{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?

 

{Daughter Diaries} #63

Daughter Diaries #63 | The Open Home

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?

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.

{Daughter Diaries} #62

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Dear Blossom, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m delighted that you girls love autumn as much as I do and I love that you want to spend more time snuggling on the sofa and going for long walks with me. Quality time really is the best. Dear Bubbles, I want you to hear me loud and clear! “You are kind, you are smart and you are important.” You are also sweet and tender, wild and cheeky and I love all of you, ALL of you. Dearest Daughters, may my love for you fill your hearts and bless your souls.

Gotta love a golden ginkgo!

{Daughter Diaries} #61

Daughter Diaries #61 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, we’ve had a lot of fun over the last month as we’ve dipped our toe into studying history. I’m delighted that your grandmother’s love of history that was passed on to me now seems to be passing on to you too and that together we’re able to answer tough questions and explore interesting eras. Keep cheering for the under dog, my sweet, there is always someone out there who needs to be given a voice. Dear Bubbles, or should I call you Wriggly-Bottom? Our Stone Age studies are really coming to life for us at the moment and I too wish we could have seen a real life woolly mammoth. I am however grateful that we don’t have to live in cave, despite how much fun you and Rumbly-Tum seem to think that would be! Plus I think our dietary requirements may have proved to be a bit of an issue during the Stone Age, not so much for Hairy-Legs, he would have loved all the free-range, organic meat. Dearest Daughters, thanks for including me in your games, Freckle-Face loves you.

What would your Cave Man name be?

 

{Daughter Diaries} #60

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Dear Blossom, in a few days time I will be traveling to the other side of the planet and to say that this thought doesn’t fill my mamas heart with a little anxiety would be a lie – hence all the cleaning! I would be much obliged if you could water the tomato plant whilst I’m gone, remind Daddy to put out the recycling on Sunday evening and oh! please try not to lose your first tooth! I know you’re ever so eager to have a gappy smile but I on the other hand am in no rush for you to grow up and would be somewhat sad to miss out on such a momentous milestone. Dear Bubbles, you teach some great life lessons. One being that if you see a dandy-puff at the side of the path then you should stop to blow it no matter how late for a coffee date you may be. Thanks for reminding me to walk a slower pace in life, to savour the everyday ordinary moments, to not sweat the small stuff and to find beauty amongst the weeds. Dearest Daughters, may you find pleasure in walking slowly through life, finding joy in all circumstances and beauty in unlikely places.

When was the last time you stopped to blow a dandy-puff?