A Great Big God – Living Arrows 3/53

A Great Big God – Living Arrows 3/53

I’m trying my best to join in with living arrows every week this year. It’s a lovely linky over at What the Redhead Said that is all about celebrating childhood. Each week I’ll share a photo of Monkey and a bit about what we’ve been up to.


This week’s picture was taken yesterday at Manchester Cathedral. We’d gone for Messy Church which is something we always enjoy. Monkey was chosen to come up to the front to sing Our God is a Great Big God and show everybody the actions. She is so much braver than me! I’d have been a nervous wreck in front of all those people, the cathedral was packed, but she absolutely loved it.

I hope that she’ll always stay like this, super confident and not afraid to have a go at anything. I hope she’ll always be as enthusiastic about church and worship. And I hope she’ll always have such a positive approach to life. I’m feeling like a super proud mummy.

Living Arrows


New friends and Unicorns – Postbox Peeking 13/1/18

New friends and Unicorns – Postbox Peeking 13/1/18

Welcome back to my weekly look through our post. It seems to be getting back to normal now after Christmas. We’ve got back into our letter writing routine and it looks like our friends have too. Here’s what we got this week.



I had three letters in this week all from the UK. It’s been lovely to hear about how everybody spent their Christmas and new year.

Monkey was very excited because she received a letter and picture from a brand new penpal.


Just after Christmas I saw some gorgeous iridescent unicorn high tops on the Next website. Of course Monkey (and me!) instantly fell in love with them. I was really good though and decided she didn’t actually need them. But then we were invited to a unicorn sparkle party and it was game over! She had to have them. A unicorn hoody and leggings may have accidentally slipped into my basket too.

They all arrived on Monday but as I’m now taking orders from a three year old I can’t actually show you because “nobody can see my outfit before the party mummy!”

Bible School

I also received the newsletter from Emmaus Bible School. I did a course with them before Christmas and this has reminded me to enrol for another.

Have you had anything interesting in the post this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Books, ballet and a sewing success – Little Loves 2/52

Books, ballet and a sewing success – Little Loves 2/52

It’s been another busy week. Christmas feels like forever ago and we’re all settling back into our routines. Here’s what we’ve been loving this week.


Monkey tends to go through phases where she wants the same story again and again at bedtime. This week we’ve been reading Don’t Wake the Bear, Hare! and A Bed of Your Own every night. A Bed of Your Own finishes with the line “safe in her own bed like you should be too”. Monkey loves joining in with this line then snuggling down under the covers and demanding kisses.

Favourite bedtime stories

I’m determined to do more reading for myself this year. I’ve not done loads this week but I have managed a couple of chapters of Empire of the Sun.


Treasure Champs on Cbeebies

We’ve been looking forward to Treasure Champs for a while and it finally started  on Cbeebies at the weekend. Each episode talks about a different value or “treasure” and why it’s important. There’s a faith story in each episode too. Monkey especially enjoyed the Courage episode as it had the story of Daniel and the Lion which she’s been learning about at church. She’s looking forward to two new episodes this weekend.


After seeing me doing some cross stitch before Christmas Monkey decided that she wanted to do some sewing. I wasn’t sure she’d be able to as despite the fact she’s about 27in her head, she is still only 3. I had a look around to see what I could find though. The kids cross stitch kits all looked a bit complicated for a first attempt at sewing but I did manage to find a First Sewing kit aimed at age 4+ so I bought it her for Christmas.

I was actually really impressed with the kit. There were quite a few little projects in there so we decided to start with the easiest (a notebook holder) on Thursday. It was slightly chaotic with tangles, thread everywhere and me rethreading the needle approximately 752 times!

Sewing chaos

Despite it all looking so chaotic I was really proud of how well Monkey did. She listened to what she had to do and really concentrated. She was super proud of the finished product. And so was I.

The finished product!


Monkey was really pleased to be back to all her regular activities after the Christmas break this week. She got a new BabyBallet hoody for Christmas and she couldn’t wait to show it off at this week’s lesson.

Beautiful ballerina in her brand new hoody

What you can’t see on the picture is that under the hood it has her name. She can read her name now so personalised items are always a hit. She spent a lot of time with her hood up making everyone read that Monkey is a BabyBallet star!


Sticking with the ballet theme, this week we heard more about Monkey’s first ever ballet show. It’s taking place in March in a proper theatre and she’s so excited. She’s going to be a cowgirl so we’ve heard a lot of “Yee-ha” and seen a lot of lassoing.

And lastly

We’re looking forward to a Messy Church event at the Cathedral tomorrow. After living in Manchester all my life I finally visited for the first time a few months ago. It’s such a beautiful building so I’m looking forward to learning more about it.

