Tuesday, March 11, 2014
3. A swim in the neighbours' pool to cool off before tea
5. Sophie and her beloved scooter, wearing her nightie and a princess dress, waving an Australian flag and calling out, "Wave for the Queen!" each time she zipped past us
Joining in with the lovely Em
Sunday, March 2, 2014
"Portraits of my girls in 2014"
Sophie: One tired little girl at a cousin's birthday party
Grace: A hot afternoon of sprinkler play followed by a chalk graffiti session on the side wall of our house
Joining in with Jodi
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I've felt a bit muddled and uninspired during much of February... a mixture of adjusting to a new school-focused routine, accepting my role as a 'school Mum', dealing with four-year old tears and two-year old tantrums and trying to get on top of things house-wise. The combination of all of these happenings has seen me turn inwards more than usual and retreat from this space for a bit, something I tend to do when I'm overwhelmed and lacking energy.
Slowly as the weeks have passed, I feel as though I'm emerging from the fog. I've dealt with things one by one, done a lot of reflecting on my priorities and goals and have more clarity for what I want and need over the coming months as well as a desire to 'make things happen'.
I'm looking forward to writing here again, sharing my thoughts and musings and recording the precious day to day happenings that occur in our family...
A post I came across yesterday on 'igniting inspiration' really spoke to me... I urge you to have a read yourself...
Sunday, February 2, 2014
"Portraits of my children in 2014"
Grace: Despite the scruffy hair and Milo covered face, I just love this photo of my sweet-natured, gentle girl.
Sophie: Those curls are growing wilder by the day, a good match for her little fiery streak.
Joining in with Jodi
Thursday, January 30, 2014
No longer will we have the luxury of a few days a week free of schedules and routines. Our week will soon be filled with school bells, busy days and homework. There will be lunchboxes to pack, reading books to work our way through and I am sure, one tired girl come Friday afternoons.
Of course, I have kept my feelings to myself. Any talk of pre-school involving Grace has been filled with positivity as I don't want my emotions to interfere with her own expectations of what should be an exciting part of childhood. Today I overheard her telling our neighbour, "I don't want to wait until after the weekend to start pre-primary, I want to go tomorrow!"
I've decided to instead focus my thoughts on how to best deal with this change. Rather than dwelling on how much I will miss my precious girl and grieving for our old weekly rhythm, I'm thinking of ways to better accept this inevitable next step and how to make our transition as smooth as possible. Things like slow afternoons enjoying an afternoon snack together, chatting about each of our days and sitting down to an earlier than usual dinner. Pre-bedtimes curled up together reading a chapter of our latest book. Weekends balanced between pottering about enjoying homely pleasures and small outings to parks and cafes and other favourite spots.
In time, I'm sure we'll settle into our new pattern... all that I can do for now is to trust that gradually, we will both adjust and come to love our days as much as we always have done...