Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday is my day: The House of Mouse

Iiiiik! Are you afraid of mice? Don't panic, these mice are cute and friendly ones and there is a lot of them! Today we will meet Anna, the other half of
And the country is Netherlands, small country full of mice. Oh boy :)
Happy Friday!

Hello! My name is Anna and I am half of the team at The House of Mouse. I founded the business 2.5 years ago, and my sister Naomi joined to help me with the workload 2 months ago. As well as running my Etsy store, I am a full time housewife and Mom to baby Declan, who is 6 months old. I hope you will enjoy spending the day with me.

My day starts whenever Declan wakes up for the day, normally this is somewhere between 5:00 and 6:00, today it's almost 6am. Which - believe it or not - is actually a bit of a treat for me. Once he is dressed and changed we go downstairs to give him is breakfast.

Declan waits patiently in his high chair while I make his breakfast: apple, peach and kiwi all mashed up together. He loves it and gobbles up the whole lot. After breakfast we sit and play together on the sofa, then say goodbye to Hubby as he goes off to work.

At 8:30, Declan has just gone down for a nap and I realise I have not had any breakfast yet. So I have a quick bowl of cereal and some tea, mustn't forget my vitamins either. While I munch I check Etsy, my emails and blog. I also look to see if Naomi has left me any messages on msn. Once I'm done with that I head for the shower.

9:30 and Declan is still sleeping. I love days when he has long naps, I can get so much more done! A load of mice arrived from Naomi yesterday so I need to finish editing the photos I took of them last night.

10:00 Declan has just woken up, this is the fun sight I see when I go into his room. He has to check that his feet are still there when he wakes up!

10:30 Declan and I go to the shops. We need food for dinner tonight and I have a couple of mice to ship off to new homes.

11:30 On the way back from the shops we go to the park to feed the birds. Declan is too young to feed them himself, but he likes to watch. Especially when a big bird like a heron swoops over.

12:00 All that shopping and bird feeding has tired him out; he fell asleep on the way back home. He sleeps in his pushchair while I do some housework, eat a quick lunch and sort out the washing.

13:00 and he's awake again. We spend the early afternoon playing more games, and reading some books together. I really enjoy story time.

At 16:15 Hubby gets home from work. I make him some tea and he plays with Declan while I check some emails, pay the bills and make a couple of phone calls.

17:30 is the start of Declan's bedtime routine, he has his dinner, a nice bath with daddy and a last feed with me. No fuss or tears at bedtime tonight, so he is asleep by 18:15.

I make dinner and at 19:00 Hubby and I sit down together to eat and chat about our day. I am very grateful for this time we have in the evening, just the two of us.

Once dinner is cleared up at 19:30 I finally have some time to sew, but first I need to pack some shipping boxes because we had some sales today.

Now the boxes are ready for the morning, I can sit and sew while Naomi and I chat and webcam on MSN. We sew together for ages until I realise I am so tired I can't keep my eyes open. At 22:00 I'm off to bed. Declan will probably wake up a couple of times in the night, but I am used to that now.


  1. Thanks for sharing your cute day, Anna :)

  2. Declan is really a cutie, Anna. And I find it such fun that you and Naomi sew together via webcam!

  3. What a busy mum you are Anna and Declan such a nice boy:)

  4. Wow! That's a busy day! It's great to be sharing those sewing moments with Naomi!!!

  5. I truly admire you (and all moms) for being able to be a lovely mom and working as well. And Declan is soo sweet! Kisses to him!

  6. Many thanks to both of you for sharing!

  7. I think you have a perfect co-worker with you at home. He doesn't seem fussy, is keeping himeself occupied with naps and above all, he's mighty cute! Lucky Anna! :)

  8. :-) It's so lovely to read about your day, Anna, even though I chat to you so often! And it's an honour to be included in a small way here ;-) Even if I was pulling a silly expression! I really love our webcam time together, and sewing with you :-) xx

  9. Love your expression Naomi LOL! Lovely post Anna! ;-)