{August Gratitudes}

For baby love and bedtime hugs.
For my little shield maidens who are fierce and brave and strong.
For summer milestones and finally being on top.
For the power of play and the freedom of childhood.
For motherhood and the friends that capture the moments that shouldn’t be missed.
For another year in the books and the memories that are woven within them.
For sleep, precious sleep.

 

These are some of the inserts from our gratitude journal during August, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #68

Dear Blossom, I love that my seven year old still plays with such carefree abandon and I’m so thankful for the space our homeschool can create for pure imagination and whimsy. Our recent Milly-Molly-Mandy walk in particular was incredibly sweet. Thanks for letting me join in your games and bring Mr Rudge along too, you know he’s my favourite. Dear Bubbles, or should I call you Susan? Whatever your name is, you my dear are a sweetheart! You are finding your voice and finding your place and I’m so proud of the progress you have made over your first “school” year. Dearest Daughters, I get to learn with you, grow with you and play with you on a daily basis. I really do love being your Mummy Teacher.

What sweet games are your children currently playing?

{July Gratitudes}

Gratitudes July 2020 | The Open Home
For 8 precious weeks with our sweet boy.
For books of the month and a surprise morning of school.
For morning snuggles with my boy.
For spotty dogs and firm family favourites.
For Milly-Molly-Mandy and Little-Friend-Susan and a childhood full of whimsy and play.
For dates with my daughter and love tanks that are full.

These are some of the inserts from our gratitude journal during July, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{June Gratitudes}

For our sweet new addition.
For island life and the freedom to roam again.
For the paradox of the baby years and life with a view.
For open hearts and a welcoming spirit.
For sisterly love and brotherly bonds.
For cloth bottomed babes and the joy on my washing line.

 

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during June, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Dear Daddy}

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Dear Daddy Man, I crowned you with this title half a decade ago now and it sure looks set to stay. You know, there are many men out there who are fathers and many more who are also dads, but there will only ever be one Daddy Man like you. You are my first love, my role model, the man I look up to, the man that sets the bar high for all men. Thank you for always having time for me, for inviting me into your quiet space to ponder life and for knowing just how to make me laugh when I’m really trying hard not to!  Lots of love and zoidbergs from your daddy’s girl, Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, you are my best Daddy! Did you know that? I know I tell you often but today on Father’s Day I just wanted to make sure you really, really knew it. The reason you’re my best Daddy is that although we don’t always see eye to eye, you love me deeply and always know how to make me smile again. Plus you like to go on expeditions, just like me! Sea swimming, bat hunting, sunrise watching and you’re even up for Siberia! Not everyone would be keen on traveling to the coldest city in the world with me just to search for long lost mammoths, but you are and that means a lot. Lots of love and fist pumps from your feisty girl, Bubbles xx

Dear Not Mum, after the initial disappointment that you don’t have fully functioning mammary glands like the Mummy Lady I’ve decided we can in fact still make this father son relationship work. After all, I do appreciate how you jump every time I call and how hard you try to make me smile no matter how much you have to degrade yourself. You are proving to be a loyal and hardworking subject. If only you could learn to speak baby and then I wouldn’t have to tell you three times over that I need my nappy changed, but then I guess it’s not your fault that your brain has shrunk to the size of a puny adult. Oh and thanks for helping me with my wind, we wouldn’t want to offend the ladies of the house with such manly things, it’s good to know you’ve got my back. Your son, Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All (also known as Buzz). 

Dearest Husby, what a difference a year makes!? Last Father’s Day you were truly outnumbered by your ladies and this year you have another wee man fighting in your corner. I wonder what future Father’s Days will bring? Love, love, love, love, love, love! All of my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Fathers Day!

Sweet Shop Party

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Blossom turned seven a month ago today and one of the things that she currently wants to be when she grows up is a sweet shop owner. So we decided to make her dream come true a little early with a sweet shop themed birthday tea party, but then had to put everything on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic and our island being in lockdown.

We didn’t think we’d be able to do the tea party until the end of summer at the earliest but thankfully the situation in Guernsey has improved much more quickly than expected and we were delighted to be able to hold Blossom’s belated tea party in her actual birthday month and before her new baby sibling arrives in June.

We didn’t have long to prepare but thankfully Blossom is easily pleased with fresh flowers and homemade cake and she loved playing sweet shop, dishing out sweets to her guests as they left.

It was a fun afternoon and a lovely reason to gather together after two long months of lockdown.

What was the last party you went to?