely PJ bottoms on a candle and setting them on fire and secondly by freaking out about needing a wee at 2 am (the toilet was outside) and waking Mr E up to come with me to hold my hand!

 I didn't charge my camera and it went on to low battery while we were there, so because I wanted to save it for seeing my grandparents on the way home, I thought I hadn't taken that many photos.  Turns out you can take the blogger away from social media but you can't taken the blogger away from her camera!  I couldn't go completely cold turkey- I may have self combust or something. Oops... Here is our weekend in photos and a little video...

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The most beautiful place ever.

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Girls in bed.  Candles. Wine. Sat on a treehouse balcony with an amazing view. Check.

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Posing on the spiral staircase.  Not an easy feat while holding two wriggly children.

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You had to access the treehouse by a number of bridges which Mads thought was the best thing ever.

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The 'wibbly wobbly' bridge.

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We took a trip to the local seaside.

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Writing your name's in a heart on the sand.  Standard practice.

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We stopped off at a gorgeous little sweetie shop for an ice cream.  Doing the normal tourist thing and getting the lady to take a photo of us all.

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Lots of snuggles were had.

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The treehouse had no electricity and the hot water was powered by the fire, so we spent a lot of time lighting candles.  And then a lot of time stopping LL crawling and picking them up.

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Mads kept cheating at Jenga but as we love her we let her do it.

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 We did lots and lots of walking.  Well as much as you could do when had forgotten to pack the baby carrier.  Oops.

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 And did lots of swinging.

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 Plus lots of Gruffalo hunting.

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Log walking was also a must.

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Late afternoon sunshine is the best kind of sunshine.

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This girl loved running about.

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We stopped off at my Grandparents on the way home as they live on the border of Wales.  I will treasure this photo of Mads and my Nana.

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The obligatory family photo we take each time. :) 

 

And here is a little video of our adventures...

 

 

 

 

Just a little note at the end to say thank you so much to Loved by Parents.  We won this trip through them and I couldn't finish this post off without thanking them for giving us the opportunity for such a wonderful weekend together.  They haven't asked us to write about it or mention them in any way, but I just wanted to say thanks.   We have already said the treehouse may be our special family place and we will definitely be returning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

'And It Was All Yellow'.

on Monday, 28 April 2014.


When it gets towards the end of the Summer months I start to crave the cooler weather.  I fantasize about layered clothes, cosy jumpers and Winter boots.  Of hot chocolates with marshmallows, twinkly Christmas fairy lights and snuggly afternoons on the sofa watching a film.  But then soon enough I get fed up of the cold and begin to imagine longer lighter evenings, days out to the seaside and pretty Spring dresses.

Spring just sort of creeped up on me this year.  Winter just wasn't that cold, we didn't have that bitterly freezing weather where you would hold your breath while you waited for the car to warm up or where you thought your hands were going to drop off as you pushed the buggy without gloves.  All of a sudden the nights have got lighter, the weather has got a little warmer and now we have the odd day of sunshine mixed with the usual gloomy rain.

I love the sense of promise that Spring brings.  That feeling of Summer just being around the corner.  Everyone is a little happier, there is more to do and being outdoors just feels great.  There is the promise of sausages sizzling on the BBQ, warm evenings spent outdoors drinking Pimms and smiling children giggling and running around at the park.   

Whenever I see the first yellow rapeseed sprouting it always signifies to me that Spring is on the way.    The bright yellow blankets of flowers that coat the English countryside are often overlooked, they aren't as pretty as bluebells or poppies and people moan about them bringing on their hayfever.  I don't think they bring on mine as I have yet to have it this year.  But actually they are beautiful.

Therefore we had to take a trip to one of the many fields around our area as of course the bright yellow flowers are every happy snapping bloggers dream!  I actually took one of my most favourite photos ever of Mads in the rapeseed a couple of years ago, so we couldn't resist stopping by with LL in tow too.  

Mads had a wonderful time running up and down the field and pretending to be a 'Gruffalo monster' and it sounds silly but looking at these photos really makes me smile.  Yellow is a happy colour and nothing makes me happier than ordinary weekends doing simple things with my little family.  

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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #17 'I scream You scream We all Scream for Ice Cream.'

on Sunday, 27 April 2014.

Every afternoon after Mads and LL wake up from their naps we have what we call a 'naughty treat'.  Most of the time this is something relatively mediocre, like a Rich Tea or a Ginger nut.  Occasionally we might be flash and share a bit of chocolate or a packet of yoghurt coated raisins.  We snuggle together on the sofa, both of them are both a little groggy and sleepy still and we watch a film or some television.  

At the weekends though our little routines change somewhat.  Having Mr E home from work just makes things easier, more laid back and of course more fun.  While I love having weekends where we are busy seeing friends or family, or going away on day trips, I can honestly say that the weekends that I enjoy the most are the ones where we just relax.  When I say relaxed, it is never particularly relaxing with two small children, but I enjoy the times when we don't have any plans in the diary.

This past weekend was no exception.  We have a very busy couple of months coming up and from next week onwards we have got plans most weekends.  This week has been a little hectic as we have had decorators in painting most of our house so I spent the majority of Saturday having a massively over due Spring clean.  I cleaned out every cupboard you can think of, decluttered every room and sorted out miscellaneous items into storage boxes.  We went out shopping and bought some finishing touches to our newly decorated bedroom and just generally had a big sort out.

It wasn't exactly thrilling excitement for Mads and LL, but they were such good girls as we sorted and dragged them from shop to shop.  Therefore as a little treat, we decided on a slightly out of the ordinary after nap snack.  Ice Cream!  If there is one thing that will challenge my willpower, then it's ice cream.  I cannot get enough of it and it seems my girls feel the same way if their little faces were anything to go by.  Normally I am very boring and only eat Vanilla (that and Cookie Dough are by far the best flavours) but as I am a super accomodating Mummy I let Mads choose and she chose Neopolitan.  

It was definitely a nice treat after a productive day.

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