Monday, 30 January 2012

A little art

Phoebe's canvas - first she drew out her plan for her painting.

Then painted it onto a pre-prepared canvas. The slide is blue on the left and the ladder up is dark red on the right. We'll do a bit more work on this tomorrow I think.

She was very proud though and loved the feel of the paint.

This is Ezra's canvas. :)

 Window art by Ezra...

...and Phoebe.

And lastly some invitations for a belated mini fairy princess party (Phoebe's three BFFs). <3

Finished Project ::: My Hat of Choice

Last night Russ and I watched a movie and I was able to finish my hat. I'm really pleased with the way it came out and the delicious bluey greeny colour. It's so soft and I love the pattern.
It represents something quite big for me - making something for myself. I have made many things over the years but never for myself. Lately knitting time has been hard to come by so it's quite amazing that I knit it so quickly and that it's actually for me. Looking forward to having a warmer head from now on when we venture out!

Friday, 27 January 2012

{this moment} ::: Making Lemonade

Joining in with Soulemama again this week for {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Yarn Along

I'm still knitting the red dress from last week but as it's quite a big task I decided to start something new as well! Ooh get me, knitting more prolifically all of a sudden... well, prolific for me anyway. I so love to knit but often it feels like there is not the right moment for it. Things are just too busy. I am now making an effort to pick up my needles even if only for a few minutes a day. This afternoon I did a few rows whilst reading books aloud to my little ones and whilst we listened to the telling of The Emperor's New Clothes from the Hans Christian Anderson soundtrack. You know the one "The king is in the altogether, he's altogether, he's altogether, he's altogether as naked as the day that he was born!". I'd totally forgotten that song from my childhood until I was reading the book and went... hmm, there's a song about this!

So anyway, on to my knitting. Its is Soulemama's Hat of Choice and I am knitting it in Manos del Uruguay Maxima, which is the most soft and gorgeous aran weight wool. The shade is Ultramarine. Its just so beautiful. I got this from Russ for Christmas and am pleased to be starting something with it so soon rather than just sitting and stroking it like I usually do with pretty gifted yarn. I just hope I can do it justice with the finished project. it might be my favourite yarn yet! I will try to get a better picture of the finished object to show off the colourway.

The book is Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy  by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It has a small article, a page or so, for every day of the year. So I will be reading it all year long. But I wanted to remember to share it. Its very much focussed on where I am at - chosing joy and nurturing ourselves on a daily basis, with the little things. I am really enjoying it.

Lastly here are a souple of other pictures from our day today...

Phoebe reading to Ezra

Phoebe was very proud of herself for drawing her first ever heart.And i was quietly a wee bit proud too.

And that's today's Yarn Along. :)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Some things we are liking right now

This video is just amazing and makes me want to learn to Lindy hop!

As yesterday was Chinese New Year we wantched some traditional (and not so traditional) dragon dancing and lion dancing. This was our favourite.  Its so impressive when you realise they are jumping around on poles in the air and one guy is sat on the other ones head!

and lastly I have just seen the video to Ed Sheeran's Lego House and love it. Made me laugh out loud when I realised what was going on. But then I am a Potter fan so maybe I'm biased? ;)
Video aside, its also a beautiful song. :)

Monday, 23 January 2012

Monday's magic

Today we were joined by "Catty Ezra" for a while, and also by our fairy godmother.
We coloured, painted, and glittered. We played shops. We watched some Chinese new year celebrations via YouTube - dragon dancing and lion dancing. And a spot of lindyhopping and ballet. Will post my favourite video when I get a chance.
We went to the shops to buy chicken food and bird feed for our garden friends. I also got some beetroot and aubergine from our local shop that I'm pondering what to do with.
This evening I have sat and crocheted Phoebe a little flower, the start of many I hope, to decorate the bunkbeds. I have also been pondering a few things. You know, the usual sudden aha moments, followed by the typical "thanks brain, but what do I do with this information?".
For now though I am off to bed, to dream of Catty Ezra probably. He was, after all, awfully cute!

Sunday, 22 January 2012


Stash busting?

