HAVE A WONDERFUL EASTER WEEKEND

DSC_0091What are your plans for the Easter Weekend? Are there some fun Egg Hunts going on where you live? When the kids woke up early this morning and looked out the window, they realised the Easter Bunny had already been and left treats in the garden for them. Oh, their excited little faces, grabbing their little baskets and rushing down the stairs… So, so good. I love. IMG_3057 IMG_2981DSC_0007 DSC_0034 DSC_0055 DSC_0056DSC_0002 DSC_0072

DSC_0085DSC_0003DSC_0064This afternoon we’re planning a special picnic on the beach, with lovely friends and lovely chocolately treats and if everyone is feeling particularly lovely and non-whingey and friendly and perfectly sea salty, then we’ll stay there till sunset.

Louisa and her Oslo crew are with Mum for Easter, and I know they’re on their way up to the cabin right now, ready for this year’s Egg Hunt Up On The Hill In The Woods – if you follow us on Instagram, prepare to be spammed this weekend!

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Wishing you a sweet Easter weekend xoxo

PS. Easter last year.

A PORTRAIT OF MY CHILDREN, EVERY WEEK, FOR THE NEXT 52 WEEKS

Inspired by The 52 Project. 

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Sienna: She does a great job collecting shells on the beach.

Finley: He is the perfect Mr Gold Medal Police Officer.

So, we are half way through Finley’s Spring Break from school, and so far so good. By that I mean, we’ve enjoyed lovely days on the beach, lingering in the shallow waters, picnics in parks, we’ve eaten the hugest ice creams, spent a few lazy afternoons in the garden, gone surfing in the new paddling pool, and we’ve not fallen out too many times.

This week we’re upping the Easter antics, but for the most part I’m hoping it’ll be very similar to last. I’m excited for the fun times ahead (especially as I can finally break open those beautiful eggs my Mother in Law brought us from the UK, woo! I may, and may not, share with the rest of my crew.)

xoxo

TEN PHOTOS ON THE TENTH OF APRIL

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Why?

Because some days, after you’ve tucked your little ones into bed and you flop down on the sofa letting out a giant sigh of I MADE IT relief, as you survey the room full of scattered toys and half built forts in front of you, wondering if you might have enough energy left to go shave your legs and would it be ok to have some dark chocolate for dinner, you need to flip through the photos on your camera and remind yourself; Today was good. This week has been good. There have been plenty of not quite so fantastic elements, not quite Mother of the year moments, in between. But there was a lot of good.

And great, and awesome, too.

Hope you’re having a good, great and awesome week, in between the not exactly picture perfect elements.

xoxo

 

 

A PORTRAIT OF MY CHILDREN, EVERY WEEK, FOR THE NEXT 52 WEEKS

Inspired by The 52 Project. 

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Sienna: She’s very concerned about a tiny, little graze she has on the knuckle of her middle finger. It’s been there for a week, maybe more, and is almost completely healed, but she still likes to mention it several times a day.

Finley: He’s climbing on the rail by the pool where we where having lunch. I think he was hoping he might accidentally fall in.

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I hope you’ve all had a good week? Spring Break has just started in Dubai, we’re looking forward to slower mornings and picnics on the beach. Other than a few fun play dates with sweet friends, we don’t have much planned yet, which actually feels really, really nice.

I pulled out our box of easter decorations yesterday, eager to fill our house with spring colours and memories of parcels in the post filled with mini chocolate eggs from our Granny in the UK. For some reason it still felt a little too early and it didn’t go exactly as I’d pictured, and the kids got way too over excited, jumping up and down asking when? When?! WHEN would the Easter bunny be arriving? Now? Now?? Sienna then ate the paint off of a beautifully decorated wooden egg, so other than a couple of chicks for the dining table, I called it a day for now on the Easter deco.

In the meantime, I really do love Spring and Easter craft activities, and thought these gorgeous ideas would be fun to try out:

How to paint wooden Easter Eggs. I could totally save and revamp the one Sienna destroyed with her eager little toddler teeth.

These watercolour letter eggs I will definitely be making – I love the effect watercolour has, and wouldn’t they make pretty gifts, using someone’s initial?

And we will definitely have to make some Easter biscuits. 

Have a lovely weekend xoxo

 A PORTRAIT OF MY CHILDREN, EVERY WEEK, FOR THE NEXT 52 WEEKS

Inspired by The 52 Project.

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Finley: Building forts and huts around the house and garden is one of his favourite things to do. He’ll often rearrange all the furniture in the living room, using every available chair, basket, table and cushion to create a fenced in area he can call his house. It’s not necessarily that he wants to be alone, it’s more the building process itself. He’ll say “This is my house, would you like to join me for lunch?”

Sienna: She’s had a cold this week and not been herself, but the excitement of rain and puddle jumping (with clothes on!) perked her up a little. And nothing feels nicer than a big soft towel to warm you up again for five minutes, before you head back out for more puddle jumps.

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Hope you are having a lovely week. I feel like it was just yesterday I posted last week’s 52 project post, this week flew past!

xoxo

RAIN / RAINING / RAINEDDSC_0046When it rains in Dubai, we get oh so, ever so, very excited. We tear open the curtains in the morning, calling out “Wow! Come look! You’ve GOT to see this! RAIN!”.

We call it hot chocolate day and encourage our kids to jump in every puddle they see. We rush outside to rescue the outdoor cushions, and stand for hours by the window, mesmerised by the sudden change in weather. The football pitch at school gets flooded, and a temporary bridge made of benches is set up to allow parents and children safe access in and out at pick up time, when all we really want to do is wade through the temporary rainwater river and laugh and splash and say hey kids, this is what rain looks like, this is how it feels, feel it on your face; it’s raining. 

But instead we tut-tut at all the flooding and the dangerous wet weather drivers, and say things like “Well, where I come from, it rains all the time, never a big deal …” 

Then we head home, brew tea and encourage more puddle jumping. It feels almost like we’ve been sent a wet little hello from back home! But careful, don’t slip on the wet tiles, and quick! Pass me another towel the water is seeping in through the windows. Hope it’s sunny again tomorrow. 

xoxo

 

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