Lily Tessa




Archer Leo

Little Loves - Frost, Conkers & Taking the plunge

Ah it's been a while since I've joined in with Little Loves! I guess life just got in the way. But I do adore this linky so I could never keep away for too long.

It's been an exhausting week with some incidents happening at Lily's school that have really got to me. Something I may write about in the future but just don't feel up to doing whilst it's all so fresh. Aside from that though it's been a good week. We're still loving the new routine of the school run as it gets us out of the house and into the fresh air and has the added bonus of tiring archer out for his late morning nap. It's been good for us all.

A Woodland Walk with the Whitakers

I've done it! I've finally found the courage to branch out and photograph people other than my own kids! I know, crazy right! 

Being truthful, as much as I adore photography and despite the sheer amount of time I spend on it, I never thought I'd dare photograph outside of my own comfort zone and because of that I've always thought that doing photography as a job would be nothing more than a pipe dream.

But something's changed in me recently. I've been feeling less anxious about things and more.. reckless if you like. I see other people going for it with the things they enjoy doing and I've been thinking well why can't I? The only person holding me back is myself.
I've said it a lot on this blog of late but if this year has taught me anything it's that life is too damn short. Do what makes you happy. Take risks. Live each day like it's your last. All those old cliches may be cheesy, but you know? they're true

& so I will be setting up my own photography page in the coming days and taking it from there. Keep an eye out, I'd really appreciate it! :)

Weekend Watch 16.9.17

It's been a long slow week. I've been struggling with migraines as per, the weather has been gloomy and this blog has been somewhat neglected over the last seven days meaning i'm behind on everything.

So here is last weekends weekend watch post, which technically is the weekend before. I'd completely forgotten about these pictures if I'm honest. They were taken on a short walk on Sunday afternoon that didn't go so well. We had a fed up Lily who wanted to get out of the house and a poorly Archer who clearly had no desire to go anywhere or do anything except feel sorry for himself and so we decided to take up Lily's wishes and get out of the house before we all drove each other mad. (in hein sight why one of us didn't just take her out and the other stay indoors with Arch I have no idea. It clearly would have made much more sense)

We took a walk through the woods because Lily wanted to show daddy her new route to school. During which Archer screamed because he hated his new hat (what's to hate kid, it's beautiful and you don't look silly at all I swear) and because he didn't feel up to walking.

He came round eventually and him and Lily had fun throwing stones into the lake until the heavens opened and we had to make a hasty retreat.

Our week in pictures #9

Comparing this weeks photos to a fortnight ago it's almost as though you can see the seasons changing. Gone are the sleeveless rompers and short sleeved dresses and instead we're back to woolly hats, oversized jumpers, tights and wellies. I love it.

(On a side note I've been looking everywhere for some nice waterproof jackets for the kids, if anyone knows of any please get in touch!)

This week, as I mentioned in my recent siblings post, has been a week of being outdoors.

Siblings in September

To say it's September and has gotten steadily colder and rainier (is that a word!?) we've spent more time outdoors in the past fortnight than I think we did the whole of August. Mostly thanks to the school run. It's been good for all of us, forcing us out into the fresh air several times a day and weirdly we all seem to have more energy since term started than we did in the holidays.

We've been doing a lot of after tea walks as I'm really conscious of the fact that its getting darker earlier and earlier and soon we wont have the opportunity to do so. Luckily for us we live on the edge of an easily accessible woods so most of these photos have been taken post school day in the woods as it's our go to place of late.

Autumn & Winter positivity list

First of all yes, this is one of those stereotypical things I love about autumn posts. Sorry not sorry! I've been feeling a bit deflated since summer came to an end last week and this type of post is exactly what I needed to cheer me up. 

It's more of a positive things I have coming up over the colder months (what a mouthful to say) post than it is necessarily just autumn based. If you've been feeling a bit deflated like me recently I would seriously suggest sitting down and doing a positive list of your own. It didn't half change my state of mind as now I'm all, bring on the cold!

Our Week in Pictures #8

I was doing so well at keeping up with my week in pictures posts. But somethings got to give at some point and I totally forgot to finish and post this one from two weeks ago. And so I'll post what I'd written before I got distracted by life - only a few lines - which wont make much sense as you'll know by now that Lily is at school if you've read any previous posts. But hey ho, it would be a shame to let this post go and waste the pictures! ;) 

The last full week of the holidays is here and I still can't quite decide if this summer holiday has been incredibly fast or interminably slow. Weirdly, somehow, its been a bit of both. 

I think I'm still sort of mentally blocking out the fact that Lily's starting school next week. She has two settling in sessions and a home visit and then starts full time on the 11th. It still doesn't feel real. and for that I'm glad. - nb: it certainly feels real now!

First day of Reception - All the feels

I'm writing this whilst my feelings are still raw having just dropped Lily off for her first day of reception. I usually save writing for when Archer is napping since he is obviously distracting as heck but I wanted to get out my initial emotions so I can look back and remember how I was feeling after drop off. 
I feel more emotional than I thought I would. I think I was totally naive in thinking that I wouldn't feel massively anxious for her. Because I know how ready she is, how excited and how long she's been counting down the days. And also because when she had her settling in morning at the start of summer she was absolutely fine and ran off without a backward glance, I sort of presumed it would be a case of the same. But today I could sense her nerves. As soon as we stepped into the classroom and a name sticker was placed on her cardigan and she was asked to choose what she wanted for her lunch. She became a little clingy and cuddly and her being nervous made me equally as nervous. Of course it's normal for her to be this way, and I should have prepared myself a bit more for it really. Even if she was fine on her settling in day, this is her first proper day and first time wearing her uniform which probably made it a lot more real and scary for her. 
She was fine though. went and happily sat on the carpet after we received several tighter than normal cuddles. And then it was just me left feeling like I didn't want to let go.