Muddy Knees {Living Arrows #19}

Muddy Knees {Living Arrows #19}

I must admit, I’m not very precious about Jasmine’s clothes. I’d like them to last her as long as possible, which let’s face it, isn’t a very long time when you’re a toddler. This girl’s growing shows no signs of slowing just yet. But if, at the end of the day, the clothes she’s wearing are as clean as they were when I put them on in the morning – it’s probably been a very dull day.

It makes me smile when I get her ready for bed and I notice the stains on her clothes from whatever we did that day – the muddy knees from our trip to the park, the paint from our crafting session and the gravy from dinner.

There will be plenty of times throughout Jasmine’s life when she will have to look smart and presentable.

But not today…
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Rainy Day {Living Arrows #18}

Rainy Day {Living Arrows #18}

For weeks Jasmine had totally freaked out every time I tried to put her wellies on her. I have no idea why but she was terrified of them. After a while I gave up and put them to one side and hoped she would get over her fear (preferably before her feet grew too big for them). This week she started putting her toys inside the wellies and I think that gave her the courage to try them on again. She happily pootled around the house in them and then on Friday we had a playdate at the park so we put them to the real test.

I think it’s safe to say she’s over the wellie boot phobia…

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The Fish Tank {Living Arrows #17}

The Fish Tank {Living Arrows #17}

This weekend has been so relaxed, it’s been just what I’ve needed. On Saturday we went to the local garden centre to look at all of the Christmas decorations. We always pop into the adjoining pet shop as Jasmine loves looking at the rabbits, hamsters and birds. She’s mostly fascinated by the fish, though. Jasmine does the sign for fish (which involves wiggling your hand across the front of your body) and says “fuuussssshhhh”.

Over the last 19 months I’ve taken several photos of Jasmine looking at this big fish tank but I think that these latest ones are some of my favourite…

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I Survived the Teacups {Living Arrows #16}

I Survived the Teacups {Living Arrows #16}

From the expression on my daughter’s face in the above photo, you’d be forgiven for thinking that she was an unwilling participant on the teacup ride, that I had dragged her on to it. I can assure you, however, that it was very much the other way around! We visited our local Christmas Fayre this weekend, as we have done for the last three years. After having the most amazing hot chocolates from the ‘Handmade by Hadley’s’ stall (I have been waiting a whole year to have them again since the last Christmas Fayre) and purchasing the dog an advent calendar (yep) we decided to head home as it was getting far too cold.

As soon as Jasmine spotted the teacup ride, she stood bolt still and refused to walk another step in the direction we were going. I reluctantly took her on the ride (I get dizzy so easily, it’s actually pathetic) and paid the five pounds (?!?!) to be spun around in circles until all the colour drained from my face.

I was sure Jasmine would change her mind about her desire to be on the ride once it actually got going but it turns out she’s more of a thrill-seeker than I thought. She squealed with glee as the ride’s owner spun us round and round in our little green and white teacup. She waved at Stephen as we passed by him in a blur. I was sure I was going to see my hot chocolate again any second.

I survived the teacups. (Should be a bumper sticker, that.)

More importantly, Jasmine had a blast. Even if she doesn’t look like she did.

A huge thank you to Blade & Rose for sending us Jasmine’s bobble hat. Isn’t it gorgeous?! It’s the kind of hat I wish I could make myself. It’s fleece lined on the inside for extra warmth and it’s just about the only hat Jasmine will willingly wear! It’s been complimented on by strangers every single time she’s worn it. It’s in a size age 1-2 and has plenty of growing room. It will certainly be one of Jasmine’s winter wardrobe staples over the coming months.

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ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} November 2015

ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} November 2015

This month’s Me & Mine photos were taken during our visit to Banham Zoo last week. I wish they were taken under happier circumstances but this has actually been a really difficult month. After recently having a second miscarriage  I am really struggling to stay positive at the moment. I feel physically and emotionally drained. A few days after our loss, Stephen just so happened to have the day booked off work so we decided we really needed to get out of the house and have some quality time together.

We visited Banham Zoo this time last year and poor Jasmine was absolutely petrified of everything. In fairness, one of the tigers made it very clear that he was desperate to eat her. This time, however, was very different – Jasmine thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the zoo. She waved and said “Hiya” to all of the animals, looking a little perturbed when the snowy owls didn’t wave back. Rude.

I remembered to snap a couple of family selfies whilst we were outside the giraffe house, using my new camera. Annoyingly, I had my camera set to take lower quality photos (and didn’t realise it was on that setting until I got home). It’s a real shame as these are some of my favourite photos of us as a family. Ah well, I’m slowly getting to grips with the camera functions – even if I am learning the hard way!
Me & Mine November 2015

I don’t think I’ve taken a single photo of Jasmine over the last few weeks where she hasn’t had her tongue out. It seems to be her default facial expression at the moment. I’m so tempted to paint her face black and white to make her look like a member of KISS.

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See what I mean?!

Now that November is over I feel like I can start focusing on Christmas which will be a much needed distraction over the coming weeks. I hate feeling sad and angry and I want to make Christmas special for Jasmine. I’m expecting to have some ‘down days’ along the way and I’m allowing myself that because I’m only human. I’m really hoping December will be a happier month.

I don’t have everything I want right now but I do have everything I could ever need.

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