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Celebrating Dr Seuss

Dr-Seuss

Yesterday was the birthday for Dr Seuss, he was born 110 years ago.  He’s books always remain popular and we love sharing them with our kids.  Every second day a Dr Seuss quote will end up in my Facebook news feed or on Pinterest and I love every single one of them.  The Huffington Post have a great article about the many lessons we can learn from his wonderful books.  You can check it out here; Here’s What Dr Seuss Can Teach Every Adult About Life.

Do you enjoy Dr Seuss books with your kids?

Natalie

Quote: Life Lessons

Many Aussie school kids are either starting school today, tomorrow or in the next week.  It can often be a time of many emotions, pride in our kids for who they are and what they can do, sadness for the fact that life flies by a little too fast, happiness and excitement for all they will achieve in the year.  I know I’m feeling all of those things as I’m thinking about our week ahead.  Miss 7 is back at school tomorrow and Master 5 begins Kindergarten on Friday, I’m a little sad that my days of having a child by my side at home are over until the weekends and holidays but I’m so excited to see all the learning and growing they will do.  Here’s a nice quote about teaching our children, sometimes we need to stop and learn the lessons too.

Life Lessons

Life Lessons

Sibling support

I have two brother’s, and as an adult I appreciate the protection they gave me when I was growing up.  Of course I also learnt to appreciate the humour that comes with body parts and their noises and the affection demonstrated by a great big hug or a smash tackle to the ground.  This has taught me how to be a mum to my precious boy, whilst I get frustrated with his continuous fast pace to life and the inability to do anything without referring to a bodily noise, part or fluid, I know that it is typical 5-year-old boy stuff.  Today I’ve picked a quote which is relevant in our house.  My son is a superhero to his sister by protecting her from hurtful events at school and by changing the tone from gloom to funny in an instant.

Sibling Support

Sibling Support

Have a wonderful day,

Natalie

The best days are ahead of us

I don’t know about you, but my life seems to have stepped up to full gear of late and I’m stuck in first.  It’s been frantic for weeks and some nights I fall in a heap and wonder, what on earth was that!  I have the odd day when I feel like I have it all together, but quite frankly, at the moment that person is Missing in Action!

For many Aussie families the school holidays start at the end of the day and I thought I would share a quote I found the other day as it gave me some hope for the next couple of weeks.  I hope that by the end of the holidays the frantic pace will be down to a reasonable level, our attention will be back on what matters, we will have enjoyed some family time and made new memories together, and finally, that we will be set for the last term of 2013!

Best days

Best days

Have a wonderful weekend and start to your holidays,

Natalie

Our Father’s gift

As you can probably tell I love a good quote, it can focus your attention for a moment and make you smile or bring back memories. Growing up my father was always reciting sayings or quotes.  In fact to this day he still does, and  it has become a little joke among our family, which of course he shares in.  He has a saying for everything.  Perhaps he could have had a job in marketing and produced slogans for global brands, who knows. One year I made him a desk calendar, complete with one of his famous sayings at every turn of the page.  Whilst we laugh with him at his ability to bring a quote into every conversation, it is actually a lovely connection that we all share.

My father has always shown and displayed absolute pride and love for his family.  He has always believed in his children, that they could do anything they set out to achieve and this belief has never changed.  We always knew we were, and indeed still are loved no matter what. Perhaps except for when the boys damaged a part of the house, which of course I never had anything to do with, but I digress.  Today I’m sharing a quote for my Dad. It recognises a special gift that he has given to all 3 of his children and whilst we give our gifts to our fathers this weekend remember that sometimes the best gifts can not be unwrapped, but have to be shared, felt or said.

A Father's Gift

Our Father’s Gift

So to my Dad, thanks for always believing in me and of course “if at first I don’t succeed, I will try and try again”!

Have a great weekend and Father’s Day everyone.

Natalie

Being a Dad

As you know in our house we are gearing up to Father’s Day and I’m happy to report Miss 7 is thrilled with her purchases, and we have had some time to get Daddy’s homemade present together, so were getting on top of it.  I have been reminiscing about when hubby and I became parents, it was indeed a very special time in our lives.  A moment of pure love and I must admit, pride, in being able to make and raise a new person in our family.  As a wife I was absolutely amazed that I was able to fall in love with my husband in a different way, to see him as a father just made me melt, and it still does.  I have loved nothing more than observing my husband, friends and family become parents, you see this transition is far beyond the one you make from a teenager to an adult, it brings with it a sense of pride, honour, love, hope and protection.  I know that other mums have shared in this moment as well.  When they fall in love with their partner all over again and I’m sure you have too.

