Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Logic of an (almost) four year old

S: why did you speed up then?
Me: to overtake the bus.
S: why?
Me: because it had stopped.
S: why?
Me: maybe to let someone off or on.
S: (pause) Why did you overtake it?
Me: because I couldn't go through it.
S: why not?
Me: because it's made of metal and metal doesn't go through metal.
S: why not?
Me: I'm pretty tired. (Mid migraine) Why don't you have a think and see if you know the answer.
S: (long pause) because they're not ghosts...?
Me: absolutely right. They're not ghosts. They're solid, not gas.

You can teach science anytime! 😍

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Veli Losinj

Last day, Sunday, today. Morning playground; afternoon, last swim in the sea. Relief at kids being back home soon in their usual routine, and being a bit less crazy and a bit more sleepy. Sadness at leaving this beautiful place so soon after arriving...sadness at leaving my mama. Happiness and gratitude we have such a precious second home. We are so very lucky to have Croatia in our hearts.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Toddler's latest struggle

"Oh I can't wait, mama, I've got no patience!" [For the two minutes to get home]

I get that! 😍

Monday, 19 June 2017

Wisdom from a three year old

Three year old son: "Power from the mind."

Me: "Yes, it does come from the mind. Where did you get that from?"

Son: "From the power brick that I found in the woods a long, long time ago."

Me: "Ok..."

Monday, 1 May 2017

Into the Wild

Salt fish curry, plantain, onion pakoras, mango chutney, teas, cookies, coconut water, bubbles, bluebells, campfires, hanging hearts, dream catchers, trees, fields, green, picnic mats, camping food, chilli seeds, sunshine, bare feet, five rhythms dance, baby sling sleeping while dancing, baby sling feeding, shiatsu, shoulder rides, chickpea and spinach curry, chalk carving, trampolines, hay bale play, acoustic music, cosy tents, sofa and blankets, tea tent, cushions on the floor, appreciation, gratitude, all one, expanding boundaries, shifting comfort zones, freedom, laughter, friendship, love, simple pleasures.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Literally not a pumpkin

Me: Goodnight, my little pumpkin. [Almost asleep]

Son: Why did you call me a pumpkin, mama? I'm not fat and orange.

Me: No, you're not. It's just a nice thing to say...

Son: But I don't have seeds in me. I have blood and bones. I'm not a pumpkin.

Me: No, you're not a pumpkin...Silly mama... [No-one almost asleep now]

Friday, 24 March 2017

Chatterings of a 3.5 year old

"I know what I know, mama, remember? Don't tell me or ask me, remember? I'm talking to you, mama. Daddy, not you, I'm talking to mama!"

...as he is meant to be falling asleep in the car...

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Release of the bee

The boy found an almost dead bee and was very distressed that he might die. After much caring, with water, flowers and finally sugar water, Mr Bee came back to life and was liberated the next day when the sun was up. The boy was very happy, to say the least, and extremely proud that we'd saved Mr Bee.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Toddler comprehension of the men of the cloth


My son: Dada and dadi aren't muslins, mama, that's just silly!

Me: 'm' for mama at the end, not 'n' for naughty!

(Trying to explain difference between Catholic and Baptist churches and why the Baptist one isn't Baka's church, led on to an attempt at explaining religion...which switched to his other grandparents. We didn't attempt atheist and agnostic.)