Monday, 23 January 2017

Portraits of my Children | 4/52


4/52

The girls' photos are so different to each other this week but I love both of them. Lyra's was taken yesterday, we went for a walk through the woods and it was absolutely freezing but she loved every second of it anyway. She's had these wings for a few months now but always refuses to wear them and then suddenly, yesterday, she demanded them on. And who am I to argue? She looked so cute in them, my little woodland fairy.

In contrast Athena's picture was taken at home during the week. I don't share too many nursing photos on here and to be honest that's mostly down to the fact that I haven't taken many this time around. This week though Athena has discovered a love of solid food and I'm already noticing a decline in nursing sessions. It's brought home the fact that she will stop breastfeeding at one point, this period in my life will be over forever and I don't want to forget any of it. The way she looks up at me whilst I nurse her is the opposite of her big sister who was all business and I could just stare at those big blue eyes all day long.

Linking up with What the Redhead Said. You can catch up on my portraits of the girls from this year so far here and see last years here.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Lacock Abbey | Weekend Adventures

As my maternity leave is coming to an end we're taking a slower approach to our weekends, instead spending a little more time at home together. That doesn't mean we're not eager to be out and about exploring but we're not venturing too far. This weekend we decided to head to Lacock Abbey, a place we've been to a lot but haven't actually visited since Athena was born.



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Monday, 16 January 2017

Portraits of my Children | 3/52



3/52

I've tried something a little different this week and not focussed on the girls' faces for once. I take so many pictures of them that it's nice to play around with it sometimes and I'm really happy with how they turned out.

Lyra's photo was taken on Saturday as we walked around Lacock Abbey. Matt and I had both had our cameras out and Lyra wanted to join in. She's loving taking photos at the moment, she shouts cheese and snaps away. 'Cheese, Daddy'. 'Cheese, Thee'. 'Cheese, Trees'. Very cute.

I took Athena's photo on a walk not too far from home. We hadn't gone very far and she fell asleep whilst watching Lyra run along collecting sticks. When I checked on her I just thought it was so very cute that she was clutching her bunny's hand.

Linking up with What the Redhead Said. You can catch up on my portraits of the girls from this year so far here and see last years here.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

My Girls in January

This is my first full year of joining in with the Siblings Project as Athena was born in May last year and I am so excited to see how the girls relationship develops as Athena gets older. This will be the year that she goes from baby to toddler and I cannot wait to see how much mischief the two of them will get into together. Because I am in no doubt that mischief is what they will be up to. They're already thick as thieves and Athena just idolises her big sister which I think you can really see in this month's photos.


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Monday, 9 January 2017

Portraits of my Children | 2/52



2/52

There's something about this week's photo of Athena. I feel like I'm getting a glimpse of the future when I look at it, like I can almost see the shadow of her future self. I love it and I don't even care that I've cut her chin off! She's actually in the Ergo strapped to my chest in this photo so this is the view that I had whilst walking around. It's not wonder that I baby wear so much is it?

Lyra's photo was taken on the same walk and this cheeky little face is one of a girl about to taste mud for the first time. She was not impressed! I'm surprised we've managed to go so long without her eating mud if I'm honest because she loves being covered in it. In fact if you could see the bottom half of her in this photo you would see what I mean!

Linking up with What the Redhead Said. You can catch up on my portraits of the girls from this year so far here and see last years here.

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Everyday Captures | The Extraordinary Ordinary

I am such a sucker for a photo project. Last year I pretty much completed a photo a day challenge (I missed a couple of days in December) and I also take a portrait of each of my daughters every week. When I was pregnant with my second child I knew that I would want to take some special photos to document their relationship from day one. Once Athena was born my days passed in a blur of nappy changes, everlasting nursing sessions and lack of sleep. All these plans for perfectly styled sibling photos went out of the window.


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Friday, 6 January 2017

Watching the Sunrise | Something for the Weekend

Lyra is almost three now and there was one thing that we had yet to do with her. Watch the sunrise. Now, we have had our share of early mornings with both Lyra and Athena. We've sometimes been eating breakfast as the sun has risen but we have never headed outside to purposefully watch it. So on New Year's Day we did just that and I am so happy that we did.


We did our research before hand and chose a hill close by that we thought would give us the best view and I would definitely recommend doing the same if you're thinking of taking your little ones out because, although the sunrise isn't particularly early at this time of year (on New Year's Day it was 8.15), getting everybody up and out takes some time. Well it does in our house at least! I would also recommend checking your weather forecast before hand and choosing the clearest day as it would be really disappointing to get there and not be able to see anything because of fog or rain. We had decided that we would like to start a tradition of watching the sunrise on the first day of the New Year since with little ones the chance of staying up until midnight is minimal. It also seems such a positive, uplifting way to start the new year. So, since we were set on a certain day we had to cross our fingers and hope that the sky would be clear.

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