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The New Mrs M makes a year! 

Wow I can’t believe I made a year! When I started this blog it was as an outlet to share my experiences with braces as an adult and to hopefully learn from other people’s journey also. The thing is it’s turned into much more than that! I’ve learned I love to document my life! Sharing experiences, hobbies, days out, trips away, special moments gives me real enjoyment and it’s the lovely comments and likes I get from readers around the world that keeps me writing. I have written about so many things in the last year from my experiences as a step parent to buying our puppy last year. I’ve talked about my love of being married and the happiness it brings to my struggles of trying to progress a career while still being a present parent. I’ve continued to document my experiences with braces and will keep on doing so in the hope that they help others deliberating whether or not to take the plunge or are already on their journey. My new found love of walking/hiking has been a hot topic over the summer months this year culminating in a walking challenge which saw me walk over 80 miles in a month!

This blog has been like a journal at times being the first thing I want to do when I’m going through a tough time and a way to vent my frustration while also sometimes allowing me to see my opinions in a different light.

Reviews of places I’ve been have almost become a part of the experience now and it’s a given to my husband that some of the many photos I take will be specifically for my blog. If I can show someone how great a place was or how dog friendly somewhere can be and they can enjoy it as much as I did then my writing is all worthwhile.

There are plenty of mum blogs out there and I don’t just write about my experiences as a Mum but this has also been a huge part of my blog. Again if I can show someone else what we get up to and they enjoy doing it then why not!

Whatever my chosen topic is I would just like to say thank you to everyone that has taken the time to read my posts, like them and leave a comment. Without your interest I wouldn’t have continued to write and had 2 pieces published, something I would never even have attempted to do before this!

My plan for the future is to keep blogging, sharing my happy times and my sad times too, hopefully helping others with my braces experiences and reviewing everywhere I go!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey so far and here’s to the next year!

Lou x

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Blogger · horse riding · horses · Parenting · Uncategorized · weekend

Sunday = Mum on a mission

So Scott is away this week which leaves me in full on mission mode with Sunday as no exception! 

Yesterday started with a riding lesson, and we celebrated the fact T has now been riding 2 years and still absolutely loves it! 

Next we walked Pops and I tackled the lawn and cleaned the windows so it now longer looks like we have moved out and abandoned the garden! 

Then some friends came round and the girls spent a while doing arts and crafts while we had a catch up, well deserved chill time until a huge spider decided to make an appearance and I had to rescue the two screaming girls from it 😄 

Dinner time meant time for a little roast for me and my girl, it’s been a while since I cooked a roast for us and it actually turned out really good. 

Then we chatted to Scott, read some of T’s school book, cleared up from dinner, made lunches, ironed shirts and finally watched half an hour of tv together. 

Is it any wonder she was fast asleep within minutes at bed time? 😊

One productive weekend over and done, I’ve so got this! 
Thanks for reading 

Lou x

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Burghley Horse Trials 2017

Last weekend saw the return of the famous Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford and after our first visit last year we couldn’t wait to go back! The event is run over 3 days and includes dressage, cross country and concludes with showjumping on the Sunday. 

World class riders compete for the trophy and have to score points in all three rounds to become the overall champion, any horse or rider fall is instant dismissal. 

Although the cross country jumps look ridiculously high and the course must be wonderful to walk with some amazingly imaginative jumps including Landrover cars we always choose to go on the Sunday and watch the show jumping. This is for two reasons, firstly it’s all in one place so once you have got your seat all the action is right infront of you and secondly the Sunday decides the winner which is a moment worth seeing! 

The event not only showcases the world’s best 4 star eventers but also hosts around 600 stalls and shops as well as countless eateries to keep you entertained whilst you are waiting for the main event! We also watched some dog display teams, a donkey parade, a marching band and the Fitzwilliam Hunt paraded their hounds around the ring whilst it was being cleared for the trophy presentation. 

