#1597 Day 99 of getting there: the cat-astic third iso puzzle

It had to happen.

Winter spreading germs, and people are shit.

JUST STAY HOME!

Lucky for me, I somehow forecast this crap ( I have become strongly accustomed to expecting all kinds of shit, yes even for this glass half-full gratitude gal) and last week when baby girl was at school, came across this $16 puzzle at ‘the cheap shop.’

You know, ‘the cheap shop.’ That budget dollar shop where you’ll find onesies, kitchen accessories, cat litter bags, 50 cent greeting cards, 57 different variety of candles, a range of quirky homewares you think you need (but really you don’t) and also, some kind of party/decorating station in one corner of the shop.

All at below reasonable prices.

It was here I went “a puzzle might come in handy soon.”

And I had to get the most trickiest one yet.

A billion cat faces, mwa ha ha.

It meant that today, we had to pack up the completed Frozen puzzle that’s adorned our dining room table for the past several weeks.

If you find and follow me on Insta, you’ll see the delicious anti-OCD video action.

(Psst, @smikgwriter)

Anyway, we learnt upon opening it tonight that it’s split up into 6 categories… that is, A, B, C, D, E and F. Those letters are at the back of each puzzle piece, so by sorting them alphabetically, well half the work is kinda done.

Such a great idea. Well, we better get cracking then…

#1596 Day 98 of getting there: fiery hair, UP THERE

Look at that girl! She’s on top of the world!

You know you have a child, when their toys follow you ALL AROUND THE HOUSE.

The bedroom, the kitchen, the car, the other car…

The balcony!

We had an afternoon coffee break in the cold biting Winter’s sun today, and four of baby girl’s dolls followed…

I just love it. Anna’s fiery hair flapping in the wind. A force to be reckoned with.

She might be made of plastic. But she’s a reminder of the love we hold in our house.

#1572 Day 74 of getting there: bike ride with Elsa

You know what I love about kids? They use their imagination for everything.

They aren’t daunted by conventions, routines, rules.

Pop on that princess dress. Go for a bike ride in the Winter sun.

One of our pretty tree-lined streets

She even wrapped her long flowing veil around her waist and everything.

Check out the veil

Crafty. 😉

#1562 Day 64 of getting there: finishing the Frozen puzzle

We finished our second 1000 piece puzzle tonight!

We saw that we had a handful pieces left before the end, but let me tell you, 20-30 pieces still takes a long time to finish when they are all shades of blue. Oh my God!

We thought we were done and dusted with the final piece, and then realised, there was still one empty gap in the puzzle… with no piece in sight! We searched around the table, underneath it, under the tablecloth, everywhere… We were wondering if it had somehow gotten jammed under the table, when I saw something sticking out the chair seat padding… the last piece!

Baby girl snapped it up, put it into place, and we all clapped. Seriously. After 1000 pieces you would throw a party too.

With restrictions easing, that might be the last one we do for a while now. But if anyone else has a puzzle they wanna swap with, and don’t mind Elsa, Anna and gang… hit me up. 😉

#1514 Day 16 of getting there: Kids yoga

I’ve got a really cool community service announcement today peeps.

Parents of young girls are gonna love me for this…

Frozen Yoga. ❄

😮😮🤩🤩

But wait, you parents of boys! Just wait!

Spiderman Yoga. 🕷

Oh yes. I just went there. This is going to save our arses during this lengthy isolation period.

I found out about this online sensation, incredibly through a work Zoom meeting. A fellow parent mentioned it was keeping his young kids busy, and even he was joining into this fantastic kids-themed yoga…

I made a mental note to tell baby girl.

But because, LIFE, I forgot.

But insert, today. Because while I was at the work desk, she ran over to me and said “Mum, you will never believe this.”

Yep. She found it.

The Frozen yoga.

The folk behind the idea are called Cosmic Kids Yoga, and you can check out their channel on youtube. They have SOOOO many videos, all based around popular kids movies, books, characters and themes.

Think dinosaurs, Star Wars, Minions, Christmas, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Wizard of Oz, and Room on the Broom, to name a few.

I praise the benefits of yoga all the time. Granted I don’t have the time to do it as much as I’d like, but I sure know how I feel after a session.

Balanced. Grounded. At peace. My mind, body and spirit aligned as one.

Imagine if our children had those same benefits and skills engrained in them from their young age? Imagine what they could accomplish?

Baby girl was engaged for the whole half hour. I even had to pop my head in at one point because I couldn’t believe she was interested in the same thing and doing YOGA for the entire time.

Yep, she was.

She even returned to it tonight to do yet another round, before trying out some Trolls-themed yoga… because, why not?

I’m actually going to do it with her next time. I am soooo jelly. I wanna do Elsa powers of Arendelle moves too… 😉 ✨❤

#1505 Day 7 of getting there: Rebel-ing with doughnuts

Next on my support local list is a place I was absolutely stoked to find out was joining our town, and moving down the road, LITERALLY, back in early 2018.

Rebel Donuts. 

They, along with so many other businesses have been forced to get creative amongst decreasing customer volumes coming through their shop in response to the push for greater social isolation and essential travel only.

So when I saw their call out to spread the message far and wide on doughnut (yes, DOUGHNUT) delivery and pick-up, I was like OH YES.

More exciting was realising that they were also sending out decorating packs, much like the decorating baby girl did during the school holidays last year which I posted about here.

So, guess who got a surprise today, right before coffee/babycino time? Huh, huh?

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I got baby girl the Frozen decorating pack, which includes 2 plain doughhuts, a whole heap of decorations and icing, and instructions on how to make them…

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But we all know kids go and do their own thing anyway, right?

