Monday, 31 March 2014

The Yard

Today is the last day of March. Here in Ireland there are signs of spring everywhere. Daffodils, little lambs and it's getting milder. It hasn't gotten any dryer though. Which is pretty typical. No matter what time of the year it is, shower-dodging is the norm. 


If you're wondering how we got on with the chicken pox, the ordeal is almost over. To be fair, we were lucky. It really wasn't that bad. Jack was bad tempered and crabby for one day only. And although he was covered in pox, he either heeded my warnings not to scratch, or he just wasn't that itchy. I barely had to touch the cream or medicine. He has coped incredibly well. And we're at the stage now where all the scabs are falling off of their own accord. I'm really looking forward to giving his grubby wee bake a good scrub! I want to just smoosh that little chinchopper between my thumb and fingers, and rub the face cloth furiously over that face. For almost two weeks I've had to navigate strategically between pox with a cloth covered semi damp finger while Jack squirms and whines "Be careful of my chicken pox!"

Yesterday we visited Auntie May's yard and had a bit of a play during dry spells. Let me introduce you to one of my new sponsors, the lovely independent clothing label, Filemon Kid. The nice people over from Filemon sent Jack a few jumpers. Yesterday he wore the Hoot Hoot Navy jumper. So cute! It's teamed with a Cos shirt from the childrens range, Zara kids puffa coat and jeans, and Ugg Harwell boots

Thanks so much to the guys from Filemon Kid, and if you fancy picking up a few pieces for your little 'un, you can get 15% off with the code JACK15. Brills!

I've been doing my best to keep the camera handy, and snap the little things. So here's the week that was:

1. Covered in chicken pox    /    2. Splish splashing in puddles       /     3 & 6. Hat making with cousins     /     4. My Mothers Day card, made in playschool       /       5. Monkey jumping on the bed       /      7. Saturday morning dancing to Planet Rock in the kitchen     /     8. A good run in Auntie May's Yard

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Week that Was

So, a few weeks ago, my husband, Jack and I were driving home from somewhere or other, and we decided to stop at the drive-thru for a dirty wee Kentucky fried chicken. The conversation moved on, as it does, and I started to tell my husband how chicken-pox was going around."I WANT A CHICKEN POX!" Jack piped up from the back. Obviously referring to what he fancied when we arrived at KFC. Boy, we laughed. The lesson here is... be careful what you wish for. This morning we woke to a full blown case of chicken pox. Uh-oh. For the moment Jack is covered in little red bumps. He's a good form, and not too itchy. But something tells me things are gonna get worse. By the weekend I envision we'll have a very itchy boy. Luckily, my husband will be off, so there will be two of us on scratch-watch. 

The photo above was taken last Friday, before pox-gate. Jack is wearing the amazing You Star hat, kindly sent to us by a new sponsor, Ershware. I love the shape of this funky hat. It looks like Jack has little bunny ears! Gorgeous. He's also wearing a coat from River Island and red skinny jeans from Zara kids. It was a whole year since we buried Great Grampa Vic. (Where did that year go?) So, we went to leave some flowers by the graveside. It's hard for little ones to grasp this concept. Wee doves.

Last week, I decided I wasn't photographing the little things enough. If I was, it was only on my iPhone. The resulting photos, not particularly nice to look at. So, I thought I would leave one of my camera bodies in the house, or take it with me on little insignificant trips. And just snap away. Which is what I did. So, here's the week that was. Capturing just the little things. 
1. Bathtime for baby
2. Mummy and Daddy's bed has so much room!
3. Slumber takes him after a busy day at playschool
4. You Star hat from amazing new American label Ershware
5. Mummy gets infront of the camera for once, as Daddy tries his hand at photographing Jack, Mummy and the bump
6. Jack brushes his teeth all by himself!
7. Finally! The postman brings Jack's racing car costume! The excitement of it all!
8. Chicken pox strikes!

Anyway, don't be fretful for Jack. Here's a photo I took this morning of him sporting a few pox. (Superman PJ's from Nappyhead) He doesn't look too worried, does he? It's amazing how fast those little spots seem to break out. 8 hours later, and his face looks a lot worse, and his whole body is covered in them. They've got a lot darker too. Any advice appreciated! Thanks again to Ershware. Have a pox-free week, pals.

Don't cry for me, Argentina.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Climbing Hills

Hello all! Tigger and I have been a bit house bound this week thanks to car issues. "You - having car issues?!" I hear anybody that knows us cry. Yes, yes, I know. We sure know how to pick out the old problematic bangers. But hey. 

So, Jack and I amused ourselves around the area. We took quite a few walks (Mainly to and from the mechanics) but we played some great games along the way. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This chap has such a great imagination. 

We received this beautiful little leather yoke pullover from a new sponsor, The Little Affair. I love the leather shoulder detail and coloured zippy pocket! The fabric is super soft too. He's also wearing red skinny jeans and leather brown shoes from Zara Kids.

Thanks so much to The Little Affair - we love the sweatshirt. Have a great week, pals.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Live Wild and Free

S'up? Another week has flown in. The weather is starting to look better, and the days are getting longer. Horrah! 
Today I wanted to feature this snazzy jumper, kindly sent to us by one of my long time affiliates Oh Baby London. They sent this for Jack ages ago, but he's only just grown into it. I love the grungy decal. I also love the motto. I wish I could live more like this, but I feel I ought to be sensible now and 'Live carefully and Conservatively'. We'd probably all be a bit happier if we lived with this motto in mind though!

Mister Jack also wears a pair of green skinny jeans from Zara kids and black All Star Street Converse supplied to him by the nice people at Milly Mog.
Thanks so much to the gals at Oh Baby London. Check them and their funky kidswear out if you get the chance- you can get 15% off if you use the code 15JACK.

Jack often asks me to make him things. Often it's a postbox (easy enough - a box with a slot) or a rocket ship (not so easy). This week he asked me to make him a Robot costume. He's actually asked me to make him a Robot suit numerous times. But you know yourself, sometimes you don't have the time, supplies or drive to drop everything and start an art project. Well, he asked me at a great time. We were waiting for a friend to pick us up for a coffee and had a spare hour before she arrived. He was so delighted when I agreed (It reminded me of when my sister and I used to pester my Mum to make us princess crowns, and we were always so psyched when she said yes). Wee pet. He jerked about doing his robotic voice, whilst I cut, painted and stuck. Several empty boxes later we had a robot costume. He was irritated that he had to wait for the paint to dry. Finally, when it was all done I asked him "What d'ya think?"   -  *Gasp* "Look at the mess you've made, Mummy!"  "Never you worry, I'll clean that up." I replied. *Pause* "Want robot knees and feet too, Mummy!"  Sigh.  You're welcome, Son.

The Jackbot 3000. The most advanced toddler technology to date.