how time flies

Goodness, it’s 3 months since my last post for E’s 4th birthday in January. I guess a lot has happened in that time but in a rather ordinary, not very blog worthy way (or perhaps I’ve just been too tired!) Es birthday card - inside cropped
I celebrated my birthday in February and for the the first time in about 5 years (and the last probably for another 5 years) G and I had a meal out and overnight stay in a hotel. It was lovely but we ate too much and didn’t sleep well in our too-hot hotel room. We spoke of hopes for a blissful lie in. We woke at E’s usual 6am and were ravenous by the time we found ourselves first in line for the breakfast buffet at 7.30am. It was lovely of course but like many parents we were more keen to get back to our little fella than lounge around reading newspapers. (that’s a 30 week bump by the way not too much dinner!)
6-2-16 - birthday bump 30 weeks 4B
E’s being enjoying extra park dates with Daddy, grandparents and friends as I’ve found it increasingly difficulty to spend time standing around (oh the joy of a small frame and a big bump!)
15-2-16 - E at Deans Way park 9 4B
15-2-16 - E at Deans Way park  4B
15-2-16 - E at Deans Way park 5 4B
Last month we visited the local primary school we want E to attend and this week we were lucky enough to find he has a place there for September.
24-2-16 - E visited Kingsholm Primary 4B
And once April arrived we had the excitement of waiting to greet our new baby.
And waiting. And waiting. Despite our best efforts to help him along, including ”bumping bums” with his big brother, the baby is just too snug.
We’re hoping today is the day we finally meet him. We waved E off to playgroup this morning after taking this photo and the next time we see him will be when his baby is here (well that’s the plan, currently awaiting a call back from the hospital that they have a bed for us!). Bring it on!!!
41+2 weeks bump - brothers bumping bums 4B

April 22, 2016 at 9:16 am 1 comment

a fourth birthday weekend

16-1-16 - birthday cake making_licking spatula 4B
16-1-16 - E eating ice cream 4B
16-1-16 - E with birthday cake at Nanas 4B
Euan's party invite 4B
17-1-16 - E buddies party bags 4B
17-1-16 - E eating jelly in the park with buddies 4B
17-1-16 - E opening present 4B
17-1-16 - E playing keyboard 4B
17-1-16 - E and Nana 4B
18-1-16 - E lego cake with chocolate figures 4B
18-1-16 - E with lego cake 4B
18-1-15 - birthday boy in big glasses 4B

February 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm 2 comments

wordless wednesday

29-1-16 - E in lion hat 4B

February 3, 2016 at 7:37 am 2 comments

Days 10 – 13 with the Kindness Elves

A belated round up of our last few days with the Kindness Elves
Day 9 task 4B
13-1-2016 - Kindness Elves giving away toys 4B
Day 11 task 4B
Day 12 task 4B
Collage Day 12 cat food 4B
Day 13 task 4B
Day 10 – surplus toy cars donated to local playgroup, Scout dog and stories sold for piggy bank pounds (saving for yet more lego!)
Day 11 – woops, no photo of the postman’s card
Day 12 – donating cat food at Morrisons for New Start Cat Rescue
Day 13 – an ongoing part of the festive season!

January 25, 2016 at 6:37 am Leave a comment

wordless wednesday

31-12-15 - family Moorey in the frame 4B

January 6, 2016 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

making cookie pressed biscuits

Chocolate cookies 4BMaking biscuits for friends on Day 3 with the Kindness Elves was so simple thanks to our Oxo Good Grips Cookie Press.
Cookie press butterflies 4B
Dozens of perfect-every-time mini cookies easily pressed into a range of 12 different shapes using a one-click handle that even a 3 year old can manage.
Collage - cookie press 4B
The secret to perfect biscuits is all in the dough, made by following the recipe in the booklet provided to the ounce.  Substituting any of the ingredients (like thinking self raising flour will do in place of plain the first time you use it) will be courting disaster.
Trust me, I know!
cookie press dough 4B
chocolate cookies colling on rack 4B
Disclaimer: With thanks to Oxo Good Grips who sent us this cookie press to try.
I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

January 5, 2016 at 12:10 am Leave a comment

2015 in pictures

Another year gone in the blink of an eye.  All of these memories a moment in time and still so fresh in my mind.  That may not be the case in years to come (and certainly after I blow half my brain cells giving birth in April!)  How thankful I am for this lovely tradition we have of creating a year in pictures (inspired since 2011 by Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits).

So exciting to ponder how 2016 will look this time next year when we’re a family of 4.
Collage - 2015 in pictures 4B

January – December 2015:
E’s 3rd birthday, Mummy’s 40th birthday in Pembrokeshire, Grandad’s birthday, back yard wall art, Daddy’s 40th birthday in Hereford, bedtime story with cousin Tom in a treehouse in Germany, visiting friends in the Isle of Wight, garden fun with buddies in Chipping Campden, first day at a new playgroup, a new baby, meeting 5 month old cousin Kian, Angel Gabriel in the playgroup nativity.

A little glance back through previous years, 2014 in pictures
Collage - 2014 in pictures
2013 in pictures
Collage Me and Mine 2013 4B
2012 in pictures
MOSAIC 2012 in pictures
2011 in pictures
MOSAIC - 2011 highlights 4B

January 3, 2016 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

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