I thought it might be nice to do a bit of a monthly round up from now on. Like all the other months since we had Eli, this one has sped by ridiculously fast. Here’s a little snapshot of what we got up to:
Ten things we did this month – photo round-up
Lots of time in the garden – playing, digging for worms (don’t ask), collecting eggs, watering plants. I also left the lid off the sandpit and it turned into a swamp (ooops).
A couple of walks along the canal – one with a lovely friend who taught us a bit about foraging.
Lunch out with the family for tapas (frugal because it was a birthday treat from my parents!)
Dining table forts are a new discovery this month and Eli likes them so much I’ve made a box filled with sheets and stuffed toys so we can pull it out and make a fort at a moment’s notice. It was a lovely thing to entertain a friend we had over for a playdate so I’ll definitely be doing that again.
Setting the table – a new practical life activity we’ve added to our days – Eli puts the cutlery out for us each mealtime.
The fruit and veg shop – I was missing shopping locally and seasonally so I’ve added in a weekly shop to a greengrocer’s into a routine, rather than doing the whole shop at the supermarket. Eli loves sampling the raw veg as we shop and we make a game of pointing out all the different kinds we need.
Briarsland Farm – not frugal but a really fun day out with some friends and their toddlers.
I’ve vowed to start taking Eli swimming again after hardly taking him since his birthday, so we went last week and both had fun. Hopefully to be repeated at least once or twice a month as I want to build his confidence in the water.
I finished up work at the end of this month – so exciting! More sadly, Eli finished up with his amazing childminder as he’ll be at home with me now until he goes to nursery/preschool. She said goodbye with this bowling set, which was an instant hit!
A bumped head – after suffering a bit with two teeth this month AND a cold/cough/sore throat, poor Eli couldn’t catch a break as he actually knocked himself out falling headfirst into a wall! Thankfully he was alright in the end but it was a very scary moment for me as a mum.
What I’ve been reading
Haven’t quite finished it yet, but I’m currently reading Today I just finished reading Unfinished Business by Anne Marie Slaughter (a library book). A fascinating look at why, despite decades of feminist progress, mothers still aren’t “having it all” and reaching equal numbers in leadership positions.
A Game of Thrones (George R R Martin)- a re-read for me, as I’m gutted the last TV series cut us short on only seven episodes!
ToddlerCalm (Sarah Ockwell-Smith) – another library book. If I keep posting these you’ll soon learn I have an obsession with parenting books by the way 🙂 I don’t agree with every single thing Sarah Ockwell-Smith says but a lot of her points do make sense.
Your Money or Your Life (Joe Dominguez, Monique Tilford and Vicki Robin). This was a re-read as well, on the Kindle app on my phone. A personal finance classic I decided to re-read for a bit of inspiration as we move into the “officially skint” phase of life.
Choosing Simplicity (LInda Breen Pierce). Another re-read of a book I have on Kindle. Well TBH I only read 3/4 and have abandoned it for now. It’s interesting but quite long and a bit same-y in some respects. It’s basically a whole load of personal stories of various people who’ve chosen a simplicity lifestyle (the meaning of which varies a lot from individual to individual). A little bit smug/self-congratulatory but inspirational too, if you like this kind of thing.
Looking at the above, I’m reasonably impressed at the amount of reading I’ve done this month, especially as I have actually re-read bits and bobs of other books on my Kindle app whenever I’ve been sitting in Eli’s room waiting for him to fall asleep. However I need to read more fiction, especially as I’ve got about six books waiting leftover from my birthday. I keep getting parenting books out the library and feeling I need to read them before the due date, but I should probably be less obsessive about that and make time for fiction too 🙂
What I’ve been making
- I knitted Eli a hat but unfortunately it’s too small for his head – so I’ve put that one away with his outgrown clothes and started knitting the same one but bigger.
- I’ve done plenty of cooking/baking and sowed some seeds in the garden (carrots, kale, winter salad leaves, spinach and coriander).
My goal for next month is to make this section a bit more exciting and start making more things!