Bits from today

Lots achieved today but still not enough play...
Little shinning bits from the day include...
Dragonfly covering his mouth at bed time in the hope he won't need to have his teeth cleaned.
Seeing our three hen, Rex, Buttercup and Crackers enjoying a warm bowl of mash for tea.
Finishing a new hedgehog design and starting to feel more confident in designing again after such a long break.
Giggling with dragonfly each time he sprayed me with the hose pipe while spending a quick half hour cleaning up the garden while the sun shined.
Enjoying a workout while dragonfly napped at lunchtime.
Pealing and chopping potatoes for tea with Hummingbird who makes some weard shaped chips.
Hearing Bumblebee resite a poem that came into her head upon seeing me wearing just one sock (dragonfly has hidden the other one!).

Just beautiful

Life is handing us some hard blows at the moment, but I can still find peace and so much gratitude in my little world.
Memories from today...
Dragonfly having a nap in the car on route while wearing his sunglasses
Seeing all three of my beautiful children walking to school together, little dragonfly is certainly picking up speed on his little legs.
Sharing a bowl of soup with dragonfly at lunchtime.
Seeing dragonfly figure out his pull back truck can actually push things along too...
Seeing bumblebee and hummingbird's faces light up when they saw me when I finally got to school pick up this afternoon, a little late today, oops.
Spending some much needed family time together tonight giving bumblebee and hummingbird back massages. Then them giving us massages. Dragonfly managed to throw in a few wrestling moves just to keep us on our toes. Massages aren't supposed to be relaxing are they? L
Looking in wonder at my two big girls. When did their legs get so long? When did they get so big?
Feeling excited for them having their whole lives out in front of them. Wishing I could turn back time and join them.
So much emotion.
Today was a special day.

Rain, Guinea pigs and bad colds

Everyone here has a really bad cold and is feeling rubbish....
But happiness has been found...
Hummingbird happily got ready for school today without a fight, she even made her bed!
Dragonfly and I hung out at home today, it rained heavily. He happily played with his toys next to me while I got chance to do some design work.
I enjoyed eating homemade soup for lunch while dragonfly had a little sleep. The sun even came out for a few minutes. I enjoyed feeling the warmth on my face. I also doodled trees for fun!
Dragonfly decided he would hold my hand on our school walk today to pick up his sisters.
Bumblebee joined me in the bathroom tonight. I had a hot Epsom bath, she led on the bathroom floor with her Guinea pig while we chatted.
Life feels too full at the moment. October tomorrow, the start of a busy birthday time here. It's going to be a while before things slow down. I am desperately trying to live the small stuff........

Little Bits From Today

Happy bits today were...
Seeing our Guinea pigs snuggled up in their new furry hanging house.
Seeing joy for the love of life on Dragonfly's face.
Enjoying a fruit and vegetable salad for lunch while dragonfly took a nap.
Feeling content after a very long and very busy day.

Happy Things

The best bits of today were ...
Watching two deer in the field at the back of our garden having their breakfast.
A long chat over cups of tea with a lovely friend. 
Painting a fairy wand with Hummingbird.
Walking to school in the sun shine again.
Enjoying a tough workout. (but paying for it now!).
Snuggling in bed with my boy, dragonfly while he gently drifts off to sleep....x

Happy Things From Today

Seeing Dragonfly's face light up and hearing his shout upon seeing a tractor in the field on the walk to school.

Seeing Hummingbird beaming face as she hurtled across the playground to me at home time.

Watching Bumblebee and Hummingbird's excitement at finding thrown out fake flowers by the school bins and realising that they could bring them home to play with.

Watching Bumblebee and Hummingbird walk home chatting about the wedding they were going to have when they got home (the flowers inspired the wedding plans).

Seeing Bumblebee giving Hummingbird a piggie back part of the way home because Hummingbirds new school shoes were rubbing.

Seeing Twinkle the Guinea pig lounging in her new snuggly fluffy hanging house.

Enjoying an unxpectly hot September day, it's been boiling today.

Enjoying a few minutes on my morning dog walk, standing in the woods with my eyes closed listening to the bird song.

Spending a few minutes testing out a new cross stitch design and realising it looks better than what I had in my head...

Painting again...

I have decided to start painting again.
I have done the odd painting over the years but so little I am ashamed to say.
It was in my teens at art college that I last painted with any consistencey.
Anyhow several days ago something just felt right. I remembered bizarrely my love of gouache, a medium I haven't thought about in a long time.
I order a cheep sketchbook and set of gouache off the Internet and waited patiently for them to arrive.
Since then I am proud to say I have painted almost everyday.
I am recording my sketchbook painting journey on my instgram account.
Here are a few of my pictures....
I had a little play with making the turtle a black shape with the sun behind shining into the blues and greens of the sea.
Working instinctively painting one of our 1970s wooden deer.
Playing about with perspective, deliberately making the cup and saucer flat.
Beautiful little strawberry the Guinea pig, I think this is my favourite so far.
I am really please with what I have already learned in such a short time. Most important of all, I am really really enjoying my little daily painting sessions.....mmmmhh what to paint today?