Simple pleasures

When the sun shines in these parts you have to make the most of it before it disappears again. So that's exactly what we've been doing this past week or so. It's been so lovely waking up to a bright room and having that feeling of hope that maybe, just maybe the boys might get outside to play and you might get to sit on the garden bench with a cup of tea and a magazine. After weeks of constant rain there is something so refreshing about being outside. The extra space to run around, the freedom to shout at the top of your lungs (the boys, not me!), the fun of the cute little kitten who thinks she lives here and the smell of the sea when the wind blows our way. Outside rocks! I've even cracked the camera out just for fun – it hardly knows what to make of being out of its bag so much.

:: cherry blossom at the bottom of our road. So pretty.


:: amazing sunset, made all the redder by the volcanic ash, so I'm led to believe!


:: cutest 4 year old on the planet who is in his glory squirting his hose 🙂


:: lots and LOTS of football, thanks to a new net. Cricket has been temporarily blown out!


:: last few weeks of mini rugby – they've been learning to tackle! It's the cutest thing (I know, rugby isn't cute, but he is!)



I've also been thinking a lot about how the boys are changing at the minute, especially as Patrick will be 7 in a couple of weeks. In my head he's still my little boy, but in reality he's not! All this football and collecting football cards, fixing his school tie so it looks just how he wants it to look, choosing green Converse as his summer shoes. He's his own man, no doubts about it! So I decided to do a layout about what I love most about each of them right now – time really is so fleeting and I don't want to forget this bit. I really love how they both turned out.

Top 10 Patrick

Top 10

Check me and my not white cardstock! Next thing you know I'll be posting 2 page spreads! Ok, probably not, but given the lovely box of goodies that arrived just a few days ago, I'm pretty sure I'll be making a few more layouts very soon. 

So tell me, how have you been spending the lovely sunshiney days?

  • April 22, 2010 - 10:18 am

    Sheila - Been barbequing Boydo, even when its sunny but chilly too. Determined to sit in the garden and enjoy life al fresco! Love layouts……MORE!

  • April 22, 2010 - 10:17 pm

    nannisandi - great pics of those gorgeous boys and the sunset.We have been digging in the very overgrown rockery and hanging lots of washing on the line to flap in the sun!

  • April 22, 2010 - 11:26 pm

    Jo - Hey, great pics of your boys, love Patricks fashion sense – quite fancy some green Converse trainers myself! And really everything small looks cute, including small boys playing rugby in their oh so cute kit! We’ve been spending a lot of time playing outside. Cricket has made an appearence after buying a bargain wooden set (inc. wickets) for under £2 in Morrisons. Also been playing some baseball (again set from Morrisons for under £4), so far 2 balls have gone over the fence – not bad really! Long may this lovely weather last.

  • April 24, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    Amy - I think I would go completely nuts with weeks of rain…ugh! Love that cherry blossom picture, one of the prettiest trees ever I think and that little guy of yours? He definitely makes rugby cute! One of my fantasies is to sit outside, drink coffee and look at a magazine as well….if only our backyard was fenced in! Have a great
    weekend!: )

  • April 25, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    Elyse Ussher - Can’t believe how big your gorgeous boys are getting. We don’t really see enough of them. Great pics all round too. In the sunshine have been doing a little bit of gardening, despite any “buzzies” which are around. Like nannisandi have had lots of washing flapping in the sun too! Am really glad, fortunate, blessed and appreciate being retired 100%.

  • April 26, 2010 - 12:29 am

    Maegan - Your pictures are gorgeous and it definitely looks like you all have been enjoying life! Your layouts look awesome!

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