I love being able to pick up and head to the beach so easily. I suppose sometimes I take it for granted that I can drive for a little over 15 minutes and get to the sea, when so many people are so far from it. That’s why we try to get to the sand and the water as much as we possibly can and really make the most of it during the sunniest months of the year. We were lucky enough to have pretty nice weather this Easter and so we chose to take a little trip to the beach for our mum’s birthday, which happened to fall on Easter Monday. We all got into the car and drove a little way to get to some gorgeous coast line in the sunshine. And it was a great day. Here are a few photos of our day, if you’d like to see.
Yes, we’ve been down for two and a half weeks and yes, it’s been the most frustrating time ever for us! We’ve been changing hosts and for some reason it’s been inexplicably slow to get things switched over, so I’ve been working super hard to get it all sorted in the shortest amount of time possible. At least we’re back with a brand new look, which I’m totally in love with, so everything looks a bit more swish over here. Our normal posting schedule should shortly be resuming, so I hope you keep heading back to see all our new goings-on. We’re so glad to be back, we’re glad you’re here with us too.
I did a little better this month with photo taking as things get busier around these parts. We’re getting into the final couple of months before the wedding and I’m pretty excited as there should be lots of fun celebrations to capture as we head into April. This Easter weekend is one that should be filled with lots of family time and hopefully some decent enough weather, so that should be enough encouragement to get out there and remember to take some pictures of all those lovely things around me. Let’s do this, Spring!
I’ve just finished my 2014 Project Life pages and, once again, I adore them. My style of scrapbooking using PL has been pretty consistent from the beginning – the best photos get in, there is only a small amount of journalling and it must be colourful. I’m all for those beautifully simple layouts, where photos are muted and there are few colours other than black, white and shades in between, but I’m from the colour camp, where the brighter things are, the happier they are. I also only scrapbook the best of my pictures, as I like them to be more of an overview of a great year, than a daily journal of life. With having physical photos in albums, as well as Instagram albums, I don’t feel it necessary to add all photos here, and I’m glad for that. I love looking at all the pages I’ve done and all the memories I’ve captured – 2014 was a good one!
The closer I get to my wedding day, the more I think about the things that are going to change after we say ‘I do’. I’m not expecting something major to shift in me and for me to start acting in new and strange ways, but I do expect my attitude towards my other half to change slightly given that we’ve made such a massive commitment to each other. One of the things that has been on my mind a fair bit recently is the change in my name. I have no problem with it being assumed that a woman who is entering into marriage will automatically change her name to match that of her new husband’s, however, I do think about the fact that I will miss my current surname terribly. I have an unusual surname, which I love and which, I believe, is so much a part of who I am – the fact that I feel like my whole identity will change once I take on a new one makes me kinda sad. Yes, it will be lovely to be a Mrs to my guy’s Mr and for us to share the same name as our future children, but I also feel like it’s a bummer that I’ll never be known by my previous name again. It’s especially defining in our family, where there are three daughters – our family surname will go no further than our generation once we’re all married – and that’s such a shame. I have massive respect for those ladies who choose to keep their birth name even after they get married, and can really see how it can be a positive thing tied to your identity as a person. Whatever each woman decides to do with her name once she ties the knot, it’s a big deal and something that should be thought about as being an individual decision, rather than something that is simply assumed to be correct one way or the other. I know it’s definitely a big one for me.