Thursday, February 16, 2012

Evabella's first day of school

Evabella started school on the 1st of Febuary, bolted in the door and barely glanced back. She is so happy, so confident, so bursting with pride to share her reading homework, so settled in her class,  it is a astonishing, a delight to witness.Long may it last!

walk along Plassey st past our neighbour's chickens...

checking for eels at Plassey bridge

Papa met us there for the send off
tender well wishes from her Papa

Such a serious school girl! Where has our baby gone? It is like she has crossed a threshold. Bless her.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Evabella's 5th birthday

Oh my, our lovely girl is 5! It is such a joy to see her excitement and delight at having reached such a significant milestone. I am so grateful and heartened (if not relieved!) to see her lovely qualities coming to the fore and  her settling into herself in preparation for school.
We celebrated the day with a fairy tea party replete with scones, cream, and jam.

Evabella and Ethan on her birthday quilt, birthday morning

birthday chair
Prayer time, pancake breakfast
she has such effervesence!
Cranberry and Orange, and Wholemeal scones

treasure hunt picture clues

birthday fairies

bubble blowing

fairy castle pinata

boys gang

treasure hunting

tea time

and a chapter ends, it was lovely to have so many of her little Nest friends to celebrate with us, they have been an important part of her journey.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Alexander turns 7! Labour Weekend 2011

I see a real shift at seven, as if they are casting their boat off the shore a little, testing the waters of the world. One can just hope all ones love and guidance and effort invested is stored away securely like a squirrels stash of autumn nuts, to be drawn upon when needed. I realise more and more that our children are but borrowed that like Kahil Gibran  said, "(we) are the bows from which  your children as living arrows are sent forth." And that though they seem to need you less over time it is ever important that you are present and available and there when they do seek you out. That is one of my present humble goals as a parent - to give full attention when it is needed. I am guilty so often of just  'being busy" , to what end? I endeavour to have the wisdom to pause when called for,  to take the time to fill the love tanks when they are running low and fit in the "doing" when they are chugging along happily, or include them in it....
Happy birthday Alexander!
It was so lovely to have family to share it with this time, to have good fairy hands to help create a special party, and celebrate the milestone.
P.S. a jumble of photos some of mine, some taken by Stacey and some by Mum, forgive me I can't remember which is which. 
"Play is a child's work"

Stace and cousins
Love love love my new bunting, a combined effort by my good fairy aka Stace and I

I love my big bro

ever grateful for Mum's help in the kitchen
birthday feast - pronounced too healthy! Blame those hippie roots

gift opening, lots of hugging! long may it last amoung boys!

Thomas and Aston (boys of bestie Florence of

treasure hunt excitement

such laughs from the pinata pirate guarding the treasure
soccer with Dad's too, thanks Dale and Stace for the lovely goals

who knew that Irish dancing footwork would come in such handy?!

brother Dale and Campbell

a divine couple, soon to be married, see crafty prep at