Little fingers are always busy!! Ben is always on the go. (When he stops it normally means he is up to something or sick!) His world revolves around building with Lego which is great but sometimes it is nice to mix it up. I’m always after something that little fingers can build with. I have had this domino set in the cupboard since he was teeny tiny. It was time to blow off the dust and give it a go.
Dominoes are a little fancier than when I was a kid but still just as much fun!
What keeps little fingers or big fingers busy in your house?
It was a Lego fifth birthday party to remember!!! I didn’t know it was possible to have so much fun at a fifth birthday party. I had attempted to keep it simple this year………. me keep it simple…… who was I kidding!! Ben was surrounded by his family and friends.
He had the best day EVER!!
Thank you to everyone who helped make Ben’s day so magical. We are continually overwhelmed by how awesome our family and friends are xoxo.
I didn’t quite get a picture of everyone – thank you to all for sending me their photos and instagram pics xo
Our little one is not so little anymore. This week Ben turned five….. WOW! I can’t believe he is FIVE! I used to be able to scoop him up and hold him in my arms. But now he has these long skinny legs! Five years seems to have past in a blink of an eye.
He is always making me laugh (well…… either that or driving me crazy!). Here are a few bits that have melted my heart or made me giggle in the last few days:
1. “Muuuum, my teeth have turbo boost. I can eat my dinner super fast!”
2. “Is there gravity in Heaven?”
3. “How do you put your teeth back in” said Ben. “What do you mean……like false teeth?” said Mum. “No… when my teeth fall out. How do I get the knew ones put in?” said Ben.
4. Ben and I were playing ‘I spy with my little eye’. Ben says “I spy with my little eye something that is beautiful”. I named a few items…. flowers, gardens. Ben yells “Nooooo my Mummy!!”. (His a charmer)
Today was Ben’s (2nd) first day of Kindy. Andrew and I decided to keep Ben in Kindergarten another year. We had the choice to move on to Prep but it just didn’t feel right. I think it is the teacher in me that really wanted him to have another year. I want to see his confidence grow a little more before he enters formal schooling. This morning Ben showed me we had made the right decision. If only you knew how many times I walked out of Kindy last year with tears in my eyes watching my little man upset or struggle. But not today…… he stood tall, proud and confident.
He was asking children their names – Last year he was clinging on to me not saying a word.
He engaged in an activity without any encouragement – Last year he showed little interest.
He told me I could go home – Last year he was crying and my heart was heavy.
I have walked out of Kindy this morning knowing my little man is happy and in the best hands. A great start to what will be a fabulous year!!
There has been a big lead up to Christmas. Christmas celebrations started for Ben in mid November at Kindy with preparations for the Christmas concert. There were Christmas carols, tree decorating, decoration making, present making and a Christmas concert. The concert was a big hit (refer to Christmas Kindy Concert).
Ben has helped me at home put up and decorate the tree, write Christmas cards (which aren’t in the post yet!!), make special Christmas treats, and wrap presents. He insists on putting Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer on repeat. This has driven me a little mad!! Maybe he has inherited my love of Christmas carols….. YAY!
We have also been to see the Christmas tree in the city, the Christmas windows at Myer, some Christmas house lights and made a visit to Santa. In the last few days we have introduced a very special Christmas surprise. Yesterday Jack the Pixie Elf arrived from the North Pole (well from Amazon.com). Jack (Ben named him Jack) the Pixie Elf’s job is to watch Ben and report back to Santa. Every night Jack magically flies to Santa to give him this important information. So each morning Ben needs to find Jack. It’s all very cute and a lot of fun. Ben keeps asking me “Mum is Jack really real?”
Tonight Ben prepared a snack and a drink for Santa and his reindeer. I also had a super special surprise for him. We had a message from Santa on the apple TV – Oh My Gosh Ben was intrigued.
Ben is so excited about being on the ‘Nice List’.
Ben is now tucked up in bed. Santa has made his deliveries and the last minute preparations are being made for a relaxing, enjoyable and memorable Christmas day.
I feel incredibly lucky to be able to share these amazing experiences with Ben – love you little guy xo.
Ben’s very first drawn melamine plate. Trudy’s daughters Kindy was collecting orders for their fundraiser and I couldn’t resist. Ben drew the pictures in September when his Star Wars interest was still at it’s peak. What am I saying……. he still loves Star Wars. He has drawn Jango Fett, General Grievous and Princess Leia. Our pictures were on paper and now….voila……. they are on a plate! I’m not sure Ben is as excited about it as I am?!