April has always been one of my favourite months. The cherry blossom on the trees, the promise of spring in the air, and, in more recent years, our wedding anniversary. This year has been no exception, and April has been a really lovely month. I love the Liked and Loved series for showing us all of the little things that mean so much, but actually April has brought us many bigger things, too.
So without further ado, here are the things that I’ve liked and loved this April:
A beautiful wedding
The month started with the beautiful wedding of two of my friends. It was in the gorgeous setting of Morden Hall in Surrey, and it was the perfect mash up of my friends’ Bangladeshi and Columbian heritages. The new Mrs Ariasy is one of my uni friends, so I’ve known her for more than a decade. She’s one of the kindest, warmest people you’ll ever meet, and so when she came up to say hello to us all on her wedding day and the first thing that came out of her mouth was “I’m so happy!”, I think I could’ve melted with happiness myself!
It was a beautiful, beautiful wedding, plus I got to catch up with the rest of my uni friends and see Baby Lighty being super cute with Baby Cookie, the daughter of our good friends.
Marsh Farm visit
We’ve had quite a few lovely outings this year already because Mr Lighty had annual leave to use, but this month we were also given the opportunity to review Marsh Farm. We had a really lovely day there – not least because the weather was absolutely gorgeous on the day that we decided to visit – and we really enjoyed the Easter egg hunt, even if it did take us about four hours to compete because Baby Lighty thought that you had to collect every single egg on the course!!
The Lighty Easter Egg Hunt!
As well as the Marsh Farm hunt, we also hosted and enjoyed our own Easter egg hunt on Good Friday. It was the first time that we’d ever organised an Easter egg hunt (as Baby Lighty is still only 22 months old, so this is the first time that he’s really been able to join in with anything like this) and we really enjoyed the experience.
Five of Baby Lighty’s little friends came to join him to hunt for the eggs, bunnies, fluffy chicks and carrot seeds that Mr Lighty had hidden around the garden, and I think they all had plenty of fun! We also laid on a brunch buffet which judging by the comments received on the day, seemed to go down well! We’ll definitely be organising another hunt again in the future, I’m sure.
An English Country Garden (or two)
It’s become something of a tradition over the past few years to take a trip to the garden centre on Easter Sunday morning. This always involves a stop for coffee and cake in the café, too, of course. But this year we decided to change things up a little: we still took our traditional garden centre trip, but instead of enjoying the café there, we went on to Myddelton House Gardens and had a lovely little coffee stop there, complete with a massive slab of chocolate cake for Baby Lighty and a feathered friend, too!
We then went on to explore the farm and gardens at Forty Hall, too. We’d not been to either of these gardens before, and what little hidden gems they are!
Sending off the last Miss Lighty
Next month Sister-in-Law Lighty officially leaves the Lighty clan and becomes Sister-in-Law Browny. Obviously this meant that we had to send her off into married life in style! So much fun was had on her hen do, which involved drinking, dancing, Minnie ears, a boy band tribute act and Mother-in-Law Lighty being more tipsy than I’ve ever seen her in all of the fifteen years that I’ve been with Mr Lighty!
Out of nowhere, this month Baby Lighty has suddenly developed a fascination with all things aeroplanes. On the way to the childminder’s the other morning, he said to me, “Look Mummy, plane! Want Daddy home look plane!”
“You want Daddy home to show him the plane?” I asked, to which he replied, “Yes!”
And so we took a trip to the café at the end of the runway at our local airfield so that Baby Lighty could show Daddy the planes. It was really well set up for the kiddies, with lots of play equipment, and even better, the food was excellent and they had a really extensive gluten free selection. We had a lovely morning sitting watching the jets and helicopters taking off, and even better, I got a really decent gluten free full English breakfast the morning after the hen do the night before!
My Mini Model!
And just sneaking into April, the last highlight of this month was working with the lovely Munchkins Photography on some gorgeous shots of Baby Lighty. A full review will be on All Things Spliced shortly, but in the meantime, here’s a sneaky peek from the shoot:
So that’s it from my favourite month. I hope we have peaked too soon with 2017! Looking forward to seeing what the next few months will bring the Lightys, and what will make next month’s Liked and Loved!
Disclaimer: Please note, we were invited as guests to Marsh Farm in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here and in my review post are my own.
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