Date – Day 4 – #Blogtober17


Day 4 of #Blogtober17 and todays prompt is Date. You can read my other entries so far in the Blog challenge here.



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Please excuse the quality of the photo! This was mine and Eds first picture together I think. A couple of months into our relationship. Back in December 2001!!! Yes next week we have been together for sixteen years! Wow thats like… forever! 😀 We have had, like most people do, lots of ups and downs and lots of happy and sad times, lots of rows but here we are SIXTEEN years down the line…. still together, still in love and still going strong. We will be renewing our vows next year on our 10th Wedding Anniversary. I can’t wait!

Anyway back to the prompt in question…. DATE!

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I want to go on a DATE with my Husband. I cannot honestly remember the last time we did! In fact I don’t think we have ever been on one other than our first date which is when we got together! Before this year is out I want a Date Night with Ed. I think we need some us time. Some uninterrupted adult conversation without CBeebies or Disney Junior blaring in the background. Without having to make a bottle. Without having to tell the older two kids to stop arguing. I long for some me and Hubby time. Him not at work, me not surrounded by kids or pots and pans or piles of washing.

I want to walk along with him and hold his hand. I want to look into his eyes over  dinner table and have proper conversations. I want to snuggle up next to him and watch a film.

I love this man so very much!!


So Edward!! Where we going on our date?? x






Renewing our Vows


Ed and I met and got together in October 2001! Yes that is almost 16 years together!! That is such a long time to spend with someone! It has been awesome and it has been horrible at times. He won’t mind me saying it and will agree. We have had some very tough times over the years but here we still are going strong.  Three months we had been together when we found out I was pregnant with our first child! Oops! Not planned no but seen as we didn’t know each other very well at that point I was petrified that he would do a runner and I’d be a single parent. Quite the opposite! He was over joyed to find out he was going to be a Daddy! We got a lot of stick from people thinking it was too soon/ things wouldn’t last…. HAHA! Here we are!

We’ve gone on to have 2 more children since and he really is the most awesome Daddy! He isn’t around a huge amount of the time because he works, he works his arse off in fact! Ed has just achieved 15 years service at his job closely followed by a promotion! I am so proud of him for that. He really deserves it. He NEVER takes time off sick even when really is poorly.

So June 2008 we tied the knot, it was a very small affair but was beautiful. We had our 2 children with us and a handful of family and friends. Next year we will be celebrating 10 years of marriage and have decided to renew our vows and this time around we will have our THREE children with us. Our family is complete now and we are stronger than we ever have been so decided it was the perfect time to do it.


I loved my dress so much and had so many wonderful comments on it. Truly felt like a princess. I don’t have my dress anymore but would no way fit into it if I did!


Collectively we don’t have a huge income so our wedding day was only ever going to be a small affair but that suits us! We don’t have a huge circle of friends to invite to a sit down meal at a fancy venue so we would never have had a celebration like that even if we could afford it. Its just not us.


Our Wedding Day was all done on a budget … just over £1000 for the whole day. We are hoping to do the renewal day on the same kind of budget or less really if we can. So the ceremony is already booked at the Registry Office. On our actual 10th Wedding Anniversary but that is as far as we have got so far! I have until June next year and I have spent hours if not days completely lost in Pinterest trying to get some ideas. Seen so many wonderful things I don’t know where to start!

It is likely there may be a series of “Planning” Posts as we head towards our second big day! I can’t wait to share with you. I’m so looking forward to the day and exchanging vows again knowing how far we have come in our relationship, knowing how much our love has grown, how many obstacles we have swerved along our journey! I love this man so very much and am very proud to be his Wife!