Hello and Happy New Year! (It’s still the first week of January so totally counts)happy-new-year-002Like many people, I wasn’t sorry to see the back of 2016 and I’m excited to welcome a new year. I love the fresh start feeling that a new year brings even though I’m not really one for resolutions or “New year, new ME!”. I’m all for setting goals and challenges though and I’m excited to see what the year ahead brings. Last summer the children and I became members of a gym and for the first time EVER, I actually went more than twice (I know, right?). It’s something that has become part of our family routine and I think it’s a really positive thing that the children grow up seeing that exercise is a normal thing to do and that’s something I hope continues this year, especially now Simon has joined too (FOMO will get you every time). Don’t worry, I’m planning to be really obnoxious and keep you regularly updated on our fitness journey. You’re welcome. We have some really fun things planned this year and some wonderful trips including a holiday with my side of the family that has been in the works for the last couple of years which is probably one of the things I’m most excited about.

What about you? What are you most excited for in 2017?

Bevan “Getting more Pokemon cards and being 10!”

Honor “Mia (her best friend) coming for tea”

Hard answers to top….

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  • Donna - Awww love this! Look forward to the fitness posts luv. Hope the kids have a great 2017!!!ReplyCancel

  • RachelSwirl - Happy New Year, may 2017 be fantastic for you and your family. Some fab pics there xReplyCancel

Hey blog, well it’s been a while! You take a few weeks off to enjoy the summer holidays with the kids and before you know it, it’s November! I wish I could regale you with tales of international travel to exotic locations but we only ventured as far as the Isle of Wight (the kids think that’s abroad though, don’t tell them). It was wonderful making the most of the holidays before they both started their new schools and I’ve photographed some beautiful weddings over the last couple of months which I am really excited to share with you soon. Oh! And most exciting of all, we got a puppy!

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This is Bessie Rainbow Twilight Sparkle, the latest addition to the Willis household and was named by Honor (given that I gave her Sunshine as a middle name, I wasn’t sure if that was immediately obvious or not). Bessie is a Cavachon which is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise cross, although she is much more cava than chon which has lead to a lot of teasing from my friends that she is probably neither of those and is in fact, a Springer Spaniel. She is very sweet but very lively! This is the first time we have had a puppy (our previous dog, Saffy, was fully grown when we got her) so it’s been a learning curve. She loves to steal our things, particularly clothes, Shopkins and Lego models and she loves going outside. A couple of weeks ago she decided she just couldn’t wait to go out and bolted out the door when Bevan left for school, I was hysterical and running after her in my slippers and an old breastfeeding nightie (I’m classy like that) and I’m sure I mooned the neighbours at one point…. I’ve also cleared up more wee and poo than I thought possible but we’re slowly getting there….

One of the best things about having Bessie is that some of our friends got puppies at the same time so we can get together for walks and puppy playdates (and commiserate over ruined carpets). It’s like the days of playgroup all over again only we aren’t so sleep deprived. We have been meeting up in the local woods to practice recall (Oh yeah, I know all the lingo…) and get them used to being off the lead. I’ll be honest, Bessie mainly likes to roll in the mud with the other pups but it’s bound to click at some point, right?

A few photos from our walk with my friend Gemma, my little goddaughter and their puppy, Coco.

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Yesterday was the last “Honor & Mummy Day” for us *sob*. Today and tomorrow are preschool days and then both kids are off until September (um, yay!) so it was the last day with just my smallest BFF and I decided to do something special with her. When Bevan started school he was an only child so I didn’t plan a special day out (which he was quick to remind me of!). I asked her what she wanted to do and while her suggestions of Disneyland Paris and Butlins were brilliant ones, we settled on Whipsnade Zoo which isn’t too far away from us. She’s only been to the zoo once before, it’s a pretty spendy day out and I *was* planning to take them in the holidays (don’t tell Bevan that…) but how often can you just spoil them for no good reason? It was quite nice to just indulge her and say “yes” to everything. You want to go and see the elephants for a fourth time? Absolutely! You want an ice cream even though you only ate a penguin biscuit for lunch and didn’t eat the £3 sandwich I just bought you? Let’s get you one! This is what it must be like to be a grandparent.

Obviously, there are an obnoxious amount of photos of our day out because that’s just how I roll. These are all taken with the Canon 40mm 2.8 pancake lens if you’re like me and appreciate knowing these kind of details!

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She INSISTED on bringing along her favourite camera even though I didn’t think the zoo was really the place for it…what do I know…we have some great pictures of my flip flops and her hand (x3) though, so that’s nice…

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I had the loveliest day with her and it absolutely melted my heart when she said it was the best day ever! Going out with a bang. I feel so so lucky that I have been able to be at home with them so much. I do find it really difficult juggling everything with my business and I don’t have as much time for work as I’d like but I will never regret spending time with the children.

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Part of me wishes I could keep her this age forever. So much love for this sweet girl.

 

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  • Clare wilson - These pictures are gorgeous, what perfect memories!ReplyCancel

  • RachelSwirl - She looks like she had an amazing time, I adore her camera!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - oh how i love these…she looks so, so happy you girls must have the most gorgeous day xxxReplyCancel

  • Karen - Just beautiful and how lovely to get to just spend the day together xxReplyCancel