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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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Comments (75)

  • Mummy Glitzer

    Mummy Glitzer

    02 June 2014 at 07:43 |
    What a beautiful post. Like you, yesterday we decided it was just too sunny to not go out.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:23 |
      Thanks lovely x
  • Zoe Corkhill (Mama Geek)

    Zoe Corkhill (Mama Geek)

    02 June 2014 at 07:55 |
    I love that video, and what beautiful photos of your girls as always. Sounds like your spontaneous day out was lovely, and a great chance to have a "day off" before the craziness ahead!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:23 |
      Ah thanks Zoe! x
  • Lucy Bishop

    Lucy Bishop

    02 June 2014 at 07:59 |
    Congrats on the Lovedbyparents nomination: I'm a fellow nominee & equally as chuffed to have been nominated as I'm quite a small little blog really :-) Loved your post about the weekend: weirdly we walked 10 miles around our local reservoir (Grafham Water) on Saturday this weekend, it's so nice to get out in the fresh air with your family isn't it? Your girls are gorgeous! Xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:23 |
      That was where we were. How strange! It's a small world isn't it? x
  • lucy at dear beautiful

    lucy at dear beautiful

    02 June 2014 at 08:06 |
    BB just squealed and screeched with excitement watching that video. "That's my best friend Mads!!!!" Clearly he should have been shouting there is my future wife, Katie... or maybe he's gone off you again now. ;)
    Lovely video hun. Looks like you had a fun time taking the go pro out for a ride! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:22 |
      IT definitely was great fun strapping it to the bike. Haha that's so cute he was excited to see the video, as you know Mads loves watching yours too! x
  • Emma

    Emma

    02 June 2014 at 08:38 |
    Awww, fab post and video! Yesterday was lovely wasn't it :-)

    Can't wait for holiday... xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:22 |
      Thanks Emma! Me neither! x
  • Carie

    Carie

    02 June 2014 at 09:49 |
    Oh impromptu plans are definitely the best sort of days - and the housework will always be there when you get back! These are gorgeous photos (as always) and a wonderful expedition!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:21 |
      Definitely there will always be housework. ;)
  • capture by lucy

    capture by lucy

    02 June 2014 at 09:50 |
    Yay for the GoPro! Our nephew has one and has taken amazing videos of him and his mates surfing - such fun! Oh those curls - Mads has amazing hair! Lovely photos xxxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:21 |
      It's great fun, we have been loving it so far, J bought it for his bike but I have used it more. ;)
  • Emily

    Emily

    02 June 2014 at 11:23 |
    Love, love love you gorgeous pic and the sweet movie! So lovely to see you all having such a lovely day together!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:20 |
      Thanks Emily x
  • Franki | Little Luca & Me

    Franki | Little Luca & Me

    02 June 2014 at 12:59 |
    It looks like you had a fab day and you've inspired me to find somewhere to hire bikes for the day. I love your little videos too and your choice of songs for over the top. Cute!
    Your girls are so beautiful and LL's hair is amazing. Love the photo of them holding hands!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:20 |
      Ah thanks so much Franki! x
  • My Two Mums

    My Two Mums

    02 June 2014 at 13:37 |
    Such a gorgeous little video. Love your summery shots. How cute is LL learning to walk with her big sister?!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:19 |
      Ah thanks lovelies. x
  • Double Trouble

    Double Trouble

    02 June 2014 at 14:07 |
    We have spoken a few times about wanting to go on a bike ride with the kids but never thought of the carriage, great idea. Love the photos as usual, the photo of the girls holding hands is just so precious, you need to frame it. The video made me so happy!!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:19 |
      I definitely recommend a bike ride- we had a great time. x
  • Leilani

    Leilani

    02 June 2014 at 14:51 |
    Ohhhhh those photos of the girls walking are ADORABLE!!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:19 |
      Ah thank you lovely! x
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    02 June 2014 at 16:35 |
    These are definitely my most fave photos of yours ever I think! Just gorgeous and love the video, we are hoping to get bikes this summer, it looks like so much fun. The girls look like they were loving it so much! Matt has a Gopro, I'm still trying to get him to agree to me using it, he's not keen! But then I did say he could never borrow my camera! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:17 |
      Aw thanks Jess, I really love these photos too.x
  • Donna

