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Me & Mine - May 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Joining up with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project with these photos of our family for May.


This was taken during the party we held for Baby R for his first birthday. The theme was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We were meant to have a big party with Mr MoaB's family but our plans changed so it was just the four of us at home, but we had lots of fun!


This was taken in New Brighton where we stopped off for an ice-cream. Mr MoaB & I met in Brighton (the real one down South) and it's very dear to our hearts. It felt only right that we should visit New Brighton.

May Highs:
  • - We celebrated Baby R's 1st Birthday. There have been so many changes to our lives since his arrival but he is an absolute delight and truly makes our family complete. 
  • - Baby R decided that his birthday weekend would be a good one to start walking! He'd taken a few tentative steps before then, but started putting more steps together and now there's no stopping him. He walks around and around and around!
  • - Little Miss A's is doing so well with her writing and can now write her first name and surname without a prompt card. It's so great that she will use every opportunity to practice writing it. 
  • - The first bank holiday weekend saw us visiting the Manley Spring Fair. It's lovely that these type of traditional fairs still exist. 
  • - After the fair we went up to stay with Mr MoaB's Mum and see some of his family. It's always nice to spend time with them.
  • - I really wanted to go for a walk and find some bluebells so after a bit of research I found a place near Mr MoaB's Mum's called Dog Kennel Woods. It was a lovely walk and we got a few pictures with the kids. It's funny how his family hadn't heard of it and yet it's local to them!
  • - A train adventure with the kids as I took them to Manchester Central Library for the opening of the new Nick Sharratt Exhibition. We got the chance to meet the man himself and he signed some books for us. 
  • - Some dear friends travelled all the way up from the South Coast just to see us and have lunch before heading back again! So nice that they did this for us as we hadn't seen them in a very long time. We enjoyed a nice catch up over lunch in Chester. They did a bit of the Walls as well. 
  • - For the first time in a long time, we managed to go for a family swim. It was great for us all to splash about together. I can't wait for our holiday next month when we hope to take advantage of the pool everyday!
  • - We took Little Miss A ice-skating again. It was my turn to take her on the ice and we had great fun. We pretty much had the rink to ourselves. 
  • - On my treatment day, Mr MoaB took the kids to Blakemere Village including the soft play. It's nice that the kids are getting some time on their own with him but I wish it was because of different circumstances. 
  • - Little Miss A met Moana at a shopping centre. It's one of her favourite films at the moment. 
  • - Whilst we had the really hot weather, we wanted to head to the coast. We visited Red Rocks Nature Reserve and had a splash about. Then before heading home, we stopped at New Brighton for an ice-cream (as shown in the second photo above).
  • - Our house in Aylesbury has been put on the market. Fingers crossed for a quick sale.
  • - Little Miss A got the chance to make a fairy garden at a local plant fair. It's something I've been wanting to do with her for ages. I think we'll now add to it over time as we see bits.
  • - The kids and I had a fab day at the Geronimo Festival. I was a bit nervous about taking them on my own and thought we'd only last until lunchtime, but we were there until 4pm and packed a lot in to the day. There was so much we didn't do so hopefully we'll go again next year with Mr MoaB! 

May Lows:
  • - Mr MoaB's Mum was really poorly and had to have emergency surgery. She was in ICU for for several days and then remained in hospital for 3 weeks. She came out for a few nights, but is back in again. At least we're close enough for Mr MoaB to be able to visit in the evenings, but it's been really stressful and worrying. 
  • - After Little Miss A's bout of chicken pox last month we thought maybe Baby R wasn't going to get it but then on his birthday he got a few spots on his arm! Typical! We had to cancel his birthday party with family and stay at home. He didn't get any more spots, so I think he'll probably get it again in the future.
  • - Another month, more cancer treatment. The first of my treatments without the chemo element. It's ongoing indefinitely now. It was another incredibly long day as I had to wait a while to see my oncologist as usual but the side effects are minimal and I've been feeling pretty good all month. 

The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

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My Sunday Photo 28-05-2017

Sunday, 28 May 2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


Actually really hard to choose just one picture this week but have gone with this one as I really admire Little Miss A for holding this snake - you definitely wouldn't catch me doing this! She really has no fear! This was taken right at the end of our fun-packed day at Geronimo Festival.

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My Sunday Photo 21-05-2017

Sunday, 21 May 2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


It's been all about Baby R walking this week. He'd taken a few tentative before his1st Birthday last week but then last weekend he walked across the room. There's been no stopping him since then and this picture was taken today at a local school fair.

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Siblings - May 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

Joining up with The Siblings Project with these photos of Little Miss A and Baby R. 



