Normally I am so happy to greet Fridays but when it comes to the last day of the school holidays I feel a little sad. I so enjoy having my boys home and the easy relaxed pace. The time to craft and hang out… the little things of having the 2 best kids in the world nearby to listen to and watch.
This week I have loved watching them both make amazing leaps in the swimming pool. It’s the first time Bounce has done these kind of lessons (5 in a row) and it has been such a treat to be in the water with him. ‘Ma’ took one day and I got to take photos.
Lunch in the sunshine with The Atlas
Spontaneous cupcakes with Ma after swimming.
Public Art – the great thing about a city in ruins is that people are able and allowed to decorate space and make sweet statements about life. So much of the city is bare and tangled and ugly but in so many of those spaces people are making beauty – love it.
The ring and earrings and brooch I whipped up one night in front of the TV. Love those quick projects that satisfy a crafty itch.
Getting ready for the Advent Swap – a perfect opportunity for someone who loves buying and making presents to get over excited.
Finally I’m loving that this time next week, God willing, I’ll be in Melbourne with The Atlas – husband extraordinaire. 2 days and 3 nights while Aunty N and Uncle A move in to our place to play parents. If you have been to Melbourne before please leave me any must dos.
Have a great weekend. Let the sun shine in!
I often find when I stop to write a grateful post on Fridays I am ‘spilling over’ – there are so many things to be grateful for
The Atlas who spent 4 hours without a curse, an angry sigh, or throwing the computer through the window – to restore everything to its former glory and find everything that was lost. Flip is fascinated by the thought of people creating computer viruses, why they would do it and how they work – we have had a lot of conversations about how sadly sometimes there are grown ups who do bad and naughty things too just to make other people sad.
Little boys who want to wear mama’s crown and her gumboots around – just because they can. (It’s funny how at 3 they want to try your lippy and by 6 they won’t even have a kiss if you are wearing it!)
The 3 idiots (and I say idiot as a compliment) I call my own. Getting one decent photo of the 3 of them was an adventure all in itself.
Grown ups who choose to have their birthday at chipmunks for the little people.
My new kitchen accessory that my mama handed down to me (after several hints!).
An evening with some friendly, interesting and delightful bloggers
(image stolen from Sophie’s blog – home of the sisterhood)
This little man who tripped over during a wrestling match and moved 2 teeth backwards and has serious swelling and bruising but hasn’t let that stop him a jot.
Grandad who saw it was teacher only day today so thought it might be a good weekend to visit and go to Antarctica (the Antarctic Centre) with Flip and Bounce for the day.
Sometimes I feel a fraud for having landed with such lovely kids and a great husband. They are the joy of my life.
What makes you smile this Friday?
Although I’d like to think of myself as a ‘naturally gifted parent with no help needed’ part of becoming the mama I want to be is intentionally becoming more skillful and thoughtful in how I parent.
Last night The Atlas and I started a 6 week ‘Parents Inc’ toolbox course. All my life I’ve held to the fact that I would rather learn from others mistakes than make them myself. This supports that theory for me – learn and take courses before things are tricky.
The fun part is that we are hosting so I have the perfect excuse to make recipes I wouldn’t normally. Last night it was Cherry Ripe Mudcake – mmmmmm – narrowly missed eating leftovers for breakfast!
and Flip and I made these little treats as well – happy to do a how to post if you want one!
I want my boys to feel they have a contribution to make in terms of making people feel valued and welcome in our home and baking is one of those things.
We are a family that LOVES having people over and this is no exception and it means my house gets vacuumed at least once in the week!
How do you feel about having people at your place?
This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be) is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other. Thank you so much for those of you who have given me really encouraging feedback recently!
Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be
I think there’s something about boys and fishing…. I’m not sure what the appeal is….
Long hours in the baking sun with nothing happening?
Physical exertion pulling the fish in?
Slimy fish jumping around half dead?
Small hooks that may become embedded in your finger?
