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100 things with Princess

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Well it was back to school last week, and the first day back was Day 100. On most days the Year 1 teacher gets the kids to write in a journal and she thought it would be a good opportunity to celebrate. So, we parents were asked to help the kids think of ways to commemorate the day during the holidays. I must admit initially I was a bit stressed about it, but we eventually decided to record 100 things we did on the holidays. Princess and I decided that they didn’t have to be fun things necessarily, in order to reach our target, but we could have easily surpassed it.

We had fun remembering what we did, and it gave me some time with Princess at the end of each day, when Miss Chatty was already asleep, and Lego Boy was playing chess with Wonderful Husband.

We also had a fantastic time taking photos for it, and it was a fun way to keep her literacy skills active over the school holidays. While I did most of the typing, I tried not to influence how she wanted to express herself (too much). She’s really enjoying reading, and it looks like she’ll be turning into a bookworm too 🙂

The way that we decided to go about it was to put ten things on a page, and include a photo accompanying each page. Princess also decided to stick in some tickets and other bits and pieces. A scrapbooker-in-the-making perhaps?

So, here are some highlights…

On the holidays I…

1…slept in!

13…saw some goats, including a baby goat that tried to eat me, because he has four teeth.

30…ate a picnic lunch with Papa at Anzac Square.

44…went to Disney on Ice.

81…walked around Sandgate with mummy, Lego Boy and Miss Chatty.

100…made up a list of 100 things that I did on the holidays for school.

What are some things that you like to do on the school holidays?

By the way, I can thoroughly recommend 100 School Holiday Activity Ideas by Kelly over at Be A Fun Mum if you ever need some inspiration.

Moments savoured…memories awakened

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 So, what do you think of my attempt at being crafty?

With my kids constantly bringing artwork home, and making some things at home too, I thought that they would like these. Here were their responses to discovering them on their pillows…

Lego Boy: “Oh, what’s this for? I know, to say that you love me.”

Princess: “Thank you Mummy. When I look at this I know that you care about me. Can you please make another one for me so that I can take it to school, and look at it when something-that’s-not-nice happens to me?”

Miss Chatty: ” Why did you cut de photo like dat? I don’t like how you cut de luff heart.”

THANKS KIDS 😉

“I know that I’ll be a different person at the end of this month” is what I wrote on May 4th, and I most definitely am. I’ll admit to feeling daunted when I put myself up for the challenge. Of all the months for US ALL to be sick THIS WAS IT! My original plans for many of the challenges were thwarted due to this, but it also forced me to be more creative in my interpretation, after all, my family had to take precedence. Despite this, having this challenge to focus on has given me…has given us all…moments to savour. It made me think about what Kelly had shared about using our senses in this post…”Slow life down without being less busy “.

Interesting isn’t it, how a colour, a scent, a taste, a sound, a touch, can awaken a bank of wonderful memories? I have been transported back to certain moments in my life such as:

  • a visit to Monet’s garden in the spring with my husband
  • the fun my sister and I would have cooking pancakes with my Dad
  • walking arm-in-arm with my Mum as we went shopping
  • the Balinese music that my sister and I used to dance to, wearing bright and colourful costumes and make-up
  • cherry-picking with my family as a kid

Throughout the challenge this has been going through my mind, ‘I hope and pray that my kids will have wonderful memories when they look back at their childhood, just as I have.’

Thanks again to Kelly at Be A Fun Mum for the inspiration to

Scenes for tired eyes

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With Miss Chatty being sick for the past week, and not sleeping well, taking photos has been like fuel for the soul.

In the garden bed of a shopping centre we found this little flower, looking up to the sun, while the clouds were lingering. Some other yellow things that we could think of: cheese, Winnie the Pooh, lemon slice and this sand picture that Miss Chatty made 🙂

Here they are…my four most favourite people in the world! We decided to visit the Roma St. Parklands after we made use of some movie vouchers that we’d received from a good friend. We saw Oceans, which was beautifully shot, and great for us all to watch. It reminds us all to take care of this beautiful planet.

After a couple of failed attempts to catch some images of moths at night I thought this would be a good substitute. Miss Chatty and I enjoyed some sunshine in our backyard, and found lots of spider webs. This web bounced up and down in the wind, and with my limited abilities to manually focus, I kept snapping away in the hope that at least one photo would be usable. It was fun to experiment with a telephoto lens, and to creep around the garden with Miss Chatty.

I’m a day behind, but I still have one more task left from this month’s Love the Moment challenge. I wonder how the kids will respond?

Six more moments to love

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Lego Boy had fun putting this together. It uses fauna from the Wetlands not far from us, some clay and a popstick. Not bad considering that most of his creations these days are “Star Wars” inspired.

This would have to be one of our favourite places in Brisbane so far.

Collecting these, and looking at them from different angles was fun 🙂

The girls and I had a lovely chat while choosing and painting these. It was wonderful watching how they used the colours.

Dew drops sparkling in the sunshine.

On this particular night hubby was happy to put the kids to bed while I managed to have a night out with some ladies. It was a chilly night, so I wore this purple asymmetrical cardigan, which I scored at a sale about five years ago. Of course our two girls became especially clingy when they realised I was heading out. Perhaps I need to do it a bit more often?