Life In Pictures: A Busy Week

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This week has been so busy! Usually our worky things get spread out a little bit but this week, er, nope. All whacked together in one jam-packed half term week. It’s been fun, hectic and tiring in equal measures.

We began the week doing a day of baking for our next craft book… the theme of which we won’t say but there might be a little clue in the pics if you’re clever enough to work it out :-). Luckily we only had Grayson around to help us out who spent the whole day trying to climb on the table (where the cake was) and say “ARRGH”. He wasn’t much of a help decorating biscuits.

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Life In Pictures: Pumpkin Picking

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As a family, we’ve not all been together for long enough to have many traditions, but a few are slowly emerging. Trying to get Harper on ice skates each winter is one (not too successful so far) and getting a photo of her on Santa’s knee is another (some attempts are better than others). But there is one tradition that’s been fixed in place since she was born – going to a pick-your-own farm at the start of the summer for strawberries, and then again at the start of autumn for pumpkins.

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Life In Pictures: Wakehurst Place

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We quite often find ourselves venturing out to a National Trust place of a weekend when we’ve not got a swimming lesson, a birthday party or any work planned, and our favourite by far is Wakehurst Place. It’s a bit of a drive from Brighton, which inevitably means the kids are mega grumpy when we get there as they’ve napped in the car, but it’s well worth the moody mini ones.

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Life In Pictures: The Color Run

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Last weekend Harper and I did a first – we ran the Brighton Color Run together. It’s a 5km race where you get showered in powder paint on your way around the course.

 

I’ve got a long history of running, starting when I was 16 and was working on the reception of my local gym. I’ve run everything from 5kms to marathons, and going for a run keeps me on the right side of sane.

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Life in Pictures: Camping in Croyde

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I think I may have found my happy place… Croyde in north Devon. If you’ve not been then I urge you to go. Actually, don’t go, as then there’ll be less room on the beach!

 

We went camping with friends over the Bank Holiday. Camping has never been something I thought I’d like. I only went once as a child with the girl guides, when everyone in the four-person tent I was in got food poisoning – I still have vivid memories of us all throwing up rice everywhere (sorry if you’re eating your breakfast). We were so ill we had to go home early.

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Life in Pictures: The End of Summer

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Every Thursday for the past year, we’ve been meeting up for a Little Button hangout. We try to do something fun, unless we’re snowed under with work (when we become multi-tasking masters!), and we’ve of course been documenting it with photos. Now the summer is coming to an end and Amelie starts school in a matter of days, it’s a bit of an end of an era for us.

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Life in Pictures: Hargray House

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We went up to stay with Nanna and Grandpa recently. They’d been working on a secret project for most of this year. Nanna is a fantastic sewer and knitter extraordinaire, and Grandpa can turn a plank of wood into anything… literally anything. So I knew whatever it was going to be would be amazing.

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Life In Pictures: A Tiger and a Fairy Leopard

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Play date and mum friends to me are like dating….with a toddler or two in tow. It’s a bit like trying to fit a square peg in a circular hole. I’ve been to numerous houses over the years where I’ve got on with the mum and got engrossed talking about Eastenders when the toddlers are pulling each other’s hair out and screaming “mine” or the other way around where the kids are delightfully parallel playing (ignoring each other) and the conversation with the parent is as dry as their cake and amounts to “So…how many teeth does your child have now?”. I’m exaggerating slightly but you know what I mean.

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Life In Pictures: Lordington Lavender Fields

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We’ve been doing this blog for three years and, shamelessly, I’m always on the lookout for nice backdrops to photograph my Buttons. It was my birthday recently, so when my husband asked what I wanted to do for the day the conversation went like this:

Husband: “What do you want to do for your birthday?”

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My School Years with M&S

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M&S have just launched a beautiful new timeline called Decades of School (#myschoolyears), showcasing how school uniforms have changed over the years. It’s fascinating to see how things have evolved – M&S has been providing school uniforms for children for over a century! They asked me to talk a little about how my children’s back to school journey has changed to that of my own.

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(Park) Life In Pictures

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We spent about 4 hours in our local park this week, just hanging out. We haven’t had chance to do that for ages – it was so nice. Every time we meet up we try to cram work in and we always end up feeling like we don’t spend enough time doing normal stuff, normal kid, mum, friend stuff. So this week we hung out. We did work a bit too to be honest… but mainly we played! Thank goodness summer is finally here. WHOOP. Looking back at these photos and seeing how much they have all grown is a really nice reminder of one of the main reasons we started this blog – to document their childhood!

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Life In Pictures: Strawberry Picking

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A few weeks ago (when it was actually sunny!) we went along to Roundstone Pick Your Own Farm to pick the first crops of strawberries. Strawberry picking in the summer and pumpkin picking in the autumn have become little family traditions. I love it, as for us it marks the start of summer.

I don’t know if it’s because we went early in the season but the strawberries this year were fantastic – there were so many large juicy strawberries to choose from.

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Life In Pictures: Cornwall Part 2

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A few weeks ago I posted about the first half of our trip to Cornwall with my brother and his girlfriend, and I’ve finally managed to go through the remaining holiday snaps.



We spent a glorious day in Watergate Bay, Newquay, where Katie and I had a lesson in Standup Paddle Boarding. I think it is becoming our new favourite thing… ever. It was lovely to learn something new, not have something or someone demanding my attention, and work a few different muscles than usual. We’ve had another go in Brighton since we’ve been back and are planning to go a lot over the summer.

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Life in Pictures: Cornwall Part 1

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We went on holiday to Cornwall a few weeks ago and it’s taken me a while to go through the bazillion photos, so Life in Pictures this week is a bit of holiday spam. The weather changed every day, and what we ended up doing was so different from day to day, that I ended up snapping away until my memory card was full. We went with my brother and his girlfriend, both of whom the kids absolutely adore. We were so grateful to outnumber the kids for once, and to have a bit of adult company in the evenings where we didn’t simply talk about children!

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Life in Pictures: Cherry Blossom

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I love it when my husband has a day off during the week as it means a day when it’s not just me responsible for two children and therefore a bit like a bonus weekend day. A couple of weeks ago we had such a day and as it was sunny we decided to tick off a place we’ve been wanting to visit for a while – Kew Gardens.  As the cherry blossom walk is in bloom at the moment we went to have a little look around the grounds. One of Harper’s middle names is Blossom, so it was nice to be able to show her what she was named after (OK… she may have slightly been named after the 90’s TV character with that name too!).

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