Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Post in Point Form (Can.Barely.String.Sentence.Together)

Point One
It’s all school holiday, fly-by-seat-of-pants, sibling fractiousness around here. So much so, that when we went to the beach on the weekend I saw this shell and contemplated for three entire minutes how (relatively) quiet is the life of a shell.



Then I snapped a pic or two of Esme the Dog and Her Flying Ears



And braved crispy, autumnal ‘wave’ jumping.



(not my legs).

Point Two
The kids and I have been planting seeds. We used Susie’s clever newspaper pot notion.



We planted seven different vegie seed types but these became horribly mixed up. I have a theory this represents a moment of cleverly kid co-ordinated, sleight-of-hand planning – aimed at avoiding future ingestion of parsnip.

I tracked down some icy pole stick things for seed identification. The three year old was exuberant with this part of seed identification.



In fact, all the kids were enthusiastic about the distribution of icy pole sticks but no one wanted to write anything identifying on them. (Refer previous theory involving parsnip).



The Middle did, most definitely, wish to plant peas. This was hard to refuse. It’s not quite the season for dwarf peas but given the kid has had to wait since July 19th last year, we planted a few. These pea seeds were inside the palaeontological party bags his guests took home last birthday.



Post party, his mother was too exhausted to do anything but stare blankly at the wall for a good hour or two and channel the quiet existence of a shell.



I noted the planting of at least three pea seeds directly on top of parsnip seeds.

Point Three
At times the kids have been amazing. There were, for example, a good, few, non-conflict hours building a Camouflaged Fairy House, complete with Welcome sign.



Camouflaged Fairy Houses are incredibly difficult to photograph, due to their camouflaged-ness. This is the relatively un-camouflaged living room:



Point Four
Yesterday we put together our Easter tree. This year it is made up entirely of strung felty woollen balls and the Thriller chicks. This is because I have stored our Easter decoration collection in a Very Safe Place. (???)



The Middle asked why I perched the nest on the letter ‘N’. I asked him what he thought the ‘N’ might stand for. Nearly Easter? he correctly guessed.



Point Five
A clever school Mum recently gave me a top tip. She has a post-it note stuck to her fridge with a scrawled Put Music On reminder and now I have a tatty, back-of-envelope version.



Every time there is the hint of a kid squabble, or the remotest sign of unrest, on goes the classical or the bust-a-move or the whatever music.

I’m right with her on the theory that music seems to diffuse potentially explosive situations. We’re currently singing through a Eurythmics revival but I have also discovered the PERFECT SONG for fending off fractious-kid situations. J’adore Camille. With the volume up LOUD. Because it’s all acapella and weirdly fabulous blurting/popping/everything sounds, you can blow raspberries at your kids while innocently singing along.

Ahem.

46 comments:

One Flew Over said...

Sounds like all is going swimmingly!

I on the other hand am contemplating dragging out THAT crochet blanket - should give you some indication of life here.

Squiggly Rainbow said...

Love, love, love it! We did our Easter table too - the children just love it.

And the music - yep - I forget too! It is amazing how it diffuses situations. What a blessing (:

Happy day to you xo
Rach x

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Good god!
Am madly scribbling for a post-it-note for the fridge and will be downloading said song immediately!
One day they will love each other again ...won't they ???
Am also looking for a shell (or enormous block of chocolate to be eaten whilst hiding under the bed!)
Happy Easter! (Love the tree)

yardage girl said...

Loving your easter tree and tales of the holidays. Good luck with the sugar rush this weekend - might be time to get in a DJ!

Owlie said...

first of all, your pup is soooo cute! what kind is she? that is such a great shot!
it sounds like you have been having a great time, i love the faery houses and the seed planting trickery! also, love the suggestions about the note to put music on! so great!
happy (nearly) easter!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I am loving your party packs. What a great idea!

L said...

love your snapshots. It's all these precious moments in life making life enjoyable! Love the idea of Easter Tree!!! :D

peppermintpatcher said...

What a fabulous way to grow up!

I am loving the thought of your vege patch being a potluck in a few short months.

My song recommendation for music time is Weezer's Pork and Beans. Lots of really great shouty parts with the lyrics "I don't care" It's most empowering.