The Fitwilliam Hunt have had their pack since the 1700’s and exercise their hounds daily while hunting is not in season. During hunting season they hunt 3 times a week and hunt an artificial scent across the fields near Peterborough. The huntsman and hounds really are a sight to be seen and T always loves to watch how they all just follow the pack and fly after the horses round the ring. This is just a glimpse of them as they past us on Sunday.

The best thing about the event is by far the show jumping and we always book our tickets early to make sure we get seats in the arena with a good view. When the riders are attempting the jumps you can hear a pin drop with the silence and the ooh’s and ahhs made when they knock a fence down. We always end up cheering any nationality if they do well but obviously team GB get a huge round of applause if they have a clear round! 

Here are just a few pictures from our seats.

As the day goes on we get a chance to walk around some of the cross country course on the way round the grounds of Burghley House and there are always a couple you can’t resist a picture with! To imagine a horse jumping over some of them is just phenomenal!

Ok so it wasn’t the sunniest day but it wasn’t cold and so there was always time for shopping and ice cream! 😉

And so we came to the main event, the final of the show jumping! The top 10 riders completed their rounds in reverse order and the excitement and suspense was built round by round as we waited for our best British hopeful Oliver Townend who was leading, to complete his round. Team GB were doing so well with a clear round and some very quick and almost clear rounds from their riders. Oliver came out and performed brilliantly! With one fence down he flew through the rest of the round perfectly to win the trophy! The crowd went wild and it was a fantastic moment to cheer him on as he completed several laps of honour! I was so pleased I started filming his winning round half way through! 

The trophy this year was presented by the Countess of Wessex who looked lovely and if you didn’t recognise her as a member of the royal family you could quite easily mistake her for a member of the public just enjoying a day out. 

Unfortunately Zara Tindall wasn’t competing on the Sunday as she fell in the cross country but we managed to catch a glimpse of her talking to the Countess of Wessex in the Landrover owners bar and apart from a few straps glued to her neck she looked well and unhurt. 

Sophie Countess of Wessex in the navy blazer

This was the moment Oliver Townend completed his lap of honour followed by the 2nd and 3rd place riders who were also Team GB and both women!  😁

Overall it was a fantastic day out yet again and we can’t wait to go back next year! 

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My 20 mile week and more summer fun!

So in my last post I mentioned a walking challenge I had signed myself up to with my husband and best friend. Now I knew I had stiff competition as I’m more of a little and often walker/runner whereas those guys just go for it! So every day last week i made it my mission to get about 3 miles in, yes every day! My legs were aching by the time yesterday’s walk came and ordinarily I wouldn’t have made the effort to go but I felt I couldn’t let myself down when Id made so much effort the rest of the week so off Pops and I went in the sunshine racking my total miles for last week to just over 20! I’m so chuffed with this and now just need to keep the momentum going through the rest of the month! 

Other things I’ve been upto this weekend is dinner at my best friends house, secretly trying to fatten me up so I will do worse at the challenge, which was a really nice evening. You can’t beat hanging out with your best friend, daughter and the partners sometimes and it was really good to spend time with them.

Saturday I also picked T’s friend up and took them both to the library to continue their summer reading challenge. They really enjoyed being together and planning their sleepover for next Friday, wish me luck! 


With the good weather I used some time to get a few things done in the garden too, Scott is in the middle of painting our shed a really pretty green so can’t wait for that to be finished and tie in with all my other pretty areas. I’m just waiting for it to be warm enough that we can actually spend a whole evening out there! 

This weekend was new nails day and I don’t normally share my nails but I’m so in love with this pink design I thought I’d show you all.
Yesterday T had a great hack out for her riding lesson and I made lasagne and salad for the in-laws followed by cheesecake which went down a storm! One busy weekend over and our busy week off begins! 

Have a great one everyone!

Lou x

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August Walking Challenge & Summer has begun!

So this month I have set  myself a challenge to walk and run as far as I can do. Not that much different to when I started really enjoying my walking back in March/April time no? Well this month is different because i’m challenging my best friend and Scott to see who can walk and run the furthest in a month! Now we all want to be fitter and healthier than we are and we all have the means to do it, its just which one of us will go that extra mile to finish this challenge on top?

