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ADMITTING DEFEAT AND MISSING OUT ON TIME WITH MY FAMILY


Nothing is harder than missing out on vital time with your kids. It's horrible and I'm absolutely dreading it and it's making me so sad. Admitting defeat is the hardest and then following through with that is even worse. I don't really know how to change the current situation and being told to "work harder" isn't an option as i'm not entirely sure how to work any harder without sacrificing more time with my children. It hasn't been an easy decision to make and I feel pretty rubbish at the moment.

SKATE SOUTHAMPTON - HOT CHOCOLATE AND FUN


Wednesday evening we were invited to a V.I.P event at the temporary ice rink in West Quay Southampton. As I have a broken wrist and my husband was at work, I took my Sister along with me and to help Lucas on the ice.
Lucas has NEVER skated before, he's never experienced an ice rink so I was so excited for him to try it out, whilst I sat safely on the side with my camera.

WE DID A THING! WE GOT MARRIED - MR & MRS WALTERS 03.11.2017


 

Ten days ago I got married! I cannot believe that after nearly 6 years together, 2 children and a lot of growing up - we finally did it.
(Nearly) 6 years ago we were naive 18 and 21 year olds, eating pizza in our underwear, watching the mighty boosh, usually hungover in student accommodation and with no real responsibilities; only going to work to pay for a bit of rent and alcohol.
After 3 months together, we finally went on our first date and went to London for the weekend together and stayed in a hotel and shopped LOTS! It was not long after I had a friend tell Brad I loved him and he replied with "Yeah I know" - cocky thing.
We then decided at 5 months in to our relationship to move in with each other. Now this could have gone terribly wrong but look where we are now. He also did FINALLY tell me he loved me back too.

NOVEMBER 10TH 2017 - THE DAY YOU WALKED


So things have been pretty manic since Iris turned one! We got married and then I broke my wrist; That story is for a different day though, sorry.
I will be uploading a blog post featuring all the lovely images from our photographer Jodie when we get them all and I have a few posts on what we bought, what we did ect... and of course i'll update will a full post on the broken arm situation too! All this has meant I am 2 weeks behind on Iris' update so I'll write it from today, November 10th 2017 - The Day Iris Walked!

IRIS' FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY - UNICORNS AND RAINBOWS


Planning my Daughters first birthday was something I had always imagined. Lucas has had Moomin, Dinosaur and Mickey Mouse themed parties over the three years of his life and I was excited to plan parties for my Daughter but it was also bittersweet but beautiful. We decided to throw a rainbow and unicorn party for our rainbow girl this year and I'm excited to see what she choses for her birthday parties as she grows older. 

Iris' party was a bit different to Lucas' usual parties. He's a Summer baby and we host a garden party with all our family and friends. Iris is obviously an Autumn baby so garden parties are out of the question and with our imminent wedding plans we couldn't afford to hire somewhere this year so we planned a little kids party at home, re-arranged the lounge and made the playroom/dining room into a complete play area and it worked so well!

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY - A LETTER TO MY RAINBOW DAUGHTER


To my littlest Darling - Iris Raine,

Today marks the day you turn one. I am not sure where the last year has gone and I know that is super cliche to say but I really don't. I feel like we waited an extra long time to meet you as before you was another pregnancy that didn't work out. Things happen for a reason and now we have you, the best little girl and I am so glad we have you, you're truly the most perfect little thing and gift and I can''t imagine not having you or not meeting you. Thank you for being that rainbow after the storm.

A year ago I woke up in the morning to contractions and I bounced to Michael Buble's christmas album for hours to keep them going. As time went on in the day your Nanna had not long arrived back into the UK and she was instantly called to our house to take your older Brother off our hands.
Now, I wasn't convinced I was in labour as it had been stopping and starting on and off for weeks but the fact I couldn't make it up the stairs without contracting and I had to keep getting off the sofa to rock on the floor was enough to know it was time to head to the hospital.