Auntie pt 2

Being an Auntie is truely special. I’m not a mum, in a way I’m sure thats probably ‘better’ but there really is something so lovely about being an Auntie. For one you get to give them back!! (Something I always say but rarely want to do) you also get to be the fun one. The crazy one. The let’s eat cake at half 10 one. The ok, go on, one last time one. The sleepover queen. 

The one who these little people manage to wrap round their little finger no matter how hard you try to repell it (and let’s be honest you don’t try very hard!) 

This picture is what prompted me to write this post…

My three week old niece  and almost three year old nephew.

This photo fills me with equal amounts of pride and sadness.

Pride for that little boy that I met when he was barely an hour old, who I’m sure was only one yesterday! Being a beautiful big cousin to Evie-Mae, so caring and gentle.

But sadness because, I’m sure he was that small just a little while ago, they grow up so fast and until I had nieces and nephews I never quite realised just how fast. 

Everytime they achieve something I burst with pride for that little person but at the same time think, that’s another ‘First’ gone. But boy are we lucky to have those ‘firsts’! All those things we hope they’ll achieve and are so happy when they do.

I’m always sure to remember, with ‘firsts’ come ‘lasts’ so I read that story even though I’m tired (because I’m not used to running around after them all the time! Mums I don’t know how you do it!!) I treasure that sound when he runs to me and says ‘Ro Ro’ (A nickname I hope will have longevity, I can’t cope with the thought of not hearing that) those cuddles when he is tired or has fallen over and he just wants your comfort, or the dancing to fireman Sam round the lounge in your PJs.

Because in the blink of an eye he’ll be a big boy and Ro Ro’s not quite ready for that yet. Thank goodness for my other little ones.

Being an Auntie really has changed my life.

What do you love most about being am Auntie/Aunt/Uncle? 

💙Noah💙Casey💙Evie-Mae💜

Until next time, 

Roseanne 🙂
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Holiblog 4: Activities 🌞⛵

We really wanted a chilled out holiday for our honeymoon and have therefore spent alot of this holiday doing just that, perfect 👌  

But, we have also filled the time with other activities to break up the days and to make sure that we saw plenty of this beautiful country (Well the part we were in anyway)

Here goes…

So, as I said alot of chilling by the pool & swimming for at least a few hours everyday (it’s a hard life but someone’s gotta do it :D)

We went for walks around the hotel complex & the local area… 🏨👣

…Usually followed by a nice refreshing drink… 🍹🍸

…And a game of pool! 🎱

There was also great live music most nights courtesy of our hotel 🎶🎹🎸🎤

We went on an allday boat trip that took you over to Madalena Island, a must see area of Sardinia. We sat on the front of the boat, enjoying the views and sunshine, had a delicious lunch prepared for us, swam in the sea and saw some cool fish and dolphins. 🐠🐋🐚

By boat is a fantastic way to see Sardinia in all its glory. ⛵🌊

Exploring Madalena Island…

We spent a morning on the beach! 🌞🐚

And took the shuttle bus to Baya Sardinia to look round, do a spot of shopping and have some lunch! 🚐

We’ve had the BEST time ever 💗

I thought it fitting to write about our honeymoon as I started this blog when we began our wedding planning 🙂 💐

& this was an awesome part 💗

Until next time, 

Roseanne 🙂 

Post wedding!

I thought I would do a little update post wedding as it’s been a couple of weeks since the big day.

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Lots of people have asked me,‘So how’s married life?’‘No different’ is my usual response but there are a few changes…

○ Being called Mrs Byford. To begin with this made me feel a bit sad, I’d lost my identity as Roseanne Green but now I’ve got used to it I’m quite proud to share Tims name and be the Mrs Byford to his Mr Byford.

○ I feel a bit more adult now that I have a husband!! (Not much) but a little bit. It’s very odd being a MRS!!

○ We made a cleaning/chores rota! (Finally) The only thing me and Tim have ever bickered about since sharing a home is chores and now that we are married we thought why spoil the married bliss?! so, instead we solved the problem and it actually works really well. We share them out much more evenly between us.

Having been together 5 years our relationship as it is hasn’t really changed massivly since becoming Mr & Mrs but I think it does make you think about the vows and promises you make and I hope that we always remember those that we pledged to one another and enjoy sharing our lives together as a “legally binding’ couple.

We havnt quite finished sorting out all the wedding stuff yet but I have put some of our lovely decorations to good use around the flat 🙂

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I thought it would be nice to freshen up the flat, now that the wedding planning is done, by moving things around a bit. In the summer I like to be able to have our double doors to the Juliette balcony open.
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We are still getting wedding post and Mr & Mrs cards which is always nice!

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I ordered some photos from the free prints app This is great as you get 50 free prints a month and only pay postage.

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I used this alot for the wedding and I thought I would get a few pictures of the wedding printed that our guests took and that were shared on facebook…
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… It’s nice to have some to look at until we get our official ones through.

Well, that’s all for now!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂
(RAB)

The final wedding update (15) ♡

Here it is, my final wedding blog post! I can’t believe I’m saying this but it’s a just over a week since the big day, a fact that has made me feel pretty sad this week.

