8 times around the sun.
I won’t wax lyrical beyond saying she had a fabulous birthday and she’s pretty damn awesome, I love her.
She’s bright, cheeky and a bit of a know-it-all, unfortunately with that she’s also often right so I can’t even shut her down with a ‘but mumma knows best’. She asks questions 1000x a day and wants to know and understand EVERYTHING.
I think 8 is going to be great!
A couple of weeks ago we had a wonderful trip out to the hills with the puppy. It is a good time of year to go as the forest wasps aren’t out yet. We did a lovely 5km tramp.
Puppy has grown a lot since these pics but he’s a great motivator to get out and about and do more in our weekends.
My favourite Floofie
We have been cruising through the last few weeks with a variety of activities thay earmark the ending of the year.
Spring has settle in with amazing evening light and lovely longer warmer days.
The kids Dance Academy does a huge show over a couple of weekends that is always a hectic but rewarding time. Even if it does leave me coming home needing a stiff drink and 20 hours of sleep
We also added to our family with a spring spaniel puppy. A slightly off the cuff decision but miraculously we have ended up with a really cool wee dude whos fitted in rather well.
At the beginning of September we headed about 45 minutes west into the mountains to stay at our local ski lodge for a few days rest and fun and hopefully some skiing as well. Weather wise it was mixed, some ok weather, some heavy snowfall making skiing impossible and an amazing bluebird day.
The kid came down with an absolutely raging cold on the first day. A real doozy on a kid who usually throws them off with no trouble. A huge sleep and some nurafen saw her bounce back for a few hours the next morning and have a couple of hours fun before some serious snow fall set in and we retreated back to the lodge for hot drinks, books, board games and snuggling up with an audiobook for the kid. And some excellent food!
The next day dawned bright and clear and beautiful and after starting with us the kid moved onto skiing with an instructor so she could head up and ski the jumps and the higher mountain. Hubby can ski up there but I very definitely am a low slope skier and we have always found that when doing something new and a little nerve racking its best to head off with a professional rather than mum or dad! She skied morning and afternoon and ended the day with homemade (but not by me!) lasagne and chips by a warm fire and a early night.
Our last morning dawned bright but cold and windy so we decided to end our staycation on the high of the day before and slowly head home over the hills with a stop in for coffee and plenty of time once home to sort laundry, make a nice supper and for the kid to watch a movie after her enforced media ban while on staycation.
It was such a lovely break away, close enough that coming home was quick and easy and didn’t tire in the way that some of the big drives back from other trips away can do. It’s a type of break away we will definitely do again.
So much going on. A very picture heavy post as a inadequate catch up. Over the winter we have skied, cooked, played, staycationed and generally enjoyed a steady unrushed flow.
Making my own toasted muesli. Super easy – I ‘measure’ but filling the jar I will be keeping it in with the ingredients. For this batch it was whole oats, coconut flakes, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and mixed nuts. I then pour that into a big bowl, add a little oil, some Himalayan rock salt and maple syrup and give it a really good mix. Then into a hot oven for 10-20 mins turning really regularly.
Mountain parrots (Kea) at the ski fields. They are so naughty – these were busy ripping the rubber off the ski and roof racks and generally being destructive little monsters.
Gymnastics competition. The kid did good. Happy with her self, and how she did. We were proud parents. She made some great personal bests and did herself proud.
Staycation at our local ski field, the cutest mountain cabin with generators that clocked off at 10pm and dont come on again until morning. Amazing views. Mixed weather and some great skiing from the kiddo. She was doing jumps and skiing the whole mountain by the end of our stay. Not bad for someone who came down with a cold on the first night and curled up in bed at 6pm.
These pics were taken a couple of days ago. Its winter here. Like, mid-winter. We’d been skiing a few days before. But a lovely mild 16 degree day had the kid outside playing like it was summer.
