Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I'm taking advice from a professional. Sounds a bit serious, but it's a choice, so therefore I guess it's just a good thing, for me.
I often punish myself for the things I don't do with Leila, the activities we don't get around to doing, feeling she's missing out, that I'm a bad mother for not focussing solely on her.
Today I decided I wouldn't feel guilty, I would just slow down and be.
We walked to school and back, meeting friends for a chat along the way. We got home and worked on Leila's Halloween outfit and finished it. We pottered in the garden and then Leila decided we should have a picnic for lunch, which we did.
I haven't made dinner yet and I would normally be clock checking by now, getting myself wound up about all I had to do, but today I'm just choosing not to do so. Dinner will get made, I will get to school in plenty of time, we'll go to swimming lessons and come home and it will all get done.
Apparently I need to exercise more, listen to music and pamper myself, as well as continuing to work on all the above. It's made a small difference in a short amount of time, I'm surely not too old to learn new things, so perhaps there are yet great days ahead.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The passage of a 3YO kinder session. Making fairy gardens with clay and found natural objects; drawing and pasting at the sticking table; feeding Biscuit once big sister arrived from school; there was also some show and tell mixed in (a big hit in this house) and a little game of little monkeys at the end. There was also a toilet accident (not mine) and a huge vomit on our fruit table (also not mine), but hey, that's what happens at kinder.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
When we went to Thailand I popped into Hill of Content to pick up some holiday reading. This was one of three books that I took with me, completely on the recommendation of one of the learned chaps in the shop. Now I'm recommending it to you.
The chapters are self contained and yet linked to every other chapter. You meet characters in the first chapter at a certain point in time and it is a moment in its entirety. In the next chapter you pick up one of the characters from the previous chapter and follow them into another period in their lives and so on, with characters and chapters all tightly interwoven. The subjects are all somehow linked to the music industry and although you only get snippets of each it's strangely very very satifsying.
Try it, I hope you like it.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The girls and I all like these books. Illustrative books showing you the "how to" of various subjects, in this case fairies.
I don't usually get too much input into which character is selected, but am just expected to produce the colouring sheet for them to work on. I enjoy the challenge but invariably they're disappointed with me when I get to the facial features. I can fudge the rest, but I always let them down with my somewhat warped facial features. Leila did 2/3 of this, seriously, before she ran out of steam, over an hour later. The next one on the list is a mother fairy with a baby fairy in her arms, nestled inside a flower in the middle of a whole field of wildflowers!
Monday, October 10, 2011
These photos are a study in pigtails - so gorgeous for her first day back at kinder. Upon arrival there were "too many looks" and despite my assurances that it was because she was so delicious, they were duly removed by mum. At least I have the photos.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Our darling Ella turned 8 today. She looks older. Over the holidays her body seems to have begun a bit of a stretch, such lovely long lean limbs, nut brown from our holiday. She is a very elegant and gracious child, measured moves, quite poised really.
Brunch, of her choosing, with nan and pa included poached pears with vanilla yoghurt, fruit smoothies, corn fritters with bacon, slow roasted tomatoes and a "sunny" egg on top. Family in the afternoon too, for a chocolate on chocolate affair.
Of all the things in my life of which I'm proud, being allowed the absolute privilege of mothering this beautiful girl, gives me the most joy.