Two girls…. daughters….. sisters…… as I thought about writing a piece for mother’s day I realised that for me mother’s day isn’t all about me, it’s all about them. It’s chaotic, exhausting and all consuming at times but also such a blessing watching these two rascals grow and learn together. I’ve realised that I love these two little people more than i’ve loved anything in my life, mother;s day is a celebration of them more than me.
It seems Iike no time at all since we were bringing you home from hospital at one week old so it’s hard to believe that any day now you will be earning the title of ‘big sister’!
Every day now you giggle as you tell us that you’re Mummy’s girl…….. Daddy’s bird……… and Nanny’s angel. Daddy is still by far your favourite but it’s always mummy that you call in the middle of the night!! And when nanny’s in charge you tell her you’re going out for tea and cake! (that’s my girl – well taught!)
Last month we set off on our holidays as a family of three with a bump! This was our first family experience travelling on a plane so it was always going to be an exciting and nerve wrecking adventure!
We jetted off from Belfast City Airport to sunny Malaga, neither of us have ever been on a package holiday in Spain but we choose Benalmadena and felt a touristy location with a swimming pool, nearby beach and lots of bars and restaurants would be exactly what we’d need when taking away an almost two year old! Our flight was about two and a half hours with a transfer from the airport of approx. 30 minutes so we felt this would be more than long enough for our first holiday abroad with a little person!
The years definitely go faster as you get older, the last year has just sailed past in the blink of an eye! But I’m feeling ready to face this new year ahead with plans for finishing jobs around the house, clearing all the clutter and making more memories with these two!
So much has changed for us in the last couple of years and as we head into another new year I wanted to reflect on what an incredible year we’ve had so I thought I’d document some of our memories of 2016. We all have our ups and downs and things and people in our lives that try to bring us down but I choose not to dwell on the negativity but to focus on what’s been our best bits!
This post is more for me than anyone else, but maybe it’ll inspire you to look back and do something similar. I was hoping to choose a photo for each month but that became too difficult a task!
So here goes………
We started the year knowing I only had another two months of maternity leave left so I wanted to make the most of them, January can often be a come down after Christmas but this month seen my first birthday as a mummy, and yet another reminder of how very blessed we are to have our beautiful girl! Hannah’s first two teeth also arrived this month too, we thought they’d never appear!
My last full month of maternity leave had finally crept up on me but it was full of love and great moments and nothing was going to stop us from enjoying it. February seen lots of cake with two family birthdays and lots of pancakes too! We also enjoyed our Northern Ireland #instamums and #instababies meet up organised by the lovely Anna over at @blossomingbirds. I never would have dreamt of meeting so many lovely mummies through social media, thankful for their company through the small hours when we’ve been nursing restless babes!
I was so apprehensive about this month arriving and juggling fulltime shift work with childcare, Hannah started nursery this month, attending two afternoons a week and we are so thankful that she just loves it! We enjoyed our first Mother’s Day, how wonderful it is to be a mummy! It really is the simple things, hot chocolate and Hannah’s first go on the swing made for a perfect day. And not forgetting our first Easter as a family of three, enjoying every precious moment and milestone.
Another month of outings and antics! Five family birthdays this month and the arrival of our gorgeous niece Ellie-Rose! She still remains the competition but I dare say it won’t be long until they’re as thick as thieves and plotting against us all! A trip on the ferry boat with daddy was also a highlight this month and our first pair of shoes……. Little did we know that it would be September before she would finally decide to go it alone and our aching backs could recover!
Celebrating 11 months with our girl, growing strong willed and independent, a total joy to be around! Nanny retired this month too, or at least she thought she did, she is busier than ever with the little rascals in her life!
Wow! Hannah turns ONE! We’ve kept this little person alive for twelve months! We had a lovely little party with family and friends the weekend before her birthday, she is so loved and a perfect little treasure, we definitely couldn’t imagine life without her, what did we do with our time! We also enjoyed a little break away to Donegal and celebrated Father’s Day.
