Wednesday, April 21, 2010

one foot in front of the other...

Who would have thought this parenting thing could be so challenging at times...

Recently, our beautiful, vivacious three year old, Joshua, has been testing his boundaries. And lets just say, it has been testing my patience. I have always considered myself fairly patient, but recently, I have been questioning whether this was actually ever so. But, we are getting there.. slowly but surely. After a wonderful chat with Ngala last week, we have deduced that it is probably attention seeking behaviour, since the start of this behaviour commenced around the same time he became a big brother. This made me a bit sad, as I remember reading the analogy that gaining a sibling is a bit like your husband bringing home a new wife and telling you just to deal with it. Obviously, we have tried to be as supportive to Joshua in this new chapter of our lives, but he is a really cuddly and loving little boy - so he has obviously just been missing all the undivided attention he used to get.

To try and make up for it, we have been doing lots and lots of one-on-one play and extra craft activities. Just trying to show our little man how much we love him and how important he is to us, even though there is a sister to share our time now.
We love you so much gorgeous boy!!!

Our beautiful little girl is getting bigger everyday. We can't believe how fast she is growing up. At the moment she is trying very hard to crawl. As a result, my sleep is not quite as undisrupted as it used to be. I have a theory, that when their little brains are making big connections (such as with crawling, walking etc...) then their sleep tends to be a bit off the mark. Well, right now, that is what we are experiencing. Quite often, I will go into her at night when she has woken, and she will be up on all fours in her cot, rocking back and forth.

This is a fairly recent shot of Miss Muffet. The gorgeous dungarees she is wearing are made by the very talented Milly from Tin Whistle. I know I am biased, but isn't she gorgeous?

As mothers, I think we are allowed (or maybe it should be expected) to think that our children are THE most beautiful, wonderful children in the world.

And with that in mind... another favourite blog recently mentioned this song by Macy Gray. I so recommend you listen to it and try and seek out the beauty in your world today.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter

We started the day today by watching the joy on Joshua's face as he realised that the Easter Bunny had been to visit.

The Easter Bunny left lots of little eggs around the house, and Joshua very happily collected them all, loading them into his red wagon as he went. I believe imagination is one of the most treasured elements of childhood - so I love watching how happy and excited he gets. We were very disappointed to find that the Easter Bunny didn't mind his manners, and wipe his feet before coming in. This resulted in three rather large bunny prints on our living area floor... Hmmm, what to do with that naughty bunny. Luckily, sufficient chocolate was left to make up for the mess.

We are off to my parents house for Easter lunch, having just been to mass. It has been a little while since we have been to mass, and I must say I really enjoyed it - I think it makes me stop and remember the reason we are celebrating.

Happy Easter all... I hope you and your families have a wonderful day!


Many times over the past few years, as I have read, and been inspired by others blogs; I too, have wanted to write and compose some words with meaning. To put these words down and to be open to others reading them. However, I have always struggled with what to write about...what to share.

Today, I read this blog post: and I cried.

I cried not only because of the journey that this family has travelled but also because of the journey that my family has travelled and continues to travel every day.
We have been through our fair share of ups and downs, and yet, I am constantly reminded how lucky I am.

Every time I look at my beautiful children, I am thankful.
Every time I laugh with good friends, I am thankful.

Every time I tell my husband that I love him, I am thankful.
Every time I pull out weeds in the garden, I am thankful.

Everyday, when I realise how much I have, I am thankful.

So finally, I realised something. I could write about the things that I do everyday.
The things I love.
The things that inspire me.
The things I will look back on and smile.

The moments that matter...
to my family... or my friends...
The moments that matter to me....