Alphabet Photo #L

L is for … Leap.

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From 10 months old, I’ve always had my heart in my mouth with Harley. He always walked before he could crawl, so to speak.

‘No Fear’ is his middle name.

4 years later, I’m kind of used to it. Funnily enough, it’s usually other people who take a gasp when he jumps off something or cycles fast down a hill.

He loves being active.

And I love that.

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Alphabet Photo #K

K is for…. Kids.

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Hurrah, we managed to get a lovely photo of all of them; all looking the right way; all looking angelic!

They get on, so unbelievably well. Step brothers does not even come into it. They are brothers and sisters and love each other dearly.

Lola is one well protected little girl with 3 older brothers. They don’t fight over her, yet they give her all of their attention. They are so tolerant of her ruining their games, stealing their ball and hiding their shoes!

I love this photo of Lola laughing and pointing up to them, Harley looking adoringly at her, Connor looking too cool and Ethan, the proud older brother.

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So proud to be their Mummy and Step Mummy.

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Alphabet Photo #J

J is for … Joke nose!

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Oh my goodness, this photo makes me laugh so much.

Yes that’s right, only Harley is wearing the joke nose and glasses but they look so alike, it’s uncanny!
They look more alike, the more I look at it.

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Alphabet Photography # I

I is for… Inspired.

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Yes, it’s a pair of trainers.

Yes, it’s the stereotype runner’s shot.

Except I am not a runner, not even remotely.

But this is me and my friend as we embark on our Sunday morning running session.

 I have indeed been inspired to start the Couch to 5K training and I am into my second week. It’s very early days and the thought of being able to run the full distance in a few weeks, makes me laugh out loud.

A truly impossible task.

However, it’s not impossible. I’m going to believe that I can and I will achieve it.

How brilliant is the This Girl Can advert…

Truly inspirational.

“I jiggle therefore I am…. Damn right I look hot.”

So this is a very proud and inspired Alphabet Photo.

This girl certainly can.

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Alphabet Project #H

H is for … Husband.

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I don’t know what I would do without him.

He’s the glue.

He’s the backbone.

He’s the blue in my sky.

The flip to my flop.

The bumble to my bee.

The only thing better than having him as my husband, is that my children have him as their Daddy.

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Alphabet Photography #G

G is for … Great Grandparents.

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I feel so incredibly lucky to still have both of my grandparents, living locally. More than that, my children have two wonderful great grandparents who dote on them and who really enjoy their company.

Harley loves looking at Great Grandad’s model trains and tanks. He struggles to understand that they are just that: models not toys!

Great Gran loves playing plastic skittles with them and jigsaws. The amount of chocolate biscuits the kids are offered when we are round makes Harley think he’s in biscuit heaven!

Love them both, dearly.

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Alphabet Photo #F

F is for … Friends.

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I adore this photo of Harley with his best friend, Harry. Taken only yesterday they always have so much fun when they are together.

Their laughter is infectious.

With only 4 months between them, they have always been close (they have no choice when their mums are good friends!)

Harry is a little whizz when it comes to numbers; he’s going to be a Maths genius when he’s older and Harley, well he wants to be a footballer! Luke and I joke that he’s our pension because he’s pretty nifty with his footwork already!

Harry’s mum and I always say that our lovely childminder must have her hands full with the 2 of them together, at the same time! I definitely couldn’t keep up with them running around me all day!

But in truth, I’m a little apprehensive about the future. In a few months, both Harley and Harry will be starting school.

Different schools.

This is a conscious decision that Luke and I made for various reasons. However, I’m safe in the knowledge that Harley is sociable and young enough to make new friends. He’s quite a shy boy but I sincerely hope that doesn’t go against him.

I don’t want him to lose his old friends.

I don’t want him to lose Harry.

The transition from Preschool to Reception is a milestone event. An exciting one. An emotional one… for parents. One that I hope will open up a world of opportunity for them both.

Even though they will be at different schools, I can’t wait to see them grow and develop as individuals; build new friendships; learn new skills; enjoy learning (hopefully) and all the while sharing their journey with each other.

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Alphabet Photo #D

D is for … Digger.

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If you walk into Harley’s bedroom, you see diggers; on the curtains; on the cushions; on his duvet. If you walk into the playroom, you will probably step on a digger or set off a remote control digger from across the room. If you pull the clothes out of the washing machine, you will probably pull out a wet, soggy digger sticker. Yep, the boy loves diggers. So much so that he wants to be a digger driver (or a bin man) when he’s older!

My lovely friend bought us tickets to go to Diggerland for Harley’s birthday.

I love this photo. Harley and I got to actually maneuver the digger to dig up the soil. It was pretty scary when the bucket got stuck in the mud and the crane started to lift up the cab where we were sat. I screamed a little. He just laughed.

It really was a super family day. You can read about our Day Out at Diggerland, here and see more fab digger photos.

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Alphabet Photography #C

C is for …. Cake.

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Most of you will know that we have just celebrated Lola’s first birthday.

Forgive me for the gender stereotyping but we just had to have a pink teaparty for her. Having had a son and two step sons, my eyes did light up at the thought of all things pretty and pink when I found out I was having a girl.

For her birthday tea, the table was laid out so pretty, the splash of colour and sparkle really reflected our precious little girl’s personality.

