I love the kids' imaginations and I love their artwork and treasure it.
Monday, 29 September 2008
Sunday, 28 September 2008
LP is already putting hers to good use. I think that she is going to be the first of my children to embrace the art of journal-writing. Don't know if it's a girl thing, this love of stationery, but LP loves her notebooks - especially now that she is learning to write.
I love LP's little princess/fairy/girl drawings that she is doing at the moment. hair curls, dresses and jewellery. And I also love her first little journal entry.... the last one to go into cyberspace.
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Turtle is in a team of some beginners and some who have played before. It's a mixed team with 2 girls playing which is fun. Girls seem to be in minority in the game of cricket. Their matches are shorter, limited number of overs, and both teams get to try their hand in batting and fielding.
Here's Turtle warming up before going out to bat in the 3rd pair.
After his team finished batting, Turtle disappeared. His team-mates were all out fielding, but Turtle was nowhere to be found. I did what I usually do when any of my children are missing, I look up... tree-climbing or other climbing is popular. Sure enough, Turtle was exploring the local vegetation. He informed me that he only likes batting, that fielding is boring. (I tend to agree with him there.... there is a lot of standing around waiting for a ball to come your way). But after some negotiating and reasoning - team sport, help your team mates, get to do some bowling as well etc etc - he wandered onto the field again.
LP starts Kanga Cricket in a couple of weeks. This is where the little ones learn the basic skills and rules of the game. As luck would have it, they will be playing on an oval a couple of minutes' walk from our house which is handy. The Little Possum is quite excited about it all.
Friday, 26 September 2008
Yo-yo's were really popular when I was in high school, and I hope they come around again (boom-boom) for my kids to play with and maybe become as skilled as the guy in the movie. Until then, we will just continue working on the skill of tying shoelaces....
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Katrine and Jaran.
I had the joy of being their babysitter what seems like a few short years ago, and here they are with beautiful children of their own!
.......And here I am with a grey streak that makes me look like a red-haired Morticia :)
In a moment of immaculate timing as I was thinking about Saturday's activity, I heard the first interview with our new Governor-General, Quentin Bryce. This woman has a resume that makes me exhausted just to read it. She is amazingly accomplished - First woman to teach law at the Univ of QLD, first director of QLD Women's information service, QLD director Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Governor of QLD and now the first female Governor-General of Australia. Somewhere in all of this she is also a wife, a mother of five and grandmother to five.
As I was listening, I was impressed with her, but my ears really pricked up when she talked about the importance of women putting themselves at the top of the family agenda (and also later how she came to learn that the hard way).
"I've been saying to young women, you can have it all but not all at the same time, and how important it is to take very good care of yourself, of your mental and physical and spiritual wellbeing,"
"It's hard to do. It's easier to be a workaholic than to have a truly balanced life. It's very tough for a lot of women teetering on that tightrope of balancing too many responsibilities."
Monday, 22 September 2008
Turtle was watching the digital clock in the car and it read 12.59. He said "that's the very last minute of 12 o' clock, soon it will be 1 o'clock". For Turtle it was a simple matter. He is just becoming confident with clocks and time, and each hour has 60 minutes. I took the opportunity to point out that this particular minute would never come back again. Turtle and LP's eyes glazed over a little as I went on to talk about the importance of making the most of the moments and enjoying them.... But I sat there for a while feeling grateful that a simple observation from my child would give me a valuable moment of reflection of how I spend my time.
I was reminded of one of my favourite gen.conf. talks elder Richard G. Scott's "First things First"
"Are there so many fascinating, exciting things to do or so many challenges pressing down upon you that it is hard to keep focused on that which is essential? When things of the world crowd in, all too often the wrong things take highest priority. Then it is easy to forget the fundamental purpose of life. Satan has a powerful tool to use against good people. It is distraction. He would have good people fill life with 'good things' so there is no room for the essential ones. Have you unconsciously been caught in that trap?
"Each of us needs to periodically check our bearings and confirm that we are on course. Sometime soon you may benefit from taking this personal
"What are my highest priorities to be accomplished while on earth?
"How do I use my discretionary time? Is some of it consistently applied to my highest priorities?
"Is there anything I know I should not be doing? If so, I will repent and stop it now.
"In a quiet moment write down your responses. Analyze them. Make any necessary adjustments.
"Put first things first."
So, this morning I sat down and wrote some cards and letters to people who have come to my mind often along with impressions to do something for them by way of expressing appreciation or encouragement. So often the thought comes along and then I am distracted by something and I don't act on my impression.
To finish - the words of John Wesley:
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
Live well this week!
Friday, 19 September 2008
Thursday, 11 September 2008
and here are rampaging dragons. I was quite pleased with how the dragon costumes came out - and so were the boys.. On the day of the party they were dressed at 7am ready for action. I did not give in to their request for blow torches that they wanted for authentic flame breath, though......
Monday, 8 September 2008
I think the early 60's suited me well. By freaky (or not so freaky) coincidence, I look a lot like my mother did then....
The 80's were a little scary with the perms, so I find myself drawn to the no-fuss bob of the mid 90's.... Come to think of it, I did have a no fuss bob then.... except I wasn't blonde. Looking at it makes me want to cut my hair short again!
Just look at our beautiful offspring:
And another hour went by at the computer, but much hilarity was found....