Five years ago on a bright December morning. I sat in my kitchen surrounded by boxes. Alternating emptying them with sitting and looking with awe at our new home. A tiny Milla swimming happily in my tummy.

Our little tardis-esq house, tucked away in a wood smoke-scented street. The house that when I walked inside I could imagine bringing my babies home to. We poured everything we had into moving here and what hopes we had for it.

We made lists over the days that followed. Lists of where things should go, of what needed fixing or decorating. Lists of vegetables for the newly ordered raised beds and of things to do before the baby arrived.

The lists got longer, paint peeled, cracks got bigger, housework was ignored. None of that registered because babies arrived and we were too busy falling in love with them. Knowing the to do list would keep but the babies would not. Slowly, very slowly that’s how we move through our life.

And before we knew it, five years had passed. Five years since we made this our home. Five years in the blink of an eye because wasn’t I just emptying the boxes a minute ago. Five years filling this house with our noise, mess, love and memories.

Home is where the heart is and my heart is curled up on the sofa by the fire surrounded by my family.

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  • Reply Super Kat (@thatkat) (@thatkat) December 20, 2011 at 6:15 am

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  • Reply Tasha Goddard December 20, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Lovely. I feel the same way, though we have been in ours for 9 years and you have got much further with your house.

    • Reply Kat December 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      Ha – pretty much the children’s rooms and one wall is all we’ve managed!

  • Reply Kelly December 20, 2011 at 7:14 am

    It looks like a very lovely home indeed. I have been thinking for a while of doing a similar post, capturing all those things I look on day to day that I love so much around our home.

    • Reply Kat December 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      It may be messy but it makes me endlessly happy, you should do it x

  • Reply Rachel December 20, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I do love your home! I am very done with over-dressed, de-personalised, ‘glossy’ magazine homes. Yours looks like a place to curl up with some tea, or to have a lovely dinner with friends.

  • Reply jennie December 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Bought a tear to my eye :) xx

    • Reply Kat December 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      You old softie! I am sure you feel the same way about your gorgeous home, kitchen floor or not :)

  • Reply Lou @ Littlegreenshed December 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    AW lovely post hun! Similar to our story here… life is grand when you have your family curles up together. Such a great photo of you feeding with your brood…(jealous of your wallpaper!).. have a wonderful midwinter this week… thinking of you on Thursday (solstice). xxLou xx

    • Reply Kat December 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you Lou, I hope you are having a glorious and cosy holiday x x x

  • Reply northernmum December 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm


    Merry Christmas x

    • Reply Kat December 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      And to you Jane x

  • Reply Rachael Iddon December 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    We really shouldn’t take our homes for granted should we.
    Happy Solstice. It’s my birthday today and you are the first person I’ve come across to celebrate the solstice. I’ve always liked it as a birthday. Hope you have a great day and the solstice fairy has been generous.

    • Reply Kat December 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Wow! It’s my brother’s birthday too. A good day to have a birthday although Solstice fell on 22nd this year. Hope you had a lovely day and have been having a wonderful Christmas x

  • Reply mandy December 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    what a lovely email Kat and gorgeous wallpaper also. A Very Merry Cosy Christmas to you and your family. Mandy x

    • Reply Kat December 25, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you Mandy! There was a little Belle and Boo in one of the stockings :) Hope you had a brilliant trip North x

  • Reply grace December 23, 2011 at 8:10 am

    beautiful words and so right, homes are such a precious place! Love the Wallpaper, it’s gorgeous. Thank you for popping by my little blog and a happy solstice to you all xx

    • Reply Kat December 25, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you Grace, Happy Christmas to you x

  • Reply kat @ slugs December 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

    it goes without saying how much I love your house.

  • Reply thebabywife December 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Lovely. We are house hunting at the moment, and can’t wait to find the right place to make our home x

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