Amongst the bluebells

DSC08126So I’ve been really rubbish with this blog the last year, and completely forgot why I wanted to create a blog in the first place. To record my young children’s life and all the little memories otherwise forgotten. I got a bit bogged down in not taking a good enough photo, and being irritated that I really haven’t learnt a lot on the technical side to improve the look of my blog. But because of that I’ve missed documenting some important moments in the boys lives and that’s annoyed me even more! I just need to focus on recording all the little things, and then hopefully I can learn a little more along the way, and one day get this blog up to scratch.

So on that note, here is a little post on our bluebell adventures from last weekend. We went to a beautiful little forest near to us called Blakes Wood and took a few photos of the boys and also their little friend who lives across the road to us. We had a lovely couple of hours exploring and adventuring before heading to the pub for a yummy dinner. The children played so lovely together and really had fun doing their little make-believe play. They thought it was pretty annoying that we wanted to stop to take a few photos amongst the bluebells but thankfully we got a few nice pictures before they all ran off!

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The biggest & littlest #1

The biggest

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This one has been so good over the last few days of the holidays and really wasn’t ready to go back to school. He’s been really enjoying the lazy days at home and playing endless board games and lego! But once he was back, all was fine and I’m sure he was happy to catch up with his friends. He’s also become so confident with riding his bike and now asks to go out on it every day!

The littlest

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He’s really grown up over the last week, and is finally saying quite a few more words! He has really missed his brother once he was back to school, but seems super excited to start school himself…tomorrow! Well pre-school of course, but i jus cannot believe the time has come for him to go for a couple of mornings. I will of course miss him terribly, but I am quite looking forward to having a tiny little bit of time for myself. Maybe i’ll actually keep on top of this blog this year!

The biggest and littlest {week six}

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He is loving being outdoors and playing in the garden after school,

starting to plan his Birthday party for October (!),

and has come on so much with his reading, making all of us super proud

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He is loving helping mummy with the gardening,

climbing on anything,

and still isn’t really talking much at all but certainly understands everything you say to him!

{The Ordinary moments 2016} #9 ‘Another poorly week but finally blowing away the cobwebs

Unfortunately i missed my ordinary moments post last week as Finley caught a horrible virus and sickness bug and came down really poorly with it on Saturday. We had to miss two of his school friends parties and pretty much didn’t leave the house the whole weekend. So much so, I just didn’t get a minute to sit down and write a post or take any photos. He was finally better by Wednesday and went back to school. But of course then Hugo got poorly too! Not with the sickness bug thankfully, but with a nasty little cough and wheezy chest. He’s had this a couple of times before so we have an inhaler, but it just didn’t seem to be doing much good and I was really worried about him. After a doctors visit on Friday we got some mild steroids, and thankfully he seems to be so much better.  Yesterday we finally were able to leave the house and go for a lovely, albeit FREEZING walk. It really was so cold, and we wasn’t really all that prepared outfit wise, so didn’t actually stay out for very long. We went to a beautiful place called Papermill lock, stopping for tea and cake at the tearooms before setting off on a short walk along the canal. Finley absolutely loved collecting and throwing stones into the water, and Hugo copied him too which was super cute, as he really does adore his big brother. I did attempt to take this months me and mine photos, but they were an absolute disaster as it was just so cold, Finley started crying, Hugo was running off, i look terrible and people kept on walking past! I’m not sure if we’ll have time to take any more, so I may just be posting one of those disasterous ones tomorrow! Oh well, at least we won’t miss a month and it will be funny to look back on I’m sure!

Here are a few of the better ones from the day..

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Linking up with the lovely Katie @mummydaddyme 

The biggest and littlest {week five}

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He is loving being back at school and seeing all his friends,

starting Karate,

and is already talking about what kind of party he wants for his next birthday!

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He is really into exploring outdoors and splashing in muddy puddles,

is obsessed with any fruit

and loves copying anything his big brother does

Me and Mine 2016 // January 

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I’m so excited to finally be starting the me and mine project, linking up with the lovely Lucy at Dear Beautiful. I love looking at everyone else’s photos, especially when you can see all of the photos together that have been taken over the course of the year. We have so few photos that we’re all in, and definitely very limited ones of me as i’m always behind the lens. I feel really positive about joining in with this project, as it will be something so nice to look back on, and it encourages us to really make an effort trying to get a picture of all of us. That being said, this was quite a difficult task to achieve! Having been away with friends for the last week, we should have really thought about asking them to get a pic of the four of us, but we were just so busy that i really didn’t take many photos at all, as everyone seemed to be in a different place, either having separate ski lessons or just going for a walk to keep the babies entertained. So with that I left it till the very last minute (3pm today!) to walk to the end of our road, set up the gorilla pod, where the legs for some reason were not staying attached and kept on falling off when I was trying to get a good angle to set it down to take this pic! You can’t tell here, but i really think the husband wanted to kill me just before this was taken as it took me so long to fix the bloody gorilla pod that Hugo kept on running off and launching himself bum first into muddle puddles then having a tantrum when he was lifted out of them! Definitely need to invest in a proper tripod and maybe a remote! The picture isn’t the best, but it’s the best I could do with a grumpy husband and a screaming one year old that really didn’t want to be confined for the sake of a photo!

