Moose announced this morning that she wanted a ‘day out’. So we chatted over breakfast about what we could do and chose a trip to our local conservation park. She chose a mummy made dress, a little ‘handbag’ and seriously informed our kitten “you stay here, to many big animals will scare you’ before we left. Cameras in hand and picnic packed we headed off after a quick drink at our local haunt. The park is only a 20 min drive down the road.

It was a lovely morning, the sun came out, it peaked at 22 degrees and we had a brilliant time. 

Moose was on great form, chatting up a storm and loving being out. We rode the train, saw the animals and picnic’d in the sun. Perfect time with my girl, she’s just so much fun to hang out with and I love getting an insight to her view of the world. The way children see things, their experiences and interactions are all so inlightening. I hope that by sharing these little adventures I get to know her better, understand her more and share in her world.

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This weekend was a quiet one as it has poured with rain literally ALL weekend. It ends a busy week that has seen us dashing about from one appointment or catch up to another (in a good way). Moose has been having nightmares so Ive been up most nights in the last week to cuddle and re-settle her, on more than one night multiple times.

So this weekend was earmarked as some for recharging and enjoying each other company, a spot of autumn gardening, a harvest festival and some time with friends.

And then it rained, and rained, which (excuse the pun) washed out our plans. Apart from the associated issues with confining a toddler to the indoors for over 48h its actually been really lovely. Lots of family time, lots of playing chase, hanging out together and embracing roaring fires and baked treats.

We had a fantastic playdate with a couple of Moose’s buddies on Saturday morning, lots of dancing to ABBA and eating popcorn and orange segments and cups of tea, as well as a hastily squeezed in walk in the woods in between rain showers. Im so proud of my little girl, she’s so social now, loves her friends and generally plays well, if a bit of a goofball at times. She has a real sense of empathy and is beginning to enjoy role and little world play. Although in most cases can be found either bashing away at musical instruments or riding on a rocking horse!

She’s so active and engaged. It is at odds with the ill introverted baby who distrusted and hated the world and we are so proud of how far she’s come and her astonishing development and sheer happy spirit.

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At the quiet times I did some crafting and enjoyed a bit of a relax. The sewn ponies were for a little girls birthday as a last minute swiftly sew gift, the larger was a little rougher than I hoped (my whip stitch needs work!) but is charming in a bright fun soft flannel kind of way. Im really pleased with the smaller of the two, it was a surprise as its from a old felted baby jumper (an ‘oops’ washed it on to hot a wash) and some yarn form the pre-loved store. It was quickly put together to make sure the older sister wasn’t left out, but its actually my personal favourite. It’s also a coincidental mini of Mooses own real pony so she has requested her own ‘softy Quinn’.

 

April 21, 2013 Little Adventures

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Playing along with Soulemama 

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April 20, 2013 This Moment

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Totally copying Kelle from Enjoying the Small Things

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Snapshots of my week

April 19, 2013 Homelife

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The concept of extended family is, to me, something that is foreign and historically rejected for the insular arrogance of ‘only needing us’. 

I grew up as an only child to a single parent. I was loved absolutely and completely but withheld from the extended family that many of my contemporaries enjoyed. It is not something I judge as such, it was simply the actions of a parent who was doing the best as she saw it. As a mum I can relate to those feelings, whether in hindsight I think it was right or wrong is irrelevant. All I can do is take lessons learnt and experiences and apply what I have learnt to how we raise Moose.

With marriage and the birth of Moose I gained my own little family unit and a mother in law who has been wonderful and is wholly part of our little family. With the loss of my mum 18 months ago I gained the extended family I’d not know growing up. Amazing people who have smoothly fitted into our lives, into gaps that we didn’t know where there.

It is this family that has taught me so much about holding onto the people you love, enjoying every moment and how important it is for our daughter to have individuals in her life who love her unconditionally and form different relationships and dynamics. They bring experiences unique to them, and it enhances life.  

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Hold onto family, do not let rivalries and misunderstandings come between people, forgive and let go. I learned this from my mum, not letting go eats you up, it makes you dark and twisty and it effects those around you, those you love. 

Embrace those who want to be part of your family, they enhance life, they make moments special and they bring their own brand of unique love.

 

April 18, 2013 Special Memories

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Weekending in autumn sunshine, exploring by the river, her little voice calling to us ‘come this way, Nimmy goes first’ where 2 weeks ago she would have followed behind refusing to step ahead.

Hobbes dog loving the river, beautiful views and light through tinted leaves

Conversations with daddy while waiting for lunch before picking vegetables out at the market.

Painting – the ‘roof’ of her new table tent, she’s becoming remarkably creative and was using the most beautiful long strokes

Kitten love, best easter pressie ever.

Last week we had a morning full of chores and house tinkering and Moose tagging along ‘helping’ in the only way a toddler can help, that cute adorable yet mildly frustrating ‘help’ that result in all jobs taking 2x longer than you anticipated. And in my case resulting in edgy tempers and a lot of no’s. 

So we finished the necessities and headed out across the lightly frosted garden with watery sunlight and to the woods, its our current favourite place of quiet and relaxation.

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Finished off by a fluffy at our local haunt

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April 13, 2013 This Moment

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We love autumn in our family, its a crunchy crisp time with misty mornings and the insistent permeating smell of bonfire and woodsmoke. I adore the darker mornings (hubby does not due to starting work at 7am – in the dark!) and the first suggestions of a little light frost. Its welcomed in by amazing red sunrises and very delicately snow dusted mountains peeking through clouds.

Walks in the wood at the end of our street are a highlight, acorn caps, crunchy leave and that beautiful light that goes hand in hand with a lowering of the suns line. It is also an excuse to drag out the jumpers, warm colours, reds, oranges and greens. Boots are retrieved from the darkest recesses of wardrobes and dusted off.

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Its especially magical as its the first year Moose has been able to really participate and enjoy, she discovered jumping in leaf piles on our walk, and the acorn caps came home and were filled with little felted ‘acorns’. Her expressions of interest in what can only be described as the most random of things, her intent interest in a rotten holey leaf and a muddy blade of grass, but her total disinterest in moss cover twigs and crisp red leaves and pine cones, its a lesson in acceptance and individualism!

Walks like that are wonderful little slices of peace and contentment

 

I have been putting off revising and jump starting the blog until the general look and feel is finished, but I’ve decided Easter is the perfect place to start anew and I need to get my butt in gear and JUST START BLOGGING.

So Easter, umm yeah, its sort of a non-festival for me here. Growing up it was  synonymous with lambs, daffodils, blossom and bud, snow melting, grass growing and mud. Where as now its crispy leaves, bonfire smoke and chills in the air and in my very humble opinion not very Eastery things! Seriously as far as I’m concerned it should be getting close to halloween and guy fawkes.

Its a little part of emigration that bites you every so often, little reminders that your old life, old home is far far away. Mostly its a good bite, a little kick ass ‘woohoo we did it, we are forging a life in a whole new world’, but sometimes it just clashes, glaringly, old with new.

Moving on from my whining, we actually had a great Easter. I made moose some felted easter eggs (great fun and SO easy) and put little mini eggs and treats in them, as well as a pair of Easter trousers and a bunny. She followed a little trail with giggles and smiles and collected her goodies, she was delighted with her bunny and proudly announced ‘mummy made me a bunny, love bunny’. Cutest thing ever!

Easter can work – I’ve just got to make an effort, and her little face was totally worth it.

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Happy Easter  

'Its up there mummy' 

Mama made Easter bunny 

Unwrapping 

 

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