It was AMAZING.

The cool thing about doing this blog after the wedding is that I can include lots of pictures without ruining anything for the guests.

Apologies but it’s a long one.

The Thursday before the wedding me and Sarah started the wedding prep by getting our nails done. We got acrylics with gel polish. I them.

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The Friday before we spent all day at Wantisden Valley setting up. Although at times it was stressful I loved bringing it all together and finally seeing our vision  in the flesh.

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Here are some pictures of the venue slowly coming to life….

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The ceremony room

I loved the pink and green flowers for the chairs and the Daily Prophet programmes.

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The table decorations

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The flower centrepieces that I made from Pinterest looked fab on the tables, I was really pleased that all the hours of cutting and pinning were worth it, they added a unique and handmade twist to our table centrepieces.

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More of the venue including the photo booth & our Honeydukes themed sweet shop

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Outside the venue

It took us from 11am until 6pm when the barn closed to get everything ready but it was SO worth it and went really smoothly with all our helpers pitching in.

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The next day it was all systems go from 8.30 am! First stop, hairdressers. My friend from work left us a bottle of Bucks Fizz for us to enjoy whilst we had our hair done which was lovely. It was really nice getting our hair done professionally and to see Sarah and Roxys hair as they didnt have a trial.

My hair looked as lovely as the first time, I really started to feel like a bride when they put my veil and tiara on too.

Next stop, Charlotte’s to get ready.

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Choccy crossaints, demolished and make up beautifully applied by Demi and it was soon 12.15 and time to leave for the venue. When the car pulled up it was so much more amazing than I ever imagined. Without a doubt it was one of my favourite bits of the day ♡

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Wedding car selfie with Dad!

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I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I was walking down the aisle and standing doing my vows but, it was really lovely too, a special moment between me and Tim. People don’t lie when they say it’s a bit of a blur and that wasn’t just because of the tears!!

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After the ceremony me and Tim went for a short drive in the wedding car which was one of my favourite moments of the whole day, it was lovely to take some time together alone on our special day.

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Next up it was Pimms o clock, brushetta canapés and photos with our guests.

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Once we had taken all the photos it was time for the speeches and wedding breakfast.

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The speeches went down a treat as did the food.

Our caterers were the Mobile Pizzeria and the food was fantastic!! We had antipasti to start with pizzas, rosemary & garlic potatoes and salad for main. Dessert was either Eton Mess or baked apples with ginger biscuits. All delicious.
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Here is our gorgeous cake made by my mum’s friend Gill, she did such a fantastic job!! We loved it.

I saw the design for this cake in a shop window and gave that design as the basis for Gill to follow. Our little Venetian masks that we got in Venice when we got engaged looked great on top too.

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Cutting our cake

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We chose Stand by me by Ben E King as our first dance song. It was Tim’s suggestion and I thought it was a lovely and different choice for a first dance song.

I really enjoyed this too ♡ although it’s wierd everyone watching you dance and I kept standing on my dress haha.
You can’t see them, but I actually had cream sparkly converse on instead of my heels!!

All that was left to do after that was to party the night away…

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It was lovely to see more of our friends arrive in the evening and we had more yummy food from the Mobile Pizzeria, pulled pork baps and Mac n cheese.

Our DJ Paul Allen was amazing and kept us and our guests dancing all night! Me and Tim even had a game of Mr & Mrs which was a lots of fun.

Iyla (my sister Sarah & her husband Dans niece) caught our bouquet! She was so excited bless her.

At the end of the night we had our final song Never Forget by Take That and Paul let off two confetti cannons in our pink and green colour scheme, that was really cool and an awesome way to end a fantastic day!

It was the best day of our lives and was as amazing as we had hoped. The planning, preparation, money and stress were more than worth it ♡

I loved this little summary of the big day from Tim’s cousin Emma…

Tim and Roseanne became Mr and Mrs Byford with an amazing, original and heartfelt wedding. Roseanne was the chilled-est happy, beautiful bride – Tim was a beaming, witty (seriously loved your speech) and proud groom. The cake was awesome (who made it?!) the wedding breakfast was Pizza!!! There were chocolate frogs and it was in middle earth. Roseanne won Pinterest. Pimms and canapés in the sunshine. Big group pictures and a baby A who covered his suit in smears of goats cheese. Fast forward to chocolate fountain, delicious pulled pork baps and tasty mystery meat pies and some class music and dancing. Dancing to a bunch of early 00s hits, so glad to hear year 3000 played.
Meanwhile Tim is in the midst of becoming a Pokemon master. Suddenly everyone has put their tie around their head, crazy wedding tribe. Particularly great with Tim’s bow tie. Glad we got Stacey’s Mum and some sk8er boi in there. Classic disco. Beautiful Congo line.
All tied up with Take That ‘Never Forget’.

So how does it feel to get married?

I’ll finish with this quote from Giovanna Fletchers latest book ‘Always with Love’

‘I needed to know that I’m unequivocally and unquestionably loved, and that whoever I choose to give my fragile heart to can be trusted to house it and keep it safe alongside their own.’

Until next time,

Mrs Byford 🙂