We chatted as we watched our nine combined children enjoy some nature play as they built teepees with sticks, roamed around the cedar forest and made new friendships with each other. How good and nourishing it is to see children simply free to play in nature!
The school holidays fill up so quickly and can get so busy, I try to slice out a few days for the kids to just chill and potter around at home.
I woke up with ideas of how we might spend the day, but the kids had their own (even better) ones too! Lily decided she wanted to enter a drawing competition, so after some quick googling I found a cute competition to illustrate a children's storybook. All three kids decided to spend a solid hour drawing.... including Eli taping 11 pages of illustrations together!! It was more than a little delightful. They also made firm plans on how to spend the prize money... though after they were done they totally ceased to remember that it was a competition, haha.
Later, I pulled out the canvases the kids got for Christmas and we did a little 'Resistance Art' using their initials, acrylic paint and some magical Washi tape of course.
It was a lovely little day, bringing back memories of those days that now seem so long ago, just me at home with my three.
When the neighbours invite you over for a swim on a scorching hot summer's day... hooray!
Side note: How fantastic is it since Rashies became a thing?! So much better, healthier and more effective than slathering in sunscreen! Sorry for the random comment but just looking at my little man, arms and torso completely protected from our brutal summer sun, just made me so happy. So good that they are now so common, affordable... and cute :) Thanks to whoever invented them!!
One of those little moments to savour each year... the purchase of the new school year's shoes. That glorious five minutes when they are not yet scuffed!!!
Of course, they couldn't actually manage to find matching school socks so clearly we are not that organised, haha!
But still... a fresh new school year is upon us and it feels good to start getting slowllllly into gear. Year One and Year Three this year.... not to mention a little one going off to Preschool! *weep*
P.S. Also hoping with this new mesh toe guard the shoes will stay unscuffed just a little longer this year!