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Maternity Series – Week 24

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16 weeks or so to go…. yes, this week I’m feeling like I just want my baby already ;) Honestly, I’m feeling pretty good for a pregnant Mama but right now it feels like forever until I’m due. Little bump is getting really active now. I can feel him kicking and wriggling so much more everyday. Last night I woke up for my nightly loo visit {ugh – hate it!} and as soon as I laid back in bed he was kicking away. He’s still sitting really low, when he moves sometimes it feels really uncomfortable, with a little too much pressure down there. There’s been a few times when he must of rolled right over, and it feels like my whole tummy has flipped!

I’ve been really tired this past week, though I think that is mainly down to my terrible sleep habits… I really really need to start getting to bed a little a lot earlier. I think I’m going to have to ban myself from reading or confiscate my tablet at this rate, I start off with good intentions and get into bed at a fairly sensible hour, and then proceed to read until the early hours.

dear baby week twentyfour

I love how the girls will come up and kiss my belly from time to time, those little “hello baby” and “goodnight baby’s” are so sweet! I’ve definelty been feeling all the emotions this week…. any little thing can make me cry, good or bad! I’ve had to start censoring what I let myself read else I’ll be sobbing all day long.

No real cravings this week, I still have quite a sweet tooth, but don’t give in to it very often. I have found myself stood in the cake aisle at the supermarket on more than one occasion, drooling over all the goodness, but forcing myself to not buy every single thing!

Did you have a sweet tooth when you were pregnant?


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Sunday again, how fast the weeks are flying by! These girls are growing so fast, love them so.

Linking up with Jodi



Oh my goodness I can’t believe that you could possibly be 8 already! It only seems five minutes since you made a rapid appearance in the middle of the night. Two hours from the first contraction to holding you in my arms – you’ve been a whirlwind ever since. From the moment you could walk you were desperate to be off following your big sister, and looking for any mischief that you could find ;)

Always so kind – if anyone ever gave you anything, even as a toddler you’d insist on one for you and one for Lola. That doesn’t mean you don’t love to drive your sisters crazy though! We hope that you have a fabulous birthday – and that at least one of your parcels contains some loom bands!

Happy Birthday Kiki – we love you xxx

Window Love

I’m not sure if it’s a case of early nesting…. but this past week I’ve been hit with the urge to redecorate my entire house. Every little thing is driving me crazy – maybe it’s too much time looking at dream homes on Pinterest! The one thing that I hate about our little house, is the lack of natural light. We’re short on windows, and often the living/dining room can be so dark that even in the middle of summer we need the lights on in the middle of the day.


Currently, we have curtains up at all the windows – some lovely, vintage curtains that I inherited from my Grandmother-in-law. And while I love them, they block some of the light and I’m feeling the urge for a ‘sleeker’ look – perhaps some VELUX blinds? I love the idea of pleated or roller blinds, as they somehow feel a little less obtrusive than curtains do.

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I love that VELUX offer blackout blinds, that not only block the light when you want to, but also offer heat control. Baya just saw that they have a Princess blind, so I’ve converted her at least to the idea of blinds over curtains! I’m thinking of white walls, roller blinds on the windows, some hanging plants and a whole lot less clutter!

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I love the natural light in these photos, the clean lines and simplicity of the blinds. My tastes have changed since we moved into this house and first decorated. I’ll be doing some serious window {hehe} shopping with Blinds of VELUX and trying to convince G that we need some lovely new blinds at all our windows ;)

52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week Seventeen

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  1. miss Lola coming home today, after five days at guide ┬ácamp – can’t wait to see her!
  2. having some ‘lazy’ time at home with my little two girls after a hectic few weeks
  3. impromptu dinner out, after our oven broke
  4. preparing for Kiki’s 8th birthday tomorrow
  5. yummy tomatoes fresh from the garden
  6. picnics with friends {i.e chance for an afternoon chatting!}
  7. finding the peace to just ‘let go’
  8. ticking more things off my to-do list
  9. not back to school stationary shopping – thankfully my girlies all love stationary as much as I do!
  10. hot chocolate and a good book

another week of giving thanks – I’m loving this project as it really makes me think and stop and appreciate how lucky I am.

A trip to Kent

Last Monday, the girls made what’s become our annual trip down to Kent to visit my sister and her two youngest girls. My three have been eagerly awaiting this trip for weeks, they love having a whole week to play with their cousins. We set off early Monday morning for a long train ride, four trains including a trip across the London Underground later and we arrived.

I love the fact that even though they don’t see each other very often, they can pick straight back up where they left off and carry on playing as if it had been days and not months since they were together last. There were lots of games, lots of late nights and lots of fun. We took a trip to Folkestone on the Tuesday, found an amazing climbing frame and a rather cold sea to play in! We also went to Canterbury for a day out, found yet another playpark and a fun museum/library to spend the afternoon in {it also had a cafe- always a bonus!}

By Thursday, even this Mama was exhausted – I managed to sneak in a nap while my sister took all five girls to the park. Then we took a walk through the village, challenging the girls to a nature hunt, finding something that began with each letter of the alphabet – we found most, only a couple of letters missing!

On our last evening, we went to one of the fields from my sister and her husbands farm, where they were setting up ready for friends coming camping on the weekend. The kiddos built a house out of hay-bales, and we had a little fire and made smores.

Friday came around all too soon, and there were five girls who didn’t want the week to end. We had a great week, and were definitely glad to come home see Papa, but I’ve had lots of requests for us to move nearer their cousins!!

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