Happy Wife, Happy Life

This week, Mr Intrepid and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. 2 Years since we said ‘I do’, 732 days since I married my best friend.

The day has brought back happy memories of the most beautiful day we ever had together. Friends, Family, Art, Cake, Love, Skulls, Pineapples, Cacti, Tweed, Street Art, Bow, Yellow, Rockabilly, Pimms, London, Mexican, Tequila, Cake, Blue, Flip Flops, Dancing, Buttons, Rain, Sun, Red bus, Shoreditch, Oasis, Day of the Dead, Face paint, More cake…

I won’t blog about our wedding as I literally have no words to describe how amazing it was (cliché but true), but you can read about it here, and here on two of my favourite blogs: http://www.todreamofdresses.com and http://www.rocknrollbride.com

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In these 2 years we have been married, I have learnt a few things. Marriage brings out who you truly are, and often it is not pretty or smooth. It is transitional. Together we are growing, improving and striving.  We are a team (Woohoo Go Team Lamb!). We have changed as individuals. For a start, we have become parents. We have added a whole new dimension to our 2. We are now 3.

No amount of preparation can make you ready for parenthood, nor can any amount of assumption predict how your spouse will actually be, during those stormy days (trust me, the days are not always calm). However Mr Intrepid, my love, has remained my constant. He is my rock. We support one another, and we trust one another. He keeps me grounded and he keeps me high, and we tackle all stormy moments head on, together.  He is my witness, and I , his.  This is why Marriage exists.  Life is not all about the individual, it’s not about me, it is about someone else too. It is about us together.  I am a happy wife with a happy life.

Together, we pay the bills, take care of our son, fight battles, make decisions and laugh and laugh and laugh. We adore and endure each other, and life is sweeter.

Lindsay x

 All photo credits are by talented photographer Sassy from Assassynation
http://www.assassynation.co.uk

 

 

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Santorini with a toddler

As Santorini is our first proper overseas family holiday (we did go to France for a long weekend last year whilst BV was still dinky) we booked the trip with Thomson, primarily to keep logistics simple (free hotel transfers) and the expenses low (Santorini is notorious for being costly).  This is my first (and last) ever package deal. I’m a lover not a hater, and I am not here to write a shoddy review. However I must stress if you do wish to book with Thomson then please do your research and read customer reviews on line beforehand.

After waking the rest of Fam-A-Lamb at 2.45am to catch the 6am flight, you can only imagine how horrendous the first day on Santorini was. Let me elaborate. The hour sat on the runway waiting for plane to take off was a bit tricky, but nothing RaRa the lion and an IPad couldn’t fix. The flight was an easy snooze fest for all of us (we were in a cab by 3am). However the shit really hits the fan when we check into our hotel…30+ degrees, tired, hungry screaming child who just wants to run into traffic and across the beach. Something I have to mention. Black Volcanic Sand, we packed beach shoes as knew it would be hot but something that no one bothered to report anywhere…it’s too fucking hot even for shoes. It’s like walking the path to fiery hell. So, 30+ degrees, no beach, no pool (as no shade) and on an Island which isn’t usually frequented by holidaying tots left us literally weeping and googling flights back home again! Day 1 #holidayfail

However it did get much better with day 2.
Turns out all BV needed to chill out and have fun was steps (of course!) and ice cream. Which was great as that’s something Santorini has an abundance of…

Read on for Fam-A-Lamb’s Santorini highlights:
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Toddler Wanderlust

At some point in my life (a few years ago) I held an aspiration to write a travel blog.


I have travelled extensively over the years. I hoped to someday visit every single country. (Pfff I can but dream). I’ve great memories (and great pics) to remind me how breathtaking and beautiful the world is. I am fortunate that I’ve been able to experience it’s diversity.


Motherhood meant putting my plans for world domination to one side. My priorities changed, however now that BV’s practically fending for himself (22 months), Mr Intrepid and I are thinking about further travels.


In the interim (and to start us off gently) we’ve chosen a simple family holiday (well it’s primarily for a friends wedding so it’s kind of chosen us!) to Santorini.
I know what you’re thinking, “taking a toddler to the island of love and honeymooners…?” You must be mad! Well, my friends indeed we are.

After a bit of research, and finding blogs and articles that advise against taking toddlers to Santorini (especially in July-gulp) I’ve decided to (panic!) ignore it and hope nothing’s as bad as it seems 😳Watch this space for my follow up.

My 5 essentials to pack for a toddler in Santorini:

  1. Aeroplane distraction toys and snacks for the flight (standard)
  2. UV pop up tent and sun screen. Because obvs.
  3. Baby carrier (all them bastard steps!)
  4. Beach shoes. Hello! Hot Black Sand.
  5. Baby powder (rub it in and the sand brushes straight over. Genius)

It’s taken me 2 days to even make a bit of a dint in the packing and I’ve realised two things:

1) BV needs so much more crap then anyone else, and 2) he doesn’t get his own hold luggage so somehow I’ve got to squeeze it all in with mine.

