October 2017 | The Northern Irish Mum

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Pretty Painted Pumpkins





Yes, tis the season of pumpkin spice latte's, autumn leaves, Halloween sweets, fireworks and of course carved pumpkins. I love all of the above, but carving pumpkins, sharp knives and children? Not really the best, or safest mix, with that in mind we started painting instead of carving our pumpkins two years ago and it's a little tradition we have carried on each year since. 

This year's pumpkin unofficial theme- the arts and crafts box exploded over me! It's bold, it's bright, it's beautiful just like our abbs. I love it. Abbie decorated every bit of it herself. Around the back, she's added a few Abbie stickers too for good measure. We have given it pride of place on the living room windowsill so the neighbours and the postie can see it in all its glory!

Painting pumpkins could not be easier, it's a great autumn craft for kids, perfect way to spend some time on a rainy day (as long as you don't mind a bit of mess) and the decorating possibilities are endless really. I've seen some fabulous idea's in recent days including poppy the troll painted pumpkin with added tule for hair. Also amazing more elegant/grown up watercolour and marble style painted pumpkins, these look gorgeous on sideboards or coffee tables. And more elaborate glitter pumpkins! I've pinned lots more ideas if you fancy a nosy you can have a look here
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Thursday, 12 October 2017

School run mum

Goodness, it's official, i'm one of them. I'm a school run mum! An actual mum that has a child at school, not preschool, but an actual pinafore, shirt and tie, proper school shoes, lunch box, plimsolls primary school child! How the heck did that happen? When did it happen? I feel like I blinked and my little red head has gone from my little baby to a gorgeous oh so grown up wise beyond her years primary one girl. 



I'm not going to lie, the thought of her starting school had been such a source of anxiety for me. School wasn't a great experience for me in general and I had lay many a night worrying about how she would find it, would she make friends, would she like her teacher? What would she think of being away from me for so long each day. 
All my worries were totally unfounded, she has taken to school like a duck to water. It has been such an easy transition from preschool to primary I can hardly believe it went so well. I've been waiting for the tears, for the day she says she doesn't wanna go, or the battle to get her ready and out on time, but there hasn't been one yet. She commented out of the blue on the drive to school this morning that she loves every single day of school. That made my heart swell! I'm so pleased for both her and I, because I don't know how I would cope if she was unhappy going each day. 
I'm not sure why i'm surprised that she loves it, she has always adored books and easily spends hours each day looking at them and practising writing and drawing. She has always had a thirst for understanding and learning everything from ever I can remember, which I admire so much. She's also a wee social butterfly, she's really quite confident meeting new people for someone so little, so I knew underneath it all, she would be 100% . My anxiety about her starting school, really lay with my own insecurities about school. My worries projecting on her when I really need not have worried. Shes settled, she's happy, she's more than just coping with all the work, she's really enjoying it. She's met lovely wee peers, her teachers a gem. The little country school we chose over the much bigger local village school, was definitely the right choice for both her and us. Our little independent redhead dander's into school each morning with a smile on her face and hardly a glance back, exactly as I'd hoped! Long may it continue.

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