we often ask ourselves what memories will our kids have of their childhood? what memories can we create? how can we create good memories that will last a lifetime and have eternal significance. ya know … the usual stuff.
this is our second year heading out to the Christmas tree farm to choose & cut down our own tree. i hope this doesn’t get old! this year we chose a smaller tree (5ft) because the kids are so little. we wanted them to be able to decorate the tree all by themselves and have the tree at eye level. i think it was a good decision … and man, our tree is really quite sweet.
we are loving the smell of Christmas in our house & we hope & pray this scent will be a happy memory for our kids and remind them of the true meaning of Christmas.
what traditions have your family established at this time of year?
want // my daughter is absolutely obsessed … i mean truly obsessed … with being a “bawaeena”. this obsession began a few weeks ago at my son’s scooter birthday party where she fell in love with an older girl, aimee, who was wearing a ballerina outfit. to this day, she wants to wear her “bawaeena” dress every. single. day. i only have one! so it gets a lot of washing this tutu “Estella” from tutu de monde satisfies her and me. it’s clearly what she wants to wear, and it’s not pink !! stunning.
need // she is also obsessed with baking. wonder where she got that from?? my family and mark’s family have a strong history of baking. my grandmother constance was a baker. my sister is a baker. my sister-in-law is a baker. these genes are embedded in our family (i missed out on those genes). so she needs her own little baking corner.
wear // sandals… the hardest thing to buy for a girl. why are there no good looking, good for feet sandals out there for girls?!? especially in this country of the endless summer !! but i like these from the Melbourne designer Walnut. their canvas shoes are also excellent.
read // this girl does not stop reading. ever. i love that. thanks aunty tam … she got that from you. we were recommended this book again, and it looks so very sweet & exactly what my girl needs to read.
in the lead up to Christmas i am going to share a few ideas for gifts for each other & the little ones. i’m new at this – so stay with me while i learn
in our house, we have a rule of thumb when it comes to gift giving – especially when it comes to the kids. for birthdays and Christmas we generally stick to: something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. we find this covers pretty much everything, and it means our gift giving does not get out of hand. the kids are so small & we want to set their expectations for the future, now. here’s to hoping it works!
want // our 4 yo boy is obsessed with the movie cars and his older cousin. It just so happens that big cousin C has a Finn McMissile that can “shoot”. I know, I know … this year it’s all about Planes … but not in this house!!
need // we’ve just moved the ‘big kids’ into the big kid room. the walls are bare and i’ve been searching around the web for some appropriate and awesome wall art. i love the robot art by Matt Q Spangler.
wear // do i need to say more? yellow is joey’s favourite colour, we’re coming into summer, we live at the beach.
read // iggy peck architect … highly recommended by pretty much all of our friends. it’s a definite!
doh! how can i, of all people, be talking play dough. yea. that’s right. play dough. you all know that i can’t bake.(i can cook, but in this season of life, it’s pretty much fish fingers & spag bol. exciting stuff.) but hey, despite my terrible track record i am going to share with you one of my greatest secrets in the whole wide world. the best play dough recipe that love can find.
it all started with a lovely lady, maureen, and a little playgroup up the hill. so unassuming. but dynamite. the first thing i noticed was the texture. then the smell. then the fact that one term the play doh was apple green, the next, hot pink … then blue … then purple. it got me thinking. who’s behind this extravaganza. enter maureen. lovely, wise, sensible, practical. her recipe is flawless. it took us about a year to pluck up the courage to ask for the prized recipe. we have not looked back. are you ready folks? here goes …
Maureen’s Flawless Play Dough
2 CUPS PLAIN FLOUR
4 TABLESPOONS CREAM OF TARTAR
2 TABLESPOONS COOKING OIL
1 CUP SALT (table salt)
2 CUPS BOILING WATER
MIX ALL DRY INGREDIENTS TOGETHER
ADD FOOD COLOURING
ADD BOILING WATER AND MIX WELL UNTIL MIXTURE COMES TOGETHER
TURN ONTO A BOARD AND KNEAD (as with bread dough)
May need a little more oil to get it right … and the next most important step …
ADD A FEW DROPS OF LAVENDER OIL TO HELP CALM MAMA.
So there you have it. Let all your rainy day dreams come true.
instead of being in front of the camera my eldest son (only just turned 4!) is absolutely loving being behind the camera taking shots of life as he sees it. i love this. he is an artist. he creates. he dreams. he captures. here are a few photos of our life seen through his eyes …
today, six years ago, we got married. it was a sunday, it was both rainy & sunny … a simply stunning day. this time last year we were in Hong Kong celebrating five years (hence the walk down memory lane above!). as i look back through our photos i am stumped as to how fast the years go by … I mean seriously?!?! It feels like yesterday we were saying our vows, and now we have three kids, a house, a car, new careers, new hair styles & glasses and we are making memories like crazy !! Mark’s comment to me last night … “if we keep this going for the next twenty-five years, we’re going have sixty kids” … not quite, my love! but close <3
i’m not going to lie. it has not all been peaches & cream. we have had our struggles like any (and every!) couple. we have had bouts of sleep deprivation, concern over our kids, stresses at work and study, and working through things in our relationship that can only be explained by the fact that we’re both sinners & need & know the love and grace of Jesus. but, i treasure our marriage, our union, our oneness. i am forever thankful that God hand picked this man to be my husband and kept him for me until the perfect time. i treasure the life that we are making, the foundation that we are building, and the path we are carving. i treasure our three little children. i treasure our past and our future.
today we give thanks and celebrate! we look for inspiration from those who have gone before us and we hope to be an example to those who come after us of love, covenant, devotion, romance.
here’s to the next sixty years and more together !