Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Back to School Feast // Starting the Year Well


It's become a yearly tradition, and one which our children look forward to each September. The night before school starts, a feast is prepared. It may just be something simple like this year's spaghetti bolognese with ice-cream for desert, but nonetheless the run up is a flurry of activity - laying the table, decorating their crowns, making place-name cards and painting pictures for the mantel. It's a little celebration of a summer full of memories, and a preparation for a brand new school year ahead.


We always gather the family... the more the merrier, all celebrating our little school starters... praying for them as they head out into the big wide world, and recounting all the fun times we've had over the summer break.


And from the oldest to the youngest, everyone gets to be part of it...



Do you have any back to school traditions?


Friday, 15 September 2017

Baby Tales // Five Months!


Oh this boy! This delicious little bundle of smiles, giggles, deep belly chortles and coos. We love you so Elias! This month you've been hit by your first bout of illness... a little sore throat and a nasty cough. To be fair, you've done well to get to five months, but you're such a little poppet, you don't stop smiling despite being a little under the weather.

And that smile has me wrapped around your little finger already.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Siblings In September // Coughs, Splutters and Smiles


It's hard to believe September is half way through already, and it seems to have been hijacked by the usual onset of back-to-school bugs. We've all been waking up every morning with dry coughs and scratchy throats, and only David seems to have managed to escape it.The result has been extreme emotions, with the excitement of big school in the mix too. It's just that time of year I guess!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

School Starts and Mama Fails // Back to Life with a Bump

 

It's funny how when September rolls around, you hit reality with a bump again. Our fjordside days in Norway already seem a lifetime ago... the long, lazy hours of summer holidays, the warmer weather and endless possibilities... instead I wake to dreary mornings and the patter of rainfall, to rousing sleepy children, and rushing them out the door.

Autumn has arrived.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

And Off She Goes... // Our Heidi Starts School



My dear little Heidi-Hi,

I can't quite believe I'm writing this letter; that the time has come for you to head off to big school. Away from me for so much of the day. You are nothing but excited... I on the other hand, though outwardly chattering away and enthusiastically sharing in your excitement, am feeling the weight of what this means. My little girls have taken their first steps away from the family home, and are on the road to independence.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A Little Early Birthday Blog // My Little Sister Turns 30!


So sidekick sister... here we are! As of tomorrow, we will officially both be in our 30s and actually grown up! All our make believe games when we were little girls pretending to be grown ups are actually now reality - sort of. I don't suppose either of us will be heading up in a spaceship any time soon, and neither of us actually did become a flight attendant in the end, but those were the days, hey? So many of my childhood memories are accompanied by you... so here, to celebrate your 30th, and to thoroughly embarrass you (isn't that what turning 30 is for?) are some of my favourite memories...

Monday, 4 September 2017

Making the Switch // My Skin Story and Biomed Review


Many of my regular readers will know we've been making a switch in our family over the past eighteen months or so... moving away from synthetic, chemical products and towards a more organic and natural lifestyle. It was a few small decisions at first, but the more I've researched, the more I've been convicted that a lot of the lifestyle decisions we had been making were not good for our environment, and certainly not good for us. It's a topic I'm increasingly passionate about, and a journey I'm planning on sharing a little bit more of over the coming year. It's impacted our food choices, approach to health and wellness, domestic life and even our clothes purchases.

But really it all began with my skin.