So we started the challenge on the 2nd August and so far the app tells us I’m in the lead with 9.2  miles! Now although i’m pretty chuffed with this I know it could change at any minute, all Scott needs to do is go for a run and he will top it and the same with Emma. But, for now, i’m on top and feeling good about it! 😉 I will keep updates on here as to how we progress through the month!

Tonight me and Poppy walked 3.2 miles and at a really good pace too, i’m so inspired when its warm and sunny.

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Yesterday, now that was a good day! It started off a super windy day, for me this is an instant annoyance for all sorts of reasons one being any attempt I have made to try and look presentable is instantly ripped away as soon as I set foot outside! But with a windsurfing loving husband I have grown accustomed to being second place on a windy day so off he goes to the lake to windsurf with his Dad. I told him I would meet him down there after getting a few things done and surprised him by running down there, around the lake and meeting him on the other side. He was pleased to see me and even more pleased I had ran the whole 2  miles to meet him, although how he didn’t notice me and Poppy running past him I will never know! It was great to watch him, he was enjoying throwing a few jumps out there to give all the people on the bank a show, I cant help but feel proud when I see him out there, and laugh when he doesn’t land them so well, sorry babe!

 

After spending some time at the lake I jogged home and went to pick T up from her pony day. This is her third one since she started riding nearly 2 years ago and she loved it! Well I cant say she loved it from the start because this time she was the only one there so this meant her pony couldn’t just follow the others and trot round she had to really make him listen which at times was really tough. She ploughed on through though and when I picked her up she had a big smile on her face having had a much better 2nd lesson and a great hack out on a pony she doesn’t normally ride. She also really enjoyed the grooming/feeding and walking the ponies out to the field side of things, all things she doesn’t get to do on a usual lesson. One summer pony day down = 1 happy little girl!

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Today went ate lunch in the sunshine then spent the afternoon at the park playing with friends. Its been a great couple of days and I cant wait for next week and a whole week off with lots of catch ups and activities planned!

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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Keeping the rainbow diet going with our lunch today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A great start to the summer holidays!

So it’s been a pretty great weekend! Summer holidays always brings pressure with what to do that’s interesting, but doesn’t cost a fortune, and makes T feel like this is what summer holidays are all about. 

So we started off with Thursday, we did a spot of food shopping in the morning and then it turned into quite a grey and cloudy day so in the afternoon we stayed on the sofa watching George’s Dragon, a really great film. After that we went to last ballet lesson before break and I cooled us homemade burgers which were so good! 

Friday we we took Poppy round the lake,A lap of 2.5 miles and it was such a windy day T’s bike blew over when she stopped to use her new stand!

After this we had some good friends over for a playdate and using inspiration from the film we watched T got everyone to decorate a picture of a dragon as an art activity! The girls all loved it really got creative! Afterwards they spent some time playing outside and eating strawberries, raspberries and blueberries on a strawberry Angel delight as a treat! We had a lovely afternoon.

Friday nights dinner was salmon and brocolli pasta with a creme fraiche and chive sauce.


Saturday was a very special day, We became godparents to our good friends son Kaleb. We felt very honoured to be asked and with Scott also doing a reading during the ceremony it was such a great day. Although I have to say T’s favourite part was probably the bouncy castle at the party after!

Again the weather turned bad later on so it was comfy clothes and a film again and this time it was Mr Peabody and Sherman! T also finished a colouring she had started on the last day of school.

Today we have been to riding, She had a great lesson, right up until she fell off! Well it was more of a plop but she was fine and got herself a certificate for being brave! I think she just wanted to christen her new jodphurs on the sand! 

This afternoon T played outside while we gave the garden a good tidy up, it’s amazing how much you can clear up if you haven’t done it for a while and we got loads done while T amused herself. After we popped out and finally got some cushions to finish our garden seat that Scott built a couple of months ago. I’m really pleased with how it looks now. Scott made dinner tonight and it was delicious! 


Now as the weather is still good we are off to take Pops for a walk round the lake as I’ve only managed 10 miles so far this week because it keeps raining! 

