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a most happy Father’s Day

Father's Day presents 2015 4B
Collage - Fathers Day gifts 4B
Of handmade cards and secret, solo, Lego crafting by E
Fathers Day 2015 - E
Lots of smiles and hugs and my every wish fulfilled for E in the relationship he has with his Dad. My best boys.
Father's Day 2015 - E and G close up
‘It is a wise father that knows his own child’ – William Shakespeare
E holding Fathers Day present 4B
And a happy boy who knows his Dad.

(E’s ”About my Daddy’‘ picture inspired by Jen’s post here at Mama Papa Bubba)

July 21, 2015 at 6:00 am 1 comment

becoming a bookworm

‘A house without books is like a room without windows’ – Heinrich Mann
E and Daddy reading 4B
I first read to E when he was still a bump.  At a few months old we began reading bedtime stories after bath time. At 4 months old he’d explore cloth books with a look of absolute wonder on his face. 
College - E reading 4 months old
E has such a love of stories and it warms my heart when he picks up a book during the day and asks to read it with one of us on the sofa.
E and Mummy reading 4B
We’ve amassed quite a collection of children’s books so from time to time E and I play the ”keep it” or ‘‘give it away” sorting game. It’s hard not to feel a pang of nostalgia when he chooses to part with an old favourite (like ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ at the last sorting) but I love the look of sheer delight on his face when he beams ”keep it, I love that one”.
21-3-15 - E sorting books 4B
21-3-15 - book pile 4B

New favourites since turning 3 are Mr Men books and Bod books – stories familiar to both G and I from our own childhoods several decades ago.
12-7-15 - E reading Bod books
Life long favourites for E continue to be the lyrical rhymes of any and all Dr Seuss books and most especially The Lorax. How delightful it is when he points to a picture and describes what he sees or recites whole pages.

”He was shortish and oldish and brownish and mossy.
And he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy”.

E reading the Lorax 1 4BE reading the Lorax 2 4B
We have a bookworm, hooray!

‘You cannot open a book without learning something’ – Confucius

July 16, 2015 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

be content with what you have

26-3-15 - E with water squirter 4B
“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to

– Lao Tzu

May 5, 2015 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

today was good, today was fun

E full of life
“Today was good.
Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.”
Dr Seuss

(phone cameras – capturing those precious moments one fuzzy shot at a time!)

March 27, 2015 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

find the gifts of your shadow

That moment when you open a book and your inner chatter is soothed a little.
life is beautiful”All of your so-called faults,
all the things you don’t like about yourself are your greatest assets. 
They are simply over-amplified. 
The volume has been turned up a bit too much, that’s all. 
Just turn down the volume a little. 

Soon, you – and everyone else – will see your weaknesses as your strengths,
your ‘negatives’ as your ‘positives’.  They will become wonderful tools,
ready to work for you rather than against you. 
All you have to do is learn to call on these personality traits
in amounts that are appropriate to the moment. 
Judge how much of your wonderful qualities are needed,
and don’t give any more than that.” 

(from ”Dark side of the light chasers” by Debbie Ford)
have a postive day
Lovely inscribed pebbles available from HappyEmotions Etsy shop

January 16, 2015 at 10:56 pm 1 comment

recipe for happiness

Two handfuls of generosity,
Two heaped cups of patience,
One heartful of love,
One headful of understanding,
and a dash of humour.
Sprinkle with kindness,
add plenty of faith and mix well.
Spread over a period of a lifetime
and serve to everyone you meet.

My own recipe for happiness would have to include eating peas!  They’re ”my favourite and my best” whether cheery or blue.  I still remember my excitement the first time I blogged about growing peas, so delighted was I with the pictures snapped with our new camera.MOSAIC - peas

Searching out these old pea photos from my earliest blogging days is not only nostalgic (especially now we’re allotment-less) but also a little poignant.  I recall taking them so vividly but for all the 332,363 hits on my blog only 18 people have ever seen these.  It’s a strange and curious thing looking at blog stats like that.  By contrast the most popular post, ‘5 ways with… a ton of damsons’ has been viewed 13,100 times!  Who are all these people?   I’m obviously not alone in my love of foraging and preserve making.

Lovely as it is to see people finding my recipe archive years later, I still have a soft spot for those first few posts from the Summer of 2009.  I’m rather surprised that peas haven’t inspired my cooking more really –  512 blog posts later there’s just one pea recipe in the archive (pea and tuna kedgeree).  I guess it proves I just love them on their own too much and now E is here they don’t even make it into boiling water!23-8-14 - Oxo bowl_shelling peas 4B

© ‘recipe for happiness’ from Thought for Today

November 20, 2014 at 8:00 am 2 comments

packing bags of confidence and kindness

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world.
It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”

Aug 2014 - E and Levi superheroes 4B
Let’s pack happiness into our children so the baggage they take into adulthood is goodness, confidence, and kindness instead of packing bags of hurt, struggle, and loneliness that will weigh them down for life.”

Both these quotes are by L R Knost, an author and Mother who really knows her stuff when it comes to gentle parenting approaches. Her website is a great source of inspiration and I can’t help but feel encouraged when I read a blog post like
200 ways to bless your children with a happy childhood and can mentally tick some off. A handful of the ways in which we hope we’re blessing E with a happy childhood …..
1. playing in the rain
2. choosing new books from the library
3. climbing and exploring
4. building towers and knocking them down
5. making funny hats for lego people
6. baking cookie cutter shaped bread rolls
7. playing dress up
8. singing and dancing around the room
9. holding him through the tears when he’s upset
10. sharing a milkshake
11. saying ”I’m sorry” when we make mistakes
12. sharing stories of our childhood
13. saying ”I love you” every day
14. giving second chances
15. modelling what we’d like him to learn – kindness and confidence.
E lion cape

November 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm 2 comments

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