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mia and lilacsjoe and buttercupsA portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015
Mia: a proposal with lilacs….”will you be my mama?”
Joseph: has this determined look, especially when he hears the word “no”….all he wanted to do was run along the river bank by himself
Joining in with Jodi, and many other lovely bloggers, over at Practising Simplicity for the 52 project.

A food festival and a funfair

church buntingI can never resist any sort of foodie event, and last Saturday there was the lovely choice of two food festivals locally. The difficult choice between them was based mainly on the fact that one had face-painting!
macaronsThere were also macarons…I let Mia choose one, but she insisted she needed two…one chocolate and mint, and the other black sesame seed, on the recommendation of the lady who makes them… I was allowed a teeny taste, and it was so good!
church steepleblack sesame macaronaccordian playerA little bit of accordion music in the sunshine
milking a cowand some cow milking!
cow colouringpaellaJoe discovered a love for paella
buntingAnd clearly 22 month old’s don’t suffer from indigestion, as he then ran around the churchyard.
uk usa flagsI love the bright primary colour gaudiness and lights of fairgrounds…the smell of frying burgers and doughnuts, not so much!
merry go roundMia loves funfairs, and always wants to try as many different rides as possible, even the toddler merry-go-round with Joe! Their expressions here are so funny and confused. Joe’s first fairground ride, and he had to go in the pink Barbie car!
ice cream van
funfair It was a lovely afternoon, sunny and blustery, and full of delicious snacks and laughter. The kind of day where everyone snoozes in the car on the way home, and you feel the sun on your cheeks at the end of the day.

To the east coast

3865d9e32f5fd6cec7729a6efde6a262One of the surprising advantages I have discovered to having little ones, is the opportunity to properly discover this lovely island that we live on. I really love to travel, and before children visited so many exciting countries. I have to admit that I hardly knew the UK at all though; I had never traveled further north in England than Birmingham, and not further east than London. Quite shocking considering I have lived in this country my entire life!
So, I decided to make the most of these years, where having small children discourages me from jumping on a plane, and to explore the beautiful country around me. Since Mia was born, we have had some wonderful UK-based holidays. We have explored Kent and Sussex in an old VW campervan, stayed inside the North York Moors national park in a wooden cabin in the forest, and taken many trips to south Cornwall.
Next week, we are off to stay in Woodbridge, Suffolk, and I am so looking forward to discovering a new coastline, and a whole area of the country. I cannot wait to visit old seaside towns, the Sutton Hoo site, and famous candy-colour beach huts at Southwold. And if the sun comes out, that will be amazing too!
Any recommendations for where to visit and what to see in Suffolk? I’d love to hear!
PS. I know that flying with little ones is totally possible (and we have taken Mia on a short-ish flight), but personally I find it a bit too stressful, so maybe in a few years, when I’m feeling brave enough! x

The garden, the blossom and the trampoline

I have loved watching the very inspiring BBC Four Goes Slow series recently. What a refreshing idea to watch journeys and crafts completed in real time. The series also reminded me that I don’t take nearly enough film footage of Mia and Joe. I always love looking back at videos I have taken, particularly of natural everyday moments. Home movies are the best, and I can’t stand them being too planned or rehearsed….real and ‘slow’ is best! I have some film of Mia aged 2 playing in the garden, she doesn’t realise I’m filming and runs about, bossing her daddy around…not much has changed there!
I have hardly any videos of Joe, so thought I’d have a go at making one of him in his natural environment, the garden!
My film-making skills are really terrible and need so much work! I had lots fun adding a little bit of editing though, maybe I’ll share another little family movie in future.
Joining in with Natalie’s weekly linkup at Little Jam Pot Life,  Let them Be Little.

Little Jam Pot Life

 P.S – No Barbies were harmed in the making of this film!