Posts Tagged ‘Christmas trees’

Second Week of Advent 2011 – Saturday

December 10, 2011

Possum is 5 years 7 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 5 months

Little Princess is 11 months

Allsorts of good things amongst the chaos today, and isn’t that just what real life is all about?

The kids went with Daddy to the Hardware Shop today.  When they got there they discovered a craft workshop and they came home with these:

Aren’t they great?

Here is how you would make them, if you would like to give it a whirl.

You need a polystyrene cone for the tree.  It is covered in red or green contact. (Or painted.)

Wrap double-sided tape around the tree like tinsel.

Stick wrapped lollies onto the tape as decorations.  Add glitter or other embellishments if you would like.

Stick a toothpick into a polystyrene star.  Paint the star with glue and cover with glitter.  Stick the other end of the star into top of the tree.

Be sure to bring it home and proudly show it to Mummy.

I am linking this idea to:    image


Remember our lovely candy cane plants?  Well these have resulted in much munching of candy canes.  It also resulted in one almost complete one sitting on DH’s bedside table (NOT left there by DH, I might add.) 

This morning Little Princess had popped by for (yet another) feed from Mummy (I am so glad that I have finally mastered breastfeeding lying down!).  After her snack, she sat up and something caught her eye.  I figured that it was the trains, also on the bedside table (also not left there by DH).  No, that wasn’t it.  She had such a sparkle in her eye.  It was the candy cane!

Ah well, I thought.  An 11 month old won’t like peppermint so let her have a lick.

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Yup, it’s true.  This 11 month old didn’t like the candy cane – she LOVED it!  She ate the entire thing and enjoyed every last bit.

(Gosh, she is so cute at the moment.)


And as for the Countdown to Christmas box… well, this didn’t actually make it into the box, because I slipped it to the kids:

I had intended to set it up on a straight track on our front window sill, sitting the tracks on some wadding so that they looked like they were in the snow.  However, Bandicoot was setting up a train track this morning and just begging for anyone to play with him (to no avail) so I popped these trains on the tracks.

Fair to say, “Winner”.

Tonight we had planned to go Carols in the Park.  I just really wasn’t up to it.  I didn’t fancy trying to manage three kids on a picnic rug, on wet ground.  We usually have a lovely time when we are there, but I just couldn’t cope with the logistics of it.  It isn’t helped that the really local one (the one we can walk to) isn’t on this year, so we were going to have to go to the much bigger one in the next suburb.  (Actually the next-next suburb.)

Fortunately, we hadn’t told the kids about it.

Instead we had our planned dinner at home.  The marinated chicken drumsticks were such a hit with the kids that they have asked if I will please make them again.  (I marinated them in Coca Cola, garlic and ginger for about three days.)  Of course, DH and I are still not that keen on them – too fatty for us – but I bet I can work something for them again.


We also decided to do a family movie night.  This is something that I have heard of many families doing, but have never been able to convince mine to try.  Oh we had a lovely time!

I restocked the box while the kids were in the bath:

IMG_2145 Something for everyone!

We watched Red Boots for Christmas first.  We all enjoyed that one.  Possum kept saying, “That was a really nice show”.  (Here is a link to the “Red Boots” website.)

Little Shepherd was good, but it was a little too forced for my liking.  I guess that it had to be to fit all the story into the time frame and to make it accessible to the younger audience.  (I do, however, want to grow-up to be like Joel’s grandfather.)

At the end, we started to watch the Dora Christmas Carol (again), but the kids got too tired, so we cut our losses and plonked them into bed.


I wonder if DH and I will have time to curl up on the lounge and watch something over a cuppa (and perhaps a piece of stollen) now?



Pre Advent 2011 – Naked No More!!

November 21, 2011

Possum is 5 years 6 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 4 months

Little Princess is 10 months


A special thank-you to Possum for taking these photos

Christmas 2011 – Pre-Advent

November 21, 2011

My boys are beside themselves with excitement about Christmas. 

A week and a half ago we went to one of our local shopping centres.  The boys’ eyes nearly popped out of their heads when they saw all the Christmas decorations up.  Then they ran to the open central part that looks down on the Centre Court and OH MY GOODNESS, MUMMY!!!  SANTA IS HERE!!!

Since then it has been on for young and old.

I already don’t like making them wait until “after all the birthdays in the house” like we did as kids (both my sister and I have December birthdays) and as we are not practicing as Roman Catholics these days (we practice as Lutherans instead) we do not have the reverence for the dead during November.  Of course, Christmas is not Advent, but, well, when I live with Mr Humbug, it is nice to have someone excited about it all.

And so, when DH went away for the weekend, we had some fun.

Near us there is a Christmas Warehouse.  It is only open for a few months, but it was a great chance to go and have a look.  We all thought that was pretty special (although I was slightly disappointed).

We then stopped at a video shop (okay, DVD Rental) and hired, “Polar Express”.  When we started watching it I thought it would be too scary for my littles, and indeed they did “watch” a good deal of it from the next room.  However, as soon as it finished it was played again.  And again and again – certainly got our value for our three day hire.  Needless to say the postman will be delivering our own copy shortly.

Then we did a major declutter and clean of the casual lounge.  That was fun to try and keep motivated!

Finally, we got out the tree.  We could put up the tree, but Mummy was alas too short to reach the decorations in the cupboard (grumble, grumble, grumble) so we had to wait for Daddy to come home for that.

Our tree looks largely like it has been decorated by a 5yo and a 3yo – because it has!  I am not into the manicured tree look.  I like few ornaments, but those have to be special.  Maybe they are made by the kids, or by me, or given by a friend a long time ago, or have cultural significance or really just lovely.  I like it to be OUR tree.

We also had our Santa photos today.  DH really doesn’t understand it.  As kids, my brothers and sisters and I would dress in our best clothes and have our photo taken with Santa.  They are a record of us growing up.  Poor DH doesn’t believe in Santa (can you imagine???) and won’t even come with us.  Never mind, we have a nice tradition going for ourselves here.

I am trying to fit in an activity/movie/book etc every day between now and Christmas.  I have part of it planned and part to come.  I really want to get it all sorted out, but so far it hasn’t happened.  *eek*  the time is coming too fast!  After all, Advent really starts this weekend.

Christmas Trees!

December 1, 2010

Possum is 4 years and 7 months

Bandicoot is 2 years and 5 months

2nd December 2010

With the problems I am having with my pregnancy, homeschooling is quite hard to execute at the moment.  I am taking advantage of little bits of time, instead of solid blocks which actually is starting to work quite nicely.

Today we did "Cafe Activities".  My DH loves going to cafes, and has managed to train the rest of us similarly.  We had a routine where we would drive him to work on Thursday mornings, and stop at a cafe on the way for breakfast.  As he is now working from home on Thursdays, this isn’t working quite the way it was!

So today we took a morning tea break, and out of my bag I produced this activity.  I was surprised at how much the boys loved it!  Bandicoot was really challenged by threading the beads on the pipe cleaners, but he loved doing it.

Once we had finished that, I had another dig around in the mystery bag and found these activities:

I had made this one last year for Possum, but Bandicoot loved it.  He sat on Daddy’s lap and said all the names of the shapes as he searched on the tree for where to put them.  We were astounded.  Being a child who won’t sit still, he hasn’t really been taught very much, although he has been exposed to all we do.  The only shape name he didn’t know was "oval".

While Bandicoot was occupied with that, Possum had fun with this one:

"Oh Christmas Tree" from Musings of Me

I had a number of colouring in activities, following the current tree theme as well, but we didn’t need those this morning.  I am sure we will get to them soon!