5.11.19

Our Halloween and Half Term - Our week in Pictures


(Wilf's jumper a gift from Velveteen Clothing)

So that was Half term! I have to admit I felt pretty guilty halfway through the week when we had basically done nothing without time apart from trying to feel better from this dreadful cold we all had been having. It was a reminder though that sometimes just the simplest things like walking around the corner for a crepe or going to chose pack lunch snacks from the supermarket is enough.

So here are a few pictures of what we got up to..


This picture makes me laugh so much, Wilf has been drawing and I guess leaned on it and didn't realise. Later that morning (yes we were all still in pjs) we gound this little face on his arm like a tattoo (scroll to the end of this post to see a tattoo he then drew himself haha)


On one of the days, I did manage to take Wilf out for a walk, the beautiful Christmas Steps

Tom and I made Moonrise Kingdom outfits but were so full of cold on actual Halloween we just bundled ourselves into coats but at least we took pictures when we were trying them out!


The only thing we ended up buying was the vintage suitcase which I'm pretty pleased about. Tom's neckerchief was two feather dusters taped together!


Wilf and Mabli were Ash Ketchum and Pikachu. Tom made Mabli's tail but we bought his jacket and hat from Amazon. I feel ok about it as he can wear them as actual clothes too


The last two pictures of Pikachu are from when we had to drop Ash off for own clothes day at school and she was sad to be seperated. Nothing a chocolate muffin couldnt fix though.
Hope you all have a lovely Halloween and half term if you were off!

Four must have buys for the plant lovers


It's no secret my plant obsession has reached new heights so here's four little plant-related home items I'm loving right now. Perfect gift ideas for any plant lovers or just little additions to your own home.

1, Plant Lady pot
2, Plant bedding 
3, Woven planter
4, Plant mister 

(affiliate links)

1.11.19

Life Lately Autumn is here


It's such a cliche I'm sure but Autumn is and will forever be my favorite season!

Thank you, Autumn, for making being indoors acceptably cozy (fully paid-up member of the stay home club over here). For making the outdoors the perfect shade of orange. For fires, and hearty soups and hot drinks and mulled wine and the magical run-up to Christmas.

We've been working a little more on the house and finally getting some pics up, I want to do a full-on house tour soon but so many projects are ongoing.


I'm a little late posting over here as always so here is a collection of some photos of life lately. If you missed it on Instagram then I am almost three months into trying Invisalign (which was part of a free experience with Specialist Dental Bristol, you can see a video on that here. I'm so excited to see the results as I've always had an issue with my incisors growing down over my baby teeth.


We took a trip to the Forest of Dean for the first time in a couple of years. It's really only an hour from us by car but we are two people who have not quite figured that out yet so it took us maybe three times as long but still worth it. Actually, full honesty Mabli had a full-on cold that weekend and the tantrums and no sleep was so REAL that I cried more than once but hey there were great moments too.


Wilf thought he was doing the peace sign in this pic ;) we explained it to him right after we saw it and we all laughed a lot. He gave me permission to post


These two's relationship is one of my favorite part of being a mum right now. I'm not saying its the easiest part of being a mum right now and you better believe its often way easier being with one at a time but despite the ups and downs, it's wonderful to watch. I really really hope they will always be close.

Coat 
Jumper 
(both gifts from Next)

(photo in hot tub part of a previous campaign) 

1.10.19

Five things I've learnt about marriage in five years



Next week is our five year wedding anniversary so I thought it would be apt to write a little post on what I've learned about marriage at that time. Saying that this will also be our eleventh year of being together so I guess you could also title this 'what I've learned about being with someone for over a decade'. Both work. I'll stick with five things though so this doesn't drag on.

As a side note, I'd also say I don't have any experience of marriage without already being parents and so I think the jump from a semi single life to a married one would be more of a change than one when you have already decided to commit on being a family (if that makes sense). Having kids definitely tests your relationship at times! 

I think the most important thing I've learn't in the past few years is that there are definitely more ways to express to someone you love them then stating 'I love you'. Personally, I can become a little complacent at times and forget to make the effort. There's all the day-to-day, the kids our jobs etc and honestly days of staring into each other's eyes and saying those three words don't happen so often anymore. Instead, I've learned there are more ways you can take time out to make sure you're showing your appreciation. A simple 'Thank you' for doing the dishes still means a lot, sure they needed to be done and one of the two of us was going to do it but it goes a long way to remind each other you're there. Another word I'm not so good at is saying 'I'm sorry' honestly I'm working on it! Tom likes to remind me of my way of saying sorry is to say 'I'm sorry we argued' ;)



On that note, so many people seem to tell you to never go to bed on an argument. I'd actually like to say the complete opposite tbh. Sure you can go to bed mad at each other but in the morning more often then not I've totally forgotten why I was even cross. See also, don't take score (I am the worst for this).

Having time alone, and actually not alone time with each other. Time to be our own selves and give each other some space. I think this is especially important when you work together because we see A LOT of each other. Having our own time and interests also gives us something to talk to each other about. Sometimes this can be as simple as taking time out to go for a run and sometimes it's something bigger like a night away with a friend. I think this is also so true of being a parent. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that, even if it's just for an hour or so on the weekend.



We are not the same people we were when we got married.

Even five years ago I can see I was a different person to who I am now to me in my twenties. First off we've added another child to the mix so those last few years have been mainly spent pretty sleep deprived. I'm also even further from who I was 11 years ago at 22. Sometimes the fact that we still love and want to be with each other all this time later as two very different people than we were in our early twenties still amazes me.

So you grow together. Don't expect them to be the same person as they were because you probably aren't either. You're probably both a bit more tired, a bit rounder around the middle maybe and a bit wiser (debatable) but you realise you love each other for different reasons now too. In fact, I prefer us now than then and I'm excited to see who we are in another 5 years time!

Constantly work at it. I honestly don't believe there is a magic one person for everyone. Call me cynical but I think a lot of it is chance and connection and then some work. Sometimes less work and sometimes a lot more but always making that effort and taking that time. Our marriage is in no way perfect but its perfect for us. It takes work but I think all the best things are worth working for.

Photos by Through the Woods we Ran - We got some couple shots done to mark 5 years
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