{November Gratitudes}

Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For favourites trees and dirty knees.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For tartan hand me downs and the peepo princess.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For autumn sun and the freedom to grow.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For heirloom treasures to pass on to my daughters.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For outdoor art sessions and our budding artist.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For welly boots and pom pom hats, fashion at it’s best.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For cousin dates and family portraits.

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

What have you been thankful for this month?

{Daughter Diaries} #33

Daughter Diaries #33 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, how you manage to be such a fashionista I’ll never know.  Whilst Mummy rolls out of the house in her usual ensemble of scraped back hair, bubble ridden cardi and overly worn jeans your trademark winter shorts and classic style brings coos from strangers and leave Mummy feeling she really must make more of an effort. Dear Bubbles, not one to be left out you rock your own unique style that involves safety pins and over sized skirts. Mummy may be thrifty but you my dear, are oh so cute! Dearest Daughters, may you always remember that life is a precious gift. Every day deserves to be celebrated in your Sunday best.

Am I the only Mummy that looks like a slob in comparison to my immaculately dressed kids?

{October Gratitudes}

October Gratitudes 2016 | The Open Home
For my big girl, quietly confident and at home in the woods.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For little boots, new discoveries and the wonders of autumn.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For friendship through the ages and a new life to celebrate.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For small hands and full hearts.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For trying new things and letting the creative juices flow.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For a carpet of leaves and the freedom of these early years.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For my favourite month, come and gone and the countless blessings of autumn.

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

What have you been thankful for this month?

Daughter Diaries #32

Daughter Diaries 32 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, being the big sister is a big responsibility for such little shoulders to bare and you do it with such enthusiasm and grace. Thank you for trying to keep your sister on the straight and narrow, you are incredibly conscientious (if sometimes a bit bossy) just like your Mama! Dear Bubbles, watching you in your big sister’s old clothes really does make my heart melt. I thought I was blessed to have one daughter but now that I have two, I know that my cup is truly overflowing. Dearest Daughters, may your hands and hearts always be this close.

Anyone else gonna admit to being a bit bossy?

{Ten on Ten} October 2016

I’m late getting my photos up as usual but my excuse is that I have two preschoolers to chase after so life is busy! Bubbles was full of a horrid cold on the weekend but is slowly perking up thanks to lots of time nestled at home and some fresh autumnal air.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Work and play in our garden.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Someone discovered their early birthday present!
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Autumn decorating in progress.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
To climb or not to climb that is the question!?
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Big sister, little sister.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Learning shapes the fun way.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Dinner time (the pretend one).
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
The fridge art gallery.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Go for it! My pep talk.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

Snapshots of Riga

 

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For our 10th wedding anniversary we decided to go on a short city break to Riga in Latvia. Having visited many European cities we wanted to go somewhere new to us, not too hot and preferably somewhere with an old town and Riga fit the bill perfectly.

I was both nervous and excited about this trip. Nervous because it was the first time we were leaving the girls with their grandparents for the weekend and excited because I hadn’t been off the island in 2 years, not since our trip to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands in 2014.

Well the girls were practically angels for their grandparents and Riga did not disappoint! It turned out to be the perfect choice for a charming weekend getaway filled with cobbled streets, medieval buildings and pretty autumnal gardens. My favourite city moment was strolling hand in hand through the many central parks that Riga has to offer, it’s a wonderfully chilled city and incredibly family friendly.

Latvian culture really intrigues me and I definitely want to return and explore this country more fully, next time with my kiddies.

Have you visited any of the Baltic States?

{September Gratitudes}

Gratitudes September 2016 | The Open Home
For the last days of summer and the therapy of nature.
Gratitudes September 2016 | The Open Home
For steeple views and “sky wooshes”.
Gratitudes September 2016 | The Open Home
For organised caddies and father-daughter activities.
Gratitudes September 2016 | The Open Home
For 10 whole years, rooms with a view and finally getting off the Rock.
Gratitudes September 2016 | The Open Home
For wellie boot adventures and the bravery of toddlers.
Gratitudes September 2016 | The Open Home
For reluctant family portraits but memories nonetheless.

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

What have you been thankful for this month?