365 pictures: 61 – 70

Time for a massively overdue catch-up – today is, astonishingly, the 79th day of 2013! – so I’ll keep this introduction short, and let the pictures do the talking.

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61. Bike Ride

A beautiful spring day saw us cracking out the kids’ bikes for a walk in the sun. Spring was well and truly here, or so we thought…

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62. Pulled pork

Proving that diet food doesn’t have to be boring :)

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63. Cresswell Lane

A quirky corner of Glasgow’s West End that I’ve never explored before, although sadly I was just passing through. A return visit is definitely required at some point

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64. Daddy it’s you!

Both girls are big fans of colouring apps on phones and iPad. Heather coloured this picture one morning, then told me it was me. I don’t see the likeness myself, but who am I to argue?

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65. Chillin’

TV, a good book and a foot rest. What else could you ask for?

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66. Toys

Since she started sleeping in it, the bundle of toys at the end of Heather’s bed has grown and grown. Occasionally it gets in her way and tipped onto the floor. Like this.

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67. Reading in bed

Love this snap, taken the day after World Book Day (UK).

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68. Rainbow cake

Megan’s AWESOME birthday cake, the centrepiece of her birthday party. Don’t recall a cake disappearing as quickly as this one did!

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69. Watching the snow fall

Few things are as precious as watching kids react to snow falling.

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70. Snow

After starting this set with a beautiful sunny day, it’s finishing with a snowy scene. At this time of year, shouldn’t it be the other way round?

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!

365 pictures: 41 – 50

February has been a funny month. We’ve had the worst snow of the winter (round these parts anyway) which lasted less than a day, but we’ve also had a few warmer spell which hinted that spring is on its way. Hopefully to be followed by a decent summer, filled with barbecue and paddling pool weather. That would be awesome, although I’m not holding my breath…

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41. Ready for bed
Most of the time Heather is a real whirlwind – never at rest and always up to something. She does have her calmer moments, of course, like when she’s drawing or crafting. Or when she’s winding down before bed like she is here. I was going to say I love those moments the best, but the truth is I love them all. Aw…

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42. Feeling the cold
Of course, just because you’re ready for bed doesn’t mean you can’t still be a bit off-the-wall. Our less than 10 year old house is very well insulated, and is rarely cold – certainly not cold enough for a hat and gloves indoors! Sometimes it’s probably best to not know what goes on in their heads.

43. Flower
As I hinted before, Heather is developing a real love of being arty, and even better her creations are really starting to look good. It’s amazing, actually, how quickly she’s moved from nondescript scribbles to things that actually look like things. Like this flower, for example

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44. Winter wonderland
I thought we’d seen the back of the snow weeks ago, but apparently not. This was a very strange day, actually – it snowed all morning, building up a good inch or two of snow, before turning to rain and completely disappearing by the time I’d got home from work.

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45. Plan B
We don’t normally go out on Valentine’s Day, preferring to go for a meal a week or two later when the fixed price set menus have all been packed away and normal service has been resumed. This year was a bit different, though, as Plan B was in town, so we found ourselves eating at Lebowskis – happy to report the food was as good as normal – before heading over to the SECC for Mr Drew’s biggest Glasgow show to date. A far cry from the first time we saw him, in the 500 capacity Classic Grand, less than three years ago.

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46. Tulips
Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be right without flowers though, and I got Gem some of her favourite tulips. I think these were described as a Tulip Rainbow, and that’s certainly apt – look at the colours!

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47. Ice cream
Auntie Ali was round on Saturday, and treated the girls to ice cream from Equi’s, our award-winning local ice cream parlour. We decided take out would fit in better with the rest of the day, but Heather still got to pick the flavours – chocolate, strawberry and fudge. Me and Gem were a little disappointed she went for the less exotic flavours on offer, but it doesn’t really matter, because ALL their flavours are incredible. Mmmmm…

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48. Picnic
The girls decided to have a picnic on Sunday, which basically meant tipping all the play food out onto the living room floor and sitting in the middle of it all. Guess who ended up putting most of it away… :(

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49. Cheeky
I don’t think I really need to say much about this one, other than to marvel once again at how photogenic my children are. They definitely take after their mother!

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50. Off to Grandma’s
On Monday and Tuesday mornings, when Gem is heading out to work and the girls are going to Grandma and Grandpa’s, it’s always a real rush to get ready, and get out of the house on time. As you can see from this picture, though, Megan is generally quite unfazed by it all!

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!

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!

365 pictures: 11-20

So we’re on to the second batch of pictures in my 365 pictures project, and I’ve got to be honest, it’s starting to get tough already. I’m trying hard to take pictures because they’re interesting, not because I’ve need to, but it’s almost come to that a couple of times in the past week and a half. I guess that’s the challenge, though, to be creative and make something interesting. That’s the attitude I’m going with – we’ll see how I get on. Anyway, here’s pictures 11-20…

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11. 15 Minute meal
Gem got Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals for Christmas, and we’ve vowed to cook every recipe in the book. This was (I think) my first contribution, and very tasty it was too. Moroccan Lamb and chickpeas with harissa yoghurt, salad and wrap, if you’re interested.

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12. Story time
Possibly my favourite time of day, I love reading bedtime stories to the girls. We went through a spell of “double bedtime” recently, but as you can see Megan wasn’t really a fan, so we’ve reverted to separate bedtimes and stories.

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13. Hoping for snow
While the rest of the UK has been covered in snow, the greater Glasgow area has escaped. Which makes a nice change, although the girls are none too impressed. We have had a few flakes, they just haven’t amounted to anything. We had some just before this picture was taken, but by the time Megan got to the door they’d stopped again.

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14. Moon gazing
In lieu of snow, we’ve had a lot of clear nights, and this was one of them. It was so clear you could actually make out the dark side of the moon, which I’ve just about captured here.

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15. Milk time
Since we stopped heating it, Heather hasn’t been a fan of milk, unless it’s of the flavoured variety. Or comes from nursery in a cow-patterned carton. Megan, on the other hand, loves the white stuff, and even gets upset if her bedtime cup doesn’t appear as quick as she’d like. Which is definitely a good thing.

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16. School registration

I already wrote about school registration day, so I won’t say much here, other than to restate my disbelief that we’ve reached this stage already. Time really does fly!

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17. Sleeping
I love the weird and wonderful positions the girls get into when they’re asleep – this is actually quite tame compared to some we’ve come across!

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18. Morning princess
Most days start with Heather coming into our bedroom to announce that the sun on her gro-clock is up. Teddy normally comes with her, and often she brings other toys too. No prizes for guessing what came with her this day.

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19. Chicken cacciatore (a la me)
Another 15 minute meal, this time one for the whole family. Our girls love pasta, so we were pretty sure this one would go down well. And it did – Heather even ate the mushrooms in the sauce, despite saying she doesn’t like mushrooms. Win!

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20. Porridge
Heather recently remembered that she likes porridge, and has had it for breakfast every day since. Megan was never a fan – she never even liked baby porridge, although I’m with her on that one – but with the addition of blueberries and a little honey she’s a convert.

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!