Hello Lovely Adventurer,
I feel like I’m finally getting my groove back and I have quite a few lovelies to share with you today… Spring is in the air and all sorts of things have had me enchanted!
In no particular order…
I am digging TED talks at the moment. This morning on twitter, Natalie suggested watching this one… and so over breakfast I was inspired:
It’s hard to believe, but this little cutie is super-dooper dee-looper close to crawling. She’s doing that thing when she rocks back and forth on her hands and knees, and if I put her on the floor in one place, about ten minutes later she’s somehow worked her way a couple of metres across the floor – although completely oblivious to her own progress. Still I’m certainly in no hurry for her to get moving, so maybe she’ll hold out for a few more weeks?!
Oh, and let’s not forget about the other two monkey-moos! A few weeks ago the powers-that-be opened a little piece of motorway they’ve been working on (for what seems like forever!) to the pedestrian public! It was very festive, with bouncy castles, heavy machinery displays, hundreds of people walking up and down the road… and… did I mention, face paint?!
Ava asked to be a princess… I’m not sure the lady knew how to do a regular princess, so she made Ava a ‘Garden Princess’ instead. And as you can see by the look on Belle’s face, Lola is a very ferocious Lion. This was the very first time they had ever had their faces painted… In other kiddle news, Ava had her first playdate at our house with one of her friends from kindy last week… it was truly delicious – think laughter and mischief, chatting and playing happily… oh, and of course, cupcakes! … I’m dreaming of a house full of giggling girls in a just a few years time! (of course, feel free to remind me of this when I’m complaining of just that!)
Sheye’s blog was one of the first I discovered. I remember when Lola was first born, I poured into the archives reading entry after entry late into the night as my little one fed. Some would have me smile, and others would have me gulping for breath as I stifled sobs. She is an amazing photographer, an amazing Mama… and the way she writes, speaks directly to my heart. She’s had to endure what no Mama should ever endure, but she still manages to find beauty-full moments, and encourages us all to do the same. Yesterday (Monday) was her Ava’s birthday (she would be 8), and she encourages us each to take some time this month to make moments with those we adore.
I have been obsessed with glass milk bottles since spotting these ones on Shop Sweet Lulu some time ago. And so, it turns out my husband is a genius, as he (a) managed to find half a dozen 300ml bottles and half a dozen 600ml bottles under the house, and (b) decided that they were not junk to be thrown out with the recycling, and instead brought them into the kitchen and cleaned them up for me to use to for all sorts of pretty things! Behold:
I recently picked up the latest copy of Homestyle magazine… after spotting an article about The Caker on the front… little did I know I would also find inspiration for a little birthday project I have in the works for Ava’s fourth birthday.
This, is the Mousehouse Doll’s House. And, I’m sure you’ll agree, that it might just be the coolest doll’s house EVER! If this is up your alley, then you should check out the rest of Megan’s lovely blog… which is full of crafty goodness.
My Dad recently found my old dolls house which has been in storage for quite some time. Originally my Uncle built it for my two older cousins, and when they had outgrown it, it became mine. I have so many fond memories of playing with it… and am looking forward to giving it a little spruce up for Ava. Here’s a little picture of it pre-spruce.
Finally, I realise this is probably a polarising issue (we can’t all love Julie Andrews!)… but over the weekend I was singing the girls the song ‘Do Re Mi’ from the Sound of Music and before putting them off musicals for life with my inability to carry a tune (or remember lyrics) I you-tubed the original and played them this:
To say they were entranced was an understatement. Seven repeat performances later… we watched a DVD of the movie on Sunday. Lola lost interest fairly quickly, but Ava found the whole thing delightful (and, surprisingly for me, so did I!) … so I’ve been trying to think of some other old favourites (musicals especially). I remember the Wizard of Oz to be a little scary, but I am looking forward to rediscovering Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady. Do you have any old favourites you would recommend?