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

Could the N possibly stand for Nearly The End of School Holidays?

The Easter tree is gorgeous as is the holiday tales. I'm especially smitten by Esme's flying ears.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh joy, why aren't there entire ABC books create by children with "N for nearly Easter" & "W for will i ever . . .", please tell me you have plans to embroider 'nearly Easter' on a cushion, please!! Love Posie

Jodie said...

Situation normal then ?

Maggie said...

I think your Easter Tree is beautiful. I'll have to remember the music trick for when our wee one is older (and has a sibling or two).

Tracey said...

wish I could be on school holidays at your house!
Good reminder about the music, would be better than re runs of Dirt Girl...
Oh, and I love, love, love your little easter-y display!

momma rae said...

you always bring me giggles! i am infamous for finding Very Safe Places for things, too. ;) that pic of those sweet little dog ears is fab!

mrs smith said...

Oooooh! Moi, j'adore Camille aussi!
That vid is tops.
School hols here next week. The note is going on the fridge, Camille and bust-a-move at the ready!

Happy Easter! May Easter bunny bring much sweetnes to you and yours.
G

Kylie said...

Oh that song is FUN! I remember it now... must seek out copy for collection here :) Did you see the video where she has a rogue bit of yarn wanting to knit her up? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UjSuCGKBhQ&feature=related
cute :) Hope the holidays keep well for you Tania. I always find they settle down just about two days before school starts again! ;) Take care, Kx

Naturally Carol said...

I have learned something new this morning..i hadn't realised that dinosaurs are partial to the occasional pea! Wouldn't it be funny if they were the only vege that thrived in your little pots! Sorry..just a wicked little thought.

Lola Nova said...

I am contemplating the contemplation of how (relatively) quiet is the life of a shell - for three entire minutes. Frankly, I'm apt to think that might be a smidgen of bliss.
(The 3 whole minutes bit)

teddybearswednesday said...

But parsnips are soooo yummy and sweet, what's not to love?
Love this post and your easter tree and the camouflaged fairy house too.
And yes Music does cure ( most) things, especially crazy dancing in my view.
xo

Juddie said...

Ha ... oh for the quiet life of a sea-shell creature....

Love the flying ears by the way!

june at noon said...

Point(s) taken.

We have two extra four-and-unders in our house this week, and I think I could use a quiet shell life for just a moment!

Instead, I'll remember to turn the music on. Great idea!

Sarah said...

argh the music just makes the tweens get louder...

I think a good pair of ear muffs for toddler and I will be the fashion this Easter break.

flowerpress said...

I always think contemplating a happy dog is good for the soul too!
Love the paper pots Ms M&E, you have done me proud. I like the paddle pop stick as installation too, much more fun to guess the vegie later. I shall keep my threat to email you more about the search for the perfect knit, but my new motto is 'CAST ON NOW!!'
Happy Easter x

Fer said...

Oh I do so love that song! Must keep it in mind...

I wonder what it is about parsnips, even if you tell them it's white carrots they still won't be taken in!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Point six. You are fabulous, the lot of you!

If your photographs get any better I'm going to weep at the sight of them.

Nearly Easter?

Nearly Normal?

Not enough chocolate.

Marcus said...

Yes! Music. Ahhhh. We just drove two 4.5-hour stints on our holiday with a near-5 and a just-8, and music made the whole drive... fun!

Your easter branch is a beauty.

Marcus said...

btw, we've found ska/rocksteady a serious all-ages crowd-pleaser around here.

CurlyPops said...

Camille Ta Douleur is one of my fave songs of all time. That'd definitely stop my squabbling!

Leonie said...

Oh I'm with cam...I just wish I new the words!!! Nothing like a good aussie chick trying to sing french without a french word in her vocab....not for public viewing!

froginthepond said...

My entire life has been marked by the announcement from my father 'Your mother put (insert desperately needed item for momentous occasion) in A Safe Place'.

I'm sure we'll put it on her headstone.

clare's craftroom said...

I used to put the music up so loud so I couldn't hear the fighting !
BTWyou.speak.very.well.for.a.mother.

Stomper Girl said...

The place where I most appreciate the Put Music On memo is the car. Otherwise the aural landscape consists of stupid jokes, sound-effects or sometimes whinging. Put the music on and I hear silence or singing - much better.

