Growing up fast….

After spending a fabulous weekend away in France at a fairytale wedding without the girls, I absolutely couldn’t wait to see their little faces when we returned home on Monday.

It’s funny really, we were only away for four nights, but it felt like forever being apart from them.

Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely LOVED our little break away (even if I was feeling rotten with laryngitis) – but, I’m not used to really being anywhere without the girls nowadays, they are pretty much my life. As sad as that may make me sound!

So anyway, even though we were away for such a short length of time, both Mikey and I couldn’t wait to see them again.

When they bounded through the front door on Monday evening, it was perfect. Both the girls whooped and shouted with joy that we were home, and the bear hugs were amazing! Ella wouldn’t let me go! Which I dodn’t mind one bit, and just soaked up all the extra love and attention I’d been missing so much!


Also though, Mikey and I couldn’t quite believe the little changes in the girls that we noticed when we got home.

I suppose it’s like anything really – if you see it on a daily basis, you just get used to things, and you don’t notice any differences however big or small, but when we saw them again, we were met by two much more grown up little girls it seemed.


Holly just seems to become so much more grown up and sure of herself by the day, especially now that she’s started having sessions at ‘big school’ ready for her starting in September. She appears far more confident and is just taking it all very much in her stride, which although it breaks my heart a little as I know she’s growing up, it makes me happy in the knowledge that she’s content.

And Ella, well her speech had changed rather dramatically we thought!

She came bounding up to us saying ‘Mummy look at my lovely dress’ whilst proudly twisting and turning and swishing it from side to side. She sounded so much more grown up! Her words and sentences seemed to fall into place with such ease.

Before, although she has always been pretty great at talking, from rather early on (most probably in order to boss her big sister around!), the sentences were there but far more ‘bitty’ or – but this just seemed different. Argghhh – even my baby girl is growing up too!!!


And her walking was fantastic. She was running pretty perfectly and her foot didn’t seem to be turning outwards as much as it had done before we left, which is something we are to keep our eyes on after she had her accident.

Does it sound silly that I think I’ve noticed this much of a difference in just a few days?

Anyway – I’ve absolutely loved to be back home with them, see their cheeky little faces, witness their tantrums and to soak up their mischievous and boundless energy.

And it’s been fabulous with this weather to boot!

I’ve been off work trying to get better, and the girls have been in nursery and pre-school, but each and every evening when they come home, they’ve been able to strip off and play outside in the beautiful warm evening sun. Ice lollies, I’m afraid, have been a bit of a daily occurrence, but with the heat mixed with most probably that smidge of guilt that we went away and left them, I haven’t cared one jot, and I’m just pleased to be home and able to treat them again.

Mikey set up the sprinkler system the other day too, and then we sat back, perched on our patio steps just watching the two of them as they played, bickered and giggled as they ran around playing in the jets of water.  And when the sprinkler’s not in action – they just make do with the hose!


I’m afraid I do have photos but they aren’t really ‘postable’ due to lots of bare bottoms!!! The girls mind, not Mikey and I!

So I suppose this week I’ve loved two complete opposites, precious and much needed time spent away from the girls, with just Mikey and I, but equally, being back with our beautiful girls. We don’t get to go away often, which I must say makes it all the more special when we do, which in turn then makes us realise just how lucky we are when we return to our lovely family too.

love steph

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  1. 9th July 2015 / 10:20 pm

    I love your little girls names 🙂 My little lady is starting school in september too, and she seems so grown up all of a sudden too, its scary how fast they develop, but little things like the way she talks to her peers and the way she moves seem much more grown up than now. We also have lots of photos we cant share too, which is a pity because they are the ones with the best smiles!

    • 19th July 2015 / 6:25 pm

      So sorry for the late reply. And thank you so much for your lovely comment. It really is a scary time isn’t it. It’s going to be a very proud but tearful day all round I think!! Steph xxx

  2. 9th July 2015 / 7:55 pm

    aww your girls are so beautiful Steph sometimes being away from them even just for a short time does make you see a whole different side to them when you come back – glad you had a good time away though thanks for linking up to #sundaystars xx

  3. 4th July 2015 / 12:32 am

    Ah how lovely, sounds like they were just as pleased to see you both too! It’s such a cliche but kids just grow up so fast don’t they. My little man starts pre-school in Sep and we had a new parents eve last week, it suddenly hit me that he was growing up way too fast!! #thisweekIveloved

  4. 3rd July 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Ah we are the same. We don’t go away much and in fact we going away for a night for our anniversary this month. I’m actually nervous about leaving them. I know I shouldn’t. I should just enjoy the time with Luke. 4 days must have felt like ages but it looks like you had the most wonderful homecoming xx

  5. 3rd July 2015 / 1:38 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely time away for the wedding and an even better time when you got back. Nothing like a time away to put everything into perspective. Hope you feel better soon!! #ThisWeekIveLoved

  6. 3rd July 2015 / 12:50 pm

    What gorgeous pictures. They definitely do grow up far to fast, my youngest is 13 on Sunday! X

  7. 3rd July 2015 / 10:17 am

    What a lovely week you have had! I always look forward to a few days away but when we don’t have G with us I always end up missing him so much and look forward to seeing him. #ThisWeekIveLoved xx

  8. 3rd July 2015 / 9:24 am

    How lovely – such a gorgeous post! Sometimes you have to go away to appreciate what you have; although it sounds like you appreciate it regardless which is admirable. I’m away tomorrow night and I’m almost looking forward to getting back and being pleased to see them more than the night away itself, rather than hoping they’ll stay quiet for just another minute so I can finish my tea!! #thisweekiveloved

  9. 3rd July 2015 / 7:50 am

    It’s so typical that you should fall ill when you are going away isnt it? I hope you are feeling better, laryngitis is awful! Your girls look like they are having a ball, I love the pic where they have the hose, kids love the simple things don’t they. It’s crazy how a bit of time away can make you notice things more it’s a shame they can’t stay little for just a bit longer x

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