Merry go round moments – week 36.

Family fun: top shot.

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Busy, busy! With her bestie, in a real, working helicopter cockpit. As you do! What an incredible morning she had. Unlike a few of the children she was not in the least bit daunted by the experience – she was totally in her element!

 

Memories are made of this.
Looking at the big world map on the wall in the playroom. Talking about and finding where we live now, where we will be living, where all our friends and family live. Then we moved on to talking about the weather and the clothes we will need in a colder country.  “Ummmmm, gloves….a woolly hat….a scarf….a snow coat….a ball.”  Wait – what?!  A ball?  “yes mummy, so that I can take it and play with the penguins.”  At times she is such a little monkey, at others she is just the sweetest girl in the world.

 

Laugh out loud.
Our girly tried fresh lychees for the first time this week.  Surprisingly, they were a very big hit. She calls them “cheesies.” I tried correcting her to say “lychees”, to which she replied “yes, they are light cheese aren’t they? Not dark cheese. Good job, mummy!” So sweet, so funny.

 

Quick quote.

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously.  This is how character is built.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Music makes me happy.
Row row row your boat. The little man rows along with me, grinning this huge toothy grin at me.  When I stop at the end of each verse, he tugs my hands towards him, indicating that we are not done yet!

 

Good times.
Making caves with bedsheets and chairs. Watching the endless stream of imaginative play ideas my beautiful girl comes up with, whilst her little brother crawls all over the pile of pillows and cushions, pulls himself up, falls, rolls over, starts all over again. Everyday stay-at-home mum life is so repetitious and so mundane. But also dotted with so many precious moments like these.  It’s the little things.

 

 

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Merry go round moments – week 35.

Family fun: top shot.

Too covered in weetabix to fix with a flannel, too heavy to hold at arms length all the way to the bath...only one thing for it!

Too covered in weetabix to fix with a flannel, too heavy to hold at arm’s length all the way to the bath…the kitchen sink was the only solution!

Memories are made of this.
The words mummy and daddy are being replaced with mum and dad by our girly.  It has been a rapid change, over the past week or so.  I am actually genuinely finding this incredibly hard to take.  I feel almost heartbroken every time she says it, thinking how grown up my baby girl suddenly sounds. I hadn’t really thought about how it would make me feel, when the time came.  I certainly hadn’t expected it before her third birthday. I keep trying to coax her back to calling me mummy, and she acquiesces when I push the point, but I don’t think I’m going to win in the long run. Perhaps it will feel more comfortable, given a bit of time for me to get used to it. Right now it feels horribly as though my two year old suddenly has the voice of a teenager!

 

Laugh out loud.
Two little faces, pressed up against the bars of the baby gate in the doorway separating me (in the kitchen) from them (in the playroom).  You’d think that with a great big space to play in and all their toys around them, they might have been content where they were.  But judging by the racket they were making to get into the kitchen, they clearly felt that I’d selfishly barred their entry to the best spot in the house!

 

Quick quote.

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.”

C.S. Lewis

 

Music makes me happy.
Clap hands, daddy comes with a pocketful of plums. I haven’t sung this one since our girly was really young, but I started it up again this week, as it is very simple and involves a lot of clapping.  The boy really does like to clap!  I don’t know whether subconsciously our girly remembers it, or it has just captured her imagination, but she loves it, and joins in very enthusiastically, choosing who is going to get the plums and then changing the fruit they will receive, and then what other foods they might get.  And so on and so on. Sometimes we can go through it twenty or more times before she gets bored.  Plus, the boy – as expected – loves clapping along!

 

Good times.
The packers were in on Friday, and by 4pm they had been and gone.  Just us and a very empty house, all our stuff in a shipping container on the way to our new home.  Hopefully it will arrive there by October, which will only be a couple of months after we get there.  In the meanwhile we are making do with very minimal home comforts.  So there we were, all four of us, sat in a circle on the floor playing pass the ball, just having so much fun and enjoying the simplicity of the game.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the total lack of furniture and home comforts is liberating – I miss my comfy sofa (hugely!!). But it is quite gratifying to see how happily our children have carried on as normal, completely unphased by the change and the sudden lack of toys.  It bodes well for our settling-in period when we get to our new home, which is a relief and means there is one less thing to worry about!

 

 

Merry go round moments – week 34.

Family fun: top shot.

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Getting dressed all by herself.

 

Memories are made of this.

Our girly has started getting herself dressed this week.  She’s been doing bits and pieces of the process for a long time now, but this week she actually did the whole lot, from pyjamas off, to fully dressed, with shoes on.  It makes my heart full to bursting with pride, watching her blossoming into this independent little girl.  I’m hearing a lot of “look mummy, I did it all by my own” these days.  It makes me a little wistful, but also really, really happy.

 

Laugh out loud.

“Look mummy it looks like a raincoat!”.  She found it so funny that her teeshirt got stuck on her head and looked like the hood of a coat.  She dissolved into a total fit of giggles.  I love this age, where her laughter just comes bubbling out, so pure, joyous, and carefree.  And it is so true that genuine happiness and laughter is contagious.  You can’t help but laugh when they laugh.  Best medicine ever.

 

Quick quote.

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

Music makes me happy.

Days of the week – children’s song. To the tune of the Addam’s Family tv programme theme music.  Our girly came home singing this on Thursday and it has been on permanent loop ever since!

 

Good times.

De-cluttering, sorting, and packing boxes, ready for all our things to be taken away next week for shipping.  Helped (?) by the little man, crawling from box to box, pulling himself up on them and peeling off any stray bits of packing tape.  And little miss, packing her backpack “ready for my adventures”, as she put it.