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!).
Life in Pictures is a bit of this-and-that this week. We’ve been on a few family outings over the past few weeks and have only come back with a few snaps from them, so I’ve put them all together (we haven’t been that busy in one week!)
We went to visit the Arlington Bluebell Walk for a little stroll. We were so ill prepared as it was really muddy and we hadn’t brought wellies and it was freezing. After this photo Harper refused to get out of the buggy as it was too ‘yucky’. Luckily Grayson was quite happy toddling around for a bit. Not one of our most successful trips out but you live and learn, right?
We spent a long weekend in Mersea Island with the grandparents last weekend. It wasn’t all plain sailing as we took our little threenager (um HELLO temper tantrums) but it was lovely to go to a quieter seaside than Brighton and to actually be able to build sandcastles with real sand, and play amongst some really pretty beach huts.
We paid a visit to London Zoo recently and Harper’s face says it all. It might have been absolutely freezing but she was in awe and so excited to go to the zoo and see some of the animals we keep reading about in her books. We took along her cardboard binoculars (tutorial coming soon) and gave her a disposable camera to take photos of all the things she wanted to remember from the day. I can’t wait to get them developed, though I’m pretty sure the whole camera is basically going to be the ground, the inside of the changing bag and hopefully a blurry tiger or penguin.
This week we’ve had a busy week of work leading up to a photoshoot for the front cover of our third book. The girls were collectively the best behaved they’ve ever been at one of these shoots (probably because of the biscuit bribery we used!).
This was the highlight of the shoot, where we gave them handfuls of glitter and they had to blow it towards the camera. The poor photographer ended up looking like a glitter ball by the fourth take. In between photos there was quite a lot of waiting around whilst things got set up but they seemed to be quite happy amusing themselves sat on a window ledge for most of it.
This week, well, to be honest – its been raining and freezing for most the week so to say we have done a great deal…. would be a bit fat lie! Harper did get to spend some quality time with the grandparents which was a nice break.
Before kids I never thought I’d give mine an ipad. And yet here I am, it gets whipped out more than it probably should!
Lilah decided that ducks are absolutely terrifying. She went from feeding them happily to screaming within about 3 seconds.
During the Christmas break I had grand plans of putting my feet up and switching the computer off for a week or so. Unluckily, I ended up getting flu and missing the whole thing. But we did manage to do one winter activity and take a trip to the Brighton Pavilion Ice Rink for a turn around the ice with a nice penguin called Magnus. We had the help of the grandparents to look after Grayson, and wave from the side of the rink, which was such a nice treat.
Sad sad faces that Christmas is gone. It seemed to be over before it really got going didn’t it? And now I’m joining the rest of the nation feeling grumpy, fat and poor. But we did have a really lovely time, so I can’t complain. It was the first time I had ever been away from my parents for Christmas and I was anxious about that (fully appreciating how wet that sounds given I’m nearly 34) and also nervous about having people over here. I never really thought about how much pressure there is to make Christmas dinner nice…. if it tastes crap then it’s crap for everyone! But thanks to Ocado and the immense amount of dinner options you can buy ready made (like, all of it), it tasted lovely. Phew!
A few mornings ago we got up and out really early to go and have breakfast with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centre in Brighton. We went there in the spring to meet the Easter Bunny and had such a lovely morning, so we were very happy to be invited back to meet Santa. We got to pull crackers, eat scrummy breakfasts, decorate Christmas tree biscuits and hang out with the big man himself. It’s was how every festive breakfast should be.
So, we’ve had a happy busy week! We spent two days in an art studio in Lewes doing a photo shoot and adding some finishing touches for a project we’ve been working on all year. We’ve put so much into it and to see it all coming together made us feel very proud and excited. We were happily getting under the photographers feet taking snaps of our kids as they behaved beautifully* throughout the shoot.
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’ve tried to keep warm and cosy inside because it’s been mean and cold outside. Occupying toddlers is HARD in the winter isn’t it?! We did get a bit of time with the grandparents though and wrapped ourselves up for a little trip to the farm to pick some apples and had a go at riding a bike for the first time.
This week we braved the wind and rain and escaped to the countryside to go to one of our favourite places, Wakehurst Place. We quite often find ourselves there when we’ve got no plans as the fresh air, beautiful photo opportunities and really lovely cakes are worth the journey and inevitable naps in the car. We also hung out with cousins and had a splish sploshy visit to Blackberry Farm, right before the weather decided to go all mean and cold.
Now that we don’t live a few minutes round the corner from each other, each week we meet up and try and find something fun to do. Which isn’t always that easy when it’s hurricaney and pouring down! This week we had a chilly trip to Spring Barn Farm. We had our run of the outdoor play area (as no one else seemed mad enough to brave the wind). We got soaking feet so warmed up with a cup of tea and a big slice of cake!