Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Our big boy turned five last week.  We enjoyed a quiet birthday with all our family traditions (there seems to be more each year!) Then on the weekend we celebrated with brunch at the local woolshed, where they even got him up on stage to sing happy birthday to him.  We went there last year for his birthday and he requested that we go again.  Perhaps another tradition??  It is a wonderful relaxed atmosphere with lots of family and of course a special cake.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Old Treasures

I've recently become the proud owner of some wonderful old treasures.

Crochet patterns that were my grandma's

Old cutlery

Ice-cream trays for home made ice cream

Old letter stamps/punches

Some of these things were inherited from relatives and other bought just because I love them and have plans for them.  Can't wait for time to get making/doing/fixing these treasures.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mothers Day Flowers

I'm not a huge believer in buying cut flowers.  I do appreciate them from time to time but I struggle with the cost of something that just doesn't last for very long.  SO... here are my mother's day flowers.

Hopefully these will that they last for many years to come, if they get enough love and water (they are right outside my kitchen window so surely I'll remember to water them).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Accepting how it is!

Normally my first post for the new month would be the character trait we are going to work on that month.  Well, last month we were meant to be doing Self Control.  And we did a few minor things but I don't feel like I spent enough time on it with the boys for them to gain a true grasp of the trait.  I was going to move on to the next one but realised that I need to be real with where we are at, or in this case not at and do what I need to do to fix it.  And that is do Self Control again this month.

The things I have learnt from the past month are
  • I need to be more intentional about the activities we do with each trait 
  • plan the activities well in advance so that I can focus properly when we are doing them
  • make a plan for when we are going to do these activities
So my plan is to do these activities on Wednesdays as part of our circle time and that means I will aim to prepare on Tuesday nights.  Here is what we did this morning.

We made traffic lights, 
  • red to remind us to stop and use our self control (I wrote specific things the each boy has trouble remembering to use self control with to help them understand), 
  • orange to remind us to have caution - is my attitude right (or do I have a happy heart) and 
  • green, all is good, go for it.

Hopefully as we do an activity each week that relates to our character trait and we talk about it more intentionally throughout the month, it will sink in with both the boys and myself.