Friday, October 29, 2010
I love that little bendy hat!
Even my husband was impressed, 'You should make more of those' were his exact words.
(I will remind him of this, when he complains about the whir of the sewing machine while he is trying to watch Ice Road Truckers!).
And Elly at 8 months old;
Which soon became;
'Wah!!!! Get this ridiculous thing off my head!'
And now, somehow, Pre-schoolers aren't quite as cute when they cry about their Halloween costumes.
I had grand plans of Nick carving some jack-o-lanterns from Oranges (as Halloween pumpkins are hard to find in Australia!), but I suddenly had a great late-night-idea (or so I thought) and asked him to just draw jack-o-lantern faces onto some orange plastic cups...
...which became fruit cups for the kids, filled with grapes, strawberries and celery sticks.
Much less time-consuming and just as effective.
Which was good, considering not a single one was eaten... due to the enormous amounts of sweets and candy on offer too!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We made Salt Dough Decorations, using the basic recipe:
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water
Mould into desired shapes, then bake at 120 Celcius (250F) for 2.5 hours.
We made some Halloween decorations...
And a whole range of oddities from our play-dough cutters, cookie cutters and anything else that could be used for an imprint. In fact, I made up 3 lots of salt dough, they loved it so much.
The doctor warned me that the medication Liv is on, would 'ramp her up'. He was right! In addition to being over-tired and sick, she also has endless energy. Not a great combination!
The beach was the perfect place to go... lots of space to run around and play, without the fear of her catching any more bugs before her op on Monday (we had to cancel preschool and sadly, a playdate with cousins from Queensland - who are themselves sick with the flu - this week).
We went to Manly, for the softest sand, the best icecream and the most scenic swings;
I parked the car about a block from the beach, in a parking station opposite a strip of cafes and this vacant lot;
We crossed the road to get a closer look;
And found this 'Flip Flop Art Fence';
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The ears are not quite round enough and her arms are quite thick (I didn't realise how stretchy felt can be!), but that's ok. She's supposed to look a bit odd. I do like her little apron and stripey tights;
Then Liv asked 'But where is the Pappa Bear and Baby Bear?'
And Elly asked 'Where is Goldilocks and the house?'
Sounds like I have a bit more work to do!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
36 degrees (96.8F) outside...
Time to get out the paints;
(They thought they were painting rocks)
Until I told them to strip off...
and get creative!
I showed them how to paint their arms and tummies...
It didn't take them long to join in;
Liv has always loved painting her feet and toes...
And this time got to decorate her little sister's too;
Elly looked a little bit unsure about all the extra attention she was getting;
I hope you know what you're doing with that paintbrush!
I soon had a request for face-painting;
And seeing as Nick was so hard at work 'supervising' the kids
(ie. lying down with his eyes closed)...
...I thought he could do with a moustache too!
He forgave me...
And we all had...
the best evening ever!
Although it does require some concentration, it is not too tricky and has a beautiful calming effect, watching and feeling the wool go around and around....
Good for winding down at the end of a long day too!
Nick often spends time drawing with the girls when he gets home from work. He finds it relaxing and they can tell him about their day in words and pictures. However, I think this might be the new favourite activity.
I put together a little basket of sticks and wool and left it by our fireplace;
It is amazing how often it has been used lately. Elly often picks up a stick and says she is being 'Knitty Kitty', a character from a book we read recently.
Such a simple, lovely little activity. Try it for yourself and see how soothing it is!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Livvie is in quarantine at home until her operation on Monday and so she missed out on the Teddy Bears Picnic at PreSchool today.
So it was decided that we would have our own little picnic at home...
The girls had their own ideas about organising this!
Special friends were invited;
Bunting - from Elly's 2nd birthday - was strung up;
There were toadstools to sit upon...
And music was played...
Thursday, October 14, 2010
This lovely fellow should have taken me about an hour to make. Instead, it took me three days! Craft time has been seriously curtailed by looking after two sick little girls.
Liv saw the ENT yesterday and is booked in for a Tonsillectomy later this month. Hopefully that will cure her snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (Hallelujah!). In the meantime she needs to get well and was prescribed two more antibiotics (this is after 6 rounds of antibiotics which have not worked!).
Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse, Elly has come down with a nasty cough. She coughed all night long last night. I think we were up with her every half hour or so! So...we are all sick and tired of being sick and tired! A puppet show with Mister Rooster cheered them up a bit this afternoon. That, and the ice-cream. Doctors orders.