It’s the end of two weeks of school holidays here in Australia and we’ve enjoyed moving at a slower pace. Gosh it was nice having a break from all the kinder drop offs and pick ups and all the kids’ extra curricular activities. These pics paint a picture of our down time and the perfect recipe for slow parenting: family, friends, pyjama days, less rushing and more enjoying!
Getting out all the paints and brushes is less effort when you’ve got nowhere to be and there’s plenty of time for the kids to create. I am loving watching their creativity develop and find it endlessly fascinating the way children express themselves.
Our art session was inspired by a trip to my sister’s art studio. Miss A, in particular, is a budding artist and can easily lose herself in a drawing or painting for hours.
In the kitchen
We also enjoyed a few baking sessions. I made creme patisserie for the first time as part of a warm up to creating a Croquenbouche. These delicious fruit tarts were a hit at Mr NASD’s birthday.
Miss A came up with the idea to create a cake inspired by Mr NASD’s footy team. I couldn’t quite manage a football shaped cake so we made this Black and Yelllow bunting in the tigers colour. Incredibly, the tigers actually won a game and Miss A was convinced it was due to our creation in the kitchen. A victory all round!
The girls enjoyed having a rabbit as our house guest for two weeks. And a visit to the Collingwood Children’s farm was a highlight of the holidays.
Another milestone reached
Not only did Miss A grow about two inches during the holidays (or that’s how it seemed) she achieved a major milestone – perfecting the Monkey Bars!
Great ideas Lucky Dip
So often during the hectic pace of life the girls ask to do something but it’s not possible to do during the week. I find myself repeating “That’s a great idea sweetie but…….”. There’s always a reason why we can’t do it today. So we came up with an idea to gather all these “great ideas” and create a Great Ideas Lucky Dip. Collectively the girls created the ideas and Miss A drew a picture to match the activity. So now, every Friday night we will randomly select one of the great ideas and it will be the chosen activity for the weekend. There’s simple things like having pancakes for lunch and baking some cookies, and outings like going to a restaurant for dinner and visiting the zoo. The girls were thrilled with this and now every time they come up with a great idea we will add it to the Great Ideas Lucky Dip.
Most of all we simply enjoyed a break from the harried pace of life. We had more time to draw, more time to read, more time to stay in our pyjamas and more time for make believe. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I am glad kinder and occasional care resumes this week 🙂
What do you like to do during the holidays? If you’ve just enjoyed the two-week break, hit me with your highlights!