Thursday, August 25

12 Sleeps 'Til Schooltime

Dear Gwen,
In a week and a bit (or 12 more sleeps in Gwentime), you are starting school.

I've gone from feeling absolute horror about it, to feeling kind of OK about it and, now it's coming scarily close, feeling tears misting up my eyes and a wobbly feeling at the back of my throat whenever I think about it.

Your world's about to be a whole lot bigger as you get to experience daily life outside of our family. It's weird to think there's this other adult who I've never even met who's suddenly going to become a huge part of and influence on your life. And you're going to meet this whole group of friends who aren't the offspring of my friends. 

You, of course, my bright, chatty, friendly girl absolutely cannot wait. You can't wait to wear the uniform, you can't wait to learn to read, you can't wait to play in the playground and sing new songs. But most of all, you can't wait to meet dozens of friends all your own age. You're going to blossom, my love. 

And for us? Well, we'll still have morning cuddles in my bed, dancing in the kitchen after tea, stories and sprinkling dreams on your pillow and back tickles and hugs and kisses before bed. And we'll pack our weekends with lovely, lovely times and squeeze every second out of those long school holidays - I promise.

I'll miss watching you beaver away on your amazing drawings of houses on legs and grannies with chicken pox and people throwing spaghetti out of space rockets. I'll miss your constant demands for Little Boots on the Ipod. I'll miss you cracking the eggs and sticking your fingers in the sugar when we bake. I'll miss you flashing your pants and doing the bottom dance. I'll miss your crazy hair, your made-up jokes, your socks scattered all over the house.

I've loved every minute of having you all to myself.  I hope you enjoy every minute of your new adventure.

Love, Mam

Tuesday, August 23

New Look Blog

I composed this post as I'd set up a new blog in Wordpress, but I felt so emotional about leaving my online home, I just revamped this blog instead. Here's to seven more blogtastic years.

Since 2004, there's been a new word, a major house renovation, a new fur baby, a deceased fur baby, lots of silly poems, two baby bumps, two birth stories, lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of lists, two wedding cakes, giving up telly, my office hell, lots of creative things, discovering and loving photography, and a heck of a lot of cake.

Monday, August 22

Sleeping Under the Stars

Ingredients for a lovely camping trip:

A handful of good friends

A sprinkling of sunshine

A generous helping of hot dogs and corn cobs on the barbecue

Several slightly grubby, half-naked, wild-haired children

A glug of red wine by the camp fire

All the Shepherds asleep in a row on a giant mattress

The slight smell of wood smoke on your clothes for days afterwards

Wednesday, August 17

Squeezing the Last Bit Out of Summer

Summer’s starting to fade – the sun was starting to shy away behind the mountains at about 8:45 tonight when I was coming home from a lovely long walk with Blod. I want to squeeze every second of its light and sunshiny goodness. And so, a list.

Things to do before summer ends

Eat hot, salty, vinegary, ketchupy chips by the sea

Have a barbecue

Go camping

Drink wine under the stars

Make ice cream

Walk up the Garth (it’s a big hill/mountain behind my house) with Blod one evening

Have an evening beach picnic with friends

With a camping trip this weekend and a lovely holiday in Tenby just around the corner, we should be able to do them all – and a few more too. September counts as summer too, right?

Friday, August 5

Molly: Obsessed With Bottoms

It all started a few weeks ago.

Yes Moll.
My bottom is tired.
Is it Moll?
Yes, it got a lemon in it.

Since then, it's continued. She's had a biscuit, some more lemons and a tomato in it, and recently some salt and pepper on it too.

Wednesday, August 3

Award Winning, Don't You Know

All I need to say is that I won the Photomarathon!

And I was on the main BBC website's In Pictures yesterday.

I don't think anything this exciting has ever happened to me before.

Well, apart from the news that The Hoff is moving to The 'Diff.