Monday, 18 December 2017

Simple wreath for the festive season.

Christmas is almost here, we've said hello and goodbye to the biggest amount of snow i've seen since January 2013, and the warm drinks under cosy blankets are plentiful round our house. Something I have really been enjoying more so this year is to add plants & nature to our home. Obviously they are lovely to look at and give a pop of colour into a room but also for the added benefits like purifying the air for example. For me though creating something from scratch is just so fulfilling, and to carry this on throughout the seasons and this month for the festive period is something I love to do!

I bought an artificial Christmas wreath years ago, and its been battered and falling apart so I'm so glad to have got rid and created a new tradition of creating my own. This year has been extra lovely with making one though as my two eldest daughters (7 & 5) asked to join in and create their own too. I love to show them that its the thought process that matters most when creating something, or gift giving. I loved watching as they were choosing what they wanted to use and look proud at their efforts, as was I.

I went to my local florist, and picks up these in preparation:
x1 bunch of long stem eucalyptus.
x1 bunch of cotoneaster.
x1 bunch of viburnum tinus.
x1 branch of pine.
x1 roll of wire.
x1 copper wreath hoop
and I also added a few slices of baked oranges.

Other tools needed: secateurs and some twine to hang where you wish. Ours is currently in the porch near the front door and the girls have combined their mini wreaths on a little hook in the hallway. There’s something so therapeutic about floristry that I love, and am definitely incorporating it more so in my everyday life with having more plants and flowers in the home. So this Christmas was a no brainer for making my own and it was also a lovely activity to do with my big girls. Showing them the art of making using your own hands, skills and imagination. And that Christmas isn’t about all the materialistic things, I mean gifts are lovely, but for us one of the most important parts of Christmas is time together. And this was just that - with the added bonus of lovely handmade wreaths.
So we’re now on the second week of poorly little ones, each taking turn to fall, so I may not get time to post anything else for 2017, so I will say a Merry Christmas, filled with joy, family time and peace. And here’s to a very happy new year and positivity for 2018. X
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Let’s go for a walk.

So there’s many reasons my little space on the internet has been quiet this year, but I’ll go into that another day. For now though I wanted to share our Sunday with you....

The busy periods begin at this time of year right?

Especially with school invitations, family parties, after school activities back in full swing with the school term etc. Last weekend was so busy for us, four events in three days - we had fun but this weekend was all about chilling out, well as much as possible when you have four kids! So the week took a turn for the worst on Thursday when Halle got knocked over accidentally on the playground and ended up in A&E resulting in a 'buckle fracture' to her wrist. She was so brave though, really coped well but we knew it was more than a little bump. Definitely tough as old boots our little Hal. Saturday was a slow one, and yesterday we decided to get out for some fresh air, and have some family time together.

We headed to a local country park about ten minutes drive away from our house, somewhere we love to come for some exploring. The kids had their wellies, coats, and waterproofs for the big two (need to get smaller sizes for the little two!) and off we went. We let the kids take the lead, following their directions, they found it so cool that they had the say so to find the way to the natural sand/mud pit. Didi was loving it so much, walking proud in her mini wellies, the last time we came, she was wrapped up warm in the carrier, so this time we abandoned any of that so we could just walk, stomp and explore.

After the long walk, a short stop to get a family photo, more walking over mini streams, under branches and over logs, we finally made it to the sand area. Now our kids don’t do much by halves, so as some others were a bit more cautious in the mud on one side, ours completely let lose, sheer joy on their faces while stomping like crazy. It got to the point of no return with the amount of wet and mud which they were really loving, even Élodie! Her first proper experience of jumping in muddy puddles (just like one of her favourite little toys, peppa!) in those cute little wellies. She went face first twice, but that just added to the giggles!
Yves, Halle & Phoenix were in their element, Halle was still having so much fun despite the wrist injury, Yves was completely bonkers with her high jumping, and Phoenix was finding lots of sticks, jumping in ninja style and laughing at how Didi had a muddy face!

As we didn’t have waterproofs for the younger two, we decided to take the walk back to the car, the girls were dry enough under the waterproofs but the little two had to be stripped from the waist down and got wrapped in daddy’s coat and on the shoulders for Phoenix!

We had a couple of moments of “my legs are tired” but once we got back to the car, offloaded all the mud soaked clothing and water filled wellies- they were all saying what a lovely time they had.

We ended up spending an hour or so there, then get ready to head back home for the rest of the afternoon, prep for the school week ahead, and just take it easy.

