{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!

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.

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?

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.


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

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{Daughter Diaries} #69

Dear Blossom, when we started out on our home ed journey three years ago our purpose was to secure for you a quiet growing time (as Charlotte coined it) and our initial goal was to get you through the infant school years. Well, here we are at the start of the juniors, we reached our goal and we’re still learning from home together and with no intention of stopping. Thanks for being the guinea pig, my dear. I couldn’t be the Mummy Teacher without your patience, kindness and enthusiasm. Dear Bubbles, I believe 107 conkers from one haul is a personal best for us! Our secret conker tree is proving to be one of the best and we may need to create a Store Stump to stash our future hoards in. But tell me, how do you always find the last conker of the season? You really do have a knack for it you know. The conkering is definitely strong with you two and always makes for a wonderful start to our school year, Papa Bill would be so proud. Dearest Daughters, thank you for living in the moment and forgiving the little things. I learn so much from you.

How many conkers did you find this year?

{Daughter Diaries} #68

Dear Blossom, I love that my seven year old still plays with such carefree abandon and I’m so thankful for the space our homeschool can create for pure imagination and whimsy. Our recent Milly-Molly-Mandy walk in particular was incredibly sweet. Thanks for letting me join in your games and bring Mr Rudge along too, you know he’s my favourite. Dear Bubbles, or should I call you Susan? Whatever your name is, you my dear are a sweetheart! You are finding your voice and finding your place and I’m so proud of the progress you have made over your first “school” year. Dearest Daughters, I get to learn with you, grow with you and play with you on a daily basis. I really do love being your Mummy Teacher.

What sweet games are your children currently playing?