A weekend at the seaside


I feel awful that I have neglected our family updates on my blog but it just seems that I have had so much on I have not been able to do it all. So here I am with a little update from us. We have been so busy as usual with all things life, getting the house finished and ready, getting everything ready for our new bundle, I have been nesting and decluttering lots and we have been trying to enjoy some couple and family time in between all of it too. It is always a juggle but a good one nonetheless.




We spent this weekend visiting our friends in Eastbourne. We went to the beach and it was so lovely. I am so glad I managed to get some pictures. Non really blog worthy or posed as such just us enjoying our time at the seaside.

As soon as we walked onto the pebble beach Sophia and Archie wanted to get in the water straight away. I didn’t pre plan this and had no towels or swimming costumes with us so swimming in their little pants it was and they absolutely loved it.

Actually I just love that both are not body conscious at all and at 6 and 3 are very happy to get into their pants and have a swim in the ocean. To me that is exactly what childhood is all about, freedom to just enjoy the moment, however spontaneous. And I hope their enjoyment of the small things carries on into their adult lives because I think that is so important and part of what makes life not only worth living but enjoyable and happy.



We didn’t spend long at the beach as we wanted the children to have the energy to walk back to the town centre without any moaning. I on the other hand could have spent all afternoon sitting on the pebbles and smelling the sea air. It was lovely.



When mummy asks you to smile: “cheeeese”


It was really good to catch up with our friends and the weather was also really lovely for us so we were really spoilt. The sun shone all day and we couldn’t have asked for more.

For the last few weekends we have made an effort to get away from the house and do fun family days together because when at home both Daniel and I cant seem to keep still and will always be working on the house or doing something even if its cleaning. We find for at least one of the days of the weekend getting out of the house is so worth it at the moment, mostly because it is not finished just yet, but will be very soon. It is just the hallway which is so easy and then hopefully dividing the larger room into two when we can.



It is also very apparent when daddy is home from work for the weekend or in the evenings I am no longer Archies number one like the last 3 years. He is at the stage where everything is all about daddy and it is so lovely for both as they are affirming that daddy son bond and I love that but a little bittersweet for me because there is that sense that my baby boy is growing up. The only time I ever see an ounce of baby in him is when he says some things his way like cross-en-nont instead of croissant. It melts all our hearts when he says that and since the first time he said it we have taken it on as our family word. We all call a croissant a cross-en-nont now and it will forever remind me of my little boy, he has always loved croissants too. So it really is his little mark on our family.

Sophia also doesn’t leave her daddy alone on the weekends when he is home, but I have to say my husband is tough competition he is a great dad and Sophia and Archie are very lucky. He just adores them.

We are now into the 3rd week of the summer holidays and I was apprehensive about them although looking very forward to them. I was hoping for us to have a lovely time together and to make lots of lasting memories, which I think we have achieved.

Sophia and Archie are the apple of my eye and most of the time have been so lovely and I have found having them home with me very easy. But I would be lying if I didn’t say they have had a few wobbly days.

I have always said how well they get on and how they never really argue or squabble, which is true. But recently I have entered that territory. Archie is now older and doesn’t always want to do what Sophia says so that causes some squabbles and Sophia has now caught onto how fun it is to annoy her brother and get him to whine. So that is really fun. So we have had a bit of that over the last three weeks. But as any parent knows that is just how some days go and not every day is perfect. Some days I have found myself shouting and saying no sweets or saying we just wont go out if you are not going to listen. But, even so although it does upset me that they behave like that sometimes I know it is part of their developing relationship as siblings and I know its all adjusting to spending 24/7 together too.

Generally the holidays have been lovely and I have enjoyed their company. I love them both so much and I enjoy taking them out together so much, having Sophia with us means the world to me and I just love having her along for all the fun.

A part of me always feels bad taking Archie out when she is at school because I know just how much she would enjoy been with us too. So in that respect it has been lovely to have her along too and I look forward to another 3 weeks of what we have already had toegther. I have loved every moment.


Sophia is growing up right in front of me and sometimes it just hits me and its a little scary. Her little 6 year old attitude will come out and snap at me and it always shocks me. But secretly makes me giggle under my breathe too. I just adore her and she is the most loveliest brightest little girl and I am genuinely so lucky to be her mummy. She brings me so much joy. Currently she is in love with Jojo bows and we just brought her two this weekend. She had the biggest smile, she has worn her Jojo bow all weekend.

