We have just had a great, fun filled and happy weekend.
Saturday- the joys of a wedding and a good cry. Then an afternoon spent at Dawns studio preparing for classes and rooting through the piles of supplies to make an A4 scrapbook class and a layout for next weekend. The girls who work at her shop are THE most friendliest people I have met in a very long time which goes to show for a shop with welcome and passion. Its the only bricks and mortar shop that stocks every line of Prima flowers... you can imagine how much I am dying to cover myself in PVA and roll around in all that floribunda! I cannot wait to get stuck in and make stuff. Cos making stuff and having fun are two of my most favvo things in the world. Wouldn't you agree?
Sunday - Family BBQ at the in-laws. Fabulous food, fun on the Wii and good conversation. I wish we could spend more time with them than the odd get together. But Im sure we make up for it regardless.
Monday - a day the beach with my Sister, BIL and her two sparkly, spangly and minxy kidlets. We took a drive to one of our favourite beaches where sand dunes and kids = a scream. In the Uk, you are never more than 72 miles from the nearest beach......that's a trivial fact for you factorials. It sure felt like 72 miles from the car park to the beach. And then some.
Its far easier to pull than push a buggy in the sand. It was a great workout, in fact!
With "crazy Uncle mark" leaping from behind long grass and jumping over the kids heads from great height (almost breaking every bone in his entire body and scaring me half to death), picnics, tantrums, giggles and burning off MIL's cakes from the day before. It's hard to convey just how much of a fab bank holiday we have really had. My niece, Charlotte and I have become the bestest of friends since she started to despise me some months ago (but then again, she is only 3 and 3 year olds are just like that!).
This is she - rolling like a lil tub of buttery fudge down the dunes.She let me get covered in a ton of sand, allowed me to half kill myself by rolling down the dunes just for her pure entertainment and she even laughed at my rubbish jokes. She really is turning out to be a funny and delightful lil lady. My nephew, Harrison is turning into devil child extraordinaire. He is almost two - that speaks for itself. Despite this he is still incredibly funny and he saw the beach today as a massive adventure. Belle did her own thing and watched from the sidelines, giggling at us all acting like clowns. She had the best seat in the house, that I can tell you!
My Sis, bex and BIL David sharing a rare photo together (ie - either one of them is usually behind the camera). I can't tell you how much I love this photo of them.
It was one of those days that you just don't want to end. We finished off with home made chicken and mushroom pie (my secret home recipe that is a real comfort and joy to all that eat it - Im not sorry, but I don't profess to be Gordon Ramsay but its one of the few dishes I can call my WOW remedy and have me adored for almost 20 minutes! LOL). Although, I did slightly burn the underside of the puff pastry squares, gah!
After they had gone home (sniff sniff) I muscled down to photos conversions and made this lil treat for those crazy digi ladies. She is called Trellis
and you can get her HERE