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Salt Dough gets Bling
Posted 9:54 PM on Mon-17-Nov-2014
Tonight, with the Salt Dough being baked and previously painted white by Miss 2.  I decided it was time to bling them for their Christmas Wreath.  So I sat toddle down, opened the sequins I bought at Kmart and made a small puddle of PVA for her to brush on:We had a pretty frustarting first 20 minutes because she couldn't understand what I was asking her to do.  And when I demonstrated she followed my lead exactly....and as I was trying my best not to do it for her, I wasn't doing exactly what I wanted her to do.  So in the end I had to stick a few on for her to get the idea.  She re-arranged them for me afterwards anyway, so I feel like she mostly did it he Read More...
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Shopping with a Tired Toddler
Posted 11:05 PM on Sun-16-Nov-2014
On Saturday, my toddler made her desire not to nap very the top of her lungs.  With that firmly in mind, on Sunday, I figured that we would go shopping for a few bits and bobs after lunch.  We got into the car and went to Spotlight.  Once there, we browsed the aisles.  She showed me a few lovely things she liked.  I picked up two wreaths for our Trees at Meteor entry - it's a new category and both girls are going for the wreath section this time around.  Yay - I suspect that it will be easier overall and they'll be more visible as well during the display week.Towards the end of our Spotlight trip, she found singing Santa and pushed his butt Read More...
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Salt Dough Creations
Posted 3:03 PM on Sat-15-Nov-2014
Every year we do this thing in Hamilton called Trees at Meteor.  This year, we decided that Audra could do a Salt Dough creation.  The reason I went with this, was that she loves baking.  She loves being in the kitchen, and dumping ingredients into a bowl.  She loves doing the mixing.  And today - I realised that not only does she love rolling dough out, but she loves using cookie cutters and given a task to do, she does brilliantly at following demonstrated instructions - like using a straw to make holes in her decorations.She really liked the heart and the star shapes as well as the tree.  She picked a clover looking one as well.  Look at her face, while Read More...
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Creativity of a toddler's mind
Posted 10:43 PM on Sun-9-Nov-2014
We went to the supermarket today, Miss A, Minnie Mouse and myself.  Minnie comes along on adventures all the time, though she is often called Mickey.  And when I correct Mickey's name, she is then called Minty.  Minty and Miss A decided to sit inside the trolley, which I don't approve of, but they promised to sit nicely.So away we went and as we went, everything that was put into the trolley was commented on.Drink?No, that's soapOh soap!And so on and so forth.  As we went Miss A would point out the sights she was seeing, "I see crocodile!" (It was a T Rex).  "OCA!" (Orca) "I see Teddy!" (Lots of teddy bears).  Then as Read More...
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I Can't Do It!
Posted 10:19 PM on Sun-9-Nov-2014
This weekend, I have tried to be a little more present for my toddler.  I've put my phone down a bit more, and talked to her about all sorts of things, as we engaged in play or watched TV.  I learnt heaps.  For example, I found out that she loves dolphins.  She made up a song about dolphins (it basically went "Dolphins, dolphins, dolphins".  So I showed her a wee video of dolphins playing, she rewarded me with a full sentence of squee "Oh! I luff dolphins.  I luff dolphins mummy!".  Then I found out that she really loves having her finger nails pretty.  I knew she was a bit more into sparkly and glam than her big sister.  Read More...
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Keeping me on my toes!
Posted 10:36 PM on Sun-19-Oct-2014
My beautiful 2 year old has been keeping me on my toes today!  Firstly, she found her sister's jewelry making stuff.  She wanted to "paint" and I said no.  Then she sweetly asked to "colour" and again I said no.  So she sulked, and I said "okay, okay, soon".  I walked out to the washing machine grabbed two shirts out and came to hang them out.  I hear a crack and I think "what was that?" go over to her and she has some nail polish open and is painting some of the jewelry - thankfully nothing important!  I was gone maybe 2 minutes (though it felt a lot less), and she had actually managed to open 5 bottles and used Read More...
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Posted 11:01 AM on Tue-30-Sep-2014
Expectation is just the worse thing to have as a parent.  It is (at least for me!) the joy thief.  If I expect a full night of sleep, and I get woken once,'s as if the world has ended.  Overly dramatic, yes....but there it is.If I expect to have an annual leave day without a sick child in tow, then I better get my big girl pants on real quick.  This time around though, I kinda expected it.  I dont know why.  There were no signs.  I just thought, what would be real inconvenient for me right now? a sick child topped the list, so I braced for impact....and sure enough! She seems okay right now.  She is happily playing, making art and eati Read More...
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Sick again!
Posted 9:16 PM on Mon-29-Sep-2014
Good grief! My toddler came home from home based in a sedate mood, refused dinner and just as we worked out she was a bit hot, she threw up everywhere.  Then promptly ate a banana. So I guess she is home tomorrow. We missed our movie today so we will end up missing it tomorrow too. Miss 7 is such a germaphob that she wants to go to work with my husband tomorrow rather than risk getting sick. Please please, get better soon. We are heading off in a few days, just us girls and I don't want it ruined  :(
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Posted 6:30 AM on Thu-11-Sep-2014
I woke up in a hurry last night as my husband was frantically trying to clean up a sick toddler.  From 1am on, once we got her back into clean clothes and tidied up, it was not much sleep for either of us.  Every little noise she made jerked us awake.  Around 2:30am she was sick again.Another tense discussion about who goes to work, has lead to us splitting the duties today.  I have to go (my work load is urgent), he has to go (his team is low in numbers and needs him).  I just can't help but wonder why we are having to think about this so soon after the last time.  I have not had a full week of work in almost a month.  And I wasn't exactly feelin
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Mount Washmore
Posted 1:14 PM on Thu-28-Aug-2014
several hours of sorting through the washing on the weekend to declutter the lounge and I was feeling so good about it.  Even the Mister noticed.  But a week of sick toddler and it's blardy all back, isn't it.  I can not win this battle against my laundry pile.And the lounge looks like a tip again, because of course she is home.  She is not 100% but she i playing here and there and making a mess as usual.Why do we even bother?    Oh yeah, I don't normally....
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