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The joy of a cardboard box

Christmas Photography Challenge 2016

I posted a link to this article on twitter earlier this week.

http://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/travelling-cars-photographer-goes-on-exciting-mini-adventures-with-tiny-toy-cars/

The photographer Kim Leuenberger has created some amazing images on her travels using toy cars. Several of my friends liked this and Dave  (@projectlgor) suggested we use this as  the basis for our Christmas holiday photography challenge this year. It’s simply for fun and anyone is welcome to join in.

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My son is now 28 and I know I’ve saved lots of old toy cars but obviously I can’t find them. A quick wander around the local antique centre produced this lovely battered Yellow VW for £3 – enjoy your Christmas fun and share your photos #minicars16

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Just the norm

Tommy and LJ had a ‘sleepover’ yesterday ( the reason for the inverted commas will be obvious to any grandparents out there). I’ve watched Tommy develop and am struggling with being amazed at what he can do with his little arm and being cross with myself for being amazed, as to him this is just the norm.He was ‘decorating’ ( yes those inverted commas again) the Christmas tree and couldn’t get the bauble string to go over the branch. I never do things like that for him although the grandma in me often has to sit on her hands to stop herself! He held the bauble with his left hand and pushed his little arm Into the middle of the string to hold it open. Amazing he’s worked it out, but why wouldn’t he it’s normal for him?

We snuggled reading books and he had a bottle of juice with a stopper, he opened with his left arm whilst tucking the bottle under his little arm, he used his little arm to press it down, he opened it with his teeth. I watched in fascination. He is oblivious as this is his world. I have hundreds of examples of where he amazes me but then I make myself remember he’s an ordinary little boy learning to do things his way.

He climbed over his baby gate yesterday and found his advent bag – one book a day for December and a toy on Christmas Eve -really grandma?? – well at least he and LJ have lots of books to read and play with now – my poor son was distraught and was going to wrap them up again but it’s just Tommy being a 2 year old.

LJ is now one and is the most independent child I’ve ever met. She meets life on her own terms, cuddles when she wants, climbs, feeds herself potters happily and has been walking for ages! Having Tommy so close in age she just copies everything he does – they come as a pair and he greets her like he’s not seen her for months when you pick them up from nursery where she is in a different room – here she is and a hug.


I’m so proud of the pair of them, I know they will cope with whatever life brings them – they will both have their own challenges and I need to be amazed by them as the brilliant children they are. 

A strange time of year

The run up to Christmas is always busy but this year everything feels very strange. It’s sad that mum isn’t here and dad is struggling. Its wonderful that Layla-Jane grows a little every day and that Tommy is just so amazing.PicMonkey Collage

Its very much sadness and joy all mixed in.

Fundraising from the Dearne, trying to publicise our den book (On Amazon here )have been highlights but I must say thank you to my amazing friend Sharon @elaronndy for her funny account of den building for adults – please take 5 minutes to read it will make you smile. http://sharonabbott155.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/den-building-for-grown-ups.html

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I’ve worked hard on my sewing and gone from completely awful to maybe I could give this to a good friend as a present as they will understand and love me anyway! But I will keep working at it.

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The Christmas tree is up! Thanks to Zoe Whitaker! This is as festive as it gets as Tony is definitely from the ‘Bah humbug’ school of Christmas.

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I hope you all have a good week running up to the holidays, remember your loved ones and those who maybe need a bit of a hug J x

Den Building

Two years in the making, lots of laughs, disasters, tears (mainly from caretakers when Cathy broke something) – chaotic days of den building, pom pom making, cardboard cutting have resulted in our book finally being almost ready to send to print. It has a smart new cover, an ISBN number and is available to pre order on Amazon HERE

Den building Fort making

We have some lovely pre reviews on the Crown House site HERE – I love all of the comments but especially Jane Hancer’s  comment ‘It is clear that there is not enough den making going on in my life’. x

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Maria, Tommy and kitchen chaos