17/52 Well, of course the big news of this week is that I am now the mother of a three year old! We had a pretty relaxed long weekend of celebrating as a family filled with presents, balloons, cake, and chocolate. I took so many photos of Lyra this week that I absolutely love that it was difficult to choose which one to share. Despite loving all of the ones I took of Lyra dressed as Peter Pan I had to go with one from her actual birthday. Athena’s photo this week was taken the day after Lyra’s birthday when…

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Almost all of the films I remember watching and re-watching as a child were Disney. They were the perfect cinema outing, the best sick day treat, and my brother and I also always received one as an Easter gift each year which is a tradition my Mum has continued with my daughters (this year’s DVD was Disney’s Robin Hood). I grew up watching the films and singing along to the songs and I knew that when I had children of my own I’d want to share my favourites with them. What I didn’t count on was my daughter having very…

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Our biggest little one, Lyra Josephine, turns three today! I cannot believe how quickly these years are flying by, it only feels like yesterday that I was holding her in my arms for the first time. We put together a little video of clips from the past year and I’m not kidding when I say I’ve watched it about twenty times already. I just can’t believe how much she changes in it! She starts as a toddler and now, as she turns three, she is most definitely a little girl. Happy Birthday Lyra Jo! We love you, Very Much So…

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16/52 This week has been so busy with preparations for Lyra’s birthday that I haven’t picked up the camera much at all! Both girl’s photos from this week were taken yesterday during Easter Sunday. Lyra’s photo is the perfect example of what happens when Easter and your birthday fall in the same week. She spent the day eating her body weight in chocolate and then insisted on licking the bowl as I was making her birthday cake! I say licking the bowl but she practically climbed into it, she was covered in chocolate cake mixture. Athena’s photo was taken at…

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Dear Little Lyra, Tomorrow you turn three. Three! I can hardly believe that a year has passed since I was writing your ‘before you turn two‘ letter. And yet. And yet so much has changed these past twelve months and you most of all. You started your year a toddler through and through. You were a nappy wearing, podgy toddler bellied girl who hardly said a word. Now you are oh so tall, all arms and legs it feels, and you run around from morning until night chattering away the whole time. You seem to only have one speed and…

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Spring is here! Longer, brighter days, (hopefully) warmer weather, and colour. Everywhere I look at the moment is colour. Daffodils, bluebells, leaves on trees again, as well as butterflies and bees. Beautiful. My favourite thing about Spring though is the chance it brings to be more spontaneous. I find myself obsessively checking the weather less and, since we don’t need to wear as many layers when we go out, I can leave the house relatively quickly so we can squeeze in all of the adventures we want. This Spring is special too as I feel like Athena is my little…

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These two have been sisters for eleven months now and that means we’re almost at the end of our first year as parent’s to two little ones. It’s crazy to think how quickly this past year has gone but I honestly couldn’t imagine life without the two of them, Lyra certainly doesn’t remember a time where Athena wasn’t with us. I’m so happy with how Lyra adapted to life as a big sister. She adored Athena from the very beginning and, although of course they have their moments, she is still just as in love with her little sister. She…

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This year Easter Monday falls on Lyra’s birthday so, rather than have the two competing, we decided to head to Lacock to take part in their egg trail last weekend instead. This way we can keep the long weekend dedicated to celebrating our eldest daughter as much as possible. We still have an Easter Egg and a couple of little Spring gifts for the girls next Sunday and we’ll have a little egg hunt in the house to find them but I imagine I’ll be spending most of the day trying to bake a cake that looks OK! Last year…

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