Life In Pictures

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Does Christmas feel like a stretch ago to anyone else? We began the New Year with Grayson’s 3rd birthday, so this week is the start of getting to grips with 2018!

Christmas was in one word… cracking this year. We spent time with both sides of the family, hung out, played games, put our phones down and I got to get some training in for the Brighton Half Marathon next month.

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Grayson Turns 3!

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Today, our littlest button, Grayson, turns 3. Judging by these photos, he can’t seem to eat anything without it going all over his face, and I have a penchant for dressing him up like Joseph and his amazing technicoloured dream coat. As it’s back to school and nursery today, we’re not doing much celebrating until the weekend, when he’s got a joint party with his little friend Audrey.  We also need a few more days to get some presents, as we didn’t realise until last night that he didn’t have anything to open today. Birthdays straight after Christmas are always tricky to buy for!

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Life In Pictures: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

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It’s a week to go until the big day. We’ve got two more school and nursery days to go before we can switch our ‘out of office’ well and truly on. We’ve reached that magical age where both kids are super excited about all aspects of Christmas but not too old to wear a Christmas jumper every day in December and not complain about it!

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Life In Pictures: Royal Pavilion Ice Skating

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A couple of years ago, when Harper was two, I thought I’d start a little Christmas tradition of going ice skating. Who seriously tries to take a two-year-old skating?! As you might guess, it was a disaster. As was last year when we tried to go again. But when the Royal Pavilion opened its doors to their ice rink last week, I thought I’d try for third time lucky. The Christmas countdown has begun. Oh I do love this time of year!

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Life In Pictures: Dungeness

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Now the weather has taken a turn and is freezing cold, we’ve not been out too much, so getting photos just hasn’t happened recently. I rarely get the camera out at home so the kids are going to have vague memories of our house and think all we did was go out!

Last weekend we didn’t have any plans and wanted to give the kids a good runaround/good nap in the car, so we drove to Dungeness. Dungeness is a funny blend of bleakness, a beach, a power station and a load of fishermans cottages all within one hamlet. The first stop was the pub, which we were both dreading. Grayson has a tendency to not sit down at meal times so taking him out for food is always a little tricky. But this was pretty much the first meal we’ve had where the kids sat, ate and didn’t wriggle around too badly. I didn’t dare take photos as I didn’t want to break the spell.

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Life In Pictures: Pumpkin Picking

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We don’t have many family traditions but since the kids were born we have taken them strawberry picking in summer and pumpkin picking in autumn. We took them a few weeks ago to pick out a small pumpkin each and if Harper would have had her way we would have come away with two whoppers we couldn’t even lift!

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Life In Pictures: Wilderness Wood

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Behind the scenes at Little Button HQ (we say that to sound fancy even though we are, in reality, two mums sitting at computers in pjs with gigantic mugs of tea), we’ve been busy for most on the year on a very big nature-inspired project that has meant we’ve had to drag the kids outside at every free opportunity come rain or shine. They have become so used to following us around woods looking for suitable sticks, leaves and rocks! They look a little bit like ducklings walking around and, to be honest, for them the novelty of outdoor crafting has well and truly worn off!

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Life In Pictures: Outdoor Adventures

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I am not an outdoor adventure, get covered in mud and enjoy it kind of girl. I didn’t own a pair of wellies until I went to Glastonbury in 2008 and they’ve been gathering cobwebs in the cupboard ever since. I’d much rather be in the warm, with a hot cuppa tea. The only problem with the latter is it doesn’t wear the rugrats out in the slightest. As Grayson appears to be morphing into a dog these days, we’ve spent a lot of September getting out to give him a good runaround at the weekend. Instead of hanging out at our fave National Trust properties as usual, I stumbled upon a tree festival, Into The Trees, via Instagram. Instagram is officially my go-to for everything including days out now.

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Life In Pictures: Swimming With Rebecca Adlington

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Ask us what we did last weekend, go on, ask us, ask us!!!!!! Oh alright then, as you asked. It was just a regular kinda day. The usual stuff.  We just went to London, you know, to have a swimming lesson with Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington. In the Olympic pool! (Yeh, the photo above totally ruins that build up..)

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Life In Pictures: Dreamland With Snazaroo

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A few weeks ago we got an exciting email which we thought was a hoax to begin with! The lovely people at Snazaroo invited us for a day at Dreamland in Margate. We’ve been wanting to go for a year and thought we’d missed our chance for this year.

 

And we LOVE Snazaroo. When Tia was little, she used to spend every weekend painting her face as a different character from her Snazaroo face painting book. Yes, she was a really cool kid. Walking round Kwiksave painted as the hulk = living the dream.

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Life In Pictures: The End Of Summer

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See ya next time, summer holidays.

This summer has been so busy for us. We’ve not spent a huge amount of time in Brighton without plans. We’ve been clinging onto the last days of summer for a few weeks now and have been in that funny limbo state between the holidays and the start of school. We have had no routine and haven’t known what day it is, and it’s all about to change again on Wednesday. Wednesday is Harper’s first day of school. Big milestone.

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Life In Pictures: Camping in Croyde

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As a final hooray before the reality of school kicks in, we went camping with Harper’s bestie and her family. Now I’m not a camper by nature. The only time I went as a kid was with the Girls Guides, when I got food poisoning and had to go home early. Not the best track record. Last year was the first time I’d been as an adult and with the kids. We went down to Devon very unprepared, without a coat, wellies or a hairbrush. So this year I was totally all over it and made sure I packed my winter coat and wellies.

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Life In Pictures: Pembrokeshire Part 2

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We’ve spent most of the summer in anywhere but Brighton trying to cram in as much fun before Harper starts school in September. We spent a week in a cottage in Pembrokeshire with my brother and his girlfriend, both of whom the kids adore. I think they actually love them more than us at times!! I tend to be really snap-happy on holiday (who am I kidding, I’m like that all the time!) and shared the first part of the holiday in my last Life In Pictures.

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Life in Pictures: Road Trip To Pembrokeshire

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A few weeks ago we thought it would be an excellent idea to drive hundreds and hundreds of miles from one side of the country to the other for a little break. We’re trying to fit in as many breaks with Harper as we can before she starts on her school adventure in September.

So we packed up pretty much all our belongings and drove six hours to Pembrokeshire for a week in a cottage with my brother Darren and his girlfriend Katie. We went to Cornwall with them last summer and thought we’d scared them off holidaying with us because of the lack of sleep. Luckily they were up for more fun this year. I’ve not been to Wales since I went to university in Cardiff and met some of the best people in my life there.

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Life In Pictures: Disneyland Paris

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Before Harper starts school in September, I wanted to make sure we went abroad with her before we got stuck in the vortex of school holiday prices… and to spend a bit of quality time together! So last year, after hearing two mums chatting outside of  ballet class about their Disney holiday plans, I thought this would be the perfect little trip to go on before the summer holidays started. My husband, however, did not.

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