Oh January, I have such mixed emotions over you. I love the shiny freshness of a New Year and the possibilities of New Year’s resolutions. If only you were a bit warmer, there was more daylight and I didn’t break those resolutions by the 2nd day of the month. I always try to eat less cake and fewer biscuits at the start of each year but when you’ve got a kid’s birthday at the same time, there’s no hope is there!
We did something slightly outside the box at the weekend. We went to a Rave. For children. At Ministry of Sound. Am I cool enough? No, actually. Not really. But it was flipping ace anyway.
So you’ve probably heard of baby discos, which are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon pretending you still have a life. But this – a baby RAVE – is a whole new ball game. This was Rave-A-Roo. And it was SO MUCH FUN.
I’ve been a bit unmotivated with my camera recently. To be honest, I’ve been feeling a bit bad about snapping a thousand photos a week and constantly having the lens in my kids face. I worry sometimes that I might be missing out on experiencing these moments by being behind my little memory box. I worry that my kids will grow up with every single second documented by photo or by film – whereas I have probably 30 photos per year of me as a kid. And just one (totally horrendous) video. Is that a bad thing? Perhaps not. But there will be no mystery for my kids. The boundaries between real memory and illusion of memory will probably get seriously blurred. So maybe I should step back a little.
In our top ten list of moments that have excited us beyond all levels of uncool, being asked if we’d like to go on a couple of days out for Cath Kidston jumped straight in at number 1. We’ve been working hard on our books this summer and it felt like a little gemstone of loveliness to finish the holidays. We went to Fishers farm for some Pony riding, and to The Natural History Museum to get up close to some scary dinos. Here are some of our favourite snaps – head over to Cath’s lovely blog (dino and pony) to see more.
Last weekend we woke up feeling a bit bored and stuck for ideas of where to go. We always do the same old things. So we did a bit of googling and found a little craft beer festival up in London at Alexandra Palace. So we just jumped in the car and went! It was FUN!
Problem with spontaneous adventures: you don’t pack properly. So we forgot baby wipes and any form of drink. Whoops. I had to spend a fortune on posh festival drinks and the kids looked like little chimney sweeps by the end of the day. I was getting some funny looks from the posh London mamas, but the grubby little things had a blast so it was all good.
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!).
This week it seems we’ve been super busy and not just with Christmas preparation! We made a trip up to London to see the sights and meet up with family. We managed to bump into The Clangers and squeeze in a carousel ride on the South Bank whilst we were there too. We also celebrated Grayson’s best friend’s first birthday with a little farm visit and ended the week meeting the big man himself, Father Christmas.
This week we hopped on a train to London and went for a sneaky peak at the Laura Ashley SS2016 collection. We’ve been really lucky to be working on some projects for them so they kindly invited us. It was so nice to get back to London – both of us used to live there BC and we miss it (ish). The collection was awesome, loads of twinkly garden lighting and some gorgeous mugs. We were mentally making a shopping list as we were wandering round the show!
Life in Pictures is our weekly mini-gallery of what our Little Buttons have been up to over the past seven days. This week we’ve been visiting bluebell woods (although the bluebells decided not to join us) and enjoying the 3 minutes of sunshine splashing in the Diana Memorial fountain in London and seeing the sights.
On Friday we waved bye-bye to our Buttons for the night (secret high-five) and hopped on a train to London for the MAD Blog Awards. These awards honour parent bloggers in the UK and we were finalists in their best craft blog category. We had a really lovely evening and totally weren’t expecting to win anything (our competition were all established and awesome blogs) so when they called our name out as winners… Well it was all a bit of a shock. We have no idea what we said when we picked up our award but will probably cringe when we see the video.
With Christmas fast (too fast!) approaching, we are starting to think about what to get our Little Buttons. Books are a great gift for kids, but it’s not always easy to know which ones are really good. So we decided to ask some of our favourite parent bloggers to tell us their top children’s book, to give us – and you – a little inspiration.