Recents

I’ve been thinking about this here blog recently.  My aim is to keep it ambling along until I have more time and focus for it.  When it comes to content I’ve been deliberating about how much of my family to include.  Honestly, it feels unnatural to keep things on the more anonymous side since I am an over-sharer by nature.  I have many interests so wouldn’t want to make the blog specifically about one thing alone.  I’m too fickle, ha.  Thus I’m just going to make this blog more of a record of family and life (including knitting – obvs – crotchet, food etc).

Ok, enough with the boring bits.

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Summer this far has been pretty tame, so we’ve spent more time indoors playing.  Oh, and life seems to revolve around trying to get A. established on solids.  Goodness me she’s picky!  Don’t let that photo fool you.  Timing, mood, hunger level, alertness, the food; they all have to be just right in order for her to partake.  I am not enjoying the weaning experience this time around.

Since it’s taken me forever to figure out how to locate my photos to upload, I’m going to scoot off to squeeze some crotchet action and reading in before bed.  Sleep; you are still an elusive friend.

Recently

Hello there!

Goodness me, that was a long and unscheduled break!  There is no good reason.  I could blame long-term and severe sleep deprivation, or my terrible organisational and prioritising skills but I sharen’t.  All I will say is that I have missed this space, and I’m glad to be back.

So much has happened since May; where to start!

In crafty news…

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I finished my shawl for the make-a-long (pretty much, anyway).  I need to darn in the ends and block it still.  Once that’s done I’ll get on to the ta-dah post.

I’ve discovered the joy of crotchet!  I’ve had a whirl making granny squares and I’ve now started a cosy blanket using Lucy from Attic24’s patternIMG_0800

It’s so therapeutic to make.  And I can zone out and let my mind wander to all sorts of wonderful and practical things without it being detrimental to the blanket.  Furthermore, it fits my stripes obsession perfectly, and all those glorious colours…

Also, I’ve signed up to a curtain making course in July as I am determined to make curtains primarily for our living room and bedroom at some point soon.  Which leads to family stuff…

Baby A, at 7 months (which, I know, is still young) remains mostly loyal to moi for milk.  I weaned little T off the breast at 6ish months with ease.  He didn’t care where food or milk was coming from, as long as he was getting it.  Baby A on the other hand is more discerning, or picky.  Don’t get me wrong, breastfeeding is much easier and less time-consuming at this point.  And part of me really loves it.  However, baby A is still entirely unpredictable as to when she’ll wake up in the evening and night and usually wakes up twice on average (very rarely once, and more often 3+ times).  My curtain-making course is a whole day event, and we have a wedding in August that the husband and I are going away for the night for and leaving the littles with my parents.  How can I attend these things when baby A is still so dependent on me.  She will take a bottle in the middle of the day, as long as she’s not too tired and little T is distracting her whilst she’s drinking.  I’m toying with weaning her off but I’d rather not for the sake of 2 events.  Le sigh.  What to do…

I could ramble on for much longer, but I shall spare you and leave it at that.  Happy Monday!

Domestic Excitement

I wasn’t going to pop by tonight as I’m desperate to get on with my shawl for the CFTC makealong but then I felt the urge to ramble on to someone about my exciting day.  Note: my exciting is probably very different to what one may usually think of as exciting.  I think I’m just going to carry on in list form as I’m too tired to make sentences and paragraphs flow seemlessly from one to another.

1. Our camera has arrived, woo woo!  I must confess it is very good.

2.  We’ve had hang- your-washing-out weather!  Love it.

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Which has also meant that little T. can play outside.

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3.  We’ve had a new addition to our dining room (squeal).  Our home is a small victorian house that lacks storage space so I’m forever trying to find ways to maximise what we have and make our house feel more homely.  Our dining room is a walk-through room to get to the kitchen thus often feels like a dumping ground/play room/dining room.  I’ve been wanting a sideboard of some sort in there for a while but there’s not the space.  Until we found this…

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…It’s a repurposed media unit that’s had a new lease of life.  And it fits perfectly under my favourite painting!  So happy.

4.  Knitting time.

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We’ve switched up our routine so that we all have dinner together at 6 when the husband gets home from work (T. and I used to wait until the kids had gone to bed).  This means I have an entire evening to play with!  A whole evening.  Amazing.  And with that, I am off to do some more knitting, woo woo!  (As an aside, the above photo was taken during naptime knitting.  I try to scoot around tidying up at the end of each day).

Right, know I’m defo off.

Fridays and flowers

It’s been a great end to what has felt like a long week, despite us having had the bank holiday Monday.  I blame sleep deprivation.  I was so ready for Friday to come.  Friday is little T.’s nursery day which means that baby A. and I get some girly time together and I get to take my day at a slightly slower pace.  Although I did have a rather long to-do list, which was still rather long by the end of the day. The day started well with baby A. treating me to a 2 hour nap!  It was glorious.  I sat and knitted the whole time.

IMG_4019 Even better was that I’ve finally got to the stripy section of my shawl! Stripes make me so happy. IMG_4020 IMG_4027 When she woke up we had some lunch together… (well, I ate lunch whilst she gnawed away at her muslin…)  before heading out down our local high street so I could buy a few bits and pieces; including some fresh flowers for our living room and kitchen.  There’s a new fresh flowers van so I had to check it out.  The choice wasn’t the best but I think I did ok… IMG_4035 I love that portmeirion vase (I have the matching teapot and sugar bowl too). IMG_4038And these brighten the time I spend washing up no end.

For baby A’s final nap before collecting little T. from nursery I thought I should probably be sensible and remind myself about the logistics of weaning A. onto solids.  Not without a cup of tea, in my favourite mug.  I think all hot drinks should be drunk out of large mugs, especially Cath Kitson mugs. IMG_4046 It’s only been a little over 18 months that I weaned T. but my memory is failing me.  Tomorrow is the big day for baby A.  She’s showing all the signs of being ready, she’s just shy of 6 months and this mama needs the sleeping to improve!  I had been dreading weaning but now I feel rather excited by it. Before I knew it it was time to pick little T. up from nursery.

Now evening is upon us.  Thus I am off to have some quality sofa time, in my PJs, with my knitting needles and a couple of balls of yarn (yay for stripyness). Hope you guys have a great weekend.

Over the hump

Goodness me what a week it’s been!  Baby A. continues to wake every 1.5-2.5 hours overnight and Little T. has decided to be more challenging in the day.  How is it that children can be so unbelievably adorable one minute and absolute terrors the next?  My I’m glad it’s almost the weekend.

Fortunately it was the husband’s birthday on Tuesday so naturally I had to make cake.

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Lemon Drizzle cake it was, as per his request.  The remaining cake has been the perfect pick me up during the succeeding days.  Obvs the cake didn’t last long.  Luckily tomorrow is Little T.’s nursery day so I may well find myself in the kitchen making another, very much needed, cake.  Shame.

The evenings post the little ones’ bedtime have been very welcome.  When I’ve had the energy I, naturally, cracked on with my shawl.

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IMG_4001Progress is slow as I can barely keep my eyes open beyond 4 rows at a time but progress is still progress.

IMG_3991Oh how I love relaxing at the end of a long day with my feet up and my favourite dressing gown on.  Tis the glamorous life of a stay at home mum.