Good {Sunshine Sundays}

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Ahem…I have an announcement to make.

Drum roll please…

This week, I lay in a hammock.

Yes, I did. For about five minutes. Five whole minutes. I didn’t even check my phone (actually, I did take a photo for the blog, but then I quickly threw the phone into the grass, so it didn’t really count.)

Life’s felt a bit crowded lately. Being the Do-er I am, by about last Thursday, I realised I have lost the ability to relax. Truly, deeply relax. Unwind. Can’t. Because every static moment is suddenly interrupted by a blog post idea, a story idea, some kind of promotional idea for the Quincys etc. etc.

OR…it’s interrupted by a request to help a child off the trampoline, or get them a banana, or something or something, and I don’t mind – really I don’t. I like moving and being busy. After 31 years, I am finally very comfortable with the fact that I have a busy mind and meditation and sleeping-in are definitely not for me.

But when life gets crowded, lying in the hammock for a moment – literally a moment – is enough to let the busy go, and the big still blue sky seep in. I call this moment “Being Good To Me”. It felt especially like I was being good to me, because I intentionally chose to lie in the hammock rather than get the veggies on for dinner.

Part of my recently launched “Being Good To Me” program involves blogging less and Facebooking less. I’ll have my weekly interviews with authors on the blog, and will be here again for one more Sunshine Sunday {Flower}, but otherwise, I am just going to pop in when I can, or have something really worth sharing, until life settles again. Meanwhile I will be busy doing fun stuff for the Quincys, and looking after my actual real life children.

What good have you done for yourself or someone else lately? Share your ‘Good’ stories here for Sunshine Sundays. x

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Share {Sunshine Sunday}

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It’s funny, but I am not really in the mood to share. That’s not what you were expecting, was it? I think I am just burnt out – doing so many extra projects on top of very intense contracts for work, on top of emotionally exploding children, and not being able to run because of a sore ankle etc etc. I just want to climb into a hovel, and read a book.

So unlike me. This is a very untopical topic, for me at least.

But…I thought I would share a few lovely things. It’s always nice to do that.

Reading…

A.L. Tait (Allison Tait’s) new children’s book Mapmaker Chronicles, and am drawn into a world of adventure. This is the first long book I have read for a very long time, and the process of sitting down to read more than 24 pages is very very good for the wiring of my brain.

Anything by Oliver Jeffers, but particularly Heart in a Bottle. My daughter the other day asked why the chair was empty, and when I told her it was because the father had died, she asked ‘Why is the heart in the bottle?’ and we had all kinds of interesting kinds of conversations. The kind you should have with kids.

Inspired by…

This lovely family at Dreamboat Studios in NZ. They illustrate, write, design and publish their own books for children, they make music, and live on an island (!)

Also inspired by Sash Milne from Inked in Colour, who has recently done a TEDx talk about her ‘Nothing New’ project. Sash promotes a simpler life in a busy consumer world. I like that.

Looking at…

My friend Janine’s cakes on Instagram, and am salivating. Her business, Love In A Cake, has been busy making brides and grooms happy, and making my Instagram feed more beautiful.

What are you reading/inspired by/looking at at the moment? Anything else you would like to share about sharing? Please, join me for Sunshine Sundays, and have a lovely sunny day while you are at it. Next week’s theme is ‘good’.

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Two {Sunshine Sundays}

 

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Hello, Nearly Two. My littlest.

How I adore you.

If I could eat you, I would. You are so divine. So precious. Those cheeks. My god. Beautiful.

You look out into the world with huge, soulful brown eyes. You are taking in every moment, every shape, colour and word.

You are trying out new words, and phrases. We say it. You say it.

Your big sister does, you do.

And now occasionally, you do, and your big sister does too.

Two peas. Teaching each other tricks. Oh dear.

Two peas make the best of friends, it turns out. You whisper your sister’s name as you fall asleep… “Bootiful Elka…Bootiful.” you say.

You are good, little one. Full of it. Your only intentions are to love and to learn. What a good age this is.

You follow your mummy around. I don’t mind. I like having a pint-sized companion, with a “hippy-yup,” here, and you are on my hip. It feels good having you snug into my hip bone, like you were meant to be there.

At night, I lie with one arm above your head, and one arm over your waist. We are face to face and I sing to you. You request the song. “Hallelujah.” “Open wide (Playschool).” “Lullaby.” I have to laugh when you also request I change the lyrics from “little angel” to “big angel”. You are good, but authoritative. You know how to make a point.

On that, did you know that nearly-twos aren’t meant to have such a defined opinion? You have years of that to come; of telling your mum which pair of pants you want. “Not that one. That one!” You even tell your mum what she can and can’t wear. Hang on! This is starting too soon.

There are perks being the second child, i.e. a live in child to play with and learn from. But, yes, there are draw backs, like when your own mother elects not to throw a birthday party for you, or your parents only just got around to sending away for your birth certificate, or the fact that this is one of the rare blog posts about you…

Thankfully, though, you are forgiving and kind, and hopefully won’t remember these injustices.

Little angel, little girl…oh, sorry, I mean BIG angel, BIG girl. I love you so much my heart hurts. Thank you for being my constant companion, and the dear little thing you are.

Share your “Two” stories below, in the comments, or via social media. Next week’s theme is ‘share’. Have a lovely Sunday!

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Leaf {Sunshine Sundays}

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Leaf animals

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Winter leaf

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Poppies for Quincys

Leaves for the quincys

1. Dead leaf

2. Leaf animals

3. Edible leaf

4. Lichen {not really a leaf I suppose}

5. Succulent leaf

6. Poppie flower and leaf {for the Quincys}

7. Budding leaves {for the Quincys}

Share your leaf stories or images for Sunshine Sundays. And here’s the Sunshine Sunday list for October if you would like to play along. #sunshinesundays

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Awake {Sunshine Sundays}

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I belong to the mornings. It’s a fact about myself I keep trying to forget, but mornings suit me.

When I was at school and uni, I did my best study at 4.30am. There was no use trying to cram for a test or finish an essay last thing at night. But if I woke 4.30 the morning of, I did my best work.

At nineteen, I fell in love for the first time. I loved so much it hurt, and so much I couldn’t sleep, so used the early mornings to get fit and enjoy the mist rising in the valley.

Since having kids though, early mornings feel unfair. I am up with the little one from 5am some mornings. We potter around, while the other two family members sleep in.

I am resentful of those sleeping bodies, and am cranky at my husband when he finally gets up.

But lately, something’s shifted. I’ve remembered I am am morning person. I wake up, even at 5am, and feel alive and good – not tired. I want to clean the house, or start the preschool lunch.

Lately, I have been running, pushing the little one in the pram. She loves looking at the morning birds, and I love the pinch of the morning air, and seeing the sun rise over the sea through the mist.

My mornings with the little one have become precious. My little companion and I burble around, doing puzzles, or reading, drinking cups of tea and hanging out. Being the second child, my youngest doesn’t get a lot of quality time with us. But these mornings are it.

An almost-two year old is a perfect companion. I am soaking this up. Not cranky any more.

Are you a morning person? Share your ‘awake’ stories here for Sunshine Sundays, or share your contribution on social media by hashtagging #sunshinesundays. Next week’s theme is ‘leaf’.

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