So I had planned to get back on track with blogging, and then I finally gave in to all the persuasion of my friends and started watching Game of Thrones! And after a few stressful weeks, all I really wanted to do was snuggle up under a blanket and watch TV with Rob. So that’s exactly what I did with my evenings for the last couple of weeks. This is why I don’t usually watch TV it messes with my productivity!
The last weeks of the girls school terms have also been busy, with all the meetings, parties, fairs, picnics, sports days and other activities I feel like I’ve been at school nearly as much as them! I’m so glad the summer holidays are here now. No more dragging myself out of bed before I’m ready, for a whole 6 weeks! Woohoo!!!
So my last Life Lately in Pictures took us up to mid June. The rest of June was a bit shit to be honest, Jess had to go to hospital to have some teeth taken out under general anaesthetic, I spend a few days looking after her. Then our lovely cat Oscar got very ill. We all thought he wasn’t going to make it, but the vets fought so hard for him and after a week and lots and lots of medication he started to improve. He’s now nearly back to his former self, but it was all very stressful at the time and I spent a lot of time in tears, praying he would be OK.
Another annoying thing that happened since we last caught up, is that I finally filled my MacBook! So full of photos was my hard drive, that the whole thing crashed and it took ages just to get it to turn on. So a lot of the time I would have spent blogging, went on transferring photos I wasn’t using to an external hard drive. I clearly take too many pictures as I moved around 50 thousand pictures! OMG! Although anyone who knows me, will know that I’m always glued to my camera!
So talking of photos, and having finished catching up on the not so good stuff, here’s some of the happy bits, that I’ve snapped over the last few weeks.
21st June: Here’s a little pic of my favourite people. We’d popped to the park for a little fathers day walk and a game of frisbee. As far as I remember the frisbee flew into a bush, so we abandoned ship and did something else instead!
26th June: I took Lila for a lovely little walk round Morden Hall Park with my parents, the Rose garden was looking absolutely amazing!
27th June: Rob and I got up ridiculously early for a Saturday to do some gardening. I am now officially a proper grown up! We made loads of progress with our mission to turn it from overgrown jungle to beautiful floral retreat! After all the hard work gardening we treated ourself to a little lunch at Harvester.
30th June: Remember that crazy hot weather we had a few weeks ago? Well we really made the most of it! We popped to Morden Hall Park after school for a little paddling in the river with some of the girls friends from school. We had such a lovely time and the kids even managed to fish out a few little creatures, before setting them free again!
1st July: One of my favourite online shops was having their Christmas in July event. Dot Com Gift Shop have so many beautiful products and I absolutely loved seeing all their current and new stock and getting loads of ideas for Christmas.
2nd July: Lila’s nursery had a fantastic fun day in Morden Hall Park, we had a lovely picnic and bug hunt and it was just lovely to see all the little ones playing together! I then rushed back to school for Jess’s parents evening which went really well.
3rd July: Today was Lila’s first sport day at school. All the little ones looked so cute running around. I got lots of pics, but given that they are full of kids who are not mine, here’s a picture of a Lila going through a tunnel instead!
4th July: We had a lovely chilled out Saturday in Rob’s parents garden, here’s Jessie playing with their gorgeous Yorkie.
7th July: Rob had the morning off work, so we went to Epsom antiques fair. There was so much amazing stuff there, but all very expensive! We then went charity shopping in Banstead. I spotted a surprising amount of good vintage, including this amazing wedding dress and a couple of other dresses all with metal zips. I left them all there though, as they weren’t quite right for me.
9th July: The girlies had a mufti day at school and I decided to get up early and do their hair all pretty for school. How cute do they look!
10th July: I had a sudden realisation that with Lila starting reception in September my lovely mornings at home with her are coming to an end. I decided to take her for a little walk around the Isabella Plantation at Richmond Park. It was the most beautiful day and we had such a lovely time looking at all the birds and insects and playing on the stepping-stones.
11th July: I popped to Hampstead to celebrate the first birthday of Passionate About Vintage. This gorgeous little shop sells the most incredible vintage jewellery and the Alice in Wonderland themed party was absolutely lovely. I have a blog post about this one coming up soon too.
14th July: Today was Jessica’s sports day and she was amazing! That girl can run!
15th July: I went to London for Amazon’s Christmas press day, there were some amazing products and I was particularly impressed by the fashion and beauty offerings. I was given the most amazing beauty goodie bag and I’m planning to write a blog post about some of the beauty products available on Amazon. They have so many great high-end products which I’d never thought to buy online.
Afterwards I rushed back to get to Jessica’s end of year stagecoach show. She played Miss Hannigan in Annie and she delivered all her lines perfectly. I was so proud 🙂
16th July: After school I took the girls to Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead. It’s so beautiful there and I took so many pictures! I might have to do a whole blog post on it.
17th July: This was the girls last day at school, they finished early so I took them to Hampton Court for the afternoon. My brother is a curator there and he took us behind the scenes and showed us some amazing things in the stores. I felt very very lucky to be able to see so many things that aren’t on display to the public. We also had a lovely long walk around the gardens.
18th July: We had a little trip to Ham House where we met my dad for a cream tea. The girls had a great time exploring the gardens and house. This is one of my favourite places to take them for an outing.
21st July: We met up with some of Lila’s friends at Garson Farm in Esher for some fruit picking. We came home with more raspberries than I knew what to do with! Most of them ended up in smoothies.
23rd July: We popped to my all time favourite place, Claremont Landscape Garden in Surrey for a walk and play. We explored the woods and took loads of pictures.
So I think we’re all caught up! Sorry this has been a bit of a long post! I want to look back on the blog as a record of things I’ve done with the kids, as well as what I’ve bought and worn. I may be a bit quiet on here over the next month as I want to concentrate on the little ones while they’re off school. But I will be a bit more back on track soon.
When Lila stars reception I’m going completely full time blogging so I’ll have all the time in world to catch up on blogging then. Thanks for bearing with me while I’ve been busy! I’m hoping to get a few posts on in the next few days including another vintage outfit so I’ll see you soon!