Teachers have told us that most kids will have a tendency to do better at either English, or Maths. Miss 6 has a very definite leaning towards English, just like her mummy. And just like her mummy, maths is a weakness. I dread the day she starts bringing home maths homework, daddy will have to help her with that!
With this newfound ability to read and write, she spends her spare time writing letters to friends, teachers and family members, drawing funny cartoons to go with them and being much more aware of the written word in general. She loved the TV show "The Spelling Bee" when it was on, and constantly requested new words from us to try to spell out loud!
But with everything that is cool about being able to read, there are a few disadvantages in my view. She has a habit of peering over my shoulder sometimes when I'm scrolling through Facebook. If I don't realise she's behind me, I may stop and read something that is entirely inappropriate for a 6 year old to read, and then come her questions!
Last week as she got ready to brush her teeth, she spotted a new tube of adult toothpaste:
"Mummy! This says it will whiten my teeth in 14 days!!"
Don't believe everything you read, kid!
Another drawback is that we can no longer spell out words when we're talking about something secret in front of them, such as what Santa will be bringing the kids for Christmas. You cant spell "S.A.N.T.A" without her big ears flapping and suddenly she becomes very interested in an adult conversation!
Did it surprise you how quickly your kids learned to read?
This week's blog post features Nicky and her family, we spent a lovely morning at the Botanic Gardens on Tamborine Mountain, such a cool place to explore and run around, as Lincoln discovered! I love all the little hidden treasures, nestled in amongst nature, a bridge here, a pond or a carved statue there - so much to see!
Make a wish!! Thanks for a fun morning guys!
One thing that kids are great at, is making a damn mess. I'm getting to the point where I'm banning all forms of crafting, glittering, painting, cutting etc from the house, because I cant cope with the total destruction zone that follows! Also, invariably, any time Mr 4 gets his hands on scissors, he ends up slicing a hole in his clothes.
This morning I went upstairs to find both kids sitting quietly at my computer desk. Miss 6 was writing a letter to her teacher, and Mr 4 was holding a pair of scissors, a great look of concentration on his face, as he cut something out of a piece of A4 paper which he'd swiped from my desk.
Before I could even stop and think, I lost it. Yep, I yelled. I told him off - no using scissors without asking, no cutting-out in the house!! Its too dangerous, it makes too much mess - you know better! etc etc I snatched them off him and watched him calmly get out a pen, sit on the carpet and continue with his activity. It suddenly dawned on me that he'd drawn a love heart on his paper, and thats what he was cutting out with the scissors.
I walked away feeling quite bad about my reaction. I felt even worse when a few minutes later, he presented me with the heart.
"A love heart for you, mummy!" he said, and gave me a big hug... half had been cut out, and the other half he'd used the pen to create a dotted serrated edge so he could rip it.
My love-heart, from my little love...
... and didn't I just feel like the worst mother in the world after that!!
One of the (many) amazing things about my job is getting to see so many gorgeous kids as they grow and change! I first met Benji and his wonderful mum and dad last year for a family shoot at the beach, and I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to capture the momentous occasion of his 1st birthday!
What an absolutely gorgeous, happy little man! I loved hanging out with him and this wonderful family! Having a photographer at your childs birthday party means you can relax and enjoy the day, without fearing that you're missing a moment. Its also a great way to get a few sneaky group family shots too!
Sooo happy to be almost walking!
Hope you had a great day Benji!
So its now the start of a new school term, and to be honest, its left me feeling like - "Where has the year gone?" We filled our school holidays with fun and love... catching up with friends, play dates, theme parks, play centres, playgrounds, late nights, sleep-ins, mornings in our PJ's until 9am (gotta love that!) and laughter. Busy days, where their eyes were pretty much closed before their little heads hit the pillow. Late mornings where I could let them sleep until their bodies decided it was time to wake up.
I try to savour days like these, as I am lucky enough to be able to work from home and enjoy these precious moments with them. This is such a magical time for us, and it is simply going too fast. It feels like only yesterday that we moved to this beautiful spot, hard to believe its actually been 8 months!
Its a big countdown now to the end of the year, and no doubt that will go just as fast. Next year we have miss 6 excitedly heading to year 2, and the scary (and exciting) prospect of Mr 4 starting prep (eeek!) I'm not sure how I will feel about losing my little shadow - thrilled that he is gaining his independence, becoming his own person and heading out into the big brave world of school... but also sad that the years of having a little one at home with me are done.
Its bittersweet, and they're growing up way too fast!
Recently I met with Rob and Cindy for a super fun family shoot at Currumbin beach! Every time I do a beach shoot, I come away feeling so energised - perhaps its all the running on the sand, or the sound of the waves crashing - or maybe even just the infectious joy from two brothers having a ball near the water! Whatever it is, its always a great time for all! And what a lovely family to share it with!
Thanks guys for such a fun afternoon!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.