{Daughter Diaries} #45

Daughter Diaries 45 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, January is proving to be a cold and blustery kind of month, but whilst others are hibernating indoors away from the elements you are eager to continue exploring nature together, “just us!” I love you enthusiasm for learning, your wonder of nature and especially your need to refuel with hot chocolate. A girl after my own heart that’s for sure! Dear Bubbles, I’m afraid age comes to us all. You were reluctant to turn three last month, but now that the shock and denial is wearing off you appear to be embracing your new age with real gusto. Being three is not all that bad after all, you finally get to go to play school, will soon start swimming lessons with Daddy and can now also watch The Jungle Book! Wow, you must be a big girl. Dearest Daughters, may this year bring you lots of adventures and many happy memories.

What’s your favourite Disney Film? Our girls have only seen 5, but The Aristocats is a favourite around here.

Paddington Bear Tea Party

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Somewhere in the the middle of the year we acquired some sweet Paddington Bear books. The illustrations by R.W. Alley were so sweet that we couldn’t help but fall in love with the sweet Peruvian bear, so a Paddington Bear theme it had to be for Bubbles’ 3rd Birthday party.

The invitations were simple luggage labels a nod to the label worn by Paddington himself on his long journey from darkest Peru. I then opted for a London packed theme with lots of red, white and blue, complete with iconic buses, black cabs and train station vibes.

As my girls LOVE chocolate cake, I usually opt for a simple chocolate fudge cake for their birthday cakes, but I couldn’t resist making a “Marmalade Sandwich”, which is of course is Paddington Bear’s all time favourite food. I also found inspiration for this cake on Pinterest, but instead used my Granny Doreen’s sponge cake recipe as it’s always a winner. The cake was basically a square Victoria sponge, with the top cut off to make it look like a sandwich. It was then lathered with cream and orange curd instead of the usual strawberry jam and it was very yummy, if I do say so myself!

What was the last party you went to?

{December Gratitudes}

Gratitudes December 2017 | The Open Home
For joy, unspeakable joy, rises in my soul, never lets me go.
Gratitudes December 2017 | The Open Home
For the sweet anticipation of Christmas.
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For homemade favourites and the smell of Christmas.
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For family learning and hands on grannies.
Gratitudes December 2017 | The Open Home
For robins and sparrows and blue tits and black birds and all the regular visitors to our garden.
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For sweet souls, cheeky laughs and the joy of raising girls.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

Bubbles Turns Three!

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I love singing sweetly, prancing in my tutu, dressing up like a tiger cub, birdwatching, plane spotting, star gazing, binge reading, Peter Rabbit, Pooh Bear, Paddington Bear, bears in general, hide and seek with Daddy, cuddles with Mummy, gardening, tea parties, making dens with my big sister, nature walks through Candie Gardens, playing in Saumarez “Samuel” Park, stomping through leaves, splashing in puddles, rock pooling, collecting the post, being cheeky, giving kisses, and raucous belly laughs!

My favourite toys are my bear called Bear, toy animals, tiger dressing up clothes, and my dolls, Matilda and Ingrid.

My favourite books are The Dolls House Fairy, Bear & Mouse books, Beatrix Potter’s Tales and Paddington Bear.

My favourite foods are potatoes, sweet corn, baked beans, more potatoes, broccoli and chocolate cake!

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

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{Daughter Diaries} #44

Daughter Diaries 44 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, at 4 years old you have yet to ask for anything for Christmas, the possibility of simply getting presents seems to be exciting enough for you. Just for the record you girls will be getting some gifts, but not because you’re less naughty than nice – we’re not keeping a list, nor checking it twice! – but because we love you just as you are. Dear Bubbles, waiting can be hard, especially when you’re waiting for your Daddy Man to finish work and come watch Christmas movies. Mummy Lady may be your “Best” when it comes to cuddles and comfort, but Daddy is clearly way more fun. Dearest Daughters, may your days be merry and bright, even if your Christmas is not very white.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? Ours is Arthur Christmas.

{Autumn Nature Study}

Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home

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

A big part of my girls education involves time outdoors and nature study. We love this aspect of our learning lifestyle as it’s something that all the family gets involved with.

We use Exploring Nature with Children as a guide both at home and with our weekly Nature Explorers group.

This term we’ve taken a closer look at autumn leaves, fungus, moss and lichen and we even picked out our very own tree to study throughout the academic year.

Here are some of the snap shots:

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Conkering is still our favourite autumn activity.
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Mild autumns call for lunch outdoors.
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One of favourite parks for nature walks.
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A Japanese Maple fairy inspired by the wonderful works of Cecily Mary Barker.
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Autumn Tree Study. Blossom picked this beauty…
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… and mama picked this one.
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Collecting leaves to paint and print.
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This moss and lichen covered tree kept us enthralled for a while.
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The girls are now very apt and spotting even the tiniest of mushrooms!
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Impressive fungi we discovered on a recent nature walk.
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PE the homeschool way with wellies on our feet and the wind in our hair.
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Leaf confetti never gets old.
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Our favourite nature treasures remain on display for further exploration.
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Nature journaling goes hand-in-hand with nature study.
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Getting creative with nature.

What do you enjoy most about nature in the Autumn?

{November Gratitudes}

Gratitudes November 2017 | The Open Home
For autumn’s delights and blessings in abundance.
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For brave little girls and that first big swing.
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For yellow leaf roads.
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For rich inner worlds and unlimited imaginations.
Gratitudes November 2017 | The Open Home
For words of affirmation and letters that close the distance.

 

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

What have you been thankful for lately?