This type of family time is one of our favourites, an idea with no strict plans to stick to, its free, its simple and it’s getting us outside together creating memories.

That evening they were so wiped out but were still talking about how great it was, is included. Despite skipping her nap, walking a hell of a way, Little Didi stayed awake. That was until she crashed out sitting up at 4:15pm. Danger nap! We let her have 20-30mins before our roast dinner then woke her up gently, all tucked into our food then thankfully bedtime was straight forward!

Simple days together are the best kind.

What simple things do you like to do together as a family? 
Mama & her tribe đŸŒ¿ We know we all have hard moments, days, even weeks in this parenting journey. But goodness me don’t our children teach us so much about life? And ourselves? They really are my pride and joy and they make me find the good in any situation. If only the way we think in childhood stayed with us a little longer whilst growing up.
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Kit & Kin

This place has been a little quiet over the summer, I have been cherishing time with my tribe (and obviously being super busy), Its also given me a chance to switch off, and reflect on the direction I want to take my blog - more on that very soon but for now I wanted to share a little post about a brand I have been introduced to this year and even though I am still pretty keen on a couple of brands in the same field, this one caught my eye in particular as its a the same time I have been researching a lot into the products I use for my baby/children. I've been doing this for more reasons than one but more so because our Didi has had a year of severe topical eczema (with added staph infections) which has now thankfully 90% healed - with the up keep of the right management of steroid creams (last resort), natural remedies etc.

Anyway...
Let me introduce Kit & Kin, created by Christopher Money, 15 years of experience in the mother & baby products industry, and with no introduction needed really, Mrs Emma Bunton.  (Did I mention I had the full Spice Girls tracksuit & bag for my 11th birthday?).

The things that stood out to me from this company was the personal experiences behind the brand, the fact Emma says her son suffered with eczema too and that she found herself trying to find better suited products for her family just like the journey i've found myself on.

The brand commitments include:
  • Only using natural, nourishing, ECO friendly ingredients, not to mention all being clinically & dermatologically tested to ensure they are well suited to all babies and children.
  • Another great factor is that their nappies including packaging will biodegrade in 3-6 years. This sounds amazing in comparison to other brands of nappies that take up to 500 years!
So as their website states their ethos is pretty clear - Kit & Kin, protecting your world, naturally.
Here are my thoughts on the package we were very kindly sent for the purpose of an honest review.

Eco nappies -  we received were in the size 4, that also come with delightful little designs on the bottom. They hold the wet very well and also feel soft enough against her skin. Sometimes you'll find that some nappies can have a bit of a smell to them, or leave rubbing marks but these worked just fine for us. They're also ECO friendly which is always a comfort in mind.

Biodegradable nappy bags - These lasted well, a nice Kit & Kit print on the bags and come in a compact box with a pop out section easy enough to fit into your bag. We had a few dotted about in the bedroom basket, car, my bag and downstairs for whenever we needed. Again, with the fact that they're biodegradable, its that peace of mind that they will be wasting away much quicker than others sat in landfill for years & years.

For Baby - We were also sent the bath & body wash, bubble bath, body oil. All of which have been super sensitive for my tribe, especially my little Didi. I was so reluctant trying another product, but as this was aimed at sensitive and eczema prone skin I just hoped it didn't hinder her and to be honest its been lovely. Frangrance free and simple but sweet packaging.

For Mum - and finally, for myself I was sent the stretch mark oil and breast balm. These both came in handy as sore nipples will always happen when breastfeeding! I've had four lots of experience of that! ...and i'm still using the stretch mark oil as an all over nourishing moisturising serum. I'm not going to say its a miracle oil to rid of any blemishes but its definitely nice enough to let soak into your skin, I also really like the spray bottle application top, so much better than just a bottle!The kit was also given to me in this rather handy shopper bag, result!After bath time & before bedtime, aren't these designs adorable? So as I mentioned before, I'm really skeptical about trying these kinds of products, especially as Didi has had such big problems with skin sensitivity. These nappies are really great though. especially at such a complex time for her!I think these are wonderful products on the market, especially for little ones with sensitive skin. I learned quickly that I was trusting these products to use on my children but more in particularly my littlest one who's skin is very much in a phase of healing. I've enjoyed testing this brand out and am happy to say high praises about them. You can find them online at www.kitandkin.co.uk
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Friday, 21 July 2017

Hello summer holidays.

And so, at 1:30pm today our Summer holidays of 2017 begin.

