30.7.14

Strawberry fields.

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Strawberry picking, tick. We had fun searching for the biggest, ripest strawberries and we got a good haul. Joshua in his dungarees and trilby just added to the sweetness. We dug up carrots and picked a few raspberries too. It was good to teach the boys where their food actually comes from, and they were super excited to eat what they picked! 

Bee. 

29.7.14

Catch the Moment 365. Week Thirty.

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204. That cheeky face. We busted out the sprinkler to cool off my garden sounded like an aviary with all the screeching! 

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205. Library trip, this monkey made himself at home. 

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206. Snails, grazed knees and wellingtons. Such a boy.

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207. The bear just takes this overboard with the cute.

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208. Frozen family film night.

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209. I take a ridiculous amount of pictures of him sleeping. Just look at how tightly he's holding his bear though.

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210. Cloud dough face.

The Joshua show this week, it seems. Usually I try and get a few of both boys, but apparently not this week! Daniel is just a typical boy, never staying still and always in a mess, plus there's the fact he's totally opposed to me taking his picture without a silly face! 

Nurse Loves Farmer

Bee. 

27.7.14

Our Week.

My creation

I would definitely call the first (half) week of our summer holidays a success! Monday and Tuesday were spent at work, clearing classrooms and sorting books. I got thoroughly spilt by my colleagues and the children, enough chocolate to last me a good while, stationary and even fake tan! They know me well. Wednesday we went to see my Nana, and some visiting birds - Joshua got to stroke an owl! We busted out the sprinkler too! I wasn't feeling so good, just a rubbish virus I think, but my wonderful cousin came to watch the boys so I could have a nap which made me feel a load better. Thursday we scooted to the library to get some books and played at the park before lunch. I had to go to Reading to take my QTS tests (which I passed, woohoo!) I got the train with some friends and even popped into H&M with a birthday voucher so despite the tests it was a right treat! Another win for our softball team too, fourth in a row, best day ever. I looked after Daniel's friend both days too, they all play so nicely together I managed a totally uninterrupted shower, to paint my nails, shape my eyebrows and even eat my breakfast in total peace! Friday included a Starbucks date with my littles, another park trip, a visit from Auntie Danica & some one on one time with Joshua while his big brother went to the driving range with his Daddy. Yesterday we had a family photo session in the most beautiful wood with our wedding photographer, naps all round and a BBQ at my parents'. We went swimming this morning with the boys' Nana, and a birthday party this afternoon for my friend's little girl who will be two on Tuesday. Happy Birthday Soph! We've ended all that fun with a family movie night, Frozen of course, and a cheeky late night for the boys. We are off to a good start.

Writing a million to-dos, for the summer, this week, tomorrow, you name it. Determined to make the most out of my time at home - tidying and clearing, making and baking - and finally get some things done that I've been meaning to forever. Like sorting photos, paperwork and organising the spare room. Lists are my jam. 


Bee. 

25.7.14

29/52.

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"A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Sharing watermelon. Now THAT'S brotherly love! 

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Inspired by the wonderful Jodi, from Practising Simplicity

Cold watermelon, tanned skin, wet grass and the sweetest brothers. I couldn't help but share more! 

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Bee. 

23.7.14

Catch the Moment 365. Week Twenty Nine.

197
197. Forever blowing bubbles. Anyone have any top tips for capturing these?! 

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198. "HOO!" ("Hello!)

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199. The sprinkler only worked for about three seconds before squirting water all over the kitchen instead, but he loved it and has been carrying around that sprayer since.

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200. These three are my favourites. They spent all evening play fighting in the garden and it warmed my heart so much.

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201. Ready to go "really really igh!" 

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202. Dining in the garden, on a warm summer evening that ended with cake. Perfect.

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203. Last day of school, thank you gifts from my wonderful team. 

Back in the game this week, even trying out my [little] knowledge of manual settings! It's inspiring my blogging too, which is awesome. I've been stuck in a rut for a couple of weeks, whiling my little free time away watching reality TV shows and eating chocolate - minimal effort tasks y'know?! I'm going back to my evening schedule, just having a day or two to blog a week in the hopes that I can carve out some me time & some couple time with Colin into our busy schedules. Fingers crossed! 

Nurse Loves Farmer

Bee. 

22.7.14

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Making:
 memories with my boys this summer, now it has officially begun. Our Summer Bucket List plans are in full swing, and we've got grand plans for the rest of this week. 
Cooking:
 as little as possible. I'm trying to avoid using the oven because it's just too darn hot. I foresee a few BBQ's in our future.
Drinking:
 all the coffeez. The boys aren't sleeping well in this heat, and I'm struggling too, which means I'm running on empty. 
Eating: in the garden, as often as we can. 
Reading:
 nothing, but I got a letter from University earlier suggesting I should read a wider range of books to prepare for September so please, recommend me your favourites! 
Playing: bubbles, football, at the park, with our food, out in the block with the neighbours, catch & with water at every available opportunity. 
Drawing: very little, unless stick men count, but I'm feeling the itch. My art supplies are in the garage but I'm determined to find them a new home in the "office" I plan on repurposing the spare/junk room into this summer. 
Wanting:
 there to be more hours in the day (night) so I can just sleeeep. I should be asleep right now but I'm determined to finish this first. 
Wearing: workout clothes first thing in the morning as part of my plan to exercise every day. I figure if I decide not to get dressed until it's done then I'll be more likely to do it. Or I'll just stay in my workout clothes all day, which is better than pyjamas...
Looking:
 for new ways to do my hair, and ways to mix patterns on Pinterest. 
Wasting:
 too much time on my phone, I'm going to just put it on loud and on the kitchen table tomorrow, only reaching for it when necessary. Promise. 
Enjoying:
 iced drinks, fresh fruit & making lists. 
Hoping:
 that the boys both sleep well tonight, and late tomorrow. I can dream right? 
Marveling:
 at how different two brothers can be. 
Teaching: Daniel how to write his alphabet, and Joshua to ride the balance bike this summer. Practice, practice, practice. I'm going to encourage Daniel to keep reading too, whenever we get the chance. 

Inspired by the beautiful Danielle.

Bee.