Mother's Day, the gift of giving

Some of my earliest memories of childhood are of our family garden, picking strawberries, Spring tulips in the garden, my dads greenhouse. So when it comes to picking a Mother's Day gift I usually choose garden related gifts. Not only do they suit her down to the ground but this is just the perfect time of the year to start thinking about getting out into the garden more.


Sundays - a semi-family catch up post

It's been an age since I blogged, in fact this is my first post of 2018.  I thought it would be nice to do a little family-life-catch-up. I've been looking through a lot of old photos lately and realised just how much Kit and Oz have grown up and thought it would be a shame not to make some notes on how they are doing at the moment, so we can look back in years to come.

I've made a start on going back through older sections of my blog, pulling out family content and adding it to a photo book, printing to keep a physical copy.
I've been using Artifact Uprising and though it's not the cheapest option (by far), the quality is outstanding, the book binding and covers a perfect quality. It feels fitting for such a keepsake.


Such a character. His poses when he knows I'm taking photos are just bang on, catalogue style posing at their best, he does make me chuckle when he starts busting moves. Talking of busting moves, he's been practising the running man, mainly to Vanilla Ice. Though he informs me he likes Twenty One Pilots now.


He still loves being outdoors, but not as much as he likes be indoors glued to his iPad...We've found ourselves limiting his screen time because otherwise he gets totally immersed and ends up semi-crazed.
His cheeky used of the word 'fudge' as the f-word is driving me mad.


Nearly 10 - going on 15. The first flickers of teenage angst are appearing. One moment she's young, talking of unicorns on candy mountains of make believe, wanting to be mollycoddled and the next she's sultry, sulky and wanting to stay in bed to sing Charli xcx.
She's begun private maths tutoring, as maths is as subject she doesn't doesn't naturally 'get', and I'm happy to report it's making a noticeably positive difference already a few weeks in.


We're planning her 10 birthday celebrations at at the moment, and it's not that she's indecisive, more that she doesn't feel that she wants anything. It was the same at Christmas when she asked Father Christmas for 'a small box of Roses chocolates and some slippers'.
She's requested thta I make her a unicorn birthday cake though, so if anyone wants me I'll be deep in Pinterest looking for inspiration!


Our rescue-greyhound from the Dogs Trust. He came to live with us 6 months ago now and I don't think I mentioned that before. 
A 5 year old ex-racing greyhound he's not spent life in a family home before but has been a complete dream to join us. He's so mellow and chilled out, enjoys short walks over long ones, doesn't bark, is completely housetrained and loves attention but doesn't force himself upon people.


We were so lucky to find the perfect match for us, he won his way into our hearts in a matter of days and it feels like he's always been here.
He's not keen on other dogs if they are off the lead and wears a muzzle when out in the forest incase any small rabbit sized doggos come running up to his face - the racing catch-that-rabbit instinct will always be a part of him so it's life on the lead for him when out and about, but he really doesn't mind one bit!

Family, Photography

Photography & Play

The photo above, with the stars in Kitty's hair were the product of a Saturday afternoon playtime. I was feeling rubbish (darned sore throat), Kitty was feeling bored and it was one of those times where it would have been easier to all just stay in our respective bubbles of fug and the afternoon to pass peacefully by.


Siblings in March


Kit and Oz are growing fast. Not so much physically as emotionally.

Kitty has her first residential overnight trip next week. It took much gentle encouragement to get her to even consider going so we're incredibly proud that our shy girl has decided to go. Ozzy is ever cheeky and polite, full pleases and thank you's. 

These two have cheekiness in abundance,  running in and mooning at the other at bedtime, leaving lego in my slippers to 'prank me' (yeah thanks for that). I've started doing both of these things back to them and you know what? It feels so good to be spontaneously childish!


Joining in once again with Siblings and my lovely co-hosts Lucy, Katie Carie, Keri-Anne and Amber



Siblings in February

We're on the brink of a big birthday here, Kitty is going to be turning 2 on Monday. Yes, you read that correctly, 2. Being a Leapling she loves that she has a 'special' birthday.

Both Kitty and Oz are growing fast, ever upwards if the ever increasing pairs of short trousers are anything to go by. It's been a time of change for us here and my working full time has had some impact on family life.

During half term I enrolled Kit and Oz in a local holiday Sports Club. I had mixed emotions over this, we've always spent the school holiday times together, out exploring and having adventures. Three days of the week they went to this club from 9-5pm and loved it, there were tears on the last day when Oz realised there was no more club until Easter. The other days we enjoyed together working to a 'family fun time in the morning, mummy working in the afternoons', or as I like to call it 'morning adventures that wears everyone out and movie afternoons'! The transition for all of us has been smooth and show's me just how much these two are growing and understanding things.

*set of four images above are 4K photographs taken with my Panasonic Lumix LX-100 camera