Saturday, December 24, 2011

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

I found this version on a website called Xmasfun. Enjoy all you mums out there!






'Twas The Night Before Christmas
For moms!

Written by Karen Spiegler. Originally published in "Maniac Moms: A Humorous Newsletter for Crazed Mothers" in December/1993. 


Twas the night before Christmas, when all thru the abode
Only one creature was stirring, & she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,
while visions of Nintendo 64 & Barbie, flipped through their heads.

The dad was snoring in front of the TV,
with a half-constructed bicycle propped on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
which made her sigh, "Now what is the matter?"

With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,
She descended the stairs, & saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes & soot, which fell with a shrug,
"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."

"Ho Ho Ho!" cried Santa, "I'm glad you're awake."
"your gift was especially difficult to make."
"Thanks, Santa, but all I want is time alone."
"Exactly!" he chuckled, "So, I've made you a clone."

"A clone?" she muttered, "What good is that?"
"Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit chat."
Then out walked the clone - The mother's twin,
Same hair, same eyes, same double chin.

"She'll cook, she'll dust, she'll mop every mess.
You'll relax, take it easy, watch The Young & The Restless."
"Fantastic!" the mom cheered. "My dream has come true!"
"I'll shop, I'll read, I'll sleep a night through!"

From the room above, the youngest did fret.
"Mommy?! Come quickly, I'm scared & I'm wet."
The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart."
"Hey," the mom smiled, "She sure knows her part."

The clone changed the small one & hummed her tune,
as she bundled the child in a blanket cocoon.
"You're the best mommy ever. I really love you."
The clone smiled & sighed, "And I love you, too."

The mom frowned & said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal."
That's my child's LOVE she is trying to steal."
Smiling wisely Santa said, "To me it is clear,
Only one loving mother is needed here."

The mom kissed her child & tucked her in bed.
"Thank You, Santa, for clearing my head.
I sometimes forget, it won't be very long,
when they'll be too old for my cradle & song."

The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."
With the clone by his side Santa said "Goodnight.
Merry Christmas, dear Mom, You will be all right."

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Christmas!

Yes, you definitely know it's Christmas, not when all the shops start playing Carols in November and all the decorations come out. 
But when your kids come home excited about a performance they are working on at school and kindy!

Xander's class performed Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, in a remixed version, in front of parents and grandparents, relatives and the entire year 1-2 team.
Here's a sneak peek at the performance :)



Esmee had a Christmas Cracker Extravaganza and sang not one, not two, but seven(!) songs with her new friends at Montessori@Flagstaff.




Amazing that they all learnt and remembered seven carols and did really well standing in front of two dozens parents! Of course then a special visitor arrived followed by a shared morning tea/lunch.


(Christmas is also the time to be spoilt with food and presents!)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fireworks

Esmee had her dancing show on Thursday. This term was dancing to Katy Perry's Firework.
They were so cute and managed to get the timing pretty well.
Here is a little snip of the show, love Esmee's smile!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Knitting: A remedy?

On Friday night a week ago while Alan was at a work xmas party, i taught myself to knit courtesy of a few youtube videos.
Tuesday night i finished my scarf!

Knitting is very meditative and relaxing, and all weekend as i clicked away with my wooden needles guess what. NO HEADACHES!
Could i have found a possible way to beat the nasty niggles?

But then Monday night i was in bed at 7 with one, and i think it was because of the close attention i paid to the knitting all weekend - well except for a break in there for xmas shopping.
But i think the key may be to relax more. Not be lazy, but relax whilst having my mind working away at something soothing. And it suits my creative side!

Next project: A lacey scarf for Esmee, and a dragon scale scarf for Xander. Both will have a hood to cover the ears and head during winter!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

On the Farm...

There were some Cows.


And those cows, they get milked.



 On the Farm.
There are some tractors.
And those tractors, have the kids enthralled!




We went to my soccer coach's dairy farm on the Saturday. The kids loved it! Even got to drive the quad bike.





Hmm, and our naughty puppy wrestled with a chicken and Lee had to crawl under the house to get him back!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Xander's demonstration of Athletic abilities

Xander is the one in the black hat!

He tripped over it in the end, hit his head on the mat :(


Awesome fun for the kids, a great way to blow off steam and get rid of energy!

On a side note - had a lovely mummy moment. After Xander tripped on the high jump, Mrs Bird (Dep Principal) told me that the year 2 teachers are fighting over who will have Xander. She said he's such a darling!  I only hope he gets placed for his abilities and not just who fights the hardest :D

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yellow Fever!

I'm talking about soccer. Wellington Phoenix a-league to be exact!
Saturday saw us driving up to Eden Park to watch the Phoenix play for the first time in Auckland. It was also the first time for us to view them AND be at the park!



