Friday, December 24, 2010

space party prep

We had lots of fun for #2s recent space birthday party.  We laid out sparkly cardboard hats, brown paper bags and star stickers for the kids to get creative.  

We decorated the house with some lamintated stars (old wrapping paper) and rocket ship pictures, put some puffy stickers on our drinking cups and chopped up a big cardboard tube to make stargazing telescopes.

The original plan was to decorate stuff with stickers, eat cake and then to take the group of boys down to the local park.  There we'd play some soccer, go on a moon rock treasure hunt, play comet tag and generally run about.  Then come home for iceblocks. Easy.

Except it was raining when we got up so we hastily came up with a few more inside things to do.  We played pin the star on the rocket, pass the parcel (thanks again to those play cloths) and made our moon rocks into pet rocks after we'd found them.  Oh and played twister too!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

decorating the house

 Apart from the eating, the decorating must be the best part of making a gingerbread house.  After the tricky process of assembling is taken care of the kids can get stuck in.  B and I put the walls together at night and the roof on the next morning.  It's important not to rush those steps or the house will collapse, you must trust me on this.

We had a few packets of Mario lollies left over from the birthday party (must blog that sometime) and so our gringerbread house this year belonged to Mario, Yoshi and Donkey Kong.  Skitttles are dairy free so they're the best M&M alternative (oh how I love M&Ms though) and we used almost a whole big packet on the roof.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

baking the house

This did end up being the burnt version of the ginger bread house (which we chucked) but the process photos were so cute I couldn't help but post them.  #2 had his two favourite girls over to help while #1 was out at a birthday party.

The eleven year old got to do the detail work, while the four year olds got to do lots of squishing and rolling (and a tiny bit of tasting).  The paper template got very nasty and sticky.  When we made it again (the next day) I used baking paper for the template and it was great.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

last days as a preschooler

Once again he's growing up too bloody fast!!

Our gorgeous almost five year old likes to pretend to be a puppy on a daily basis.  
He loves dancing and wearing his clothes backwards (all of his clothes).  
He always has a good idea or a plan up his sleeve.  
He loves to fish and if we play "what's the best and worst part of your day?" his worst part is usually "not going fishing".
He sobbed himself to sleep on his last day of kindy because he missed his teacher (it was heartbreaking).
He adores babies (always has to touch them) and his Daddy.  
He told me recently that he wants to marry a man when he grows up and "we'll have to have a robot baby... or maybe the doctor can make us a baby?".  We'll have to wait and see how that one turns out!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

1000th post!!

I know I've been blogging for years, but 1000 posts!!  Surely I have something else I should be doing?

Oops!  This poor wee angel fell off of the tree.  Better get the hot glue gun out!

Got this idea from Your Home and Garden magazine.  They're very cute, but remember what you've done with them when you need your star shaped cutter for something and spend ages searching for it.  Not that I did that of course, oh no not me ;o)  Okay maybe just once. 

These two I made from a book called Fa La La La Felt.  Had plans to make them for everyone on my list but alas I ended up with only a few.  The wee birds took a long time to stitch, I had to learn how to do blanket stitch.

Although I didn't make too many birds and houses, we do have a lot of these mice on our tree. They're so easy.  Two pieces of felt and a candy cane.  We made heaps of them with the kids at the school Christmas craft market.  I was one of the mummies doing crafty stuff with the kids while the parents could do their Christmas shopping in the school hall.  Next year if I don't make gifts that'll be where I get them from.  It was a really good night.

Friday, December 17, 2010

this moment

{this moment} -  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

sibling rivallry

Taekwondo is the new cool thing don't you know?  We've told the wee one that he can do it when he's six... so that big brother has a chance to be the expert for a while.  He got his green ribbon this term which puts him ahead already.  The dobok (pj suit) though is causing me major headaches.  I spent ages pinning and ironing it and attempting to hem those ridiculous pants.  Grrrrr.  NanaRobyn I'll be bringing them to you in the near future for some expert help!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

what to do with left over gingerbread

Apparently it tastes pretty good on weetbix!

Today we made it to see the big guy today at Smith and Caughey's.

These are the boys ornaments this year.  They get to choose one each.
We got them from a craft market which restricted their choices a bit (made deciding much quicker too).

how not to make a gingerbread house

How to wreck your gingerbread house in three easy steps...

1. run out of kremelta and substitute margarine (don't try this).
2. worry about it burning so bake it for less time than required.
3. discovering that your pieces are too soft, pop them back in the cooling oven and forget about them till they are blackened and horrible.
4. done.

We'll try again today with the new dough that B and I made last night.  He went to the supermarket especially for more kremelta so we could start over.  I was so hot and bothered by the time he got home from work after seven.  Not loving the humidity at all.  I am loving the laminated gift wrap stars that we had on the tree last year.  I reused them on our wreath and they're strung up around the place for birthday decorations too.

