Sunday, 19 October 2014

Spring. Flower arranging

Three little children under five years old has made for a very busy life for my husband and me, which we love and cherish. What it has meant on a practical side is that jobs for inside and outside the home need to be prioritised accordingly. It's not possible to do everything; that can be difficult. For the perfectionist in me, it's been a big learning curve and in turn a big 'learning to accept' curve as well.

Both our front yard and back yard have been housing many, many, many dandelions, and whilst I think they look very pretty, cheery and bright to look at en masse, and the children love picking them to give, my husband thinks otherwise. They had become quite thick, and with all the rain in the last week it has been great for them...but not for our lawn. Today was their last day. A visiting brother kindly brought his lawn mower to help save our lawn and I must admit it has made a huge difference.

Pretty, cheery and bright… 

Collecting the flowers

While my husband was outside mowing, edging and blowing, our daughter was inside having a quiet activity with flower arranging. What I find most interesting is the thought that goes into the flowers chosen, how they are arranged and then how they are distributed around the home. There is careful consideration as to which vase us for who, and where it is positioned. I love being a witness to her generosity and thoughtfulness, which comes so naturally to her. (She told my husband spontaneously this afternoon "when you are sick, I will come and help you.")

Flowers for arranging

Here's where they were placed around the home today… 

For little brother atop a corner of his cot

Her chest of drawers

For my bedside table

For dad's bedside table
For the lounge room window on the left

And the other lounge room window

Friday, 17 October 2014

Following the child. Car transmissions.

Just like any other boy our son has a huge interest in any thing that moves. Vehicles of all shapes, sizes and purposes. I was told by my mum years ago that "we learn through our children" and what a lot I've learnt in the short time he's been with us!

On the topic of vehicles, we've learnt about different makes and models of low loaders, flat bed trucks, dump trucks, container trucks, road trains, excavators, graders (a favourite), road rollers, front end loaders, combine harvesters, skid steer loaders, back-hoe diggers (another favourite) the list goes on (and on and on). In the model car range our favourites come from the Siku range simply because they are true to form/scale and have movable parts which are built to last which is major plus for a hands on boy who likes to put things to work and test their strength. Another feature is that the tyres can be taken on and off. This is great practice for fine tuning those fine motor skill and pincer grips but not so good if the tyre mechanic doesn't return them to the vehicle! Alas, they still move just not as smoothly…

Last month, he chose a page from his favourite car book that his YeYe* had generously given to him, while I tucked his younger sister into bed. He chose the transmission page. So we read, in detail, all about the automatic and manual transmissions. Following the reading our discussion lead to what they look like in a car. It happened quite coincidently that I caught up with a long-time girlfriend who just so happens to have a Jeep. Before the end of our long overdue catchup I took a few snaps of the subject transmission. My son was delighted with the information and photos. As I was in the automatic Golf at the time, we could easily spot the differences and compare.

Children just absorb it all and from what I can tell, it comes out in their creative outlet. For our son, there's no doubt about it, his outlet is Lego. Today after school he came home, enjoyed a quick scoot around the front yard with his sister and straight inside to his lego rug, later emerging with his police vehicle. Just before bedtime it was modified it to include a manual transmission.

*YeYe - Mandarin for paternal grandfather
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