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Nature Art

Small Z was so inspired by an episode of Dinosaur Train the other day (wait… Dinosaur Train doesn't rule your life? You haven't heard every single episode seven times each? You haven't lived!) yes. I am being facetious – it is actually a great show – super informative and not scary… The one Small Z was watching was one she hadn't seen before – something of a miracle. It involved a lot of discussion about nature art. As soon as it ended she raced out into the garden and made this:

Dinosaur Train inspired nature art. By Small Z.

(Her symmetry greatly appeals to the Virgo in me.)

Turning the worm

Last night M went along to a screening of Project Wild Thing – it was a fundraiser for our (very cash-strapped) kindergarten. The one Small DB is refusing to go to…(that’s a whole other blog post). He came home a bit fired up about the Smalls and their screentime. We decided to say goodbye to them watching shows when they get up in the morning.

It is something that has never sat well with me – I am a snob about morning television. Yeah, we don’t have a television – but they just watch iView. I feel it is invasive, sedentary and just…wrong. But with the Smalls sitting zombie-eyed in front of something, I am able to unload the dishwasher, tidy up, organise breakfast…do all the stuff – without interference. Need to change that.

It was hard this morning. I’d been up in the wee hours trying to warm up the room for Small Z to stop her coughing and coughing. There was some despair from Small DB when I told her there would be no shows this morning, but I offered the option of doing some decoupage with a whole lot of magazines to cut up – and that brightened her spirits.

She is a kid that needs to do something when she awakens. She doesn’t like to eat first thing – has always been that way. I had an appointment at 8.30am – so I left her decoupaging with M. I got back an hour later – and they were gone. Small DB’s breakfast was untouched. I couldn’t find them…until M texted me some photos from the bottom of the garden…

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”397px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Where are the worms?[/dropshadowbox] [dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”397px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Worm hunting before breakfast[/dropshadowbox] [dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”397px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Just before she bit her finger[/dropshadowbox] [dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”397px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Feeding her chooky a worm[/dropshadowbox] [dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”397px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]DB and Worm.[/dropshadowbox]

Intentions

I have been getting to the close of each day with intentions to write…but getting the Smalls to bed seems to sap me of vital bodily powers. Honestly, if Small Z is in bed by 9pm it is a win. Small DB is waking at about 6.20am every day – just after sunrise, and I haven’t been scaling back her bed time accordingly. FAIL!

We have just come off five days of swimming lessons every morning. This has been the norm every school holidays this year so far – it seems far more beneficial for the Smalls to learn swimming intensively rather than a 30min lesson every week. The pool is half an hour away, but it is salt and the classes only have about three or four kids in each. The staff are good.

On Thursday we spent some time at The Briars, about five minutes from the pool – it is a huge estate that used to be MUCH huger. We didn’t see all of it, but we did go on a 2km walk, investigate the visitor’s centre and poke around in the garden of the Eco House. It’s worth a visit…

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”526px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]The Briars. The Smalls.[/dropshadowbox] [dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”398px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Small Z. Big tree.[/dropshadowbox] [dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”526px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]The Briars: Shire nursery[/dropshadowbox] [dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”398px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]The Briars - Eco House garden[/dropshadowbox]

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