30 July 2012

Wiggle wiggle

Hi! I just thought I'd pop in and share this video I took the other day on our walk through snuff mills. It probably won't entertain you as much as me, but it's one of those ones I can imagine watching back in 6 months/ a year/ 5 years and it still make me laugh and my heart burst! It just seems to capture Theo so completely at this age and I love this quiet moment of his childhood captured.

Ps look at that amazing whole body wiggle he's got going on! 

29 July 2012

little adventures

Since the sun has been shining we've been trying to get out and make the most of it, because as you all know our summers aren't the most reliable of things, and no-one ever knows how long the sun will shine for. So you have to grab the chance to get out!

We've been trying to go to places we, or I have never been before and so far we have been rewarded. The great thing I love about the sunny weather is that it opens up to opportunity to get out and do things that are free, great when you don't have money to spend on activities! And luckily Bristol seems to have an abundance of great walks and places to visit, just outside of the city centre. We also have been trying to discover places closer to our side of the city, as we still don't know it all that well.

First off on Thursday we headed into Clifton to visit a potential wedding venue...(eeek) The weather was baking so we made the visit brief. We then headed out to Conham Park, next to Hanham to visit Beeses tea gardens and walk along the river. (thanks to a friend for the tip!) It was so lovely to suddenly be out of the city and walking through the trees along the river, where people were fishing and swimming. We then had to get a little boat across the river to the tea garden! (25p each way!)

Yesterday Rob had to work in the morning, and I stayed in. By the time he got home I had that horrible over-bored feeling, where you know you need to get out the house and do something, but you have no idea what you want to do, and even when things are suggested you don't feel like doing anything. It's horrible, I utterly hate that feeling, and I really need to stop letting myself get into them. Sometimes I find it hard to properly motivate myself and get going. Especially on the weekends when Rob works, as I feel a little tired of having to plan fun days for Theo and myself all week and then have to find something to do on alone on the weekends too, it just seems too much. I feel like I'm being a bad mum on days like these, I don't have to energy or inspiration to do fun things with Theo at home or out. Going out to places with Theo is often quite a lot of hard work, especially by myself, as I have to chase him around everywhere and never stop really! He is one full one little toddler. So sometimes it all just falls apart a little bit. Does anyone else have days like these?

But anyway, we eventually managed to get out and Rob suggested we go to Snuff Mills, which was exactly what I needed. It was close by and beautiful. It's amazing how quickly your bad mood and fuzzy head can be lifted by the calm of the woods and the river. There were plenty of people walking and fishing here too, and it just felt so relaxed.

(sorry for the low quality images, I took my camera but forgot the memory card! doh! So these are from my iphone!) 

I'm looking forward to more adventures soon, so please hold out sunshine! 

27 July 2012

this little boy of mine

So it happened, my tiny little baby boy has turned a big fat 18 months. That's half way to two, half way to being definitely not a baby anymore. I can't believe the journey we've been on, since the first little flutters of movements in my belly, to holding him in my arms, to him turning a year and all the milestones along the way.

How can I be a mum to a toddler already? A chattering, climbing, running, naughty, clever, funny, cheeky, hugging, snogging, monster of a toddler. It's safe to say that this little boy makes my day everyday. The days might not be easy, they're tiring and sometimes a little frustrating, but I would never ever swap them for anything. Watching Theo grow and learn has been the most amazing experience of my life, and I have never been prouder of anything.

These last few months have been challenging and amazing. Watching Theo soak up everything is fascinating, his speech and vocabulary is coming along so well now, and it seems as though he learns a new word or sound every few days. He understands pretty much everything I say to him and can respond in his own way. Today I asked him if he wanted to go to the park and his face light up, and he screeched in excitement. It's just astonishing how fast he grows and changes, and I just can't wait until we can have conversations and play games for hours creating our own little worlds.

