I am quite enjoying being a homebody at the moment whilst we shake off the last of the winter chill and await the arrival of spring. Remember back in September when I planted some bulbs for my first ever spring garden? Well those little bulbs have turned into beautiful tiny daffodils this past week and they are my pride and joy. I want to clear back and weed the rest of the front garden to make room for some more planting this year, as I didn’t realise quite how satisfying it would be to see my gardening efforts come to fruition. I feel like Mary Lennox! Our back garden is completely paved so I am wondering whether I might try to grow some vegetables using grow bags or tubs again. We really enjoyed digging up our potatoes last summer and eating fresh potato salad for dinner.
Inside, away from the cold, I am really enjoying motherhood at the moment and the slow, predictable rhythm of our days. A lot of my mum friends are going back to work soon or have already gone back so it is rather strange to be staying at home instead but I am still delighted to be doing so. It can be tricky at times to make life work on one income but we have managed so far and I try to sit down at least once a week and look over and record our finances which helps us not to go too far off track. The biggest expense always seems to be food with hungry boys!
Unbelievably, Jacob will be one next month. It has rolled around so fast; it feels like yesterday that he was my tiny helpless baby and now he climbs the stairs like he’s been doing it all his life. Danny says helpful things like “You’ve had him for 1/18th of the time you are allowed him for” and it is genuinely painful! So my thoughts are turning to his birthday celebrations. We are not doing anything fancy, just probably family, presents and a homemade birthday cake (is it sad how excited I am about this?! I have always wanted to make my kids’ birthday cakes!) On the day of his birthday Danny has got the day off and we are going to take Jacob to the farm as he is really starting to become interested in animals now. This is such a fun age of discovery, it feels as though he is learning new things everyday and it is a real pleasure to watch. The washing machine is a particular favourite!
Have you got any nice Valentine’s Day plans? We are probably going to visit a pretty National Trust house for a walk and some grub. It seems to be very fashionable to hate Valentine’s Day these days but I still rather like it!
Ps. Valentine’s Day last year…