Fashion Friday. Amateur edition.


I don't usually post outfit photos, because they are nowhere near as lovely as all the other bloggers that I follow - the lighting's off, you can see my messy kitchen and I have a couple of blurry (but cute) photo bombers! But I really liked what I was wearing so I'm kind of thinking, eff it, everyone starts somewhere. I'm excited for spring, some warmer, lighter weather so I can try some outdoor shoots. My neighbours probably already suspect I'm a little crazy, with the horrendous BeyoncĂ© renditions at 8am and the fact I hardly ever remember to open our upstairs curtains before I go to work, they must think we live in darkness! 
I really like the contrast between the tough khaki shirt (that I bought at Uni for a fancy dress night for about three pound!) and the soft, girly chiffon shirt. Skinny jeans are my uniform, these particulars are from H&M and I looove them. Just the right amount of stretch and as of yet, no ridiculous bagginess around the knees (that happens to other people right?! I don't have weird elephant knees?!)



Being cultured.


I recently discovered that Reading has a little museum, as we only live half an hour away the boys and I went on a little adventure to check it out during half term. We got the train (after waiting foreveerrr because we were early and then it got delayed!) which the boys loved. Daniel kept pointing out everything he could see, and Joshua actually sat really nicely. The museum is only a five minute walk from the train station, and though we walked past it the first time it was easy to find. As we entered we saw another Mama with her little girl get a bag off the wall and look through so we went to nose. They have little rucksacks filled with toys and things to make the 'tour' more interactive, my boys loved the wind up torch and stuffed owl toy, and took turns carrying them all the way round. There were quite a few interactive areas, even my little ones enjoyed them (as pictured) and a few colouring stations too, the whole place was definitely aimed at children. Daniel and Joshua enjoyed rushing to the next room more than actually stopping to look at many things, but the fun things caught their attention. I'd definitely recommend checking out Reading Museum if you live close, it's free and it was a fun day out for all of us - I did a little shopping after and we caught the train back, and relaxed on the sofa with doughnuts when we got home! 



Catch the Moment 365. Week Eight.

050. Some serious bedhead & showing off with a proper cup. The only problem is his obsession with dipping... 

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051. Actually going forwards on the Scuttlebug! 

052. That smile is my favourite. Well, joint favourite of course. 

053. An outtake from our 52 project this week. A sweet moment captured. 

054. Stories with Nana & Grandad.

055. Football with Daddy, their new obsession. 

056. Filling up that 'good choice jar' 

Even with my time off work I still struggled with motivation to take pictures some days. I just forgot to get my camera out, we were so busy! I'm so pleased the weather is improving, even just a little, spring is coming! I have daffodils on every windowsill just to remind me. I'm banking on the light to improve my pictures, so we can explore outside more and try some different perspectives. I'm excited, to say the least. 

Nurse Loves Farmer



Our Week.

My creation

001. Half term is my favourite. Slow mornings, actually making myself breakfast and sitting with the boys rather than rushing around getting everything ready and grabbing a banana as I leave. Hot cross buns, lightly toasted, are my current favourite. And fruit tea, mmm. Play dates, sometimes two a day to fit in all the fun! Watching my boys interact with other children is just awesome. All the arts and crafts, I even made a little half term bucket list and planned all our activities to keep us busy. Bear hunts, Very Hungry Caterpillar snack picnics, and random walks to splash in muddy puddles were highlights. 

002. I took my big little man on a date to the cinema. We saw Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy and ate way too much pick'n'mix. He put on a smart shirt and held my hand. Perfect. I've loved our one on one time this week while his brother has slept, fingers crossed we manage to pull Joshua's nap back a little so we can keep it up. It's good for my Mama heart. His too, I'm sure. 

003. After a really productive week housework wise, everything has slipped already. We got the boys new wardrobes on Sunday so our room is full of clothes that don't fit/hundreds of blankets/keepsakes and rubbish. Somehow I forgot about it today, when I could actually have sorted it, especially as we're busy tomorrow. Related, Colin cleared out our shed to get rid of our broken fridge freezer but now everything is in the downstairs toilet. Not ideal. I will get it all sorted. On Thursday. I will. 

