Alphabet Photo #L

L is for … Leap.

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From 10 months old, I’ve always had my heart in my mouth with Harley. He always walked before he could crawl, so to speak.

‘No Fear’ is his middle name.

4 years later, I’m kind of used to it. Funnily enough, it’s usually other people who take a gasp when he jumps off something or cycles fast down a hill.

He loves being active.

And I love that.

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photo (39) Linking up with Charly over at PodCast Dove.

Alphabet Photo #K

K is for…. Kids.

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Hurrah, we managed to get a lovely photo of all of them; all looking the right way; all looking angelic!

They get on, so unbelievably well. Step brothers does not even come into it. They are brothers and sisters and love each other dearly.

Lola is one well protected little girl with 3 older brothers. They don’t fight over her, yet they give her all of their attention. They are so tolerant of her ruining their games, stealing their ball and hiding their shoes!

I love this photo of Lola laughing and pointing up to them, Harley looking adoringly at her, Connor looking too cool and Ethan, the proud older brother.

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So proud to be their Mummy and Step Mummy.

photo (39)Linking up with Charly’s Alphabet Project, over at PODcast Dove.

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Alphabet Photography # I

I is for… Inspired.

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Yes, it’s a pair of trainers.

Yes, it’s the stereotype runner’s shot.

Except I am not a runner, not even remotely.

But this is me and my friend as we embark on our Sunday morning running session.

 I have indeed been inspired to start the Couch to 5K training and I am into my second week. It’s very early days and the thought of being able to run the full distance in a few weeks, makes me laugh out loud.

A truly impossible task.

However, it’s not impossible. I’m going to believe that I can and I will achieve it.

How brilliant is the This Girl Can advert…

Truly inspirational.

“I jiggle therefore I am…. Damn right I look hot.”

So this is a very proud and inspired Alphabet Photo.

This girl certainly can.

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Alphabet Photography #G

G is for … Great Grandparents.

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I feel so incredibly lucky to still have both of my grandparents, living locally. More than that, my children have two wonderful great grandparents who dote on them and who really enjoy their company.

Harley loves looking at Great Grandad’s model trains and tanks. He struggles to understand that they are just that: models not toys!

Great Gran loves playing plastic skittles with them and jigsaws. The amount of chocolate biscuits the kids are offered when we are round makes Harley think he’s in biscuit heaven!

Love them both, dearly.

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Alphabet Photo #F

F is for … Friends.

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I adore this photo of Harley with his best friend, Harry. Taken only yesterday they always have so much fun when they are together.

Their laughter is infectious.

With only 4 months between them, they have always been close (they have no choice when their mums are good friends!)

Harry is a little whizz when it comes to numbers; he’s going to be a Maths genius when he’s older and Harley, well he wants to be a footballer! Luke and I joke that he’s our pension because he’s pretty nifty with his footwork already!

Harry’s mum and I always say that our lovely childminder must have her hands full with the 2 of them together, at the same time! I definitely couldn’t keep up with them running around me all day!

But in truth, I’m a little apprehensive about the future. In a few months, both Harley and Harry will be starting school.

Different schools.

This is a conscious decision that Luke and I made for various reasons. However, I’m safe in the knowledge that Harley is sociable and young enough to make new friends. He’s quite a shy boy but I sincerely hope that doesn’t go against him.

I don’t want him to lose his old friends.

I don’t want him to lose Harry.

The transition from Preschool to Reception is a milestone event. An exciting one. An emotional one… for parents. One that I hope will open up a world of opportunity for them both.

Even though they will be at different schools, I can’t wait to see them grow and develop as individuals; build new friendships; learn new skills; enjoy learning (hopefully) and all the while sharing their journey with each other.

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Alphabet Photo #D

D is for … Digger.

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If you walk into Harley’s bedroom, you see diggers; on the curtains; on the cushions; on his duvet. If you walk into the playroom, you will probably step on a digger or set off a remote control digger from across the room. If you pull the clothes out of the washing machine, you will probably pull out a wet, soggy digger sticker. Yep, the boy loves diggers. So much so that he wants to be a digger driver (or a bin man) when he’s older!

My lovely friend bought us tickets to go to Diggerland for Harley’s birthday.

I love this photo. Harley and I got to actually maneuver the digger to dig up the soil. It was pretty scary when the bucket got stuck in the mud and the crane started to lift up the cab where we were sat. I screamed a little. He just laughed.

It really was a super family day. You can read about our Day Out at Diggerland, here and see more fab digger photos.

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Alphabet Photography #C

C is for …. Cake.

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Most of you will know that we have just celebrated Lola’s first birthday.

Forgive me for the gender stereotyping but we just had to have a pink teaparty for her. Having had a son and two step sons, my eyes did light up at the thought of all things pretty and pink when I found out I was having a girl.

For her birthday tea, the table was laid out so pretty, the splash of colour and sparkle really reflected our precious little girl’s personality.

Her birthday cake was a yummy vanilla sponge and jam filling with a surprise cascade of chocolate Smarties hidden inside the cake. No, I didn’t make it! Maybe next year?

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