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19-4-17 - goose copy 4B

May 3, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

picture perfect (at Hanbury Hall NT)

Anyone with kids will know that asking someone to ”just take a quick picture of us” is rarely as simple as it sounds.  Sometimes the outtakes are exactly what sum up the hilarity of expecting kids to ‘smile‘ because we request it rather than because it captures their natural delight in something. E is largely a willing participant in front of the camera and loves nothing better than pulling silly faces.  On this occasion L was not so willing and just desperate to escape (that photo where it looks like I’m about to drop him… rest assured I didn’t!).  For me at least, the snaps G took on our lovely family day out at Hanbury Hall are picture perfect and sparkle with love and silliness which is how we roll.

We renewed our National Trust Membership at Hanbury Hall and are looking forward to exploring some local favourites as a family of 4 like Newark Park and Westbury Court Gardens as well as exploring a bit further a field (we’re feeling emboldened about travelling with a baby after the success of our epic Scotland trip at Easter!).

May 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

Me and Mine project [April 2017]

Oh, Me and Mine project, how I’ve missed you.  So much has changed since we last met up (March 2014, our 15th Me and Mine picture, just after E’s 2nd birthday, ). Other bloggers remained steadfast year after year, I’m sorry we drifted apart.
Will you have me back? I have so much I want to tell you!

Euan is 5 now and has a baby brother called Luca who turned 1 this week.  It’s even harder to get a picture of the 4 of us but a stranger in Williamson Park in Lancaster did a fine job don’t you think?  We had a pit stop there on our epic journey home from Scotland and shared stories with E about Mummy and Daddy falling in love as students in Lancaster over 20 years ago.  He thought Daddy’s story of falling asleep on this bench was the funniest.  We thought it was funny when our little comedian immediately pretended to be Daddy!

Oh, Me and Mine project, I have often thought of you and since L arrived you have inspired two family photos. Our first picture now we are 4 was taken in May 2016 when L was 1 month old. He’s changed so much since then – he hadn’t quite mastered smiling or staying awake!
He’s 7 months old in the second picture taken in November 2016.

A note about the Me and Mine project:
It’s all about capturing your whole family together in a photograph.
Lucy at ‘Dear Beautiful’ explains  ”I feel really passionate about the importance of photographs of family, and not just photographs of children.  Our children will want to see us present in their childhoods when they’re older. So we shouldn’t wait until the perfect day or until we lose a little weight, or until we get better at photography. What really matters in that we photograph all the memories, and that means all of us being in them”.

This month’s Me and Mine project photos are posted here at Lucy, the creator’s, Dear Beautiful blog.  Maybe I’ll see you over there?  You can share your Me and Mine post in the Linky at the bottom of Lucy’s post.
If you’re interested in our previous Me and Mine photos from 2013-14 to see how baby L compares to baby E you can find them here

April 30, 2017 at 8:00 am 1 comment

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April 26, 2017 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

bye bye baby

This week has been full of ”this time last year…” moments as we approach L’s first birthday (and mumbling, mostly to myself, ”I just can’t believe it, how can he be one soon?”.) We’re on the cusp of toddlerhood and while memories of life before L joined us are becoming hazy, it really does feel like his first year has passed in the blink of an eye while being filled with so many memorable moments. It’s been delightful seeing his beautiful, sunny personality emerge. If ever pictures could speak words it’s these of lovely Luca, our absolute ”bringer of light”.









April 23, 2017 at 9:38 pm 1 comment

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April 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm Leave a comment

easy peasy pink coleslaw

13-3-17 - Beetroot slaw_Rachel's yoghurt 4BI’m still trying to get more veggies into my life!  Some days are more successful than others and I’m learning to over estimate the amount of fresh produce I need to eat to feel satisfied and double up quantities.  I made this coleslaw by magimixing a red onion, a hunk of white cabbage, 3 carrots and a beetroot.  I’d forgotten that I had run out of mayonaise so reached for some yoghurt instead.  It was actually rather delicious with this Rachel’s Greek Style Ginger Yoghurt.

Luca rather liked it too (and getting so messy of course).


Second babies eh, not afraid to try anything!

April 3, 2017 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

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