I have a room full of craft supplies I have accumulated over the years. Much has been given to me or picked up very cheaply during sales. Some of it was bought with my children in mind. But my yarn... well, I have many skeins sat there and I am barely knitting right now. I love it, but am somehow not prioritising it, despite the effect it has on my day (and my sanity). So I plan to make 2012 the year I sort out all those craft supplies, and the year that I buy no yarn. When I saw this challenge over at Creating a Family Home I knew it was a good motivator for getting through my stash and making some beautiful things this year! I have also decided to try and join in with Ginny's Yarn Along on Wednesday's to spur me on. After all, it won't be much good if I am taking photos of the same tired old project week after week! So I'll look forward to sharing my knitting progress this year and seeing what others are making too. Please shout if you are also taking part in the challenge! :)

Where to blog?

Blogging in two places started out really simple but this week I have ended up posting Yarn Along and {This Moment} on my other blog at and then feeling they would be best posted here on our family blog. After thinking about it, and feeling the edges of the division, I have realised that I want to do most posting here.  I think I will keep my other blog for special musings, my writing when I get the chance to do any  and, well, more of a journal for me. You are welcome to follow me over at Honouring the Wild too, if you will excuse the sporadic posting.

We are in the midst of family illness at the moment - nothing major but Ezra has a sick bug - so we are having a very quiet weekend. He is coping with it very well, and is pretty much his normal self most of  the time, apart from the odd sicky moment. My poor boy. He is sleeping now so I am grabbing this quick moment to myself to fiddle around with my blog banner and get a few bits and pieces done.

Wishing you all a relaxing Sunday. x

Thursday, 19 January 2012

This Thursday's Best Bits

The painting is a picture of a dog by Ezra and he was most particular about pointing out that it had legs (painted in yellow). Not pictured - Roald Dahl's Matilda (thank you for the box set Grandma and Grandpa), The Wiggles, Wallace and Gromit and tomato & lentil soup with hedgehog rolls for lunch.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Chilled family time

No need for words. Just enjoying each others company. :)

Introducing "FIVE"!

Here she is on the morning of her fifth birthday. Confident, passionate, inspiring. Phoebe has grown so much this past year and these photos captured her perfectly right at that moment. She is rockin' her dance costume, which was one of her birthday presents from us.

I made a princess cake using her dolly. I'm quite pleased with how it came out. It was huge so we shared it a lot and still have quite a bit left. It was chocolate with pink icing (of course).

The biggest surprise for us all was on our swimming trip. Phoebe and Ezra were surprised by Auntie Lynsey and Uncle Andy turning up, and Russ and I were surprised by the sudden huge leap in Phoebe's confidence in the water! She has gone from paddling feet last time to full on doggy paddle with arm bands this time! She loved it! Ezra started out very unsure but was playing in the water by the end. A truly lovely morning.

Happy fifth birthday to my beautiful Phoebe Dot. Watching you grow and learn and laugh and love is an honour. Parenthood is like having the best seat in the house for the greatest show on earth, and watching you shine is such a blessing. We love you sweetheart xxx

Last day of "four"

Phoebe kissed herself at bedtime on Thursday "to say goodbye to four". She was very excited about magically turning five overnight. Goodbye sweet four year old Phoebe. It has been a pleasure to be your Mother this year (as always). We are blessed to have you as our daughter. xxx

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Wednesday was...

Telling stories to little brother in a secret den.
Wearing mummy's cardi and sitting in her favourite spot. "Cheese!" (Wonder how long we'll have this photo face?)
Chalk pastels : rainbow fairy by Phoebe, tunnel by Ezra. This is his first picture that is of something. When Phoebe asked what was in the tunnel he said "train". :)
And so much more...

Monday, 9 January 2012

Monday was...

Green smoothie
Painting (a gold angel by Phoebe)
Funny faces
Real tea brewing (thank you mum and dad)

Not pictured: playing pairs and snap and playmobil, reading fairy tales over and over again, story telling puzzles, dressing up, singing songs (about Jesus for some reason), serving play food, making their own snacks, screwball scramble, playing spot the fairies using a current favourite book, printing with paint, more stories, making mini pies for dinner! A fun day at home.