Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mia is 26 months old today!

1.) How old today?
Mia Mooi is 26 months old today
2.) New milestones/ talents/ achievements?
She can sing now - she sings her little heart out, it's the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.  She askes questions - "waar gaan ons" "wie's dit" "who's here" "what's this" - luckily no "why" yet, hehe! 
3.) Favourite toys & favourite things to do?

She loves water.  To splash in it, to sit in it, to pour it from containers, to put toys in it. 
She loves painting - even if it's just with water!
We snuggle on the couch in the afternoons and watch some Cbeebies together
Jumping on her trampoline
Spending time with family
She really likes her Barney toy!
4.) Current words?
Too many to mention.  She's putting sentences together beautifully, and can really communicate exactly what she's trying to say most of the time.  Loving it!!
5.) Favourite food and snacks?
Viennas, chicken, marmite toast, fish fingers, chocolate
6.) How is toddler sleeping at night?
Good!  She sleeps through.  Bed time is at around 7h20.  She wakes up between 5am and 6am.  Wish she would sleep a bit later... But can't complain too much though, at least I don't have to get up in the night for her anymore!
7.) Day naps?
Usually she naps from about 11h30 - 13h30, and then has a lie-down at around 4pm, drinks her tea and chills in her cot for a while.  Although these days she often has her tea on the couch and chills infront of the tv for a bit.
8.) How many teeth - and how are teething issues going?
18!!!  Just two more to go!  The last molars have been really difficult for her.  These next two must just come now so we can be done with toofies!
9.) Weight and length?
About 13.5kg, not sure about length
10.) Clothing size and shoe size?
2-3 years mostly, but still fits into lots of her 1-2 things. Shoe size 6.
11.) Recent toddler 'highs'?
The kisses she loves the give. How friendly she is to people in town. How much she loves her family. Cuddles and snuggles in bed in the morning.  Her singing.
12.) Recent toddler 'lows'?
Been going through a bit of a clingy stage lately.  Other than that - no lows!
13.) What are you looking forward to in the coming months?
Our family holiday coming up on Friday!
Christmas time, yay!
14.) How are mommy and daddy doing?
Really good, no complaints! Do wish we could spend more alone-time together sometimes, but guess we need to just manage our time better and make date-night a more common occurance!  We both really love this toddler stage, the interaction is so special.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

My word for 2013

Every year, a group of friends share their “word” for the coming year.  A word that inspires us, that we can strive to, and lets us do some soul-searching of what we want.
In 2010 my word was BLESSED:
This has really been a year of counting my blessings.

I am blessed with my loving, awesome husband
I am blessed with my amazing family
I am blessed with a baby girl growing inside me
I am blessed to live where I live
I am blessed with my friendly, wacky crazy doggy
I am blessed to feel so safe and content
I am blessed to be having such an easy, joyful pregnancy
I am blessed with special friends
For 2011, my word was HOPE.
I hope my marriage always stays as awesome as it is
I hope I will be a good mommy to my baby girl
I hope my baby girl will become a good sleeper
I hope I will see my family lots
I hope things will go well with my business and Wyn's work
I hope I will make more time for myself
I hope I will spend more time with friends
I hope my baby girl will grow beautifully and happily
I hope my family will always be happy
For 2012, I chose the word BELIEVE.
I believe in God, and I need to pray more.
I believe in my marriage, and I need to invest more time into it
I believe in motherhood, and I need to be more patient
I believe in special family quality time
I believe in personal space, me-time and indulging in small luxuries
I believe I will reach my goal weight early in 2012
I believe my business will take off properly
I believe I will be able to save more money in 2012
I believe...
To me, this word symbolises that I must remember what my tattoo says.
“Live, love, laugh”
That's what life comes down to, at the end of it!

I want to just live life to the full, and make the most of it, and make the conscious decision to enjoy it. I must love, love, love with all my heart, and show it! And I want to laugh lots!
I want to laugh at myself, I want to laugh with my child and husband and family and friends, I want to enjoy funny movies, books and stories, and share jokes. I want to seize the moment!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Salt Dough Xmas Decorations!

I found this craft idea and recipe on Pinterest and just had to make it for Mia.  I think we'll do this every year!
You can see the full recipe here - I modified it a lil bit, I did it this way:
 - half a cup of salt
 - one cup flour
 - half a cup warm water (once all mixed, I needed another bit of water, not lots, maybe another two tablespoons or so.)

I was in a bit of a hurry and just mixed it with my hands til it was mixed into a nice doughy texture, I didn't spend 5 minutes on it.  Rolled it out, used cookie cutters, used a toothpick to make the holes for the string, and popped them in the oven (I put them on wax paper - don't do this, struggled to peel it off, next time will use Spray&Cook) and baked them on 160 for about an hour, maybe a bit more than an hour.
I painted modge podge over both sides of the clay, just to seal it.

Once dry, I painted them gold all around.  And then I gave Mia free reign!  We did this over a couple of days, as she enjoys these crafts for about ten minutes and then loses interest.  So I first gave her the purple paint, then the pink paint on another day.  And a few days later she had fun with glue and glitter.

Once that was done, I just modge-podged them again to seal them. 

Used ribbon and rafia through the holes to turn them into tree-hanging decorations, and wrote "Mia 2012" on the back.  :-)

Lots of fun was had by all, and they came out so festive and special!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

What we've been up to!

Been quiet lately - but just been busy.  Busy with Mia, busy with family, busy with memories, busy with friends, busy with life!
Here are some latest piccies of Mia, us, etc!