Exciting Times

While I have been away from blogging, we all know that Matt & I have been enjoying our first home and settling in well. However, things aren’t just going well for us but also for people around us! Today’s blog was meant to be about my PCOS and how that is going, but when I was finishing it off it felt a bit gloomy and with British Summertime in full swing (yes its raining cats & dogs) I wanted to post something happy and fun!

2018 – its under half a year away, can you believe that! Its going to be a BIG year, for many reasons…here, I wrote a list to tell you why!

  1. I Turn 30!
  2. My Little Brother Turns 21!
  3. Matt & I Have Been Together 9 Years!
  4. My Best Friend Gets Married!
  5. My Cousin Has Her First Baby!

Now, what makes you most excited when you read those 5 statements?! For me, its 4 & 5! Don’t get me wrong I am excited to celebrate my 30th birthday AND see my brother turn 21! Of course the fact that Matt & I will have been together 9 years is such a fantastic achievement and especially when it only feels like it has been a couple of years!

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BUT back to 4 & 5!

Sooo for those of you that read posts last year will know that around the time of Matt’s accident my best mate went through a break up. However, as most of you now, that often out of bad situations good things happen and she had some really great people around her and one of them made more of an impact than others. By the end of the summer she had brought a flat with her new man and they were extremely happy (and still are)! We all figured it wouldn’t be long before they got engaged, although its a whirlwind romance it seemed right and she was happy. I won’t lie, I was reserved, cautious that I didn’t her to go through another break up and wanting to make sure she was completely happy. However, when she called me in February to announce they had got engaged I was over the moon for her & seeing them at their engagement party earlier in the spring, I truly saw just how happy and how much they just fit together. I was overjoyed to be asked to be one of her Bridesmaid at their wedding next winter and I cannot wait to share their special day with them!

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Well, at the beginning of the year my cousin, her husband, Matt & I started to go out on double dates to country pubs just having a giggles and enjoying some really gooooood food! However, our last Dinner Date in May Trina was unwell and out night ended quite quickly and since then I hadn’t heard from her (as much as I did) and her husband came to our housewarming without her. Now I remember saying at the time that I thought she was pregnant BUT inside I was worried that I had upset her and that she was having some space. But we are family – why not just tell me, its not like she could avoid me forever?! So, when she text me inviting Matt & I for a BBQ a few weeks ago Matt knew that we were going no matter what else we had planned. I walked in and thought to myself “well she doesn’t look pregnant – great maybe I did piss her off?!”, we were all sat around (her other cousin included – not my cousin – its not really that confusing) and Trina announced that she was going to start to get forgetful and bigger……instantly I knew what she was telling me and I held back happy tears sooo hard! Unfortunately Trina has been really unwell at the start of her pregnancy which is why she has been quiet and she wanted to keep quiet about things until her scan and well, I am sure she would have ended up spilling the beans had she of seen me! So I have a brand new baby cousin is on his or her way arriving January 2018!

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So as you can see 2018 is going to be a great year for us, even without those 5 things we have some wonderful trips that we are wishing for and more decorating to do in the house. I cannot wait – however we still have the remainder of this year to enjoy and there is still so much to look forward to!

So whilst 2018 is going to be great fun I cannot wait for the rest of this year!

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Keep Smiling

Love

Emma xxx

Mexico In England

Every year my parents hold a summer party and of course it has a theme and this year was a Mexican Fiesta! We had a fantastic evening with our family and close friends, although it wasn’t the warmest summer evening, it was dry and the garden was full of love and laughter!

Here are just some of the pictures I took……roll on next year!

Social Media

So, with the blog back up and running and my creative juices flowing, I want you all to have somewhere to connect with me!

If you take a look at the right hand side of the screen, you will see links to my Instagram and Facebook where you can keep up to date with all things going on!

On Facebok all my blog posts get shared there, so unless you hit the follow button (also on the right hand side), you will be the first ones to know about new content!

At the moment I am taking a break from Instagram, so nothing will be going on there for a while. I need to take some time to get my head in check and appreciate what I have and learn to not feel jealous and bitter about what other people have got – people that I don’t even know!

I love and hate Social Media so much at the moment, I love being able to share things with friends and family but I hate that it is creating such an untrue culture. For people that struggle with self confidence and self love Social Media is a big issue especially when you start to compare yourself to others. That is the reason why I removed myself from Twitter at the beginning of the year, I don’t miss it and I dont think I will be returning to Twitter either. However, I enjoy taking photo’s so I will go back to Instagram……eventually.

So, why not hit the follow button on Instagram and Facebook and let me know that you like reading my blog!

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Love

Emma

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Yey! Saturday!

And they are sooooooo comfortable...:

 

Not quite in my jammies…..but I have leggings on which is 2nd best! Looking forward to our really good friends coming over for food and drinks a bit later! Love spending time with our friends!

Have a fantabulous Saturday Night!

Keep Smiling

Emma

xxx

Beautiful Weekend

How B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L has the weather been on the south coast for the past week? We have been truly blessed with gorgeous summer sun and I even have a little tan going on!

