We love Leeds..

As I said before, we’ve been ready to leave Middlesbrough for quite some time. It wasn’t a place we’d chosen to be, it was a rushed decision due to circumstance. We didn’t exactly choose Leeds either but so far it’s looking like a really good fit for us. While David was finishing his dissertation and just before Vivienne started school we had a few afternoons out.. and decided we love Leeds.

20130905-074041^^^loving the bus^^^



^^^obsessed with the Harvey Nicks window display..^^^20130905-073943



20130905-073951^^^first time at Yo! Sushi^^^



Bad blogger.. Life recently

Yes, it’s been ridiculously quiet on here for nearly two months.. Here’s what’s been going on. .

We left Middlesbrough (finally) and the house we had lived in for two and a half years.. we were ready to leave but Vivienne grew up quite a lot here, she was only around 20 months old when we moved in.. time flies.leeds-wedding-photographer-78

Moving obviously meant a hell of a lot of packing.. and unpacking.. or not unpacking and just dumping everything in the appropriate room and hope the removal fairy would come along.. She didn’t. It tooks us about three weeks to unpack 2/3 of the house.. We still haven’t finished. We also had a lot of driving up and down the A1, stolen moments with family, not seeing Vivienne enough but loving the fact that she had so much family around to give her a great Summer holidays while Dav and I took the brunt of the transition.leeds-wedding-photographer-85

We are slowly getting there.. our room looked this tidy for all of an hour.. But you get the idea.
20130905-073911We now have a kitchen big enough to properly bake in! And David was able to make a cup of tea without one of us falling over the other. Viv and I decided to make Pretzels, after loving them in the city centre, and homemade pizza. Dav was finishing up his dissertation at this point..20130905-074110 20130905-074100Vivienne loves her new room.. and her birthday Sylvanian Family hotel. We love seeing her this happy.20130905-074204We also love the view from the attic..20130905-074235 Vivienne turned four! More on this soon.. Here she is at Mum’s having a birthday breakfast in the sunshine.leeds-photographer-1We came home just long enough to throw her a soft play birthday party with her nursery friends.. best cake ever.leeds-wedding-photographer-1 leeds-photographer-5Vivienne turning four made us recall these sorts of moments..leeds-photographer-6Which kind of still happen every so often..20130905-074151We went to a wedding..leeds-photographer-2

And it was Albert’s Christening..leeds-wedding-photographer-4I¬†worked in possibly the worst job ever.. we still don’t know how this story will end. Meeting the dino was a highlight.leeds-photographer-3And the sun sets every night on a happy, but exhausted family. I’m so excited for our new life here..leeds-photographer-9


In no particular order.. Goose eggs.. American Candy.. Meeting up with the journo lot.. Sunday dinner.. Eurovision.. Shopping.. Family days..20130605-103153 Trying to shift a stone by the end of July.. (Day 9 of the 30 day shred. Urgh.)20130605-103137

Glamorous and gormless for a networking event..20130605-103144

Something very exciting happening at the moment with my Sugar Caster..20130605-103541

Meals out and family time..

Recently we’ve developed a bit of a penchant for eating out.. it all began when Vivienne got a good report from school and we took her through the park and then for a meal at Fellini’s (her request!) and we’ve been out for a few more meals since. Eating out is a real pleasure now V’s getting a bit older, and we can all sit and enjoy each other’s company over some good food without her getting restless.. although we still have to promise her an ice cream for eating up..

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We’ve also had the chance to pop out to the park a few times, and will take V’s bike or just take a ball and play on the grass. Blissful..20130605-103314 20130605-103125 20130605-103737

Summer isn’t Summer without getting all the kids together in the garden, naked and running around and jumping in the paddling pool..20130605-103422 20130605-103750

And last weekend we took a day trip over the the Lake District whilst I met up with a September wedding couple.. we had lunch together then Dav took V to the lake whilst I drove away for an hour or so.20130605-103348Let’s hope this weather lasts!