... him, me and the beach...
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Autumn has definitely arrived here in the last few days. It is windy and cold but still beautiful in its own right.
The wind has blown the leaves from the trees and the gorgeous colours of autumn are now more under foot than hanging above our heads. Although the woods are so close to us (this picture is taken from the back garden) the kids still prefer the beach,
Indoors the heating is often on and the smell of apple pie and soup is common. The kids have been very happy playing together, the three of them. Often quite funny games that I enjoy over hearing. Benny and Rebe have played an elaborate game of goodies and baddies for two days now and their 'people' are felt tip pens. It does make me giggle!
Last week was so lovely, I went away with Garry (who is him) to his brother's wedding in Co Kildare. We went for 2 nights and the kids stayed with their dad. It was the longest I have been away from them, but I just allowed myself to be completely me and immerse myself in the experience instead of feeling worried or guilty about it. I wore the dress that I had made and we drank and danced and celebrated until the wee hours of the morning. It was a very special and lovely time and has left me with a very warm glow :-)
Hope autumn is being good to you too x
Saturday, October 19, 2013
...making Halloween costumes
...Rebe's brilliant costume, she designed and made it herself (with dribs and drabs of help) she's a black eagle :-)
...and re-knitting (I had to tear this hat out twice to get the size right)It was also a day for trying to make our own hot air balloon (very unsuccessfully), baking apple crumble, biking to the shop, playing on the beach...
...and wearing switswoo shoes.
Hope you had a good Saturday too :-)
Friday, October 18, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Oof we are tired here Under Rainbows. The constant running around and busy-ness is taking it's toll on us. The school time rhythm is hard; up early, frantically packing lunches and making breakfast, I try and leave us enough time to walk some of the way to school giving us some much needed fresh air, exercise and family time. While the kids are at school there is house work, shopping, Joa-ing, home kindergarten, playgroup. Then back in the car to pick the kids up, home, snack, homework and then we have an hour screen time (and I rest or do a bit of doll making) then dinner, bath, story and bed. Constant, relentless over and over again. On top of that there is the kids' time with their dad, my time with him, singing, running, meeting friends and trying to fit in keeping in touch with everyone.
Yesterday I could see we had just had enough, everyone was exhausted, everyone was cranky, so today we took a duvet day.
We called in sick to school and stayed in pajamas until noon. We read stories, watched a dvd, played lego and baked.
I did some sewing
I am so glad we took this day, I went on instinct knowing another day of running around would do us more harm than good, and I was right, by lunchtime Benny had a temperature and was feeling poorly, his body's way of showing us he really needs to rest.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
THE GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED THANK YOU xx
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Under Rainbows.
To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the opening of my wee etsy shop I am giving away this sweet little lady. This is my way to say thank you. Thank you to all those who have supported me and encouraged me. This year of doll making has been so important for me. It has given me grounding and consistency when times were turbulent. It has helped financially, heating the house, buying gifts for celebrations, taxing the car. It has given me friends and connections all over the world and more than anything making dolls gives me a creative outlet that is oh so much fun.
Her hair is of soft brown mohair yarn, knitted into a cap and stitched to her head, the hair is then brushed out (see the tutorial on the right for more details on knitting waldorf doll wigs).
She was so much fun to make and I know she will find a lovely home somewhere with one of you :-)
(please bare in mind the mohair can shed some and the clothing has wooden buttons so this doll might not be suitable for a young child)So here is how you can enter:
- To enter leave a comment below in the comment box and spread the word:
- Let me know if you are a follower of this blog, or have started following it
- blog about this giveaway or link to it on your own blog
- Like and Share my etsy shop
- Like and Share the Under Rainbows facebook page
- Tweet about the give away
- Pin a picture from this post on pinterest
- spread the love on any forum/ group you think might like this
- tell your friends, sing it from the rooftops
Be sure to come back each time and leave another comment telling me how you're spreading the word. Each comment counts as one entry.
If you can't comment here don't worry, you can send your comment via email firstname.lastname@example.org or as a pm on the Under Rainbows facebook page and I will add it for you here.
The winner will be selected randomly next Friday the 18th of October and I will announce the winner here. Be sure to check back to see if this wee lady is coming to live with you then!!!
Thanks for all your support, and GOOD LUCK!!!!
Monday, October 7, 2013
...cooking up something good.
time for lunch....
|the last of the tomatoes from the green house|
|the last of the cucumbers|
|apples the kids scrumped with their daddy|
|all the green ones on the window sill ripening|
|my best helper|
|spelt soda bread|
Still to come this week in the kitchen....
marrow and ginger jam
What you got cookin'?
Thursday, October 3, 2013
**In September 2011 6 families got together and started Buddies Home School. Each week we meet in each other's home and follow a simple rhythm: movement and music, craft/ baking, snack time, free play and story time. Each part of the session is led by a different family. We are sharing this week's session with you here...***
The rhythm at Buddies is so much gentler this year. We find that the Buddies, smaller and fewer that they are, need less from us.
Simplicity is the key.
Simple songs (although little M requested something about a bunny with big ears fairly frequently)
zoom zoom zoom, old macdonald, baa baa black sheep, if you're happy and you know it, hickory dickory dock, incy wincy spider.
apple cut outs, red and green paint, fingers and brushes
Simple snack: fresh fruit, brown bread and milk to drink