That’s right honey. Pour on ALL the sprinkles.

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I hope these guys get ALL the love and are able to keep doing this delivery thing, because I have an Easter surprise planned for baby girl in a couple of weeks…

Check out the Rebel Donuts facebook page for where they’re delivering to,

OR

their website: http://www.rebeldonuts.com.au

Note: Delivery needs a minimum spend of $20… which is so easy to achieve, to be honest. 😉

Nom nom nom nom nom.

#1479 The surprise DVD

I definitely wasn’t expecting it. As I wandered into Target this morning, shopping aimlessly like I have been doing since mid last year but with no $$$ (ha ha), thinking how days like this were limited in itself, I saw this huge Frozen 2 cardboard display.

I stopped.

WHAT? The DVD was out already?

I wasted no time in buying it. Surely baby girl would be as surprised as I was. She would be over-the-moon. I would even, tape it.

After school Hubbie turned on the camera on my phone to capture what would undoubtedly be a high-energy moment. Surely she would be ecstatic. Lose her mind. Go ape-shit.

“Baby girl,” I started. “What would be like, the best present ever?”

A huge smile spread across her face as she finished drinking her milk.

“Actually, get off the stool. I don’t want you falling off it when you hear this.”

She got off, and I spent a few moments asking her a series of really generic questions… but then it started to get specific.

“So, who are your favourite dolls to play with?”

“Anna and Elsa.”

SCORE. I knew she would say that.

“And, what’s your favourite Disney movie?”

PAUSE… “Ariel?”

WHAT?

“Ariel? Any others?”

“Cinderella.”

This was NOT going to plan.

“Okay, what about movies you’ve just seen… what was the last movie you saw at the cinemas?”

“Frozen 2.”

Without a word I pulled out the DVD from it’s hiding place and handed it to her. She took it and stared at it, looking it over.

“It’s the DVD! From the movie! Frozen 2!”

She smiled… faintly. I looked at my phone. “You can stop taping now!”

OMG. Her reaction was so underwhelming. I think it was the shock of having it suddenly… there.

But within no time over the course of the afternoon/night, I could hear her singing songs from the sequel with such heart, songs she had only been able to access through small snippets on youtube…

So we got there. Finally.

#1381 Frozen movie date

Tonight we watched Frozen.

Not the animated much-anticipated sequel of the year, silly. Nooo.

We watched the first Frozen movie. At home.

In the best place… from our couch.

We thought it might be a good idea, oh I don’t know, to revisit the first one seeing as we’ll be watching the second one very shortly? 😉

I have seen it loads of times… out of order. Scenes here and there. Sometimes the end, sometimes the beginning, sometimes the middle.

But never as one cohesive whole – start>middle>end.

Hubbie has seen it NO TIMES. He thinks the song ‘Let It Go’ is great (he really does) and he knows some characters names. That’s it.

It was therefore so satisfying to see him freak out when – spoiler alert! – a certain ‘someone’ turns and shows their ugly side. That is all I will say (you know who I’m talking about don’t you?)

It makes me all the more excited for our upcoming weekend viewing. So fine, I love Disney movies. Guilty as charged.

I’m as pumped as baby girl to see what they do with this next storyline. Can’t wait. ♥

 

#1239 Princess fun at Disney on Ice

Hubbie and I sat, giggling and sneaking looks to one another while also peeking beside us at baby girl.

She was singing, warbling… she was letting it rip.

“Let it go! Let it go! Don’t hold it back anymore!”

It had been a long 4 months that she had been waiting to see Disney on Ice. Even so, the trip in today seemed almost as long… trains, then disruptions to trains which meant replacement buses, and oh, the drama! The angst! The hell!

It really did feel like forever to get to that moment… and even then, at the start of the show…

“When are the princesses coming?”

“Where’s Ana?”

This girl was just not content with only Mickey Mouse, Dory and Nemo or Toy Story. She had come to see some freaking ice, and sparkle.

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So when the group of Disney princesses DID emerge, we were enthralled at their ice skating genius, and gasping out loud when Rapunzel did this number in the air with Eugene:

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Incredible! I think the parents were thinking as we were – “shit… Disney has upped their game!”

All of these air acrobatics definitely had her rapt, but nothing more so than when her favourite sisters FINALLY emerged from behind the big curtain.

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“Don’t hold it back anymore!”

Oh no, baby girl held NONE of it back. We just let her be and tried to not let her, you know, catch us giggling at her, being all 5 going onto 16 and all 😉

 

 

#917 Another year, another birthday/s

Well, whoops. Here I was talking abut being soooo party ready yesterday, that after writing last night’s post, I totally forgot to hit ‘post.’ I have now posted very fashionably, late, AFTER the party fact.

The face paint was fun. The hand paint was fun too. There was cake and food, drink and coffee… Kids were everywhere, “the air was like ice” (in true Frozen-themed form) but inside we were warm, and honestly as the kids went bezerko for a little while after the hail decided to grant us some respite, they didn’t even notice.

The happiest part for me? Baby girl is a very friendly and happy child, but even so the thought of entering rooms where there are a lot of people, even if they are family and friends, well it terrifies her at the moment. And though she had moments like that today, where she shied away from happy birthday greetings and photo ops of people that decided to just GRAB her (like seriously, what the actual F*&K, I would run away from them too!) she was absolutely amazing during the official happy birthday song.

In last year’s post I wrote about the birthday song NOT going down so well, to put it mildly…

And this year? She said we could make it a little noisy 🙂 And then proceeded to smile happily as everyone sang to her.

It made my heart explode with happiness.

A cold day, but a warm one that was filled with love, bees and butterflies. ♥♥♥
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