Be In The Picture – January 17 

 

 

The lovely ladies from All About A Mini Norris and Baby Holiday have started a fab linky, encouraging us parents to Be In The Picture more. And boy do I need it!

This post includes every photo taken during January that includes me. Two are with the children, one is with Mr H when we went out for my birthday. All of them are selfies. 

To be fair, Mr H has been saying the same thing for years. Stop stressing about how I look, or how I think I look (I wish I was as fat as when I first thought I was fat!!) and just be included. 

 

I’m always taking pictures of the boys. In fact I recently joined in with the Sibling linky to make sure that I document their relationship. And I’m often posing the boys with Mr H to get photos of the three of them. But I rarely include myself. Even during date nights or trips with family or friends. I’m always taking pictures of everyone else, but never including myself. There’s the odd selfie here and there, but rarely a proper photo with me in it. Searching through the pictures I’ve taken in January just proves this. I’ve really struggled to find photos with myself in them, and the few found were selfies!

 

There’s always some excuse. My hair is a mess, I’ve got something down my top, I need to lose more weight, and it goes on. But looking through old photos of my own mum I never look for these things (ok I laugh at the styles, but in fun!) I just like looking back at photos of us together, trips that she took before me and fun times that she has had. If I don’t start being in front of the camera more, my own children will never be able to look back on these memories.

 

So from now on I’m going to try harder to get more photos that include me. Especially more family photos.

 

Do you make sure you’re included in photos? Or are you missing from photo history too?

 

Mrs H xxx

Be in the Picture

Beat the January Blues

January is a notoriously tough month. The mood is always a bit down after the over excitement of Christmas, financially things can be tight for the same reason and everyones back at work and dreaming of sunnier days. The weather doesn’t really allow for a lot of outdoor fun either, there’s a big lack of vitamin D too and I know personally that my positive attitude suffers because of it. So how do you beat the January blues?

If possible we usually try and arrange some sort of trip in January, it’s my birthday at the end of the month, so can usually tie something in with that. Usually just a day trip to London, or sometimes if budget allows it can be an overnight trip. Even if we can’t actually go on a trip during January, it’s a good time to start planning and saving for one, and have something to look forward to later in the year.

This week we received an invite to visit Bluestone Holiday Village. We’re really excited for our first visit there, it looks perfect to help blow the cobwebs away. It’s in one of our favourite places, west Wales.

Mr H has been incredibly busy in work since before B was born, so it’s going to be perfect for his week off to be able to relax and have a proper week away.

We’ve been looking at the activities available on site and there is so much to do! G is going to be really excited to visit the Blue Lagoon swimming pool. I say will be excited as we haven’t told him we’re going yet. We recently made the mistake of telling him we’re going on an airplane holiday this year and almost everyday since he’s asked if “we going on the plane today?”. All holiday announcements are now going to be held off until the morning we leave haha!

I’m looking forward to getting out in the fresh air a bit more. I’m struggling to organise the house right now and it’s getting to me a bit. It’s feeling a bit stuffy and cluttered so I think a week away and bundles of fresh air will really improve my mood and let me look at the house with fresh eyes when we get back. I’m hoping to get myself some wellies before we go too so I can join in with any puddle jumping! Who says toddlers should get all the messy fun!? But there’s also an indoor activity centre if the weather is typically Welsh.

It’s going to be B’s first holiday too. I realise he’s only tiny and will have no idea where or what is going on, but i know he’ll love having us all together for a week. There’s also a few baby activities on site. There really is something for everyone to do!

Bluestone have got some really fantastic offers on at the moment, and with restaurants on site and even an option to get your weekly shopping delivered to your lodge for your arrival, it’s easy to book a last minute trip and get on the road!

Are you planing a family trip soon? What do you do to beat the January blues?

Mrs H xxx

Disclosure- we’ve been offered a mid week break in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and my own. This is an introduction piece, we haven’t visited Bluestone at the time of writing this post. 