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend and start to the summer holidays, I would love to hear what you have been upto!

Thanks for reading 

Lou x

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Our Easter Week

This week has been great. It has been a week full of play dates, Easter egg hunts, bike rides and more. It has been a week of having fun with my girl, enjoying being her Mumma and having as much fun as possible with her before she goes away for a week on holiday with her Dad. I’ve loved every minute of it, here is a diary of our week. 

Monday we biked round the country park near our house, T helped us wash our cars to earn some pocket money and we went to the library for their Easter event. It was a beautiful sunny day and we finished it by watching a movie together.


Tuesday T went on her pony day. She spent the day at the stables and had 3 hours of riding and spent the rest mucking out ponies, feeding and grooming them and walking them to fields. She hasn’t done a day like this since August and she loved it.

Wednesday we went to a friend’s for an Easter hunt, games and lunch. We have done this for years now and always have a great time there.

Thursday we went to a friend’s for a play date and had a lovely time catching up and it was warm enough for the girls to play outside which was great. In the afternoon we went swimming with my cousin, something we haven’t done in months so T loved it. This is something we need to get back into now so she starts to get her confidence back before our holiday in June.

Friday we went to a friend’s for lunch and a little Easter hunt. T made an Easter crown and enjoyed playing with our little friend Kali while i had lots of cuddles with her baby brother.
We then took a bike ride round the same route we did Monday so I could track it and see how far it was. T was great and so was Poppy. The one bad thing, my phone needed an update so didn’t track the route! This meant when Scott came in from work he ran it and took T back on her bike again!
We found out the route was 2.5 miles so T biked 5 miles today! My little trooper:)


Tomorrow we have our Easter egg hunt at home after the bunny has been 😉 then T and I have the rest of the day to ourselves. It’s been such a fun week and I am just now starting to feel sad I have to be without her for a week. This is the pitfall of having to share I guess. At least I know I couldn’t have shown my little person a more fun week and will remember this every minute I miss her next week. 

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The Thud 

So every other week T has a riding lesson for an hour on a Sunday. She’s been riding for a year and a half now and loves it. We have good weeks and bad weeks, some days the ponies just listen more than others. Some days she has better technique, others she’s jumpy and so is the pony. 

Not long after we started she was out on a hack while we waited at the yard and when she came back she looked sad, the instructor said she had fallen off when the pony got spooked by a bird but they were only walking along and she got straight back on. She was ok once we got home, a couple of bruises but it didn’t affect her coming back. 

A few months later and they had learnt to do a ’round the world’ on the back of the pony. While the pony was standing still and she was turning round she slid off and fell onto her bum with a bump! We had a few tears but she got back on and carried on.

Since then we have had a few tears in a few lessons when her pony is being naughty or she can’t remember where she is meant to be going but she carries on and all is forgotten by the time the next lesson comes around.

Today she had a great little hack outside in the sunshine at the start of the lesson then they came back and went into the school. T had the biggest grin on her face as she went in, she really was enjoying herself today. There was a group of 5 of them and so they took it in turns to canter round the school, past the rest of the ride and round to the back. T was going so well and until just before the last corner she lost her stirrup and started to slide to the left. Her teacher saw it happen and shouted to her to hold on but gravity took hold and she slid right off the side onto the ground with a thump. That noise went right through me, my heart skipped a beat and I got a lump in my throat. I immediately got a step closer to the school but then stopped. The teacher had picked her up and was making her bend her leg in small movements. She had stopped crying and had started to take small steps towards her pony that was standing there waiting for her. Then before I knew it she was back on and walking round the school again. 

It was so hard in that moment not to open the gate and not run in but I know if I had she would never have got back on. I had a pang of guilt, my little girl just fell off her horse at speed and I didn’t even go and pick her up. 

She’s now home and fine. We had some cuddles and and told her how proud of her we were for getting back on. I guess this is just the hobby we are into, I will see falls and she will get back on. I’m sure it will never get any easier to watch though.

A slightly happier face 2 weeks ago.