{January Gratitudes}

For fresh air and freedom and glorious winter sunshine.
For a life of adventures, both big and small.
For song and for dance and the opportunity to try new things.
For first teeth and first claps and little boys that now can sit.
For sibling love and play across the ages.
For the highs and lows of lockdown life and everything they may teach us.
For dreams that come true and the dreams that are yet to be.

 

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

Willy Wonka Tea Party

 

Both the girls love Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so they girls were ecstatic when I suggested it for the theme of Bubble’s 6th birthday party. They made me a list of all the sweets from the book that they wanted at the party and I did my best to fulfil the order.

We had everlasting gobstoppers, square sweets that look round, snozzberries, golden eggs, hair toffee and even chocolate river milk and fizzy lifting drinks!

The cake turned out pretty well too and was based on the infamous chocolate room inside Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, complete with chocolate river.

Party planning was all the easier this year too now that big sister is old enough and capable enough to outsource lots of the crafting to. She took care of all the food labels and door signs with her beautiful handwriting and attention to detail. I think they turned out really well.

Best of all Bubbles seemed to enjoy herself. She ate way too many sweets, drank way too much chocolate milk and had a lot of fun playing with her cousins.

What was the last party you went to?

{December Gratitudes}

For family traditions and a life on the move.
For hard work and dedication and a life full of learning.
For growing girls and first performances.
For winter sun and a world of make believe.
For home made birthdays and 6 years of life.
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For 6 sweet years and the blessing of babies.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

Bubbles Turns Six!

I love Jumpey and Bear, mammoths and all things Stone Age, learning about history, exploring nature, bears and dalmatians, ballet and poetry, dressing up like a princess, books and baking, drinking hot chocolate, painting and scooting, collecting conkers and shells, being noisy, laughing raucously, sending and receiving postcards, using lots of stickers, movie snuggles with Daddy, giving kisses, sharing my chocolates and read alouds with Mummy.

My favourite toys are my bear called Bear, toy animals, wooden train set and dressing up clothes.

My favourite books are The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, the All-of-a-Kind Family series, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

My favourite movies are Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians and Arthur Christmas.

My favourite foods are roast potatoes, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes and chips, chocolate brownies, chocolate milkshake, chocolate ice-cream and chocolate! (Quiche, pizza and yoghurt too).

When I grow up I want to be an archaeologist.

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

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{Wild Challenge} Trees, Leaves & Seeds

Autumn seemed like the perfect time to tick off the Trees, Leaves & Seeds activity from the RSPB Wild Challenge as hunting for autumn leaves and seeds is a family favourite which we do every year.

We kicked things off in early autumn by collecting conkers and as the season progressed we found acorns, beech nuts, chestnuts and sycamore seeds too. All of which got recorded in their nature journals and put on display in our home.

We also collected leaves, identified them with our tree guides and then got crafty with them!

And then to finish things off we each picked out a tree in the park to return to and study throughout the year so as to record the seasonal changes.

Here is the photo evidence:

Have you been enjoying all the autumn leaves and seeds?

{November Gratitudes}

For rosy cheeks and happy babes.

For cosy cardis and a carpet of leaves.

For family traditions and firsts for the Boy.

For autumn glory and the magic of fairies.

For quality time and my favourite boys.

For the “Hundred Acre Wood” and the joy of an autumn staycations.

For the glorious ginkgo and my gorgeous wee babes.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Wild Challenge} Wild Camp Out!

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The girls completed another experience nature activity as part of their RSPB Wild Challenge. We actually did this one back in the summer, I’m just slow getting up on the blog!

We decided to have a wild camp out in our very own back garden, setting up camp in the afternoon, enjoying a barbecue together in the evening, followed by s’mores and a few camp fire stories as the sun set and then a spot of bat watching.

It was a real hit!

Unfortunately the girls missed the one and only bat I saw before having to go to sleep as they were quickly fading, but we promised to take them on another bat (and owl) hunt on another night.

Here is the photo evidence:

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When was the last time you went camping?