Blossom Turns Four!

Blossom Turns Four! | The Open Home

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.

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

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{April Gratitudes}

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For sunshine dates and ginormous cakes.
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For sweet smelling bunnies that add some whimsy to my washing line.
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For weekly nature walks and the many colours of spring.
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For a hope that is steadfast and certain.
April Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For adventures with Daddy and lessons from nature.
April Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For favourite places and pure imagination.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #38

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Dear Blossom, I love how you embrace your role as the big sister and helper of the home, always fetching and serving and playing mother hen. You may be older and wiser than your wee sister but she still knows how to lead you astray! Dear Bubbles, your cheeky antics both warm my heart and drive me crazy! You always know how to make us smile but just don’t seem to know when it’s time to stop. The toddler years make for some of the best memories and yet the hardest of days. Dearest Daughters, thank you for being quick to smile and quick to forgive.

What cheeky things do your children get up to?

 

{Ten on Ten} April 2017

Autumn has always been my favourite season, closely followed by Spring so I always find it such a shame when people treat these two seasons simply as transitions to Christmas and Summer.

There is so much beauty to be found in the Spring that I see no need to rush into Summer. Spring is best enjoyed slowly when you have the time to stop, listen, savour, and enjoy. I’m especially loving slow days like these with my girls.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
My puzzle loving girl.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Our current Morning Basket book collection.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
My letter writing girl.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Gifts from the garden from my eldest babe.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Accessorising with nature.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
The youngest busker in town.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Welcome back Wisteria.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Picnic lunch for the third day in a row.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Getting ready to send out party invitations… someone will soon be 4!
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Our self taught ballerina.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

March Gratitudes

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For moments like these and fun in my back garden.
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For the sweet evidence of life with little ones.
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For garden art and cousins to love.
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For the quiet confidence of my sweet girl.
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For fresh surprises and secret havens.
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For time to slow down and smell the (prim) roses!

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

What have you been thankful for this month?

{Daughter Diaries} #37

Daughter Diaries 37 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you really appreciate the beauty of life and I have a feeling that Spring may become your favourite season. You stop to listen to birdsong, collect fallen petals to pass on as gifts and find delight in each and every new bud. Your enthusiasm for life and nature is contagious! Dear Bubbles, I love that you can find your way round our secret garden without any direction, throw twigs in the pond for the fish to eat and take your shoes off in every cafe we visit. Your sweet ways warm my heart. Dearest Daughters, may you always find time to stop and smell the roses.

What is your favourite thing about Spring?

Outgoing in Winter

So Spring has pretty much sprung here in Guernsey and it’s time to share with you my outgoing mail over the winter months.

I had lots of fun using all the new craft materials I got for Christmas and even tried out some new booklet style pieces of mail, see what you think.

Here are the stats for my outgoing mail during winter: I have sent 27 postcards, 4 letters and 6 cards to a total of 15 countries.

*(Belarus, Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Taiwan, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Some simple rubber stamp art on it’s way to Canada.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Some Christmas thank yous using the ladybird book cover postcards I got for Christmas.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
More Christmas thank yous from my girls.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Belated birthday mail on it’s way to my friend in New Zealand.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The inside on my mail to New Zealand, my first attempt at a booklet style piece of mail.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The first of my flower fairy postcard, sent to my one and only postcard penpal in Latvia.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Can’t go wrong with these floral Guernsey stamps.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The Box Tree Fairy on it’s way to Germany.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Making use of my new stationery goodies for this piece of mail on it’s way to Germany.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
A sweet Valentines for a sweet little boy.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Another attempt at a booklet piece of mail on it’s way to the U.S.A just in time for Valentines Day.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The inside of my rainbow heart mail, making use of my new rubber stamps all the way from New Zealand.

Have you sent any happy mail lately?