Sports day complete, book bags filled with all their class work (plus lots pf paper cuttings), uniforms looking worn out, the last few mornings of rushing out the door having forgotten something 90% of the time done - with hairstyles being anything that takes 15.5seconds to do. It's time for waving goodbye to foundation class for Halle and Year one for Yvie-Mae. Such a bittersweet part of the year, they've all been a bit out of sorts at times, overwhelmed with tiredness, excitement bundled into one. Me included! I'm looking forward to spending the six weeks just having the option if I want to be getting out the door before 8:25am.
This summer is also going to be the time that my little sister has her first baby, exciting!

Change is for Phoenix too as he will also be doing longer hours for a few days a week come September. I'm going to miss him so much on his nursery days, what's an even more heartbreaking thought is that he needs the longer hours (15 per week) to spend the school year getting ready for his start at school come September 2018 - Goodness me, the change is just so constant that I find it hard to comprehend a lot of the time.
We haven't booked any holiday for the summer yet but I am hoping to take a relaxed approach as Ty will still be working. I'm making a pledge to get outside at least once a day though, even if it is one of those pj's in the garden type of thing - fresh air does wonder for the soul (children and adults!). I'm hoping to share a little more about what we're going to get up to over the summer so i'll write more about it then, one thing is for certain, and that is that i'm going to try my best to enjoy the simple, wake up everyday with a grateful heart, savour deep breaths in those mad moments of squabbles or tantrums, and just remember that I need to try and make the best of each situation - for my own sanity anyway!

If there is anything I have learnt in my motherhood journey in the last (almost) seven years and having four little ones close in small ages is that when it comes to being together or doing things - less always feel like more.

Of course, having big adventures planned can be awesome, amazing in fact but having the thought that you 'have' to be going somewhere all the time just sends the wrong message and also ends up just being a bit much. We happen to have just as much fun doing the simple things too and that i'm going to hold onto. So with that in mind... I wanted to share some words that I hope sum up this summer coming towards us...after all, we can rewind time now can we?
Carefree, Simple, fun, genuine and joyful.
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Our four in July 2017

We are now one week away from breaking up for the summer holidays and I think it's come around just in time. The past month I've seen the relationships between our four develop so much, anything from being extra snugly, bickering over absolutely anything, caring for one another, telling on each other and just a complete variety that comes with having four little children, especially so close in age.
The bigger girls have been up & down, being the best of friends one minute, and the next having a row over belongings etc. I think the 'end-of-term-it-is' has well and truly kicked in, they're both so worn out from school, overwhelmed and I think it just gets a big much some days, not everyday but this week has been challenging.

The little two have been blossoming so much, Didi is loving the attention she gets from her siblings, (not the picking up sometimes as it restricts her from getting up to no good! ;) ) but more so as its her & Phoenix during the week, they play together so nicely most of the time or they just do their own thing. The favourite thing recently is the sand table in the garden where you'll mostly find them being a double act tipping son each other while finding it hilarious, making castles, or usually Didi will be standing up on the table in the sand - testing my heart rate of course! They remind me so much of what it was like to have the big girls these ages, and again with Halle being three and Phoenix being the baby.

As Phoenix has now been doing two mornings at nursery per week, he lets me know if he gets to see either of the girls at the gate which is a little novelty, that paired with if we get "our parking space" at the school where he can watch them play and talk to them at the fence on the afternoon play!

On the whole, I am looking forward to them spending time together without the rushed element of life that school routines bring. With having all five of us at home, their Daddy will still be working it's obviously not going to be sunshine and roses everyday but we are going to try our best to embrace it all.

These summer holidays come around so quickly, and I read something quite bittersweet recently, that 'we only get 18 summers of their childhood' - now when you think about it like that, as much as motherhood can bring challenging times, i'm going to try my hardest to keep this at the back of my mind. 
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Favourite things lately.

I've been thinking a lot lately about the direction of my little blog, and something I want to document more is about me and my interests. I find its also a nice way to remember some positives in those moments when things feel a bit stressful and a little less positive. So this is just a little post about some of my favourite things lately.

Fresh:

Anyone else love hanging out fresh & clean washing? I find it so calming and especially on the days that you know it's going to be perfect drying weather. It also makes me a little emotional seeing the little clothing hanging up that they seem to be outgrowing so rapidly. (just to make it realistic - our washing baskets are never empty and sometimes drive me bonkers!)

