I managed to catch up with the boys’ baby books this week which was much needed. File birthday cards, store pictures and write down things they do and say. I love reading the journals my parents wrote for me, so I really want to be good at it. I’m child number five and they still managed to write a decent amount, and then helped me write my own. I also write an email update every few months detailing their personalities, things they do, their likes and dislikes, people they like and everything in between, so it was good to get caught up with that too. It makes me realise how different they are from each other.
I have very few pictures of me and the boys so we’ve had a few impromptu photo sessions which have been hilarious. Ru can’t bear not to cuddle any horizontal human, so he constantly tries to head butt your face and get super close. We’re definitely going to do it more often. They love it and so do I.
It turns out Instagram lets all your Facebook friends know you’ve joined. That stressed me out a tad.
This week I’ve developed
an obsession a ‘Mum crush’ on Courtney from Babbycino blog. I’m sure a lot of you know who she is already. The Babyccino blog is written by multiple contributors (Courtney is one of them) and champions classic, beautifully made clothing, gorgeously illustrated books, sustainable toys and quirky crafts. It also touches on parenting. It is Esther heaven, and celebrates everything wonderful about living in Europe. I love what Courtney wrote on electronics, games consoles, sibling rivalry, co-sleeping and sibling bed sharing. She has a really intuitive, relaxed and flexible approach to parenting whilst setting out strict boundaries which I love.
…I haven’t read much else because I’ve been swooning over her four gorgeous children, her home and her clothes! Awkward.
I am really enjoying The Great British Sewing Bee. My firm favourite is Neil. I think the contestants in this series are more evenly matched than previous series, so I’m loving it more than usual. If that’s even possible?
Every so often I watch a couple or three Panoroma episodes. Sometimes I feel a little out of touch with current affairs and these give me enough information to make me feel remotely ‘in the know’. This week I watched one on forced marriage. Do not watch the Ebola one when you are feeling emotional. It is completely heart wrenching.
I’ve had a very quiet week music wise, but Ru definitely has two words – both beginning with D. “Dada” (Daddy) and “du” (duck). He says “du” with such conviction and he loves spotting all the ducks in books. He knows it makes us all squeal. Obviously “Mama” doesn’t feature as a first word. Standard.
I panicked when I saw the title ‘made’, but looking back on the last week we’ve made (or started to make) a number of things. Winst and I made a start on our clothesline play house, and it is has come together quite quickly. I bought a double sheet for the base, then Winst helped me choose all the fabrics and trims from my remnant pile. It’s laid out and ready to sew. We’re going to add some flowers and animals – I’m just not sure how!
Winston wanted to make some binoculars for his pirate ship and to watch the birds. Then he decided to make a play dough family. Apparently I’m the one with the purple mouth.
I had a go at making a Hemsley Hemsley chicken curry and it was so yummy.
…and Winston has made an insurmountable number of ‘Wild Castles’.
I’ve been a bit floral this week to try and persuade Spring to come early. Jared was ill on Saturday, so I sped to my local town to chance getting my nails and hair done. I was able to get appointments for both, so I came away with red nails and hair two inches shorter. I haven’t worn my hair down yet, as I haven’t had the chance to work out styling it properly.
Both the hedgehog house and bird box cameras are set up. Our expectations have reduced, but some movement in either this Spring would be nice. Fingers crossed.
We saw lots and lots of snowdrops this week, which was a delight! and I just wanted to mention that I am so enjoying taking part in the #myhomestyle project that Emma and Becky are hosting. My clock was featured this week, so that was a nice surprise.
#LittleLoves is a chance to remember all the things that made up your week. Linking up with Morgana and Emma.