#1307 Dancing disco shoes

Nothing could go wrong… could it?

I mean it was a kids disco party. The primary school was separated by age for goodness sakes. Prep to grade 2 the first part of the afternoon, with the older kids into the evening.

Having choc tops available would not be a bad thing, right?

All that sugar, only to be let loose when the chicken dance came on… nah. 🐓🐥

At the end of the week. Almost, at the end of term.

The kids are tired. They didn’t want holidays… they needed holidays.

And it wasn’t just a normal Friday…

It was Friday the 13th, Friday. 👻

ON A FULL MOON. 🌕

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Oh gawd.

I’m having fun here guys. As did baby girl this afternoon. The only time where I ate my words, was after commenting to several other Mums how all our kids would be as high as kites and hitting walls when the disco was done.

Not realising that my own child would be in tears as we walked off…

Because she didn’t get to buy a bloody glow stick.

(Shakes head).

“I’ll buy you a glow stick tomorrow!”

I had to laugh. I did. It was full moon time after all.

And I was still pretty happy to see her so excited, at her first ever school disco. 🥿📿🎉

 

 

#1302 The best play centre ever for the day

“This is the best play centre ever!”

They are great words to hear from your child, and as much as I adore them, they stem from her inherent positivity… she says stuff like that, A LOT.

It doesn’t take away from the moment. From moments like those, or moments like these:

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Anything to make her happy. Anything to make her smile…

Both achieved today 🙂

 

#1287 Saturday night passionate convos

Tonight was a great catch up with Best man and fam. Overdue, because they missed baby girl’s birthday last week.

Late, but in some ways maybe better, because we got to catch up with them and them only, and get really intimate on stuff.

In amongst the kids playing some pin the horn on the unicorn (because I still had the poster up on the door) and the egg and cup game around the house, us parents were, you know, chilling on the couch, having turns picking different songs on YouTube to watch.

And it was all good, all cruisy. Dinner was followed with my home-made brownies, some coffee…

And then suddenly, the conversation turned.

Because we started talking about something Hubbie gets really passionate about – MUSIC.

Singers and songwriters, to be specific, and who gets (more) credit.

Oh my. Soon we were shouting out artist names, getting noisy, pointing fingers and yelling “you’re wrong!”

And then we roared with laughter.

Although we seriously, very seriously got onto the topic of ideas and credit and performers, we all gave each other the space to speak, no one got cranky with the other for their ideas, and after some very passionate speeches, all went back to a balanced equilibrium.

And, it was soooo refreshing. Being in company where we could be as honest as we liked, even shout at the other person… then go back to hugging them a moment later.

If only we could all give each other the space to be as honest as we wanted, without finding offence or reason to tear each other down.

It’s hard to find people like that.

I guess that’s why they are, Best man and fam 😉

#1280 Unicorns and face painting for grown-ups

Because acting like a kid is fun, let’s face it.

And when you are at a kids party, you are given full licence pretty much to act like a child.

Eat lollies.

Encourage play.

Play pin the horn on the unicorn.

Get painted.

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I was thoroughly impressed at the number of adults who went glittery and crazy for baby girl’s birthday party today. I looked up, and sitting in the make up chair more often than not were adults, both men and women alike!

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And of course there had to be cake. I was very happy with my ‘creative efforts,’ and baby girl was rapt, so let’s be honest all I needed was that ok…

But if I ever meet Rosanna Pansino, American YouTube cake-making sensation, with a 2 billion audience, I will tell her –

“My buttercream did NOT spread so easy!”

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🤷🏻‍♀️🎂🦄

It tasted good though!

#1264 High five, scuba dive!

It is all the rage in baby girl’s prep class.

“High five… SCUBA DIVE!”

Away the hand disappears, making a diving motion.

Baby girl does a variation of this with us… because it’s all about the anticipation (even if it doesn’t rhyme at the end).

She and I were on the couch tonight, and she was running the high five show.

“High five!”

Slap.

“To the side!”

Slap.

“On the other side!”

Slap.

“Down low…”

I miss as she quickly removes her hand.

“SCUBA DIVE!”

I grin. We go again.

As we get to the ‘down low’ part once more, I slam my hand down and grab the tip of her fingers in a slap. Just.

She is primed and ready to say scuba dive, but I’ve got her. We double over in laughter and she does her adorable cackle.

We do it again and again, laughing ourselves silly every time she tries to pull away quicker, but I manage to get the tip of her fingers. And I sit there and think how beautiful it is to enjoy these simple things, these little moments, that make my heart genuinely smile with happiness. ♥

#1262 My mini environmentalist

We parked at the local homemaker centre and got out of the car after school.

“Mama look!” She pointed to an empty car spot a few metres away. There was crumpled up packaging on the ground, from one of those Woolies Lion King ooshies that has most kids in a spin.

“Someone opened theirs up and left it there… I’ll throw it in the bin.”

I hesitated. It was on the floor. It was dirty. Who knows what had gone over it.

She hadn’t thrown it there.

I stopped my thoughts in their tracks. Sure she hadn’t been the cause of the litter… but she cared… she was taking action… how dare I even think to dampen her fire, when the intention was so pure, so positive, so genuine?

“Ok,” I replied slowly. “Just don’t touch your face after!”

She picked it up and held it at arms length as we walked over to the nearby store. On our way I spied a bin in the corner and pointed it out to her. As she dropped the empty packaging in the bin she said so proudly, “see, look how beautiful the road is now!”

Awwwww. My heart. ♥♥♥♥

I was so happy. So proud. Kids like her are changing the world, bit by bit. I know many think the state of our future is in crisis… what with an over-emphasis on technology, increasing mental health issues, and overuse of natural world resources among many, many other things…

But the little things make a difference too.

Baby girl is the first to compliment or say well done to a friend who has achieved something.

She tells me it’s important to give to people, as it makes them happy.

And she knows littering is not good… for anyone, especially the Earth.

If all of our kids took little steps like these, no matter how big or small, or many or few, well then the state of our future Mother Earth may be a beautiful one indeed.

 

#1237 Revisiting sweet strawberry memories

It took me a long time to work out if we should go or not.

But this morning, 2 hours before the session was to begin, I quickly logged onto the website and booked a workshop for baby girl.

I knew it was going to be sunny, and I knew the day would be good.

Deep down, I knew.

Because although this was baby girl’s first time at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, she had kind of been before… when I was only 4 months pregnant with her, in my tummy.

Back then it had been strawberry picking season, and I had picked loads to take home and DEVOUR.

Today we were in off-season, so instead, baby girl made an enormous chocolate shard. 🙂

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It was a school holiday activity. There were kids all around the room, with melted chocolate on their plates, adding mini marshmallows, little chocolates, coconut, honeycomb and cocoa puffs to their giant freckle creation.

Into the freezer it went, coming out all hard and ready to EAT!

More than the fun chocolate activity, for me was going to a place that we had been to so many years before, and which held such fond memories of a really exciting, happy, and hopeful time in our lives.

Nothing has changed.

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The strawberries may be covered from frost in the far distance, but we are…

forever excited,

forever happy,

forever HOPEFUL.

And the sun shining down on us today proved that more than ever.

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