Monday, December 20, 2010

Fraser Island Holiday

Thank you, Sally, for having us at your holiday house at Fraser Island. We had a wonderful, sunny beach holiday!! What a truly spectacular and magical spot.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Little Advent Socks

Ooh, sweet little Advent socks, how I love your cuteness! Even if you took me a while to make and weren't ready until the 9th of December, I still like you. All 24 of you.

I have found a secret supplier of many vintage Golden Books (a bag for a dollar) and I just love their sweet illustrations. This one was perfect for tracing numbers for the Advent socks.

In the socks, I am putting an occasional sweet, some Christmas activities like baking gingerbread, and some suggestions for kind deeds. Thank you Martine, for this great idea.
I always enjoyed opening the little windows on my Advent calendar as a child, but it's hard to find nice ones these days. Children find it hard to wait such a long time until Christmas, and I hope this will help put it into perspective. And I also hope it will help Kees learn his numbers, then we'll be ahead a bit on next year's lessons. One day I would love to make a calendar like this beautiful one, but I think I need to keep sane this year.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dancing: NO. Embroidery: YES!

At the Kindy Christmas celebration, almost all the kids had a great time! When it was time to sing and dance, they all jumped around and shook their little booties. Except one. Who was totally awkward and not into dancing at all? Why, the son of a dance teacher, of course! Yes, I've given up any idea of my firstborn following in my shoes in that department. But....he does love to sew!
Kees embroidered the lavender bags above for his teachers, with minimal help from me. I made the pencil cases. Even Jimmy can now push the needle in, turn the material, and pull the needle through, which I found surprising. I think the embroidery hoop really helps a lot, and I make sure I have a few needles ready-threaded so I can quickly knot off and get them going on their next colour. Any delays and they start jumping on the couch.

I'll leave you today with another shot from the Kindy party: Kees sneakily trying to have a look down his teacher's top. I saw you, cheeky! xx

Where I Live #3

How funny is this??!
But my favourite was this:
Somebody wiped it off :0( but it really always made me smile. I love MC Hammer. xx
PS: We've all just recovered from vomit bug and off to Fraser for a week tomorrow, so blog ya later!