Sunday, February 22, 2015

half term

It's been half term here and we've had 4 days off school. It's been lovely, the kids have split their time between us and Andy, so it's been a good mix of doing things as a family and resting.
a new board game, played for hours

Rebe tried her hand at making ice cream

Benny made a game for Joa's cars

huge lego towers

seedlings growing on the windowsill

penguin picnic at Rineen Fairy Woods.
 Although it was so lovely to have the kids and do these lovely things together I was also very glad to have the rest days in between. I did rest (sewing and knitting do count as rest don't they!) because I had not been feeling so good the last week or so. I think it was a bug, but I also know that my iron levels are not as high as they used to be. I also know that this little baby is currently breech so I think he or she was pressing their head into my tummy making me feel even more sensitive.
30 weeks
 I finally did my first little bit of baby knitting...

It's funny looking around the house, everywhere there is evidence of the little person who is coming to join us in a matter 9 or 10 weeks.
a new rocking chair

my favourite sling returned
 We are so excited about this baby coming. I can't wait to meet him or her and I know the time will just fly by until we're due!
 Last week I wrote to several parenting magazines, national and international, and told them about my feelings about the importance of boys having access to dolls to play with and the work that I do with Under Rainbows. I am blown away by the response and very excited about the exposure Under Rainbows will be getting this spring. We had to take lots of publicity shots, the boys only too happy to help :-)

Thursday, February 5, 2015


learning how to change a tyre 
using the wheel jack

who do you think might come to live here?

Bee B&B

rooting potion 
willow for weaving

starting to plant
 the kids...

helping to cook lunch

Rebe's comic strips

Benny's superhero book

Japan embroidered by Rebe at school

brother and sister

lots of tiny flower fairies in the making

Rebe's finished hoodie

I wonder is the act of creating an expression of happiness or is it the creating that makes us happy? Or is it a cycle, both creativity and happiness feeding off each other?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

saturday home life

games of schools (Joa was his big cousin Callum in the game) 
hot spelt soda bread

pirates...believe it or not
 Benny has a new friend at school. She invited him to her Birthday Party so we made her a little present...

 Into the woods after lunch to make bows and arrows...

 Some of us got wetter than others and had to come home in tights only...

 The late afternoon: knitting, tea and Star Wars while Garry was hard at work in the garden...

new raised beds

Friday, January 23, 2015

life is good

and we are all so happy here.
We feel that everything we wish for ourselves happens at the moment. For example, both Garry and I wanted a dresser for a long time, then last week a friend of ours was selling hers for just the right price...
it looks like it has always been in our kitchen and it makes me smile every time I walk past it.
 We are all feeling pretty good as well. Garry had another appointment with his consultant last week who is really pleased with how well he is recovering and healing. He needs lots of physio now but we are feeling really confident that in another month or so he will be back to normal.

honey sweetened carrot cake
I am 26 weeks pregnant now and I feel great. A little tired at times, a little sore or uncomfortable at others, but generally I feel amazing. I am trying to eat very sensibly, and have cut out a lot of processed foods and refined sugar and I am walking as much as I can still, enjoying the fresh air and movement. I am also going to a lovely pregnancy yoga class on Monday evenings. It is good for me body and soul and I was lucky enough to win the classes through a Facebook competition...another thing just provided for us by the universe!

The kids are doing really well. Apart from the odd cough and cold they are great, healthy and happy. In fact over the past few months I have seen a really wonderful change in Rebe in particular. She is calm and helpful, happy and smiling most of the time. She went back to school after the Christmas break saying she didn't have any negative feelings about going back, something that she would always experience going back to school. She is trying new things, moving her body, she asked if she could go sugar free too. We also let her stay up later after the boys have gone to bed, so she sits with us and we have special time with her. I am so happy for her, life is calm and easy for her at the moment without stress or conflict.

She drew us a new family picture last week and I think it is really obvious how differently she feels about herself, she is the right size, no longer the smallest member of the family, she is holding Tiny, who is her responsibility. And along this vein you can also see how well Spartacus is doing. He used to be so nervous and flighty. In fact before we got him the snip last year he would run off for long periods of time. But he has settled so much, is so confident and part of the family. He still think's he is a wolf, but he is a wolf who never misses the bedtime story if he can help it!
Rebe's drawing of the family 2014
Rebe's drawing of the family 2015
I am so proud of our wee family, of how we have managed and handled all of the changes of the past year. How we are not only getting by but we are all thriving. It is truly a wonderful place to be and I am so happy that we are welcoming a new little person to join in with us.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


 Today there was a tiny bit of hail and snow. Of course the kids were hugely excited and played out in the cold, searching every nook and cranny of the garden for some. Rebe managed to make a tiny snowman.

Garry has been busy today, starting to feel more movement and stronger in his neck. He built our wagon which arrived in the post last week...
 This is our 2nd wagon, the first one got rained on once too often. But we loved it so much we are delighted to have gotten it in the January sales and look forward to wheeling it down to the beach and it will be so handy when we are camping and at the festivals in the summer.

We've been thinking about the garden a lot of late too. Aware that as soon as Garry is back to work the time is going to fly by until the baby is here. So we are trying to plan as much as we can now and this extended to ordering the seeds we want for this year. We are so excited about it and at this stage feeling pretty organised.
 I have started back at work this past week too, there are a couple of little snuggle buddies for sale in the etsy shop and I am working on 2 very special little dolls at the moment as well as writing more patterns. I still haven't managed to knit anything for the baby yet. I am working on a hoodie for Rebe at the moment, but I keep frogging it. So far I have knitted the pockets onto the wrong sides 3 times....there are only 2 pockets!!! gah! pregnancy brain. But as soon as I have finished that I am going to pick something sweet and tiny for my evening knitting.