Her last day of Preschool.
I had been so focused on the 'first day of Kindergarten' that is coming up, that this day kinda crept up on me!
And yet, she completed her first year, and, oh how well she did!
I am not sure if we are the last state in Australia to still have government-funded Preschool (2.5 days a week of play-based schooling before the first formal full time school year), but I am so very grateful we do! It is such a wonderful and gentle introduction to the routine and structure of school life, while also being beautifully play based, creative and nurturing. The social experiences and numerous enriching activities have been just wonderful for my little girl.
She has grown, flourished, matured.... and now Kindy awaits! :)
We are pretty strict on the table manners around here, but you just can't deny a child's right to slurp spaghetti, can you?!! Actually, even Daddy was getting in on the fun!
Seriously, we must be animals ;)
Eli - spaghetti-slurping champion!
It's been a while since I made one of these, but this week I whipped up a little shaker toy for Miles (just water, food dye, glitter!) and....well... as you can see he was pretty entranced by it!
Ohhhh, he makes me smile!
PS Let's be honest, this blog is as good as it gets for this boy's baby book, so I will record here that Miles said his first proper word this week at 10 months - 'More, more!'. I took a toy out of his hands for some reason and he squawked in disapproval (a first for this chilled out little dude!) and said 'More, more!'. He is also saying/signing 'More, more' (unprompted) when he wants more food at meal times too. He looks at his hand making the sign, laughs and looks just sooooo proud of himself to be communicating what he wants. So cute :) Let the demands begin ;)
Project 52: A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.
More highlights from the week that was...
|Well, I guess someone has to take care of the left over sprinkles!!|
It's Christmas/party season, and the Sartorial planets align when I realise both boys have (hand-me-down!) Ralph Lauren Polo shirts that not only fit them both this summer but are in Christmas colours, no less! What are the chances?!
A little impromptu photo session at the lovely birthday party we attended had to happen. Miles was dreadfully overtired (kinda forgot to put him down to nap!... oops), so a little less his cheery self in these photos. But when these two get together, there are always a million precious moments...
Brothers in arms...
|The hand just casually /affectionately rubbing his little brother's head? Just slays me!|
|Did you ever see a more joyful face? Pure sunshine!|
|Ready to go sing Christmas carols and deliver card and small gifts to the|
neighbours. And I just realised they are in last year's Xmas PJ's. Wow,
look at those long legs, they really have grown!!
|Eli's 'crazy face'. Things get wild when this face appears (accompanied by hooting and hollaring!)|
|Although the cropping doesn't show the height difference, I can see the change in her face. She has really grown!|
|Ready to go spread some cheer! (iphone pic)|
We sang simple Christmas songs to various little groups and individuals as we made our rounds, and the kids just brought so many happy smiles and inspired quite a few singalongs too! And yes, as I stood behind them at one point as their sweet voices trilled 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' and three dear old ladies grinned and sang along, I did get a tear in my eye!! I was just super duper proud to see the joy and blessing they could bring. It was a privilege to be part of.
I hope we did bring some Christmas cheer to all those lovely residents - and the staff too who seemed so happy to see the kids being cute and chatting away (they are so busy and understaffed at this time of year!). And for my kids, I hope we planted a seed in their hearts - that they may remember the privilege of giving time and love to others during this season - and all year round too. Because at this time of year, we not only remember how utterly loved we are by Jesus through His gift of life, but we can share His love through good and kind deeds. We are so thankful to be rich in family and blessings, and to be able to share that with other more isolated members of our community. It was a simple outing but the experience was precious - and fun! Already looking forward to next year... perhaps we will expand our repertoire beyond three carols ;)
(We wish you a Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells and Away in a Manger, if you were curious!!)