The start of the summer.

This week has definitely been the week of the long awaited sunshine. After what seems like weeks of torrential rain and chilliness – the sun has prevailed! These are a few of the highlights from this last week

  • Taking Theo to see my Mum and her partner Paul at Pauls new homestead. A little piece of heaven in Devon. I felt like we were in the south France as I sipped a cup of tea on the grass with the sun blazing down.FullSizeRender-13
  • Watching Theo ‘help’ to bottle feed and ‘cuddle’ the new lambs
  • See Theo get a ‘booty’ whilst playing in the river on the way back, having to put nappy bags on his feet to stop his second pair of socks not get soaked through
  • Theo having his first ride in a proper digger. He didn’t quite know what to do with himself. The joy!
  • Heading home to meet Husband Dave from work.
  • Walking down the pub and sitting by the river with a pint in the sunshine
  • Wrestling Theo into the bath
  • Having a deliveroo ‘date night’ and film {Capote} (we would recommend) snuggled on the sofa
  • Waking up on Saturday at quarter to 8 in amazement that we {Theo} had managed to have a lie in.
  • Trekking down to Exmouth to get some proper beach time for the first time this year
  • Eating sausage baps on the sand. Theo had half of mine and Rosie the other half of my sandy sausage
  • Soaking in the sunshine
  • Taking Theo down to the sea to dip his toes in. Him squealing crazily at how cold it was… me too!
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    Being stuck in crazy traffic on the way back- lots of accidents happened in Exeter on Saturday apparently…! Me not really minding the peace and quiet as Theo snoozed in the back and Husband Dave and I chatted away.

  • Throwing together a summery greek salad for lunch
  • Getting the sun umbrella out in the garden and setting up a rug
  • Watching Theo splash in the bubbly washing up bowl – Rosie happily getting involved too…
  • Dusting off the bikes and readjusting Theos helmet. This boys head has growwwn in the last 6 months…!
  • Cycling off down the  river in the sunshine. Having to stop every 100m or so as Theo would chuck his ‘snuggie’ {muslin-comforter} out the side- passers by waving us down as it flew off again…and again…Theo finding it hilarious
  • Watching the grand national… and all of our horses drop out
  • Feeling nostalgic at both our families history of watching the grand national over the years
  • All eating dinner together- mushroom and courgette omelette, salad and chipsFullSizeRender-15
  • Watching Theo enjoy the bath, me loving getting him all clean from a sandy day
  • Having a quick shower and change before heading over to a friends birthday, realising my face is glowing from the sunny beach day
  • Sinking into bed exhausted
  • Being woken up by Theo in the middle of the night screaming… I hurry in to see what is the matter and he flops suddenly down in his cot giggling… pretending to be asleep.  He does this another two times before I send HD in who takes no shiz and he goes back to sleep straight away…That boy. Cant help giggle myself back to sleep…
  • Waking up earlier than Theo {I blame his midnight pranking} and sneak a walk with Rosie
  • Preparing a picnic lunch for another day at the beach.
  • Going to church- Although I miss the service and spend the whole time chasing around after Theo in the creche
  • Arriving at Exmouth again, with friends. Theo kicking his legs with excitement at another beach day
  • Slapping on the sun cream, then Theo face planting the sand wanting to eat as much as he could. Him having a face now covered in sand as it has stuck to all the suncream. Great.
  • Watching him being absorbed for hours with a friends bucket and spade.
  • Reluctantly packing up and driving home
  • Making a quick cauliflower cheese for us all for tea. Watching Theo chuck his everywhere. and Rosie lick it off him whilst he squealed with joy. Me too exhausted to intervene with some sort of sensible order
  • Whizzing Theo up to have another bath full of sand. Him falling quickly to sleep.
  • me feeling happily exhausted from the loveliest start to the summer. How the sunshine makes such a difference! Feeling excited for the summer ahead and the endless mouth of beach trips to come.

Big Love

Holly xxx

Ps. I also made this recipe this week. Loved it. A great veggie filo pie which I will definitely be making again { although I think I may have to have some time off from filo as I have gone a bit overboard the last few weeks…!}

The last few weeks.

The last few weeks have all blurred a bit into one. With working, Theo entertaining, Rosie walking and general life doing, I haven’t managed to sit down and tap away at a blog. So, here are a  few of the highlights of the last few weeks

  • First date night of the year with Husband Dave(!) We spent the evening in a tiny olde
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    Rosie in the Daffs

    style pub sat in a dark candle lit corner musing over how we needed to do this more often.

