Today was-deep breath-our last day at school.Ta Da we did it.Seven weeks of summer holidays will dull the inevitable nerves until we put on a new uniform and walk in a different gate.Til then.
Today was also a little excursion for kindy(Olivers class) and some parents tagged along.'Where The WIld Things Are' was the entertainment and it was absolutely fantastic.Go and see it!!!!!!!!!
I sat there amongst a bunch of six year olds and we laughed and squealed and yelped and cried.The tears were sad and happy tears. Jonze has done a wonderful job and after hearing about all the hiccups they had ,from friends working on it, it was great to see it up there wild and wonderful on the big screen.
Its moments like this that make me wonder why I stayed home to raise our babies when I could have been playing larger than life dressups with adults who never lost the excitement and limitless possibilities of a childs imagination.
I don't wonder for more than a moment its ok,but I really hope I am encouraging my children to hold on tight to the magic inside their head that lets us create such a world.
A very happy arrival today from this lovely lady saw some afterschool crafting happen.
I tied a couple of branches together and we made some paper decorations inspired by Rie Elise Larsson's paper craft projects.
I made scrap angels with the children in craft club the last week and had intended to make some with the boys.They are perfect on our christmas mobile with todays craft.I had been saving a little scrap bag of linen,tulle and leftover lace for just this
Henrys angel.My favourite out of the three.
There are some rather large decorations now hanging in the loungeroom too.It seems that once you begin stapling and beading it is a little hard to stop....
The Christmas crafting that is.Inspired by an old issue of Marie Claire Idees,Oliver and I bought wool in gelato colours today and then I showed the boys how to make pompoms.Anticipating my getting very fast at the wrapping,snipping,tying part,we should have a very pretty garland to show soon.
The other thing that got underway was the making of teensy sparkly snowmen to top nice new sharp pencils.Gorgeous little gifts for classmates.Oliver saw the felt candy cane mice so I think some of those will be on the agenda in the next couple of days too.Thank heavens for old issues of Martha Kids and Holiday special issues.I knew there was foresight and reason behind my magazine addictions.....
Now if Spotlight would kindly stock the range of Marthas christmas craft products all would be right with the world ; )
I looked at the calender.Not a great thing to do when you have not completed your christmas shopping,locked in the decision of where we will actually be on christmas day,written the cards or even taken the photo of the boys to then make the cards to send out spreading joy.Hmmmm.Whoops.Not to mention braved the post office and sent all those things that I have not organised yet on their merry way across the seas.
The only thing I really want to do is decorate.We dont put the tree up until the day after Henrys birthday in just over a week,but I do fill dishes with baubles,drape lights around the place and place little festive scenes on some surfaces.For some reason I have always felt that if we decorate for christmas before the 13th then we are not really focussing on Henrys birthday.I must be waning because I have been begging him all afternoon to "pleeeease let mummy put the tree up this weekend........".I must say that he is wholeheartedly convinced of my reasoning behind the decorating date so he's not budging.
The spotty garland was a five minute cutting /threading session with some left over scrapbooking paper.Cut your discs in various sizes then,using a needle and thread ,simply stitch through the top of each circle and space them along the thread until you have the right length.Attach with some blu-tak and ta da.It goes with the deer : )
Putting needle and thread to good use again I strung up my teeny silver mercury baubles.They catch the light soooo nicely up there(its only a paper shade from Ikea so I felt no remorse sticking a needle through it!)
Remind me next year not to have anything to do with the school concert.It has turned my routine upside down. I haven't quite flipped myself the right way around yet and December waits for no-one.
One of the joys of Christmas I find,is the absolute delight in all things bright and beautiful.Candles lit late afternoon to spread a little warmth and glow.Fairylights strung up and draped over many a surface for the purpose of making twinkling starlight in your own home.Sparkling light is an enduring image of Christmas.It lends magic wherever it finds its home.
Last year,one of the primary causes for our giddy childlike "aaaaahh" moments were quite simply-fairylights.Down laneways,strung along mainstreets,in loungeroom windows-they were everywhere and we oohhed and aaahhd accordingly.You see,its not such a magical thing here.The sun is awake far too long so by the time you can enjoy the candles and the lights the children are asleep and you are not far off yourself.The streets are not dressed with the same level of sparkle and romance and many are not dressed for christmas at all.It is this time of year we wish we were living in a cold white wonderland with limited daylight.I know Sydney New Years Eve fireworks are possibly the best in the world.I know our beaches are incredibly beautiful and we have an amazing country.I know this ,yet I never really feel like its christmas here.Its too hot and too bright and champagne and lobster while sweating in a paper hat is not a pretty festive sight I assure you.For me christmas must be white, cold and dark with sparkles.
I love the simplicity of this light display.It conveys cozyness and joy.And cold.Oh to require the wearing of uggboots as practical footwear.We were asked by a storeowner in Wimbledon last year if Australians wore uggboots out and about like the British.Nope.Aussies wear them as slippers.Wouldn't be caught dead walking the street in a pair.Apart from anything else, it is never ever cold enough so the ladies I saw wearing them last 'winter' were just slaving to the trend.I bet their feet were sweating....
The Christmas banner is officially up.The pattern from the reindeer family I bought back in August from here.I had intended to make them with the children but they are quite fiddly so in the end I made them.Oliver is a little disappointed that none have a red nose so I think I'll have to fix that for him.
I wanted to show you some of the costumes but its a little tricky as I dont feel comfortable putting photos of other peoples children on here.You get the idea though although the photos dont really do them justice and I didnt get shots of the layers.This group of children start out as the tornado then become the yellow brick road and finally are milling about the stage as residents of The Emerald City.
Not good photos I'm sorry but I'll try and get some others and of course with the layering.The concert is on tomorrow and the children are all beside themselves with excitement!!