And just like that we are at the end of February. Time needs to slow down for me as J starts school in September and whilst she is ready for it I’m not sure I am just yet. Our family is complete but I was looking back at her baby photos this week (as you do) and wondered where on earth those 4 years have gone
This is my second month of linking with #MyFamilyAdventures hosted by KA on the Life as Our Little Family blog and Instagram community. I loved linking up in January and having a round up of my favourite photos from the month, they may be the ones that make their way into the end of year photo album…
February has been spent enjoying life again after a very rough start to the year health-wise. It wasn’t perfect to begin with as my car wasn’t too nice to me and broke down on the way to a trip to Kent and little Lexi has been on antibiotics, but that hasn’t stopped us enjoying our time off together too much. We are still working up to what we describe as ‘normal’ for adventures, activities and outings but we’ve had some great memories this month
We visited the National Trust Devils Punchbowl in Surrey and it was just the most perfect day. I know we are still technically in the midst of winter but it felt like spring was in the air and we didn’t need coats. In fact despite it being mid February we could have easily sat for a picnic had I not left the food in the car. We love it here and it’s only a short drive away in neighbouring Surrey
Another National Trust visit was to our much loved Mottisfont Abbey right at the beginning of the month. I was still struggling to walk far with my chest but we had a great outing, and it was the perfect start to the month. We also got a family photo of the three of us that will be printed and hung on the wall as I simply adore it
The hubster and I had a child free visit to Bath mid Feb, it’s always been somewhere I’ve wanted to go to and I’ve never really known why but my goodness it didn’t disappoint. It was only a whirlwind trip as Lexi was still poorly but next time we’ll stay over and I’ll get to see more of this gorgeous city
We’ve realised that this year we need to make time for ourselves as individuals and as a couple as well as having quality family unit time and Bath will be on our list as mine and his place. I’ve also decided to try and embrace my curls as I often talk about how amazing J’s are whilst mine are shoved back in a ponytail – wish me luck!
Winter walks are a favourite of mine – I love crisp skies, chilly noses and rosy cheeks, and seeing how different places look in this harsh season. In February we decided to go and feed the ducks whilst J wore her new yellow coat and despite the seagulls driving us a little bit mad it was a lovely trip out. We also visited some lakes we haven’t been to for years, not since we moved away from the city but we will definitely head back in the summer to see the difference
There are many things that I love to do which involve the outdoors. Sitting by the water watching the sun go down on a great or horrid day, throwing stones in and watching the ripples, taking in the atmosphere of the beautiful sky in the morning or evening is one of those things. One evening we decided to have an impromptu visit to the beach and watching the colours change in the sky and having the sense of calm all around us was the perfect end to our day and quite fitting for the week we had experienced
I just had to share this photo to finish my post as towards the end of the month we drove to Richmond Park for a day out, a bike ride and a picnic, and to see the deer that roam around freely. Whilst they are used to people they still are wary so I sat behind a tree waiting for the stag to turn around and to take my photo
As soon as I took this I knew it was ‘the one’ of the month for me, quite possibly of the year (although we still have 10 months left!) My photos are taken using my iPhone, bridge camera or my dSLR, and whenever I use my dSLR the photo will be in full manual mode (shutter speed, ISO, aperture and manual focus) as I’ve practised a lot and self taught over the last few years – this photo is the result.
I am honestly so proud of this shot – the perfect end to the perfect month. I have loved every outing we have had and this round up hopefully echoes my feelings of love for February
March is going to be busy for us, I am off ‘up north’ child free to see my friend for the weekend and J has back to back birthday parties already booked in. I also have an audit taking place at work meaning I won’t get one of my Wednesdays with her and I’ll be working long days and evenings, but it’s okay as right at the end of the month we will be away in Devon for a much needed family holiday and Mothers Day. I hope March brings you all wonderful things, memories and adventures.
Do pop over to KA’s blog and see what she has been getting up to in February