{Dear Daddy}

Dear Daddy 2017 | The Open Home

Dear Daddy Man, I love you sooooooooo much! You really are the man! The man that picks me up when I fall, fills my life with laughter and helps me to be my best. You are my encourager and my hero, I find courage because of you. Thank you for always having time to build the elaborate train tracks, for helping me scale the trunks in the Deep Dark Wood and for dating me with such charm and creativity. Lots of love and cheek bruising smooches from, Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, now I know we don’t always see eye to eye but that is because you have boring grown up logic and I am in fact a crazy toddler. I happen to enjoy licking my sandy feet, flinging my nappies at inappropriate times and having my book pile just so. Thank you for embracing my little quirks and putting up with my inner diva. I love you more than Candie Gardens and chocolate brownies. Lots of love and Gruffalo snuggles from, Bubbles xx

Dear Husby, you are patient and you are kind. You are generous and you are humble. You are brave and you are strong. You take care of your ladies so very well and I love you for it. All of my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Father’s Day!

May Gratitudes

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For the freedom to love and learn.
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For paper gifts and the sweetness of penpals.
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For nature’s play house.
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For fond farewells and the sweetest of gifts.
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For morning rituals that help you greet the day.
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For crazy kids that bring lots of laughs.
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For more May birthdays and thirty years of the Husby man.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

Snapshots of Riga

 

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For our 10th wedding anniversary we decided to go on a short city break to Riga in Latvia. Having visited many European cities we wanted to go somewhere new to us, not too hot and preferably somewhere with an old town and Riga fit the bill perfectly.

I was both nervous and excited about this trip. Nervous because it was the first time we were leaving the girls with their grandparents for the weekend and excited because I hadn’t been off the island in 2 years, not since our trip to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands in 2014.

Well the girls were practically angels for their grandparents and Riga did not disappoint! It turned out to be the perfect choice for a charming weekend getaway filled with cobbled streets, medieval buildings and pretty autumnal gardens. My favourite city moment was strolling hand in hand through the many central parks that Riga has to offer, it’s a wonderfully chilled city and incredibly family friendly.

Latvian culture really intrigues me and I definitely want to return and explore this country more fully, next time with my kiddies.

Have you visited any of the Baltic States?

{Dear Husby} 10 Years and Counting…

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Dear Husby,

Well it has been ten years, Husby. TEN YEARS!

Ten years since I walked down the aisle to you. Ten years since we became Mr & Mrs. Ten years since we officially became a family, just you and me.

And ten years on you remain the most important person in my life. The person who knows my hopes and dreams, my fears and failures and continues to love me through it all.

Thank you for honouring those vows, for sticking with me through the better and worse of marriage and for loving me so well. You really are one of a kind and I really do cherish you.

All of my heart…

… these ten years and still counting,

Wifey xx

Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary!

{July Gratitudes}

Gratitudes July 2016 | The Open Home
For beauty and simplicity and nature that inspires.
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For a love of learning and lovely ladies to thank.
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For morning snuggles and lazy starts to long summer days.
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For quality time and clear blue sea.
Gratitudes July 2016 | The Open Home
For ginormous tractors, cows that smile, ponies to kiss and friends to enjoy.
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For hide and seek and goats to feed, memories being made with the cousins.

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during July, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?

Projects Around The Open Home #4

Well it’s been quite some time since I updated you on the progress and projects around our home. Following on from my last post we actually decided to delay decorating the girls room and instead have focused our efforts this year on decorating the dining room and finishing off the “almost done” rooms, like the lounge and our bedroom.

Here are some snapshots of our work in progress…

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Lots of teenagers and lots of mess was involved when smashing up the old, cracked tile floor.
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Skirting boards off and hardboard down ready to lay the new floor.
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Hard at work on our dining room floor – thank goodness for big brothers who know what they’re doing!
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The new laminate flooring going down.
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Fresh walls, new floor and just need to find some curtains and artwork and this room is complete!
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The dining room with the addition of some new shelves, courtesy of the little brother.
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Hard at work on the next set of shelves – thank goodness for little brothers who know what they’re doing!
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A few hours later and the shelves are up and ready to be stained. Just need to source a few more pieces of furniture and this room will also be complete!
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Fresh paint, colour coordinated bookshelves and industrial style glass lighting for the hallway.
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Soft blues and greys will be the theme for this dreamy girls room, but for now the furniture is at least in situ and we’ve hung some lovely roman blinds.
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Our freshly painted room and my next Ikea hack waiting to happen.
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Finally have furniture in our bedroom and trying to decide what colour to paint the bureau? Grey or Forest Green…?
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Loving our bench and bargain curtains, just need to decide on artwork and this room will also be complete!

 

What projects have you been working on lately?

{Dear Daddy}

Dear Daddy 2016 | The Open Home

Dear Daddy Man, you really know how to woo a girl! I’m so lucky that I get to date a guy that takes me plane spotting at the airport and lets me eat the chocolate cake all to myself. Thanks for being the best example of what a boy should be; kind, generous, fun and romantic, you set the bar high and love me so well. Lots of love, bear hugs and crazy smiles from you number one girl, Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, when I grow up I want to be an adventurer, a dare devil, the female equivalent of Bear Grylls! That’s why I like to crawl backwards through bushes, poke worms and swing from bathroom sinks. Thanks for teaching me to brave, for catching me when I fall and laughing with me when I lick my stinky feet – not many people find that cute, but you just get me. Lots of love, flying kisses and belly laughs, from your cheeky mini me, Bubbles xx

Dear Husby, another year and another daddy’s day. How lucky we are to have you in our lives to celebrate. I know you prefer words over gifts so let me say it loud and clear. I love you. I appreciate you. I believe in you. All of my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Father’s Day!