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Our happy place

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We’ve had a very simple summer. We’ve been to the same park three of four times a week and Benedict and Rose couldn’t be happier – I’ve tried to shake things up a bit by venturing to other parks, but they’d rather go to this one. They’ll spend ages immersed in their imaginary games together and going round on their scooters. I love it, it’s my ‘happy place’ where I’m free to watch them play and see what games they end up creating. They don’t have a care in the world and in these moments neither do I.

 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

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pretty happy funny real

I used to join with Like Mother Like Daughter blog to do a ‘pretty happy funny real’ post of the week in pictures. I don’t think LMLD do it anymore but I miss doing it and think its such a nice way to keep memories of every day life.

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We’ve been growing this sunflower for a couple of months now and the flower has just started to open! We’ve been marvelling at how something so massive can come from the tiniest seed… creation is incredible!!

We’ve also been growing pumpkins and tomatoes:

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Happy

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We celebrated Rose’s feast day on 23rd August by baking and decorating biscuits! They were so excited and the biscuits looked amazing:

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Funny

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It poured with rain as we were about to meet some friends at the castle for a picnic. We really needed to get outside so we ran to the gazebo in the garden and had a picnic outside in the pouring rain! Crazy.

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Real

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It has come to this… we’ve been having a lot of disagreements lately about who sits where and who sits next to who. So now we have names on our chairs… It has mostly worked!

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Penshurst Place

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Last weekend we went to Penshurst Place, home of Anne of Cleves, with some family friends of ours.  It’s been a while since we’ve gone to a place like this but I think Benedict and Rose are old enough now to properly enjoy it; it was a really fun day out! We played lots of hide and seek, and introduced to the game 20 and 20 home, and sardines.

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Another Summer Birthday Picnic

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This year we decided to do a joint birthday party for Benedict’s 5th birthday and Rose’s 3rd. We went back to the same place we had a picnic for Benedict’s first birthday… little did we know we’d be returning four years later as a family of five and a proper children’s birthday party in toe. Benedict has been talking about his ‘number 5 birthday party’ since last October, so not much pressure then!

We really could not have had a better day though.  It took a lot of planning but it was so worth it. We had sports day races, pin the tail on the donkey, fajita wraps, a treasure chest birthday cake, a scavenger hunt, and some very excited children!

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Eoin spent the night before the party putting together the treasure chest cake. Headphones in and listening to dance music… he was definitely in the zone!

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Clara Cecilia

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The newest addition to our growing family, Clara Cecilia, was born on Saturday 9th December at 6.15am weighing a healthy 8lb 6oz! She is absolutely incredible and we are all loving her so much.

I was very lucky to have my sister staying with us for a month before Clara was born.  I can’t express enough what a help it was to have her around during that time; doing the school run, baking bread, cooking homemade soups, preparing our meals, but also just being able to have lunch together and to watch a bit of cheeky daytime tv while Rose was napping! It was a really blessed time and I’m so thankful for her.

Clara ended up coming two days late and it was the curry that finally got things moving! We celebrated the Immaculate Conception with a hot curry and two hours later all the action started!

Benedict and Rose are madly in love with her. Every time Benedict comes home from school he goes straight to Clara to give her the most gentle hug and kiss, its really beautiful to watch. And every so often Benedict will burst out with “We’ve got our new baby sister, hooray!” Rose is also very enthusiastic with her hugs and kisses too, we’ve had to teach her a safe way of going to kiss her rather than just pouncing on her with her enthusiasm!

In the hospital:

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Benedict and Rose first meeting Clara at home:

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Clara at 5 weeks old:

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From a house to a home

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Our house is finally our home! The finale of the major works being done was the carpet being fitted upstairs just before Christmas. The night it was finished we were saying prayers with Benedict and Rose before bed and giving thanks for the carpet, and Benedict exclaimed, “We can call the house our home now!”

There’s still a lot of final touches to do but the bulk of the work is finished and we’re really (really) enjoying the space now.

The dining room:

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A ‘before’ pic:

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The Bathroom:

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A ‘before‘ pic:

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B and R’s new bedroom:

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The kitchen:

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(We were without water downstairs for a good couple of weeks so at the end of each day Eoin and I would take the washing up from the day upstairs and wash it in the bath…! I’ve never been so thankful for running water and a kitchen that works!)

The ‘before‘ pics:

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The sitting room:

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Some ‘before’ pics:

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The house has really been a labour of love and endurance. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished, especially the amount of hard work Eoin has put into it. There is no way we could have taken on this project if Eoin didn’t care for DIY! He’s taught himself so many different things in the process, including ‘how to fit a kitchen’.

I think finding out we were expecting baby number 3 a week after moving in was a bit daunting (to say the least) with the amount of work ahead of us. But the timing of everything could not have been better (so thankful to God) I was joking with people before Clara was born (post to follow about little Clara!) about which would come first: Clara or the new carpets! We were really cutting it fine, but we just about managed to do it, just in time for the new baby.