    Donna

    02 June 2014 at 16:54 |
    The photos of your girls together are just adorable! The weather looks fantastic and you were right to give the housework a miss! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:17 |
      Thanks Donna! x
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie

    02 June 2014 at 18:42 |
    You've convinced me I need to get a GoPro. That video was brilliant! Looks like such a fun family day. I love all the photos, too. Your girls look fab in hats!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:16 |
      The Go Pro honestly is great fun- I definitely recommend! x
  • Life With Munchers

    Life With Munchers

    02 June 2014 at 18:48 |
    Oh my squishy gosh! Look at those pics of the littlies! My heart is melting Katie! X
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:15 |
      hehe thanks lovely! x
  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    02 June 2014 at 20:27 |
    Gorgeous photos, I wish we had somewhere like that around here!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:15 |
      Thanks Bex, it is lovely! But you have the beach which is amazing! x
  • Emma

    Emma

    02 June 2014 at 20:36 |
    Looks like you had such a lovely day :) Love the photos of Mads helping LL to walk, they're so adorable together xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 15:03 |
      It was a really lovely day- thanks Emma x
  • PottyMouthedMummy

    PottyMouthedMummy

    02 June 2014 at 21:01 |
    Oh this is gorgeous. Mads suddenly looks so very grown up, still beautiful!! I adore these pictures.

    I love this sorts of days xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:54 |
      Thanks lovely, yes she definitely is looking more grown up by the minute! x
  • Oh Little One Sweet

    Oh Little One Sweet

    02 June 2014 at 21:03 |
    What a fab video! Looks like it was a gorgeous day. So lovely that you have captured your first family bike ride on camera! I still remember the first family bike ride I went on when i was about 3! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:37 |
      I hope they will have lots of happy memories in the future going on family bike rides- I remember going on them lots as a child and used to love them. x
  • katie

    katie

    02 June 2014 at 21:06 |
    Ahh your photos made me want to cry a little - your girls are just so adorable together. F won't actually abide being touched by his little brother at the minute, he won't actually speak to him unless pressed, no hello, no reference, no nothing! I feel like we've backtracked massively - it's been nearly 16 months you would have though he would be used to him by now :-/
    Anyway sorry for the woe is me, beautiful pictures of what sounds like a pretty perfect day xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:36 |
      Sorry you are having such a hard time with it all Katie, it must be hard but I am sure they will get there eventually. xxx
  • brinabird and son

    brinabird and son

    02 June 2014 at 21:45 |
    Beautiful! Love the video and the photos of your girls together is so sweet. Gosh I always forget the housework! Sounds so worth it. Great spot to have on your doorstep.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:36 |
      It is definitely a beautiful place- thanks lovely. x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    02 June 2014 at 22:23 |
    These are definitely my favourite photos of yours ever I think. The setting, the girls, the hats, Mads hair, the video. All of it really made me smile.
    Well done on being shortlisted, totally deserved xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:35 |
      Ah thank you so much Lauren! x
  • Katie, your daughters, and your photos are just adorable. 'Falling' is just the most lovely image.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:34 |
      Ah thanks so much Helen, this made my day! x
  • Jenny

    Jenny

    03 June 2014 at 11:01 |
    Love the video and the photos of your girls show just how much they truly love each other and so great together. I love the one where Mads catches LL when she falls. You are truly blessed with these two beauties. I am attempting to video the kids more but it doesn't always go right. Love that you did your first bike ride together. What a great memory. Sounds like a beautiful place in the world to live by. Lovely post. Almost made me cry! So sweet and a perfect little family. Congrats on the LBP that's amazing!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:31 |
      Thanks Jenny, I was so so so chuffed to be a finalist in the LBP awards. x
  • Jade Pirard (Late For Reality)

    Jade Pirard (Late For Reality)

    03 June 2014 at 12:54 |
    Lovely pictures and video! We don't even own bikes but I would love to get some for family bike rides! :) x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:31 |
      Thanks lovely. x
  • Stella

    Stella

    03 June 2014 at 21:16 |
    Mads really does look grown up! So lovely to see a string sibling bond. They look adorable together x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:29 |
      She really has changed a lot recently! x
  • Ryan Costello

    Ryan Costello

    04 June 2014 at 06:54 |
    Fantastic photos! My ilttle man is 13 months and our daughter is due to arrive this month. I hope I can capture similar moments.

