{July Gratitudes}

For home hatched butterflies and an education for all ages.
For rights of passage and life with littles.
For my sweet little nature boy and a world full of wonder.
For the joys of motherhood in the midst of it all.
For summer fun and friendship across the ages.
For sibling story times and independence in education.

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 hot dates and passionfruit cake.
For sweet cheesy toes and the love of flowers.
For solitude and silence and these unknown inbetween years.
For crazy six year olds that like to see nature up close.
For one whole year with our king of the mountains.
For sweet reads and sweet treats.

These are some of 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}

Dear Daddy Man, at eight years old I may be feeling too old to give you a footprint picture for Father’s Day but I promise you this, I’ll never be too old for a cuddle with you because I’ll always, ALWAYS be a daddy’s girl. For Father’s Day I really wanted to get you a motorbike, but Mummy says we don’t have enough pennies – she also says you need to find a new dream – but I just want you to know that I’m routing for you and bagsie the first ride when you do get one. Hopefully the plant we got you will do instead, Mummy says you’re now of an age where you appreciate plants, I sure hope so, but that Mummy sure says a lot of things! Lots of love and snuggles from your motorbike loving big girl, Blossom xx

Dear Daddy, unlike Blossom I plan to give you a footprint picture for Father’s Day every year for the rest of my life! I know how much you love both my cheesy feet and my works of art and I sure love it when Mummy tickles my toes with a paintbrush! She really makes me squeal, I’m crazy like that! Speaking of crazy, I know I drive you crazy most nights by not going to bed in a quiet and orderly fashion but you see Daddy, I just don’t want to and you know how I hate doing things I don’t want to. You’ll be thankful for this head strong, feistiness when I hit the teenage years, I promise you. Aint nobody gonna mess with me, because I’m fierce and strong and can hold my own, just like you and mama! Lots of love and ballet twirls from your loud but graceful baby girl, Bubbles xx

Dear Da, one of my favourite things to do with you is play chase. The girls do their best but they don’t quite hold the same fear factor that you do. I never really know if you’ll actually eat me, Mum Mum is always saying I’m so scrumptious, so I guess it could happen but laughing and playing with you is worth the risk. You teach me to be brave and curious and to lean into adventure. I look forward to adventuring more with you when my legs get longer and stronger and I can finally keep up. Oh and by the way, speaking of Mum Mum – stay clear of my woman! I see you hugging her, but the Mummy Lady is mine, MINE! I tell you! So watch yourself, you know I can bite and I don’t want to use my 7 pearly whites on you but I will if I have to. You have been warned. Your sweet, scrumptious but bitey boy, Buzz xx

Dearest Husby, “this life goes by so damn fast it feels just like a blur of the places we just drove on past and the people that we were. I set cruise control on my soul for way too long, but like the pavement paves the road with strength our love it just stayed strong. And I look back on all the choices that we made, with so many exits off this highway. When the weight of the world can be a heavy load, I’ll stay with you, here on the road.” Words borrowed from our friend Ken especially from me to you. We’ve been on this road together for almost 19 years now and we’ve acquired a few cute hitchhikers along the way. Here’s to more lessons in love, hope and faith and many more adventures with you. Love always, Wifey xx

Happy Fathers Day!

Buzz Turns 1!

It’s my birthday!!

I weigh 24lbs.

I am 30 inches long.

I have 6 teeth.

I can wave, clap, point, crawl, furniture walk and high five!

I say row row, hi hi, mum mum and da (for dada)

I love music, dancing, flowers and trees, splashing in the bath, long walks, climbing on furniture, putting way too much food in my mouth, being chased by Daddy, morning snuggles with Mummy, outings with Granny and play time with my sisters.

My favourite toys are my board books, rainbow stacker, maracas and Pippin the donkey.

My favourite books are The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Night Night.

My favourite foods are berries, grapes, kiwi fruit, stir fry and macaroni cheese.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart, Mama loves you!

{May Gratitudes}

For family field trips and living history.
For the love of dalmatians and the sweet books that connect us.
For simple pleasures and tall daddies.
For more birthdays to celebrate and cakes that work out first time.
For gentle souls and eight whole years.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

Dalmatian Tea Party

Dalmatians have been popular in our house ever since we read The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith last year. A few of us would now love our very own dalmatian puppy so a dalmatian themed tea party was a perfect choice for our eldest’s 8th birthday.

It was a fun red, white and black colour theme complete with Cruella De Ville cupcakes and a simply yet effective spotty fondant birthday cake.

The oreo milkshakes proved to be a big hit and I’ll definitely make some more of these in the future. You can find the recipe I used {HERE} they really are a yummy treat.

Both the chalkboard and door sign were made by the birthday girl herself, making decorating much quicker and easier now I can outsource some of the tasks.

What breed of dog would you have?

Blossom Turns Eight!

I love reading books and telling stories, writing, drawing and journaling, playing with my sister, chasing my baby brother, baking cakes and eating cakes, play fighting with Daddy, singing and poetry, learning about history and nature, baby goats, bunny rabbits, sea turtles, Candie Gardens, cuddles, cuddles and more cuddles!

My favourite toys are my bunny Boo, my matchbox mouse Fred and my scooter.

My favourite books are Milly-Molly-MandyThe Adventures of the Little Wooden HorseThe Hundred and One Dalmatians, and The BFG.

My favourite movies are Kung Fu PandaArthur Christmas and the TinkerBell movies.

My favourite foods are macaroni cheese, toad in the hole, pizza and chips, Granny’s yorkshire puddings, strawberries and chocolate!

When I grow up I want to work with babies.


For more birthday posts about our sweet Blossom, click {HERE}.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.