I have had the most wonderful summer, definitely the best in years! Last summer was bloody tough, juggling personal issues alongside a horrible pregnancy wasn't easy. So summer kind of just drifted on by and before I knew it, the leaves were turning and the nights were drawing in and I'd missed it in it's entirety.
This time round it has been completely different! and I've thoroughly enjoyed every sunny day. I've been productive, loved up, adventurous, sociable and (almost) completely anxiety free. With that, I thought I'd write up a little recap of my summertime.
Every week, Jack and I make the effort to get out of the house with Olivia and show her something new. We managed a few trips around the local countryside, the wildlife park, York and Whitby. I have some photographs of our days to share. I don't want these trips to end when the warmer weather does so we're thinking of the peak district during the autumn, outdoor Christmas markets, etc. Any suggestions on fun things to do with a one year old during the colder months are more than welcome!
Jack finally popped the question while we were celebrating our seven year anniversary and I was thrilled! I will always get a little emotional when I think about that night. How Jack went about the whole thing was so lovely and so us. I'm still unable to keep myself from studying my ring whenever I have a quiet moment, and I'm so excited that we will finally be getting married.
I reconnected with my oldest friend over the summer. We've been best friends for about twenty years, but up until very recently we'd grown into the kind of friends who didn't mind not talking for a few months and visits were very few and far between. You know, I'm not even sure how we got back in touch but now Wednesday nights have become our RuPaul marathon, wedding planning, crafting, cooking and passionfruit cider sharing nights and I am so happy that we are constantly chatting and seeing one another regularly again. Ellie is definitely one of those friends who will always be in my life, even if we go a year without talking (which has happened in the past, life just gets in the way!). Even my mum thinks we're like sisters and you just don't lose a bond like that easily. We're stuck with one another!
This feels like one of the bigger things to have happened over the summer. Jack and I started planning our wedding pretty much as soon as he proposed. We're booking a venue viewing this week. I've already decided on my decor and theme and I know what I want my bridesmaids to wear. I'm thinking of writing a few posts about the planning that I'm doing so I'll leave it there for now.
I'd been going on and on about decorating the house for what seems like years but once Olivia arrived I started to feel more strongly about it. It's amazing what a couple of tins of paint can do to a room!
I wrote a huuuuuge post about The Little Loud Love Company towards the end of August. I launched at the end of spring so I've been busy fulfilling orders and taking on custom designs over the summer. I've also been working on two or three new products that I'll be launching soon!