Ready with supporter flags, the kids and Alan and I took our seats and prepared for a great evening.



It did not disappoint. The Phoenix didn't win but they drew and it was a great performance.
The kids enjoyed participating in the endless mexican wave that swept the stadium, and joined in on the chanting and hissing and booing!
Bring on Wellington where we will see them on their home pitch!

Kindy Update

Alan and i have been unhappy with Hukanui Kindy since Esmee started - just little things like it taking 4 months for Esmee to learn the teachers names, me as well; they didn't celebrate Esmee's birthday and were unconcerned when i mentioned it - apparently they only do it if you child's birthday falls on a kindy day and not the weekend!; it was going to take forever for her to get into morning sessions, leaving not enough time for her to get used to longer sessions before school in September. The kindy completely excluded the younger kids (afternoon session) from outings which i think is very dumb.
And we didn't feel as though she was being challenged.

So four weeks ago we made a move to Montessori@Flagstaff. Click HERE for more information if interested.
The change in Esmee is amazing! She talks about montessori all the time, is enthusiastic about going and brimming with information when she gets home. It's awesome!
I had been concerned that we were moving her for the wrong reasons - she was happy at Hukanui and had made some lovely little friends. But she is more lively now (if that's possible!) and challenged.

Montessori is a bit different to what we are used to, but their philosophy is sound. Teaching independence and ownership through children selecting their own interests and working on them individually. I can see the benefit of this, but i also think children learn by working together, but it seems to be working well.
Also teaching them patience and turntaking - this one i think is a bit strange! - only 4 children are allowed to sit and eat morning tea at one time.
There is no family corner - ie babies and cots etc - because they believe in real life experiences. They do things like baking and helping set up for morning tea and lunch, but there is no play equipment geared up for this. Not too concerned though 'cos we have that stuff at home!

So, Esmee has had a big change but seems to be thriving. You'll get more updates as the year - and the new one - progresses.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Rock Climbing Party



We took 7 kids to Extreme Edge for Xander's party. It is the first party we have had away from home, and i tell you - this was the easiest party ever! No stress, no mess and i didn't have to tidy up! The kids entertained themselves. Done!






We were very surprised when Esmee didn't climb as much as we had expected. She only when up a little way every time then came back down, refusing to go higher. She climbs trees, right to the top, but wouldn't climb the walls with a harness? Go figure!


Xander had a blast!


Even got to have a battle with dad and his new Bey Blade. Wearing his new Phoenix top from Granny and Grampa.


Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Early Birthday

Xander will be 6 next week.
We've been trying for months to find someone to teach him first to play the guitar, second the Ukelele with no results, then after a trip to the music shop we tried again for the guitar, and voila!
Someone finally willing to give a kid younger than 7 a chance!

So as an early birthday present....
A half sized guitar to take to his fortnightly lessons at Da Capo Music Centre.





Alan had even learnt a special song for Xander.


And at his first lesson this afternoon the tutor was blown away. Apparently Xander is making the right sounds, and the getting the right chords, first time every time. She said he is incredible!
It feels so nice having someone say that - now i don't feel like i was trying to blow up his musical abilities because i'm biased. And i'm glad we've pushed for the lessons and finally found someone.
The look on Xander's face this afternoon when we left the lesson was a double validation. He is now in his element! (He even requested to be taught to play Party Rock Anthem! But it's not a guitar song, we now have to think of his fav songs for the tutor to try to teach him!)

Happy Birthday Alan!

A bit late but here is the picture of Alan before he blew out his candles! - or should i say, Xander blew them while Alan was inhaling!


Alan took the day off. This is unheard of, he never takes a day off unless he is near to dying! But as Xander had the chicken pox, and Thursday is our busiest afternoon with dancing then soccer...it wasn't fair for Esmee to miss out on dancing because Xander wasn't allowed out of the house. The solution, Alan took her!
The kids were so excited to give Alan his presents in the morning. His very own Beyblades so he could battle with them - so cute!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Future of Rugby?

With World Cup fever running rampant it was hard for Xander to not catch it!



He's expressed a wish to play rugby next year and we aren't going to stop him, if that's what he wants to do. With a fascination for Dan Carter and Piri Weepu he has been practicing kicking the ball (over the fence!), and doing the haka. He's even been saying things like "if i'm in the All Blacks you'll come watch my games aye?" - our response - "If you get into the All Blacks, we'll be at EVERY game!"

Joining in on the Final!

Xander got a real kick out of being allowed to stay up late and watch the All Blacks, even when we won the Cup! (GO BLACK!!). I think his excitement was more than ours put together. Love his enthusiasm for life.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Soccer Stars

A few weeks ago the Wanderers had their prize giving evening.


