Monthly Archives: January 2014

The ordinary moments


This is a new ordinary moment for us, but one that so far I really love. It’s so simple, just doing a puzzle or two with Amelia, my older daughter while baby Rosie is having her nap. But me and Amelia are both enjoying these moments so much – I love doing a peaceful activity which she is learning from, working together to get to the end result. We only do them for 15-20 minutes each day (generally at Amelia’s request), but I really am enjoying it, and hope that this is one of our ordinary moments for a long time to come. I just gives us a bit of time out from the rush of daily life, and is full of talking, teasing, laughing and contentment.

I have also seen progress in just the week we have been doing these puzzles. Amelia is generally wary of getting things wrong, and relies on me a lot to guide her. At first she wouldn’t choose her own pieces but today doing these puzzles she was happily having a go at fitting pieces together, and she got quite a few right – there were times when i was really impressed with how she did. And in turn, I’m learning to step back, not to rush her, and to let her have a go and get it wrong rather than stepping in straight away to correct her. I like how such a simple activity is giving us new memories, which I hope to treasure for always.

This post will be added to the ordinary moments linky, which is a weekly linky capturing those ordinary moments which in the future will be the most precious memories. After all, it’s the ordinary which is really the extraordinary. If you want to join in pop over to the lovely mummydaddymeand join in 🙂



Post Xmas crafts


We did the simplest craft ever today. But my 4 year old really loved it, and so I thought I would share, as its so cheap and easy and we played for a good hour.

First, I used an empty chocolate box, and Amelia filled it with pom poms from a craft set. That made up the box of chocolates. We planned to trick Craig when he got home from work – offer him a chocolate that is actually a Pom Pom – Amelia got so excited to do this.

Then I put some Pom poms onto sticks to make ‘lollys.’

Then I laid them out as a shop. I was the shop keeper, she was the ‘castamer’ (new word for customer!) – she even found her pink bag with some pennies in it, and we made the craft box the till. She kept coming into the room, buying the chocolates and lollies, paying, then returning them. I added in a little sneaky counting of the pennies too to encourage a bit of learning 🙂

So simple, but really fun for Amelia, which is what I wanted today.

Oh, and as soon as Craig got home she ‘tricked’ him with the chocolates, she enjoyed that.

It his game can basically be done with anything, and really did make for an enjoyable and peaceful afternoon.


Looking back…

We have had a busy few years! Last new year I was pregnant with little Rosie, so 2013 saw her arrival. We have completed our family, and i will always feel blessed to have my girls. Also in 2013 we finished decorating the bathroom, and we got another chunk done in the garden – took a step back to move forward, but we are slowly making progress with it. Very slowly!

So, my new aims for the year are:

1. Be consistent.
– By this I’m really talking about my health. I’m not too bad, but I easily let things distract me from being healthy – I struggle to say no to ‘treats’ and struggle to be motivated all year round to d enough exercise. So my aim is to do whatever I do consistently this year and not start and stop. I want to be healthier and fitter by 2014, and so to do this I want to be able to make time for myself throughout the whole year. This won’t be easy, but if I stick to it it will be worth it.

2. Be healthier.
On the whole we have mastered healthy meals I think – but my diet has too many snacks (which I tell myself are treats) and this is what I want to tackle. Instead of eating crap, my aim is to have a planned two healthy snacks each day, and other than that stick to just my meals (and make sure the portions aren’t too big!) if I do this i’ll have a good diet.

3. Make time for what I enjoy. I have a lot of hobbies – reading, cross stitching, cards, blogging. I tend to do these when the girls are asleep. I’d like to look into a sewing class, and I just want to make sure I am making the most of ‘my’ time and not wasting it too much.

4. Concentrate on making the house nice. We have so much we need to do in the house we live in that its hard to know where to start. But this year I want to focus on doing as much as possible. We plan on boarding the attic (storage is a major issue since Rosie has moved into what was our spare room!), decorate the living room to be exactly what we want, and hopefully later in the year the hallway. And more in the garden over the summer 🙂 loads of plans, but every room in this house (except the bathroom!) need work, and so we are focusing on a couple of rooms each year, money allowing.

So there you go 🙂
Happy new year! Xxx