We celebrated Daddy’s promotion this month! We are so proud of him and everything he does for us. Shift work is immensely difficult to juggle at times but it gives us both a lot of time with our girl (not so much time with each other though!) Hannah sure is a Daddy’s girl and often chooses to be with him instead of her mummy!
A month of fun family times with days out, long walks, ice creams, fun on the swings and Hannah’s first fancy dress day at nursery! Thankful to have crammed plenty into this month, the summer months pass so quickly.
A week long break to our favourite spot in Donegal, lots of time spent on the beach, long walks, lazy breakfasts and lunches, play parks, cream buns and cosy evenings, everything a family holiday should be! We also enjoyed a family wedding and another meet up with our instafriends, this time courtesy of @melwiggins and @aly.harte. A fantastic photowalk through the streets of Belfast, talking in the sights and every opportunity for a photo!
I really do love the autumn and all the beautiful colours before the winter is upon us! It was so mild this month and we loved getting out in the fresh air, filling our days with long walks, enjoying the sea breezes and crunchy leaves. This month we hosted a coffee morning for Macmillan, celebrated Daddy’s birthday and Ellie -Rose’s Christening Day.
November is usually a cold wintery month of frosty mornings and dark evenings but we always look forward to celebrating our wedding anniversary. Three years already, how time has flown! We enjoyed an overnight stay in the Redcastle Hotel, County Donegal to celebrate, lots of family time and enjoying the swimming pool was just what we needed. We also tried our hand at wreath making, you can read about it here, it was a fun autumnal crafty session! Another mad month of precious moments amid the madness of work, snatching walks and alfresco picnics, just the three of us.
Almost the end of a fantastic year and the last few weeks have whizzed by. It’s been a busy month for the family and I took a little extra leave to try and enjoy some days together. Hannah is now 18 months and we loved the run up to Christmas and visiting Santa, she knows who he is but likes to keep him at arm’s length! Having her in our lives has really changed Christmas, it’s so much more exciting and we’re like big kids ourselves!
So that’s it!
What a busy year!
I’ve really enjoyed looking back over photographs and putting this together as a little snapshot of our year. I’m no expert photo taker but I love capturing these precious moments. My resolution for the new year is to keep snapping away and hopefully get a bit better, and maybe purchase a good camera!
Wishing you and yours a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us!
Inspired by the lovely Emma’srecent visit to Victoriana floral in Whitehead for a wreath making workshop I thought it would be fab to have a go at some DIY wreath making! I gave my good friend Claire a shout to see what she thought and we decided we’d be mad enough to give it a go!
Anyone who knows me well knows our garden is a work in progress (that’s putting it politely!) we inherited this crazy unkempt wilderness with huge shrubs and 60 foot evergreens when we bought our home two years ago and much as we try to manage it it requires a huge amount of work but what a joy it is for foraging….. copious amounts of various ivies, a blackberry bush, variegated holly, berried holly, berried shrubs, the colours and textures are endless! Whats not to love about the array of autumn colours mixed with the evergreens and all the berries appearing for the birds, I really enjoyed foraging in my garden.
Claire also took a stroll through the local Clandeboye estate and my dad got in on the act foraging through the hedgerows of the family fields ‘at home’ in Portadown. What an array of finds we gathered, enough for ten wreaths i’m sure!
Where does time go! Hannah was christened exactly a year ago at 2 months old, it really doesn’t seem that long ago! As I was looking back over the photos I thought I would write a wee blog and share some photos.
HANNAH FLORENCE ROSANNA
was baptised on Sunday 16th August 2015 at Holy Trinity Church, Glencraig.
Today we have been together for 2000 days!! And what an adventure it’s been!
I know this is a totally random fact but I figured it out a while ago and then forgot about it…… so all of a sudden the day is here! Why? I hear you ask……
Well, when we were trying to choose a wedding date, we knew we wanted a winter wedding in 2013 but couldn’t pick a date of any significance so I tried to come up with ideas and we discovered that on Wednesday 13th November 2013 it would be 1000 days from our first date, so the wedding date was set!
So I thought it would be significant to figure out when we would hit 2000 days! It doesn’t sound very long really, but its