the me and mine project {august}

Rich is loving
* the new football season.
* our day out at Warwick Castle.
* going to watch the 20/20 cricket.
* Quinn starting to use the potty like a big girl. 
* having a man den to play X-Box.

Lucy is loving
* the long bank holiday weekend. 
* that we've booked two holidays for next year. 
* the newly decorated snug (or as Rich calls it "man den" or as the kids call it "playroom")
* finally getting her braces. 
* houmous and avocado flatbreads. 

Dylan is loving
* learning the elements of the periodic table. 
* reading The Faraway Tree with Mummy. 
* mastering riding his new bike. 
* watching Julius Jr. 
* having Uncle Matt home. 

Everly is loving
* playing in the paddling pool. 
* wearing summer dresses - every single day.
* practising school hair styles with Mummy. 
* meeting a princess at Warwick Castle. 
* sleepovers with Dylan. 

Quinn is loving
* having Dylan and Everly home to play with. 
* pirate books. 
* using the potty. 
* pouring water out of the paddling pool. 
* anything to do with Peppa Pig. 


the siblings project {august}

Oh August... you are a month, quite simply, MADE for The Siblings Project. So much play time, together time, bonding time. There has of course been some arguing time and bickering time and wanting-a-bit-of-time-out-from-each-other time too. But mostly, its been the former. And its been a total pleasure having all three of this trio around all day everyday.

I actually took these photos completely spontaneously one morning when the kids were in a particularly cheeky, funny, smiley, humouring-their-old-mum kind of mood. I grabbed them on my phone, because that was to hand, and the big camera was downstairs. And I just love love LOVE them! I don't think I've ever managed photos that capture their personalities quite as well as these do... my little crew of complete nutcases!


the starting point

I've been wanting to share this ever since we moved, since before that actually if I think about it. I think as anyone who has ever moved house will know, the urge to put your stamp on a place is big. I'm undecided as to whether the fact we already knew our new house made this worse or better. In many ways it was nice to move in and know that we didn't need to rip out the fixtures and fittings of a random stranger we didn't know (anyone else just find the whole toilet seat and carpet thing a bit yucky to think about, or is it just me?), our home was brand new when my Nan bought it, and then we bought it from her, so we knew what we were getting into and there was something very comforting about that. But on the flip side, we knew the house.... and it was my Nan's, so it felt very strange for quite some time to be here without her, and to sleep here, and to get our heads around the fact it is now ours. Such a weird and unique and fun situation.

But the place is starting to feel like home more and more now. We are gradually making it our own, with a lick of paint here and a make over there. Don't get me wrong, it's going to be a long time before we are anywhere near "finished". In fact I doubt we'll ever be, because I'm sure we'll always be finding new things we want to do to improve and change where we live. But I am so excited to share some of the changes here on this blog; the room makeovers, our DIY adventures and everything in between. And I feel like, in order to paint the fullest picture, it's nice to see the beginning, the starting point; which will hopefully highlight just how far we've come.

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