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Living arrows – 14/52

Sometimes I look at Nerys and she seems so old, so grown up already.  I think maybe because she so badly wants to be like her big brother she’s picked up words, and expressions, and habits that make her seem a little older than she is.

But then she has her moments when my baby girl is still there.  Normally when she’s tired and can’t get her words out clearly, and the scribble talk comes back, and her legs can’t keep going and she just wants to be carried.

This photo of her resting her head on her Daddy’s shoulder is a real mix of the two for me.  A tired toddler, just wanting to be held, but who, moments later, was back in the thick of it, wanting to run with her brother.  

​My little/big girl.   

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

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Glorious Gower

We got lucky last week, and had some glorious sunshine on one of Steve’s days off from work.  So we packed up a quick picnic and headed out for a little trip to the Gower.

Now, I love Swansea bay, I really do.  The beach is fab for the children to run around on, and I love the view out towards Mumbles.

But there is something extra special about the beaches on Gower.  I’m always filled with a child-like sense of excitement when we drive out and suddenly get that first glimpse of the sea.

For our first trip of the year, we went to Horton, which Steve’s got a real soft spot for.  It tends to be quieter than some of the other beaches, and it is so, so pretty.  And Rhys had an absolute blast exploring the rock pools, and playing pirates.

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With the sun shining, you can almost believe that Spring is actually on its way!

Oh, and now I feel really awful for ever taking any of this for granted!

 

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A really fun delivery  (Cheerz review)

Some days, the postman comes up to our front door and, to be honest, leaves me slightly disappointed when all he delivers is a few flyers and a bank statement.  Although, those days are better than the days I watch him walk right past our house without even dropping a pizza menu through the door!

Some days though, he delivers.  Figuratively and literally.  He’ll bring me a letter from my Mum, or a little something we’ve ordered from Amazon.  Or something really fun, like this parcel from Cheerz that arrived the other day.

I was pretty impressed that it arrived as quickly as it did, as the order was coming from France where they’re based.  And I had so much fun opening it up and discovering everything that was inside.

Cheerz photo review

Cheerz are a print company who offer a great range of products – so much more fun than your standard 7×6 prints!  I spent ages browsing their website before opting for la boîte à photos.

Ordering was really easy.  I used their website and it was as simple as uploading my photos, selecting the ones I wanted to use, adding a little white border, and then done!  They’ve got an app as well, which makes ordering from your phone really simple, and you can get your photos from Facebook etc which makes things even easier.

Inside la boîte a photos was my photos (of course!), some pretty blue string and teeny wooden pegs to hang up the photos, some lovely washi tape and some photo corners.  This gave me so many options and ideas for what to do with my prints!

The first thing I did was use the photo corners and some of the tape to make some thank you cards for Nerys’ birthday presents.  I love how they came out, and hope people will forgive me for taking so long to send them when they see how cute the cards look!

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Next I hung some of the string across our lounge window and used some of the cute little pegs to hang up some of the prints.  The kids loved this and Nerys spent ages pointing out who was in the photos!

My brain is now buzzing with ideas for displaying the rest of my prints (which are such good quality, I’m really impressed with them).  I’m thinking of hanging up a few lines of string on the landing maybe, and pegging up some more photos there so we can look at them on the way to bed each night, and I’m toying with the idea of creating a fun photo wall in the children’s room using the washi tape!

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If you’re like me and have hundreds (ok, thousands) of photos on your computer and are looking for something a little different to do with them, I highly recommend Cheerz.  The print quality is lovely, and the products are a mix of simply fun items like fridge magnets (which I’m seriously considering getting!) and keepsake items like photo albums.

You can find them at www.cheerz.com.

So, tell me, when did you last get any of your photos printed?

 

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Living arrows – 13/52

We’re back in a beach-going-groove!

After a bit of a washout on Easter Sunday, we woke up this morning to some gorgeous sunshine.  So we jumped in the car and headed out to the beach to meet up with some of Steve’s family.

Rhys was really excited to see his cousin (they greeted each other with a big hug) and it was fab to see them playing together, running around exploring the sand dunes.

I love this photo of him right at the top.  He must have felt on top of the world up there!

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A quick trip to the beach

I wrote a few days ago about how we live really close to the beach here in Swansea, and that we often take that fact for granted, with weeks passing without a trip to see the sea.

Over the last few weeks though we’ve started going back.  Making a nice little habit of popping out for a walk on the beach at the weekends.  Last weekend we were down there at about 4 in the afternoon, just as the sun came out and the tide came in – beautiful!

I made a point of handing the camera over to my husband so that I could get in some of the photos and I’m so pleased with the results!    He’s a fab photographer and I love having photos taken from his perspective and in his style (although these are edited by me, in my style!).

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After a while though, I was itching to get back behind the camera, and I love these shots of my little explorers, splashing in (and running away from) the incoming tide.  They love this game, especially with Daddy there to scoop them up out of the way of the water!
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I made a point of getting in some photos that day, as part of my mission to be in a photo every day for the month of March.  How often do you get in photos?  When was the last time you had a picture taken of you with your children, rather than being the one taking them?

I’m sharing my photos that feature me on my Instagram and Facebook accounts with #showyouwerethere.
I would love people to join in and share their photos with them in using that hashtag!

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Living arrows – 12/52

Every now and then we start taking for granted where we live.

And, even though the beach is a 5 minute drive from our house, we go weeks without going down to see the sea.

This winter has felt like a long run of wet weekends and one or another of us feeling poorly.  And getting out and about has felt like too much after a week of school and work.

But then a dry, sunny weekend comes along and we start to feel that pull again.

The need for sand under our feet and salty sea air in our lungs.

So we jump in the car and nip down to the beach.

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The children run free.  There is time to stop and just breath.

And all is right with the world.

And we remember how lucky we really are.

How lucky our children are to have this on their doorstep.

And, just like that, the routine of regular trips to the beach is resumed, and I can’t imagine living anywhere but here.

 

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Living arrows – 11/52

I was busy setting the camera up the other day, to take a photo of me and Rhys together as part of my project for March (to get in a photo every. single. day).

So I took this test shot to make sure the camera position and settings were right, and I just love it!

For one, with the way he’s looking right at the camera, it feels like he’s looking right at ME.  And I love the slight questioning expression on his face.

I also love the quiet, everyday moment that’s been captured.

My not-quite-five-year-old, sitting (well, kneeling) at the kitchen table doing his homework.  We’re lucky that, for the moment at least, he enjoys sitting and doing his writing.  I’m sure all that will change in years to come!

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I really like having these kind of lifestyle photos of my family.  The everyday moments that we’ll otherwise forget.

The little details of our lives, like the hoover in the background, the clothes drying on the radiator and the spotty tablecloth on our table.

This is life, and I love it.

It does look a little bit better in black and white though!

 

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