Today began the first official day of the school holidays and I woke up with such an enthusiastic bunch of little people who were just as excited as I was.
I have been collecting ideas and supplies for over a month now... of cool things I'd love to do with this gang of mine. I wrote out the list and put it on the fridge this morning and it was all I could do to stop myself from trying to do it all on the first day!
Now, dont get me wrong, I dont have things planned for every minute of every day. A "friend" ( I'll use that term loosely cos anyone who hassles my parenting style cant really be a friend, can they?!?) told me I over parent my kids and I should let them do whatever they want all day long. But for me, if Ive got something planned that takes up to an hour for each day, then they can spend the rest of the day doing as they please. It means that I feel like Ive done something good by them by having something creative to do. If they dont want to do it, they dont have to. If they want to do more, thats all good too :) Its all about balance, and I know that at the end of the holidays I wont be busting to get them back to school cos we have had fun through the holidays :)
So today, I had an experiment planned. Probably more so because the milk was out of date, but also because its a cool thing to do. Starting with a shallow plate of milk and food colouring, we dropped a few drops of colour into the milk and began to swirl it around.
Now, we have done the experiment using washing liquid as well, this was just simply milk and food colouring. I have seen the most amazing pictures of beautiful swirly colours, worthy of being framed on a wall. Ours? Not so much. The first attempt was pretty dismal...didnt swirl, just made muddy brown milk. maybe because we used lite milk?? And so we tried again... second attempt wasnt much better....
hmm not quite what I wanted...
At this point Amahli was done swirling and went off in search of Jared. Jumeirah and I, not to be defeated on day 1 of holiday fun, persevered with just one more plate of full fat milk. She swirled, and streaked, and zigzagged.. and suddenly the most amazing swirly effect began to happen. Who know how this happened, all I know is we were totally captivated, dropping more colour in, swirling just so, watching beautiful patterns emerge from increasingly darkening milk.
And to top off today, we somehow ended up going down to town ( why you'd do that on day 1 of a wet school holiday) and watched in awe as THE REAL JIMMY GIGGLE ( ABC for kids host) walked on stage to sign DVD's! First time my kids have seen someone "famous" in real life. Jumeirahs comment: "Hes actually really real life real!"