Her birthday cake was a yummy vanilla sponge and jam filling with a surprise cascade of chocolate Smarties hidden inside the cake. No, I didn’t make it! Maybe next year?

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Alphabet Photo #B

B is for … Brave.

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Last weekend we headed down to the pier. For a chilly winter walk along the beach? I hear you ask. Nope. To play the penny machines? Nope. We actually went rock climbing!

At the end of pier, there is now a fantastic indoor climbing zone called Rock Reef. As Harley is only 4, he was able to do the ‘Clip n Climb’ which is a series of climbing walls and ladders. I’ll be really honest and say that I didn’t think he would get a couple of rocks above the ground… but I was so wrong.

He did amazing. He was so brave.

As he got the hang of it, he managed to get all the way to the top and press the light. The wall in the photo above, stops 3/4 of the way up and then turns into a transparent wall. As the climbing zone is on the end of the pier, you are then climbing high, over looking the sea. Pretty spectacular. Totally wasted on a 4 year old, yet I thoroughly enjoyed the view; watching him and the sea.

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Alphabet Photography #A

Today marks the start of the Alphabet Photography Project that I took part in last year. I was amazed that I made it all the way to the end of the alphabet without missing a letter. Z and X were rather tricky but I managed it. The photo can be an object beginning with that letter, a colour, emotion or even the letter itself. I really enjoyed taking part and I’m keen to try it again…no repeats of words or photos, I hope!

A is for… air balloon.

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You must get fed up of me always banging on about beautiful our town is and how much I love where we live. We have the most amazing beaches, have I mentioned that before??

In the Summer, the gardens welcome the French fire alchemists, Compagnie Carabosse. A huge magical fire garden is created using scrap metal, some of which rotate. The event is completely free and truly spectacular.

This particular photo shows the hot air balloon illuminated on one of it’s night flights. When Carabosse return this year (I hope they do), I definitely want to see it from the dizzy heights from up above. I bet it’s breathtaking.

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Alphabet Photography ~ Z

And so we come to the end of the Alphabet Photography Project. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed choosing some of my favourite photos to fit each letter of the alphabet. In the first instance, I thought Z would be pretty difficult however after the hair raising weekend we had at GoApe, Z could be for no other word!

Z is for… Zip Wire

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For Ethan’s birthday, he chose to go to Go Ape for his birthday present, a Treetop Adventure Trail. He went up with his Daddy and I was more than happy to stay on the ground, taking the photos. On the course there are a few zip wires but this one is the longest. I love how you can see the full length of the zip line in this photo. Perhaps, I shouldn’t mention that Luke’s clip attaching him to the zip wire broke during this run in the photo! It was his safety harness that fortunately kept him attached! It didn’t seem to phase him, but my heart was in my mouth!

On one of the zip wires, the instructor gave Harley and Connor a speedometer to capture the speed that Luke and Ethan travelled down the zip wire. Ethan won with 17mph.

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Ethan thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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If I’m totally honest, I thought I had got away with it, until Connor asked me to do the Junior Treetop Trail with him for his birthday, a couple of weeks later! I was absolutely petrified. Before I had children, I was so brave and adventurous, I was always the first one in the queue for the biggest roller coasters and fastest rides; now I’m truly a wimp!

But I did my step mother duties and kept to my word that I would indeed take Connor on the Junior course thinking that it would be much tamer than the one I had just watched the others do. All I can say is that at 8 years old, he was much braver than me. I completed it but my goodness, I was terrified the whole way through. It made it all worthwhile when Connor told me he was proud of me, isn’t it supposed to be the other way round?!

Thank you so much for following my alphabet photo journey. It’s hard to choose a favourite: J is for Joy, has to be up there and T is for tide has been my screensaver since I took the photo.

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Alphabet Photography ~ Y

Y is for … Yawn

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Lola was only 14 days old in this photo. A perfect, squishy baby yawn. Baby’s are such time wasters, aren’t they? I could sit and watch her all day, whether she’s playing, sleeping, yawning, giggling, eating, I love every inch of her.

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Alphabet Photography ~ X

X is for … Xmas

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Ok, so technically Christmas starts with a C but can you think of many photos that begin with an X?!

This was a gorgeous moment, captured beautifully. Harley’s first Christmas. We made this photo into some Christmas Cards for friends and family. I smile every time I see the photo. I love it.

I know there are still a few more weeks to go until the Christmas tree can go up and it be considered acceptable, but I’m already starting to get excited. I’ve started a bit of my shopping and have volunteered to have all the family to ours this year for Christmas dinner.

It will be Lola’s first Christmas this year. I can’t wait to see their little faces. Simply magic.

 

I just had to share!

I just had to share!

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Alphabet Photography ~ W

W is for … Wavy

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I’ve really enjoyed this Alphabet Photography Project. It’s been such fun finding a photo to fit each letter of the alphabet (some have inevitably been easier than others) but I have really enjoyed sharing some of my favourite photos with you.

This is another of my favs. It was taken at Harley’s first ever Bonfire night. We didn’t know how he would cope with the loud bangs of the fireworks, or the late night for that matter, but it was truly magical. He was totally enthralled by all the lights and colours in the night sky.

I love the waves that the fireworks have created and the colour of the sky, captured in this photo. It almost looks as though Harley and I have been stuck onto the photo!

I can’t believe it’s nearly that time of year again. We love Bonfire night; I hope you all have a good one, this year.

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