Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Mornings

It was so hard dropping Camilla off at Kindy this morning. She was adamant she didn't want to go. Right from when she woke up "no no no Kindy". But still. Life carries on, and one must do things one doesn't want to do. Important life lessons I think in the long run. But still. Today was the first day I wish I didn't have to say Haere Ra to her each morning after mat time. She cried and cried, and I walked away.

I wish I didn't. But still. I do want to. I want to get home and put Katie in bed and get some peace and quiet. I want to drink my whole cup of tea, run a few lines through some tulle with my sewing machine, gaze at my to do list and do something entirely different, get dishes done without any droppages or "thats sharp!" reminders. 

And then 11.30 rolls around, pick up time. It was only a few hours, but I am glad for the chatter again. 

Have I ever been so torn?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Taking Stock 6/8/14

 KAPOW! I'm back on the lappy, it's rare these days. But here I am, with so much but so little to tell you. Here's a taking stock...

Making: Party Props, Frozen costumes, birthday dresses and... everything??
Cooking: Not enough. Food is just being eaten before it can be made around here. I need to up my game, and up our grocery budget.Drinking: Waaater. So parched. Reading: Eat This Book (still). I need to get my head around non-fiction writing again, it's been so long.Playing: Taxi, Husband work drop offs and pick ups, Kindy drop offs and pick ups. I feel like we are always in the car these days. Sewing: Curtain hems and costumes.Wishing: For another week in this busy month!Enjoying: Sunshine. So much glorious sunshine this week! 

Liking: Spring flowers, colourful clothes, and pollen on the ground (but not the itchy nose and face because of it!)
Wondering: How to make our lives a little easier. 
Loving: My hard working husband. He does a lot.
Hoping: To win a holiday! (I haven't entered any competitions. But it would be a nice surprise huh!)
Marvelling: At my Little Katie walking, and Millas beautiful sing-songs
Needing: That holiday.
Wearing: My new EziBuy threads! I was treated to a shopping trip last weekend!
Thinking: How I should get on with my evening so that it isn't wasted! Time is precious around here!
Feeling: Tired. Very. Tired.
Bookmarking: Frozen party ideas.

Other Taking Stock
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Third Birthday Dress

A new tradition, passed on by my friend Georgia, who had Birthday Dresses throughout her childhood. (side thought: perhaps I should also include myself in this tradition??)

This is Camilla's "purple and green" dress (as requested) for her third birthday at the end of August. 

This is my third time using the Savannah Party Dress pattern, the first two times were for the girls Dedication Dresses (and Katies birthday dress). 

I omitted the capped sleeves, which made it muuuuch easier and faster to sew. I still haven't nailed the middle pleating, getting them to line up perfectly so they meet at the seam. Next time I make this (there will definitely be a next time), I will measure out my seam allowance when I'm making the pleats. Lesson learnt. Any other tips on achieving pleating perfection?

It fits well, with heaps of room to grow, and it was so quick and easy to do. I'm really enjoying making my girls cute unique things to wear. 

What are your birthday traditions in your family?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kindy Begins!

Dear Milla,

Welp. You did it. You started Kindy this week!

You had such a fun morning on Tuesday.

You were so excited about putting your lunch box and drink bottle away. "The man showed me where!". That man being your head teacher.

Everyone welcomed you during Mat Time and we sung a waiata.

You loved the foam "with the sparkly bubbles" in it. It was crazy pink polystyrene, all glued together. I haven't seen anything like it before, but you went straight to it and made meatballs.

You did a beautiful painting with high lighter pink and green paint.

Then you painted on mirror card and did about 5 works of art. 

(I think were going to get A LOT of art coming home soon!!)

You played with the slime table that had egg beaters and glitter in it. Another girl was playing with you and she showed you how to rolls up your sleeves. Then you checked out the blocks and duplo and the outside construction table.

You were shown where the bathrooms were by Alia and used the toilets all by yourself.

You drew on the white board, played with the dolls and figured out where the play kitchens are.

Alia looked after you a little bit and became your little buddy. You both had morning tea together. It was so sweet.

Milla, you were in heaven. So much to do, so much art to make! You were definitely drawn to the creative area of the Kindy. I can't wait to see how it grows you.

It was an absolutely freezing cold day. Freezing your bones kind of cold. After we got out of Kindy (Katie and I stayed with you the whole session) your cough developed into choking and retching and barking, and Katie began coughing as well. We made a quick trip to the doctors to be given steriods for croup to see you through the night.

Since then, you and Katie have been recovering and we have been hibernating in the warmth of our home. Thankfully you don't really realise that you should have gone to kindy for the rest of the week.

But next week we will be at it again, and you'll be going all by yourself. You will LOVE it. I am so proud of you Milla. You're really growing and it brings me so much joy to see you so confidently exploring this world.

Love x

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