All this green and white around my home is catching my eye. It is what I was most looking forward to about moving into our new home and accordingly is the inspiration behind my Christmas colour scheme this year. I have plenty of years ahead to return to my beloved red and white. The green and white combination feels fresh and new! There will be lots of green and white floral arrangements, presents adorned with green and white spotty fabric which I will cut into strips to act as ribbon, jam jars wrapped with shades of green ribbon holding little garden treasures and maybe sweet treats of some kind, and of course a big bushy pine Christmas tree!
Whilst big sister is enjoying a day at preschool, little miss and I enjoy 5 or so hours together two days a week. Just the two of us. Just her, and me. Shared conversations, shared smiles and laughs. Shared glances. Occasionally there are no words for many minutes and I recognise how precious even those moments are. I just love witnessing the things she notices, what catches her attention, what makes her thoughtful, what makes her laugh, what inspires those cheeky little comments, (and what inspires the unhappy, frustrating and even tantruming moments...today it was when her top bunched up at the sleeves when she bent her arm...oh dear!), which thoughts out of her hundreds she chooses to share with me. I feel so lucky to be in her company. I was able to capture on film a few things that were important to her in her day. Things that only her height, her imagination and her determination could observe and ponder over.
Collecting flowers on the hill is a favourite ritual after preschool drop off.
I'm glad I have saved so many jam jars for these treasures to be displayed at home, in the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, living rooms!
Following a snail's slow journey down the path and through the holes in the gutter.
Lucky that we were not rushing off anywhere!
Marvelling at the giant tree roots.
I would not have stopped to admire them if she were not with me.
Spotting a red bulb through the thick leaves as we walked the footpath on the way to the shops. She was fascinated by it's colour, the colour of the leaves and and why it was hiding in the leaves. I love that she could spontaneously appreciate it's beauty.
I would never have noticed this!
Skipping and singing to the car on our way to pick up her big sister, Miss M soon met danger in the form of an uneven footpath...after some hugs and and first aid, when granted acceptance to hold the first aid pouch from my handbag, this was the result by the time we arrived at the preschool!!
Fuelled by a conversation about all the things that daddy does for us and how hard he works, the girls decided that baking a cake for him would be a nice way to say thank you to daddy and show him just an ounce of how much we love him. Of course, it had to be a surprise!
45 minutes is a long wait for two little girls...
What should we do while we wait?
Finally the bell rings and the cake is ready for decorating...
More surprises for daddy...special words assembled just for you, daddy - you can just imagine what they say...
This solitary m took many, many, minutes for little Miss M to find amongst a sea of tiny pasta letters! All that patience and perseverance, just for you, daddy. xxxxxxx
Thank you for all that you do for us every day, darling husband and loving daddy.
And just in case you need reminding, we have it written on the wall! x
We bought daddy a seaplane experience for his birthday and all went to watch him fly off into the blue sky on the weekend. It was perfect weather- blue skies and warm sand to play in while we waited for his return!
How lucky we were to have Grandma and Poppy visiting us, and it was such fun spotting daddy in the sky with Poppy.