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    The Sleepover

    “In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” — Ann Landers

    Pip wanted to play with her cousin last week and I explained that she was having a sleep-over at Grandma […]

    Our tiny parent

    “We’ve had bad luck with children; they’ve all grown up.”

    Christopher Morley

    I’m not sure if Pip has sensed that I need her to be ‘low maintenance’ lately, but she has been an angel. (Possibly because she doesn’t usually get to watch back-to-back episodes of ‘Blues Clues’ while Fig naps!) She […]

    Standing Tall

    “Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you too.”

    Patty Lovell

    I love places where books live. The girls and I found a gem at our local library called, “Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell, illustrated by David Catrow. Pip was the one who spotted […]

    Holiday after holiday

    “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

    Thornton Wilder

    Does anyone else feel as though they need a holiday to recuperate after a holiday? We went ‘away’ for the long weekend. We only drove 10 kms to my […]

    Rejection

    “Human beings, like plants, grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection.”

    John Powell

    Fig worships Pip. Not only does she mimic everything Pip says and does, but she also likes to give Pip little gifts. Especially gifts of food. If Fig is given a piece […]

    That’s toe-toe, not Toto

    “The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”

    Meryl Streep

    The drawback of those great stainless-steel water-bottles for kids is the weight. Today Fig was enjoying a nice sip of H2O in the kitchen, when she dropped her water-bottle on her middle toe. The stainless=steel edge […]

    Swarm

    “Rhythm is something you either have or you don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.”

    Elvis Presley

    Local people will know that KidsFest was held this past weekend and Swarm was one of the main […]

    Moving from ‘we’ to ‘I’

    “The art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” — Havelock Ellis

    I completely underestimated the loveliness of Lily, (the name I’ll give Pip’s teacher,) and her gorgeous pre-school, (which I’ve chosen to call Daisytree.)

    Two weeks ago I wrote, (at great length, […]

    True love

    “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

    William Shakespeare

    This morning Pip said to her dad, “I love my sister so much. I just couldn’t wait for her to come out of my Mama’s belly,” and last night in the tub the girls smothered each other with hugs and […]

    Load Your Brushes

    “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”

    Jackson Pollock

    How long has it been since you painted a picture? I’m always facilitating artistic activities for Pip, and […]