Yep that's right, i got a trophy too! Wohoo!!
Named most improved player for my team, just like Xander!

We are very proud in this house :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Milestone for Esmee!





5 minutes after taking the training wheels off, and she looks like shes been doing it for weeks! A little push off then away she goes!
Then a few minutes later she doesn't even need us to hold her! (Watch out Buster!)

The positive

Yep, we have no bath. The kids are always so excited to stay with friends or grandparents so they can have a bath.
With Esmee being itchy, we had to soak her skin in pinetarsol. So out came the red drinks bucket!



At least there is a positive side to the pox!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Pox on the House of Hearfield

We have finally got the chicken pox in our house. Poor Esmee had a spot or two last night and today there are about 30 over her body.
We visited a friend who had them a few weeks ago. I had hopes that my kids would catch them, not because i'm evil but because i was getting a bit worried that they are getting older and we keep missing the Pox. You know, don't want them to get it when they are older and more susceptible to sterilisation!

So, we are out of commission for the next two-three weeks (assuming that Xander will start showing signs too!). It means a boring school holidays for the kids, but at least it will protect them in the future!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Green with Envy!

Alan has finished painting Xander's walls - in the colour Xander chose of course!



It is so awesome! So bright, but it also feels rather warm, especially with the afternoon sun streaming in. Xander is so excited, as tomorrow we will put everything back into his room. (I wonder if Alan has worked out that both Xander and I would like some shelves??!)

Now, we just need to colour the rest of the house...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Soccer Star. Again!

Well, last year Xander got named Player of the Year from his soccer team, and this year...



He was nominated and chosen as the Most Improved Player!
Yay, Go Xander!! Two trophies for his shelf (once he's back in his newly renovated room that is!)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Esmee's 4!

Our little Princess really was a princess for her birthday - complete with a new dress and a hair-cut followed by a style - the only time she'll have curls!
They lasted all of about 30 minutes but she looked lovely.



Totally spoilt, as she deserves to be, she partied away with her friends at her Ball.

Pizza, games, lollies, presents...what more would a little princess need?

A cake!


Happy Birthday our beautiful girl!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cross Country

Xander had about 3 weeks of cross country at school recently. Then on the final day, they had a race!

Around the field, over some hay bales, under a rainbow parachute, around some classrooms and around again.

warming up
they're off! (Xander is to the left)
Second time around


Finish line just ahead!


Xander came about 9th or 10th, i wasn't counting. He did really well!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

nearly September already??!

So sorry i haven't been updating recently. No excuse really. Just soccer for first 3, then 4, now only 2 of us. Plus all the rest of our busy lives :)
So prepare for the big info and photo post dump!!

Soccer:
Alan's team finished 2nd in the division.

Alan's in the blue, in the middle
And my team finished 5th of 8 having won 7 games and losing 7 games. My team and i are also participating in a tournament in Waiuku in September so i need to keep on the ball until then - i managed to go from doing 10 mins in a game (90 mins long) to a whole half (45 mins). I aim tp keep that fitness up for next tear and maybe i can do a whole 90 minutes.

Xander's soccer: We have two games left! After being in the top of the grade and winning every game (i think we may have lost 1??) we were re-graded to the next level down and so far we have lost every game! Fingers crossed we can win our last two! To check out how they have been doing and to see some action shots view the website Alan set up


At the beginning of term and coincidently beginning of August, we enrolled both Esmee and Xander for soccer skills after school on Monday. They are both doing really well!



Xander is in a group with all the older kids (up to about 10), learning how to dribble ball using outside of foot, stopping and controlling the ball etc, and Esmee is with the 4 year olds, getting general ball handling experience, mostly learning how to control and stop it with feet rather than hands!



Alan played a game of indoor Lacrosse one Saturday night and brought us along to cheer. During a break he got the kids in the rink (played on the inline hockey rink) to have a go!



Xander had a school disco on Friday with a World Cup theme. Here he is all dressed up!

Go AllBlacks!

He had a blast with his mates. He and his friend Zac were shuffling and breakdancing on the floor. Awesome sight :)

And of course Buster. He is doing really well. Mostly toilet trained but we are not that confident to leave him out of his crate whilst we are out (Xander walked some of his deposits into the carpet unknowingly in Esmee's room!). We start Puppy Preschool next week which is geared towards socialising him with other puppies. At the moment he yaps and puffs up and growls at the sight of another dog, so we are hopeful he will learn to calm down!
He has had all his shots now, so has been introduced to daily walks to visit the big wide world. He has taken to it with relish :)