Thursday, October 30, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
11 years old, another birthday, they seem to roll around super fast these... years. The 10th , the 9th , the 8th, the 7th, the 6th , the 5th and 4th. All those years on this blog, 8 years of birthdays, that's one of the things that makes it worth coming back to this space, if only irregularly these days.
The effort of getting her what she asks for, which is never too much, is worth it for the absolute pleasure she can't hide when it appears on the birthday morning.
So pretty and poised, every year growing more so as she grows into herself with confidence and grace.
Her dearest friends, so special every one of them and so important to her. Girls I've watched grow up from kindergarten alongside Ella. This year I noticed their conversation was turning a little, talk of boys, not emotionally but they were in the conversation, a subtle shift. Mostly it was how stupid they were, but they were still given air time. I can't imagine a time when these girls won't be friends, but who knows what the future will hold.
My oh my, so grateful for you Ella. You came out midway through your party to me prepping something in the kitchen, looking a little sad and forlorn. When I asked what was wrong you said you felt you were neglecting me, that you weren't paying me enough attention or including me enough. Darling girl, so kind, always. I am so lucky to wake up to you every day and go to sleep knowing you're safe in your room, that's everything I ever dreamt of and so much more.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Every holiday is different, mostly through the girls you realise how things are changing and recognise how to mix it up for the next trip. This time we realised that wifi is important, that the girls do not currently enjoy sharing a bedroom, and that one bathroom is not ideal.
We were also reminded that we prefer the company of each others and our daughters over all others. That's not to say we don't enjoy friends, family, as we do very much, but we're so lucky that our children are such a pleasure to us, so interested and interesting, so appreciative and increasingly adaptable.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
My darling Dad's 70th birthday celebrated with family this weekend. There were pictures on display from the whole of his life, from him as a small boy, through the 60's and 70's with much longer very dark curly hair, to now. I don't think either of my parents change much, they don't look any older/different to me, just themselves, but I concede that they have changed, although I feel only for the better.
We gather with my side of the family only a few times a year. My eldest brother lives in the NE, as does one of his daughters and her family - the gorgeous mother of the two youngest in these shots, my great niece Aurelia and my great nephew newly arrived, Dristan.
It's lovely to get together, maybe because we don't do it so often it feels a real treat. So lovely to see our girls with the chance to take care of little ones, something they both enjoy so very much. Time seems to have gone so fast, I love where we are in our lives with our children but it so amazes me how quickly we seemed to leave that phase and get to this one, with children approaching young women. I can only imagine how my parents must feel to have three generations in front of them! I don't know that either of my parents expected to be a great anything, but we all are!
Happy Birthday Dad, it was a wonderful celebration of a wonderful man.