Birthday Surprises

It was Andrew’s birthday yesterday.  Happy Birthday!!! Ben made him something special for his desk at work.  It’s an oldie but a goodie.  He made (with a little help from me) a paddle pop stick pen holder.  I can remember making one when I was a kid!! I am sure we all made something like this…. didn’t we?   Ben drew a family portrait on it.  I just love that he is bigger than all of us and that I am  so skinny…… his a genius!!

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I just love it!!

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Gentle Encouragement #2

It is birthday central at our house.   It’s all about family get togethers,  birthday surprises,  cards, cake making and lots of cake eating – myself, my Mum, my Dad, Andrew’s Mum, Andrew’s Dad and Andrew all have birthdays within four weeks.  Andrew’s Mum and Dad have been touring Europe this year so they celebrated without us!! But my point in all this is that there are many opportunities for Ben to use his lovely new stationary supplies to make cards etc for family.

I think Ben out did himself once again drawing a portrait of Gamma on her birthday card (I know I have my Mummy Goggles on!). If you know my Mum it even looks a little like her!!  He wasn’t very keen to make another card I have to say.  But he did because he would pretty much do anything for his Gamma.  She would and does play Lego with him all day long!!


Next up Andrew’s birthday.  What will we do for Daddy?

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Gentle Encouragement

Ben loves Star Wars, Lego, Star Wars, Lego and more Star Wars and Lego!!  At Pre-Prep and at home Ben will choose to play on the fort over  anything some what crafty every time.   I took Ben shopping yesterday.  We went to the stationary department and I told him he could have whatever he wanted.  He looked at me puzzled and informed me that there is no Lego here!  I am trying to encourage Ben to experiment with pens and paper.  He did enjoy picking things out.

(Note:  It’s not like we don’t already have a ton of this at home.  I’m an early childhood teacher!!  I wanted Ben to have his own special things)


We put them to good use that afternoon by making Grandad a birthday card.  Ben was keen to help ………YAY my plan is working.



I’m so proud.    He even gave Grandad a moustache !

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Just Hurry Up Will YOU!!

The title of this post is a message to myself.  I can’t believe how I am dragging the chain with my whole sewing, shop, toy thing!!!   I have over thought it, over talked it and over researched it.   But have actually done very little to make it happen.  I’m not sure why…. well that’s not exactly right……. it’s a big change, it’s different and I’m a little nervous.  I am always telling myself I don’t have time today I will start tomorrow.   I have been saying that for six months!  In my former life  (pre-Ben) I advised teachers on Early Childhood Curriculum.  One  of teachers biggest hurdles is finding ‘time’ to get everything done.  Through my teaching career I was never great at juggling the paper work side of things.  I loved teaching but not folios, testing, marking, and so on.  I had to make myself schedule time to do this or I never did it.   I learnt very quickly  ‘IF YOU DON’T MAKE THE TIME, YOU NEVER HAVE THE TIME’.  This was something I always spoke to teachers about.   I was reminded of time management  –  I got a wake up call last week when I saw this.

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Oh how I procrastinate!!  So I thought I better get it all happening!!!  There will be no more ‘I will do that tomorrows!’  I saw the accountant yesterday.  I am heading out to buy material tomorrow, I have nearly made a decision on my business name and the sewing room is going to be ready by the weekend!!  Pheewww…….

Here is sneak peak of things to come:

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I can’t wait to share the final products with you xo

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Ben’s Favorite Things

Ben has been a busy little man the last few weeks.  I can’t believe he is four and three months.  He used to fit in my arms!!   Here are a few of his favorite things:


The Nintendo DS…… playing Star Wars Lego!! (I’m not loving this interest!)


The Flying Fox.  He loves it.  We can’t go outside at the moment without having a go.


Reading Eggs on the computer.  A fun children’s program introducing phonics.  Ben is very fond of the letter ‘B’.


Drawing Star Wars Lego men.


Lego, Lego and more Lego. Especially Lego with Light Sabers.


Numbers!!  Ben is all about counting and pointing out numerals.  He showed me this number 7 (the path) when I picked him up from Kindy last week.


And his very favorite thing is his Anakin Skywalker Pez Dispenser.  Oh how he loves it!!  I think he is pretty keen of the lollies that go in it too.

There is still a keen interest in Star Wars…… did you notice?   The ‘FORCE’ is still strong with this little padawan!!!

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