I will definitely need a holiday after this.

Lindsay x

The Magic Garden. Magical.

One particularly chilly and overcast day this June, and after checking the daily weather report (let’s face it – I should have known better!) Mr Intrepid, BV and I decided to check out the new Magic Garden at Hampton Court.

I’d heard good things about it, and it was relatively local (2 train stops, a bus ride or a 30 minute boat trip).  Almost 2 years living in Surbiton and Fam-A-Lamb have never taken a River Boat (insert shocked face emoji here!) It seemed like a pleasant, outdoor option for a bit of a grey day, so we opted for the latter.

Turks River Boat Cruises did exactly what it said on the tin. For £8 for an adult return ticket (BV free), we hopped on and settled ourselves down for a leisurely and relaxing river cruise. Pff fat Chance. BV was wild with excitement (and a little bit suicidal). He ran around the boat’s cabin like a wild animal, followed (and saved from diving of the side) by daddy! So not relaxing! With the exception of my crazy, little hell cat – it was a delightful journey and I highly reccommend.

We disembarked at Hampton Court, whereby BV continued to run like a mother fucker- straight in to the path of an oncoming tractor! Fortunately for my poor heart, it was travelling about 2 miles an hour and I was able to save him. Again.

The Magic Garden itself costs £7.70 per adult (under 5’s are free). This includes access to the Maze. I believe it was free for a short time before the official opening  on 4th May by Kate (The Duchess of Cambridge). Gutted we missed that. On busy days there is a time restriction, however we got lucky with a term time week day visit. Boom.

The Magic Garden is epic. There’s water, and sand play, big slides and staircases with thrones at the top. Not to mention, a dragon, a unicorn and a coffee shop! Hurrah – we were in for a fun, caffeine filled day.

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There was plenty for my little bear to do despite being ‘under 2’, the astro turf alone proved to be a hit! The only thing to impair our Fam-A-Lam day out was the weather. It was so hot (bloody weather apps!) and we were all massively overdressed. BV had the luxury of the water features to run about it, however I am not sure the Mr and I could have got away with free spirited leaps through the streams. We were all so sticky and sweaty by the time we left – in fact that is my only criticism of The Magic Garden here, the lack of shade. If you are visiting here on a sunny day – ensure you have plenty of sunscreen and maybe a parasol.

BV day trip rating 10/10

Lindsay

2016

Well, January is over and I am already flagging.  I have never been one for New Year resolutions. I find that even with the best intentions, that they get dropped at the first hurdle.  Statistically, 1 in 3 give up their resolutions by the end of January.  Sometimes, life just gets in the way.

However, this doesn’t stop me from making them. This year, I’ve tried to keep them simple.

  1. Blog
  2. Lead by Example

This year, for the first time ever, Mr Intrepid has opted to make a resolution.  It’s a tough one. A proper resolution.

  1. Give up smoking

This is a biggie for him. He has smoked all of his adult life. Neither of us wish for BV to grow up knowing that Papa Bear is a dirty smoker, nor do we wish for him to have to see it.  Now that we are a family, we need to lead by example.  So far in 2016, he’s managed to get a tattoo of a Sherlock Holmes-esque Badger smoking a pipe (doh), and completed just 2 fag-free days (#fail).

Now that February is here, we take a deep breath and give it another go (I hope).  Watch this space! No one likes a quitter!

Lindsay

The Sky Garden Snoozey Time

The Sky Garden, London’s highest public gardens is located at what is affectionately known as the “Walkie Talkie”, or for the proper; 20 Fenchurch Street.

The Sky Garden offers 360 degrees of uninterrupted views across London Town, and 3 levels of gardens, bars and restaurants and an open air observation deck. The best bit? It is absolutely free! Hurrah! Tickets, however are limited and must be booked in advance.

I thought the Sky Garden would be a great place to take BV for his first views over the big city. I was wrong. He was asleep by the time we hit the queue and remained so for the entire time we were here….

The gardens itself are actually not that impressive. You should only really go here for the epic views over the City.

Fam-A-Lamb had a great time here (despite BV’s snoozey time) and we are likely to be back soon too. MIL would love it up here.

We were lucky, that despite it being November we had a clear (if a little grey) day. It is the first time I have seen The Shard this close.  We spent a lot of time (much to Mr Intrepid’s dismay) of attempting unsuccessfully to take Fam-A-Lamb selfies with The Gherkin (my fave London building). I blame BV and his bloody pram!

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At least we all got to see The Shard! oh wait….

…..BV and The Shard