Mama of 2 boys said...

I am LOVING your Easter tree, it's beautiful and what a lovely idea! Shells are quiet and unique and thoroughly gorgeous. Such an enjoyable post Tania :o)

Shannon said...

Our house doesn't seem nearly as productive (or fun) having only one child old enough to select music and with the other quite happy to bop along to anything; we have been listening to quite a bit of Bruno Mars. Your children's seed planting reminds me of the book 'the good brown earth' - most creative and free spirited..
Lucky the fairy house is so well camouflaged or you might be caught out as a peeping Tom, welcome sign or not.
Happy holidays :)

UpsideDown Kate said...

Love! And couldn't agree more on the music. When we are bordering on meltdown nothing fixes it like a good dance party!

dixiebelle said...

Wonderful, all lovely!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Any self-respecting maternal exasperation management course includes raspberry blowing . Works every time !

Janet said...

Might have to try your friend's music idea. For those trying times.

We're planting peas now - if we have a mild winter we'll be eating them in early August - if it's a bit cold they'll sit and sulk until the weather warms up and if it's really cold then we'll just plant more in late winter/early spring. Melbourne weather is so unpredictable, it's nearly always worth taking a chance.

Scented Sweetpeas said...

lol, sorry I shouldn't laugh but your house sounds very much like mine and I like the thought of blowing raspberries at the kiddies whilst they don't notice :-) I seriously consider pretenting I have some stomach bug some days and locking myself in the loo for 5 mins peace. Some times they love each other but others I have to ask them to only come to me when blood is shed as they drive each other bonkers.

oh to be a shell!

lynne said...

n is for nest building for me. when i first arrived at your blog, and it was loading, i saw your nest heading and knew that i would love it here. you are one of my favorite blogs to visit now ;o) i love your humor, your insight, and your photography as well as your creative designs--love those thriller chicks and am going to make my own little flock soon....

we have 2 weeks for school holiday--with 5 kids at home--so far so good ;o)

i live in my own little shell, my own little nest, now, and the peace IS wonderful. i live only about 25 steps from the rest of the family in the main house....life in a shell is wonderful. you can read about mine at my blog:
http://lynnesfreshhope.blogspot.com

Anna said...

I've always thought that song had suspiciously farty sounding noises in it. It's a favourite of mine along with fellow frenchie Soko's "I'll kill her" ... But that one might not work so well for your purpose.

Lauren said...

your easter tree looks beautiful!Happy Easter xx

Jane (and Lou) said...

Tania, Hi, I'm new to your blog and it look amazing - I've had a lovely little look around and read. How very inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us. I will definitely come back and visit you lots! I used to do an 'Easter tree' in my pre-school - (branches) so lovely, we may start it up at home after seeing yours. Oh and 'Put music on' - I love it! Happy Easter Jane :)

"Petunia Pill" said...

Mercy me, Tania...you are a brilliant read! I woke up grumpy as one seven month old pup gave me a way too early wake up call; sat down to check my blog, found your kind comment and hopped (on Easter one must hop) over to see your blog. Having arrived here I found this delightfully funny, sarcastic post! I'm up to hit the "follow" link as soon as I'm done writing this...hope you won't mind. I'm slightly obsessing over the crocheted egg cover I saw in a different post..very airy and delicate! Love your music idea...although my small nugget is now grown and 22...but, I agree, music is the key to many things! I know it can change my mood. Or then, your blog is running a close second to a mood changer because you definitely took me from grumpy on Easter morning to giggling aloud in a room alone. Thank you! And thank you for finding my blog, commenting and leading me to find you!!! Bunny hugs, Annette

silverpebble said...

You probably know it but this bust a move option always works with mine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XC2mqcMMGQ

and this shoved in my ears on the ipod helps me not to yell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtFPdBUl7XQ

Our Easter morning involved yanking newts out of Nanna's pond in a dayglo pink net. The newts weren't keen but there was five year old and two year old glee. I have to admit a newt is second only to an otter for aceness.

Hapyy Easter to you x

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Oh that dog picture kills me... Please post your dog to me at the earliest convenient time.
...am also a fan of music and a dance off to break up squabbles... or perk up over it mamas.