So much to love! No?
Then I look at photos of the weekend when my boys, Daddy and Pop fished and I’m glad they have the opportunity.
And Flip caught the biggest fish!
Away from my boys meeting this beautiful wee fellow
Is there anything more precious to be grateful for than the gift of new life.
Welcome little nephew
The Atlas called me urgently down the hall the other morning to witness this.
I love these boys so much.
And I adore that they are best of friends, may it always be so.
More grateful people here.
We spent the last 2 weeks on holiday with the boys so they have been getting a lot more quality time than usual, as Mama and Papa have relaxed and not been distracted by screens and jobs and tiredness and and and….
One of the things I really focussed on was ‘keeping pace’. We did a few little walks and I felt the gentle pull in my heart and reminder to walk with not a few steps behind or in front of my boys.
I naturally hurry. I hate to be late. I like to be early – this doesn’t always translate to being really present in enjoying the wonder of the world through a 5 and 3 year-old’s eyes. I don’t want my boys to look back at their childhoods feeling like they were always being hurried places.
Wee Bounce often walks at a 3-year-old pace – distracted by something here and something there. You know, enjoying the journey rather than racing to the destination.
And so on our walks I slowed down, I breathed, I listened to him chatting and I kept pace. And that is the kind of mama I want to be. I want to hold this reminder in my heart and to wander the journey with my boys rather than rush them from one destination to another.
What have you been doing with your little ones this week?
This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be) is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.
Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be
Okay so I may have done some sneaky posting so you didn’t realise we were away for 2 weeks.
After our little burglar fiasco in November I like to not advertise our absence from home.
We returned yesterday and for a large portion of the holiday we were without internet.
I did check our emails a couple of times on The Atlas iPhone – which incidentally drives me insane how do you people do all your emails on them???
I was very proud of my ability to withdraw from the screen in such a mature fashion – and we didn’t have a TV either (which might be why I read 8 books!)
Anyhow, wonderful, wonderful time.
We did a classic road trip taking in Moeraki, Oamaru, Dunedin, The Catlins (rained the whole time, thankfully we were in a cabin there because the tent leaked!), Omakau, Wanaka, Fox Glacier and Paroa (just out of Greymouth).
I’d need a week of posts to do it all justice but hopefully you get some sense of it from these edited photos.
There is so much to highly recommend as well
The beach at Moeraki – stunning in a very pre-historic kind of way
Dunedin – The chocolate factory, the op-shops, the amazing butterfly room and discovery centre at the museum (where I had my one sporting achievement over The Atlas ever – I managed to score a goal with my brain against his to move a ball!), the boys train trip, pools and hydro-slides.
The Catlins – Catherdral Caves
The Rail Trail – we just did 10.5km with a very scary bridge and 2 incredibly dark tunnels. SO cool. Love to do more of it when the boys are bigger.
And there is a very cool shop called The Barn in Ophir where I may have bought some beads.
Wanaka – the campsite on the lake.
Puzzling World – very awesome. Even in the cafe there are cool tables of puzzles for people to just go in a play – puzzle geeks heaven. Playing by the lake.
Fox Glacier – walking to the glacier, bush walking to find glo-worms.
Paroa – biking, the pools at Greymouth, chilling out.
Other highlights/ memorable moments may include finding we had a flat a battery at 7am when we were all packed and in the car ready to leave, sleeping all together in a tent made for 3-at a push, Bounce needing to stop at every moment (opportune and otherwise) for a toilet break.
Sorry for the photo overload consider this a postcard for the rellies! 🙂
5-year-old logic –
‘Stephen Fry is Winnie the Pooh’ (he reads the voice of Pooh on an audio book)
‘so, Winnie the Pooh is reading Paddington Bear’ (Stephen Fry reads the whole story of Paddington on CD – and does it brilliantly)
Don’t you love that? It makes so much sense. I do love that a 5-year-old makes these wonderful connections it’s a joy to watch these things unfold.