Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Now, two years on she's a real wizz and seems keen to pass on her knowledge to her little brother!
We started out on the ABC Kids website and she particularly loved the games and videos on the Play School site and the Five Minutes More site and they were always very easy to navigate.
So what makes a good kids website? It has to be easy to navigate - not too much reading required (although there are still some words on the page), easy to click around (no clicking, holding down and dragging). The whole game should fit onto one screen (so there's no need to scroll up and down). If all these boxes are ticked then Matilda can be pretty independent playing on the computer whilst I'm pottering around her. She oftens plays whilst I'm cooking dinner and we keep the laptop on the breakfast bar so I'm right there to make sure she doesn't accidentally stray from the "safe" site.
Anyway, over the last couple of years we have started to explore other kids games sites apart from ABC. Matilda went through a masive Peppa Pig phase so we checked out that site and it's good fun - especially the mazes.
Much more recently we got into Poko and discovered the joys (and ease) of the C(anadian)BC kids website. Many of the programs are shown here in Australian and the site is so straight forward that Matilda is able to click from one game to another when she gets bored playing the games she's on.
We have tried playing Thomas the Tank Engine but I need to be hovering the whole time and everyone know how frustrating it is watching someone else drive the computer! This is the same issue we have with Angelina Ballerina and even The Wiggles sites.
So I'm interested to know if other people have computer savvy pre-schoolers (or is it just me)? Do your kids play on the computer?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
We spent nearly 3 weeks in Hawaii - prompted by the last of my 3 sister's-in-law getting married.
We flew into Honolulu and stayed at Waikiki for a few nights - we wished we'd stayed a bit longer. The hotel was right on the waterfront, near the toddler beach and had good eating and entertainment within walking distance. It was the only time we didn't really need a car to get around which is nice when you have kids!
We then headed to Kauai where the wedding was taking place.
The Hen's Night was an afternoon whale watching. The bride-to-be and her sister enjoyed their time and I'm banned from sharing photos from latter in the evening - it involved blue feather boas, blue knickers and a mullety blue wig too!
And the wedding was perfect, on the beach and the sunset was perfect too. The bride wore a gorgeous English gown with some amazing shell-like beading on the top and a floaty overskirt and train. Matilda thought it was great hanging out with her aunty in the white frock and sat on her lap during most of the reception!!
And our family don't scrub up too badly either!!
And the few days after the wedding were spent on the beaches and swimming lots in the pool too.
And lastly we headed to The Big Island for nearly a week. We saw volcanos, more beaches and did lots of swimming.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Anyway, last night we decided to hit the "sandy playground" with some friends and have pizza for tea (and a sneeky beer) in the sultry psuedo-summer evening! It was surprisingly quiet at this very, very popular playground on such a lovely evening but it meant that our tribe of 6 kids under 5 could explore freely and feel like they ruled the place!
It was one of the best evenings we've had in a long time - spent outside with some of our wonderful friends, the people our kids are going to grow up with. I feel like I have been really lucky with my Mother's Group - the mum's are all intelligent, caring and fun people to be around; married to gentle-giant men; raising and ecclectic bunch of beautiful, funny, energetic and challenging children. As a female engineer I have often missed out on developing close female friendships within the workplace, and I didn't really go in for the bitchy-cliche that was girls at high school so although I sometimes feel I come across as awkward and incensitive with my Mum's Group friends I also feel like they "get" me - which is great, and I'm grateful!
And today after swimming lessons for Tilda and soccor for Kelvin we pottered in the garden before deciding on the spur of the moment to go to the Royal Hobart Show. We didn't get there until about 3pm but we managed to avoid the show bags, pat some animals (which Kelvin adored, Matilda was a bit timid) and have a ride on the dodgem cars. Walking through the dog pavillion we were handed two inflatable dogs on wheels because they couldn't be bothered deflating them to pack away.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Kelvin looking a bit sick of the paparazzi!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
We tried this new Pesto Pasta Salad the other day and it was delicious. It reminds me of the Marks & Spencers Salad I would regularly eat for lunch when we were living in the UK all those years ago!
Cook 500g curly pasta, stir through a jar of green pesto (we used the Leggo's one - or you could make your own). Then tip on a 200g punnet of cherry tomatos and crumble on some fetta and eat it up (accompanied by a glass of cold white wine). We ate it warm but the recipe suggested letting the pasta cool down before assembling the dish - we couldn't wait that long!!
My kids liked the pasta and dodged the tomatos and cheese. But I don't let that stop me cooking things I like to eat!!Go and check out more Easy Peasy Dinner Winners over at Frog, Goose & Bear!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
And if you can guess which item cost me the most and how much I paid for it I'll send you some of my favourite chocolate truffles from Anvers! First correct is the winner. If there are no correct answers by Monday 25 October then the winner will be the closest to the price paid! I'll post this overseas but can't guarantee that they won't be melted in transit - they'll still taste good though!
If you haven't yet, please enter my other Blogtoberfest giveaway here!
EDITED: This giveaway closed. Correct answer was The Atlas for $6.50, and Teresa guessed it correctly!! The Heart Sheet was the best bargain at $2.50 and everything else was a dollar or less! Thanks for joining in. Blogtoberfest Giveaway still open until next week.