This first picture was taken this weekend during the celebrations for Baby R's 1st Birthday. Our plans changed when we noticed some suspicious spots on Baby R so instead of a big family party we had to stay at home and just have a party at home with the four of us. The theme of his party was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We used the headbands that we made last month and I'd made some other themed decorations as well. Little Miss A spent the day in various dressing up costumes including a knight as pictured here! We played a few party games too for Little Miss A's benefit. Despite not being what we originally planned, it was such a nice little party.



It's been great to get out in the garden on the sunny days we've had this month. I set up a simple water play for the kids and Baby R was straight in. It took Little Miss A a while before she was as brave as her brother and actually sat down in the water! It was so lovely to sit back and watch them playing and splashing each other! Here's hoping for lots more days like these.


This picture shows Little Miss A helping Baby R to walk and it's lovely that she tries to help him. He's been cruising around the furniture for months and using his walker. He has been walking with us holding his hand but then last week he started taking a few unaided steps. It was this weekend (his Birthday weekend) that he actually started walking and I know there's going to be no stopping him now! I can't wait to see him chasing after his big sister.


This last one was taken on Easter weekend. Baby R's first Easter. No chocolate for him this year. They don't often actually sit together and cuddle so this was a rare moment. Baby R is learning quickly to join in with the rough and tumble of his sister particularly when climbing on their Daddy!

Baby R has been such a fantastic addition to our family and I'm so proud of the way Little Miss A has accepted him in to the family and what a great big sister she is proving to be.


The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

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My Sunday Photo 14-05-2017

Sunday, 14 May 2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto. Well one of them anyway as there's a few to choose from this week as it has been Baby R's 1st Birthday.



This photo was taken yesterday as we celebrated his Birthday with a little party. It was actually his Birthday on Friday but he was at nursery all day. We were meant to be having a big family party with lots of his relatives but he had some spots that look suspiciously like chicken pox so we didn't want to risk infecting anyone. So we hosted the party at home with just the four of us and an awful lot of food! I had to make a mad dash out to get a cake as one of his Great Auntie's was making one for him. It was such a shame that we couldn't share the day with family but we made the best of the circumstances and had lots of fun.

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My Sunday Photo 07-05-2017

Sunday, 7 May 2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


Jump!

Love this action shot of Little Miss A that I captured today. The kids were having fun with some water play as the weather was so nice today. Little Miss A was really enjoying herself splashing about!

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Meeting Nick Sharratt at the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants Exhibition

Saturday, 6 May 2017

A trip into Manchester to the Nick Sharratt Exhibition and to meet the man himself!

We have quite a collection of story books illustrated by Nick Sharratt and when I saw that he was going to be in Manchester to sign books, I thought it would be great to take Little Miss A along to meet him.


It was the opening day of the new exhibition - Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants - The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt - at Manchester Central Library with a variety of activities going on including the book signing.




When we arrived we went straight up to the 1st floor to the book signing area, but unfortunately it was bad timing as Nick Sharratt was on a break! So we headed to the Exhibition area and spent quite a long time wandering around. Little Miss A immediately got involved with the different interactive elements and even Baby R had fun particularly with the musical instruments.

There was a reading area with a variety of Nick's books - there were lots that I hadn't seen before. There was also a dressing up box which was good fun. Little Miss A wouldn't let me take a picture of her so here's a picture of me in the 'Run away with scary pants!'.

The exhibition is so colourful and fun. Nick Sharratt has such a distinctive style to his drawings - it's so easy to spot when you pick up a book that he's written and/or illustrated. It's fun spotting the different characters he's created around the exhibition.

One of the things Little Miss A kept going back to was the 'Create your own Sharracter' screen. She created quite a few characters.






Then we went to the book signing area. We timed it right this time and were just third in the queue. Nick was lovely and didn't rush anyone. We had 3 books signed and each one he personalised with drawings inside. Great keepsakes for the kids. I'm so glad we got the chance to meet him.

There were also some arts & craft activities going on in another area of the library but I was quite exhausted at this point and we still had to get the train home.

I'd decided that we'd get the train rather than drive to make it more of an adventure. I was regretting this decision as soon as we got to the station as I had to hump the pushchair up and down the stairs as we needed the platform on the other side. Then the train was packed as there were only 2 carriages so I had to stand all the way (nearly an hour). Thankfully Little Miss A had a seat and Baby R slept for most of the trip (so his first train journey made little impression on him!). I was really relieved on the return journey that the train was quite empty and we got seats. Baby R enjoyed himself no end strutting up and down the carriage. I think Little Miss A was exhausted as she sat very quietly the whole time.

If you're local to Manchester then it's definitely worth popping in to the library to see the Nick Sharratt exhibition - which is free! For more details about Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants at Central Library, which runs until 1st July, take a look at the Library Live website.


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