We had such a wonderful day on Saturday, gorging on sweets, wearing our smartest clothes, going to church for a communion and having a wonderful afternoon with friends.
It was raining when I woke up, but the weather very quickly brightened up. Don’t you love it when a day starts looking gloomy and ends up being one of the nicest days of the year? I only had Wriggly at home, because the other three were at a sleepover, and my little bed invader was too sleepy to get up at the same time as me. It meant I had a shower all on my own, with no interruptions, fights or moaning. If that’s not winning at life, I honestly don’t know what is!
Once I was clean, scrubbed, moisturised, caffeinated and had dry hair (I even used a hairdryer… I know, crazy!), I quickly put on an old T-shirt and jeans to go across the road and collect the children. They were grumpy to be leaving, but also excited to go to their friend Daniel’s communion.
The day was going to be a long one and I wasn’t sure when they’d be getting some lunch, so I made them all eat a second breakfast as soon as they got home. Porridge is a staple in our house to keep those four hungry tummies full until lunchtime! All little people then had a shower and put on their glad rags. I’d kept the outfits from ROCO Clothing a complete surprise form the children and there was a lot of squealing when the dresses, shoes and suit were revealed.
Before mass, we headed towards Kings Langley. Over the past couple of years, my friend Miranda’s sweet shop has become a bit of an unofficial photo studio. I’ve ever seen a prettier shop, and when we go there, my four are delighted for me to take as many photos as I want as they (over)fill their buckets with sweets.
Sweet as a Button is every one of my children’s idea of heaven (mine too!) and Miranda never bats an eyelid when I ask whether I can move stuff around to make it all more pleasing to the eye in my photos (she’s a saint!). So the children went a little bit crazy on the pick n’mix.
They also posed, twirled and asked Miranda whether they could work at the till. They really feel at home there. I said, “No!” before Miranda allowed them to take over.
I managed to capture them all in their beautiful Outfits from ROCO clothing. It was such an honour to be asked to feature these stunning clothes on my little blog.
Crevette looked dashing in his Paisley of London Charles suit, coupled with the Oliver grey check waistcoat, tie and handkerchief.
The navy Rory suede brogues I chose for Crevette were absolutely perfect on the day. He’ll definitely be wearing the Paisley of London shoes a lot, both with his suit and with the formal casual outfits he loves so much.
Beanie fell in love with her Scarlett dress as soon as she first glanced aft it. The ivory dress made her feel like a princess, with its satin bodice adorned with lace.
As I first set eyes on the Tilly dress by Paisley of London, I knew it was the one for Jumpy. The strappy swing dress, with its white lace overlay top, looked just right on my elegant little girl.
Wriggly looked like she was straight out of a fairytale in her dress designed by Sarah Louise. She calls it her ‘wedding dress’ and it does look as special as a wedding gown, with its embroidered bodice, sequin embellishment, tulle skirt and underskirts with a satin bound edge.
Just before we left the sweet shop, I even managed to get a photo of my four all together. They’re not all looking in the same direction, but they’re all there, in focus and looking happy. That’s a big win!
We had a little treat break just outside Sweet as a Button. Don’t they look adorable?
This pretty hair bow by ‘Bows by MK’ was near the till at the sweet shop and it matched Wriggly’s outfit perfectly, so I had to buy it, really.
As we were heading back to the car, they all started racing (the sugar might have been kicking in by then!) and Beanie was first to get to the car!
The mass for Daniel‘s first holy communion was really lovely. There was lots of beautiful singing and it was such a privilege to be there for Daniel’s special day. We then headed towards Aimee’s lovely new house, where she keeps all the gorgeous furniture and food props she sells on her Etsy shop, Retro Romance Boutique (check it out: Aimee always has unique pieces for sale).
There was a lot of chatting, laughing, eating and mingling.
The children spent the day on the climbing frame and the trampoline whilst the adults were relaxing and chatting.
Can you tell her arm is completely fixed?
There was also quite a bit of sliding.
I also spent a considerable chunk of the afternoon pushing the girls on the swings. Just look at that little face!
We had so much fun we were back there the next day for round 2!
Disclosure: The children were sent their outfits and shoes for the purpose of this blog post and this is my honest review. All photos and opinions are my own.