365 pictures: 21-30

30 days in, and I’ve yet to miss one. Although there have been a couple of close shaves. Still having fun with it, though, and still aiming to keep going for the rest of the year. Let’s be honest, most New Year’s resolutions have died a death by the end of January, so if I’ve made it this long I can make it to the end of the year, right? Right?

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21. Recycling
We had a post-Christmas mini-disaster with our recycling bin; because it was jammed full of wrapping paper and cardboard packaging, it didn’t empty properly, which meant we started the next 2 week cycle with a half full bin. So by the next collection, we had more boxes full of stuff in the kitchen that wouldn’t go in the bin. I think we’re sorted now.

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22. Snow
While the rest of the UK has been under a blanket of snow for much of January, we’ve managed to almost miss it entirely. Makes a nice change! This was about as bad as it got round these parts.

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23. Gangsta
I’ve got a small collection of baseball caps (3!) hanging on the bedpost, and every so often the girls like to try them on for size. Megan, for some reason, always prefers hers to be backwards. Heather picked this one, and asked if the hole in the back was for a pony tail to fit through – smart kid, that one.

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24. A bag for a hat
From the sublime to the ridiculous, here’s Megan modelling an altogether different sort of headgear- a mini shopping bag. What cracks me up is when they walk around like this, as if it’s the most normal thing in the world. Maybe it’s me who’s got it all wrong?

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25. Happy birthday Rabbie
Gemma’s not that keen on haggis, so when it comes to Burns Night we tend not to go with tradition. I have in the past done haggis, neeps and tatties just for me, but it means either consuming a whole haggis (not good for the waistline) or throwing some away. This year I got creative and we had haggis burgers (although Gem had hers without the haggis). I washed mine down with a surprisingly decent bottle of Rabbie Burns from Traditional Scottish Ales. The Bard would be proud.

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26. The artists at work

Both our girls love to scribble, and while Megan’s pictures really are just scribbles, all of a sudden Heather is able to produce pictures that actually look like what they’re meant to be. She told me a few weeks ago she’d like to be an artist, so who knows?

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27. Gogga Gone (chocolate scone)
Gem baked some scones on Sunday, for Sunday Bake Club, while I went out for a run. When I got back, Megan met me at the door, to very excitedly tell me about the “gogga gones” that Mummy had made. They were awesome, by the way – no susprises there! :)

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28. Early night
After a busy weekend, Monday night was a chance to get to bed at a decent hour. Just a few years ago, anything before midnight would have constituted an early night, but that was before we were being woken at 7 every day. Not that I’m complaining of course, just reflecting how much things have changed since the girls arrived.

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29. Baby Annabel
I came across this the other night when I was tidying up the toys, and the absurd pose amused me far more than it should. I think my mum might have had a hand in this one…

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30. Salad
I’ve mentioned before that one of our aims for this year is to cook everything from Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals, and last night I produced a fantastic Jamaican jerk pork dish. It was accompanied by this awesome looking salad, which I enjoyed far more than I was expecting, as I’m not normally a fan of sweetcorn in things. Shows you what I know!

This autumn I'm running/cycling in a 30km duathlon and a half marathon, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. You can read more about my challenge here or support me here. All donations, however big or small, gratefully received!

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