I’ve missed a couple of these little loves posts as we went on holiday to Anglesey. This post will be a mixture of the things we have done over the last few weeks.
I found a bit of time to read whilst we were away and finally finished reading The Rosie effect by Graeme Simsion. I really enjoyed both this book and The Rosie project (which I read on holiday last summer). I look forward to seeing what he writes next. Once I finished this book, I started reading Us by David Nicholls. So far I am enjoying it but yet again, since we got back Sunday I’ve not picked this book up again! I’m really behind with my blog reading too so I have spent a little bit of time this week trying to catch up in my feedly account. You may remember last time I posted the ladybird was not letting us read books to her properly. Well I’m pleased to say she has got a lot better (for the moment at least) which is lovely. I’ve actually managed to read a couple of quiet long (for a 2 year old anyway) books like Julia Donaldson’s Room on the broom and Jonny Duddle’s The pirates next door (both really great books). Her current favorites though have to be Millie Mae in summer by Natalie Marshall and Train by Judi Abbot.
I can’t think of any good tv we have watch recently. We did watch a dvd – In Bruges, which we both enjoyed. Mostly though I have enjoyed watching my daughter enjoy her holiday. We had days on the beach, trips to Anglesey sea zoo (where she loved the lobsters most and declared them spiders, she loves bugs at the minute!) and the Welsh mountain zoo. She made a little friend on the beach one day and they had lots of fun collecting “treasure” (shells and dried sea weed). But what she loved most was paddling in the sea. She adores water play and swimming so it was no surprise that she loved the sea. What was a surprise though was how she loved to fill her bucket with water and then pour it over herself whilst squealing with delight and looking a little shocked at the cold!
I bought a new skirt and dress in the fat face sale before we went away. They got plenty of wear whilst we were away. I’m trying to make an effort not to live in jeans and black trousers this summer. I’ve also been wearing this new bag a lot. It’s my new everyday bag for when I have the ladybird with me (most of the time). Up until now I’ve been using the same changing bag I bought before she was born. I had a Babymel big slouchy in red which I would totally recommend (it’s currently in the sale for £25) but after using the same bag for just over 2 years I really felt like a change. She’s still in nappies though and also with a toddler you still need to take a fair amount of stuff on a day out so I opted for this beautiful rucksack from Accessorize.
The ladybird’s word of the holiday seemed to be “stuck”. If she was in her buggy or car seat, in her opinion she was stuck. If she could not open or lift something etc, she was “stuck”. She must have announced she was stuck several times at least every day. She also repeats nearly everything we say at the moment which can be funny at times. Particularly when she started calling her daddy be his real name! I can’t help but laugh when she does but I know he would prefer her to call him daddy all the time. Whilst we were at the Welsh mountain zoo, I enjoyed hearing her try to make sea lion and owl noises.
The weekend before we went away I made a few delicious meals (and we even had nice enough weather to eat them outside). The one above is moussaka with home made flat breads. I’ve used this recipe to make moussaka a few times now and it is always delicious (you do need a good hour and a half though to make it but it is so worth it). I also made toad in the hole which myself and my husband loved but the ladybird refused the Yorkshire pudding (she used to love them). Whilst we were away we ate out and had a lot of simple meals or BBQs. I made another dress for the ladybird from the new book from Wild thing dresses. This time I made a simple tie top beach dress. The photo above is the best one I manage to get of the ladybird wearing it on our holiday. The poor thing looks freezing in this photo, I promise she wasn’t like this all day! It was actually quiet a sunny day but a little windy. We found a sheltered spot on the beach but this was taken on our way for a paddle in the sea. I also made her a nappy cover using the tutorial I shared last time and myself a waterproof pouch for storing sun creams and toddler juice bottles in my new everyday bag.
It seems to have become a bit of a tradition to share some new fabric I’ve purchased in this section so who am I to break with tradition! I found a beautiful fabric shop near where we were staying in Anglesey (Copperfield in Valley if you are interested). It was very much focused on quilting and stocked an amazing selection of gorgeous fabrics. They had a sale on and I could not resist picking up a couple of fat quarters of this beautiful Lewis and Irene fabric. I’m not sure whether it will become a cusion cover for the ladybird’s room or a skirt for her yet but isn’t it beautiful?