Just this evening as a treat I lay with her and tickled her back, something I used to do every night for her when she was smaller. After back tickles she rolled over into my chest, legs on my legs and I held her close and tight and I kissed her forehead. She fell asleep so quickly in my arms it reminded me of when she was my little baby. I cant remember the last time we did that and it was such a lovely moment. I told her how much I loved her and squeezed her tight. I think she was asleep already but I lay there for a little longer thinking about some of the moments in our past and then I was taken right back to holding my 6 year old girl in my arms.

Year two in September, beautiful long blonde hair, big girl teeth, little perfectionist, artist, my little helper, my little shadow, my little twin, and I just love her so much.

She is such a caring big sister and I never have to worry about her brother when she is with me. She is just everything I could have asked for and I hope for the rest of the summer we grow closer and closer. I always notice a difference when she is on holiday how much more she and I are able to bond and spend time together. Which I really love.

Here is to the next three weeks off with my little team, I am sure they will be just as good if not better then the last three.





  1. It sounds as if you are really enjoying the summer with your children. These photos ARE lovely, natural family pictures make great shots and are some of my favourite pictures of my family. I love that you guys were spontaneous and enjoyed a dip in your pants too!!

  2. August 8, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Looks like you all had a great time. The water looks inviting. Beautiful photos.

  3. August 8, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful time and some gorgeous photos for you to treasure. I love doing these updates but like you find I don’t have the time but seeing this i am going to try and do more!

  4. Kelly Peters
    August 8, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Sounds like a lovely family time, if only the weather kept nice for us all?! Enjoy the rest of the summer, looking forward to the next instalment.

  5. August 8, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Such gorgeous, natural and happy photographs. It sounds like you are having such a lovely summer and I hope that the second half of the summer holidays is just as good for you! x

  6. August 8, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    I work in Eastbourne and I love the beach there. It’s a quintessential British beach. So glad you’re having a lovely summer.

  7. August 8, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    I’m so impressed that it was warm enough to be in the sea, in England! lol. Looks like fun x

  8. August 9, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Sounds like you’re having a lovely summer together. We loved Eastbourne when we visited last year. That’s great that they’ll strip off into their knickers and get in the sea. I think that’s such a good thing. I’m at the stage where my two are squabbling. It can be quite hard work at times

  9. August 9, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Awww, sounds like you’ve had a really lovely time so far – if you ask me the small moments (like all the extra cuddles) are always better than the big, extravagant ones! x

  10. August 15, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Sounds like you are having a great summer holiday. I wish we could do more other than weekends

  11. August 22, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    It sounds like you all had such a lovely time together. Gorgeous photos and it looks like you got lucky with the weather too 🙂

  12. August 22, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    Ahh your photos are gorgeous and it looks like you had an amazing weekend together. I think those weekends are the best, just spending time together, especially over the summer when school is looming! We keep thinking about visiting Eastbourne, I read on google it has the hottest climate in the UK!

  13. August 23, 2017 / 9:25 am

    We are heading to the beach at Dymchurch this weekend, I’m hoping for sun! It is amazing how fast the kids grow up bu they will always be our babies 🙂

  14. September 7, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time! Beautiful photos! Great article!

  15. October 26, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    You guys look like you had a blast! The water temp looks perfect, and the photos are beautiful! I want summer to come back. It is so cold now. It was like we just skipped fall and went right in to winter in New York.

  16. October 27, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Do you know, I haven’t been to the beach in so long! I’m originally from York and was so easy to go then as we had so much choice only about 30-40 minutes away but I now live in Berkshire and its at least 2 hours to the nearest nice beach! I so want to go now with my family. My son is like your children, he’d strut around naked if I let him so will happily strip down to his pants if needed 😉

  17. October 28, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Looks like a fantastic weekend and makes me excited for next Summer already!

  18. December 24, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Days at the beach are just the best, aren’t they! There’s something magical about the sea, I find. Sitting here with a winter cold, I’ve really enjoyed looking and reading about something summery. 🙂

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