Thursday, October 27, 2011

School Sharing Morning 2011

Rosie's school recently held their annual sharing morning for the junior students.
It is an opportunity for parents to come in and see their child's work and have a look at the displays around the classroom.
As a teacher myself, I know the work that goes into preparing for a morning like this so I really appreciated the opportunity to visit Rosie's room.
Each of the children had a set routine of items they wanted to share with their parents and they had prepared short little "speeches" on each of these.
Rosie loved showing me her reading and writing books and was especially proud of her poems and art.
She even showed me the height chart for the class and to our surprise, she wasn't the shortest! For the longest time she has always been the smallest in the class. :)
Although it isn't always easy to make it to events like these, especially for working parents, it is so worth it when you see your child's face light up when you appear at the door and I am so glad I got to go this year. :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Project Life Tuesday: Special Notes

Project Life Tuesday for today is something close to my heart..special notes.
Rosie and Harry both love to write little notes to me (well, Harry can't write yet, he draws!) and I often find them in all sorts of places. On this day I came home after a long day at work and I could see that the kids were fussing around something on the table. When I went to investigate, this is what I found!
They had picked me some "flowers" from the garden and wrote me this little note. After a rough day of all day morning sickness, fatigue and work, this was just the thing to perk me up. I love being a mum!
Challenge for Project Lifers: Take a snapshot of a special note from someone you love. :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Smurfs Premiere: Part Two

Rosie has always loved dressing up, so this Smurfs experience was right up her alley!
They all had costumes tailor made to fit and had helpers there to do their hair and make up.
While waiting in the 'green room' for their performance, Rosie started to get very nervous but with a few encouraging words she was excited to get out there.
We all went and waited in the theatre for the opening festivities to start and then the Smurfs were introduced as special guests.
I was so proud of all the Smurfs and they did a great job!
As a reward for their hard work we were given free tickets to the show and some special treats so Rosie and I sat with the other Smurfs and their parents in the reserved section and enjoyed the movie together.
Was it a good movie? Let's just say that it was 90 minutes that I will never get back but Rosie loved it and that made it all worthwhile. I am so grateful that she had the opportunity to participate in something like this and I know it is an experience she will treasure for a long time. :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Smurfs Premiere: Part One

A couple of weeks ago Rosie had the opportunity to perform at the Smurfs NZ Premiere at Sylvia Park.
Arriving at the theatre on the morning of the premiere
Her dance class were invited to present a Smurf dance and they worked for several weeks to try and get themselves ready for the big day.
Trying the hat and shoes for size in the foyer
This involved practises twice a week and individual work at home to try and get it looking as sharp as possible.
Quick rehearsal in the empty theatre
Rosie's dance teacher uploaded their routine onto a private You Tube account and she was able to work on this at home in her own time.
Getting her hair slicked back and ready for the hat
We encouraged her to practise at least twice a day and gave her as much feedback as we could, to help her improve.
Leotard on and waiting for make up
Rosie is, by nature, a very shy girl and her dancing has really helped her to come out of her shell.
Smurf transformation begins
She absolutely loves to dance and it has been one of her favourite things to do since she was very small. She even started to dance to the background music in a department store today!
Blue face paint fun
Tomorrow I will share the rest of the Smurf pics. :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Project Life Tuesday: Glowstick Fun

My Project Life snapshot today is this little glowstick. Who knew such a small thing could bring so much amusement to little Harry! He got this from one of the radio stations down at the Rugby World Cup opening at the waterfront and it was certainly the toy of the moment...until it ran out of "glow", of course!
Challenge for Project Lifers: Take a snapshot of a one hit wonder or fad that your children love. :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Reason I Have Been Quiet!

I know I have been missing from my blog for quite a few weeks now and it has even been a challenge for me to post my weekly Project Life updates. I went from posting several times a week, to posting once a week. I am also behind on my Project Life album by a mammoth seven weeks! This past weekend I got all my photos printed and sorted into my album, now I just need to catch up on my journaling, something I plan to do in the next few days.
There is a good reason I have been quiet though...we are blessed to be expecting baby number 3 in April! I had very easy pregnancies with Rosie and Harry, so the arrival of morning sickness was a very rude shock for me. For the past few weeks I have been sick for most of the day and night and I was beginning to wonder if I would ever feel myself again. The only thing that helped was snacking c.o.n.s.t.a.n.t.l.y! It was not fun for me and it certainly gave me a new appreciation for other woman who suffer through this with every pregnancy. Luckily for me, the sickness started to subside from around 11 weeks and I am now slowly getting back to my normal self.
We have had a couple of scans now and the minute your little one appears on the screen is one of those moments that never ceases to be amazing and special. I feel just as excited and worried (an unfortunate personality trait of mine) with number three, as I did with number one! We feel so incredibly blessed and want to enjoy every moment of the coming months. :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Project Life Tuesday: Trophy

Project Life Tuesday today is a trophy!
Little Harry was the lucky recipient of the sports trophy at his preschool recently and he was super proud to bring this home for the week. He placed it by his bed and looked at it every day before we had to return it. Of course, I had to snap a photo of it before giving it back and I am sure this will continue to be a special memory for him as he looks back on these photos in years to come...
Challenge for Project Lifers: Take a photo of a special award that one of your family has received lately. :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Super Easy Chocolate Balls

I have a super fast and easy recipe for you today. :) These chocolate balls take only minutes to make and use regular store cupboard ingredients. They are perfect for when you need a fast chocolate dessert to take to a friend's house or to enjoy as a treat with your family.
Easy Chocolate Balls
1 packet of plain sweet biscuits such as milk arrowroot, round wine, etc
1 can of condensed milk
2 tablespoons cocoa
Small bowl of coconut
  1. Crush the biscuits in small batches using a food processor or placing them in a plastic bag and using a rolling pin to crush them into very small pieces. Place crumbs into a bowl.
  2. Add the cocoa and condensed milk to the crumb mixture and mix thoroughly.
  3. Shape into small balls and roll in coconut.
  4. Leave to set in the fridge for 30 minutes and then they are ready to eat!
Enjoy. :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Project Life Tuesday: Favourite Snacks

Mmm, do you have a favourite snack at the moment? I love a good banana sandwich and the banana must be mashed with a fork, not sliced. It also must be on white bread. :)
Challenge for Project Lifers: Before you sink your teeth into your favourite snack, take a quick picture for your album. :)