The rain is pattering on the roof of our garden room while I am indoors wrapping presents for K's sixth birthday ready for Saturday.
I have spent the morning squeezing around the play den that the girls set up before school which is now taking over half of our living room. They made me promise not to take it down so they can play in it 'straight after school mummy, don't touch it. Leave the silks exactly as they are.'
My mind is on one hundred and one things that need to be done before the weekend:
While I write this the pattering has now turned to torrential rain...And all the while, I am thinking, is my little girl really going to be Six Years Old? Oh my, where has the time gone?
We're still settling into our new weekly rhythm, with K at school full time and Little L at pre-school for two and a half days a week. Sorry if I have been delayed in replying to any comments, with so much change to our daily routine, eveything is still shifting into place.
It was wet on the way home from school yesterday, a beautiful warm fragant rain was falling, refreshing in the humidity of the day.
While the children are at school, I am finding little pockets of time amongst the daily chores, where I can do something like wander out into the garden and really 'see' what is in front of me without the calls of 'mummy, mummy, mama.' It feels nice to have some uninterrupted moments where I can properly think, reflect and ground myself a little, away from the chaos of day to day to life with two small children.
I really loved spending time with Little L in the kitchen so definately want to have more 'kitchen' days, I would like to get one of these child friendly choppers so she can help with the veggies. I've contacted Nichole from her beautiful 'Live Free' blog to ask her where I can buy one!
We spent Sunday afternoon next to the campfire, toasting marshmallows and lounging on the grass. The children were content to run back and forth from the wood pile to keep the fire from burning out. I found some flat rocks to lay underneath our Bon-Fire Brazier from Soulpad to prevent burning the grass, a lesson I learnt from last Summer. This time, we also had the campfire well away from the house, to stop our home from filling with campfire smoke. A couple of weeks ago, we set up our brazier right next to our garden room...which we discovered to be a big mistake when I realised I had left a window open!
I have promised the children that we will make some damper bread soon, just like the lovely Emma Bradshaw. That should help fulfil K's wish, 'Come on Mummy, can't we do something exicting, like cook some more food over the campfire?' once we had reached the bottom of the marshmallow bag.