Washing station

Clover wanted to wash her dinner plates tonight. So instead of the usual spot on the floor I set it up on the table and Clover wanted the mat (good thing she did because Iris likes to splash) and presto they had a washing station.

I wonder why

We sat outside, read a book on the bench as we waited for their grandparents to pick them up for the day.

This book is called I wonder why planes have wings, it’s part of the “I wonder why series” which are great and I can’t help but buy one whenever I find one at an op shop.

Dust dust

Iris has no fear cruising around on her cruzee. She’ll head off the path, turn as she pleases and talks about bumping into her ate who is learning how to ride her bike.

When Iris fell off her balance bike, she picked herself up, dusted her hands and was more bothered by the grass on her palms than stacking it. She didn’t look for help, she wasn’t phased (at the falling) and then she hopped back on her bike and rode off.

Holding hands

Walking hand in hand and side by side. Following each other and taking the lead.

I was thinking of something to post so I flicked through my photos for inspiration. I came across these and melted. Snapshots of candid moments into their. We were walking down the boardwalk in Newcastle on the 3rd of January before we headed home from our little holiday. It was a beautiful day and we strolled along following the kids as they explored what pleased them. While we too were holding hands.

Night light

Today we got two nightlights, one for each of their bedside tables.

Sweet dreams my loves.

Nature tray

Today we started a nature tray, inspired after a visit to the Wetland Treasures – School holiday program at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

The 90 minute session included a very engaging discovery table, meeting Tucker the turtle, a walk to spot birds, creatures, poo, turtle nests and discovering what certain plants were. Then we headed back inside for a fruit snack and a story.

Clover was very interested in the discovery table wanting to touch everything where as Iris was more hesitant and opted for the soft toy animals instead. They both loved the turtle and Iris asked the ranger “how do we get it out?” Later Ranger Mel did take it out as Clover and I patted the shell and Iris looked on.

Our walk consisted of a path slightly winding through the trees with a couple of small look outs. Clover happily joined in with the other children, paused and looked eagerly when we Ranger Mel had information to share. We stopped every now and again to inspect a seed, poo or a leaf, what it looked inside, how it felt (not the kangaroo poo which Clover said was green because of the grass) and their purpose. Iris likes to listen to the ranger whilst staying by my side until she wanted to karga.

As we headed back for morning tea the younger members of the group (Iris included) were done. She would pipe up every now and again, semi joining in before sitting down on the grass as the others looked at the turtles nest.

As we washed up and went back inside platters of grapes (which Iris has been wanting since yesterday), apples and bananas were getting ready to be eaten. Clover and Iris happily sat down and munched away. A story was read as the children listened and ate. The session ended and the room cleared out. Clover and Iris were the last the ones to leave, reading the books, checking the animals and looking through the discovery table again.

Sleeping with Koala

I’ve been on the hunt for a decent pillow as the ones I’ve had don’t quite make the cut. Tim’s been trying to convince me to get a pillow that will actually help me sleep and I just couldn’t bring myself to say yes. Until he suggested the Koala pillow.

So over our break he ordered us a pillow each and today Clover, Iris and I went to pick them up.

We’ve had our Koala bed base for almost a year and our mattress for a little less than that and they are the best. I’m so excited to try their pillow. I’m typing this on my phone as I sit up in bed and already feel so much more support than previously. Dreamland here I come!