It’s been a long, hard few days but a successful week as well. I started to prepare my photos for my monthly round up and realised whilst there have been lots of adventures as a household we have barely seen or spent any quality time together. This weekend we decided to change that and reset and pause our hectic schedules as a household
Over the last few months J’s dreams have become more vivid, some good, some bad. The bad ones wake her up in tears and there’s no real theme to them, just her imagination running wild at night
Because they are so vivid she’s convinced they will happen so after a very early wake up call one morning I promised her we would make a dream catcher, explaining that they wouldn’t stop her dreams – instead they would catch the bad ones and prevent them from becoming real – letting the good ones happen and pass through
The concentration of a little girl who has been given a pancake and a pan (cold) to practice on. After what seemed like an eternity of asking she finally got her wish to help daddy and then do it on her own. Lots of falls, lots of laughs and lots of memories made along the way
I really am enjoying this monthly portrait project and recording each different snippet of my little girl as she continues to grow and amaze me. This week we visited Mottisfont Abbey for their half term trail and although she cannot read she loves to have the books, maps and leaflets we are given. She is often asking what each word is, takes it all in and we’ve also spent a lot of time talking about phonics and practising how to put words together through the letter
I asked her if I could stop and take a photo of her and this is the shot I got. I laugh every time I look at it – my cheeky, happy little girl, with her beautiful blue eyes and tumbling curls. I’ve learned sometimes it’s best to ask for a photo as she will stop and give me a smile, but instead she did this which isn’t the worst thing as it was quickly followed by the next photo. It’s amazing how much personality a photo can show you isn’t it?
I don’t know about other children but my girl loves to play hide and seek. It can be behind trees, beneath a blanket, under tables or even in the dark, it really doesn’t matter where we are or what we are doing, she will find somewhere and we all become part of the game
Whenever J was ever asked to smile for the camera she would pull what we used to joke and refer to as the ‘Chandler grimace’. Anyone who has ever seen Friends will know exactly what we mean, but it resembled a half smile, half scrunched up face but even though it made several photos hard to take at times we secretly adored it
J’s birthday present was a camera and since then she hasn’t put it down. At some point I’m going to have to go through the hundreds of photos she has amassed on it and select some with her to get developed but she absolutely loves looking back through them
I have spent a couple of weeks with what seems to have been flu mixed with a chest and throat infection and no voice. I’ve been in bed at my mums where she has helped to nurse me back to health but my oh my I have missed this girl
Last Monday we were making chilli in my mums kitchen (one of our favourite winter warming ‘English Mexican’ dishes)
J was helping me, chopping away (mostly eating the yellow peppers) and grating cheese (again mostly eating it) and in between mouthfuls was singing along to the trolls soundtrack – her favourite thing right now. In fact there has even been a conversation about whether she could have pink hair like Poppy. We compromised and agreed that when she is 18 she can have pink hair… one day she will figure me out I’m sure!