It’s December already and I realised I haven’t share a wallpaper in a while, Christmas is always a good excuse to create and share. If you haven’t start taking decoration’s out yet (like me), at least you can enter the festive mood decorating your screen. Enjoy!
(Matias at our local park)
What a long couple of weeks we had around here. Cold weather never fails to bring nasty colds and viruses, leaving us all drained and tired. We finally visited our local park this week after being locked inside for days, we were desperate to get some fresh air, it did good!
I’m glad he is feeling much better as we have baby shower and his birthday in the next couple of weeks. He will be THREE soon and we are still in disbelief how fast time flew. I’m mesmerised about the way he sees and understands the world, the innocence, honesty and excitement about things that I would probably take for granted. Seeing him grow and become this little funny, sweet, smart and at times crazy boy makes me feel very proud of being his mummy.
So, Matias has said:
“Mummy did you put lipstick on? You look pretty, you are like a flower” (Nothing would ever compare to your son telling you that you look pretty. Ever. His dad thinks he already has better “lines” to use with the girls than him.)
“Mummy wait! I have to tell the neighbours I’m having a baby sister” (This was while we were leaving the house and saw our neighbours next door)
“What are you made of mum? (I said, what do you think?) Jelly! ” (I guess being made of jelly isn’t too bad after all)
“No daddy! you are going to get an achy tummy” (While Paul pretends to eat all the tarts we bake earlier that day)
“Are monkeys and watermelons made in factories too? (When explaining how certain things were made in factories)
“I’m going to grow higher, higher, higher and break the roof” (When he eats all his veggies and he’s been told he will grow as big as his dad)
“No mummy Virgin Mary lives in Hong Kong” (When I told him she lives in the sky and watches over us)
“Thank you God for all my toys” (When I explained we thank God for all the nice things we have in our lives, I guess toys top his list!)
“Daddy can you jump out of the computer and get here please?” (In one of our daily Skype’s conversations).
Have a great weekend everyone! We are having friends and family around this weekend to celebrate the baby news. I’m looking forward to see them all and spend a nice day eating cake and tea.
It’s very tricky when you have the little one’s birthday AND christmas on the same month. That involves lots of preparation and probably receiving too many presents, so we are being very conscious about what to buy this year. Now that he is a bit older it’s easier to really know what he likes and needs, so I made a mood board with some ideas I think Matias would like. The unmissable scooter I’ve been dreading to buy but will get handy with the baby arrives next year, books with great ideas to make, cute toys and some items a clothes that he needs.
One of my favourite things about approaching Christmas is the opportunity to visit all the variety of Craft Fairs around town. From small local ones to more stablished ones, I feel very fortunate to live in this amazing city where there’s so much talent and creativity. It’s always an inspiration to go to these places and soak the handmade vibe, grab some christmas presents for my love ones and feel refreshed and inspired.
There’s so many events I would love to visit this year, although I have to admit being so heavily pregnant and broke makes me reduce the list to just a few favourite ones:
+ THE SHOP UP (Dec 3-4) | Organised by Babyccino Kids it promised to bring the best kiddos boutiques and shops under one roof, with lots of fun activities for family and kids. Although not too close from where we live, I think being able to browse through these gorgeous shops in one place it’s a big temptation.
+ RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR (Nov 22-23) | I had the opportunity to visit last year and really enjoyed it. A great variety of Indie shops displaying gorgeous handmade goods. This time I hope to be able to take part in some of the workshops (there’s a DIY letterpress postcard that looks interesting).
+ COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE – CHRISTMAS FAIR (Nov 12-16) | This lovely fair was the first one I visit when I moved to London and brings me really good memories. More into the traditional side, still a nice place to visit and browse beautiful handmade items.
+ ETSY HOUSE (Dec 5-7) | Etsy UK is featuring different UK sellers across all kind of categories in the heart of London (Covent Garden) next month. For all of us that are in love with Etsy this is one not to be missed.
Never forget to support your local community and small businesses, crafters, bakers and artist. There’s nothing more special than a handmade gift that you know has a story behind, it was made with love and care, possibly with local resources and will last forever. I hope you enjoy this list and feel encouraged to visit your local fair this Christmas.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone (I hope my son gets over a nasty cold and we are able to see the sunlight again, wish me luck!)
Inspired by a few beautiful post I’ve read from some fellow female bloggers in the last few weeks, sharing a more personal side and what makes them special and real, sharing stories of struggles and overcoming them, made me think about my life and how easy it’s to ‘filter’ the negative, specially in times of social media where mums seem to have it figured it out and pretty much every seems rather perfect.
I haven’t share much about myself in this blog lately, it’s easier to focus on other things when you are feeling down, overwhelmed or anxious. But today I felt the need to seat and write down some of my thoughts and emotions today, without any particular reason but to let it out, breathe it out and move on.
Being pregnant for the second time has been equally marvellous and hard. Physically I’m struggling with a lot of pain (lower back) and emotionally it has been a crazy roller coaster. Hormones are to blame, combined with motherhood of a very demanding toddler boy, and all the thoughts and worries that come to my mind when I imagine how our life will be when we become four.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my life in the city and how it really works for stay-at-home-mums like me. It’s tough, I’m not fortunate enough to have a close circle of friends (specially other mums) around when things hit bottom. I didn’t realise how important it was for me until I became pregnant again, when things got a bit harder in every sense.
I wonder if I’m ever going to find my ”village”, those friends that will come when I need them, when things become too much and a proper adult conversation with a cup of tea it’s desperate need it. Those that will stand for each other and listen, that will share the load and bring sanity to your days. I wonder if it’s a “big city” thing or it’s just me, or it’s because I just moved a year ago to this new area and haven’t allow time to meet them, or it’s a cultural subject.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from being alone, I have an amazing partner, my rock, who reminds me every day of how lucky I am to being able to see my children grow and to be present, and all the great things I do for him and Matias. Siblings that are always there for me, my sister my best friend who I constantly bombard with daily updates of my mummy days (sorry!), also very supportive parents and great friends, but distance can be a problem (most are abroad) and it’s not always easy being so far away from everyone I love.
However, regardless of things not being perfect in my life I never forget to be grateful every day for the things I have , and for the people that make my life a better place. It’s too easy to forget and focus on what’s missing, but it’s a great exercise at the end of the day to say a little prayer and thank for all the good stuff.
Well, this post was a bit long and personal, soon I’ll share more things about happier things that are coming soon, Matias birthday, Baby shower and of course Christmas! Stay tuned.
Hope you guys have a wonderful day