I turned 40 on October 12th and I have loved it.
I've embraced being a decade older as my 30's have been so much better than my 20's ever were. I am now married to the most wonderful man and we have two amazing children. I'm blessed with amazing family and friends - some I've known almost all my life now who I love dearly and some who I've met through work before children and some I even met online in the last few years. We now live in our dream house in the best neighbourhood ever and I've made some really close friends from my neighbours - people I can always rely on.
Not only that but this year I did something completely out of my comfort zone. Something I never ever thought I would do and I have the photographs to prove it. I even took the big decision to blog about the photo shoot. It was incredible and I still feel amazing when I think about it.
My actual 40th birthday fell on a Sunday and so it was a fairly laid back day where we invited family and my best friend of 33 years out for a special lunch. I was spoilt rotten with amazing cards and gifts and I felt so blessed.
Then, for the 'mad' half of my 40th birthday we held an 80's themed party at the house for close friends and neighbours. It was an amazing night and I really can't wait to blog all about it...now I've just about got over my hangover!
Matt and I are still closer than we have ever been and he's also now sporting a stubbly beard look which I think really suits him.
After the chaos of my birthday we were looking forward to some family time last weekend. We spent a lovely Sunday morning at a local country park where we walked, talked, played, kisses, played Pooh sticks, jumped in muddy puddles, collected leaves and basically just enjoyed the outdoors. We followed it with a lovely Sunday lunch at a nearby pub.
It was perfect.
I thought it would be nice to set my 'big' camera up on a rock whilst we were out and take a self-timer photo of us all.
TC wasn't for coming out of the mud to pose for a photo and so we captured this…
When I looked at the photo on the back of the camera I laughed so much that I knew I didn't need to capture another one.
TC is two and half now and I think it sums up his ever growing defiance perfectly!
And here are some of the photos I captured on my iPhone that day - it was a fairly inexpensive day but it is one that I will remember for a long time.