Monday, December 13, 2010

sleep issues

Our boys are generally pretty good sleepers.  They've shared a bedroom for most of their wee lives which has led to them both being quite heavy sleepers.  We can change one's bed in the middle of the night, with the lights on, and the other will sleep through the whole thing.  Lately though they're having issues, going to sleep late and waking early.

Little one likes to chat and keep big brother up for hours some nights.  We seem to spend quite a bit of time grumping at them to go to sleep.  I have a strong feeling of deja vu about this too.  I may have even blogged something similar not long ago.  Anyway it's gotten to a point recently where we've been separating them and putting one into our bed to go to sleep, then moving him back once they're both asleep.  Finally last week we bit the bullet and have moved big brother into his own room (so long sewing/spare room).  Sorry grandparents you might be getting an air bed next time you visit, we'll have to get a better one.  So far the bedroom thing is working really well.  The early waking eldest (often before six) is now able to read or play by himself without disturbing the wee one, which in turn means that he's getting at least another hour of sleep a night.

We watched a fascinating thing on TV (Jo Frost Extreme Parental Guidance) about kids sleep and how it really affects their ability to think and complete simple tasks.  They experimented on nine year olds who got an average of 10hrs sleep.  When they reduced that sleep to 8 hours a night, the kids mental age went down to age seven.  When they increased their sleep to 11+ hours, their mental age (in various psych tests) went up to twelve!  Amazing huh?  If you want to watch it yourself it's on the TVNZ on demand site for about another week.  Speaking of sleep it's almost midnight... I should go and get some!  Goodnight x

Sunday, December 12, 2010

woah baby!!

We had an awesome weekend.  Beautiful times with wonderful people.  A party, a BBQ and another party. The rocket cake was a success (will blog that party soon).  Even though there were some tricky times (like all the other kids eating ice creams and the wee guy being given chips with milk in them) I'm choosing instead to just remember how much fun was had by all.  Everyone had a blast on the water slide!  And last night the BBQ was at an old friend's place to celebrate their new deck.  She and I have been friends since we were in nappies!  The boys were pretty great considering how whacked they must have been after a couple of hours of sliding, sunshine and party food.  They pottered about eating chippies, dancing and playing with some new wee friends.

Friday, December 10, 2010

is anyone else tired?

Struggling a bit at the moment.  I'm not enjoying all of the shared lunches, morning teas, barbecues etc. Although I love hanging out with friends and having a nice time it always revolves around food and that's where it gets tricky.  Because R is so totally allergic to dairy (he had anaphylaxis from a chocolate pebble once!) I always need to take food for him as well as food for the shared lunch.  And I feel like I need to make sure he gets lots of treat food to make up for not being able to share and eat what everyone else is.  And then once we're there I need to keep a close eye on him to make sure nobody inadvertently feeds him ice cream or something silly, or that he helps himself to something he shouldn't.  It's especially hard in big groups and I sometimes feel a little resentful that I can't relax and enjoy things a little more.  Maybe I just need an early night?  But no actually I need to go and ice the rocket birthday cake, and make something to take to the party lunch tomorrow and the BBQ dinner after that... which will all be lovely but I'm just a little tired.

He said to me at the supermarket today "when I grow out of my allergy I can have that (kinder surprise)".  Again I had to tell him that it's likely that he'll always be allergic.  It's kinda heart breaking if I think about it too much.  So I try not to.  Same goes with him starting school and all the risks that go with that, it's not like we can keep him home to keep him away from yoghurt and milk drinks.  I can only teach him what to do if something happens (like someone spills something on him etc) and hope for the best.  I'm hoping really hard. x

Thursday, December 9, 2010

this moment

{this moment} -  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

moon rocks

Today we painted rocks with some silver paint (a free test pot thanks to resene!) so that we have some "moon rocks" to hide for the rapidly approaching treasure hunt (and star/space birthday party).  A potentially tricky cake is on the cards too which I promise to photograph and blog (even if it doesn't work out).  These are so pretty and shiny it makes me want to paint lots of things silver!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

not loving jet star

So you know how getting the cheapest possible airfares usually seems like a good idea?  Well when you're travelling with small people and your plane is delayed (so it doesn't get in till almost 11pm) it's really not that much fun.  We flew out of town recently on a Friday night and the kids ended up getting into their pjs at the airport (we were hoping that they'd sleep on the plane) as our plane was so late.  One of the boys in particular was full of beans (yes he's the blur in the photo).

 I lucked into getting the quieter one when we boarded.

 B tried desperately to read his novel without interruptions... no such luck as Mister 4yr old was not even slightly tired (or perhaps massively over tired!).  I had brought a non fiction book as I know how small people like to talk and talk and talk and then ask lots of questions and talk some more.

This one was soon fast asleep beside me.... YES!!

Anyway BOO Jet Star and Yay sleepy six year olds!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

this moment

{this moment} -  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.