Thursday, 30 January 2014

Eight little things


Everyday simple things can often be the best things..................

A trip to the garden centre for pretty plants to fill empty pots.  Courgettes for the vegetable garden and basil, coriander and parsley for a new herb garden.




Chai lattes and fluffies in town with my side kick.  Good coffee drunk while George digs around in the toy box feels like such a luxury these days......small pleasures that I will never take for granted.




 
Big shoes, small shoes.  Loving my Saltwater Sandals.  I also love the fact that even though Mr H hates them he still buys them for me.  He calls them my granny sandals.  Bell is also not a fan.
 


When we were at the beach on the weekend there was a pile of items outside one of the houses with a "FREE" sign.  We wandered over and found a box of Lego pieces.  Score!  We took the box home and I soaked and washed them all up.  Here they are drying in the sun.  Tom loves Lego after receiving his very first set at Christmas.  I looking forward to the many years to come of standing on and sucking the pieces up the hoover.



Library books.  I love everything about them, the smell, the yellowed pages.  I'm working my way through this pile and have just finished "The little Princesses", published in the 1950's by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret's childhood Governess, Marion Crawford.  Loved it.  It caused a bit of an up roar when it was first published.  The Queen mum apparently never spoke to "Crawfie" again.



Good old fashioned simple baking.  We had a bowl of very brown bananas so I made a cake and loaf.  These went down a treat.  A beautiful light crust on the outside and very moist in the middle.  Perfect with a cup of tea.


Tom's first day of school.  How did that happen?  He was so excited and loved his first day.  So happy for him, and to see his smile at the end of his first day was priceless.  And I didn't cry!





Notice anything?............Yep, George finally got a very overdue haircut.  It is a bit dodgy due to him thrashing about but it's done and he will be a lot cooler for it.  And despite the tears and screaming we got there in the end.

Oh and NEWS FLASH!!!  I HAVE BEEN DOING A BIT OF GENTLE SLEEP "TRAINING" AND AFTER ONLY ONE NIGHT - GEORGE WILL FINALLY GO OFF TO SLEEP BY HIMSELF.  AND HE HAS BEEN SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!

Why didn't I do it sooner?  Things like this are never as bad as you think they will be.  I feel like a new women after two consecutive nights of unbroken sleep!

 
 
 
Happy days!
 
Joining in with Em too.
 
 
 
 

20 comments:

  1. wish my son would go off to sleep by him self sigh ! I think I got all of 2 hours sleep between mr 5 and miss new baby who is now 4 months old..all is good I just had a lot of tea today haha

    the simple things are the best !
    hugsx

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  2. Chai lattes are a new favourite of mine.
    Tom looks all grown up with his handsome new cut.
    x

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  3. Happy days indeed! So many good things. We are big lego fans in this house. Cohen learnt his colours and shapes thanks to lego!

    What's not to love about Saltwater sandles?! :)

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  4. What a good week! and free Lego?? Amazing :)

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    1. I know right?! When did Lego get so expensive? xo

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  5. I just love simple weeks like that! Hope Tom enjoyed his first day of school. I have one more year before I loose my eldest to school xx

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  6. Sounds like a lovely week to me - especially the latte and banana baking bit!
    xx

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  7. This is a beautiful post Elaina, a great reminder for me to appreciate the small wonderful things in life. I am going to the garden centre tomorrow! Good luck to Tom for his new adventure we call school. Isn't it amazing how our lovely cuddly new babies turn into confident school children in a matter of what feels like minutes? Your sandals are fab! Cx

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  8. Oh my - Georgie with his hair short!!! There's a little Tom in there!!

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  9. Oh my, I hope it doesn't take my little babe that long to learn to sleep by herself. She co-sleeps and nurses now, just the two of us in bed. So if it is 3 more years, I might have to find myself a new husband! Banana bread is always a hit - made my blueberry banana streusel loaf yesterday - and chai lattes are the drink of choice in my house - for all three of us!

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    1. I co-slept and nursed both the boys till they were two. Then they go into their own bed. but after two years of being snuggled up with mum and dad, it is a struggle to get them to sleep on their own. We do gentle sleep training though - no crying it out. xo

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  10. Happy days indeed friend! Look at tom!!!! What a big guy! And I love George's haircut! Such cuties!!! I love everything about books as well and am thinking I need to hunker down and do a better job with sleep training Norah...my eyes are so tired from the broken sleep! So glad that it worked and that he is sleeping...it makes a world of difference!!! Love the baked loaves and the plants just about made me cry as I look outside at a bit of a blizzard at the moment!! I can just smell that basil!!!! Such lovelies friend... Oh and I got my machine on sale and ready for February! Nervous as can be! Nicole xoxo

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    1. So exciting Nicole, can't wait to get started. I nervous as heck though! xo

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  11. Lovely lovelies!! Well done you for the sleep training, I am sure that you will notice a difference, lack of sleep is horrible. I like the container that you have for planting your herbs is, very stylish!! I hope that lots of fun is had with the Lego, because standing on Lego is so painful isn't it! I hope that Tom enjoys school, it must be very strange for you him being off! Hope you have a great weekend. xx

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    1. The metal container is a drinks cooler thingy that you use with ice when having BBQ's etc. When Mr H saw it he loved the idea of a cooler.............then I told him it's the new herb bucket. Ha! xo

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  12. Lego is awesome, those Salties are awesome (snap!), school, bread, sleep!! it's all good and all happening! Hope you've had a great weekend x

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  13. What a nice post full of happy moments. Great score with the Lego, what a find. I have those exact same blue saltwaters and I love them, they are so, so comfy. Good news on the sleep front, what a relief. My son has never been a great sleeper but a few months ago he just started sleeping through every night and it's heaven. x

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  14. so much happy here
    I love first day shots - and I'm amazed you didn't cry - well done!

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  15. Those cakes make me want to drop the mount washmore washing and sit down with my latest novel and a cup of tea. Starting school is such a tremendous time well done for handling it really well. I confess to shredding a tear when poppy started four year old kinder on tuesday. Saw you are also on the garden share collective it's been really fun joining since Jan. Pity the summer has burnt much of my garden. Have a wonderful week.

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  16. What a wonderful week. How lucky were you to score free Lego? I love baking too. Brown bananas just want to become banana bread. I had a few this week too that were about to grow legs or something. I just bought my first pair of salties today. I went for basic brown. I love your blue. I would have loved a pair in every colour. My hubby hasn't seen them yet. He's bound to call them my granny sandals too, I'm sure. Jo xx

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