Getting outdoors:

Visiting our local PYO farm for the first time this season, Strawberry picking is just such a lovely activity (with kids) but also nice to just have a walk around, watch as the kids run free and to just breathe, take it all in, and scoff lots of them on the way round - you can't tell me you don't do this, you can't exactly help it with four kids in tow! In Elodie's case, she was trying before she bought them, that along with the mud. We also recently walked a fair while into the city centre and had such a fun family time including coming across a nature festival (more on this soon!)

Green & floral:

I have such a huge love for plants and flowers and definitely bringing them in the home. Something that is so lovely and joyful is to bring in something you've grown yourself in your garden or recently, Halle brought home a few plants she has been growing at school. Broad beans, and a sunflower, she's been keeping a close eye, we've been watering and they look fab so far! I just love the pops of green and various other colours everywhere, not to mention the different scents. I am also very guilty of buying a bunch of flowers or a new plant at nearly every supermarket or florist, I have this thing about buying the reduced ones too, reviving them and adding them to our back garden to watch them turn into something beautiful! I do really love to visit our local farmers markets too but as mentioned above, nothing beats home grown and we've recently got a water butt too which helps with the watering process (when the kiddies are using it all up!) Also purchased my very first bunch of peonies from Aldi of all places :)

Comfort & style for Mama:

So after a few months of umming and arring about whether or not I should invest in some Birkenstocks, I finally made the choice, the right choice! Goodness me aren't they comfortable? I have always had ones from Next, and Schuh (which both served me well, the schuh ones broke last week and they were probably 8 years old!) But I have seen that these have had great reviews, and I'm hoping they stand the test of time and last even longer than my other ones. I still love the other brands, just wanted to try these out as since having kids I like to wear shoes (sandals whenever possible) with lots of comfort even more so! (anyone else get 'fallen arches' in pregnancy and took ages to heal?) So anyway, I've been loving these *and wearing them almost everyday!*

Making:

Something I've been making for a few months (ongoing projects) is travel films for my Dad. He went to Los Angeles/Grand Canyon/Hollywood to name a few, that film is completed and the one I'm working on now is his trip to Thailand. It takes me ages what with so little spare time but its so interesting to see the world through his eyes for now and he does crack me up with his guts with talking to the camera and his quirky jokes!

What have you been finding joyful lately?

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Our four in June 2017

Half way through the year already, this year so far seems to have been one of the fastest. Yet it also feels like there has been so much change in such a short amount of time, especially when I look at our little ones. When I've looked at the four of them recently, that's what I see - four little ones. No longer is it 'the older three & a baby', They are more whole than ever now that Didi is toddling around wanting to be involved in everything. Its so sweet to watch the sibling dynamics between them all though, the little two love their time with me when the bigger girls are at school, yet they do get so excited when we are reunited with them at 3:15pm. Obviously we have the moments of intense squabbles, battles and miscommunication, but with help at times, we're trying to encourage them to problem solve by talking it out, sometimes it doesn't work but on the whole they can sort it out. This is usually between the bigger girls, or Phoenix included. Its a funny thing where they're all so close in age but naturally there are still age/development differences which can cause a stir.

On the whole though they love to be together, they become one lovely unit. I feel so proud to see how much they think of each other, how they look out for one another but also how they're trying to use problem solving if they have a disagreement. They have really enjoyed spending time in the garden after school, making up games (usually water or mud related!) and also getting Didi involved too, Something that has been an ever growing joy for them is to enjoy their snuggles on the sofa for a dvd, favourite tv show, either that or all getting on the top bunk to have a story read to them by Yve's (her favourite thing!). The two older girls were recently mistaken for twins as they were dressed almost the same, the same crinkly hair from having French plaits and to be honest, theres not much difference in height considering the year and a half difference. They go in & out of phases where they want to 'be the same' or to be different, to which we fully embrace either way. Its lovely to see that they all have their own thing going on but equally how they are all gravitated to become one again.

I really feel so proud that these four are still close, and are growing an even stronger bond over time, something I hope continues to grow and they they'll all know they have each other standing by them living this wonderful life, for what ever life throws at them.

These photos were taken during the May half term when we went strawberry picking with my sister (Didi's first time as a walker), it was a lovely day together & it was great to see the team work in finding the best juicy ones (and the biggest mud rocks!).
So i’m happy to be joining the lovely ladies Lucy, Kerri-Anne, Katie, Carie, Amber and Donna so make sure you check out their posts and do pop by some of the ones linked up below! If you’re sharing via Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #siblingsproject so we can all have a look at your wonderful images and share the love.
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Friday, 9 June 2017

Memory keeping - The overwhelming stage.

