Saturday, March 26, 2011


I shared my 'Heidi' 9 block puzzle with BigMan. We played with it together, and then it was put away carefully on the bookshelf... or so I thought... as I went to prepare dinner.

"One, two puddle. One, two puddle. One, two puddle."
Then I feel two little hands grasping my shorts, "Mummy, come here! Mummy, come here pleeeeease!"

Sometimes things do not go as planned.

But once Daddy came home it was straight back to puddles!

Mission accomplished!

Friday, March 25, 2011

My still-one-year-old boy

"Very often the essential is weightless. Here the essential seems to have been merely a smile. A smile is often the most essential thing. One is repaid by a smile. One is rewarded by a smile. One is animated by a smile." [Antoine de Saint-Exupery]

We went to The Strand Water Park. BigMan was very, very brave!

I thought I was pretty brave, too! I've never attempted the Water Park with both kids on my own before.

It was worth it though! We had so much fun! The smiles were priceless.

At one point my little explorer insisted in standing right. under. the. big. bucket. He coped remarkably well, but it did melt my heart when he ran to me with his arms up for a little cuddle from Mummy.

LittleLady had a wonderful time watching it all from the comfort of her pram!

Once BigMan started chasing the seagulls all the way to the beach, I decided it was time to move on. So with BigMan and Mummy both wet through, we went to play at the park.

As I sat cuddling LittleLady, I watched my still-one-year-old run, run, run, STOP! Stop to pick up a seed pod. Inspect the seed pod. Bite the seed pod and make a face. Run, run, run, STOP! To explore the big metal springs in the 'seesaw' toys and once deemed satisfactory, climb up and bounce away happily. But not for long!

He stood for whole minutes running his little fingers all over the bark of the tree, exploring the grooves and roughness of it, before bending down to play with the stones at his feet. I watched as he climbed up the ladder to the very top of the 'Pirate Ship', run around on top before sliding down the slide and doing it all over again!

I saw my still-one-year-old boy being a little boy. And I want to remember this, because one day he will be a big boy who no longer looks up at me and pleas, "Mummy kiss it better?" or, "Mummy cuddles?"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

She loves...

LittleLady is a happy little thing. 

She loves reading.

She loves playing with her new favourite 'teething' toy. (Thanks 'P' cousins!)

She loves Mummy cuddles (and so does Mummy!)!

She loves her big brother (who really is the world's best big brother). What girl wouldn’t love hearing, “LittleLady is beautiful!” or “Little lady is very pretty!” from their big brother? Just check back in a few years time though to see how long this lasts… (As a side note, it is very sad: On Sunday, BigMan finally worked out that it is said ‘beautiful’ not ‘boo-full’. He really is growing up.) 

She loves Daddy cuddles. They're hilarious!

But her new love is...

 ... yep... you guess it!

 FOOD! (And yes, that is her big brother's salad. No, we didn't serve it to her. Yes, she saw it, reached over for it, pulled it to herself and then helped herself. No, we didn't stop her. Yes, we laughed... and laughed... and laughed!)

What are you looking at? Yes, I like my food!

Ok, I love my food! And I love giving smiles! And wearing bibs that Mummy makes out of scraps of fabric...

Isn't she beautiful?

Monday, March 21, 2011

we start and end with family

"When a child is born, a father is born."
[Frederick Buechner]

"Hold tenderly that which you cherish." 
[Bob Albert]

"Seek the wisdom of the ages,... but look at the world through the eyes of a child."
[Ron Wild]

 "It is the absurdity of family life, the raggedness of it, that is at once its redemption and its true nobility." 
[James McBride]

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family." 
[Anthony Brandt]