{Daughter Diaries} #69

Dear Blossom, when we started out on our home ed journey three years ago our purpose was to secure for you a quiet growing time (as Charlotte coined it) and our initial goal was to get you through the infant school years. Well, here we are at the start of the juniors, we reached our goal and we’re still learning from home together and with no intention of stopping. Thanks for being the guinea pig, my dear. I couldn’t be the Mummy Teacher without your patience, kindness and enthusiasm. Dear Bubbles, I believe 107 conkers from one haul is a personal best for us! Our secret conker tree is proving to be one of the best and we may need to create a Store Stump to stash our future hoards in. But tell me, how do you always find the last conker of the season? You really do have a knack for it you know. The conkering is definitely strong with you two and always makes for a wonderful start to our school year, Papa Bill would be so proud. Dearest Daughters, thank you for living in the moment and forgiving the little things. I learn so much from you.

How many conkers did you find this year?

{Daughter Diaries} #68

Dear Blossom, I love that my seven year old still plays with such carefree abandon and I’m so thankful for the space our homeschool can create for pure imagination and whimsy. Our recent Milly-Molly-Mandy walk in particular was incredibly sweet. Thanks for letting me join in your games and bring Mr Rudge along too, you know he’s my favourite. Dear Bubbles, or should I call you Susan? Whatever your name is, you my dear are a sweetheart! You are finding your voice and finding your place and I’m so proud of the progress you have made over your first “school” year. Dearest Daughters, I get to learn with you, grow with you and play with you on a daily basis. I really do love being your Mummy Teacher.

What sweet games are your children currently playing?

Sweet Shop Party

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Blossom turned seven a month ago today and one of the things that she currently wants to be when she grows up is a sweet shop owner. So we decided to make her dream come true a little early with a sweet shop themed birthday tea party, but then had to put everything on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic and our island being in lockdown.

We didn’t think we’d be able to do the tea party until the end of summer at the earliest but thankfully the situation in Guernsey has improved much more quickly than expected and we were delighted to be able to hold Blossom’s belated tea party in her actual birthday month and before her new baby sibling arrives in June.

We didn’t have long to prepare but thankfully Blossom is easily pleased with fresh flowers and homemade cake and she loved playing sweet shop, dishing out sweets to her guests as they left.

It was a fun afternoon and a lovely reason to gather together after two long months of lockdown.

What was the last party you went to?

{Daughter Diaries} #67

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Dear Blossom, the truth is this, I don’t home educate you because I want to do school with you, I home educate you because I want to do life with you! I’ve had seven splendid years with you now and you know what? I still don’t wanna miss a thing! The days can be long (especially during lockdown!) but the years are so very, very short and I feel that now, seven years in to this motherhood gig, I’m now beginning to really understand that. Dear Bubbles, your enthusiasm for phonics is to be applauded and your sponge like brain is truly impressive. You do realise though that despite being homeschoolers we don’t actually have to do school work every day of the week!? Mama does likes to have a break some times, you know, especially when she is 36 weeks pregnant and supposedly on maternity leave! Dearest Daughters, I will be forever grateful for the extra time I have gained with you by being the Mummy Teacher, how blessed I am to live the life I lead.

What blessings are you discovering during lockdown?

 

Blossom Turns Seven!

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I love writing and drawing, telling stories, reading books, baking cakes and eating cakes, poetry, singing and classical music, history, nature, baby goats, walking through Candie Gardens, eating chips on the beach, swimming and rock pooling, going to Rainbows, cuddles, cuddles and more cuddles, Granny’s stories and daughter dates.

My favourite toys are my bunny Boo, my matchbox mouse Fred and toy animals.

My favourite books are Milly-Molly-Mandy, The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, The Enormous Crocodile and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

My favourite movies are Ice Age, FrozenArthur Christmas and the TinkerBell movies.

My favourite foods are raspberries, strawberries, macaroni cheese, ice-cream, chocolate, cake, chocolate cake, chips and Granny’s yorkshire puddings!

When I grow up I want to own a sweet shop!

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

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{Daughter Diaries} #66

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Dear Blossom, I love your sweet anticipation as you await the arrival of your new baby brother or sister. There is no jealousy or rivalry within you, just sheer joy that there will soon be a baby in our home to love and cuddle and squidge and kiss. You’d fill our home with many more babies if you had your way and your open heart and generous spirit truly bless me. You give me courage and confidence for the days that are to come and I’m so grateful for that. Dear Bubbles, your name suggestions for baby have been interesting to say the least, but unfortunately Daddy is not up for calling the baby Buttercup, Pirate Pants or Barnacle, but I do think that last one really did have a good ring to it. Thanks for being willing to pass on that baby of the family position to another and thanks for “patiently” waiting outside the bathroom door whilst I have my relaxing bath time, just so you’re ready to help with rubbing cream into my baby bump. What would I do without you? Dearest Daughters, always remember that no matter how old you get, no matter how many children I have, you are and will always be my precious baby girls.

What funny name suggestions have you heard children come up with?

{Daughter Diaries} #65

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Dear Blossom, it happened! It finally happened! After a year of patiently waiting you have finally lost a tooth! What a momentous milestone for you, my dear. I’m so sorry that we can’t go out and get ice-cream to celebrate as planned, but we shall just have to take a rain check on that and go when the world is a little less strange. Dear Bubbles, yesterday’s nature walk was one of the best, the perfect walk to supersede the island’s lock down. For you know amongst all the craziness of life right now, in that little garden, at that moment in time, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and it felt good to be alive. Nature has a way of making everything feel right, doesn’t it? Dearest Daughters, in the words of Rachel Carson, “there is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrain of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after the night, and spring comes after winter.” Dawn will come my loves, dawn will come.

How do you plan to make the most of your time in isolation?