Twelve

It's happened again, that thing where time just keeps moving in spite of my best efforts to slow it down. A whole year. And now you are twelve - a hilarious, brilliant, and (dare I say it) increasingly self-confident almost teenager. Speaking of which, you are getting quite the dab hand at some teenagery characteristics. Sleeping late has suddenly become the most important feature of your weekends. Being embarrassed by your parents is a permanent state of affairs (and I look forward to dancing like a loon at your upcoming Bat Mitzvah). We are not yet at the (no doubt inevitable) door slamming, you-ruined-my-life, stroppy phase, for which I am grateful. You are sweet and kind and funny, [Read more...]

Fourteen

Rachel, it seems like five minutes since you turned thirteen. Please stop growing up so fast. Not only is it making me feel old, but your little-girlness is slipping away at an alarming rate. I dread the day when you no longer want me to wait "just a sec, just a sec" (spoiler alert - it never is just a sec) while you get ready for bed so that I can tuck you in. I feel it now, that cutting of the umbilical cord. Your perfectly natural and appropriate independence. But you are my baby, my first, my little girl. I remember the teenage years being hard to cope with as a teenager, but I never realised how hard it is as a parent. Next you'll develop an interest in dating, god help us all. But [Read more...]

Eight

Another year, and a cake designed specifically with your icing-hating nature in mind. It is your day, after all.You started a new school this year and have taken to it like a duck to water. You love the sport, the friends, the teachers, the challenge. Your spelling and maths abilities never cease to amaze.You are funny beyond your years and mature in so many ways. You help make dinner every night and love it when it's your turn to load the dishwasher. You're chasing your sisters in more than just the physical round-the-house sense - you really seem to believe that you are the same age. I'll admit it, it drives me crazy at times, but then you look at me with those blue eyes and I'm [Read more...]

Eleven

Dear LucyYou came in a hurry, and you've not stopped since. Running to do it all, make all of the things, dance all the steps, sing all the songs. You fill the house with joy and life and creativity. You are hilarious and kind and sharp as a tack.I watch you finding your way in the family, in the world, and I wish I could make you see how amazing you are. Ironically, the one thing you don't excel at is self-confidence. You have always been that way - the curse of the second child, I guess. My one hope for you this year, and every year, is that you will learn to believe in yourself. To compare yourself a little less harshly with those around you. To see what we all see so clearly.Sweet girl, [Read more...]

Thirteen

Dear RachelI'm not sure how this could have happened - it seems like just a couple of years since you were born. I remember being in hospital with my newborn daughter, insisting that my mother kiss you on the back of the neck. Absolutely insisting, in awe of the softness of your skin. Your golden blonde hair shining on the back of your head as you lay in the crib next to me. Bringing you home and being so afraid you would break, that I would fall while carrying you down the stairs, terrified to be left alone with you.Those days when it was as much as I could do to take a shower and get dressed - leaving the house was a step too far. Just holding you and staring at you in amazement. The [Read more...]

Seven

Daniel, yesterday you turned seven years old. So much has changed in my life since you were born that I sometimes forget to notice the tiny individual steps you have taken that make you the fantastic person you are.  You are hilarious - really and truly intentionally hilarious. You make excellent use of sarcasm (that's my boy) and the bait-and-switch. You are loving and warm. One of my favourite things in the world is snuggling with you. Watching you snuggle your stepdad or the puppy come a close second.You are bright and inquiring and ask really good questions. You know which questions to ask me and which are "Johnny questions" (usually anything involving cars, planes or [Read more...]

Now you are ten

Dear LucyToday is your tenth birthday, and although I usually shy away from the overly emotional "my kids are fab and I love them so much" style of blogging, I can't seem to help myself today.You see, sweet girl, you are amazing. I have never met anyone so creative, so funny, so kind. I know that sometimes I get frustrated with you, and I am sorry. I need to try to remember that you have so many things to dream about and the real world can sometimes get forgotten.Having said that, it would be wonderful if you could tidy your room now and again.So happy birthday, my love. Dream big.Mum xxx

Wahooooo!

It's done! I finished the binding and sewed on the label this morning. Here it is, fresh from the dryer. Mmmmmm, warm quilty goodness!as usual, thanks to my lovely husband for being 6 ft 4I am so happy with the quilting. Each stripe is outlined in a different coordinating colour and it looks really pretty, even if I do say so myself ;-)I made a machine embroidered label for it because there was more to say than I could face embroidering by hand. I hope that she shows this to her grandchildren one day and they are amazed at how long ago 2012 seems.Linking up with Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

I’m on it!

I finished the top and basted on Sunday, and am about a third of the way through the quilting. She hasn't seen it yet. Looks like I might just make it in time!I put this burst of activity down to the fact that I have started running again, for the first time in years. I used to run quite a lot - about 4 miles three times a week - but fell out of the habit a few years ago. Ever since then I have wanted to start again, but never seemed to be able to get off my backside to do it. I'm glad I have. It makes so much difference to my mood and my energy levels. I can take on the world when I have been for a run. There is also the added benefit of being able to eat more without feeling like a pig. [Read more...]

What are the chances?

That I can get this finished in the next three weeks.I'm making this quilt for my daughter Rachel who is turning 12 on the tenth of April. It's the New Wave pattern from Oh Fransson, made in Innocent Crush. I love these fabrics - the colours are so gorgeous. Rachel has a bit of a thing for colour order (I can't imagine where she gets that from, ahem) and these fabrics do that so well. I haven't made a bed-size quilt for her since she was about 7, and it is pretty babyish. Time for something a little more grown up, I think.I plan on hand quilting this with coordinating perle cottons in the white stripes. I was going to try and hide it until it was finished, but I really don't think that will [Read more...]