Blogtober 9th: Rainy days and Fridays

It’s supposed to be spring.

Daylight savings began nearly two weeks ago.

We have had how many fine days since then? Maybe two?

I’m not complaining too much, mind you. A girl who knits is a happy girl in most weathers. Plus, the two wee ones are fairly happy in any weather.  Even my big boy has managed to keep himself entertained with Star Wars Lego and copious amounts of Animorphs books.  Oh, and I’ve been getting an unexpectedly large amount of use from my Central Park Hoodie – seems like the timing wasn’t so bad on that after all!

Today was officially the last day of the school holidays – just the weekend to go before Dh and Ds head back to school.  We hadn’t made it to the movies yet, so we, and half of New Plymouth, descended on the local theatre, the movie of choice was Up.  Now, this wasn’t a very well researched choice you might realise if you have seen it and realise Miss 3 called a 3 month old chiuaua puppy a ‘big scary dog’. I was on baby chasing duties while DH did Miss 3 placating duties. Don’t know which was preferable. But at least I got to see *most* of the movie anyway.

The other great rainy day activity was this:

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Yep, we played with our new wooden beads.

When we were in Whangarei last week we went to an amazing toy store – it was truely cool, absolutely packed with a huge selection of toys, books, activities and everything a kid could want. I was particularly taken with their wooden bead threading set. But at $35 it was destined to stay on the shelf. I hightailed it down to Spotlight and grabbed 5 bags of different sized, different shaped, and different coloured wooden beads, along with 2 metres of cord, for under $15.

Rather than hand them over to the kids, I stashed them away for a rainy day. Which was, of course, today. They had a blast. Even big brother joined in.

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I tried to choose beads big enough so they weren’t a choking hazard for Miss 1. Once she realised they weren’t lollies, she didn’t even try to put them in her mouth. She was too busy concentrating on developing those fine motor skills.

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The kids would rate this activity as a definite success. I think I will grab a few more really big beads at some stage, I’d love to turn some into faces. And 4 cords between 3 kids *should* go, but don’t, so a few more will have to be bought too.

Now we just need to work out what to do on a stormy Saturday.

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6 Responses to “Blogtober 9th: Rainy days and Fridays”


  1. 1 Lina October 10, 2009 at 5:29 am

    What a fun time for the kids! The beaded necklaces are too cute. 🙂

    You guys already started daylight savings? Wow, we won’t start until Nov 1st!

  2. 2 Sam October 10, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Very cool – i’ve been oogling those bead kits too …. hmmm didn’t think of spotlight to ‘make your own’
    Thanks!

  3. 3 Flea October 10, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Ooooh what a good idea, i have some beads we might do this too 🙂

  4. 4 Vicki October 10, 2009 at 10:17 am

    i took my babies (ha ha) to ‘Up’ too. They really enjoyed it!

  5. 5 Lisa Liddell October 10, 2009 at 10:20 am

    You mean the shop “storytime’ dont you. I LOVE that shop. BUT it is expensive.
    Those beads look like fun. May I steal your idea?
    DS is growing up! He looks so different. I have love in my heart for that boy. Even if I haven’t seen you or him for so many years.

  6. 6 Megan October 11, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I love the concentration on your youngest girl’s face! All your kids are absolutely gorgeous.
    Did you have to singe the end of the cord so it wouldn’t fray?


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