My little entrepreneur decided to hold a 'street stall', attempting to sell her artwork.
I will do a separate post soon with the whole story of how it came to be, how it went, and the aftermath...
Just had to include one image in her Project 52, as it very much summarised her week!
It almost feels like a rite of childhood... earning those first coins. Mark recalls doing the exact same thing at her age, so it must be in the blood??
Little Monkey shimmies the rope at gymnastics.
With big sister at school every day, Eli is really coming into his own. Out from the shadow that naturally occurs when the older child leads the interest and activities. He is becoming 'his very own boy'. I am thankful for the opportunity to take him to spend more one on one time with him, take him to his own activities and observe a little more closely what he embraces and enjoys. No longer just tagging along, he is leading the way - with vigour. He is giving gymnastics everything he's got!! As I watch him bounce, swing and balance, I am amazed at how he's grown.
Thanks to a very thoughtful and generous Christmas gift from the Perth and Brisbane grandparents, he is bouncing around through a term of gymnastics. Such a great place to channel, stretch and embrace all that energy! He is loving the experience, and I love watching him flourish.
Ahhh, independent playtime. Such a gift to both baby and mother :)
Independent Playtime is something we have introduced with all our children from the time they can sit. You can read more about it with Eli here - the approach being one gathered from the principles of both Babywise and RIE/Janet Lansbury.
It is such a gift to a child to allow them to develop the skills of playing and exploring independently. The time is also a gift to the mother of a very busy little explorer ;) It's amazing how much Miles loves it. Even if he is a bit fussy that day when crawling around the house and getting into things, he is completely happy when settled into a defined space with a limited amount of toys to explore. They really do embrace/need the security of a 'smaller world' sometimes.
Right now Miles is happily doing about 40 minutes each morning (and sometimes a shorter session in the late afternoon too). He does this time totally contentedly, and likes to wave me off as I leave the room, haha! I slowly worked up from five minutes initially, and I think he could easily go much longer than 40 minutes even now. Apart from his favourite activity of dropping all the smaller items out of the cot (!!!), he has a fine old time exploring every open-ended toy I leave there with him. Though sometimes when returning it seems he has spent the entire time just fully exploring or mastering one toy, like the blocks or the holes in the puzzle - babies are such little scientists, aren't they!
It is beautiful to see his independence, focus and dexterity grow. As we avoid TV till closer to two years old, I am so thankful that I found out about IP when Lily was tiny as a way to give Mum a chance to 'get things done' and for baby to learn all these skills in peace. It really is such a blessing to our household!
A little pre-bed family Lego time.
I think playing Legos with your kids... using the Lego from your own childhood...
makes for a very happy Daddy :)
Project 52: A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2013.
More highlights from the week that was....
|Sprung!! Caught in the act of dropping things outside the cot.|
|Hmm, these holes are so fascinating!|
|Blurry but had to capture that cheeky little hand, tossing toys out of the cot!|
|Just getting in a little quiet reading time.|
|Hard to tell who is enjoying this more! Eli loves to push Miles on the swing, like the caring big brother that he is.|
|'Eat 'dis nice leaf, chickie!!'|
|They already have a favourite spot - perching on the log and trying to peck leaves from the Japanese maple!|
|A ring of ringlets|
|So much to 'ooh' about in the big and noisy gymnastics hall. Now Miles is the little|
brother in tow, watching in wonder at the hijinks of the older sibling. Your time will
come, little man xx
|Always with the pointing!|
|E loves to say hi to his brother!|
|'Who me? I'm not combing the house for small items to put in my mouth, promise!! I am the very picture of innocence!'|
|The train must always stop for a conversation with the Pig.|