My daughter is 11years old and has never had her own room until last week. . She never played with dolls, wore dresses (once she had a choice) or even ventured far from sports kit for that matter. Fairies were not her thing nor ballet, Rugby was the first sport she chose to play and we have loved that strength of character from day dot. . So imagine our surprise when she was given the freedom to choose her decor and out came all the pinks and pretty! , I mean her passions haven’t shifted (the room has more sports kit shoved in cupboards than clothes, but some skirts are included there too) Lego abounds and her Dinosaur Lamp is SO her but I see such balance in the young lady she is becoming and it makes me even more proud that she is mine. . This amazingly diverse girl is growing up and whilst it freaks the hell out of me it also makes my heart swell. . Are your kids personalities what you expected? Or have they forged a path of their own unknown to you?
And there she is.. Marcus and I are pretty proud that we have managed to get as old as we are with 2 kids and dogs along the way yet only have ever shared one car. . Having kids that spend 2 seasons a year with 8 sports practices a week with a minimum of 4 games each weekend we had to give in and get another car. . We needed a truck to pull @josephinetheairstream which of course is not very economical and I was also concerned with my footprint given the amount of daily driving I do as mother taxi so we went for a little and large moment and bought Winnie the Mini. . And the best bit? She is a manual. Marcus and I can pretend we are race drivers and the kids are already learning all about gear changing and clutch control. . Do you drive a big car or a little one? Can you even drive a manual?
It’s so wrong.... As per my last post I feel too many people are emotionally crushed by images and words on social media. . As a result I noticed that despite having moved to a new apartment with a kitchen I love, I haven’t posted a single image or said a word about how ecstatic I am to be in a kitchen with space, light and enough cupboards at last. . Being a plant based family who try not to eat much processed food I cook from scratch pretty much every meal and so time in the kitchen is a plenty. . We moved apartment for the kids to have their own rooms for the first time but I gained a kitchen that make me smile so big 💕
In a world of instant perfection shown on social media by mothers, young entrepreneurs and kids alike, it is hard not to judge yourself or compare your stage in life to theirs. . Why am I not that wealthy? How come my house doesn’t look that way? When will I get a body like them? . I am living in the now and with age have come to see that I don’t even need or want what most of those people have to be truly fulfilled. . I would even say not wanting more has given me more. More freedom, more clarity and more happiness. . I choose to see forms of perfection as inspiration not competition. It’s not always easy when your a little down and being happy for others takes huge energy when you can’t be arsed but when I do, I feel good about the person I am being and in turn I feel better in life. . Do you live to much in a world of jealousy?
Prajnaparadha . Crimes against wisdom . Not higher power wisdom but each and every day simple choices.. The will you or won’t you go through the day with kindness? Will you take that candy bar at the checkout? Can you make the effort to honor your personal affirmations to yourself? . I love that such a powerful statement can be made in such simple actions and I love that it has such a beautiful name in Sanskrit. . Prajnaparadha. . I am going to try to NOT do it often
That babe of ours celebrated her 11th Birthday with her gorgeous friendship circle she has made here in SF . It was a Parkour Party and she had requested this Vegan Lemon Drizzle cake she found on @pinterest . The guests goodie bags had to have these basketball cookies she has also found on her travels that we also made plant based apart from the white chocolate around the mini @reeses cup . We are so proud of our gigantic tween and how she has embraced our life in the 🇺🇸, the individuals she surrounds herself with are a testament to her outgoing and all inclusive nature. . We can’t wait to see what this year holds for her.. next week she gets her own room for the first time since being 2yrs old, she is playing more sports than she ever has and finally, ferociously reading Harry Potter . 11 looks good on you our Kitty Moo 💕
These two... this card arrived yesterday to say thank you for coming over to the UK and celebrating their wedding. . It got me thinking that this next generation of my family (both Harrington’s and Whites) are now all in committed relationships, almost all with children and essentially off the market 😝 . It is such a special thing to be part of a amazing extended family and whilst we all have very different personalities the one thing I know that is true is all the women are strong and all the men are kind, both sides raised to be who they need to be. . The dynamics of relationships and traveling through life together is a HUGE test but personally that’s what makes my marriage so valuable to me. It has taught me so much and I get to pass that knowledge to my children. . I can’t wait to see our next wave take these steps too and ironically with the huge age gaps in the White Family that may not even be all that far away 💕
I am all for living in the moment but sometimes my week to week planning on looking after myself is atrocious. . It is the week that the kids go back to school and I need to pack up the whole apartment, get the kids ready and I happen to plan Kitty‘s birthday party for this weekend 😳 . It’s now 2 PM and I am just eating for the first time today before prepping for an afternoon of baking . I have meditated, done and hour of yoga, food shopped and walked Maggie before dropping H to a play date but seriously peeps does life ever slow down?
We spent the last few days hanging as a family before school goes back in @josephinetheairstream down the road from where we live. . It wasn’t about the destination it was all about the journey. . One with no screens or devices, lots of sports, pottering the local area and evenings around our campfire with S’mores, wine and kids carving spears with their travel knives. . Marcus and I are having a struggle feeling like good parents right now as the two of them just plain get on each other’s tits 😝, bickering is too often and our little guy who hates to read is still not ready to try. . We are moving to a 3 bedroom apartment in a few weeks and my focus will be creating a space for each of them to feel is truly their own. . Once achieved I am moving on to create one for Josephine too.. in the wine country (nope not joking but not JUST because I want to be surrounded by wine 🍷 😂)