{Dear Husby} 11 Years and Counting…

Dear Husby 11 Years & Counting | The Open Home

Dear Husby,

Eleven years have come and gone and life has changed so much along the way. Our family has doubled in size, various homes have come and gone and our careers and dreams have evolved along with us.

We’re very different people and a very different couple to the one that got married all those years ago. Many view change within marriage to be a bad thing, but it is in fact simply inevitable.  The important thing is that through it all, the good, the bad, the new and exciting, the same and mundane, the fears and frustrations, the surprises and the joys, we stick together and as we grow and change as individuals, we change together.

May we continue to walk through life together, growing and evolving as we dare to dream and strive to be the best that we can be.

Thank you for believing in me, but most of all thank you for believing in us. For believing that together we’re stronger and that together we really can do anything we put our hearts and minds to.

All of my heart…

… these eleven years and counting,

Wifey xx

Happy 11th Wedding Anniversary!

{Dear Daddy}

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Dear Daddy Man, I love you sooooooooo much! You really are the man! The man that picks me up when I fall, fills my life with laughter and helps me to be my best. You are my encourager and my hero, I find courage because of you. Thank you for always having time to build the elaborate train tracks, for helping me scale the trunks in the Deep Dark Wood and for dating me with such charm and creativity. Lots of love and cheek bruising smooches from, Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, now I know we don’t always see eye to eye but that is because you have boring grown up logic and I am in fact a crazy toddler. I happen to enjoy licking my sandy feet, flinging my nappies at inappropriate times and having my book pile just so. Thank you for embracing my little quirks and putting up with my inner diva. I love you more than Candie Gardens and chocolate brownies. Lots of love and Gruffalo snuggles from, Bubbles xx

Dear Husby, you are patient and you are kind. You are generous and you are humble. You are brave and you are strong. You take care of your ladies so very well and I love you for it. All of my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Father’s Day!

Beatrix Potter Tea Party


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Over the past year Blossom and I have worked our way through The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter, so for her 4th birthday celebration I tried to bring the world of Peter Rabbit to life a little. Mr McGregor’s garden was my inspiration and my favourite touch was the carrots in the floral arrangements!

I do love a good theme, but according to Blossom all parties should have 3 key things: Balloons, fresh flowers and of course, chocolate cake!

My chocolate cake wasn’t quite as perfect as a recovering perfectionist would hope, but Blossom told me at bedtime that the chocolate cake was her favourite part of the party. (Cue swooning Mama!)

What was the last party you went to?

Blossom Turns Four!

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I love singing, pretend play, dressing up with my sister, hide and seek with Daddy, plane spotting, vintage cars, nature walks, bird watching, Candie Gardens, picnics, tea parties, chocolate cake, going to the library, visits to Nan’s farmcollecting the post, writing, drawing, painting, play school, daughter dates, giving big smooches, washing dishes and story time with Mummy.

My favourite toys are my bunny Boo, my cuddly Pooh Bear, my dolls, toy animals, play kitchen and wooden train set.

My favourite books are The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter, The Complete Collection of Winnie the PoohAlfie books, The Babar Collection and The Children of God’s Story Book Bible.

My favourite foods are bananas, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cheesy pasta, chips, Granny’s Yorkshire puddings, welsh cakes, chocolate lollies and of course, chocolate cake!

When I grow up I want to be a Granny.


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

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

30 Things in my 30’s

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Last week I turned the big 3-0 and to embrace this next decade I decided to make a list of 30 things I would like to do in my 30’s. Some are big life goals, the things I dream about and others are simply fun or grown up things I’ve been meaning to get round to. In no particular order…

  1. Get a good camera and learn how to use it!
  2. Go on a flower arranging course
  3. Learn to embroider
  4. Learn calligraphy
  5. Open an Etsy shop
  6. Start a letter writers group in Guernsey
  7. Make a patchwork quilt for each of my girls
  8. Get a pet (maybe a rabbit?)
  9. Try kayaking
  10. Start a veggie patch
  11. Climb a mountain
  12. Make a Will
  13. Become a blood donor
  14. Sign up to be an organ donor
  15. Get fit! (aka. get back to pre-pregnancy weight)
  16. Donate my wedding dress to charity
  17. Walk the entire cliffs of Guernsey (in stages)
  18. Read all of Agatha Christie’s Poirot
  19. Read the Anne of Green Gables series
  20. Read the Little House on the Prairie series
  21. Go to 10 new (to me) restaurants on the island
  22. Go to a West End Show in London
  23. Go on a weekend away with some gal pals
  24. Take my girls to the Lake District
  25. Visit Keighley in Yorkshire (where my Gran was evacuated to during WW2)
  26. Visit friends in Australia & New Zealand
  27. Visit an Asian country
  28. Visit 5 new to me countries
  29. Grow our family through adoption
  30. Celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in style!

What goals do you have on your list?

Woodland Bear Party

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We ended the year with a little bear themed tea party in honour of our sweet Bubbles turning two. She adores all bears but our inspiration was taken from her beloved brown snuggly Bear that she totes around the house with her.

I kept things simple, making use of lots of home decor items I already had on hand, bought some winter foliage, gathered a few pinecones and made some of my favourite home made goodies; snickerdoodles and chocolate fudge cake. The M&D doughnuts were also a big hit!

As always I was pretty rubbish at taking photos during the party, too busy chatting, eating cake and helping Bubbles open her birthday gifts, but it was a fun time with family and as always the girls loved playing with their cousins.

What was the last party you went to?

Bubbles Turns Two!

Bubbles Turns Two! | The Open Home

I love bears, bath time, snuggles with Mummy, collecting the post, binge reading, hide and seek with Daddy, gardening, emptying the dishwasher, outings with  Uncle Jojo, my blue handbag, hair clips, tea parties, playing dress up, dancing with my big sister, running through leaves, picnics, outdoor adventures, plane spotting, birdwatching, goats, the moon, being cheeky, giving kisses and raucous belly laughs!

My favourite phrases include “me too!”, “me come!”, “Mama’s baby”, “my wifey chops!”, “me like that!”, “blue car/door/bag…”,”more books”, “read me” and “Jojo Jojo Jojo.”

My favourite toys are my bear called Bear, my dolls, toy animals, wooden puzzles and play kitchen.

My favourite books are Cave Baby, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Scarecrows Wedding, The Baby’s Catalogue and Alfie books.

My favourite foods are bananas, raspberries, yoghurt, potatoes, sweet corn, baked beans, more potatoes, pink french fancies and of course, chocolate cake!


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

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.