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    Feels Like Spring {The Weekend Diaries}

    One of the main reasons I started this blog back in 2015 was to record our family adventures, both big and small. But lately I haven’t really shared many family posts. So I have decided to create a little series called ‘The Weekend Diaries’. These posts will be exactly that, a diary of our weekend. Somewhere I can ramble about what we got up to and share any photos I took. I won’t commit to doing these every week. Just now and then when I feel like it.

    This weekend we had such beautiful weather here in Sussex. It really did feel like Spring had arrived. The sunshine instantly lifts my mood and makes me want to get outside. We had a slow morning at home, the kids played nicely while Josh prepared a picnic and I got ready. We’re trying to spend less money this year so we decided to utilise our National Trust membership on Saturday and headed to Scotney Castle to eat our picnic and walk the dog.

    As we were getting ready to leave the house, I found myself getting increasingly worked up and anxious. This resulted with me dashing back into the house and having a horrible panic attack sat on the floor of our porch. I won’t go into all the details, and I’m still not entirely sure what triggered it. I suspect it was a build up of a number of small things that were bothering me. But it was really bloody crap. Josh helped me to calm down and eventually managed to coax me back to the car.

    Josh drove the scenic route to Scotney to give me some extra time to get my shit together. And by the time we arrived I was feeling a hell of a lot better. I was determined not to let it ruin our day. We ate our picnic in the car while Hugo was still happily restrained in his car seat, if you have a toddler, you’ll totally understand why 😉 We then had a lovely walk in the glorious sunshine. We’ve done this walk so many times and it’s just such a peaceful place to be. Bella ran ahead with Murphy while Hugo toddled along slowly behind before we bribed him back into the buggy with a biscuit so we could pick up the pace a little! Top parenting always over here, ha! On the way back to the car, we stopped at this lovely swing which overlooks the most beautiful views. Both the kids loved it and were giggling away together.

    On Sunday we got up early so we could head down to the beach while the tide was low. It was Murphy’s first time at the beach and he seemed to really enjoy himself. Bella and Hugo loved splashing in the shallow water and running along the sand. It genuinely felt WARM on my skin which was just so lush. We’re really lucky to live just a short drive from both the countryside and the coast. And now Hugo’s that bit older, I can see us spending a lot of time by the sea over the Spring and Summer months.

    I made a mad dash into a very heaving LIDL on the way home. In hindsight I should have probably let Josh go in by himself as there was waaay too many people and I found myself getting super flustered and panicky again. We then had Josh’s sister Char, her partner Will and their new baby boy Wren over for lunch. Wren was born last weekend but because Bella’s had chicken pox, both her and Hugo hadn’t met him yet. It was definitely the highlight of Bella’s weekend. She adored him and wanted to constantly hold him. It was so sweet. Hugo however, wasn’t too fussed. Our children are so lucky to be surrounded by cousins who all live near by and I just love how close they all are.

    So overall a pretty lovely weekend, apart from my panic attack. But that’s okay. Life is never perfect and that is something I have finally come to accept. After all, there were plenty of highs this weekend that definitely outweighed any lows!


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    Me & Mine {January 2016}

    I’m so excited to be joining in for a whole year of Me & Mine family portraits and to watch how our family grows and changes over the year! I can’t wait to be able to look back at the end of 2016 and have 12 family portraits capturing all the exciting things we got up to this year. I think I may make them into a photo book or something for Bella to keep and of course they will also be perfect for the calendars I make for my parents for Christmas gifts 😉

    January has been a nice quiet month for us and the slower pace has been very welcome after the crazy festive period. Apart from Josh’s birthday at the beginning of the month we haven’t had many big plans in place which has been such a nice change for us. Our weekends have consisted of cosy days at home, a few lunch dates, plenty of roast dinners and a couple of chilly winter walks.

    The temperatures have dropped dramatically over the last couple of weeks and I’ve been really struggling to warm up. I just feel cold all the time at the moment which has really affected my mood so it’s safe to say I’m dreaming of those milder Spring days. I can’t wait to fill my house with tulips and daffodils and to be able to venture out the house without getting wrapped up in a million different layers! We also booked our Summer holiday this month and I’m already so excited for some Greek sunshine with our family in June.

    This month’s Me & Mine photo was taken on a trip to Scotney Castle a couple of weekends back. We’d woken up to a beautiful dusting of snow on the ground so decided to head out to Scotney for a frosty walk. We didn’t stay out too long because it was SO cold but it was nice to get some fresh air before heading home for lunch and a cosy afternoon by the fire.

    Scotney is without a doubt my favourite local National Trust property. We visited a few times in the Autumn when the leaves were turning a lovely shades of golden and the grounds looked just as beautiful covered in a light sprinkling of snow and I’m sure they will look equally gorgeous throughout spring and summer when all the flowers are in bloom. I can definitely see us spending a lot of time there over the warmer months as it’s the perfect spot for a family picnic and a walk.

    As much as I enjoyed our slow January, it has really dragged at times and I’m definitely looking forward to February and hopefully lots more adventures with my loves!
    I said this last month but I reaaaaally need to get myself a tripod for these photos as its not very easy finding an even surface the right height to plop the camera on when out and about, hence the castle wall in the corner of this photo. Massive fail. If anyone has any recommendations for a good compact tripod then please do let me know!

    Me & Mine in January


    The Me and Mine Project
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    Fresh Air At Scotney Castle



    Our weekend didn’t start off as planned. Friday evening was the first time all week that Josh got home from work at a half sensible hour and we had planned to spend the evening relaxing in front of the TV together once Bella was tucked up in bed, which for us, really is a rare thing. Our TV will often go a couple of days without even being switched on! It had been a long week, and we were both looking forward to a quiet evening in. While we were eating dinner, my Dad called in a fluster to tell me he had run out of insulin. I am my Dad’s registered carer and so therefore when these things happen, I/We have to deal with them. Even if that does mean various phone calls to all the late night pharmacy counters in the area and TWO trips back and fourth to Asda which is a good 20 minutes away. Safe to say our cosy evening in didn’t happen, but sometimes these things just don’t pan out. Sigh.

    Saturday morning was also a mild disaster. Long story short, there was an incident which involved Bella, a brand spanking new extremely cute outfit, a tired Daddy who definitely probably wasn’t paying full attention and a bottle of bright pink nail polish. Need I say more. The outfit got ruined and there was almost tears (from me over the destroyed cute outfit) and a few cross words may have been exchanged.

    It was at this point we decided we needed to get out of the house. Josh packed up a picnic and a flask of hot chocolate and we headed to Scotney Castle for some much needed fresh air. Saturday was a perfect October day, sunny and dry but just slightly chilly. We ate our picnic on a bench near the car and Bella had her first ever hot chocolate. It was seriously cute watching her blow the little beaker of ‘choc-choc’ and judging by the look on her face and the amount of times she said ‘yummm’ and ‘mmmm’ the kid definitely enjoyed it. Clearly has Mama’s sweet tooth 😉

    We then picked up a map and headed off to explore. In the end we ignored said map and just followed where all the other dog walkers were headed. The grounds of Scotney Castle are absolutely gorgeous and looked even more beautiful covered in Autumn leaves. I think it will definitely be one of our new favourite weekend spots. The crisp fresh air was exactly what we needed, Bella burnt off some steam and both her and the dog were fast asleep before we even left the car park. Win.

    Below are a few of my favourite photos from a very lovely family afternoon.

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