Saturday, 28 February 2015

{Ordinary Moments 2015} - 9/52 - A mid-week family brunch

I can't believe its March today, February has gone so so fast don't you think? It seems just like yesterday we were celebrating Phoenix's first birthday in January! We had a very busy half term the other week too which now seems like a distant memory, this is the reason I love to blog - life passes you by when you least expect itLast Wednesday we had what some people may have as an 'ordinary moment'. We had a day which was just us five in the middle of the week. Mr booked it off work as he had a test he needed to attend but we made the most of this day as a family - something we would love to start being able to do more often mid-week.

Mr works Monday-Friday and sometimes Saturdays if scheduled in. When in season, he plays football on Saturday afternoons which makes Sundays our 'family day'. Sundays are lovely, but sometimes as it's the end of the weekend, a lot of preparations for the week commencing are to be done leaving time a little short sometimes. Doing something mid-week just felt a lot more relaxed, and it happened to be on the day that all three little ones are at home, and no pre-school runs were to be made, meant to be or what?

This weekend was different as I was at a craft course yesterday so the little ones were with Daddy all day having fun, the first time with all three kiddo's.. and a first time where I was child-free for like 7 hours. it felt lovely to do something for me, but I also felt a little lost! more on the course soon!

Back to our morning in town.

So last Wednesday, we had a lovely little day. We popped into town (on time I might add!) for Mr to do his course, while he was there the little ones and I had a slow stroll into the main centre, walking through the Oxford Castle. The girls were fascinated that they were actually walking through a castle!

Sporting their little lion & tiger backpacks Grampy got them from when he visited my Nan in Devon last weekend. The lion symbolises Yve's 'lion mane hair', and the tiger is because Halle has a feisty little tiger character!

We then popped to have a look around town, got some lovely bargain clothing for the little ones, had fun going in lifts, being silly, giggling at each others conversation and waited for the phone call from Daddy to say he was finished and ready to meet us for breakfast.

selfie stick trial!

We went to a lovely little spot called Cafe Loco. This cafe holds a fair few memories for us, good & bad, but its safe to say that we're making a lot more good memories in this cafe thats for sure. We indulged in some delicious breakfast. It was so lovely to just spend time doing such an ordinary thing, something we haven't done in a while mid-week. We like to get out at the weekends too, but this particular day felt so relaxed. The kids loved spending time with both Mummy & Daddy. We enjoyed our food, and lovely drinks - the girls were so chuffed to have their own massive hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream - cafe style! Baby boy was loving watching them being crazy, and tucking into a fruit pot and stealing Halle's sandwich! this was before Halle accidentally spilt a fresh latte all over the table - we we're lucky only this happened! ha.

I really hope we get the chance to have more spontaneous days like this. We feel so fortunate to have spent this lovely day together, We will be hopefully hearing of a moving date this week *fingers crossed* so it's going to be all systems go! We will definitely make sure we continue having our family days scheduled in, made a priority still, even if it isn't a weekday for a while, weekends mean lots to us too!

We then took a stroll back into the main street before heading back to the car to go home and resume our relaxing day together. 

Daddy & his girls
They found it hilarious to run off and hide from Me & Phoenix and jump out at us!

more posing in the Oxford Castle grounds

Daddy's turn! with the 'hurry up and take the photo' cheese face lol
*These images are a mixture of iphone and my 'big cam'*

Linking up with Katie from Mummy Daddy Me
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Me and Mine: A Family Portrait Project 2015 - February

This month has come and gone so fast, this year so far has flown by to be honest. we've had a lot going on, and upcoming events have made things seem to go even fast - including a house move which is imminent. 

We've said goodbye to some family members who have gone to start a new life in New Zealand, we've said a happy 30th birthday to my Mr, a happy 81st birthday to my Nan, we've enjoyed some lovely dinners out with friends, and a 'date night' together - the first in about four years! lovely days at home, the usual routines along with a busy half term. So it has been a very hectic but lovely month. 

The weather has been up & down but we're making the most of the rainy weather with cosying up on the sofa in the evenings, having lazy weekends, and spending time together indoors before we prepare to get moving home. Don't get me wrong, we are really looking forward to spring too, as we love getting outside more spending a lot of time in the garden, and it's also a complete joy to watch the little ones have fun, and get involved with them too. On the other side of that, I'm not 'wishing' time away, I want to soak up all these ordinary days with the bleurgh weather, I want to take one day at a time and not want for it to be over yet.

