Santa's Grotto.

Dear Santa, 
This year EV would like a crown for Christmas please. 
PS, she has been a good girl.

After putting up our Xmas tree (kind of early as I don't want to be decorating for Xmas while in labour) on Saturday EV wrote a brief letter to Santa with a drawing of the crown she would like.

Yesterday Neenee and I took her to see Santa but she was too shy to give the letter to him. EV loved visiting the grotto again and was very serious while we waited at the door to see Santa.

Santa was so kind and jolly and thought he might have a crown for a princess, so EV is pretty happy, not that you can tell from the photo. Visiting Santa is still a bit overwhelming.

This mama is happy at least a crown is easier to wrap than a hula hoop. Long may the simple Santa gift requests reign!


Catching Dreams.

Quite a while ago I had the urge to make a dream catcher for EV. I had it in my mind I would love to put one in her new bedroom. EV often talks about her dreams and that's where the idea of catching the bad ones came from. I had collected the materials we needed but hadn't got around to actually making one. Coincidentally EV's class at preschool had started talking about dreams and EV said "I'm going to make a dream catcher with my mama to catch the bad ones." then she drew a picture of her dream catcher and explained how it worked.

"I think my mum has wire. That's the round circle." According to EV the dream gets caught in the web and goes around the wire and down to the ground. In her drawing the red is the house, the blue is the moon and the yellow is the sun. She was so pleased with her drawing she took me to see it in her book.

Of course we had to immediately start on creating this dream catcher!

EV had a go but it was quite hard because I used a single thread of embroidery floss. After having a try EV decided to let me finish it and she became chief colour chooser and photographer.

It's a bit lopsided, but not bad for a first effort I think. After we finished the web I made little crochet nets to hold the crystals EV had chosen to dangle under the circle. I did forget to put a bead in the web, so I will have to fix that.

  But according to EV it's working quite well. Sweet Dreams EV!


Creative Minds.

The other day EV came home from school and was bursting to write a card to her friend Lucy, so she immediately started on it. It was to do with something about being invited to Lucy's birthday party. I wasn't allowed to know much more as it was very important and EV didn't want to be interrupted by Mama's questions.

Ages ago I mentioned that EV's preschool group were investigating "Babies Brains". They finally decided that they had come to the end of this investigation and have moved onto investigating "Dreams". Their collaborative model of a baby brain is now on show in the classroom. Here's a photo of the model. I love how their ideas developed and they incorporated switches and spirals and blood pipes in their model, all with strong ideas about why and how they work.

It will be interesting to see how their ideas about "Dreams" develop.


Princess Tiara.

EV went to a birthday party the other week. They had a great face painter and EV asked to be a Princess.

Its taking me ages to get photos off my phone it seems the software doesn't think my phone has an SD card, I need my technician to sort that out. However I have managed to get these ones off the phone. Including the ones of the haircut EV had prior to our holiday. Seems she wants long hair again because it's more princess like, of course.