A milestone birthday, balloons and my family | {The Ordinary Moments}



This weekend we had a small family gathering for my Sisters 30th birthday. She didn’t know it was happening as we wanted to arrange a surprise birthday gathering for her with her closest family and friends to show her that we love her very much and that we all wanted to be there to celebrate her milestone birthday, turning 30 years young on Tuesday. We had huge pink birthday balloons, bunting, an amazing chocolate birthday cake and cupcakes and confetti. Perfect for a birthday celebration.


Prior to the meal I picked up my new toy, I’ve bought myself a ‘proper’ DSLR camera. The helpful man in the shop asked me what my current camera was and I had to cringe when I told him it was my iPhone but I have been after a decent camera for a few years now and finally I’ve been able to get myself one so of course, I couldn’t help myself but take some photographs of my gorgeous Little Mr and our family.


There is a huge amount I need to learn about photography. I need to learn all the basics and then hopefully as I learn I’ll be able to learn how to edit them properly and show them off. I’ve got a long way to go but in the meantime, I’m so impressed with just pointing and shooting with the automatic settings.


It was so lovely to see my Dad, Mom, Nan and Grandad all sitting down for a pub lunch after the last few stressful months it was so nice to be able to share a few hours together. We certainly don’t do it enough and we really should as we don’t live that far away from each other.


After a yummy meal we went back to my Parents house for coffee and a slice of birthday cake. Little Mr loved the freedom of being able to run around my Mom and Dad’s house and we could relax a little knowing that he was safe and in an environment he knows well.

No family gathering is complete without one of us taking some photographs so of course, we posed for some photographs for the family albums and scrapbooks and even though these photographs haven’t been edited, they just capture the moment as it happened.



People often say how much alike me and my sister are. There are only 18 months between us and a lot of people comment that we look like twins. We can’t see it much but I don’t mind looking younger a couple of years younger. I do love how close I am to my Sister and that we get to see each other and share our lives together (We didn’t really get on during our teenage years so it’s really good that we’re such good friends now.)

Finally, I managed to take a photograph of the two very important people in my life. I love these two very much and it was so nice to see them share a tender little moment.


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  • Reply Katie @mummydaddyme 31/08/2014 at 9:04 pm

    Wow I agree, I think you and your sister look so alike. Definitely like twins. And these are gorgeous photos lovely, it’s so exciting buying your first DSLR camera- I hope you have lots of fun trying it out and learning all about it. I am still learning about mine but I just love it! x

  • Reply Sam 31/08/2014 at 9:56 pm

    Ah! Lovely shots Emma – I’m the opposite – I’ve just got an iPhone for the first time and I’m loving using it as a camera!! I can see that it’s got it’s limitations though and I’d love to own a DSLR one day. You do look very similar to your sister and it’s lovely to have a sister sometimes I find – just a bond that you’ll never really have with anyone else in the world I reckon! X #theordinarymoments

  • Reply Donna 31/08/2014 at 11:24 pm

    Such a lovely post! You and your sister look v alike I agree, and Little Mr gets more gorgeous by the day! x

  • Reply Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) 01/09/2014 at 10:58 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Thats my bday wish – a real camera =) #TheOrdinaryMoments

  • Reply Super Busy Mum 06/09/2014 at 8:29 am

    Wow, you can certainly tell you’re related and its so lovely to hear that you both get on now, even though in the teens you didn’t. Also how sweet of you guys to surprise her with a family party! Nothing beats it! x

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