Huxley and Raphael are in charge... this is their post, i'm simply putting down words... my number one priority as a mama is to make my kids happy, of course there are other concerns - education, security, curiosity, boundaries, safety, skills, kindness, humour, open mindedness, all those things... but ultimately it's their happiness that is my primary concern... and with that in mind I thought I would write a post from their point of view... actually by and for them with the one leading question - "what would make you happy now?" and then take it from there... food, adventures, activities, below is a combination of new moments that they instigated, as well as a couple of look-backs at times when they have been ridiculously happy... here we go - the kids are in charge!
I mentioned last month that i have recently started playing around with Bioglan super food powders. I love the idea that i can boost our meals without changing the flavour. For children who perhaps won't drink a dark green smoothie for breakfast this seems like a great idea right? anyway in this post i'm going to try a few of Bioglan's super food powders out on the kids, you know, just to give them that extra boost!! oh lordy....
"Hey Mama can we have pizza for breakfast?" and so it begins...
"Okay fine..." I reply, and my private challenge is to keep it all uber healthy... So Huxley is rubbing olive oil into some linseed wraps, these will work perfectly as our pizza base.
In the meantime Raphi and i went to the fridge where i asked her to pick out some super healthy, colourful ingredients for our breakfast pizza. The choice of veggies are entirely hers, the only thing that i have suggested is using a little Marigold Boullion and some Bioglan green boost powder - it contains organic wheatgrass, barley grass, kale, spirulina and spinach powders. It does not have a strong taste and it's an easy way to add an amazing nutritional boost to our pizza.
All the veggies along with the super boost and whisked eggs are then thrown in a pan..
I've posted the recipe here hop over and take a look...
Its a bit of a grainy snap i know, my faithful phone doesn't like this dark morning light. The first stage of the kids being in charge has turned out rather well. I don't think i would have come up with pizza for breakfast. I guess the wonderful thing with children, particularly young children like Huxley and Raphael is that they are not weighed down with expectations and tradition, so anything goes, and when you give in to that, well, its rather freeing! So, whats next...
We collected these beautiful leaves on a walk the other day, Hux likes to find 'treasures' he always has... then he likes to give them a new lease of life. That reminds me i'll show you what he did with his collection of snail shells, i'll put a photo of them at the end of this post.
So the little man decided that it really was time for us to have our very own indoor tree. I have to admit, my heart kinda sank. i have been trying to clear away a little of the colour and chaos in our home, i love the idea of wafting around in an elegant, chic, minimalist home, it would be featured in Elle Decor and life would be perfect... But instead we have a branch hanging in our dining room with bats made from fir cones hanging from them, spiders made from corks dangling of lights and now we have to have a tree!!!! you know what though, one day Sam and i can have a chic home and i guarantee we'll miss the colour and chaos! After all, our home is a family home and i want nothing more than our chicks to feel that their home is the best place on earth.
We unravelled an old box and i helped them cut a tree shape. Hey, I'm sure most of you do this already - but a large, clear sheet of plastic is pure gold when it comes to 'painting time'.
They mixed their colours and went to work. It was so nice listening to their conversation, they decided to make a dark hole so that Huxley could paint an owl to live in the tree.
I really think all kids are creative if we just give them the chance to be, don't you think?
Painting in pyjamas... that's how we roll... why does the phrase 'slummy mummy' keep turning in my mind?
Something else that is really apparent when you let them be in charge is that they really love having a job and doing it properly, its clear they both feel like they have achieved something this morning. They have 'invented' a great breakfast, designed and painted a tree and now they are like a couple of old birds cleaning up...
Quite sweet really.
Ta da!!! Huxley's owl has yet to come and lord knows what else...
So i've finally dressed the kids at 'crack of mid morning' and apparently a smoothie is next on the menu... We have loaded our blender with frozen banana and frozen pear, blueberries, raspberries, raw honey, aloe vera, water, ice, and this time Raphi is adding some Bioglan cacao, flax and super berry powder.
Seems to be hitting the spot.
And there we have it... i thought we might pull off this simple task of drinking a smoothie without looking like a pair of plonkas, but no... Oh, and please excuse Raphi's mullet, she played hairdressers the other day!
Learning valuable skills from her big brother.
Hux "Hey i've got an idea"
Hey look Mama, cool shadow...
Hux "can you make the T- rex shadow drink from the straw?"
Everything becomes a "thing' with children doesn't it.... you know there is fun to be had absolutely everywhere, its just feels like its up to us as adults to have the time or energy to indulge in it. Don't get me wrong, I'm absolutely not preaching, i'm tired and distracted a lot of the time, but i have to say its been such a pleasure slowing down and handing it over to the kids. They are inventive, ridiculously funny, caring and really rather good company and you know what, in the blink of an eye they will be leaving home (with me hanging onto their trouser legs) so i'm going to make a huge effort to try and just hang out more, listen to my kids, let them explore and develop their ideas (within reason!!!) and try not to get too bogged down with all the day to day stuff that gets in the way.
A shadowy shot i know, but its one of my favourites and its honest- i just happened to be in the right place at the right time... but Raphi's little face and Huxley- my baby, really looking like a big brother. What an honour it is to have these two kicking around the place...
Hey, i have put a 1 minute clip below hopefully capturing kids and all their sweet, unaffected ridiculous ways... be warned though this isn't at all 'stylised' and its been taken on different phones and cameras so a little all over the shop, i just wanted to round out this post about kids as honestly as possible... i hope you enjoy. Love Wink!
ps. don't forget to take a look at what Huxley did with his snail shells at the bottom of this page.
Yep my sensitive little man made new snails out of Fimo for the empty shells!
If you are going to have a go at these just remember to go ahead and make the "snails" and then just press the shell into the Fimo body and gently lift the shell out again so to leave a imprint. Bake just the Fimo in the oven according to instructions and then once the Fimo body is baked and cooled, simply put a little superglue in the indent you made with the shell and push the shell into the indent... and that's it.. now... which shell goes on which body? ( a quick 'pre-bake' picture could help!)
hey, if you feel like it, leave a comment- all of us - Hux and Raphi and I would love to know what you think! x