Sunday, February 13, 2011

maternity series - week 12

I'm going to try to document my pregnancy in photographs, both for me, but also for friends and family who don't live nearby, and especially for my big sister who isn't here to be a part of it.

It might be a bit premature to start at 12 weeks, but I have to start it somewhere, and maybe this way I will have a more rounded collection. I'm hoping to do one each week.

Here is week 12:

Week 12_Kirsty

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

cardboard boxes

The more I think about the little person growing inside of me, and the other ones to come, the more I worry about the world they are going to grow up in. I want my children to have a simple uncluttered life as much as possible. Where cardboard boxes and buckets of water equal hours of fun, where sticky tape and paint are prized possessions. The idea of electronic toys and games entertaining children for hours freaks me out.
So, as much as we can control it, we would like our house to be a plastic toy & battery opperated toy free house. Now we just have to convince everyone else we are not nuts. Fabric, wood and reclycled products are more than welcome!
I'm not coming at this from an overly green or environment minded standpoint, although those things are good, or even from a great understanding in what's good for children. But it feels right. Right for us.
Kirk, Show & Cardboard toys
I have great memories of spending hours collecting, cutting, sticking and painting to create some of my favourite toys. This is me (left) and Sharolyn (right) with some of our creations. We must have been about 4 and 5 (?). When it got to the point that our creations were taking over the house Dad would line them and us up like this, and take a photo (like so). At the time I don't think we realised it, but the creations somehow found their way to the bin, to make room for new ones.
At the end of the day, I think we need to value these simple things. Since when do kids need brand new shiny toys all the time. Wouldn't they learn more if they made them themselves. If they felt the different materials, tested them, experimented and just created.
This guy totally inspires me to be a creative parent for my kids, and these are just too beautiful to resist. I definitely see myself making/buying beautiful animals like these.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

the news goes global

We decided that it was time the news went global, and what better way than Facebook. The response was a little overwhelming, but I'm so glad we have such excited and supportive friends.
Facebook 1
This was one of my favourite comments. I think my Mum might also be praying for a ginger.
Facebook 2

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At about 1am on 20th of December 2010 we found out that we were pregnant. It was very exciting! Maybe a little too exciting for 1am. We didn't sleep very much that night. We've been keeping it quiet for the last 6 weeks or so, but now the news is out, and its nice not to have to keep it quiet for any longer. What a relief!

My lovely husband just so wonderful, and it's beautiful to think of him as a dad to be. In his excitement he found this card. I think I cried a little. He also picked up a great book called "What to Expect when you're Expecting" which is such a great and helpful read. Anyway I'm sure I could ramble on forever about him, and it and us.

At first I felt like 9 months was way too long to wait, but the more I think about the practical things that we need to do around the house, new cars etc, let alone all the parenting style decisions and emotional preparation things, I sometimes don't think that it's long enough. But, either way it's going to work out and it's going to be wonderful & exciting!

Baby Bean (his/her original name) has now been changed to Batman. We felt it was a little more versatile.

a late new years eve post

I've been a little slack with updating my blog lately, so here comes a few updates from the last few months...
New Years Eve Sparklers
We spent new years eve 2010 in our friends backyard. It was simple and lovely. And simply lovely. Thanks to the excited Dave, husband Jamie, Erin and Ben for creating this one.