Gymnastics is the kids thing. It has been for a while but it’s definitely becoming a true passion. I think its a great sport for kids. It teaches them to be tough and determined. To set goals and develop resilience and grit.
She is not a natural born gymnast. She doesn’t have innate bravery, isn’t tiny and strong or have fast muscle twitch. But what she lacks in all those things she makes up for in dedication. She doesn’t get that from me, at her age I was definitely a quitter!
At the end of last year she got her vault that she’s competing this year. Unfortunately she nailed her foot on the beat-board quite hard and cut it at competition. She went on to do another pass and managed a score-able vault but it knocked her nerves. It’s not a particularly difficult vault, but it does requite confidence as well as technique.
For months and months she struggled. Her wonderful coach tried pushing through, breaking it down, drills, shapes, spotting. But the vault was gone. The technique was ok. The brain was not.
There is a saying in the gym. “Trust the Process”. And its hard. When you can see your child tense and scared and not quite sure how to own or overcome those feelings. The desire to dash in and ‘fix’ it is almost overwhelming. The thing is you cannot ‘fix’ mental blocks. You can only offer support and encouragement as they work through them.
Her coach took all the pressure off. We aimed to enjoy the break between terms. A chance to try parkour and flipping on mini tramps at a holiday programme. To relax for a couple of weeks with no school or commitments. She played, had fun. And at her holiday session with her awesome coach the vault was back.
Her goal for the last part of this year is to be confident, strong and tight enough to get into the higher competitive programme next year. She’s got her eye on her goal and a coach who believes in her dedication to try.
Trust the Process. I think that may be that’s a lesson for life?
Ski season is here!
Cooking soups and warming hearty dishes
Morning frosts and clear starry nights
School holidays and hanging with friends
Blue skies, cold winds, bright sunshine
Coffee with friends
Painting and drawing, reading and watching.
Little snippets from our days.
It started as a plan to head out and go walking, we left home in chilling air but sunshine and the closer to the mountains (and our walking location) we got the cloud built and rain started falling. We we holed up in a cafe for drinks and chips and a toasty.
We hoped it would clear while we waited but no such luck. The kid ran round for approximately 5 minutes and then declared we should head home and put on cartoons! To be honest I rather agreed with her. On the plus side she looked adorable in her new dungarees from Nana and the chips were delicious!
Hopefully next weekends plans go more smoothly.
Watching – The Handmaids Tale. It’s brilliant and horrifying at the same time and in equal measure. It astonishes me that the book was written in the 80’s and yet resonates so hard today. As a contrast to that I like catching up on Code Black for my fun medical drama fix.
Eating – more homemade and less takeaway. Trying to get back into good habits despite how busy our days are and how appealing take out is. Warming dishes like risotto, frittatas and the ubiquitous winter pasta dishes. We have cut out red meat almost entirely (we eat a little bacon and ham) and chicken only once a week. For my own health trying to reduce my dependency on carbs.
Listening – the kid is back into her audiobooks big time. She loves anything Enid Blyton (the Adventure series and the Secret series). I just hit up spotify for anything cheerful and mellow.
Making – sewing for the kid, top and leggings mainly. A quilt in planning potentially. Trying not to stock pile fabric to much (might be failing on that one). Loving that the kid wears what I make and appreciates it still.
Happy – the kid is thriving in her new school, its only 2 weeks until the holidays and a chance to rest and spend more time getting outdoors and enjoying slow days. Winter had arrived and the cold grey damp seems to have departed leaving cold but sunny days behind. Not long till the ski season kicks off for us.
Trying – to take more photos, I’ve been in a bit go a slump recently and want to shake it. Thinking I want to set aside some time for myself each morning, to start the day positively – may be with this Yoga programme
Reading – I finished Ice by Ulla- Lena Lundberg which was very well written but left me feeling weirdly unfulfilled by the ending. Currently reading Ill Will by Dan Chaon. So far so good but I’m only a few chapters in.