Lily in her happy place - the outdoor 'mud kitchen'.
The kids spend most of their time out here these days - enjoying the beautiful weather, and free to create, imagine, play - and make plenty of mess, of course!
It's a simple set up - not pretty, but functional: a second hand play-kitchen given a new lease of life, a second hand table, and a hodge-podge collection of old kitchen utensils, containers and sand pit toys. They cook with dirt, sand, water, grass, petals, sticks, leaves and whatever else they come across (let's just say it's not a vegetarian kitchen).
It's good, messy, creative, outdoorsy, unstructured fun. The stuff of childhood.
Chances are if you visit our home, they will beg you to come outside, sit on the garden bench and dine at their restaurant. The prices are erratic (anywhere from 20 cents to 'forty hundred dollars') but the service is meticulously attentive, and the food (though somewhat gritty) is made with dollops of love.
He worked out how to snap his fingers.
He was so determined to learn, and practised and practised till he got that all-important 'click'.
Now all his staff (me?!) can be prompt in their attentions, haha ;)
The curls are coming....
Project 52: A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.
More highlights from the week that was...
|Mixing up a pie. She has worked out a 'recipe' in which she mixes up a sloppy batter, puts it in the sunshine to dry out/harden/cook, so she can then slice it up. A culinary mud-kitchen master :)|
|Just needs a couple minutes in the microwave ;)|
|Somebody mastered the pincer grip. A world of tiny foods now opens up :) Sultanas, frozen peas, puffed corn, etc|
|Making slice with my little 'taste tester' :)|
|Little friends sharing a little food and a lot of laughter.|
|Miles got added to the caboose - perfection.|
|'Being a little brother is so cool, look at all the fun stuff I get to join in on!'|
|Hanging with friends. He was so fascinated by this strange adventure!|
|A train full of blessings. It went to another level when Daddy used the broom to push them all around the house!!|
|We stole this fun and simple idea from clever Amber - tape some clear contact paper on the window and let the kid's have fun sticking stuff up! I gave them a pile of paper and fabric scraps and an Ikea catalogue and let them go to town. Eli started out with trying to stick the entire catalogue up there!! :) but he soon got the gist of things and they spent a happy half hour cutting and sticking.|
|Oh, if you are wondering, all the blue painters tape is because we are in the middle of stripping back, sanding, and|
repainting that window frame. Um.... the project was started a year ago so maybe it will get finished in another year?!
|And then there were four....|
Good bye gummy smile, hello little chompy grin :)
|After school exhaustion! Bless x|