LOVING Wilf's face in this pic, couldn't put down his brownie for a second
I thought I'd combine my Me and Mine pics this month with a little staycation we recently went on to Bath. I appreciate Bath isn't actually the city we live in but they are so close I'm still sort of calling it a staycation. We recently visited for a family shoot with the lovely Nell Mallia and it reminded us how much we love it, pretty streets at every corner and such beautiful parks!
We decided to stay over to make it feel like a real holiday and stayed at Brooks Guest house who also have a hotel in Bristol (where Tom proposed!) so it was nice to see what their sister hotel was like.
We were asked by Boots Soltan to go on a 'summer experience' and when I think of British summer, unlike most of the population who think of the beach I think of a picnic. I do like the idea of the beach but..all that sand and a 6 month old who would probably put it in her mouth filled me with a bit of dread so a picnic in the beautiful park seemed a lot more appealing. We were super careful to wear suncream in the midday sun, I'm very pale and burn easily and I know it really important to cover the kids in it too as their skin is still so new. Sometimes it's not the sunniest days when you can burnt, UVA exposure effects 40% of the time when you're not in direct sunlight. I didn't know before but apparently UVA can even reflect of things like grass!
Now Tom is back at work we are cherishing his Thursday's off even more and so we headed down on Wednesday night so that we could spend a full day with him there. It was really nice seeing the city not on a weekend when it feels quite busy, the photo above of us all was taken at Royal Cresent and we were the only ones there!
When I see a pretty door I'm always look at Tom like 'Tooooom, pleease could you take my picture??' and he rolls his eyes and does. Trouble is when you are in Bath you come across pretty doors here there and everywhere!
And when you see a hedge with pink flamingo's on it you've got to get to it and pose!
We picked up lunch at Chandos Deli (who also have a branch in Bristol funny enough) and went a bit crazy pretty much ordering one of everything, we definitely had eyes bigger than our tummies that day.
As someone with pale skin I do love the sun but also have to be pretty careful of not burning, I think it's something I've always taken notice off and never really tried to tan because I just burn and go back to being red, it was never worth it even as a teen when friends would put baby on themselves to tan (!). I did struggle with being pale especially when I was younger, once my sister in law actually asked me why I'd come out wearing white tights thanks so my milk bottle legs ha! As I've got older though I've really embraced it as being part of me and how I look and I'm kinda a little smug about the fact my skin doesn't really have a lot of sun damage.
I have a whole post coming up on how I got on at a Boots Soltan event seeing how the sun has effected my skin over the past 30 years, also whats my skins age was..so look out for that one!
Quick breastfeeding stop.
This kid is such a goof ball (also sort of wanted to use these as celebratory pics on Friday..but you know how that went, oh dear).
One day we we get a picture where Mabli is not looking the other way!
I can't believe it's half way through the year already, honestly the fast 6 months of my life I think, even faster than how quick the first few months went with Wilf. My baby girl is half was through the first year of her life, she's starting to eat, she's sitting up and she's trying to crawl, my little boy has this last summer before school..it's all going so fast!
I'm determined to make this summer the best one yet, the first one with both my kiddos and before school starts. Lots more picnics planned for sure!
Don't forget to catch up with what the other hosts have been up to in June by checking out Lucy / Katie / Lucy / Alex and Jenny's posts and link below to share your June 'Me and Mine'
Boots Soltan put us up for the night at a Hotel and paid for our picnic but all words and thoughts are my own more on my day with them in a later post!