Earlier last week I had decided that Matt and I needed a little adventure, we have been spending a lot of time putting our stamp on the house that we have kinda gotten a little lost and forgotten what it was like just being us. One thing that people don’t tell you when you are preparing to move in is that all those little date evenings or random weekends in the forest or down the beach. So in a bid to spruce life up a bit, I told Matt to be ready to leave the house at 8.30am Saturday as I was taking us out for the day.

I had my sights set on Durdle Door – I have seen a lot of nice pictures and posts about it and my brother has been recently so I thought we could both do with some sea air and peaceful surroundings.

So I cooked up some bacon sarnies for the drive down and headed out on the road, we got stuck in a bit of traffic around the Bournemouth area which isn’t unusual when the weather is like this and made it to Durdle Door in around 2 hours. We parked up, paid for 2 hours parking and started to walk down, neither of us could understand why after so many visits to Weymouth we have never made it here before. The weather was beautiful, it was so so sunny and when you looked across the horizon it felt like you were abroad!

 

As we reached the bottom of the hill and caught glimpses of the sea and beach below us, neither of us could believe how crystal clear the water was and I instantly regretted not wearing my swim gear as I just wanted to jump right in. We headed down the steep stairs to the main beach looking on to the rock formation and sat on the stones, it was nice just be present for a while and soak in the surroundings and watch all the kayakers and families enjoying their Saturday. We headed back up and spent some time watching 2 dogs playing around in the cove before making our way back up the hill to the car. One thing no-one warned me was just how steep the hill was, of course you realise as you are going down, but nothing can prepare you for the steepness going back up!

We made the decision to head back home via the New Forest and stop off at Burley, we both really like the little village and have often treated ourselves to an ice cream or a cream tea on many of our visits. However, this time as I am on a bit of a health kick (more on that another time), we avoided the Ice Creams and Cream Tea’s and headed to the pub for a cold refreshing drink and some lunch. Weirdly we sat in “our seats” the same seats we sit in every time and they are always available – its weird – I had a really nice Chicken Cesar Salad and Matt had a Burger. The food was fantastic and made even better as we headed out a group of horses had decide to take over the road – perfect photo opportunity and typical of the New Forest!

As we have been to the New Forest many times I figured we wouldn’t need our sat nav to get home……I was wrong. We didn’t really know where we were going and the sign posts didn’t say anywhere we recognised, so Matt got out the sat nav and we started to head out on the right path home. As we were driving down one of the forest roads directly in my eye sight were Highland Cows! Immediately I pulled into the parking bays and got out to take photo’s. I LOVE Highland Cows, I just think they have so much personality and their faces are adorable! It was soo tempting to try and touch one, but the size of their horns I decided viewing from afar was best!

Our evenings had been planned out separately, Matt was having the boys over and I was meeting up with 2 old school friends for food and cocktails. Marci, Jemma and I haven’t all been together since we left school in 2004 – I had seen both of them separately so I knew we all still got on and would have a blast especially as The Slug & Lettuce serve 2-4-1 cocktails. It was lovely to see them both and to catch up after so long, it was just like no time had passed at all and I cant wait to have another girly evening with them both!

Well there you have it my weekend in a nutshell, unfortunately Sunday didn’t go as planned, but Hayley and I are sorting out another date for Brunch and don’t worry, I will take you with us!

Keep Smiling

Emma xxx

Stevens With A V!!

Friday 25th March marked a special day in our lovely friends lives as that is the day they became man & wife! Whilst we were all getting ready in the morning Hayley was showered with gifts from Lee at various stages as well as our make up and hair specialists worked their magic on all of us!

I was sooo emotional on the day, I was crying from about 6am in the morning, over everything and nothing – god I could cry now just thinking of what an amazing day! Matt scrubbed up well for the day BUT did get insanely drunk and missed out on some photo’s and we didn’t get too many on the day!

However, I would like to share some with you……

Lee Waiting Anxiously For His Bride To Be

Me Leading The Bridal Party Down The Aisle

The Bridesmaids….There Are 2 You Cant See

The Happy Couple

Signing Of The Register

Hayley Could Totally Be Princess Leia

Love This!

Matt Enjoying The Magician

Amazed!

Helen & I….The First Of Many Photos!

Hayley’s Gorgeous Ribbon Bouquet

Mr & Mrs Stevens

Perfect Card Table

And An Amazing Suitcase

Look At The Gorgeous Cake Toppers

Beautiful Alternative To Cupcakes!

John’s Speech Had Me In Tears

So Did Lee’s!

Especially when he surprised Rachael & I

With A Pandora Charm!

It was such a lovely day to see them both surrounded by not only the people they love so dearly but the people who love them just as much! The evening reception was fantastic, it was great to see everyone dancing and enjoying the photo booth! I know myself and a few others definitely enjoyed it!

But above all, despite how much fun and partying we had nothing made me feel better than seeing 2 people that both myself and Matt love so dearly declaring their love for one and other and committing their future to each other. I was so overwhelmed with emotion and love for them both and hope that IF Matt & I get married we will be just as happy as they are!
I cannot believe that is it, my bridesmaid duties are over……what is next to look forward to?!
Emma xxx