Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Midsummer // Celebrating Scandi Style

What is it about Scandinavian culture that is so innately attractive and alluring? Hygge is the latest buzzword, IKEA one of the most popular homeware shops, and our kids eat their meals pulled up at the table on Stokke Tripp Trapps... there is something about the celebration of simplicity, the deep connection with nature and the style and function of their homes that draws us to all things Scandi.

Of course, I married a Scandinavian, so I'm biased!

Monday, 26 June 2017

June Favourites // Little Loves

Ah! June... On the home front, a wonderful month of sunshine and blue skies, of longer days and laughter, of adjustment and recovery. We revelled in the heat and are now revelling in the cool. It has been a quietly busy month... a month of the return to normality and all that entails... back to life, back to reality. Three school runs a day, sports days and assemblies, being signed off by midwives and hospitals and starting to see a little normalcy for the first time in months. On the national stage it has felt quite a different story - tragedy, terror and unrest. These are uncertain times, times of big questions and perspective and prayer and proactivity - but more on that later...

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Little Birthday Project // DIY Play Workbench

Our Jonas has three loves in his life... Bob the builder, football and weetabix! He's a little lad easily pleased... A ball and a hammer will keep him amused for hours (just beware not to have anything breakable in your home!) and so when it came to thinking about what to get him for his birthday, I knew straight away a workbench would be right up his street.

Except in typical me-fashion, I had a very specific idea what I wanted... Something wooden, that could live outside, and that would be sizeable enough for all the children to appreciate.

Needless to say, no such thing existed, and the closest thing was a few hundred pounds outside our budget...

Friday, 16 June 2017

Dear Jonas - You're two!

Dear Jonas,

Little Joe-Joe... How much you have grown up these past two months. Somehow, with baby Elias' arrival, you morphed overnight from our baby to our big boy. You are a sheer delight... Easygoing, hilariously funny (and don't you know it!) and now a fully-fledged member of the siblings gang. You bring so much joy to our family and have made every step of this boy-mama journey an absolute pleasure.

Of course, I do realise you are now two, and all that could be about to change... We have been getting hints of it... The incredibly stubborn will, your perseverance when you have an idea in your head... Your refusal to follow instructions. And yet, I find it very hard to be mad, as you do it so politely!

"Jonas, please go and put your shoes on"
"No thank you!"

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Baby Tales // Two Months!

Dear Elias,

Two months old! How did that come round so quick?! This has been the month of chunking you up, so that you now are firmly within a size bracket I feel more comfortable with... 10lb! I nearly fell off the sofa when the health visitor told me. So far removed from that little 5lb baby I had to battle to feed!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wild and Free // Siblings in June

I think I always knew that the more children we added to the mix, the more difficult it would be to get that perfect siblings capture... The one where everyone's smiling happily and looking at the camera. No chance... The reality was a baby who needed to go to bed and a small boy who needed something, anything, to distract him to stop him bounding full pelt towards the camera shouting 'cheese'! The out takes are quite something!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Things They Love // A Little Update

One of the reasons I first started blogging was to keep a bit of a record of milestones and moments with this little family of mine. Even now, I love re-reading some of the posts I wrote when the girls were small, little quirks and behaviours that are so easily forgotten. Nowadays, with four children underfoot, the danger of forgetting those little intricacies is even more likely than ever before... so I thought it was about time I recorded some of their little loves right now...

Ava - 5 years, 9 months