Tuesday, 22 February 2011

A scene from the weekend

I was treated to a really relaxing weekend whilst Russ took the
children out. This was my Sunday morning.

A recent project

This little horse was a present for a friend's little girl. Very quick
to knit but time consuming to sew together and make the hair. Phoebe
has requested one and I am half way through it but have run out of
yarn and hobbycraft no longer stock it! :( so if anyone has a ball of
Palette Vintage in these colours please let me know. Otherwise I'll
start again. I am also halfway through a hat for Ezra - aviatrix for
knitters who love ravelry! ;)
I recently bought more yarn to make tops for Phoebe. After the success
of the Riot Spring top (photo soon) I want to make more. :) such a
quick, easy, fun pattern. Little bits of knitting going on here and
there. Progress slowly being made. A good feeling.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

A Quiet Saturday Morning

Well, its very quiet here. I am alone in the house, for the first time in ages. I am enjoying the peace and stillness but also missing the three other people that usually fill this space.

I just thought I would give you a quick update on what is happening here.

{The Moon over our garden ~ taken by Phoebe}

{Ezra pointing out the moon to us ~ taken by Phoebe}

On the house front, we have seen our builder again this morning and he will be knocking a wall down between our lounge and dining room very soon. He is also going to get us a new front door. Yay!  We are waiting to hear back from a structural engineer and then we can make plans for the rest of downstairs. We are relocating our kitchen to the utility room and knocking some walls down which will give us a kitchen diner across the back of the house. This will mean when in the kitchen or at the table we will be able to see into the garden. Yay! At the moment the back of the house is the utility room and a rarely used sun lounge which is a shame as the garden is so beautiful. I will enjoy making meals whilst watching our chickens scratch about and seeing the sunset. I am really excited about this as our house has felt 'wrong' for so long. We looked at moving but we do have such a nice garden and great neighbours and felt that we didn't want to move unless it was to somewhere really special. In the future we imagine a move to our perfect place, which is likely to be nearer to the sea, or woodlands, but right now that just isn't right for us.

{Ezra by Phoebe}

In other news, Ezra had a bad accident and needed a day in hospital. We all spent the day on the children's ward and he was in theatre for an hour having eight stitches in his lip. My poor baby! I can't remember if I blogged about this or not. It was a few weeks ago now and the last stitch fell out last night. It seems to be healing well though we are not sure if it will scar or not yet. Its looking quite good so far though.

{Phoebe in the tunnel ~ standard photo face}

{Phoebe's favourite boots ~ taken by Phoebe}

Phoebe has turned four and is mostly full of the joys of spring. We are having lots of singing and made up stories about her imaginary friend. She is also enjoying playing with real friends and we actually seem to be a bit too busy at the moment! We are enjoying quiet days at home with stories, play in the garden and 'shows' put on for me to enjoy.

{Ezra riding my brother's old post office van ~ taken with Hipstamatic}

 {Ezra watching the chickens from the garden chair}

{Ezra taking his car for a drive}

{Ezra playing in the tunnel}

Ezra is now 18 months and has started actually playing imaginatively. He is a very energetic little boy and until now most of his play has been physical - climbing (boy can he climb!), running, chasing, dressing up in his sister's clothes or funny hats, throwing things, hide and seek, doing impromptu yoga positions and popping out from behind things. He has always loved books and will sit to look at those helpfully pointing out to us all the cats, dogs, birds and other animals that grace the pages. Now I am starting to find him putting dolls house dolls on a little slide and saying 'wheee!', lining his cars up and then parking each one under the dresser, and making his little wooden chicken go for a walk over the rainbow bridge. It is truly delightful to watch. Such a joy to see him grow and learn a little more every day. I am so privelidged to be mother to these children and to watch their connection to each other deepen and flourish.

{Tent play indoors}

{Sand play in the garden}

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

This week so far

We have had a new bed delivered!

It's big and snuggly and much warmer than our mattress on the floor! Our bedroom is over the car port and not well insulated so gets quite cold. The matress has been freezing the past few months so we are really happy to have a warmer sleeping solution.

We have been to Natural Parenting Club and caught up with friends.
We also said goodbye to friends who are moving to the states. I am so excited for Michelle and her family but we will really miss them. We hope to hear all about their new life out there and wish them much joy and happiness in their new home and community.