The Siblings Project – January 2017

I’m so excited to join in with the Sibling Project! 

Oh how wonderful it is having two fantastic children. After an ectopic pregnancy in 2015, there was a short time I wondered if we would have any more children. We were, of course, really lucky to have G, but it’s been so fantastic to add B into our little tribe.

We talked about the baby throughout my pregnancy, explaining to G that his baby sibling was growing in my tummy, and as the due date neared we talked often about the baby coming out and coming home. G was so lovely, cuddling my bump and saying ‘aww! baby!’ and making cradling actions. He was really excited.

I was sure that he’d be great when the baby arrived at first, but the novelty was bound to wear off, and poor baby was in for a few digs or sly pinches. After all, it’s not easy to share your toys at 2 let alone your parents!

But honestly? G has been amazing! Any jealousy or frustration has been taken out on us and not the baby. Which isn’t lovely, but it’s better than it being taken out on B! And he’s just so loving towards him. Wanting to cuddle him and give him kisses. He tries to share toys he thinks are appropriate for a baby to play with, soft toys etc, and talks about what he’ll share with him when B gets bigger.

He is such a great big brother.

Now that B is 3 months old, his personality is coming through a bit stronger.

He clearly adores his big brother, giving him huge smiles whenever he’s near, and often lets out a big cry when he goes away.

He’s never phased when too big toys come playfully towards his face, or when the cuddles are a little bit smothering. 

I’m so excited to watch them grow together, and hopefully become the best of friends. And to record their special relationship through this linky. 

We love our boys so much!

Mrs H xxx

The Me and Mine Project

Goodbye 2016!

The time has come to say Goodbye to 2016 and Hello 2017.

This year has been a bit of a strange one on a wider scale. Politics and celebrities have dominated the headlines and not for positive reasons. politics in both the uk and US have had some surprising results, and other countries have remained fractious or even worsened. And 2016 will surely be remembered for the vast amount of passings from well loved famous faces. 

But from a purely personal point of view, 2016 has been an amazing year!

There’s been hundreds of good things happening throughout the year, and as a family we feel stronger and happier than ever before. Something we are fiercely proud of as me and Mr H have been together since we were quite young, and 2017 will see our 12th year together!

Mr H’s business continues to grow and I am building on something I love doing, as well as our beautiful family.

Here are just a handful of our highlights from 2016.
January – had a lovely weekend away with Mr H for my birthday, and visited the Harry Potter Studios. I could visit every week, its an amazing place!


February – a lovely (if a bit windy) family holiday to Fuerteventura with Mr H, G and my parents.



March – found out that we were pregnant with baby 2!


April – my parents got their beloved motorhome (we love you Lexie!) and more adventures began.


May – G’s second birthday, complete with party. He danced and laughed and had the best time. 


June – Britmums Live! From dreaming of going last year, I didn’t think this year would be happening. I had a wonderful time and got to meet and make some lovely friends. 


July – a family holiday to the Isle of Wight with Mr H, G and the in laws. We do love a caravan holiday!


August – a 2 week trip to Cornwall. A change in the original travel plans meant we got to explore somewhere new, and moved the original location to a trip for 2017.


September – our annual trip to Tenby! We certainly didn’t scrimp on the travelling this year! Tenby is one of our all time favourite places and we love going back to visit.


October – hmmm….October?? what happened in October?? Oh yes, that small matter of a new member of our tribe! We welcomed Baby Herniman 2 into the world. It was an amazing experience, and amazing to find out that we can love another person as much as we already love G.


November – full of cuddles, cute moments and adjusting to life as a family of 4.


December – B’s first Christmas. Jam packed with family, friends and fun. Busy, chaotic and lovely all at the same time. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

We’ve enjoyed such a wonderful year, this really is just a fraction of everything that we’ve enjoyed. 

2017 is set to be just as exciting and wonderful for us. Full of love, adventures and cuddles (but without the giving birth part!)

