A Year

A whole year. I have been writing this little blog of mine for a year now. I do love this little space. A space for me to share a little of our lives with you all.

This was my first post. Wonderfully it was about clay and the busy little hands of my then much smaller little man.

Playing with clay - 15 January 2012I thought I’d give you a little tour through some of my first and little known posts.

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Jack’s physiotherapist recommended some sustained walking to help improve his stamina. Bushwalking, now that’s my kind of therapy.

hiking in the australian bush with toddlers This was my first Reggio Emilia post, Jack’s fascination with volcanoes. I talked about how through observation and reading, Jack’s paintings became more detailed. Even now, a year later, he is still fascinated by fire and volcanoes and creates fire play scenes everyday.

Reggio Emilia Approach: Observational paintings - volcanoes 2

Jack has Cerebral Palsy. As a family we have been through a whole whirlwind of emotions and states of mind; from heart-sweltering pride to desperate personal pleas for help. This was a graphic I wrote for myself on ways to raise a child with special needs.

Raising a child with special needs - 20 things to remember

We do love a little bit of arty goodness over this way. Jack and I made some wool block prints for his room. He loves them so much we still have them hanging in the playroom.

Art with Children: Wool Block Printing

This is a sweet post of Jack completing one of his daily chores, feeding our dogs.

Montessori Practical Life - Caring for Pets

So these were some of my first posts from my first month writing here. I hope I have many more left in me and you’ll all come a long with me.

 

17 Replies to “A Year”

  1. I have only been following for about three months and always feel inspired. Keep up the great work. Now I’m off to check out those wool block prints.

    1. Thanks Ronnie 🙂 Those wool block prints were really fun and so easy to make. Hope you enjoy them 🙂

  2. Congratulations on your first year, here’s to many more 🙂

    I absolutely adore your graphic, it’s so important to be there to catch, but teach them to be themselves and be independent. I look forward to reading your posts in your second year 🙂

    1. Thanks Jenny. Independence and believing in yourself is so very important, isn’t it? Everyday we try to instil this in Jack (and Sarah), the belief that while we are all different, we are all worthy and capable; we can all do great things.

  3. Congratulations!!! I’ve loved following your blog and I hope you have many more blogging years ahead of you 🙂

  4. Congratulations on a year of beautiful blog posts! I too appreciate your creative efforts 🙂

  5. I only found your blog last night, and I’m now following you. Your outlook, beautiful and clean photos, the way you are raising/teaching your children with natural elements is inspiring.

    I live in North America (Canada specifically) and there’s too much stress on “toys” and brand names. I’ve been trying to pare down, hand-make, and only have the things we love and use in our home, and your words and photos are truly inspiring. Thank you!

    btw I have two boys, about the same age as your children – almost 4 and almost 2. I love hearing about the toys/learning they are doing corresponding to their age.

    1. Hi Kaly 🙂
      So lovely to meet you. Downsizing and being surrounded by beautiful things that feed your and your children’s soul really does have such a positive and profound affect on your wellbeing, doesn’t it? We are planning a move to a much smaller house in a month or so time and so I’ll be going through all of our things again with fresh eyes. I enjoy doing this though, every time I get rid of things it really does make room for so much more, whether it’s more quality play with what toys remain or more time doing other things like baking or playing outside.

      Hop you pop by again soon and say hi 🙂

  6. Happy blogiversary Kate! I love reading your inspiring posts and seeing your beautiful photos. 🙂

    1. Thanks Sarah. I love that you’re still with me 🙂 I think you’ve been here almost from the beginning. xx

  7. Congratulations on one year of quality, lovely, inspiring and helpful posts! I will be keen to see your spaces after downsizing. Huge congratulations on your first home!

    You may well be used to moving but I’m not, and from recent experience, moving is SO not fun! Definitely start early and break it down. Have you seen how people have a ‘master moving file’ with everything you need to remember while you move? It’s a lifesaver.

    1. Thanks Rach 🙂 I’m keen to get started on the kids areas too in the new place. It is a lot smaller although, I always thought this house was too big. There is a small area which we might be able to make into a play area but apart from that we’ll be using their rooms more as well as outside. There’s a nice covered pergola where we might be able to set up a mostly-permanent art area. Very exciting 🙂

      We’ve moved a lot and the Army do a really great job of taking care of things. All we have to do is pack our clothes and unplug things and they do the rest. They even unpack again at the other end! So that takes a LOT of the stress away. I am really really really looking forward to having our first ever family home. A place all of our own 🙂

  8. Thanks so much for blogging ! I really like reading your posts, they are a true inspiration to me. I’m a mom of a seven month boy and I want to implement montessori and may be a bit of reggio at home. We’re sharing our room with him so they’re not much space but I want to try and adapt my home to the spirit of Montessori.
    Congratulations on your blog. His design is very delicate. I love it !

    1. Thank you Betty 🙂 Your kind words mean a lot to me.

      With your little boy, which principles are you interested in implementing in your home? For us, when Jack, but more so Sarah, was this age, we focussed on her having plenty of room to move freely (we didn’t use play gyms or other toys which restricted her movement), we gave her a lot of time on the floor with a few simple toys for her to play with, spent a lot of time outside, spoke with her when we were doing different things like changing her nappy and getting her dressed and tried to create a calm, beautiful, simple environment for her.

  9. Happy birthday! I’ve been folowing you for months. Your blog is the MOST mind blowing blog on the net (at least from the blogs I found). Checking out your new post always leaves me amaized and inspired. Thanks for blogging!

    1. Thank you so much Olga 🙂 That really means a lot to me.

  10. happy blogiversary!!! :o)

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