I am always thinking and talking about my passion for photography, that teamed with videography and journaling. I've written a post before about my love for photography but along with that, something I absolutely adore is holding the actual print or photo book in my hands, something real that I can cherish forever.

The stage i'm at now is culling, decluttering the duplicates and trying to get some kind of organisation flow going to clear the back log of my digital albums that go all the way back to probably around 2005. This amount quadrupled when i became pregnant with our first baby, and even more so when she was born and after that as our family grew. The memories are being made, captured and documented, but what good are they if they're only stuck in a computer screen?

One of my goals (ongoing of course) is to create a way where I can organise them, and make sure I have a proper regime to keep printing them, whether thats loose prints to create things with, go in albums, canvas's or photo books. I want to ensure we have all these memories easy to hand for us to look back on together in years to come. The kids love to grab a book off the shelf & look through the ones we have so far and so do I. This is the same principle for the family films I make too, creating time capsules for us to keep forever is something so sacred to me.

I believe if I create a strategy that suits, then I can keep on top of this, as its a passion and it should be enjoyable not dreaded. It has got to the point where it feels so time consuming, and leaves me feeling so defeated at times but I guess when you have a big passion for something you want to try your best on all counts.

Along with my process, I'm going to be making notes as to what suits me, what I've found helpful and also any tips I feel I can offer as I think its such a valuable thing to have is the art of memory keeping. This can be parenthood or life in general. To document simple moments, the everyday, things that mean most, things that will be forgotten but would love to have that little snippet of - it all means something.I'm going to continue to do this process, breaking down the photographs into years, months, events, or moments. Same with my video files, it is such a long process but it's one I want to do to make sure that I can get to the point of regularly making photo books, films, etc. I love the way we can combine images, words and film on a computer screen, watch them or read online but for me, something sacred is having them to hold too. 

A few months a go my computer died and I thought I lost EVERYTHING, I cried but thankfully after six hours and a chat with Apple, we resolved it but it's made me even more determined as once they're lost digitally, it's hard to restore sometimes. Around that time we also had a water leak that wrecked my entire photo books collection, I saved some, but still I was/am so devastated, so it can go either way, but if we keep copies (luckily they're saved in my printed albums online) organise and maybe think of better places to store them we should have a better journey with memory keeping, and enjoying looking back.

So I am on this LONG process of sorting - that along with being a mama to four little ones and blogging, working with my other half and planning a business.
Now, lets get started on that backlog...
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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The six of us - May 2017

May has been a nice month all in all. At the beginning we celebrated my 28th birthday, and yesterday we celebrated our little Halle turning five. All the things in between have been a mixture of happiness, worries at times, getting back to school life rhythms and rollercoasters after having three weeks off instead of two as we took the girls out of school the week after Easter holidays for our holiday to North Devon (only four days though and family holidays are the best form of education right?!). 

Our little Didi has been suffering with awful eczema with an additional infection on top so that's been the worry, something I'm going to be talking about soon as its something I've been researching lots about, and I really want to share that journey we've been on, that will hopefully be healed very soon.

The warmer & lighter evenings have been welcomed with open arms by us all, enabling us to spend more time together mostly in the garden after school which can sometimes feel a bit rushed and then the weekends have been lovely too with a more relaxed pace, going to local parks, out for a breakfast buffet or simple days at home with no where to be. As much as I love our adventures, visiting old & new places, I do love our time together at home, the simple things like being in the garden, crafting with the kids, snuggling up on the sofa on Saturday's watching Supermarket sweep in the morning & the kids have really got into family shows like Britain's got talent which is nice.
This month:
Mummy has been:
Enjoying the lighter evenings in the garden.
Hoping that Didi heals quicker.
Celebrating Halle's and her birthday.
Making plans for the garden.
Feeling a bit lost and lacking balance. (blogging, life, etc!)

Daddy has been:
Enjoying watching the football.
Enjoying family pub lunches.
Evenings playing in the garden with the kids.
Sorting and getting some things done in the garden.

Yvie-Mae has been:
Really enjoying reading story books to us all.
Telling everyone about our Woolacombe holiday.
Telling people her Daddy is a hero for saving the bird stuck in our wall at home!
Experimenting with different hairstyles for school and trying herself.

Halle has been:
Telling her school friends about our Woolacombe holiday.
Having mini 'jam' sessions with Grampy and his lovely songwriting.
So excited for her fifth birthday!
Her birthday trip to Gulliver's Land.
Singing on the Karaoke.

