30.6.14

Sidewalk Chalk Paint.

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Sidewalk chalk paint.
1 part cornflour
1 part water
A little paint or food colouring, for colour. 

I've always wondered about sidewalk chalk paint, thinking it would be far more difficult than this to make. The texture and consistency is a little strange, it is essentially Oobleck, but we had a lot of fun painting the whole patio. This kept the boys amused for a lot longer than I thought, Joshua was mostly just painting himself but it was lovely to watch him explore like that without worrying about the paint staining him or having trouble washing it off! The colour changed as it dried which they found fascinating, we have painted with water on the patio before but that obviously disappears as it dries, so this was all new and exciting for them.

I'm hoping to take a lot more art outside this summer, I have a whole list of projects but I'd love some fresh ideas if you have any?! Just leave them in the comments!

Bee. 

29.6.14

Our Week.

My creation

Making:
 To-do lists. Summer activities, recipes,arts & crafts, places to go, housework. It's getting ridiculous. 
Cooking:
 Not an awful lot. Curry, chips and pasta. I have a fairly exciting meal plan next week - spinach and ricotta pasta, fish tacos and pesto chicken - but this week has been pretty easy and lazy.
Drinking:
 Diet Coke, fruit tea, lattes & fruit infused water. A variety is helping me drink more, I think. 
Eating: Out at a fancy restaurant tonight. The menu was in French & the wine was expensive, but the atmosphere and company was good. A double date with my in-laws, where we talked about Colin as a kiddo and weddings.  
Reading:
 Blogs. I'm almost convinced to buy The Fault in Our Stars, but I'll try and check it out at the library first, after I pay those fines...
Playing: Softball, twice this week (I even hit the ball!! More than once!!), cars and with water. 
Drawing: Our family, upon request. Sadly, stick men are about as artistic as I get these days. 
Wanting:
 A decent sleeping patten for our household. If it's not one boy waking me up in the middle of the night, it's the other. After a few late nights last weekend, the boys are fighting sleep until ridiculously late. Coupled with me missing a few bedtimes this week, and an assortment of naps for everyone involved, our mornings seem to be getting earlier and earlier. I KNOW Joshua needs more sleep than he's getting, with 6:45am starts, why won't he just give in?! 
Wearing: All the stripes. Always.
Looking:
 Forward to my birthday, in 11 days. We have plans for a picnic, a family softball game, and a beach trip. 
Wasting:
 Time pretend online shopping. I have barely blogged this week, and I don't even have a good excuse. I just keep getting wrapped up in pretend shopping, one of my favourite pastimes.
Enjoying:
 Being outside as much as possible. We have been in the sand pit, the paddling pool, to the park, to the big pool at the pavilion, and spending nearly every waking hour in the garden. We plan on doing the same this week, squeezing a visit to the ducks and a picnic in too. 
Liking:
 Running with a partner. Colin & I went for a run together earlier and I'm so surprised at how far we went. Not particularly far, granted, but I ran for the longest I have for a long time. It was nice to do something different together, we're thinking about doing an exercise challenge together (I totally failed at mine!) so we can keep each other motivated. 
Loving: 
Iced drinks and ice lollies on hot days.
Hoping:
 To eat healthier this week. I've ordered a ton of fruit with the shopping so I'm hoping to curb my bad snacking habits. 
Marveling:
 At how fantastic my boys' selfie poses are. 
Teaching: Daniel to read. This is such an exciting and terrifying milestone, I am so so proud of him but on the other hand my heart is breaking at how grown up he is. He has his transfer day for 'big school' this week, and I'm not sure I will be able to cope. I am sure he, on the other hand, will be fine, if a little tired out. 

Inspired by the beautiful Danielle.


Bee. 

25.6.14

Catch the Moment 365. Week Twenty Five.

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170. I'd missed putting my sweet boys to bed, so I snuck up to give them goodnight kisses.

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171. Water transfer activity while brother sleeps.

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172. Giraffes are my favourite.

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173. Celebrating my munchkin with a construction theme party.

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174. My little explorer. That is a dog in his backpack.

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175. Dungarees and ice cream after a BBQ. Heart eyes.

Nurse Loves Farmer


Bee.

24.6.14

25/52 & Joshua's Construction Party.

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"A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Our first family picture in what feels like forever, and even though it's not perfect I LOVE it! Celebrating my babyboy's second birthday with family and friends. All the heart eyes.

