When I started to write this post, I realised that it has been a month since I last published anything on my blog. I often struggle with this time of year. So for the past month, I have been taking things easy and not pushing myself too hard.
But now I am back and I’ve decided that my blog needs an injection of happiness. Once again, I am linking up with My Captured Moment which is run by my gorgeous friend Heledd who blogs at Running in Lavender.
The idea is simply to share photographs that have captured a special moment in life. A moment to treasure and remember forever.
My Captured Moment – My eight pictures of happiness
I have seen a number of bloggers share their eight photographs of happiness. These posts are lovely and I find the happiness in them contagious. They share memories of days filled with joy or photographs of loved ones.
With that in mind, I decided that this week’s My Captured Moment would be eight captured moments. These are the moments that I always want to remember. They are times I treasure. And they are photographs that always bring a smile to my face.
Picture one – Little Mrs H
I love this photograph so much.
Yes, it is me. Yes, I am wearing a cowboy hat and holding a toy gun.
I am also wearing a cute velvet dress. Our house is rocking the brown 70’s look. And those are my Grampy’s legs in the background.
This photograph makes me smile. And transports me back to my childhood.
Picture two – Mr H – August 2006
I love this man.
My life is happier because he is in it. He makes me laugh and smile every day.
This photo is my favourite picture of him. He is lost in his music. And it is those moments, when I know he is at his happiest and most relaxed.
He also looks really gorgeous in this photo. And it reminds me that I have a very handsome husband.
Picture three – Copenhagen – January 2007
Back in January 2007 Mr H and I took a short break to Copenhagen. I had never really thought of visiting. But when Mr H suggested it, it seemed like a fabulous destination for a long weekend.
And we had a wonderful holiday.
It was cold. Boy, was it cold. But it was so much fun. We laughed and laughed.
Copenhagen, isn’t the most touristy of locations. So we didn’t feel that we had to see all the sights. Instead we spent time in pubs and coffee shops. We strolled hand in hand along cobble streets and we talked.
We talked about our future. We talked about our recent engagement. And we talked as a couple do before they have children. Chatting away about everything and nothing all at the same time.
On this particular evening, we took a trip to the Tivoli Gardens. We didn’t go on any of the rides. We ambled slowly around the park with its lakes, flowers and twinkly lights. I also got to eat a huge candy floss. Which I think I devoured in two minutes. Mr H was sickened and impressed in equal measure.
Picture four – our wedding day – September 2008
It was impossible to choose only one photograph from our wedding day. So I have cheated and chosen two.
Our wedding day was full of smiles, laughter and happiness.
The week before the wedding was grey and wet. But as I drew back the curtain on that special morning in September I was greeted by beautiful blue sky and sunshine. I then knew that we were going to have a wonderful day.
And these photographs capture special moments from that day.
The top picture is Mr H’s favourite. It was taken whilst our friends and family signed the wedding register. We were married. Husband and wife. Mr and Mrs. And I think that fact was just beginning to sink in.
The bottom photograph is my favourite picture from the day.
We were lucky enough to have our wedding reception at the Compleat Angler in Marlow. As part of the wedding package Mr H and I got to enjoy a champagne boat ride along the Thames.
It was lovely to sit down with my new husband, enjoy a glass of champagne and talk about the service. I also loved pretending I was a princess and waving at everyone from the boat. It was the perfect moment in a perfect day filled with happiness and love.
Picture five – Rhodes – May 2012
In January 2012, Mr H and I had finally reached the stage where we could start trying for a baby.
As we were hoping that our lives were going to change in 2012, we decided to save up all our pennies and book an amazing holiday. Our last holiday as a family of two. Husband and wife.
We booked an amazing suite at the AquaGrand near Lindos in Rhodes. Our suite had a sea view and a private swimming pool.
We had an amazing holiday. We relaxed, lay in the sun, swam in our pool, took in the sights and enjoyed all the facilities of the hotel.
Picture six – expecting Little Miss H – April 2013
After having a miscarriage in the summer of 2012, I never imagined myself getting to eight months into pregnancy.
Now, on the other side of three miscarriages, it seems even more surreal. And miraculous.
That is why I love this picture. It reminds me that my body has done it before and it can do it again.
Plus, I think I look quite hot for a heavily pregnant lady!
Picture seven – cuddles with our new daughter – May 2013
Little Miss H was one day old.
I had become a mother.
I was cuddling my newborn daughter.
I don’t think this photo needs any more explanation.
Picture eight – our beautiful darling daughter – March 2015
I remember the day the photo above was taken.
Mr H was home ill and trying to sleep in peace. But Little Miss H would not let him. She insisted on endless cuddles and to play with her Daddy.
My efforts to distract her and take her away from Mr H ended in huge amounts of whining and tantrums. It was exhausting and frustrating.
After a miserable morning, the rain cleared and the sun came out. I decided to take the opportunity to bundle Little Miss H up into her buggy and take her to the park by the river in Rochester.
Little Miss H had a lovely time playing on the swings and slide. Then as we began our walk home, she let go of my hand and ran towards the patches of daffodils.
She gently stroked each flower, and buried her head in them to catch their scent. She was transfixed by their Spring beauty.
And for that moment, I forgot about the awful morning we had. And I drank in the sight of my beautiful daughter, standing in the sunshine, surrounded by daffodils. And I smiled!