Since we got married three years ago, I have been wanting to expand our range of photos. I have been meaning to get a canvas done for the lounge, but with one thing and another, never quite got around to it. When I was asked if I would like to review a canvas from Canvas Design I knew it was the perfect opportunity to get a shot of the wedding day.
After choosing my photo, I was advised the one I selected wasn’t very good quality, so I chose another, this time an action shot which I was advised would be a little blurry on canvas.
I appreciated these comments prior to ordering which meant I wouldn’t be disappointed when my finished canvas arrived.
I finally settled on one of our edited photos from the day in black and white with colour shots coming through. I wasn’t disappointed when the finished canvas arrived with me. It didn’t take very long at all from ordering to receiving, and despite the packaging taking a little battering from the transportation, the finished product arrived with me wrapped very securely and in one piece.
I was very pleased with the quality of the canvas. I couldn’t tell it was on canvas until I got very close to it. The edges of the canvas are continuous for the photo which is lovely. So many canvases I see stop the design at the edges and try to disguise it by adding a frame or a border, but this rolls right around.
It has taken pride of place in our lounge for everyone to see as they come in the front door. If you’d like to order a canvas and receive FREE delivery and 15% off the price then please feel free to use code BLOG15
For most schools, World Book Day is celebrated with the children dressing up in a character from their favourite book, or perhaps following a theme. I remember 18yo doing this at the same school 6yo goes to now, yet she has never dressed up for World Book Day.
I’m not complaining too much as putting a costume together at the last minute is always quite stressful, and then I worry that I haven’t spent enough time on it etc, so I was OK with the fact that 6yo’s school had chosen to ask each child to take in their favourite book to school today to share.
Great idea! We have just finished reading George’s Marvelous Medicine and this was the book of choice for this morning.
At the beginning of the week, 6yo has been asking if we can ride to school this morning as the schools are promoting healthy activity and handing out free breakfast treats to anyone who walks, rides or scoots to school.
Ok, in the mix we have both Hubby and I working full time, juggling tiredness and childcare, but today happens to be the one morning I actually have enough time to walk to school and get home before starting work a little later.
I got up this morning and really didn’t want to walk, but I am not about to let 6yo down, so we were ready and today was the first day she has really ridden her bike on the roads, although she is confident off road.
We got half way to school without incident, she was listening, stopping when I asked and being really well behaved. One slip up on an off road track that cars travel down, she veered into the centre and a car had just turned into the lane, so we stopped for a chat about staying to the side etc.
We arrived at the hill before school and I warned her that it as busy, to stay concentrating, not go too fast etc. All fine until she turned to chat to a friend and didn’t stop in time and nudged a car. I apologised profusely, there was no mark, and when I looked again I realised it was the same car I apologised to on the lane as she veered into the centre of the lane!
We get to school, line up in the long queue for our breakfast treats and 6yo is happy to choose a breakfast bar (not sure if they think we all went to school without breakfast but there was plenty to choose from).
We get into school and there is no space left in the bike rack to put 6yo’s bike. This would be fine, but I’m not collecting today after school and the bike would be left until 6pm when Hubby arrives, so I couldn’t risk leaving it not locked up in a proper rack. Thankfully a friend offered to take the bike home for me in her car, so I didn’t have to walk it all the way back home again.
Saying goodbye to 6yo going into her class, and she realises we left her book at home!
It took Hubby and myself a few years before we forged ahead with our wedding plans. There was always something more important to spend our money on, but in January 2010, we decided to go for it.
As with many couples, we had a budget we had to stick to, and I was determined to get as much value for money as we could. We set out thinking we were funding the day ourselves, but along the way we did receive some help to our special day which we were very grateful for.
The day itself started well and very relaxed as myself and now 18yo had stayed in the hotel where we were having the ceremony the night before. Now 6yo was due to meet us just before the ceremony to get changed.
We had a lazy morning, doing each other’s hair and make up, and in fact I was still in my pyjamas when the photographers poked their head around the door half an hour before the ceremony was due to start to tell me to hurry up, they wanted to take some shots!
I think my wedding dress was the biggest bargain of the day. It cost me £99 custom made ordered online. I have never been a very dressy person, so I wanted something simple yet classy. I can happily report that I felt very comfortable in my dress all day, and I wasn’t worried that it was getting muddy when we went to the beach for pictures because of the cost.
My day was made super special because I had my Dad there to walk me down the aisle. He had been saying for ages that we should bring the date forward as he may not be around when we finally got around to getting married. I always ignored him, but I am thankful we got off our backsides and planned our day as my Dad was only with us for eighteen months after the wedding, and I would have been very sad if he hadn’t been there.
The one thing I remember people saying to me was I should enjoy every second of the day as it goes so quickly. I don’t remember a lot about the actual service, I think the nerves took over. I remember walking down the aisle, and thanking my lucky stars that I hadn’t tripped down the stairs, and I remember sitting for photos afterwards, but the actual words, I think I just concentrated on getting my words out and not crying.
