Monday, 28 May 2012

A quiet Sunday

Reading for mama, and later for Phoebe too.



Quiet play



Ice cream in the bath for when it just got too hot!



And the last photo I snuck in but it wasn't from yesterday. Russ took it last Wednesday at a country park but I loved it so wanted to share. :)



I hope you had a good weekend too.

Garden love

Feeling so blessed by this sunshine!

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Growth

:: Growing a baby



:: Growing older & learning new skills



:: Growing spiritually, feeling my heart expanding



:: Growing projects

Chai?

I am brewing up some of this chai latte syrup today. It is a rare treat I make myself two or three times a year. I half all the ingredients as I'm the only one in the house that drinks it and I don't want a total sugar overload but it is so good... and simple. I also recommend drinking it with soya milk as stated rather than dairy. Tastes soooo much better. The soya milk's fresh taste lets the chai flavour shine through that much stronger. Enjoy! :)

Spinning Away

This song is embedded in my heart and head at the moment after I rediscovered it on my cd soundtrack to The Beach. Such beautiful lyrics and so dreamy. If i close my eyes I can just imagine I'm there, lying up on some hill watching the sunset and then the stars.



Spinning Away - Sugar Ray

Up on a hill, as the day dissolves
With my pencil turning moments into life
One by one, all the stars appear
As the great winds of the planet spiral in
Spinning away, like the night sky
In the million insect storm, the constellations form
On a hill, under a raven sky
I have no idea exactly where I've been
Some kind of change, some kind of spinning away
With every single line moving further out in time
Spinning away, like the night sky
I have no idea exactly where I've been
And here, and there
And here, and there
Some kind of spinning away
And here, and there
And here, and there (some kind of spinning away) ...

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Gratitudes :: 23rd May

These beautiful little people

A great day at a country park

Sunshine!

Doing puzzles with Ezra and Phoebe

Good friends

Lovely maternity clothes from a kind hearted mama

A "new" old chest of drawers to solve my clothing storage problem

Visits from Russ' parents, and mine

New friends, and potential friends

Vivid dreams that bring clarity and direction to my life

Inspirational teachers and speakers

My new e-books

Birthday money from generous family members with which I was able to get new books

My yarn stash

New pens - yes I am a geek, uniball eye in black is the only pen I actually *want* to write with

Ben Howard - specifically the song and video "Old Pine" which has prompted a change of heart in my husband over a future move

Our flexible sleeping arrangements

The film "Get Vegucated"

The Unschooling Summit

My latest rearrange which gave me a set of shelves for my food and home education books

A tidy spare room - no more "messy room" - hooray!

Anticipation of camping, a holiday and lots of summer fun!

A little person quietly growing inside me.

Monday, 21 May 2012

18 weeks

I'm waiting for the second trimester glowing stage to kick in... but its not. I'm now 18 weeks and instead of feeling all blooming and radiant I am feeling crappy... all.day.long.
I am not going to bore you with the details - hey, I try not to bore anyone with the details* - but suffice to say I am looking forward to moving beyond the nausea and exhaustion and feeling human again.

This time round things have felt so intense on the physical side that I sometimes forget there will be a baby at the end of it. Its as if all my energy is on trying to keep going and on being with my children and taking care of my home and then in a spare moment I will suddenly spy a baby on a blog or look in my knitting basket at my projects and go "Oh yeah. I'm having a baby!". How amazing!

It is hard to imagine that come the end of October there will be another tiny person in this family. I am so excited, and not at all anxious about how i will pan out, even though i know it won't all be plain sailing. Right now Ezra still seems very young. He talks in telegraphese "Mummy no touch. Ezra do it self!" and though he adores babies (really adores them) he also cheekily says "Mummy baby tummy. Ezra push baby over" and looks to me with a grin for my reaction. In reality he does push some toddlers over or hug to the ground, in a kind of cuddly playful way, but babies he is ever so gentle with. The last one we saw he kissed her toes! He is such a sweet and joyful soul truly. So though I know some things will be hard on him, like sharing Mummy even further, I also know he will be a wonderful big brother. Can that be true... Ezra a big brother?! Its moments like that when I realise how much he is still my baby. But, you know he can still be my baby, for as long as he needs. Having two "babies" is just fine by me.

I'm off to try and drink water before bed and get an early night, but thank you for reading my pregnancy ramblings. Night xx

*apologies to those I have bored (burdened?) with the details which of course include my hubby, children and besties.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Litle snapshots

What have we been up to this week?

Playing outside...




Crochet for bump...


Having a good mail day...


Playing with pompoms...


Writing...


and face painting...







Loving our fun filled life.

Phoebe's Self Portraits

Instagram Love

I am back using Instagram again! Yay! Here are a few pictures from the last few days I edited on there earlier.



Thank you to the lovely Sarah of Carried Family for the beautiful playsilks that arrived yesterday! Bargainous and beautiful! What a clever mama! :) xx

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Inspiring Blog Alert: FIMBY

I have been recently reading a new blog (new to me anyway) called FIMBY, which stands for Fun In My Backyard. You can find it at: http://fimby.tougas.net/

Renee Tougas' website is a mine of information on homemaking and homeschooling. I found her blog a while ago but totally forgot and then rediscovered it through the Whole Food Kitchen course that I did. I want to say thank you again to my lovely friend Anna who gifted me a place on that course. The info is all printed out, and I have read through it all and used a few recipes. Baby steps and all that. I am very grateful to Anna, and would also recommend the course to anyone wanting to transition to a more holistic whole foods way of eating.

