31 August 2011

Marshmallow Building

(I left this to autopost while I'm on holiday. And blogger didn't bother lol.)
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This was the first thing we got to tick off our Autumn-Winter busy-list. :) See all the fun we have planned this "term"?
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Our little break was wonderfully refreshing and peaceful and inspiring. :) Thankyou so much for having us, Ashleigh.

26 August 2011

Other Goings On

There has been a lot of painting going on around here.
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Lots and lots of painting.
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We are just about keeping up with the washing, nappies and towels and goodness there are so many of us right now it's a wonderment we are all eating so well and wearing clean clothes! :)

Jenna:
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Morgan:
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Little Roo:
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We have made pizza and taken nice walks and one of us has had terrible pregnancy insomnia... *sigh*

Oh, and we did dyeing of hair with chalk dust. Which was very dusty, even when wet. But quite good fun!
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And drying of the rose petals from Jenna's birthday.
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And polishing off of leftover birthday cake.
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We have had gifts from talented Mamas.
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Emma may have found a house (please pray that everything goes smoothly and that she and her little family all continue to stay safe and grow healthy).

We have made cards and birthday gifts for family. Recieved by now!
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I made crab apple jelly.

The children made marshmallow animal sculptures and ate the marshmallows when they were done (probably with some unexpectedly crunchy bits lol).
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Aw and I snapped a blurry picture of Rowan wearing "her" birthing necklace. *melt*
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And, basically, things have been pretty busy (as usual). I feel like I'm juggling like crazy and waiting for everything to fall down around me, to be honest. But, look, life is just SO beautiful, I can't fret too much about those feelings of impending doom. It might never happen, right? ;)

Taking a couple of days off, here, and looking forwards to walking by the sea and knitting with my lovely Ashleigh. So Emma and Connor have the run of the place for a while. :) See you all next week!

24 August 2011

Calke Abbey

Yesterday we spent a good chunk of the day in one of our favourite places.
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The grounds of Calke Abbey are just *astounding* and no matter how much time we spend here we never quite get to explore it all.
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(Yes, in the past week, we have already nearly broken even on our yearly National Trust membership, which helps me feel a good deal better about renewing it in spite of it basically coming out of the food bills!)

Jenna: "I found my very own rainforest!"
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Morgan: "Is this Totoro's tree?"
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Rowan: "Mumma, Dadda, LOOK, I found a helicopter flutterby!" Um, a what? Oh, a DRAGONFLY!
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The Dragon Tree.
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They played with some sweet five and six year old boys who were running around with huge water pistols. "I shot your head off! I shot your head off again! I'm going to shoot your head off!"
Jenna just drily retorted, "We must have an awful lot of heads."

She asked if they wanted to play a different game, and insisted on being a princess rescued from a high tower.
"I don't want to rescue you." Said one little knight.
"That's not very chivalrous!" Laughed his mother.

A few moments later Jenna was climbing again and the little knight rejoined the game, "But you'd better not need rescuing again!" hehehe
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Baby Minnow Bump is having a growth spurt I reckon. This is me picking crab apples. Yay, crab apples! Yay, Autumn!
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Sweet big sisters holding hands in the long grasses.
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The estates had worn Roo out by this point. Poor little legs!
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Time for a sit down and a snuggle.
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Look! A ladybird!
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"I don't like da grasses all in mine face!"
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After a little rest stop and refuel she played on the swings for an hour with Daddy, while I took the bigger ones around the house and stables. One of the staff in the stables took a shine to the girls and kept her dress-up activity open for an extra half hour just for them. We were so touched! And Jenna decided to help her tidy and pack away, which touched this mama's heart especially.
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Birthdaying with my Jenna

Preparations the night before.
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That "one last" picture of our Six Year Old. Oh the stealer-away-of-children - TIME! They are rushing away from me into the future before my very eyes. :)
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Presents in the morning - and great joy at finding that mama has finally allowed nail polish (Piggy Paint!).
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Finding the birthday breakfast table set with lit candles and beautiful things.
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A birthday dinner - and a Cola Float!
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And a nice walk (including a trip to the Museum of Childhood - which was fun but overcrowded as usual during school holidays).
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All in all it was a wonderful wonderful day. In spite of Rowan breaking one of Jenna's presents in the first hour of the day (oops). The children all got totally tired out - but not as tired as I am! The birthday girl felt loved and celebrated, which is the main thing after all. :)

23 August 2011

Firstborn Daughter

You grin shyly at me when I tell you how admired you are, long-limbed dancer, strong tempest creature, quick-witted perfectionist, Wild Thing. It's the only time you ever appear shy. The first into every new situation, talk talk talking to everyone you meet everywhere we go, we are never at a loss for your input and opinions!
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I pray for your blossoming knowledge and your spiritual wisdom - may you always seek truth and value kindness - may you always be as willing to question and as quick to puzzle out the hard answers. I pray for your relationships with others, for your wonderful assertiveness tempered with sweetest joyful giving graceful authentic love. I pray for deepest peace on the disquiet of your growing, the deepest knowledge of the love that surrounds and protects you, and confidence to approach new paths and next steps.

We believe in you.

Follow your inner compass, and do not doubt where you are going. Your future will be full of such great things I can't express or even see; nor would I dare to try to conform them to my expectations. Nobody can limit you. Always dream, and always be so bold with who you are and how you take on living your life. Your words are words of power, and the act of your living is making ripples in the still waters of everyone who crosses your path. Firey change-maker woman!
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My daughter, my friend, I love you.