Family fun: top shot.
Memories are made of this.
An opportunity for our girly to spend the whole week with her granny at the Montessori nursery she works at. No surprise that she loved every single second of it. I have always been interested in Montessori, and increasingly Reggio Emilia principles as well. So at home, our day, and the way we play and use our home environment is all very heavily influenced by these philosophies. Being able to go to a truly fantastic Montessori nursery this week was such a treat for our girly. By day two she was already clamouring to go to ‘my classroom!’.
Laugh out loud.
When there is only one Christmas day, and there are two sets of family wanting to spend Christmas with the children, the only thing to do is have an early ‘faux Christmas’ with one lot of family. That way, everyone gets some of the fun! 20th December was that day with my family. And it was such a treat to witness the joy it gave our two and a half year old girly. It was her first real experience of the madness of Christmas. And she had us all laughing as she got into the swing of gift giving and receiving. Well, actually she would pick up the presents from under the tree and get half way to passing the gift to the intended recipient, before getting carried away and ripping off the wrapping herself. Nobody seemed to much mind. Not least because the present itself was of no interest and was quickly handed over; it was mostly the excitement of unwrapping that was getting to her!
‘Recapture the childlike feelings of wide-eyed excitement, spontaneous appreciation, cutting loose, and being full of awe and wonder at this magnificent universe.’
Music makes me happy.
When Santa got stuck up the chimney. This one has cropped up before, but this week I got to see our girly up on stage at her nursery school for the week, dressed up as one of Santa’s elves, and singing her little heart out. She was doing all the actions and just over-flowing with pure joy to be singing and being part of something so fun. Definitely a ‘proud-mummy-crying-at-the-back-of-the-hall’ type moment!
There were so many good times this week, it is hard to choose. Going to the park and swinging and sliding, swinging and sliding, swinging and sliding until all of us were cold and in need of some sustenance and the chance to warm up indoors. Or our girly, rapt, watching a pantomime production of Jack and the Beanstalk with her daddy, Aunty Gill and granny. Or her huge excitement at being surrounded by very confident ducks, swans and geese, looking for a free feed, down by the river. Another week full to bursting with great days of family fun.