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2017

Mrs H xxx

The Christmas Tag

My wonderful blogging friends from Hi Baby and Teddy Bears and Cardigans tagged me to share my answers to the Christmas tag that’s been going around. 

I’ve had to edit this as it was scheduled to post days ago but it failed (and I didn’t notice…bad blogger!) but it’s now Christmas Eve! 

If you’re more organised than me, then you’ll be sat enjoying a festive drink and snack, and have time to read a few festive posts. If you’re like me then you won’t be reading this until New Year because you’ve barely finished shopping, let alone wrapped anything!!

Here’s a look into Christmas at The Herniman House

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

On Christmas decorating day it has to be the Santa Clause with Tim Allen. 

Possibly my favourite is Home Alone two – Lost in New York, but honestly I don’t think I could pick there’s so many that I love to watch at this time of year.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Not that I can ever remember. I’d love to have one (G definitely would!) but on a year where we’re having lunch at home so we don’t have to drive in it.

Where do usually spend your holiday? 
We’ve always alternated every year between my parents and Mr H’s parents. This year we are going to the in-laws for lunch and next year with thinking about maybe having my parents to our house for lunch instead of going to theirs.
What’s your favourite Christmas song?

I’ve narrowed it down to 3 choices, Fairytale of New York, Driving home for Christmas, Stay another day.

Fairytale of New York was always a childhood favourites because it gave you an excuse to say swear words haha!!

Driving home for Christmas always just gives me that cosy feeling of going home to your family, and it’s Mr H’s favourites.

Stay another day is just hilariously cheesy, the video is even better and it was the first song on Christmas album that we used to listen to you on Christmas morning opening presents. 

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Years ago when me and Mr H were first together we used to swap our gifts on Christmas Eve because we didn’t spend Christmas day together, but now we usually exchange pyjamas or some small gifts.

We sometimes exchange gifts with family, possibly the ones we not seeing on Christmas Day so that it’s not too full on and it’s a spreads out the gift giving out especially for G (and now B).
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, dancer, prancer, vixen, Comet, Cupid, donna, Blitzen, Rudolph (and Chad if you count the Santa Clause two movie!)
Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

Is it really bad that I think they’re food related!? I love doing my Christmas Eve ham and having smoked salmon scrambled eggs and Bucks fizz for breakfast. I am of course really excited for Christmas dinner but I also love all the leftovers that you picked out for weeks later. 

Non foodie, I’m looking forward to Christmas Eve pyjamas and putting out the mince pie and drink some carrots with G and B. 

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
We have a faux Christmas tree, I deliver real one but we just haven’t got the room and we have a toddler!

What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweets?
Seeing as my answers to one of the last questions was mostly food related I’m pretty certain I couldn’t choose one! But I do really love pigs in blankets and dates in blankets.

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Both! I love getting gifts, who doesn’t?! But I love watching people’s faces, especially when I think I’ve got them something they’re not expecting. 

What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
As a child it has to be my double pushchair. Taking two dolls out for a walk was just the best thing ever!! 

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season? 

I’d love to go somewhere with snow, a cosy cabin or cottage. But I’d only want to go if my whole family could be there too. 

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?


I’m appalling! Mr H does all the wrapping. I’m truly shocking. I only wrap my gifts to him, and it shows. Patchy paper and whole rolls of tape. It’s just awful.


Most memorable Christmas moment? 


I’ve had so many lovely Christmas times, I really don’t think I could choose one.



What made you realise the truth about Santa? 


Truth? What truth? 


What makes the holidays special for you? 

Spending time with family. Even those we see often, more effort is made. I love getting to see those we don’t see as much too. 

Those chilled of days watching telly and eating loads of food. To be fair that sounds like me all year round, but it feels more special at Christmas ;) 
I’ve really enjoyed reading other’s Christmas tag posts. 

I’ve not tagged anyone to do this next, because theirs no one else silly enough to still be writing their posts! But if anyone would like me to link to theirs please let me know and I’ll edit it in.

Have a great Christmas!

Mrs H (and the rest of us!) xxx