Sunday, 9 September 2012

Big school

My first born started big school last week.

Good God where does the time go?

I did so good this time. You may remember my little wobble last year when he started preschool in the mornings. I still had those butterflies but it's different this time. He knows the school, it's the same place as his preschool. All his Friends are with him. And mostly because he is jump up and down like a yo-yo excited to go to 'big school' where you have a packed lunch and a big boy uniform. He is soooo ready...


Mostly I'm okay with it because I know a certain little man deserved some quality one on one time...



You know I get a lot of subtle and not so subtle criticism for being a stay at home mum and housewife in this day and age. (Okay so the title house wife is laughable, our house is always a mess)...

But you know what? I don't care, I love it.

It's the hardest job I have ever done but this last 4 years I haven't missed a thing...

They have been all mine...
Watching them grow...
 Watching them become friends...
I wouldn't change it for the world...
The time we have is so fleeting...


I want to soak up as much of it as possible...
Because before too long it will be a beautiful memory.

Besides look how excited he is?
Three school days on and he is still jumping out of bed in the morning asking to go to school!

I shall enjoy that while it lasts...

Friday, 31 August 2012

Sherwood Forest


The other day we took a trip to Sherwood Forest

You know the actual home for Robin Hood and his merry men (in green figure hugging tights apparently)... 

Some say it's purely folklaw/myth others say its based on a real outlaw... 
*Tut* haven't they seen Robin Hood Prince of Thieves? It is so obviously real (despite Kevin Costner having an American accent in the movie).

I've wanted to visit this place for ages...
Isaac absolutely refused to accept that Little John was the bigger man...
My favourite part of course was the walk through the woods to find the Major Oak. The very Oak that is claimed to have been used by Robin Hood as a hide out...

Come for a little walk with me will you?....
It's a beautiful forest... 
With clearly some really old trees within it...
Although am I the only one that can see wooden boobs all over the tree in the left photo...?
Just me then huh?

There are 'things' to climb...
As well as cool places to get your head stuck...
Aw posing for Grandpa...

You know me and trees. I can't enough of walking in the woods at the best of times...


Okay I admit it. I'm a total tree hugger...
There are cool wooden statues everywhere like this laughing tree, which as you can see achieved its desired effect...
Then you finally reach the major oak. I was all 'this better be big after such a 'major' build up'...

And it was! The photos don't do it justice, it's so big its held up by freaking metal poles...

And it's next to a place where the boys can build their own dens and pretend to be real Outlaws...
Any minute now Kevin Costner is going to come running out of the trees claiming he would die for me...

Any minute now...

We wouldn't make it as outlaws though. In no time at all Isaac was doing the 'i'm hungry' dance...
I'm not kidding. That is what he is actually doing.

We found a cool spot to eat though...
Plus there is a really cool playground...

'Come on little buddy follow me...'
 'um...a little help here...'

Hee! I hope you enjoyed the walk as much as we did x

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Wordless Wednesday: loving the bees

If you forget about the whole stinging thing, close up bees look all soft and fluffy...

You could almost just give it a little stroke...




Luckily for me, I didn't.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Sunday is easily my favourite day of the week...

Sunday is easily my favourite day of the week.

It was not always so.

Saturday was the obvious favourite as a child with morning cartoons and playing all day with friends. No obligations whatsoever just a day for fun.

Back then Sunday however had obligations aplenty. It was the day we went to church. I didn't hate going to church but it made the day feel more serious. There were important things to be done before fun could be had. You know? I had to dress smartly, be polite and well behaved in front of all the old people and during the service I had to sit and listen to someone talk for what used to feel like an age. That's not to say it was completely unenjoyable. I liked the singing and it wasn't long before I was found chasing my friends around the graveyard, playing hide and seek, doing cartwheels and headstands, climbing all over the gravestone (yikes!) and eventually going home with my smart clothes looking like they have been through a hedge backwards (which they probably had). We also went to church in the evening too and sometimes over to the old peoples home to do a visit and service there. So you weren't home free until later in the evening which is when you get that 'it's the evening before you go back to school' feeling.

I no longer go to church or have those beliefs but somehow Sunday has become an important day. A good day.

As some of you know unless the weather is rubbish I often go for a bike ride on my own...

I love it because I do a little exercise but mostly because I take pictures and enjoy the surroundings. It's almost like meditation...

I'm reminded of lyrics from that Faithless song 'This is my church, this is where I heal my hurts...' I often think that even those of us unable to believe in God still need a place to reflect and find peace. This is where I get mine.

Taking the time to breath in the fresh air and notice the little things we normally miss when busy...
A reminder that no matter what life is good.

Sometimes you have to set up the good, which is where Pancake Sunday started...
Hubby makes the best American style thick pancakes. These ones were filled with banana and were soooo good. I say hubby makes them but he always has helpers...

I say use the word helping loosly as it usually consists of lots of this...
We set the table and pour the all important tea...
And within what seems like minutes our table looks like this...
Don't worry about those left overs we eat them for snack later ha!

And it was good.

Then the rest of the day is for play, see friends, do a blog post, take some more photos whatever you fancy. I think there is an unspoken rule about no housework which is a little like a day of rest.

Last Sunday I finally finished putting up photos on our bare walls. I take all these photos and then I never display them. So while the boys watching My Iron Giant (omg I love that film) I put them up...

What do you think?

Let me tell you about this picture! 
It is maps of our Favorite places in the world. The first heart is a map of Becket Massachusetts, the summer camp where we met. The second is Grachen in Switzerland were Tim has family and where we got engaged. And the last picture is Woolacombe North Devon where I have family and where we got married.


I saw it on Pinterest (which I am totally addicted to btw) and immediately went to the website to get one of my own. If you are interested it you can find it here. I'm not getting paid to advertise for them I just love it so much and the service was excellent. It was a little pricey so we got it as a long overdue anniversary gift for each other. By that I mean for the last 3 years we've had no money and said we will get something at some point and then never get around to it.

Sunday is a great day for doing those things you always mean to do but never do! Actually as you can see I find that Sunday is a great day for many things.

x