All is well, winter is here, the garden has settled down to sleep for the season and our spring bulbs are planted in pots ready to brighten grey days ahead.
I’m looking forward to making our home cosy and festive over the next few days. Bringing the outdoors in, foraging for some pretty greenery to decorate our stairs and mantle and attempting to make my own wreath for our front door with the help of my mum. We will get our tree soon and decorate it with little ones at our feet, hanging bells and robins on branches within their reach and being scooped up by their dad to put the star on top.
I’ve been getting organised ahead of the flurry of stuff that comes through the door at Christmas. Clearing out cupboards, downsizing our ridiculous amount of toddler tablewear and cutlery and sifting through toys that have been outgrown or long forgotten and in need of a new home. It’s a laborious task keeping on top of the clutter that comes with family life. I try to dedicate a little time with each new season to sorting but it’s a poignant reminder that we should keep Christmas gifts simple and intentional and not go overboard with the children. We’re giving them a gift each and then their stocking from Father Christmas of course.
There have been some changes around here too. We are in the process of applying for a school place for Rafferty next September. I can’t quite believe he’ll be going into reception in less than a year. He has his first nativity on Monday, he’s going to be an angel and has been diligently rehearsing his song for us each evening. I’m going to need a box of tissues and a gin for that one!
Elsie has just started going to a childminder one day a week. I’ve resisted it but the time finally felt right to carve out a little space for my business and to work on growing it’s potential for next year. It’s feels so good to have that little slice of time alone. I’ve relished it, feeling empowered and accomplished at the end of each Thursday when my to do list is noticeably shorter. I even managed to get some lamb shanks in the oven on time today ready for tonight’s supper which makes a change from last minute pasta. The house smells like rosemary, the candles are lit and it’s almost bath time for the little ones.