Sunday, 6 January 2013

Family Traditions

Do you have any silly/funny/lovely family traditions? Or maybe things from your childhood that never seemed like traditions at the time but when you look back you know life wouldn't of been the same without them?

I'm trying to start some over here to make the little, and big, things seem more special for A and Baby far all we have is pretty lame: I make pancakes on A's birthday with whatever crazy topping she would like (this year she decided she needed Christmas pancakes too as 'that's a special day too though mummy!).

Recently, I read this post over on the littlest blog-I love the idea of a birthday poem! So any traditions out there  you'd like to share that we can steal?!?!...

Friday, 4 January 2013

We Are Lucky

We Are Lucky is an amazing project by a London father of two who received a large windfall. I don't want to give too much away, you hve to check it out! There is still generosity in the world after all..


Six Months (and a bit...)

Having two little ones is time consuming to say the least, and yet I constantly feel as though I have spent NO time with either of them once I reach the end of the end. Being a parent often leaves you with that guilty feeling somewhere in the back of your head doesn't it? Like you could be doing better, surely?

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Real Reads...

In case I haven't mentioned it, I love to read. I'll read anything lately, whatever I can fit around the kids (more often than not this happens to be, rather shamefully, the latest copy of grazia-it's so damn digestable!) but in the spirit if the new year and as an ode to my previous book reading life I've put some thought and research into my next few reads...

First up is Nicole Krauss's Great House. I finally read The History of Love earlier this year and was bowled over by its depiction of humanity and love lost. With quotes like this:

“She was gone, and all that was left was the space you'd grown around her, like a tree that grows around a fence. For a long time, it remained hollow. Years, maybe. And when at last it was filled again, you knew that the new love you felt for a woman would have been impossible without Alma. If it weren't for her, there would never have been an empty space, or the need to fill it.” 
I was always going to fall in love with the novel. Anyway, back to Great House. It was a christmas present from the husband so it's first on the list. From what I gather it is an examination of loss and memory and how they construct our lives. When I had a quick scan through the reviews I found out that Nicole Krauss is in fact married to Jonathan Safron Foer; a perfect match as far as their literature is concerned (he's another of my favourites). Check out Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close...
Any of the following will satisfy for a follow-up...they've magically appeared on my amazon wishlist in vain hope of being devoured before 2014 *cough* *cough* Mr B...
*1. Great House Nicole Krauss * 2. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce * 3. Big Brother Lionel Shriver * 4. A Hologram for the King Dave Eggers *


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