We were lucky enough to have the sun shining that day, so pictures were taken of just Hubby and I on the beach nearby which was nice. It was cold but funnily enough the adrenaline took over and I didn’t feel cold in my dress with other people around us in jackets and coats.
We had a gorgeous wedding breakfast with our closest friends and family, before inviting everyone to a party in the evening where we all let our hair down, mingled, chatted, drank and danced.
There were cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake, and not one but two chocolate fountains that I constantly had to play my trump card of “I’m the bride” to get to the front of the queue.
Would I do anything differently? No way! It’s hard to believe that today is my third wedding anniversary. It feels so long ago, yet the photos bring back so many great memories that make the day feel like yesterday.
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I have to admit that before today, we haven’t played with water beads. For whatever reason, 18yo decided to buy 6yo some water beads, as she had seen them at work and thought they looked great.
Being a big kid herself, she hydrated them before presenting them to 6yo in a big tub. I didn’t realise what they were to start with, but 6yo was really enjoying just dipping her hands in and out of them for a little while.
Being the inventive parent that I am (halo firmly in place), I recycled the large piece of bubble wrap we had from a large package received today, and laid it on the floor. The textured surface was great for the beads not to roll around too much, and they stayed in place.
I got some supplies from the kitchen which included bowls, cake cases, and muffin cases with lids. A spoon and a bit of imagination saw 6yo playing happily for over an hour this afternoon after school.
I was amazed and secretly pleased that a tub of squishy beads could keep someone entertained for so long. I did get involved and we started creating simple pictures and I made some sums on the floor for 6yo to answer.
Even the cat wanted to have a look to see what was going on!
I was hearing plenty of chitter chatter from 6yo with herself about what she was doing, and what she was creating. There were the occasional shouts of “Oh, I could get so and so” which she then went off to collect her little supplies and added it to her game.
It’s so nice to watch from a distance at her playing sometimes, and it means she’s not stuck in front of a screen (not one mention of a screen was heard).
Water beads have great uses including sensory play, scientific experiments and plenty more activities with imagination.
Since 6yo went ice skating during half term with her Dad, she’s been really excited to go again to show me her confidence on the ice. We got up early to go this morning, which 6yo was very pleased about and eager to get going. The rink we went to is only a small one, but thankfully not too busy this morning.
Needing to hold onto Daddy, it wasn’t long before she was pulling him around the rink. There was a spectacular stumble after about ten minutes on the ice, and if it had have been me there with her then it would have ended so differently, but Daddy is a pretty skilled skater, so he saved the day, and 6yo came up smiling.
That smile didn’t leave her face the whole time she was there!
We did witness some spectacularly groovy moves between 6yo and Daddy.
They only had an hour on the ice, which was probably enough judging by how hot and thirsty she was at the end of the time slot. As a spectator, I was a little chilly, but it was so nice to see the smile on her face as she realised she wasn’t going to fall over holding on to Daddy’s hand. I think next time she may even let go!
Do you remember Popples? They were first around for about four years in the late 80′s. Only nine different Popples made by Mattel, and I remember the time well.
I begged my parents for a Popple, and I ended up with Pancake. I didn’t know it was pancake though until today when I researched the history again. I loved my Popple, flipping her inside out to keep her warm in her pouch at night time.
She has stayed with my since childhood, though I’m not entirely sure why or how she has, but when we were clearing the loft a little while ago, I found her in a bag of soft toys. I think I must have let 18yo have her for a little while when she was younger, and now 6yo is enjoying her.
In fact 6yo does like to devote most of her attention to one stuffed toy at a time, depending on what the favourite of the day or week will be. At the moment it’s Pancake that she is taking everywhere with her.
I’m impressed at how well she still looks considering she’s over 25 years old.
I was recently tagged by You Baby Me Mummy in the Blog Your Heart Out Meme. The idea is to answer 5 questions and then tag five other bloggers to answer the same five questions.
I hope this will let some of you who don’t know me, get to know me a little more.
Question 1. Who/What encouraged you to start blogging?
I originally starting blogging when 6yo was just over a year old. I didn’t really get into the community of blogging though and soon gave it up. I stumbled across the blogging community again in 2012 when I was distracting myself by entering competitions after my Dad passed away, and I remembered enjoying it. I decided to start again and here I am. It’s sparked my love of writing, and encourages me to continue with the dream.
Question 2. How did you choose what topic to blog about?
I knew I was going to blog our family life. It’s a great record to have to look back on when 6yo is grown up. To remember the days out, struggles, happy moments that we have all shared is priceless. Photos tell a great story, but the text behind it is going to be amazing as well.
Question 3. What is something most people don’t know about you?
There’s not a lot people don’t know about me, I’m fairly open and honest with everything. If I think of something I’ll add it here
Question 4. What three words describe your style?
Thoughtful, creative, imaginative
Question 5. What do you love to do when you are not blogging?
When I’m not blogging, I like to enter competitions, be creative, sew, and spend time with the family. With a full time job at the moment, it’s getting difficult to juggle all the balls and keep them in the air.