    I voted by the way. Very much deserved!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:26 |
      Ah thank you very much Ryan! x
  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    04 June 2014 at 14:28 |
    What lovely pictures and video Katie! I also imagined the same thing you did when we knew we were having another baby- someone to help our new little person learn to walk. They are now 2 and 3 and the best of friends (most of the time!).
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:24 |
      Aw that's lovely to hear Becky! x
  • mummyofboygirltwins

    mummyofboygirltwins

    04 June 2014 at 19:00 |
    Beautiful pics! Gorgeous family :) You're so right - sometimes you just need to get out and have fun! Lovely post x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:24 |
      Thank you! :) x
  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations

    Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations

    04 June 2014 at 23:05 |
    Those little bobbing heads are just the cutest!! Love family bike rides... They are just the best!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:23 |
      hehe I love the bobbing heads too Claire! x
  • Jenny

    Jenny

    05 June 2014 at 20:44 |
    I know I already commented but this is such a fab post it deserves a little more love from me and A HUGE HUGE thank you for joining in my linky. I feel so blessed and honored that you would link up. I really do. THANK YOU!!!! I hope you like Share With Me. I am loving getting to know so many great bloggers through it. Feel so grateful this week as i thought it was fizzling out but it's been an amazing week. And then you were there, making my day completely. Thanks Katie. #sharewithme
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:23 |
      Ah thank you Jenny!x
  • Kelle

    Kelle

    06 June 2014 at 14:10 |
    This is such a gorgeous post. I love the photos, Mads and LL remind me of me and my sister when we were little as it was a similar age gap :)
    And the video is ace
    xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:22 |
      Thanks lovely! xx
  • Sam @ And then the fun began...

    Sam @ And then the fun began...

    06 June 2014 at 21:31 |
    Fabulous Katie! I have just re-discovered cycling this very week so this is really relevant to me! My husband also regularly does Parkruns - he is addicted to running! I remember my nieces loving being towed around Center Parcs in one of those trailers when they were little - I'd love to give it a go. And yes, dropping everything to enjoy an unexpectedly gorgeous day is an absolute must! X #sharewithme
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:21 |
      Thanks Sam, I think I am fast getting addicted to running like your hubby is! x
  • Little Miss Alba

    Little Miss Alba

    09 June 2014 at 09:54 |
    BEAUTIFUL pics and I just love the video of your family bike ride. LL is looking so tall on her feet and Mads seems to want to help her so much. Perfect family day out xxx Ax
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:19 |
      Thanks lovely, it was a really lovely day. x
  • Jessica Hill

    Jessica Hill

    10 June 2014 at 08:42 |
    Your photography is so gorgeous, makes me want to upgrade my camera! Love the one with the girls in their hats, so precious :) x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:18 |
      Thanks Jessica. x
  • Mummy Hargreaves (Kerri-Ann)

    Mummy Hargreaves (Kerri-Ann)

    11 June 2014 at 16:42 |
    Lovely post, we are yet to go biking this year but it is on the list. We have something called 'Manifold Valley' near us, we went last year and hired a chariot for Lil G, he absolutely loved it. I look forward to reading more of your blog
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      12 June 2014 at 14:18 |
      Thanks Kerri-Ann, we really enjoyed hiring the bikes. x
  • Kara

    Kara

    16 June 2014 at 11:49 |
    Is it totally sad I have little tears at this post, it is so idyllic, I wish we had days like this, I crave them.
    Such a beautiful post, Mads and LL are looking more alike than before, the love they have for you and Mr E is just lovely xxx

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