We have been enjoying soaked muesli - well, us grown ups have. Can't persuade the little ones yet.

I have been, and continue to be, very sleep deprived. I'm off to bed right after this. One day my children will sleep soundly. I hope.

We have drawn with window crayons.

We have read lots of books.

I have drunk chamomile tea, and barleycup with rice milk, and chai.

I have spent a few minutes here and there knitting Phoebe a top in beautifully coloured "Riot" yarn. :)

I have read a few blogs. Hello friends.

I have played Diggers for long periods with Phoebe - we get the car mat out and I have to be all the characters, named by her - such as Heaver the digger, Roller, Mixer and Pusher (you get the idea). They build public buildings, go on holidays on an aeroplane and occasionally catch fire!

Must go now as I am so tired but hoping to do Goddess Leonie's chakra healing meditation in bed. Yes, healing is much needed right now, but I am truly happy.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

A bit of a catch up

I thought I would post a few pictures that we have taken since christmas. These are snaps that have brought a smile to my face.

Ezra and his cousin Rocco (born a day and a half apart).

Ezra and Rocco playing Phoebe's drums together.

Ezra and his Auntie Lynsey

Phoebe - pulling one of her now famous photo faces!

And another!

A christmas treat!

First snow for Ezra (the bowl is scraps for the chickens)

Just a cute picture

Another face for the camera

Shame about my finger being in the way. I love this boy's smile.

Rough and tumble with Daddy

Happy New Year

I realise I am slighlty belated in wishing you all a Happy New Year, but all the same I hope it is a good one for you and your family. The year started out quite badly for us. The children have not been sleeping well since before christmas and this has not, as yet, improved but I live in hope. The main thing we have been preoccupied with, however, is Ezra and his accident. He fell around a month ago and tanded on a toy, gouging a chunk out of his lip. We took him to the hospital walk in centre and were told it would heal, which it did. Two weeks later though, he fell again and cut his lip on the inside of a door frame. This time he was not quite so lucky - his lip split completely in two. My poor baby! We rushed him to A&E and when we were seen they said it was borderline whether he would need stitched but he was too little to have them done then and there. We had to leave it this way overnight (we went home) and came back in the morning to the maxillofacial surgery unit for assessment.  In the end we were admitted to the children's ward and Ezra had to go under general anaesthetic (hands down worst experience of my life) to have stitches. I waited outside theatre for over an hour before my quivering, confused and hurting little boy was brought back to me with eight stitches. We were able to breastfeed straight away, which did much top ease his discomfort and lulled him back to sleep on and off over the next few hours until we could go home.  While i had been waiting for him, and in the time after, I felt so so grateful that we were only there for a day and that it was nothing more serious. I prayed for my beautiful boy to be brought back to me safely and that he would heal well and not scar (something we are still now unsure of, though it is looking good), and I vowed that I would not take my children for granted. I do not want to waste a precious moment of this life with them.  I want to dedicate this year to them and to my spiritual and personal growth - learning to be more present, showing and really feeling more gratitude, and being a more mindful and thoughtful mother. These have always been my goals but this year so far has shown me just how important these things are.

I would like to say a huge thank you for everyone's well wishes and help, from the ever helpful Sarah who brought us nappies and wipes in A&E while we waited, to my perpetually generous friend K for giving Ezra a whole lot of reiki. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt thanks. We are so blessed.

There was another monumentous even in January, and that was Phoebe turning four! But I hope to blog in another post about that. ;)

My resolution for the year has got me thinking. I have a whole heap of books I would like to read. Books which speak of the soul and spirit, of becoming a more mindful mama and of appreciating this life I have. If anyone would like to make recommendations for me I would be honoured to hear them!

I have also decided to try and blog more regularly, ideally a few times a week. I do have some free time (though it is at present very limited!) and I have decided I would like to spend some of it recording our life. In my quest to show gratitude and appreciation of the everyday beauty of life, I believe this will help ~ an online and ever evolving gratitude journal, if you will. I also want to have a record of how we spend our time ~ both for us and our children to look back on in future, and to show our family and friends how this thing we call 'unschooling' works! ;)  Yes, the questions have started... and I will be delighted to answer them!

If you are still 'following' me, thank you. I realise it has been a long time, but I look forward to rejoining the blogging community... family life allowing.

With love,

Laura x