Feeding the Ducks {Ordinary Moments Week 13 – 31/03/15}

I’ve been a little late in recording last week’s Ordinary Moments and thought I had missed the linky *sob* I still wanted to record it because it was such a nice activity so here goes…

On Tuesday of last week we decided that as the evenings are getting lighter and the weather is improving that it would be a crime to waste it indoors and instead the hubster, J and I took a trip to feed the ducks after nursery and work

We stopped by a local convenience store to purchase some brown bread and made our way down to the pond to feed the ducks

The rain stayed away though I managed to capture some moody shots with the clouds towering above the hubster and J absolutely loves feeding the ducks, although most of the time she’s quite happy eating the bread

This time the bread stayed out of her mouth, and instead there were moments where full slices went in for the ducks to fight over, cue lots of giggles from J!

It really was just a simple, ordinary evening, and now that the clocks have finally moved forwards I am really looking forward to more of the same with my little family

The sky looks so moody


A Different Sort of Mothers Day {Ordinary Moments Week 12 – 22/3/15}

This years’  Mothers Day I spent in New York in the morning and flying to Puerto Rico in the afternoon whilst the hubster and my ladybug were at home in the U.K.

I was quite emotional waking in the morning because it was my first Mothers Day away from my little lady and I felt guilty for leaving her (a little jet lag probably helped with the emotions!)

I managed to get a message to my mum first thing in the morning and a FaceTime with the family before I headed up the Empire State to view New York. The saying that it’s the city that never sleeps is not true, in fact it sleeps at 7am on a Sunday morning – there was no one about!

The hubster detailed his weekend’s adventures via a couple of emails and there was a heartwarming post on Facebook to me from my lovely two to make sure I knew I was being missed on the Sunday with a picture of them to make me smile


At lunchtime we checked out of the hotel and it was a case of so long New York, Puerto Rico here we come and so a trip to JFK ensued. We flew to Puerto Rico at 4pm and arrived some 4.5 hours later due to runway issues. As soon as we arrived and collected our luggage we met with our other colleagues and climbed into our taxi to the south of the island.

The heat just hit you coming out of the airport – it was approximately 23C in the evening and I was in a thick jumper and jeans combo following my Manhattan adventures! I was met with some laughter at the size of my luggage (I don’t travel often, so when I do I like to have absolutely everything with me…it’s the mum in me of course!)

Jet lag and 13 miles of walking in 24 hours caught up with me and I fell asleep leaning on my hand face down in the car. The arrival at the hotel was some 1.5 hours later and after some difficulty checking in I finally unloaded in my room and went to the bar for some dinner and a Cuba Libre (very nice I must add) before returning to my room for the night

I hadn’t noticed the beautiful flowers on the side in my room were marked for my attention, or that there was a cake and some writing on a plate saying Happy Mothers Day until I was ready to climb into bed. I also hadn’t noticed a card attached to the flowers until looking at them in detail after returning from dinner. It transpired that my lovely hubster had arranged flowers for me for my arrival in Puerto Rico and the concierge had delivered them to my room and also arranged for the cake

I was unbelievably emotional at seeing these, and burst into tears on the phone to him. He had wanted for me to not feel so alone on such an important journey or time of year. I am one very lucky lady, and they were simply beautiful, I adore lilies and sunflowers, and more importantly I adore my family

My hotel room in Puerto Rico. I took this photo as soon as I entered the room before heading down for dinner conscious that it would be the tidiest the room would be during my stay! – I honestly did not notice these flowers were not part of the decor, I was so tired!
My beautiful flowers, I really am one lucky lady

A weekend of birthdays and family {Ordinary Moments Week 10 – 10/3/15}

I have been a little late in recording this week’s Ordinary Moments as it’s been very busy in Cooks Cabin. This coming weekend I am flying to the states for business, returning the following Saturday. It will be the longest I’ll have been away from my family, I’m going to miss my ladybug so much. We then team that up with my move to full-time hours and we are all over the place…

With all of the above in mind we entered the weekend hoping to have family time and had made very few plans. On Saturday we popped in to see my sister, dad and J’s great grandparents who are still going strong in their late 70’s / early 80’s. Every time we see them they recite tales of their youth and how things have changed. I really must take some photos of J with them next time we go round as I don’t actually think we have any of them with her so far

The madness known as “multiple birthday parties” started on Sunday as we had 2 to attend at the same time. I can sense that trying to coordinate weekends when J is older will be interesting!