This is potentially the last full month we will spend in our home. I am so sad about this, as it holds so many memories despite us only living here for 3 years. The first place we had on our own as a family of three, we've brought home two newborn babies here, we've overcome so many heartbreaking events here, and came out the other end - happier than ever. I love this house, but life is about change, and experiences that shape us. We are super excited about the fact we will have a bigger home, a slightly better area, and also enabling me to start working properly from home part time around the kiddies. Not to mention the opportunity to have the biggest clear out/declutter ever! simplify and live less distracted. it's going to take a lot of work making it our own as we've spent so much money in this home, Mr fitted all wooden flooring, carpets, a plush kitchen and breakfast area, my dad re landscaped the garden - it was a hell hole when we moved here but we made this house our home. Something I will forever be grateful for. That being said, I am excited about making the new home ours, I have so many ideas buzzing in my brain! and already got some Annie Sloan chalk paint for some DIY projects! (More on our moving situation soon!)

These photos for this month were taken on a gorgeously sunny (but chilly) afternoon one weekend at the beginning of the month when we were off for a family meal. The sun was glaring so we looked for some shade, set self-timer then we got a few nice ones! I love the top one! but thought i'd include the outtakes too!

As i'm sat writing this - it's Thursday (I'm being organised for once as i'm on a sewing course today! Trying something new and its the longest time i've been away from my little ones! odd! 'me time' is definitely needed though, creative me time especially!) anyway, we've got back from a morning at soft play, Yve's is at preschool until 3pm today, Phoenix is napping and Halle is having a little relax as she's tired from running wild! so I thought i'd sneak in this post so I know it's done, and look forward to reading all of yours when I get tie this weekend.

Have a smashing, relaxing weekend everyone! 

dear beautiful

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Loving the little things 2015 - 9/52

I've been reading a few lovely bloggers posts this week, but one that I felt I related to most was this post about a 'third baby by The Mummy Adventure'. I know this feeling oh too well when little P was born. When we was expecting our third baby we felt that people wouldn't be as excited too, as with your first it all new, then with the second some people may feel less of the excitement and not be bombarding you as much. In our case it was slightly different as at the time that our second was born it was a very stressful time in our lives so the whole thing was just different in different ways. With Phoenix, everyone was trying to guess the gender of the baby, so were we, like we did with the other two, but the excitement never left. we felt just the same amount but with the added thoughts of how it was going to be with three little ones under 3.5. We had everyone saying - oh it's going to be so hard! it is very straining on a relationship etc. and yes thats true but it's how you manage I guess? And with everything life has thrown at us in the past - bringing another little precious budle into the mix wasn't something we dreaded. I did have moments of doubt but thats 'overdue pregnant moody cow hormones for you! I had them each time ;) what women doesn't??! but I did love to read this as totally related to the feeling.


I've been watching over & over my little 'half term movie' I made last week. Not to blow my own trumpet, but I love and treasure these films I do. I want to remember all these simple joys in my life.

A lovely rare mid-week family day into town and I wore my usual comfy jeans from H&M, faux fur gilet from Next, aztec cardi from Sheinside, my black patent brogues from Next and my lovely grey bobble hat from H&M kids!


Ed Sheeran - bloodstream. 
This performance made me realise just how much of a talent this man has. incredible. to be able to captivate an audience by just being up their with their guitar - outstanding.

Paloma Faith - Only love can hurt like this.
This lady has really grown on me lately, I never use to be interested in her music really as i found her irritating, not sure why but i did to be honest. but i absolutely love her now!

Plenty of hot chocolates - we loveeeee them!


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Monday, 23 February 2015

Living Arrows 2015 - 8/52

Last weekend, we had nothing planned, So we thought we would be brave and take a trip to the cinema with our little trio. The last time we did this was when Halle was a baby and we was expecting our third baby! It went well then, and so did it this time, we did have very fidgety times, climbing times from Phoenix but this was to be expected. He did manage to fall asleep five minutes before the then though - typical!
We thought this would be a lovely way to end the weekend, and start the week as it was now half term!

I have fond memories of when my Dad use to take me & my brother to the cinema, we use to love it, picking out sweets, a drink, the anticipation waiting for the film to start and wishing the adverts away in a hurry. The first film I went to see was the Flintstones movie! loved it and have photos from then i'll have to dig out too for my blast from the past series!

I hope our little tribe will remember these little cinema trips we do, as I think it's a cool part of childhood, especially when you're experiencing it together as a happy family.

 Daddy's turn!
 Watching the world pass them by
Childhood memories
Whopper jump!
 Halle's turn!

The fine art of cheekiness
Blonde Bombshell
Silly face from Yve's

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