My little monkey all decked out in her winter uniform.... looking like quite the English school girl.
She is very, very pleased about being able to wear a dress and stockings to school every.single.day!!!
Yep, it was back to school once more, this week. We had such a fantastic school holidays, with a good mix of travel and fun and chilling out. It felt especially relaxing as Mark had the rest of last week off after our coast trip. How nice it is to potter around the house together... but it was time for regular life to resume.
Our lovely friend Amber very kindly passed down to us her train table with an assortment of accessories. Such a large 'kid's furniture item' was something I had always avoided purchasing as I thought it wouldn't get used enough, plus they take up so much room. However, we had the space in our new family room arrangement and Eli had recently really gotten into trains so it seemed like a good thing to try out.
Well, it has quickly turned into a 'how did we ever not have this staple piece' situation! We love it!! It's such a great size and set up, and the kids have spent so much time crouched around the table, immersed in play. Not just trains but also blocks, animals, lego, etc. All manner of scenes and activities unfold. As an added bonus, because it's up on the table I am ok with activities being left out so they can make their complex set ups (an animal hospital, for example!) then return to it throughout the day when they have time to spare. An unexpected benefit is that they are able to extend their play as they build upon their ideas each time. It's just lovely to see a new approach to play unfolding - and it doubles as a coffee table too! ;)
Eli races his trains around the track with high speed!
(Thanks, Amber - it is being well used and well loved!)
I did a simple sensory activity with my littlest this week. Inspired by my lovely friend at An Everyday Story's 'transforming your play' challenge, we used a mirror to extend the experience.
Just a basket, some cotton balls, wooden blocks, and a mirror. I presented the items to Miles, then let him explore freely. There was a lot of kissing himself in the mirror and tossing blocks and cotton balls hither and thither! ;) However, his favourite activity was very intently placing all the cotton balls into the basket. He was so serious about it! It was lovely to watch him explore, and interesting to see how the mirror brought a new element to the exploration - looking at the reflection as he held or stacked things.
Well, I am a lucky girl as my hubby actually loves going shopping with me (yes, even window shopping). We always have such a lovely time just strolling hand-in-hand, browsing interesting shops. However, the opportunity to do so these days (kid-free) is virtually non-existent!! But it was his birthday wish to go shopping together as he really needed some new clothes, so we managed to organise it the week after his birthday.
Ohhh, we had a grand old time, wandering around together, with no distractions, just me and my guy and a little peaceful retail therapy! Just what we needed :) Footloose and fancy-free, haha!
We managed to get him a whole new outfit - shirt, jeans and shoes... so of course I made him pose for me the next day, looking all handsome xx
Project 52: A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2014.
More highlights from the week that was...
|Daddy gives Lily a lesson in polishing up her school shoes, fresh for a new term (and I'm so pleased at how well her shoes are wearing so far!).|
|Aw! Daddy/daughter shoe polishing, haha.|
|Ok, I got a little obsessed with trying to capture the captivating flames! Night/fire photography is haaaard, I had|
no idea what I was doing so please bear with me as I play around!
|A single ember floats away...|
|Our 'princess bait' - cute kids, flowers, toy and hand made card|
by Lily. Unfortunately the lure didn't work but we still had fun :)
|One by one, the cotton balls got put in the basket!|
|A cheeky look!|
|A little 'before school' imaginative play after their charts are complete.|