{April Gratitudes}

Gratitudes April 2018 | The Open Home
For the world of snail mail and geek girl weekends away.
Gratitudes April 2018 | The Open Home
For favourites spots and friends to forage with.
Gratitudes April 2018 | The Open Home
For the flexibility and freedom to wander and roam.
Gratitudes April 2018 | The Open Home
For bunny socks and dolly tops, the simple things that bring joy.
Gratitudes April 2018 | The Open Home
For life by the sea.

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} #47

Daughter Diaries 47 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you recently asked me what my best thing to do is and this right here is it. Living, loving and learning with you girls. Sweet and spontaneous days like this always make up for the tough and the trying days in between. Dear Bubbles, today we laughed and today we cried as your toddler tantrums continue to stretch us both to our limits. But amongst the lows there are also the highs and today I choose to remember the story time snuggles, the early morning giggles and your eager green fingers. Dearest Daughters, may you hold on to the good and let go of the bad, because life is sweetest when it is savoured.

What are some of your favourite childhood memories?

 

{Update} 30 Things in my 30’s

30 Things in my Thirties Update 1 | The Open Home

So I’m one year into my thirties now so how am I doing on the old 30 Things in my 30’s list? Well, not too bad really. Here is an update on where I’m at.

Completed…

1. Start a letter writers group in Guernsey – The Guernsey Letter Writers Society was established in September 2017

2. Become a blood donor – I wasn’t actually able to become a blood donor so signed up for the Anthony Nolan Trust instead.

3. Sign up to be an organ donor

4. Go to a West End Show in London – I saw Aladdin in June 2017 and I’m actually seeing Wicked this weekend!

30 Things in my Thirties Update 1 | The Open Home

In Progress…

5. Learn calligraphy – still practicing!

6. Get fit (aka. get back to pre-pregnancy weight) – Currently 16lbs down and still going.

7. Go to 10 new (to me) restaurants on the island – 3 Down. 7 to Go. (So far ticked off Copenhagen, The Rockmount & Buho)

8. Go on a weekend away with a gal pal – London trip scheduled for this weekend!

9. Take my girls to the Lake District – Family holiday planned for Autumn 2019.

10. Take my girls to the other Channel Islands1 Down. 4 to Go. (So far ticked off Herm)

30 Things in my Thirties Update 1 | The Open Home

Not Yet…

12. Get a good camera and learn how to use it!

13. Go on a flower arranging course

14. Learn to embroider

15. Open an Etsy shop

16. Make a patchwork quilt for each of my girls

17. Get a pet (most likely a rabbit)

18. Go kayaking

19. Start a veggie patch

20. Climb a mountain

21. Make a Will

22. Donate my wedding dress to charity

23. Walk the entire cliffs of Guernsey (in stages)

24. Read all of Agatha Christie’s Poirot

25. Go to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

26. Visit Keighley in Yorkshire (where my Gran was evacuated to during WW2)

27. Visit friends in New Zealand

28. Visit an Asian country

29. Grow our family through adoption

30. Celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in style!

 

What things do you have on your bucket list?

{March Gratitudes}

Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For family firsts a snow that sticks.
Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For new connections and hobbies that give life.
Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For dates with this one and effortless style.
Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For surprise incoming and creativity that is contagious.
March Gratitudes 2018 | The Open Home
For love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

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 lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #46

Daughter Diaries 46 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, so far you’re making my job as a home educator much easier. You’re eager to learn, quick to help out and basically teaching yourself to read and write – thanks for that! You’re a joy to be around sweetheart and I’m pleased we get to spend our days together, I shall treasure these early years of no pressure learning forever. Dear Bubbles, you sure had us worried for a minute there. Hospital stays with your three year old are never fun, especially when nasty tubes are involved. It did the trick though and 24 hours later you were home and smiling and delighted to be back with your big sister. So thankful to have my noisy, cheeky and contrary little limpet back, even if you do drive me crazy sometimes! Dearest Daughters, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, I will always be right there (probably getting no sleep and a crick in my neck, but I’ll still be right there, because it’s what we mother’s do!).

Anyone else ready for the winter coughs, colds and bugs to be over and done with?

 

{Winter Nature Study}

Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

Each week we kickstart our homeschool week with Nature Explorers on a Monday morning and it’s always one of the highlights of our week. As a group we’re using Exploring Nature with Children as a guide and I also use this curriculum at home to inspire my library withdrawals and craft activities.

This term we’ve braved the cold winds on our nature walks, we’ve got our hands dirty as we dug for worms and we’ve got technical as we measured the age of trees. We took a closer look at the winter sky and moon and also revisited the tree we chose back in autumn.

We even started a Calendar of Firsts and a Phenology Wheel in our nature journals and ended the season with a rare Guernsey snow day!

Here are some of the snap shots:

Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Watching the sea foam frolic in the wild winter wind!
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Rock pooling in the winter is a favourite nature activity of ours.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Dramatic winter skies are best observed down on the beach.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Winter pond study with early daffodils at Silbe Nature Reserve.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Trudging through the beautifully muddy St. Peters countryside.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Mother-Daughter nature journaling in action.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
The first sign of Spring, Candlemas Bells, more commonly known as Snowdrops.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
First snow day!

What do you enjoy most about nature in the Winter?

{February Gratitudes}

Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For memories in the making and my last look back.
Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For island life and exploring up close.
Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For the end of an era and a hope for the future.
Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For the wind in your hair and the thrill of life.
Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For slow starts and my sweet little yogis.
Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For quality time and the Spring before the snow.

 

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

What have you been thankful for lately?