  • Lovely walks in the woods with the fam. The Daffodils truly out. Summer is on its way.
  • A new make of a moussaka for a dinner party {loved the squidgy eggy topping}…Followed by-
  • -‘The queen of puddings’ A new fave pud in the house. The 3 homemade layers of custard, jam and meringue were quite the faff but definitely will be made again.mmm.
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    The queen of puddings

    Theo saying his first {naughty} word -‘poo’ when he sees it in his nappy.

  • Me starting a new tradition of  giving Theo a goodnight cuddle when I go to bed. He stays fast asleep but I get my deep, gorgeous, non-struggle cuddle. Many tears have been shed with this new tradition. I love it and never want this time to end.
  • Lots of exhausted evenings where I can’t heave myself off the sofa.
  • Walks in the rain with the family in tow. Sogginess.
  • Piles of washing to be done. done. and still to be done.
  • Having family to stay and enjoying seeing them all.
  • Theo and Rosie conspiring. Not too well- Theo will drop his food for Rosie to catch before I get there. Sometimes his aim is a little dubious… Rosie has had yogurt, banana and porridge dropped on her head in the last few weeks with no way to get to get it off!
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    Theo’s aim of yogurt for Rosie

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    Double trouble
  • Cleaning A LOT. A puppy plus toddler makes for almost constant cleaning of walls, floors, clothes, toys. Mainly everything -all the time. Yawn.
  • Marvelling at the speed of which Theo is learning and changing. He has got all the important body parts down…
  • Me being overly emotional about how much I love him and not being able to imagine what I would do if anything happened to him. A daily fear I battle with.
  • Deciding to delete Facebook from my phone. A revelation for my head.
  • Missing my Dad- Having a dog and walking more makes me feel closer to him…. And makes me miss him more.

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    A rare awake cuddle with this one
  • Having to deal with a lot of screaming and tantrumming. Not knowing how to deal with screaming and tantrumming… googling A LOT. and again. Still having screaming and tantrumming.
  • Going for a night out with my antenatal group of mums and realising everyone is in the same screaming, tantrumming boat… Enjoying letting our hair down.
  • Adoring Theo’s kisses. A new thing the last few weeks.
  • Having my hair done. A three monthly treat where I feel the world is put to rights.
  • Catching up with friends, sharing highs and lows. Feeling so thankful for them.
  • Eating lots of tea and cake <LOTS>.
  • Booking a mini break to a cottage in Cornwall. Our visions of big family holidays have reduced to a few days a short drive away…
  • Not feeling ready for another week of craziness to start.

Big Love

Holly

xxx

 

Walls

As I start to think about the big move to our first home in just over a week I have been spending my time not packing…. but thinking about walls…

In our house when we were younger we would make big collages of photos from the year in big A3 frames and have them hung on the walls of the stairs-   when people came over for dinner and needed the loo they would be gone for ages, and then explain that they had been looking at the collages- it was always so lovely to remember the holidays we had, and our friends and family times we spent together. I look back at my childhood with nostalgia and photos were, and still are such an anchor that take me back to special times and people.

In our new house I have a little dream of a ‘family tree wall’. I have always loved looking at the photos of my parents and grandparents on their wedding day and love that they tell the story of how I am in this world today. The photo that originally inspired me to start this project was a black and white photo of my Grandma and Grandad on their wedding day. They looked so different from the Grandparents that I now know and I used to spend ages poring over the photo album trying  to understand who they were in their glory years!

Over the past year I have collected, copied and framed photos of both mine and my husbands parents and grandparents on their wedding days. It has been such a journey to hear the stories about their days and I feel that I have understood and grown closer in heart to both my own and my in-laws families.

Choosing frames has been more difficult than I thought it would be as I have wanted to keep them in key with the photos they are framing, but also so that they look like they all fit together as well. I have been trawling charity shops and have brought together a selection I am (reasonably) happy with. I now have 7 wedding photographs, including one of us on our own wedding day (one still to frame- husband has enforced that I am not allowed to buy any more frames before we move…) and I am now at a point where I am spending my time arranging and rearranging how they should hang on the wall (diversion techniques from packing).  

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A few ideas I have been inspired by:Image

<–  Having a mix of both frames and antique mirrors

 

 

 

Combining photos with significant words/letters    –>

 

 

 

 

I also really like the idea of a mirror wall: which the owners of our new flat have already made… I love the simplicity of mirrors,  the stories they tell with their bevelled edges, discoloured corners from a misty bathroom, the reflections they create and the light they cast, along with the variety of shapes and chains on which they have been hung for years.Image

I have already got two mirrors towards this idea (both from antique houses- one my sister-in-law bought me for my birthday)  but I can’t decide whether to make a separate mirror and photo wall, or combine them both. Either way, this is a first world problem and I am sure that I have much more faffing and deciding to do before I finally start packing!

I will be sure to post a photo when we are in the new flat and the wall/ walls have been created.

Big Love, Holly xxx