Friday, December 31, 2010
I did have some positive things happen this year though. In February I completed my breastfeeding counsellor training with the Australian Breastfeeding Association. It marked over 18 months of hard work and committment from me. I'm very proud of my achievement. It means that I am able to counsel other mother's and the wider community on breastfeeding issues. Since I qualified I have doing a monthly shift on helpline as well as email counselling. I enjoy being able to help and support other mother's and always find it amazing just how much I know about breastfeeding these days! I have also taken over as co-group leader of our local ABA group and am enjoying the challenges and rewards this brings.
I've also been enjoying doing more sewing this year. Now that the kids are getting a little older it gives me a bit more freedom to get things done. I've toyed with the idea of selling some of my creations but in the end I just think it'll be too much work and stress on my part. I'll just enjoy making things for my kids and gifts for others in the meantime.
Jacob has enjoyed his first year of Kinder this year and is looking forward to attending more days next year. Steiner education really suits his personality and I think we have made the right choice in choosing this mode of education. He gets along so well with his teacher and we have seen him grown so much in terms of confidence and socialisation from his time at kinder this year. He is growing rapidly as well. Just this morning I realised his pants were getting too short, the same pants he's had for the past couple of years!
Esme is a real little girl now, cheeky as always! She loves to talk and can hold proper conversations with us these days. It's always funny listening to her and Jacob have conversations when they don't know we are listening. Next year I'm looking forward to spending more one on one time with her when Jacob goes to Kinder.
Chris continues to work at Swinburne. It seems that the University are a little ignorant of his abilities. Twice he has applied for a higher up job there and been refused despite the fact that he is more than capable to doing the work for the positions!
A happy and prosperous New Year to everyone! May it be better than the year that was!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
It's actually really easy and quick! All I do is draw or find an image online that I like, cut the pieces out, iron on the t-shirt and away I go. I'm starting to understand how the sewing machine works and can do slightly more complicated pieces now! Now I just need to find more hours in the day to do more...
I got the patterns for these fish from one of my favourite Etsy stores. This is where I purchased the patterns for my felt fruit and vegies too.
My Grandad passed away in early October this year. Although it was quite sudden, his passing was peaceful and all the family had a chance to say their good-byes before he died. I just wanted to share some of my special memories of my Grandad. This is the speech I gave at his funeral.
I remember…holidays spent on the farm with you and Nanna. They were special times. Going down to visit you in the raspberries and calling you in for morning or afternoon tea. It was always the same thing for morning and afternoon tea – bikkies and cheese! I remember walking down to the creek with you and visiting the vegetable garden. Kisses and cuddles with you before Nanna would put me to bed.
I remember…afternoons spent at your place playing backgammon and checkers. It used to be a little ritual playing with you and my Dad. I don’t think I won very often but I had lots of fun trying!
I remember…your talent for making things with your hands. Such beautiful wooden things you made. I still have that dollhouse you made me for my Sylvanian family. You made it specially so that it looked the same as the one from the shop. I hope that one day my children can enjoy it too, just like I did. And those special toys that you made for your great grandchildren. Little wooden puppies that the kids could pull along, penguins with feet that you pushed along the floor and wooden hobby horses. The kids have spent many hours playing with these special toys.
I remember…spending hours with you in your shed. Your shed was always a little treasure trove to me when I was a child and I used to love to visit you in there. You used to show me the toys you were working on, such clever little inventions, and how they worked. You never tired of explaining things to me and having me there watching you even though I’m sure I must have been a little annoying at times! I remember how you had a collection of little plastic toys that you’d collected from cereal boxes. Every so often you’d pull one of those out and we’d construct it together: little plastic camels and carriages and the like.
I remember…visits to the museum with you and Nanna when I was younger. We used to go in the school holidays. Mum and I and Stephen would meet you on the train at Lilydale and we’d travel in together. I always liked to visit all the different exhibits with you because you would spend time explaining things in detail to me and didn’t try to simplify things just because I was a kid.
I remember…your stubbornness. It used to annoy me so much having an argument with you because I knew I could never win! You would always just give that laugh that meant that the argument was over.
I remember…your passion for learning. You liked to read lots of books about lots of different topics and watched lots of documentaries. I always used to think you knew everything!
I remember… your love for all of us. How we knew how proud you were of us without even saying anything. You took an interest in all of our achievements and what we were doing.
