13/52 Each week when I’m choosing the girls’ photos I usually try and pick two that have a similar feel to them. Maybe they’re both taken on the same day or both outside, they have a similar tone or they’re both in black and white, but this week they are completely different. Except that they’re not. To me both of these photos remind me of how quickly my little ones are growing up. Athena’s photo this week was taken on Mother’s Day whilst we were out having a picnic. She’s been letting go of our hands to stand unassisted for…

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12/52 We started last week with a trip to Wales to visit family and to celebrate Matt’s birthday which was lovely. Both of the girls’ photos were taken whilst we were away and they really capture the adventures that we got up to. I especially love Athena’s this week, we dressed her in Lyra’s old puddle suit so that she could get down and explore whilst we were on the beach. Usually she’s tucked up in the Ergo so it was fun to see her joining in with rest of us and Lyra loved showing her all the fun that…

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Arts and crafts are a favourite activity in our house. Hardly a day goes by when Lyra won’t ask to do something creative even if it’s just getting the crayons out to draw. It’s a sure fire way to make her happy and if I get the paints out, well, she acts like she’s won the lottery! I absolutely love to watch her create something even if that something is a big mess of all of the colours she can get her hands on or I have to ask her to tell me what’s she has drawn because quite frankly…

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I was really disorganised this month and actually only managed to get these photos a few days ago but I am completely in love with them, especially that first one. I can’t stop staring them and definitely had a moment of disbelief that these were my children when I saw them for the first time. I think it’s because, up until this point, Athena has very much looked like a baby. And now suddenly she’s not. We’re still a couple of months shy of her first birthday but seeing her sat up like that next to her big sister feels…

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Our Sundays usually involve outdoor adventures and I spend the whole week looking forward to them so when Matt told me he had to head into work in Bristol last Sunday I’ve got to admit I was pretty disappointed. And that’s an understatement. I soon snapped out of it though when Matt suggested that the girls and I travelled in with him and headed to the museum whilst he worked. I have to admit that the promise of lunch also helped me get over the disappointment. As it turned out Matt managed to get away to join us at the…

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11/52 We’ve been out a lot this week and it really feels like we’re starting to find our rhythm again as well as, dare I say it, a little like Spring. Athena’s photo was taken just after Lyra had given her her first stick. Athena was very taken with it and waved it around vigorously whilst shouting, almost taking out two passers by in the process, before trying to eat it. If that doesn’t sum up Athena’s personality I don’t know what does. Lyra’s photo this week equally sums her up. A similar expression to last week whilst carrying a…

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10/52 Both pictures this week were taking during our walk in the woods at Heaven’s Gate on the Longleat Estate. I can’t help but smile at Lyra’s photo. There’s a reason why so many photos of her on this blog are action shots and that is that she has no interest in stopping exploring to have her photo taken. Matt actually managed to get her to pause long enough for this picture but I think her facial expression speaks volumes about how she feels about stopping, even for a second.I also feel like this picture is a glimpse of teenage…

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Ever since Lyra was a baby she hasn’t really been a fan of the park. There was a time when she quite liked a slide but that’s about it. I spent a lot of time worrying about it and forcing us to go to the park a few times a week because, well, that’s what you’re supposed to do isn’t it?! I was so desperate to be a ‘good mum’ that even though we rarely had a good time, I thought that if I persevered she would just enjoy it at one point. And then, as I gained a little…

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