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat


Gruffalo Roar – Living Arrows 2/53

Gruffalo Roar – Living Arrows 2/53

It’s another week of Living Arrows. Each Monday I’ll be sharing a picture of Monkey that celebrates childhood.

Living Arrows is hosted by Donna at What The Redhead Said who explains that the project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” .


This week’s picture comes from our trip to see The Gruffalo at the theatre. The tickets were a present from Nana and Grandad and Grandad was able to come along with us. I’m not sure who was more excited! It was pretty obvious from the minute we arrived at the theatre that he would be buying her a present and she loved this cuddly gruffalo. I know it looks a bit like she’s scowling at him here but I promise she’s just practising her best gruffalo roar!

I love seeing how close these two are. I was always (still am!) a real daddy’s girl so seeing how much my girl loves him really makes me smile.

Living Arrows


Full marks! – Postbox Peeking 6/1/18

Full marks! – Postbox Peeking 6/1/18

I love getting post. Monkey loves getting post. Post is actually a really big part of our lives so I always enjoyed writing my Postbox Peeking every weekend.

So it’s back!

Here’s what we got in the post this week.


It’s actually been a really quiet week for post, just one penpal letter for me and none for Monkey. I posted loads out last week though from both of us so now the holidays are over we should get more.

I collect used postage stamps to raise money for Allergy UK and an envelope full arrived on Wednesday. They’re from lady I don’t know, a penpal of a penpal but she has been a wonderful support sending packages most months.

Up until today that one letter and stamps was all we’d had but then this morning some post arrived for Monkey. And it was exciting post! Just before Christmas she enrolled with Words of Life Postal Bible School and today she got her first marked lesson back. She got full marks! I’m super proud of her and she was very pleased with herself. She can’t wait to start her next lesson.


What did you get in the post this week? I’d love to hear in the comments.

Little Loves 1/52

Little Loves 1/52

Little loves is another linky I’m hoping to join in with every week this year. It’s hosted by Coffee, work, sleep, repeat and encourages you to look back at the little things you’ve loved each week.

Getting back to reality after all the madness of Christmas is always difficult but we’ve still managed to have lots of fun.

This week we…



This week we have been falling in love with Blue Kangaroo. Monkey got a set of three books for Christmas and we’ve been reading them on repeat ever since. I’d never heard of them before but a quick Amazon search tells me there are loads of stories all about Lily and her very own kangaroo. We’ll definitely be investing in some more.



Yesterday we watched The Gruffalo at the Lowry Theatre. The tickets were a present from Nana and Grandad and we had so much fun.



I’m not sure if this counts as making something but we hatched a dinosaur egg! It came in Monkey’s stocking and to be honest after spending the grand total of £1.50 on it I wasn’t expecting great things. I was pleasantly surprised though. The dinosaur grew and hatched and watching it kept Monkey entertained all week.



After such a lovely day watching The Gruffalo yesterday there was only one set of pjs that Monkey was going to wear. She was so excited in her gruffalo pyjamas with matching brand new gruffalo toy.


Monkey got a pink ukelele for Christmas from Granny and Grandad. So we’ve heard that. A lot! It’s actually far more bearable than it sounds though. When she plays along to her nursery nativity sings it’s actually pretty cute.

And Lastly

I’m really hoping I can keep up with this every week.

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat


The Gruffalo Live at The Lowry

The Gruffalo Live at The Lowry

Monkey LOVES The Gruffalo. It’s been one of her favourite books since she was tiny. Everybody in our house can recite the whole story word for word without even looking at the book. Not that we do very often as we love the pictures too.

So Monkey was very excited when Nana and Grandad bought her tickets to see The Gruffalo Live for Christmas. And she was super excited this morning when the big day had finally arrived. The show didn’t start until 1.30 but she was trying to leave from about 6am! I finally gave up at around 10.30 and we set off, planning an early dinner on the way.

On our way to find a gruffalo

We got a team to Media City where we stuffed our faces in Pizza Express before heading over to The Lowry. I love The Lowry theatre. It’s bright and modern with lots of room and just seems to work, especially with children.

We had really good seats. We were just three rows from the front. They gave us a booster seat for Monkey too so she had no problems seeing.

A very excited Monkey with an equally excited Grandad

The show was really well done. They had quite a simple set and a cast of just three playing all the characters. Monkey completely believed they were all different though and loved to tell me who was coming next.

All was quiet in the deep dark wood

The show stayed very close to the book. Audience participation was encouraged so children were shouting out their favourite bits. There was lots of singing and dancing and Monkey’s favourite part was roaring like a gruffalo to scare the fox away.

The show was fun with lots of laughs for both adults and kids. We all had a really lovely day.

Monkey, Grandad and a brand new friend say “Roar!”