Hello! Just popping in for a quick little chat on this fine, sunny day! What a blessing it is when January affords us a few days like this - it makes you think, "Yep, I can make it to Spring - not long now!"
We've been making the most of it in the Welch household over the last couple of days and in keeping with my new found chilled out vibe at the weekend, we have had our first lunch around the fire outside. Yummy bacon and egg sandwiches.....mmmmmmmm
and a cup of tea.......there's something about that combination, isn't there?! (Notice I am wearing my furry winter coat - it was still quite chilly outside - lovely though!)
I remember when Jonny was building this brilliant feature in our garden, it was such a struggle. When you have a small baby in the house - everything seems like a colossal effort. Just to find the time out from changing nappies and feeding is an achievement. I once wrote to my best friend, who had a baby a few weeks old, that if all you had done all day was feed your baby - you'd done a whole day's work! Squeezing in projects like building an outdoor fireplace - and at the time, a fort for our boys, was an extraordinary thing to be doing really. It's such a prized corner of our tiny garden now though and many an opportunity to sit, cup of tea, or glass of wine in hand have been taken over the last couple of years. We even spent last New Year's eve out there, watching the fireworks all around us and toasting the new year, snuggled up in blankets round a roaring fire.
I was contemplating this as we walked around Blackdown Hill this morning. It was a scramble for the car as it always is with five boys, all of whom needed to be kitted out in wellies, hats, gloves and coats, but it was well worth the effort and I realised that recently, things have felt easier! I'm telling you this, because I know it's something people have often said to me, "Oh, it does get easier!", as I stand with a child tucked under each arm, both screaming, the dinner ready to be served and the shopping still where it has been on the floor since it was delivered that morning. This sort of chaotic scene is not uncommon in our house. This IS our house most of the time. Our house is chaos held together with threads of order.
However, They are right. It does get easier and I am beginning, just beginning to see little chinks of light, where I catch myself thinking, "Why does this feel so easy?" and then I realise - it's because the older ones have got their own wellies on and are sitting in the car waiting. Little by little it's getting easier to extend the moments of calm and enjoy. This bit of parenting is physical hard work. Every day is physical effort and it's no wonder we feel tired! Gradually though there will be less of this and more of the harder bit of parenting; the constant working out, pondering, ordering, second guessing and motivating you do!
It really is beautiful out there and we had a wonderful walk, watching the boys dodge oncoming walkers, bikes and numerous dogs and pretending to be on a great adventure.
I have also been working busily on etsy this week and have managed to list a few of my items over there, so do visit my little shop - won't you?
Well, for now I will love you and leave you - I'm off to find a pattern for a crochet ear warmer after our chilly walk on the highest place in Sussex (apparently). Who knows, I may even get one finished in time for next Winter!