Thursday, August 28, 2008

goop and cookies

So what do you want to do today?
7yog and 5yob-Make Goop!!!
(Inwardly sigh) Really? You sure that's what you want to do?
Yeah!! We want make to make gooooop!
8yob-No! I want to make chocolate cookies. (Always the one to choose the other path.)

We only had a wee bit of cornflour so it wasn't a large amount of goop. But enough to have a goop fight with ..of course it was always going to end that way.
But there was plenty of cookie mix, enough to eat alone and as cookie ice cream sandwiches.

together ::2

Its funny how once you speak something out it seems to get tested...the very next day!
The post I did the other day on walking beside, keeping together and being in the flow with
one another came right back at me at 9:30 the next morning after I had harshly hurried everyone out the door. Even though I knew we had to be out of the house by nine I got this crazy need to get all 3 baskets of washing folded. I kept watching the clock telling myself yeah, I can do it. As it got closer to leaving time I began ordering children about, and as children do they got distracted but I just kept my eye on the goal- I was nearly done, a half a load to go. And then 5min to needing to be out the door time and shoes still not on, bags not ready, teeth not brushed and on and on..hurry up!, hurry up! As I got in the car I sat there and realised I had done exactly what I didn't want to do. I had got up and charged into the day knowing we had to be somewhere. knowing the children needed time and help to get themselves ready. I apologised to the children and determined to walk through the rest of the day together.
And we did. We enjoyed each other and when things started to go a little crazy (as they often do around here) we did what we often do which is all gather on the lounge and read.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

I really enjoyed making these

I made these placemats as an engagement present for a very dear and special friend. I felt a little anxious about giving a handmade present -'was it good enough?' but I actually really liked them myself and I thought if I'd be happy to receive them then hopefully someone else would.
And she was.
I also made this little door hanger for my new nephew. I got the idea for this from here.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

what i love

'uh-oh'. Yes uh-oh. She saw the eggs, got the stool and I love this age.

a rare quiet moment.

photos taken by a little person

an afternoon walk to collect flowers

packages left on front doorstep

this wonderful man

the first Jasmine in our garden

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I know this photo is blurry but these two wouldn't stop for more than a second so it was the best I was going to get. You see they are fighting robbers. And not just any robbers...invisible robbers!! Four gangs, twelve in each gang. 'We've defeated two gangs because of our good skill'.
The robbers had stolen 5yo boy toy dragon head and wings. 'They've got the dragon head on their ship! The most powerful is the king with a beard and we can defeat him together!!'

Once again ...the pure, uncomplicated truth from the mouth of my little ones. Together. Together we are so much stronger. Together the burdens from the light to the heavy are more manageable. Together we can share in all the day has to offer be it one to enjoy or endure. Sometimes I charge on into the day set in my mind how the day is going to run and sometimes I lag behind feeling weary or distracted. The best days are those where I walk beside.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

sydney days

I had such respite and refreshment from being in my home town for a few days last weekend. We walked iconic Sydney streets, ferried on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, visited a wildlife park, caught up with old friends, reminisced at old haunts, walked along Bronte beach and connected with specials in the feeding-the-soul kind of way. Sweet memories for 5yo boy and Mumma.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Surrendered Days ::5

Mother Nature our Teacher;
Creation our Classroom.
Today was an outdoors day from sunrise to sunset.
Today was a Daddy day and for the first time - Daddy blog entry.

I so enjoyed today - delighting in my children, partaking in their lives with no schedules or appointments. Slowing down and seeing. 1yog's excitement at every living thing from dogs, ducks and turkeys. Her determination as she crawled through undergrowth chasing that turkey. 7yog's delight in beauty as she picked flowers and scattered them in the wind. 8yob's determination to climb the tree, to cross the monkey bars. All of this and so much more I so easily miss in my 'full' day. But here with a thousand colours, sounds and smells pouring over me all else is forgotten.

The 'impossible tree' - climbed.

1yo more traditional approach?

Looking for duck nests!

I want the turkey.

A day well spent!