Phoenix has been:
Enjoying morning trips to the local park and library to check out the dinosaur section.
Really enjoying setting up his turtles and really using his imagination with them all.
Not 'liking that doctor anymore' when he had his pre-school boosters.
Having more sessions at nursery and does enjoy his time there but loves to come back home!
Also loves to get 'our parking space' when picking the girls up so he can watch them play.

Élodie has been:
Walking! fully walking at 13 months! (just like Halle did).
Loving her new found up right freedom.
Having a tough time with eczema infections but hopefully on the mend now.
Loving the water tray and exploring in every cupboard she finds!
....and attempting to climb anything including garden benches and window sills!
These two photos were taken at the weekend when we decided to skip dinner at home, and opted for Thai takeaway while playing in the park, the weather was so lovely and the kids loved the freedom of the eating and playing!
So technically i'm behind the camera, but this photo was a highlight in May as it was our Halle's 5th birthday. I just love everyone's expressions here. Watching your children blow out the birthday candles is such a lovely moment isn't it? and you can bet that every time they all have about 15 goes each ;)
So much change since this time last year, our little Didi is a toddler now at 13 and a half months, the girls are looking so tall and losing their baby faces (just a little!) and Phoenix is proudly stepping into childhood and waving a big goodbye to toddlerhood.
I wonder what June has ready for us this year? 
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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Chasing sunsets past bedtime - Woolacombe.

So last month, we went on a much needed family holiday to Woolacombe, a place we've been before but this time as a family of six. Its such a beautiful park of the UK and the surrounding areas are just as lovely. I definitely wanted to squeeze in as much time together as possible, and that included having some relaxed days but also days where we set of to explore different parts.

One evening though, I spotted the most beautiful sky, a stunning red sunset. The only thing was that we had just settled the kids in their pj's after having some fun down at the entertainment hall, I was gutted I missed the chance to show them a red sunset, and to take some photos! The next evening we decided to chance it, skip the entertainment place and headed for the beach after dinner and past the kids bedtime. They found it so funny, and full of wonder why we were going on a little adventure in the evening. We took a little drive, it then started to ABSOLUTELY bucket down, a thick dark cloud descended on us, following our move trying to find a parking space.

We went with the flow regardless and drove up towards Morthoe taking in the sights, turned around and was literally following the cloud as it went away into the sea. We parked up, and overlooked the clear sandy beach, no footprints to be seen, the blue sky appearing but gradually changing into a beautiful sunset across the sea front. The colours and reflections were so amazing, and with us being the only people on the beach (other than two people right over the other side) it felt so peaceful. The kids were wandering along the beach, jumping over rockpools, accidentally falling in but then going full throttle to jump in them and completely loving it. The girls then decided to run along the front of the waves finding it so hilarious that it was okay to do so full clothed, I will always remember the sound of their lovely giggles that evening, such a great memory for us all. its a nice feeling to know that the older girls are at the ages now where they'll probably remember that night for a long time too.

Phoenix was loving stomping around too until he jumped into one gigantic puddle which soaked him through, so cue some tears (as this was bedtime too!)... great excuse to get zipped up in Daddy's jacket and have a go in the carrier while we walked back to the car. I love that on the way back, the girls were buzzing with joy that they got to stay up past bedtime, run in the sea and that it was "The coolest night ever". When getting them in the car, we spotted the most random whirlpool in the middle of the sea that even the locals were photographing, so bizarre! Before heading back, I got a nice hot chocolate to have in the car from a little beach bar as the cafes were closed, it was crazy to see just how quiet Woolacombe beach front is in the evening during term time (we decided to take the girls out for four days of school - more on this soon). Such a peaceful place, less busy like it is in a big city, definitely made a difference.

I just love these photos so much, not only because of the stunning golden lighting, but just the natural moments captured. I love having those family photos all together where we're all looking, ones to look back on to see how they've changed. But the ones that aren't staged, the honesty just shines through them, emotion, details, colours - just amazing. Oh how I love photography and I'm not one for blowing my own trumpet but I am so proud of myself for getting this far being self taught, something i'm incredibly passionate about, have lots more to learn about but something I always strive to learn more about. One of my biggest passions enables me to capture our memories, how lovely is that?

Woolacombe beach is such a beautiful spot in the UK. We've been here a few times now and every time its been so nice. I'll be writing more about our holiday soon, with lots of photos and a few videos too. For now though, I'm so glad I have these photos from this beautiful evening by the sea, watching the sun set, with my lovely family.

Collecting memories that will be everlasting with this amazing tribe of mine.


Have you been to Woolacombe before?
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