My cousin’s little girl L turned 1 and our friend’s little girl E turned 2. Both parties were different but great, L’s was a quiet family affair with a small cake and party games, and E’s was a hall with a bouncy castle and a whopping Peppa Pig cake. As they were both being held at the same time and 15 miles apart we stayed at each for just over an hour before dashing off to the other one.

J has been singing “Happy Birthday to You” over and over since the weekend, it is incredibly cute but is becoming a bit repetitive bless her

I didn’t take many photos this weekend which is unusual, though here’s one of J trying to “help” me wrap





Happy Birthday Nanny Iris {Ordinary Moments Week 9 – 2/3/15}

My mother-in-law works away for weeks at a time and comes home for a few days before heading off again, so we try and jam as much as possible into a short space of time so that she gets to experience some quality time with J. You could say we effectively condense 3 weeks worth of visits into a weekend which can be pretty intense at times

This weekend was a little bit different though, she came home to celebrate her birthday. This time last year we were in Center Parcs though work and family commitments haven’t allowed for that this year

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Lent is not my friend, bread is! {Ordinary Moments Week 8 – 23/2/15}

So this year I decided to give up bread for lent and walk 10,000 steps every day as I had become rather lazy. I have achieved the steps every day so far (pacing up and down my hall and through the downstairs of my house some nights to complete them!)

My overall goal is to be fitter and happier to enable me to be a better mum to J. I’m very competitive so if I set myself a target then I’ll be sure to be sticking to it. I have a fitbug orb which lets me track my steps through their app which is a great motivator and have been sending screen shots to CW who is also participating


You can tell when lent started can't you?
You can tell when lent started can’t you?

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Paultons Park {Ordinary Moments Week 7 – 16/2/15}

After what seems like an eternity it finally happened…Paultons Park opened it’s doors for 2015! Since our last visit in October 2014 J has literally become obsessed with everything Peppa Pig, which is fortunate because Paultons Park is home to Peppa Pig World and we are lucky enough to have season tickets

I won’t lie, I was quite excited about going and spent the morning and journey there hyping J up, much to the hubsters dismay! There’s also something pretty cool about heading there for the day, packing a picnic bag and having lunch on their grassy wildlife areas in amongst the theme park (although we came prepared for this, it was a little too cold and damp and instead we opted to eat in the cafe)

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Glasses! {Ordinary Moments Week 6 – 8/2/15}

It has been a very big week in Cooks Cabin, J got her first pair of glasses. It was expected, I am very short sighted and the hubster is very long sighted (we actually hoped they would somehow cancel each other out!) and he had to have a patch when younger so J was automatically enrolled for an eye test. With her left eye being next to useless it seems, she was prescribed super high +8.25 and +6.25 powers!

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Marshmallow Man {Ordinary Moments Week 5 – 2/2/15}

I LOVE frozen. The songs the setting the characters the lot! I’m a grown woman but every time I watch it I cant help myself from singing along and just feeling the disney magic that I did when I was a kid. The soundtrack is pretty awesome and a regular playlist in Cooks Cabin

Mine and the hubsters favourites is Olaf, and J’s is toddler Anna. Or so we thought…

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Fun in the Winter Sun {Ordinary Moments Week 3 – 18/1/15}

What a lovely idea to document each week as I can’t believe we are closer to the end of January than the beginning, this month is flying by! We’ve had a family filled weekend, and made the most of the winter sun. There’s something really special about being outside all wrapped up snug as a bug, but with the sun beaming down on you. Must be a British thing and without a doubt one of the reasons I love living here

As I type this, my lovely labrador is snoring her head off next to me while I sip on my hot chocolate reflecting on the week gone by

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