{Dear Daddy}


Dear Daddy Man, it must be hard to live with so many girls. We jibber and jabber and giggle and squabble all the live long day, especially that Mummy Lady she jabbers the most of all! Thanks for listening though I love sharing my heart with you. I like sharing adventures with you too. Expeditions round the island, scaling ginormous log piles, trying new sports, I enjoy them all when I do them with you, even the hikes in the rain! Thanks for encouraging me to try new things, to push my limits and to be braver than I first believed. Lots of love, backwards hugs and dinner time snuggles from your biggest little girl, Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, can you believe how big I’m getting? So big in fact that I managed to keep all the Father’s Day secrets quiet this year! I particularly hope you enjoy the cheesy footwork I made for you, I know how much you appreciate my stinky boy like moments so I expect you’ll treasure my cheesy feet forever. I may not always admit it but I love you so, so, so, so much! So much in fact that I plan to name one of my 28 babies after you, Daddy makes such a nice name. Lots of love, kisses, zoibergs, thumbs ups and fist pumps from the coolest kid in town, Bubbles xx

Dear Husby, here we are again with another ode to you. The years go by so quickly, too quickly really, but each year despite the mundane, the simple and the everyday normal that makes up so much of life there are many pockets of joy, memories filled with lots of love and happiness and adventures because of you. I’m so pleased I am the one you chose to put up with for the rest of your life, together we make the best team. All my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Fathers Day!

Rainbow Tea Party


Blossom requested a rainbow themed tea party for her 6th birthday and you’d think that’d be an easy theme to pull off, I mean it’s just colourful right? But I actually found this theme to be a tough one to pull together.

Thankfully we had all our lovely wooden rainbow toys to make use of and throw in some bright flowers and rainbow balloons with lots of home made goodies and sweet treats and it all came together pretty well in the end. She was chuffed at least, which made the 3+ hours of cake making the evening before worth it, but next time I’ll be sticking to buttercream icing, way quicker and way more forgiving than fondant!

What was the last party you went to?

{Daughter Diaries} #57

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Dear Blossom, just a few more days of five year old you so please allow me to feel just a tad sentimental as we leave these early years behind. I love your quiet confidence, your gentle soul and your book worm-ish ways, I love your spontaneous hugs and nose scrunching smiles and I love how you always get pollen on your nose when stopping to smell the flowers. Thank you for teaching me to be gentle and kind, to appreciate the little things in life and to say yes more than I say no. Dear Bubbles, you’re feisty and fun loving and feel things so deeply and I love these things about you so very much. Thank you for sharing your young heart with me, for loving me fiercely and for keeping me on my toes. Dearest Daughters, may you continue to challenge and teach me with every passing year to be present and patient and to walk slow enough to savour.

Do you slow down to stop and smell the flowers?

{Daughter Diaries} #56

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Dear Blossom, earlier this week you spontaneously announced “I love nature!” and it made my homeschooling heart sing! Learning through nature is something I’ve prioritised in our homeschool and I’m delighted you share my enthusiasm for the changing seasons, these weekly nature walks in our favourite spot are definitely not wasted on you or me. Dear Bubbles, despite a tough week for you and a tiring one for me we managed to venture out on the weekend and I’m so pleased we did. Not only did the chilly air shake off the week’s cabin fever but we were rewarded with the sight of our favourite pink tree in blossom. So thankful that we didn’t miss this natural wonder and that you’re now fighting fit again, and with no hospital intervention this time too! Dearest Daughters, may you always find beauty in the small things for this is the key to a full and happy heart.

Happy first day of Spring! What do you love about nature?

{Daughter Diaries} #55

Daughter Diaries #55 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, what a privilege it is to be your teacher. Well truth be told, I don’t really consider myself your teacher more of a facilitator of education and I have to admit that helping you learn to read was something that this facilitator of education once felt quite daunted by. In practice though it has been a positive and empowering journey, both for you and me, made all the easier by your cheery disposition and eagerness to devour books. Dear Bubbles, I really enjoyed our special morning together last week. Writing out our “lovely day list” was a sweet moment for this list making mama and I’m delighted we got to tick off every single point. Kiss – check! Cuddle – check! Smooch – check! Read books – check! Do puzzles – check! Go to the airport – check! Thanks for sharing a chocolate muffin with me as we watched the planes fly in.  Dearest Daughters, simple pleasures and sweet moments really do make for the best of memories.

What would you put on your lovely day list?

{Daughter Diaries} #54

Daughter Diaries 54 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you’ve currently ruled out being a librarian (as inspired by Miss Rumphius) in favour of being a carpenter (as inspired by Pa) or a vet (as inspired by James Herriot). I must admit I was kinda hoping the librarian career pathway might work out as it would at least mean I could outsource my library collections to you. Plus I could just picture you in the children’s library surrounded by the rhymes of Milne, the sweetness of Beatrix, the power of words and the worlds of make believe – you would be in your element! Dear Bubbles, thank you for being such an obliging model on our photo shoots. Your cheesy grins always take the focus off my amateur photography skills and for that I am grateful. You really do have a knack for brightening my day though with your sweet ways and affectionate nature, even if your cheeky antics do sometimes get the best of me. Apparently you plan to live with me forever and I’m delighted to hear that you will still sit on my lap for a snuggle even when I’m an old lady. I look forward to reminding you of that when you’re fifty! Dearest Daughters, the more you grow – tiddly pom – the more I love – tiddly pom – the more I love – tiddly pom – being your mummy.

What children’s books are some of your favourites?