Anyway, I really like FIMBY and found a lot of the posts very useful for ideas and inspiration on he home management front. No to manage my children's time (as I have recently said) but mine in keeping on top of what needs to be done each day. I waned to share a few of the posts here:

Homemaking and Homeschooling

Time Management for Homeschoolers (including useful printables)

Weekly Block Planning

Defining priorities to make a family schedule

Managing your kitchen and your children's education

Making time for mama to craft and sew

I would also like to take the time to recommend Renee's book Nurturing Creativity: A Guide for Busy Moms which I have just finished reading and really enjoyed. You can also get it on kindle straight from amazon which I did. I read it on my phone and for £1.95 I really enjoyed both reading it and supporting a fellow SAHM/WAHM. Go take a look. :)

Monday, 14 May 2012

Benign Neglect

Recently, a good friend of mine wrote a blog post on Benign Neglect in Positive Parenting.
This is something I feel fits completely with my philosophy on parenting but have to some extent struggled to implement. Though perhaps I am being a bit hard on myself there. My children do spend a lot of time doing nothing much (nothing much to the adult eye that is) - exploring our garden and playing outside, making up games, choosing and directing their own activities and experiences, and also helping me with the running of the house - washing, unloading the dishwasher, stripping the beds, polishing, etc if they choose (which they do).

What i have noticed is that some days, and certain times each day, it flows less smoothly. I can't get on with my own projects at all or make phone calls easily. I have gone through the whole "what am I doing wrong?" before my common sense kicked in and i realised that my children are veryv young still so I can't really set these kind of expectations, and also I have a 5.5 yr old articulate girlie girl and a 2.5 yr old boyish boy who speaks in telegraphese. At this stage they aren't ideal playmates.

Having said that they do find lots of common ground and play together a great deal. To be clear, I don't expect them to completely manage their own time, and I am talking here of 'benign neglect', not actual neglect. I know very clearly what my roles and responsibilities are when it comes to my children and have a grand plan or overview of what I expect their lives and education to look like over their childhood, broadly speaking. But I do think it is important to avoid micro managing our children and I find great delight in knowing that my children have a real childhood.

I am a great believer in play... and not the kind of structured, teacher led play that exists in schools (I can say this as a trained teacher) or even the kind of mummy-directed "let's play farms" type of play that we tend to do at home (I can say that as a mummy who does sometimes do such things) but real true free play. Sure, there is nothing wrong with suggesting ideas to your children sometimes (I do), or starting games. Its fun! But I feel allowing plenty of time for children to explore their world and learn at their own pace, through their own play is so important.

This is one of many reasons we chose to home educate, and one of many reasons I feel drawn to Waldorf or Steiner philosophy, particularly for the early years. Though we are eclectic in approach, and Unschoolers at heart, I really like the emphasis on development of the whole person over early (and unecessary) academics.

Anyway, I wanted to share a couple of links I found today. This Interesting article on free range kids and helicopter parenting and also this post on the Camp Creek Blog entitled Empty Hours.

I am hoping to write more about my approach to learning and home education here as it is something I feel passionately about and it is also my career a present. I am a wife, mother, home educator, home maker and creative spirit. I would love to share more about our life here.

Sorry Blog

Dear Blog,

I have neglected you for a long time, and I'm sorry. I have been wanting to write words on your crisp new pages for many weeks now but it seems that there is never enough time. I will try and change that because I have things to share and I enjoy expressing myself here in this space.
I am going to try and start right away and hope it will be of interest to the few loyal followers that still grace this place with their presence. Thank you friends.

Laura xx

Monday, 7 May 2012

Snowy

This is Phoebe's favourite thing to do at home right now - have a cuddle with one of our chickens! She has just got brave enough and strong enough to hold snowy herself... And Ezra soon followed suit!

More farm pictures

The children both enjoyed the play barn.

Phoebe's favourite animals were the Guinea Pigs but she loved feeding the goats and lambs.

I love the way Ezra is leaning in the last picture, trying to get a good look at Phoebe the Goat! Yes, the youngest goat is called Phoebe. :)

At the farm

We loved the old gypsy caravan.



We had a tractor ride around the farm and into the organic vegbox farm next door and it was fun pointing out that this is where our vegetables come from! It was beautiful to see the young orchard they have planted, showing they are in it for the long haul. :)



Riverford @ Sacrewell in case anyone was wondering. :)





Despite his initial reaction that goats were "thcary" Ezra actually loved all of the animals. His favourites were the shire horses.

Knitting and reading

A couple of (almost) finished projects.



Spring baby hat in green and white cotton/silk blend.



Pebble in twilley's freedom spirit. It was supposed to be for Ezra but I forgot about it so now it's a bit on the small side so I'm not feeling terribly motivated to sew on buttons, weave in the ends and do the dreaded blocking! I am very scared of blocking!



The blue crochet underneath is now my main WIP. It's a newborn Short sleeved cardi. The colour is much nicer in real life, kind of petroly blue. And I am adding in a chunky strip of malabrigo or manos (can't remember which) near the bottom in a shade called ultramarine. Cuteness!



The last pic is of the book on top of my waiting to be read pile. One of my celeb heroes - Mayim Bialik. The other being Alicia Silverstone. Both are attachment parenting and choose to talk about it. :)



Mayim plays a neuroscientist in Big Bang Theory and is actually a neuroscientist in real life too! You may know her best as 'Blossom'! I think it's great that people may learn that there are "other" ways to parent through Mayim and Alicia. Thank you ladies! :)