MiniTTDER moments

On those hard, challenging days at work or similar and you feel like you could just cry because you have had enough or simply hormonal and you walk through your front door and your world has been made with such perfect little moments of happiness and magic.

I walked through my door on Monday evening, in from the early dark nighttime sky and into the warm doorway of home. Home where the heart literally is. And on this day especially.
After peeling off the layers and emptying the contents of my bag I stepped over the safety gate, a big grin on my face as I watched my two favourite humans dancing around the living room to Lilo & Stitch "Roller-coaster Ride". If you have heard this song you will know it's impossible not to dance to, and for that reason it is one of my favourite Disney songs.

Olive saw me and came running over to me with the biggest smile, arms stretched out squealing "Mummy's home noww" and gave me the world's biggest, warmest (most needed!) hug and grabbed my hand to dance with her and Sebastian. We all galloped around the room, Sebastian twirling Olive around every now and again. They had been listening to Disney songs for the last hour and I think they are both obsessed!!

Whilst Sebastian went to make tea and get a cup of milk for her, Olive grabbed my hand again and insisted  we go for 'walkens'. Walking hand in hand, from the living room to the hallway and back again we walked to the (imaginary) shops "to get cake", then to the zoo to see "the gorillas, monkeys, rhino and elephants" and then finished at the park. This lasted about 15 minutes, back and forth, hand in hand. Her imagination is coming along so wonderfully. It is absolutely magical to see. 
And what's even more magical is how such tiny special moments can turn your difficult, miserable day around in a blink of an eye.

I had to write this beautiful memory somewhere so I can treasure it forever.


"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, every where you go"

I am in full Christmas mode. With only 37 days to go I am enjoying listening to Christmas music of all kinds (hello Wham! Bublé and of course Frank) with little Olive whilst nibbling on a mince pie with hot milk. Last weekend Olive and I watched the Polar Express with my friend Lucy and it was confirmation that Olive is just as much in love with this time of year as I am. Phew!
She gets excited when she spots a Christmas tree or decorations in the shops, and don't get me started on "Farva Chrissmas"! Though she doesn't fully understand yet, she sure as heck understands the magic and excitement Christmas brings. It really is true what they say about it being even more special when you have children. I am ALL kinds of excited this year.
We don't have much money this year but I still want to get (all 4) parents something to remind them how much we appreciate everything they do for us all. I haven't fully decided what yet but I plan to include some homemade gifts this year. Well, I do this every year but this time I will have a very excited helper. I originally wanted to make jars of mincemeat but that looks rather intense (and ALL the ingredients). I might try and make these next year, early Autumn when money doesn't feel as precious. The one idea we plan to make are bird seed decorations. At least for my parents as they love their gardens and birds, and it will be something they can use and enjoy. I found a recipe online and it looks fairly easy (and messy!) for a mother/daughter activity.
If it's a success I might post it here if anyone is interested?
I still can't believe it's 5 and a half weeks away. I have decided to enter the world of potty training mid December which means I will have lots of time at home to get organised for Christmas. I plan to bake lots (spiced biscuits), make gifts and wrapping paper as well as pine cone garlands with Olive, watch Christmas films and decorate the house into a twinkly lit grotto. All of the things I imagined I would do when I had children.
Oh and not forgetting, celebrating a certain little girl's second birthday ... wow, I would very much like time to slow down please.

What activities do you plan to get into the festive spirit?
Does anyone have any interesting/useful/delicious/inexpensive homemade gift ideas to give to family? I'd love to hear them.


Life Lately

Is it me or has October / November just been whizzing by!? I always feel like there isn't much of Autumn any more. September is mostly warm and Summery still and most of November feels pretty much like Winter! Brr.
I have been trying to enjoy the Autumnal vibe of November as much as I can by having hot cinnamon porridge and tea, kicking the fallen leaves along the path on my walk to work and taking all the pictures of the pastel sunrise each morning. I think I'm fulfilling my Autumnal dream.
We have been enjoying slow mornings, brisk walks for small doses of fresh air and milk, making Christmas lists to try and get myself organised (why is my family so big!!) and pinning ALL the homemade gift ideas on Pinterest. Weekend zoo visits so Olive could befriend the monkeys, gorillas and elephants, sipping warm caramel hot chocolates and planning exciting weekend things for some Charlotte time. Not forgetting the calm candlelit breakfasts Olive and I have been having.
We have also enjoyed many cosy moments snuggled up at home with the heating on... as well as catching colds and sick bugs.
What Autumnal moments have you been enjoying lately?