So January…usually a pretty quiet month for us, back to healthy eating, trying not to spend any pennies after the explosion of Christmas, but actually it was a super busy month for us this year. We started the month with the husband and Finley still on Christmas holidays and enjoying our last few days at home, and with a trip to Disney-on-ice thrown in. Then it was back to school, work and toddler groups. I spent the first couple of weeks researching a place to stay for a few days over the Easter holidays, organising the husbands birthday surprises and presents, and planning for our ski-trip. After that came a lovely night out for the big birthday with 22 close friends, then a few days later our ski-ing trip to Chamonix and more birthday celebrations. We arrived home on Friday and have had a lovely chilled weekend at home, unpacking, doing chores and just generally relaxing together. Oh and how could I forget to say that Finley came out in chicken pox on the first day of holiday, what bad timing! But all was pretty much ok as he didn’t have it too bad, we just delayed ski school by a couple of days hoping that he wasn’t contagious anymore. Anyway the French didn’t seem to bothered about it but hopefully he didn’t infect everyone there! Just waiting to see if Hugo catches it now…

So with that busy month out the way, i’m really looking forward to a pretty quiet February with a well earned half-term thrown in.

The Me and Mine Project

The biggest and littlest {week three)

 
 He is been working so hard with his reading and practicing his words,

is really thriving at big school

and does not stop asking to have his friends over for dinner!

 
He is having such a great time exploring the outside world on two feet,

touching and feeling everything

and has started to have some major meltdowns when he doesn’t want to do something!

Our trip to The Peak District 

Way back in August we had a fantastic camping trip to The Peak District. We decided to buy ourselves a camper van at Easter, and we did a couple of days then, but this was our first proper trip – a whole week in the camper! We’ve not really camped much before this, apart from festival camping, but we really did have such a lovely time. I must admit, I do find it hard, the whole communal toilets and shower block thing, and the campsite we chose was really basic, but it was all fine. Of course I made sure I wore my flip-flops in the shower though! We stayed in a beautiful location, at a site called Shallow Grange Farm, it was so picturesque and on a working farm. As I said it was really back to basics, no restaurant, shop or leisure facilities, but actually I loved it. The boys were free to roam (although it was pretty hard confining a crawling baby to the van in bad weather) and explore the surrounding land, and they loved having that freedom. The weather wasn’t the best, but rain was predicted for the whole week, so we did well with just getting a couple of days of it.

There is so much to do, in and around The Peak District, so we were spoilt for choice. It’s somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for a while now, so I did some research and jotted down all the must-do things. We went to the amazing Chatsworth House twice we loved it so much, visited Bakewell, Buxton and Matloch Bath, rode the cable car at The Heights of Abraham, and spent a day at Alton Towers. We of course went on lots of lovely walks too, and had a beautiful afternoon at Dovedale.

It really has been one of my favourite trips, we absolutely loved the area, and we’re hopefully starting to get the hang of the camping lark a little more, so will undoubtedly make our next trip even easier.

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DSC03568Family photo fail as usual

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The biggest and littlest {week two}

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You’re enjoying being back at school and seeing all your friends again,

having after-school play dates

and keep on asking for chilled out days just playing at home

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You have pretty much given up the crawling and now walk everywhere,

are really enjoying playing with the ‘big’ children

and have been a little cranky this week which I think is because you’ve got so many teeth coming through

{The Ordinary Moments 2016} #1 ‘2016 plans and finally making a go of this’

So here I am, finally writing a blog post after a bit of a failed attempt last year. I had all good intentions last summer but for whatever reason, i ended up tailing off with the posts in September. But with the new year, comes me really wanting to get into a regular routine of posting here, and i’m starting off by joining in with Katie’s Ordinary Moments linky.

I’ve been following Katie’s blog right from the start, as my eldest boy is pretty much the same age as Katie’s eldest daughter, and she’s really inspired me to start my own blog. Which of course I’ve been planning to for about 4 years now, but I’ve always found it pretty daunting as I really don’t know my way around a computer these days! I’ve got a long way to go, but am really going to try and learn as much as i can, and hopefully get this blog looking a bit better at some point! But right now this is really just an online family journal for me and my family, somewhere to document all of the little moments and exciting times too. I just want to have something to look back on from my boys childhood, and somewhere to put all the copious amount of photos and videos I take!

Being new to blogging, I’m not really sure of the etiquette but i know i do want to back date some posts i planned from last year, of our holidays and special days, like my biggest boy starting school, as that is definitely something I want to be able to look back on here.

I’m not going to set myself any unrealistic expectations, but just capture as much as i can, blog when i can and start building this little journal of mine.

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