Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Gingerbread house

Kerryn came to Christchurch just before Xmas and the boys and I caught up with her on Tuesday. She had a great activity planned. The making of a gingerbread house. Lots of lollies, royal icing and laughter later (and a couple of house collapses) it was all up. The house survived the two big earthquakes on the 23rd so I declared it well engineered!!

School holidays - mosaic tiles

Sorting all the pieces into colours

Starting to pick up all the fragments

Still smashing it
Well last Monday the holidays started. Jorja and Spencer came for the day. A busy day we had too. One of things we did was to make mosaic tiles in the garden. But first all the broken crockery had to be smashed into smaller pieces. I think the kids had more fun smashing the crockery than doing the tiles. It was a great outside time.

The craft project I have not been able to blog about

Now that the Christmas presents have all been opened I can reveal what I have been busy at lately. This is the piecing of a quilt I was making for my Mother-in-law. We all drew just one name out of a hat and I got her. I finished it on the 22nd Dec, which is just as well as everything stopped again on the 23rd with more significant earthquakes happening.

The material was picked to go with their lounge suite and the colours in their new house. But was all by memory. My Mother-in-law called later today to say that it was on her couch and a great match. Can't wait to see it. I will also get a photo of it all quilted and finished to put on here.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A School Day at Orana Park

The keeper gave all the kids a few pellets to feed the Llama

plotting and planning what they want to see

We saw Lions

and tigers

Yes it was end of term and the school trips all started happening. I took six year 3and4 children in my car (along with a convoy of other parents) to Orana Park for the day. We saw Lions, Tigers, native birds, fed Llama's, fed Giraffes, watched someone in with Cheetah's (actually stroking them like a domestic cat!!). A very excited but tired bunch of kids came home.

Jakob's term 4 award

The genius
Congratulations to Jakob who recieved one of only two awards for his class. He was awarded a certificate for excellence in Reading Comprehension and Maths. Woo hoo.. I clapped and cheered my little heart out. ( I do think I could have been the noisiest parent there).
A bit blurry but there are the syndicate award winners

What do normal people do on a Saturday night?

I think of myself as highly normally usually but tonight I am not so sure. I have spent the last 1.5 hours making jam. Yes it is now 10.25pm and I have just finished and bottled up the second batch of jam for the night. Even I think that is a bit strange!! But the fruit wont stay fresh through willpower. So there are 3 jars of Strawberry jam and 8 jars of Blackcurrant jam all made. Yummy yum yum.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Kids Crafty in Dunedin

Ruth by the worst ever public sculpture

Alice and Eli working hard at their craft

My wool pincushion
Two weekends ago we went to Dunedin for a long weekend. Alice had learnt how to do crochet peggy squares so I was asked to bring all my remnant wool for her. Ruth got me inspired to do a wool pincushion. Using scraps from old jackets, some thread and collected buttons. Eli decided he should start stitching so he diligently started embroidering in a straight line on wool. He worked very hard at it. Ruth and I went to the worst craft show I have ever been too. Made us laugh. On the way home walking around the harbour we came to the worst ever Public sculpture. I said "it looks like teeth". Apparently it was meant to look like rotting teeth - the artist was inspired by teeth decay!!! Goodness me

A gorgeous break in Rarotonga

Woo hoo, A holiday with no kids for 11 days. Bliss, relaxing and warm! BTW it was an early 20th wedding anniversary present to ourselves....