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Thursday Photo #119

My dad has always been fond of the phrase, “Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life.” As a child I didn’t understand it. Why tomorrow, was something big happening, what was going to change tomorrow? But now I understand that every day is a new beginning and if we want to change the course of our lives, we just have to get on and do it.

And in this house, tomorrow is not only the first day of the rest of our lives, but it is also the start of a whole new chapter. And as always, the past has a way of connecting with the future in life’s never-ending circle.

When we first decided to have children, we knew that we wanted two close together. They would grow up with a playmate, partner in crime and a friend to share all their adventures with. And for us, it meant that once the baby years were over, we’d slowly but surely start to get our lives back.

That meant work, travel, sport, time together, time apart and new adventures. And all of a sudden, that elusive time when we’d get back to some semblance of post-baby normality appears to be creeping into our lives.

Libby is on the countdown to school, regularly asking me how many minutes it is until her first day. And today, Lia had her first day of going out and about in pants – nappies now seem to be reserved for bedtime, and to me the end of nappies signifies the last remnant of the baby days fading away.

And tomorrow, for the first time since I had them, I’ll be leaving the girls for a few days. I’m heading off on a trip with Fly-Baden to the beautiful Baden-Baden region of Germany, just a few miles from where my ancestors lived before coming to the UK just before the turn of the last century.

I’ll be travelling with Wanderlust Chloe and the family that won a competition to take a trip to this fabulous area. There will be spas, culture, cuisine, sport, relaxation, technology, stunning countryside and an incredible theme park.

I intend to make the most of every moment of my trip. I’ll be sharing everything on my social media accounts, but I’ll also be posting both photos and Instagram stories from the Fly-Baden Instagram. So do pop over and give them a follow to see what I’m up to over the next few days!

And the best thing about going away is knowing that in just a few days when I pull up on the drive, these two little faces will be pressed up against the window waiting for me. Things haven’t been easy here for the last 12 months but as we enter the next chapter of our lives, I know that I’m the luckiest person in the world.

Our Thursday Photo #119

The day we found Dory at Sea Life Birmingham




  1. August 18, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Ahhhhh love a new chapter! New adventures, making new memories.
    It’s great that individually you are all having your own stories and then coming together to carve your joint path. Love it.
    For those not sure if to step into the unknown – I say do it. Do it. We are only here once and it is most definitely better to regret the things you did do and not the things you didn’t!

  2. August 18, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Ha ha Alice constantly asks me how long it is until she starts school! Have an amazing time, you deserve it. It’s not been an easy time and I hope this is the start of a new chapter for you all X

  3. August 19, 2016 / 5:56 am

    I hope you have the best time on your trip! I’ll certainly be checking out your photos. The baby and toddler years are lovely, but there is also something nice about getting back a bit of your own independence as they grow up. Gorgeous picture of the girls as ever. x

  4. August 22, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Woohoo to a couple of days of ‘Nat Time’ 😉 I always love a bit of that! I can’t imagine what it feels like knowing that the baby days are pretty much over. I have no idea how long it will be til we reach that stage!

    It looks like you’re having an amazing time and so wonderful that you get to visit the region where your ancestors are from.

    Ps-now that you’ve done this you need to think of another excuse to not come to blogger meets haha! x

  5. August 25, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Aw beautiful photo of your girls at the end. I hope you have a fab time in Germany. How lovely that sounds. xx

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