never too late to start

February 10, 2017 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

3 years ago I wrote about a lovely New Year tradition of popping a daily gratitude note in a jar.  E was just turning 2 and I started with such enthusiasm.  Life became a bit busy and the habit slipped after just a few months.  The jar remained, gathering dust behind the herbal teas and last year I found it.  How I wish I’d kept it up.  It’s been so lovely remembering these delightful moments, especially finding the photos that retell their story!  My absolute favourite note was:
Telling E he lived in my tummy before he was born…”Yes, when I was a snack”.  
We might be two months into a new year but it’s never too late to start is it!
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  • Crickley Hill walk with friends and their dog
  • feeding the cows with E at a friends farm
  • coming home from work to find G downstairs and E upstairs. G said ‘‘He’s just doing his own thing” (hiding and watching phone videos of himself)
  • playing peekaboo behind trees in the rain and E eating king prawns and chips afterwards
  • E’s very sincere ”thank you” when he hands you things… like mouthfuls of yoghurt while sat in his boat (a box)
  • E saying ”Squircle” when I asked what shape we should make the track
  • Daddy day – G teaching E to say ‘‘thanks” because his very sweet  ”fank you” sounds like something else!
  • tidal wave splashes in the bath – seeing the funny side when E says ”like rain”
  • E copying ”oh my word” with such expression and sleeping longer stretches at night
  • E and his friend R giggling at balloons being blown up and let off
  • Kindness of strangers – an elderly gentleman I see at the swimming pool giving me a very generous”token for E” for his birthday
  • E reading ”The places you’ll go” to himself in his cosy corner
  • Appreciation of being a two parent family and making a great team
  • Mummy day – going to the spa, blogging, time with G
  • E enjoying his books so much – heart melting
  • E jabbing blue berries with a fork while saying ”Boo”
  • Papa G and Nanny coming to visit – E sticking, playing and chuckling
  • Bimbling round the Quays, having a nice lunch in Portivo lounge and having a sleepy cuddle with E
  • ”Euan’s turn on the toilet”… E sat for a minute then put the toddler seat on his head
  • Video of E saying ”Oh no, it’s rubbish” in a Northern accent
  • Toddler world birthday party for E and having friends round for tea
  • Going to the Play farm with cousin Zac, excitement at cake and blowing out candles
  • Cuddles on the sofa and E falling asleep on me now he’s napping less
  • Nana’s birthday – E so happy and curious at out our meal out
  • ”Get in… Get out…Get in ….Get out” – E giggling directions to me, Nana and Grandad as we all hid in his ‘den’ (under his duvet)
  • First wee (and a bit of spray!) on the potty
  • E’s excitement at ”go see Dadda drilling”.  Thankful for such a handy husband.
  • Going to the bathroom to find E sat on the mat taking his own socks and trousers off
  • My birthday – cinema with G, tea at Zizzi’s, E to bed early after a no nap day, Epsom salts bath and in bed by 9.30pm!
  • Visit to the dentist confirmed E has all his teeth.  Really brave despite being spooked by the big chair. ‘‘Don’t want to” to dentist counting his teeth but enticed by stickers
  • Excited E helping with the washing up ”this one hot, this one cold”
  • E dancing with Milo,  cuddles, seeing his friend Noah
  • Being woken up by E singing ”Row, Row, Row your boat.  If you see a crocodile, don’t forget to scream.  Aaaargh”
  • Dancing at a friends birthday party, getting to the allotment even though it was clear out shed day
  • E popping balloons at a friends house
  • Going shopping and E saying ”I want to go up the eskimo” (meaning escalator)

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