I don’t want to say it too loudly, in case I frighten it away, but this week, for a moment, I was pretty sure spring was finally here! We’ve been making flower crafts for our Bostik Bloggers box this month and wanted to show them off in the sunshine with a spring picnic. In true British style, it was still really cold, and windy, but we had a good go at it anyway!
You may remember how I turned our bean plant from last year’s allotment into a festive twig decoration back in December? Well, when I was thinking of how to bring a bit of Easter and a bit of spring into the house and thought of my twigs nestled away for next Christmas and decided to bring them out again. Read more: Easter Decorations #BostikBloggers
I don’t really have a lot to say, at the moment, but I think as parents we’re often hard on ourselves. We judge ourselves more harshly than anyone else can, and when someone else compliments us, we normally down play it. And if someone else does ‘do’ parenting well, or achieve what we’ll call the ‘Pinterest Perfect’ parenting, well, we shun them for making us feel inadequate. Or at least that’s what the latest trend seems to be.
Well, I suck as a parent these days. I’m so busy trying to keep a roof over our heads, and food on the table, that my girls don’t get the mama I intended to be, and they don’t get the mama I dream of being. Oh, if I could pause time, go back in history, do a few things a bit differently so that I could have, and provide more security right now for these childhood years…. and so the thoughts go round and round in my head.
But, yesterday was a good day. Yesterday my children played in crystalline water and wore mud shoes. Yesterday they frolicked like lambs in a field and were carefree, and happy. I hope that yesterday will be a memory, one day, when they look back. That they’ll remember a childhood that looks like yesterday. And in the meantime I’ll celebrate and share the winning moments.
A bridge over troubled waters – except they’re not that troubled, fortunately 😉
Muddy shoes. Signs of a childhood well spent, methinks
Frolicking and frivolity, wild and free – and boy did they sleep well
There’s so much to learn in nature too…
This is definitely the Spring Edition of A Week in Pictures. We have had some mild temperatures, but a lot of rain still. I’ve been trying to get out of the house a bit more, so we’ve been out and about most days this week.
Day 84 – Bonnie girl
We’ve spent a lot of time this week walking, so Ameli has been in her sling a lot. I love this picture of her close to me wearing the bonnet my granny knitted for her.
Day 85 -Spring is Sprung
In her subdued glory, while the trees are still barren, Spring is making sure we know she’s here.
Day 86 -Rainy Day Watercolour
On its own this is a rubbish bin quality photo, all blurry and rather pointless, but I really liked it. I was at a mother’s group and I had this sudden overwhelming urge to get out of there as fast as I could. I thought, for no particular reason, that I was going to start screaming manically if I had to discus one more baby related issue. (I don’t always feel that way, just that particular day). I went to a nearby park and walked in the rain, holding tightly to my warmly wrapped up daughter and letting the rain wash away whatever it was that had made me feel so panic stricken. I think that’s why I love this picture. It’s like that scene in Mary Poppins where the rain washes away Bert’s chalk drawings leaving a clean slate, ready to start again.
Day 87 -Â Water birds
The three of us went to Brockwell Park late one afternoon when the rain subsided and a clear sky and sunshine emerged. It was still quite nippy, but it was good to be out the house as a family, and just spend the time walking and talking.
Day 88 – A Tapestry of Colour
Beautiful gardens of flowers are showing up all over my little corner of London
Day 89 -Â Playground
Not much to say really. Ameli and I escaped the confines of home by going for a walk in Myatt’s field park. I was really surprised by this playground. It’s not a very wealthy area, but the playground was fantastic. Really modern, new and in great condition. I look forward to bringing Ameli here as she gets older.
Day 90 – Sensory Room
The Sensory Room at Battersea Park 1 o’clock club has these lovely light / bubble things that change colour and give little babies a lot of entertainment! The room is decked out in padded cushions, UV light makes the carpet look sparkly and lights twinkle and reflect off different surfaces all meant to entertain the very young.
Thank you for sharing our week with us!