Spring has sprung!

Here in jolly England we are feeling much brighter and enjoying longer days as spring is finally here! As a family we celebrated this at the weekend by heading into the countryside for a gentle walk. We chose a gentle walk between a few villages, only 4 miles or so it should have taken a couple of hours at the most. However hubby let me bring the camera (add on 45 mins) and we let Junebug walk a bit (add on 20 mins) which meant not only were we going to finish a lot later than planned but we had to stop in the middle to have lunch. Best made plans…

It was a gloriously sunny morning and warm, especially when walking along with a toddler on your back. We really appreciated spending time together, away from all the jobs at home, and being able to show Junebug more trees and animals. She loved it!

I took advantage of the scenery and happy family to take some photos, you’d think we were never short of family photos but there aren’t that many of all three of us. This field of purple and green stood out to me, and I love the way the tracks run across the scene.

Luckily the tiny village halfway round had a great pub where we stopped for lunch. Junebug managed to entertain the entire clientele for a good hour playing peepo, grinning with her mouth full and jumping up to dance on her chair every time an upbeat song came on. “Dance Daddy, let’s dance Daddy!” She is such a little showoff and seems to know that people of the older generation will reward her cuteness with plenty of attention. It was hard to drag her away.

The final surprise on our trip was the appearance of this feller who just wanted to pose prettily in the sun for me – I had to oblige.

We are so thankful that we are heading into better weather and sunnier days, hopefully there will be many more family days out like this one. I’m so lucky to be part of this happy trio!

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Can I do New Year over again?

I find New Year really difficult. This year in particular. There’s so much pressure, and there’s not enough time.

I spent December 2014 gearing up for Christmas; shopping, decorating, advent kindness elves with Junebug, deciding to quit my job, more shopping, wrapping, and eating way too much. Then Christmas was here and it was beautiful. We spent time with family and really enjoyed Junebug’s excitement.

Junebug was a star in our church nativity.

Junebug was a star in our church nativity.

Opening gifts from her stocking on Christmas morning.

Opening gifts from her stocking on Christmas morning.

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But then, all of a sudden, it was New Year’s Eve. And I had made no resolutions. Not even one.

So can I do it over please? Now I’ve had time to think about it? Although now I think I’ve had too much time… I now have so many resolutions I have to split them into categories!

Family (This comes first as it’s the most important thing.)

1. And that’s the first resolution, to always put my family first.

2. I want to make sure I’m teaching good habits and manners to Junebug so, now she’s getting older, this year I’m going to be more dedicated to that.

3. Allow Luke to persuade me to try for another baby.

4. The Blessings Jar. I am going to fill this jar with notes, pictures, tickets, anything which happens which is a blessing or reminds us of blessings so that next New Year’s Eve we can empty it out and look through it and realise just how amazing God is to us. (I’m really excited about this one)

I painted a season on each side with the words "Let's count our blessings".

I painted a season on each side with the words “Let’s count our blessings”.

Work

1. Really get Photography by Helen taking off and put real effort into learning more so I can be better for my clients.

Driving

1. Be more confident driving on the motorway.

2. Drive into stationary objects less.

Me

1. Lose weight and get fit – no extremes just be healthier.

2. Keep on top of things more, be organised and prioritize jobs.

Me.

Me.

So here’s to 2015 – I am finally ready!