004. I cannot believe Daniel is nearly four. I could go on all night, but it's just really snuck up on me, this year is going so fast. I'm coping by obsessively planning his birthday party, browsing online for ALL THE THINGS and then browsing everywhere else for price comparisons, trying to decide how much to DIY and how much will be too much. If I start decorating tomorrow then we'll be fine. Excessive? Maybe. I have also convinced myself to make him a car shaped cake. I'm in over my head. 

005. Choose Happiness. My new mantra. I bought the cutest little dishcloth from H&M and it's really speaking to me. Especially after a tough day today. Selective hearing from my threenager and a rough night courtesy of my smallest didn't make for the best day. Oh well, now I'm listening to BeyoncĂ© and blogging and I feel much better. Tomorrow will be better. 




"A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2013."

A pyjama day after a crazy hectic half term week. Cars, animals and hot chocolates. My Saturday morning scene. I pulled my tiny tripod out of the cupboard and one of the legs stretched out, it's actually giant! So, I was putting it to the test, make-up free and burst shooting to catch all the great facial expressions! 

Inspired by the wonderful Jodi, from Practising Simplicity



Family dates. Bowling!


A family bowling date on a random Wednesday afternoon. Poor quality iPhone pictures but the fun just had to be documented. The way Joshua had to stand on his tiptoes to reach the top of the ramp, and that his feet were too small for the shoes. He absolutely loved it though, and insisted on standing as-close-as-possible to whoever was bowling to be in on the action. He's becoming such a kid, I see less baby in him every day. Daniel beat us all, with a little help from Daddy. He liked to use the big heavy balls, 'like Daddy', and pouted if he didn't knock them all down. 



Catch the Moment 365. Week Seven.

043. I'm so confused, I really could have sworn blind that I took photographs of the boys playing on our bed on Wednesday night, but they aren't on my camera so I must have imagined it. My phone is out of battery too so this will have to do. Love the way Daniel's mimicking his Daddy.

044. Oh, my ovaries. Isn't he just the cutest? 

045. An outtake from our Valentines shoot. 

046. Bubbles.

047. This is the exact face I make when I'm concentrating too, tongue poking out. I love that he does it too!

048. Practicing his letters, I'm so proud of him. 

049. Playing with baby Elliot. Daniel really does love babies. 

Poor Joshua barely got a look in this week, which is funny because I would have said I take more photographs of him! I took a ton of pictures this week but found it hard to choose my favourites because I wasn't overly pleased with the quality of them. I played around a little with my settings and trusted the lighting a little too much I think, the sun obviously wasn't as bright as it seemed. Still super excited to learn a little more about my camera, my main aim is to try and avoid the blur of constantly moving subjects!

Nurse Loves Farmer

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Catch the Moment 365 ISO Challenge.

1/12 f/3.1 ISO 64
1/17 f/3.1 ISO 100
1/30 f/3.1 ISO 200
1/80 f/3.1 ISO 400
1/180 f/3.1 ISO 800
1/52 f/3.1 ISO 1600
1/90 f/8 ISO 3200
1/180 f/8 ISO 6400
1/60 f/3.1 ISO 400
1/8 f/3.1 ISO 100
0.3 f/4 ISO 100
0.4 f/4 ISO 100
0.3 f/4 ISO 100

I'm really enjoying the Catch The Moment 365 project, and the challenge of becoming a 'better' photographer through it. I started an online photography course at the end of last year but found it all so overwhelming & quite honestly have been putting off going back to it. When Mindi offered to try and teach us newbies the basics, I jumped at the chance. She posted the first challenge a few weeks ago, and I'm only just getting round to posting it, sorry Mindi! These pictures were taken in the afternoon, in the sunlight in our living room. After a little experimenting, changing my ISO to different settings and seeing the results, I decided 100 was perfect for this lighting. The higher I set the ISO the grainier and darker my pictures got. I'm interested to find out more about this, especially using it to shoot in lower light conditions. A massive thank you to Mindi for taking the time to come up with this challenge, I'm excited for the next one!