As an adult I have also enjoyed watching my brothers become fathers.  I have watched them grow as a brother to a husband to a father and it’s exciting to seeing your brother grow into a father.  It brings with it elements of both families coming together with of course the couple’s own elements.  I can say that after 10 years of seeing my brother as a father I still find it just as wonderful, just as eye opening and equally a moment of pure joy and pride.  I know it’s father’s day this weekend and it is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all fathers, be they your father, uncle, brothers, grandfather or other adult male role models in your life,  So let’s start the celebrations with a positive celebration about the importance of these wonderful men in our lives, here’s a lovely quote to get us started in the celebrations for father’s day:

Father's everywhere

Father’s everywhere

 

Hope you enjoyed it,

Natalie

 

Father’s Day gifts

The excitement is building in our house at the moment as we absolutely love celebrations and well, any excuse will do.  The cherubs are counting down with much excitement to Father’s Day.  Everyday Master 5 is asking if it is Father’s day yet and Miss 7 is bursting with excitement at what to purchase for Daddy at the father’s day stall.  I have to admit this event has snuck up on me as I have lost last week to a lovely long staying virus that won’t seem to evacuate these premises!  Needless to say I still have to hit the shops and buy all of the gifts for Daddy, Pa and Dah.  I have started to get the kids to help make a gift for Daddy and they are very excited about it, but shhhh don’t tell Daddy, it’s a surprise.

All the excitement from the kids about Father’s Day has got me reminiscing on Father’s Day when I was young.  I still remember the absolute delight at attending the Father’s Day stall at my primary school, and the hard task of keeping it a secret for what seemed like years.  I also remember blanket stitching a felt whale shaped pocket comb holder which I was so proud of.  It is a wonderfully exciting time for many but I wonder how many dad’s might need to see this great quote from Bill Cosby before Sunday?

Father's day gifts

Father’s day gifts

I hope the Father’s Day preparations are going well in your house,

Natalie

For the love of books

Growing up I was never a fan of reading, I never had the same love of books and reading that my eldest brother and mother did, and I always felt like I was missing out on something rather special.  These days I can see that my daughter has that gift, the ability to absolutely lose hours engrossed in a book, and I am grateful for that.  I love nothing more than being read to by Miss 7, I am fascinated in her ability to read text, pick up on subtle humour and understand the qualities of text and their meaning.  I know I am not the only one alone in thinking this, as I’m sure every parent has the same thought; how can this child of a mere 7 years be able to do such tasks, it’s one of life’s finest pleasures for every parent.

Since the day Miss 7 was born we have always read books every night, we have always shown her and her brother that reading is a wonderful ability which opens the world of imagination, endless possibilities and facts.  So today for the conclusion of Book Week I would like to leave you with this quote from Emilie Buchwald;

For the love of books

For the love of books

I’m not sure if we have nurtured Miss 7’s natural love of books or if indeed she was lucky to have this desire inherently, either way we are thankful.

Have a wonderful Friday and take some time out with a good book and your kids and loose yourself in the wonderful world of reading.

Natalie

Book Week 2013

Today school children all over Australia will start celebrations for Book Week which runs from 17-23 August.  Each year The Children’s Book Council of Australia have awards for Australian authors and illustrators and publish the winners and honours from each category.  You can find the list on the CBCA website.  A great way to introduce some new books with your children is to work through the lists based on your child’s reading level.  Many schools and public libraries will be celebrating this week and in our house Miss 7 is working out which character she will dress up as on Wednesday, for us it is a little dependent on the weather so we need a couple of options.

Here’s a fun quote from Dr Seuss about reading, it’s one of my favourites;

Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss

Have a wonderful start to Book Week,

Natalie

National Science Week Quote

It’s National Science Week so it’s a great time to question how we will continue to engage students in science, whether they are young or old.  There’s no doubt that we have benefited from many great scientific minds through the centuries and we need to ensure critical thinkers and people who continue to question are part of our world.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Have fun in National Science Week.

Natalie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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