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Inspired by the wonderful Jodi, from Practising Simplicity

I threw together a construction party at the weekend, mostly because I'm disorganised but also because I am cheap. Luckily, Pinterest to the rescue! I made the cake Sunday morning, a super easy chocolate cake with broken Crunchies and Malteasers to look like rubble, I loved how effective it was! We went shopping for food essentials (brownies, chocolate cookies and Oreos for dirt) and orange coloured fruits. I covered the table with trash bags and added yellow strips to look like a road, and used some of our diggers as decor. Yellow straws and orange napkins were unearthed from my party cupboard, and a toolbox to hold the cutlery (or tools!) from a toybox. We even managed a trip to the splash pad park before naps! I sent Colin out for balloons, filled the sand box with sand and spades, filled a bucket with MegaBloks and collected the rest of the diggers. I always always forget to take pictures of the little details that I take so long sorting, and I always kick myself for it. Next year I'm hiring a photographer. Ha. 

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Bee. 

23.6.14

Summer Bucket List 2014.

01. Make ice-lollies.
02. Go to the zoo.
03. Sidewalk chalk.
04. Fly a kite.
05. Visit a farm.
06. Eat watermelon.
07. Paint pottery.
08. Frisbee at the park. 
09. Visit a museum.
10. Feed the ducks.
11. Family photographs.
12. Treasure hunt.
13. Shaving foam messy play.
14. Bug hunt.
15. Build a fort.
16. Play in the paddling pool.
17. Cloud dough.
18. Play tennis. 
19. Make s'mores.
20. Strawberry picking.
21. Learn to ride the balance bike.
22. Decorate home office.
23. Play hopscotch.
24. Watch a softball game.
25. Teddy bear picnic.
26. Make frozen banana pops.
27. Finger/body painting.
28. Family yoga.
29. Decorate biscuits. 
30. Ice dinosaur excavation. 
31. Collect seashells.
32. Park hopping.
33. Make lemonade.
34. Picnics.
35. Swimming with Daddy.
36. Have a water fight.
37. Ride a carousel. 
38. Family movie night.
39. Road trip to a beach.
40. Build sandcastles.
41. Family bike rides.
42. Oobleck.
43. Mini/crazy golfing. 
44. Family puzzle night.
45. Pyjama day.
46. Star gazing.
47. Family game night.
48. Plant & grow something. 
49. Play in the sprinkler.
50. Learn how to write the alphabet. 

I love making these every year, to keep us happy and busy during the summer. What's on your Summer Bucket List?! 

Bee.

22.6.14

Our Week.

My creation

So, my baby is two. TWO. We have spent the week celebrating him, with a trip to the zoo yesterday and a sweet little construction themed party today. My littles have had three late nights in a row and I'm wondering what that will mean for tomorrow - I'm planning a lazy Movie Monday afternoon. We seem extra occupied in the summer, maybe because we're outside so much, but the days are seeming extra short recently. Especially with two of my evenings this week taken up with softball. Soaking up every second, of the sun and the boys. Daniel is at the sweetest, chattiest age and every conversation we have makes me smile. Joshua is super independent and overconfident, I am in awe watching him. This chapter of our lives is my favourite yet, and I want to make the most of it. 


Bee. 

21.6.14

24/52.

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"A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Watermelon in the garden is the definition of summer for us. Somehow I'm a week behind with these portraits, I had these all ready last week but didn't post them, I'm not sure why! 

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Joshua has recently become absolutely obsessed with helicopters and planes, and can spit them a mile off. Motorbikes too actually, he will just freeze and yell "Ear mot-mot!", it's pretty darn adorable. 

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Inspired by the wonderful Jodi, from Practising Simplicity

Bee. 

20.6.14

Elmer the Elephant.


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My boys love to stick, so when our theme was elephants an Elmer collage was the perfect option. I always have a stash of paper squares in our art cupboard, after going waaay overboard for a project once. This obviously kept Daniel's attention for a lot longer than Joshua's, but it was nice to get them both involved. We talked about the different colours and read an Elmer story too.

The boys are staying at their Grandparents' house tonight and I feel like I've lost a limb (or two!) even though they'd be asleep anyway! I think this is the first night ever away from Joshua, and I can probably count on one hand Daniel's sleepovers! I'm half waiting for a call from Mum, but I'm drowning my sorrow in a giant mojito and watching a sci-if mystery on Netflix. The first things I did when we got back to our child free home was clean the kitchen and iron Colin's suit. So rock and roll. 

Bee.