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Sunday, 8 December 2013

The most magical time of the year...



Can somebody please hit the pause button?  My little baby is growing at a rapid pace.  She can sit on her own for ages.  She has two teeth, waves goodbye and holds out her arms when she wants me to take her.  Those arms held out to me melt my heart every time.  And she's just realised that kicking a ball is loads of fun.

I'm running out of time and energy to tick off all the things on my to do list between now and the beginning of the new year.  I am looking forward to a blissful 3 week holiday but between now and then I have a house to sort out (will this ever end???),  workshop some outfits for my immanent return to work, I have gifts to finalise, holiday packing to do, Christmas cards to mail out, a Christmas menu to plan and most importantly a child's room to completely redo.  I never did a proper nursery so I'm compensating and doing what I hope will be a magical "big girl" room - complete with a reading/play corner and a big world map.  Although we lack space in our home, we chose to live in this part of town for the lifestyle and the things that are easily accessible to us outside of the house - parks, cafes, beaches and good schools.  I grew up in a very small apartment and my favourite memories were cuddles in my bed (which was in fact a fold out sofa in the lounge room) reading books and watching animal kingdom documentaries with my parents.  There was no second TV.  I hope my new little family can foster the same closeness and time spent together, rather than running away from each other.  Granted we all need our own space but I hope that the bedroom offers plenty of privacy and quiet time.  Ariana is growing to be a very intelligent, bright and placid child who already loves books and puzzles and quiet play so I have been very aware of creating an interesting and varied environment for her to help foster her interests, regularly updating toys and age appropriate activities for her and creating a stimulating environment.


I'm putting up some Ikea picture ledges at a kid friendly height and loading them up with books and some interesting toys.


I have a Mocka kids bean bag making it's way to us. 


How incredible are these heart shaped wooden hooks???  Perfect to have by the door for hanging library bags, backpacks and coats.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!


We're both loving Bajo wooden toys with Melissa & Doug running a close second.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week... wish me a productive one, please xx







8 comments:

  1. I like those book shelves that go on the wall, Ikea have a few things at the moment I want for the kids rooms.

    Ariana is so gorgeous.

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    1. Love Ikea!!!

      Thank you, I think so too but I am biased :P

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  2. Just a little comment to say I'm loving your blog. I've been a reader for years but I feel like it's gotten so much more personal since Ariana has come along. Thank you for a lovely little insight to your family and life together (referring to the last few posts). It's definitely not helping my cluckiness levels though haha

    Ash

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    1. Thanks Ash, that's so nice of you xx

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  3. JUST bought one of those beanbags (blue and white stripe) so excited to get it!!!

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  4. I love world maps and think they are a great addition to a little ones bedroom. When I eventually have kids, I'll probably live in an apartment too for the same reasons, so thank you for your perspective as I often wondered how people make it work in smaller spaces.

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    1. It's all about living minimalist and CONSTANTLY decluttering. Especially the baby related stuff as they grow out of things and move on from toys SO fast

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