So we made it, all in one piece, so far to this momentous age...and I think it's fair to say it keeps on getting better (and Theo keeps on getting even more handsome...)

oh and p.s we received a ball in the post today, which was such a lovely surprise and Theo went crazy with excitement for about 10 minutes (not an exaggeration) and screeched the house down! But there wasn't a note and I didn't recognize the handwriting, so whoever it was, thank you so much!! (and please make yourself known, the mystery is killing me!)

26 July 2012

here comes the sun...dun na na naah

So as you can imagine, we've been out and about every day enjoying the sun. The evenings are spent sprawled on the sofa, sweating and waiting for Theo to go to bed, which leaves little time for blogging (I'm lazy ok!?)

Am I allowed to say its too hot? I know I know, we all moaned about the rain and the cold 'summer' weather, and I did long for the sun just as much as everyone else...but I don't really like the heat too much. As long as I can enjoy the sun from the shade of a tree, or with a gentle breeze I'm happy... but being in the car with no ac or pushing a pram up a steep hill (Park Street!) is not that fun...But it has been lovely to get out the house, I just wish it was before the summer holidays so that all the parks weren't RIDICULOUSLY packed.

So here are just a few photos from our week in the sunshine. We've been meeting friends in the park for picnics, building shelters in the garden, playing in the paddling pool, visiting the children's pool at the park, scoffing ice creams and having a bbq!

22 July 2012

recently around here

Sorry it's been a bit quiet around here again, life sort of took over again.

We've been busy and happy, enjoying the weekend in the sun (finally!) with friends, enjoying it too much in fact to really remember to pick up the camera or my phone to capture it. I love and hate it when that happens. I love it because it shows that you were having too much of a good time to even stop and think about recording it, but hate it because it didn't get recorded!

On Thursday an old friend from uni came to visit, and we caught up over spaghetti and wine which was lovely. The next day Rob and I went to see the very first showing of Batman. It was good, very good.  Such a treat for Rob and I to go out for a mini date (in the middle of the day!) whilst Theo was being looked after by Oma.

On Saturday we packed up the car and headed to Oxford to celebrate my dear friend Tilly's birthday. Since we spent most of the summers of our teenage years hanging out in a field underneath an oak tree, with friends and fires it felt only fitting to spend the day in a park doing just that. Even though we are all older and our lives have changed, it's still great and important that we can meet for special days and do what we used to do. It was lovely. In fact I'll share a little poem that Tilda found that I think is beautiful and seems to sum up my memories of the experiences and years we spent together and that shaped us for the future;

Woodniche (by Aidan Carl Mathews)

The dragonflies were here before us, friend:

Cupboard of branch and bramble, woodniche
Where the sun tumbles, foxgloves are gorgeous.
Children tore their knees among these thorns,

Fleshed their pullovers with raspberries.

Orange peel made ripples in the brown water,
Pebbles explored beyond our peering.
I Chewed dandelions and the sun brothered me.
Huge as policemen, sombre as soutanes,

The kind trees whispered in the long watch

And I used wonder in tremendous shadow
And be afraid of where the wonder led.

Summer was wealthy with a daze of suntraps,

Daffodil-spitting, sumptuous.
Everywhere Ours for the taking.
Whoever has said It is time to go home is an adult.

18 July 2012

yaya's garden

This week we went to visit yaya as it feels like ages since I last saw her and Andy properly, as I didn't actually spend that much time with them at the wedding!

Even though it was a bit of a rainy day we still had a potter around the garden. Here in Bristol we have a little bit of a garden, enough to have a small play, but definitely not enough for Theo to run around to his hearts content. When I was little we lived in the countryside for a while where we had a massive garden, then woods and fields beyond that. I would spend my days making dens, climbing tress, riding my bike through the countryside and playing in streams. I know that unless we eventually move to the countryside something like this won't really be possible for Theo in the city, so I'm so glad we have somewhere like yaya's house and garden to come to...but maybe one day we'll have a big garden and some animals...

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