{February Gratitudes}

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For family favourites and the first read of the year.
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For animal friends and access all areas.
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For Valentines treats and another year or me.
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For winter walks and gardeners that stop to talk.
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For small pockets of art and words to treasure.

 

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #64

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Dear Blossom, When starting out on our flexible learning lifestyle, teaching you to read was one of the things that daunted me the most. Many parents get to outsource this learning milestone but I was going to be solely responsible for you achieving it and I felt that weight. I’m pleased to say that you’re really doing beautifully with your reading. Are you at the same reading level as other children your age? I have no idea. But do you find beauty in books and have an eagerness to open and devour them? Yes, yes you do and that’s way more important, in my opinion. Dear Bubbles, I love that your favourite books are also, unknown to you, the same three books that your big sister selected from the bookshelf. Probably because you shared such joy together when discovering these literary beauties. Connecting through books is such a wonderful part of our homeschool life and definitely my favourite part of being the Mummy Teacher. I’ll never forget your sweet anticipation as the little wooden horse raced to find his owner, or the childish giggles that can be heard as you read about oompa loompas and enormous crocodiles with Daddy. Dearest Daughters, in the words of Ernest Hemingway, “there is no friend as loyal as a book.”

Whats your favourite children’s book?

 

{January Gratitudes}

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For another year, another decade and another stack of books.
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For homeschool magic and handmade toys.
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For the love of nature and the love of poetry and the combination of the two.
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For winter sun and winter fun.
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For pockets of creativity and evenings of self care.
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For beauty in all seasons.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #63

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Dear Blossom, your love of the arts is plain to see. Be it a landscape by Constable or a sculpture by Degas, a concerto by Mozart or a hymn that hits the soul, you appreciate it all, eager to soak in it’s richness and beauty. I love this about you and I love that such a simple element of our homeschool has such importance to your heart. Dear Bubbles, your little hands aren’t always able to execute your desired art, but when it comes to weaving it turns out that your eager hands are swift and able. Try to remember it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, there is a lot of joy and beauty to be found in the process. Dearest Daughters, may you continue to seek beauty in all it’s forms.

What beauty have you noticed lately?

 

Stone Age Tea Party

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Over the past school term Bubbles has really taken a liking to our stone age history studies, developing a deep love of mammoths in the process so for her 5th birthday tea party a stone age theme seemed like the perfect choice.

As always the decor included lots of items from around the house, including a selection of the girls beloved schleich animals, some simple balloons and a few sprigs of winter foliage.

This year I outsourced the chalkboard art to The Hubsy who did a great job creating some cave art.

Food wise, I made a simple sponge cake covered in white fondant icing to look like ice with Bubbles’ new mammoth toys as decoration. There were also some chocolate bonfire cupcakes made by the lovely Auntie Emily along with a few other savoury nibbles and berries.

Best of all Bubbles had a lot of fun playing with her cousins and went to bed a very happy little girl.

What was the last party you went to?

{December Gratitudes}

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For the last days of autumn and the joy of the outdoors.
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For advent mail and conversations that never end.
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For family fun and fabulous faces.
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For sweet family traditions and legacies that live on.
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For family fondue and memories in the making.
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For friends and family and simple festivities.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

Bubbles Turns Five!

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I love Jumpey and Bear, mammoths and hedgehogs, seals and sea animals, bears in general, fairies, Neverland, dancing like a ballerina, dressing up like a princess, poetry tea time, exploring nature, Candie Gardens, books, baking, painting, swimming, rolling in sand, getting messy, being loud, sending post, playing in the garden, snuggling on the sofa, being cheeky, giving kisses, and raucous belly laughs!

My favourite toys are my bear called Bear, toy animals, wooden train set, play kitchen, wooden rainbow and my matchbox mouse called Molly.

My favourite books are The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories and Bear & Mouse books.

My favourite movies are Peter Pan, Ice Age, Brother Bear and Arthur Christmas.

My favourite foods are potatoes, peas, quiche, pizza, more potatoes, chocolate brownie, strawberries and yoghurt.

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

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.