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!

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

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{Daughter Diaries} #34

Daughter Diaries 34 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, warning… life doesn’t always go to plan, your most recent haircut being the case in point. Almost three inches later and following a few tears (on my part) you’re still as cute as a button and sweet as a lollipop. It really is what’s inside that matters but puffy tutu skirts do help. Dear Bubbles, your birthday next week will see you leaving the sweet toddle of your baby days behind you and trudging full gusto into your terrible tremendous twos. Your cheeky ways continue to keep us on our toes, your incredible cuteness constantly blows us away and your love for your big sister melts my heart. Dearest Daughters, we laugh more and love more with you in our lives, may you always know how deeply you are cherished.

Hands up whose received a hair cut they later regretted? (The year was 2006…)

 

Outgoing in Autumn

It’s officially the last few days of Autumn with Winter taking over on the seasonal reigns on December 21st.

I sure love my snail mail but admit I have scaled things down a little this autumn, partly because of new weekly rhythms and partly because I’ve intentionally scaled back on my Postcrossing so as to save some time, energy and pennies for other things.

So rather than post my outgoing mail shots on a monthly basis, I think I’ll share these with you more seasonally.

Here are my stats from my outgoing mail during autumn: I have sent 47 postcards, 3 letters, 14 cards and 1 parcel to a total of 21 countries.

*(Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing in October 2016 | The Open Home
Mail with a soft vintage vibe off to my college friend in the UK.
Outgoing in Autumn 2016 | The Open Home
A gorgeous vintage postcard sent to my one and only postcard penpal in Latvia.
Outgoing in Autumn | The Open Home
Festive Belle & Boo postcards for my 8 penpals around the globe.
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Some simple hand lettering to welcome the new baby.
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The stash of Christmas cards going all over the globe.
Outgoing in Autumn | The Open Home
Christmas care package going south.
Outgoing in Autumn | The Open Home
One final piece of snail mail for the year before I take a break over Christmas.

 

Have you received any happy mail lately?

{November Gratitudes}

Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For favourites trees and dirty knees.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For tartan hand me downs and the peepo princess.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For autumn sun and the freedom to grow.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For heirloom treasures to pass on to my daughters.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For outdoor art sessions and our budding artist.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For welly boots and pom pom hats, fashion at it’s best.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For cousin dates and family portraits.

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

What have you been thankful for this month?

{Daughter Diaries} #33

Daughter Diaries #33 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, how you manage to be such a fashionista I’ll never know.  Whilst Mummy rolls out of the house in her usual ensemble of scraped back hair, bubble ridden cardi and overly worn jeans your trademark winter shorts and classic style brings coos from strangers and leave Mummy feeling she really must make more of an effort. Dear Bubbles, not one to be left out you rock your own unique style that involves safety pins and over sized skirts. Mummy may be thrifty but you my dear, are oh so cute! Dearest Daughters, may you always remember that life is a precious gift. Every day deserves to be celebrated in your Sunday best.

Am I the only Mummy that looks like a slob in comparison to my immaculately dressed kids?

{October Gratitudes}

October Gratitudes 2016 | The Open Home
For my big girl, quietly confident and at home in the woods.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For little boots, new discoveries and the wonders of autumn.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For friendship through the ages and a new life to celebrate.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For small hands and full hearts.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For trying new things and letting the creative juices flow.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For a carpet of leaves and the freedom of these early years.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For my favourite month, come and gone and the countless blessings of autumn.

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

What have you been thankful for this month?

Daughter Diaries #32

Daughter Diaries 32 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, being the big sister is a big responsibility for such little shoulders to bare and you do it with such enthusiasm and grace. Thank you for trying to keep your sister on the straight and narrow, you are incredibly conscientious (if sometimes a bit bossy) just like your Mama! Dear Bubbles, watching you in your big sister’s old clothes really does make my heart melt. I thought I was blessed to have one daughter but now that I have two, I know that my cup is truly overflowing. Dearest Daughters, may your hands and hearts always be this close.

Anyone else gonna admit to being a bit bossy?