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2017 in pictures

I’d completely forgotten about this new year tradition until I saw Julie’s 2017 highlights post at Little Cotton Rabbits. I’ve been inspired by her lovely tradition of looking back over the year since 2011 and am grateful for the nudge to do so again for 2017. I feel so old saying it but… each year seems to fly past quicker than last. It’s so nice to flick back through my photos and reflect on the many lovely occasions we’ve had with our boys, most just pausing for a minute in ordinary every day moments. I still find it amazing that we get a second run at this parenting malarkey with Luca after the struggles we went through to have Euan. Hoo-bloomin-ray I say for another year watching these two grow into such beautiful, sweet natured human beings.
2017 in pictures collage
L to R Jan to Dec: E’s 5th birthday, my 42nd birthday, E winning ‘best costume’ for his BFG outfit on World Book Day, L’s first birthday, E climbing a tree with cousin Zac at a family wedding, annual holiday to the Isle of Wight, back on the allotment with E and Dave, visiting cousins Kim and Tom in Germany, weekend in Somerset with cousin Kian, attending the wedding of a dear friend, my photograph being chosen by photographer Rankin to feature in ”This is Britain” photobook, Euan building his first snowman.

As I find the passing of time measured by E’s hair so interesting indulge me for a moment if you will as I re-share the collages for 2016 and 2015 too!
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Collage - 2015 in pictures 4B
Previous years in pictures: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

January 4, 2018 at 9:29 am 1 comment

40 ways to celebrate

I probably could have come up with 40 ways to help G celebrate his 40th birthday this year but here are a few more momentos from the one he chose – a quiet, secluded farm stay in Hereford.  He spent the first few hours in peaceful reflection gazing at the view of the Black Mountains while E made chalk drawings and honed his potty skills.  Ice cream featured (with more restraint than normal due to the rural location), Lego play dominated and G’s folks joined us on the last day.
G looking at the view 4B E chalk drawing 4B
E chalk hands 4B
E and G with ice creams 4B E playing lego outside 4B
G and E opening birthday cards 4B
E with Gs birthday card 4B
G 40th birthday cake 4B
Collage - G folks in Hereford 4B

July 2, 2015 at 9:25 pm 5 comments

2014 in pictures

How nostalgic it is flicking through a year of photos to create a snapshot of thankfulness for my traditional New Years Day post (inspired since 2011 by Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits).  The story behind each photo is still so vivid and it’s exciting to ponder what memories we’ll create over the coming year.
Collage - 2014 in pictures
Jan – Dec 2014:
birthday boy, visiting buddy C in Ireland, Dr Euan post virus, den fun with buddies, visiting York, cheeky cousins, first paddle in the sea at Ryde Beach IoW, superhero fun in Cornwall, bookworm, London adventures with buddy E, welly walk around Nana and Grandads new neighbourhood, shepherd E in the playgroup Nativity.

2013 in pictures
2012 in pictures
2011 in pictures

January 1, 2015 at 9:36 pm 4 comments

2013 in pictures

It’s rather nice having this mosaic making tradition to look forward to at the start of each new blogging year (see previous years below for  explanation).  Memories from each picture are so vivid. It really does seem that time now we are 3 is flying by – we must be having too much fun!Mosaic - 2013 in pictures 4B
Jan to Dec 2013: first birthday in the snow, swing happy, making scones, day out at Croombe Park, cousins singing in the rain, weekend away in Glastonbury, strawberry picking with Charlie, feeding goats with Nana, watching the Meerkats at West Midland Safari Park, boat fun with Noah, pebble picking on Brighton Beach, E and E hanging out.

2012 in pictures
2011 in pictures

January 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm 7 comments


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The boys and I had the most gorgeous morning at the allotment. I was pleasantly surprised how much we achieved despite a wandering toddler. We returned with lovely forced pink rhubarb from our plot grandad Dave and also some greener rhubarb from our old plot neighbour. #nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife #allotmentgardening #growingwithkids #pinkforcedrhubarb
So happy and proud of the infinity Lego cube he's just made. Thank you @sarahfrugalfunforboys for the inspiration and video link #welovelego #gloucesterlife
Not a bad view for my walk home after singing with @musicalgeorgemoorey . I agree with the graffiti! #nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife #loveglos @gloucestercathedral
Wow, what a way to spend an hour, singing our hearts out on George's final #spacesgloucester recording. So proud of this guy and the beautiful music he's made in collaboration with some other beautiful musicians #gloucesterlife #lookcloserlistendeeper
A beautiful bright sunny evening and I'm excited to be joining @musicalgeorgemoorey here for the final recording of his #spacesgloucester music project.
NOURISH for #mindfulapril with @mamas_scrapbook - a scrambled egg start to my day. A carb heavy diet makes me lethargic and effects my mood so this sets me off on the right foot. Toddler L also loves it and it eases my mind about what else he eats in the day if I know he's had a good breakfast. #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog
GROWTH - day 18 of #mindfulapril. One son the size of an emperor penguin and one the size of a Gremlin! #gloucesterlife thebudblog #glou
Obsessed with anything with wheels, I turn round to see Luca has nabbed someone's scooter at the park and is legging it! #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog #scootingtoddler
Well this has been interesting! After a conversation with @pocketfulofconkers I did a Myers Briggs personality test and it seems to be pretty accurate (ISFJ 'Defender'). Do you know your personality type? How has it helped you to understand yourself or the challenges you have with others? #nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife #myersbriggspersonalitytype
BREATHE - day 17 of #mindfulapril. 6 years old and so happy to be doing this for the first time. His nearly 2 year old brother would try it right now if only he could reach! I'm definitely go to have to learn to pause and breathe when he's bigger. #nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife #mumbloggeruk
#mindfulapril day 16 - LIGHT. Luca, our little "bringer of light" bored of life on the outside when he was just a day old. Crazy to think he'll be two in just over a week. He brings us so much joy but is also a good metaphor for accepting the shadows that come with the light (aka he's a right monkey!) #nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife #lucabringeroflight
Missing this fella now he's back at school today. We'd happily go to @wwtslimbridge every day if we home schooled! #nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife #loveglos #slimbridgewwt #outdoorexplorers #mumbloggeruk

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