Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Phoebe with Fran and Kate

We have so enjoyed catching up with family. More family photos to
follow when we're back home but these were taken on my phone.

Ezra and Callum

Our family

Ezra on Christmas morning

My boys

Ready for a snowy walk

Phoebe on Christmas morning

Cheese

Jack Frost makes the world even more beautiful

Phoebe makes footprints

Ezra's first walk in the snow

My beautiful boy

Isn't this what tissues are for?

A smile for Grampy

Ezra wrapping himself up

I've been making...

Teeny hats

And bigger hats

I've been making...

Teeny babies

Greetings of the season to you

I am spending some time contemplating the coming year and what it will bring for us as a family. Enjoying seeing loved ones and reflecting on what is to come in the following months.

Wishing you and your family a joyous time x

Friday, 10 December 2010

A mother in the making

Phoebe sometimes asks to wear her baby in one of my slings. This time
it was her waldorf baggy baby in the beco. She walked around saying
she was getting her baby to sleep. :)

Ezra helping with the ornaments

Starting to decorate the tree

Seasons greetings everyone!

Making wrapping paper

One of the activities we have enjoyed recently. Very messy but lots of
fun! Ezra enjoyed using the paintbrush but didn't like getting paint
between his toes.

Socks

Someone's little toes still love these funky handmade socks from the
very talented Denise aka Mama4 (www.abigsmile4.Blogspot.com). They
have lasted her ages & I think we may get another winter out of them
yet! Then they are Ezra's! :)

Chickens in the snow

Our chickens aren't too fond of this weather. We have to give them new
water twice a day as it has been freezing. They seem to be coping ok
though.

A thank you

My lovely friend Louise made us this beautiful wall hanging recently.
It reads "Home sweet home" and is in honour of us deciding to stay in
our house & do it up. This photo doesn't really do it justice. Thank
you so much Louise for such a thoughtful present. Mmm handmade
loveliness. Louise's blog can be found at www.slugandsnail.Blogspot.com

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Happy December

Hello everyone,
I am barely having time for blogging right now but have decided to delete my other two blogs and just post here. So there will be a more normal mix of pictures and words (I hope) and everything will be in one place. It feels a bit fragmented having two blogs on the go and neither one is a true picture on us, or me, on its own.
I would like to use this place more to document our days and connect with people and I do enjoy posting so much so I think I'd like to try and make writing here regularly an aim for next year... but I'll start now.
So I'll be trying to merge my sidebar content and get everything in one place. I think I will transfer my posts over too. It might take a little while. I haven't been online very much lately but I have found I am missing a few things, so am going to strive for balance. Hopefully this will mean regular but perhaps shorter blog posts... I don't know yet. But I just wanted to let you know I am still here. We are in the midst of doing lots of work to our home whilst I (not so) secretly dream of living like Gina and family and I try to encourage my husband to picture the future, whilst he encourages me to live more in the moment. More about that another time I guess.

I feel I have changed a lot over the past few months and I'd like to write about that at some point. Probably the best description of my inner thought processes for now would come from reading this post by Amelia. I too have taken off my badges. Not that that means I am less confident in our choices. I still know I am doing what is right for us by choosing child led weaning, cosleeping, unschooling etc, but I don't feel the need to attain every 'natural parenting' badge. I want to be a better parent, a better person, but it won't help by beating myself up over what I didn't do.  I strive not to judge people for their choices, and in the same way I hope people will not judge me for mine - whether its because I 'still' breastfeed my daughter, or i failed at EC. I strongly believe in attachment parenting, with all my heart, but I acknowledge other people's lives and choices are their own. What I think or feel or say is exactly that - my thoughts, feelings and words.
I hope that through conversations and writing I may challenge some people or provide some help to them on their journey but I must remember...

"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me." ~Author Unknown

 and possibly my most favourite quote ever:

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

You can read a great definition of what is meant by that here.

For now I must go. In striving for balance I am off to do a bit of secret sewing! 

Wishing you love and peace.

Namaste

Laura xx

Monday, 22 November 2010

A message for Grampy

Stories with Daddy

Visiting Grampy

Morning smiles

Phoebe inspects our new chair

Ezra asleep on my back in the kozy

More Ezra climbing

Ezra climbing

Ezra wasn't sure about painting

Garden produce

Proud of her plaits

Phoebe's funny face

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Sibling fun!

Felted pumpkin in progress

Louise taught us today :)

Phoebe's felted picture

Thank you Louise!

Willow weaving & lanterns

Phoebe's Homemade Home

Love these crayons for glass

Always climbing

At least it seems that way!

Mirror art on a rainy day

Tickles

Phoebe enjoying her book from Grampy

Phoebe holding Isabella

Congratulations Dani and John x

Halloween 2010

Our Autumn Seasonal Table

Rock rock

Ezra trying to pull the handle off!