I remember…what a wonderful great-grandad you were. You always loved to watch the great grand children play when we visited and delighted in making toys for them while you were still able to. On one of our last visits to you in the hospital when you were sick you smiled when you heard Jacob and Esme’s voices and felt them touching you. Always a proud great-grandad to the end.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Some other alternatives to wrapping paper we have used:
* Using old paintings/pictures that the kids have done - what better use for the surplus of paintings that are always lying around the house?!
* Using material and ribbon to wrap presents - especially good for people who like to craft and can use the material or alternatively you can reuse the material the following year!
* Using teatowels to wrap presents - multi purposable and functional!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
We made another lot the other day using gingerbread (for some reason we seem to have quite a surplass of gingerbread - I can't understand why). These ones we made for hanging on the Christmas tree. All we had to do was add a hole at the top for the string before they were cooked. The kids had lots of fun making them (or in Esme's case, eating the dough!)
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I couldn't resist sharing some photos of these gingerbread houses Chris has been making this Christmas. I think he's done such a great job! The recipe Chris used for making the gingerbread can be found here. We used copha in it instead of butter so that it lasts longer (butter will go bad after a while).
In other Christmas news, I am running very behind with my preparations this year! I like to make presents for people (or at least the kids) and I still have a lot of sewing to do that I am really hoping is done in time! I think it's going to be a busy week next week! I will post pictures of my projects as they get done as well as some crafty stuff that I am planning on doing with the kids next week.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Have you heard of Eco-Toys?
They sell toys for girls and boys.
Based in Hawthorn and online,
They really have some awesome finds!
Why do we like this store you ask?
To explain is no hard task!
Eco-Toys sell toys that are green,
To ensure our world stays clean.
No chemicals or residues,
That really is such fantastic news.
Fair trade labour and good conditions,
Ensure for workers a great tradition.
Eco-Toys are made to pass the test,
The quality is by far the best.
Each toy that's made is individual,
And we really think that rules!
No other store compares,
Because Eco-Toys takes such care.
Too many favourite toys to list,
But here are a few we just can't resist:
Sunday, November 7, 2010
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Monday, October 25, 2010
I'm thinking of doing a little photo scavenger hunt for him too. I read about this in a blog recently (if anyone reading this can remember whose blog it was please let me know so I can give credit to them!) I always thought Jacob would be too young for this but I've come up with a modified version. Instead of having a written list of things he needs to take photos of I'm planning on putting some colours on a page and telling him that he needs to take a photo of something that colour. Will be interesting to see how he goes ;)
In the meantime, it's back to being told to 'smile!' Oh the irony!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
1 cup cornflour
3 cups boiling water
Blend cornflour with a little cold water. Add boiling water. Boil for 1 minute until clear - make sure you stir though, our fingerpaint got a little lumpy! Add food colouring.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science@home is for anyone, because we are all teachers and learners all the time. This month our theme is "Studies of Society and the Environment" which covers all the humanities, from history to finance, geography, politics and of course the environment. Check out the links at the bottom to find some other great posts on SOSE.
***For the past couple of weeks we've been learning all about volcanoes. Our interest in this started because of some rocks that Jacob found on a recent trip to a friend's farm. We brought them home to show Daddy and he told us they were volcanic rock. Jacob found this very interesting so we thought it'd be good to do some activities around volcanoes.
So, can you guess what's coming yet? The bottle in the middle of the volcano is for our science experiment! We put bicarb in the bottle and then added vinegar, coloured with red food dye, and a little detergent to make our very own volcano eruption! Lots and lots of fun and a great way to simulate an actual volcano for the kids (not that volcanoes are caused by bicarb and vinegar reactions but y'know ;))
We had a couple of fun weeks learning about volcanoes. I wonder what we'll discover next?
Visit Science@home to find out more about the Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival.
- The Planning Queen has pulled together some of the many great sources that you can use to keep kids up to date with world news.
- SMMART Ideas is writing about how your 2 year old isn't too young to learn the names and locations of the state she lives in and those around her...or even countries of the world!
- For Adventures with Kids, photos can provide a great starting point for telling or discovering history, from family history to world history. Find out some questions to ask about the photos to get you started and where you can find historical images.
- Narelle at A Bunch of Keys has been having lots of fun learning all about volcanoes and how they work.
- Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey knows that kids are fascinated with igloos - how they are built and why they don't melt. We investigate why!
- Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now has a fun treat to celebrate the end of a geography unit on land and water forms.
- At Homeage, almost every day they get another piece of the world delivered to their door, helping them learn about where and how other people live.
- Deb's girls at Science@home have been building their family tree and talking about all their relationships.