Noticing the details – 1/52

My friend Kath, who blogs at The Long Walk Home, recently wrote about needing to stop to find joy in the details. I felt pretty inspired by that. It made me think, what could change if I took a moment each week to write down the things I’m thankful for? And so, I’m going to. This won’t be any particular order as I’m a bit sleep deprived and am not even sure what we’ve done when!

Our Home Education Co-op. I love getting together on a weekly basis with other parents and children of varying ages. It can be a little crazy sometimes but it’s lovely seeing the kids all get to know each other. Talitha and I both feel really comfortable in this group, something which can take both of us a while. I don’t include Ophelia in that statement as, so far, she seems to warm into group situations pretty easily. Last week owls came to visit and today we did a theme around Chinese New Year.

Laurence’s birthday. He really is a good egg – quick to reconcile when we fall out, gentle, kind and full of ideas. My brother and my sister-in-law had the girls one evening so we could go out for an evening in Bristol. We had dinner at Han Dynasty Chinese restaurant followed by a drink and live music at The Birdcage.

A family party. We had a few relatives come over for lunch and cake on Sunday to celebrate Laurence and Ophelia’s birthdays (hers is a week from today). A few of us were ill but I’m really glad we did it anyway as it was lovely to catch up with everyone and to make a fuss of the baby turning one. A friend from Trinidad came to visit too and it was especially a treat to see her.

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Talitha’s drawings. Talitha’s drawings have recently become a lot more detailed. She’s starting to look at things and figure out how to put them on paper or draw them from her head. I really don’t know much about artistic development but it’s so interesting observing this unfold.

Glimpses of Spring. Winter won’t be here for much longer. Daffodils are starting to come up in our garden, it’s getting lighter earlier and staying light later. And we didn’t even need coats today.

The start of Lent. This may seem an odd thing to be thankful for but I’m glad for the structure as we look towards Easter, a call to meditate, to be still and know.

A double date at At-Bristol. We went with my brother and my sister-in-law to the science centre’s After Hours event for grown ups. The theme was “Love and Luck”. Laurence and I were both full of cold but we had a blast nonetheless. I’ll tell you more about it in another post.

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Sisters. Now that Ophelia is cruising, communicative and getting into all sorts, she and Talitha are playing lots. It’s exciting getting a little look at what they could be doing together in the future.

Cats. Our cats didn’t react well to big bag of their usual food that I bought last week. They’re fine now (though I’m not going to feed them anymore of the offending stuff) but it reminded me of how much we do love these sometimes silly animals.

I’m straining to think of a tenth thing, which is probably a sign that I should leave it here, especially since Ophelia is going to get bored of posting things down the stairs through the stair gate pretty soon.