31 December 2009

2009 in header pictures

A blog about life with a sunny boy

1. February, 2. March, 3. April, 4. May, 5. June, 6. July, 7. August, 8. September, 9. October, 10. November, 11. December

A year of life with a sunny boy


1. Spring, a bonfire and a blog party, 2. Cityscapes, 3. The simple things, 4. Snapshot, 5. The pond, 6. Snapshot, 7. The way to work, 8. Water, mud and other things, 9. Playing with a friend, 10. Today's Flowers, 11. Sunnyboy hosts a party, plays lego and gets messy, 12. The reservoir, 13. Skywatch, 14. Sunnyboy is 3 years old, 15. Wordless, 16. A boat trip, 17. Wordless, 18. Our favourite local walks, 19. Today in the garden again, 20. Up close, 21. The weekend in the garden, 22. Snapshot, 23. Southwold in September, 24. Wordless, 25. A sunny day in the garden, 26. This makes me smile, 27. Emotion, 28. Favourite things, 29. Wordless, 30. The toy shed, 31. Snapshot, 32. Wordless, 33. Pictures from the garden, 34. Family, 35. Working in the garden, 36. Babywearing, walking and a bit about shoes

1. The cafe with the play-house, 2. Toy storage in a small space: Part 1, 3. Wordless, 4. Wordless, 5. A sunny day and spring cleaning, 6. Out the car window, 7. Playing in the garden, 8. Shopping, 9. Shadows, 10. Coffee, 11. Sunnyboy's new cardigan, 12. Thursday to Saturday, 13. The den, 14. Wordless, 15. Summer, 16. A halloween party, 17. Lunch in the garden, 18. Our work outing: Hadleigh, 19. Mother Nature in the spring, 20. Wordless, 21. Snapshot, 22. Telephone boxes, 23. Home Education at the Botanic Garden, 24. Not The Beach, 25. Wordless, 26. Snapshot, 27. Mother Nature in our corner of the world, 28. Today's Flowers, 29. Letters, 30. Miracles, 31. Going for a walk with Nozy, 32. Our winter decorations, 33. The cemetery, 34. Favourite dish, 35. Wordless, 36. Today in the garden

1. Skywatch, 2. A souvenir of our city, 3. Snow, 4. Little Friend, 5. Feel, 6. Shadows, 7. Suncatcher, 8. More pictures from the garden, 9. Our work outing: Southend, 10. The bench, 11. Sensory play with pasta, 12. Snapshot, 13. My dream, 14. More working and playing in the garden, 15. Parenting at work, 16. Snapshot, 17. Staying home in the garden, 18. Lunch at our favourite cafe, 19. Looking over the fence, 20. Today's Flowers, 21. Colours, 22. The other garden, 23. Wordless, 24. Pancakes, 25. Swirl, 26. More happy things and The Good Life Parable, 27. Wordless, 28. Snowdrops, 29. Wordless, 30. The Story of the Root-Children, 31. On a beanbag, 32. Wordless, 33. Snapshot, 34. Yesterday and today, 35. Snapshot, 36. Our local deli

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29 December 2009

25 December 2009

Happy Holidays (Nozy's Nature Pictures)

The autumn colours have turned to winter colours.

Winter sun over the man-made lake that Nozy helped to build.

Nozy would like to thank everyone who has commented on his nature pictures.

1. Wild rat foraging for berries, 2. Pets, 3. More birds, 4. Rainy days, 5. A new river, 6. Sunrise, 7. Mist, 8. Autumn colours, 9. Puddles, 10. Waves, 11. Birds, 12. Spider, 13. Pond life, 14. Insects, 15. Trees, 16. Otters, 17. Dragonflies, 18. Rainbow

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24 December 2009

A paper plate solstice sun, snow scene collage, crackers, more decorations (and a hole punch)

For our solstice celebration we made a paper plate sun with clementine peel and lots of glue. Sunnyboy loves glue. We've hung it up in our hall so we see the sun when we get home. It's bright and cheerful and also smells nice.

We made some more paper chains and, inspired by a First Christmas Craft at mama smiles, used a hole punch to decorate the paper with holes.

Then we used the paper in the hole punch to make a winter snowy collage. We added some snowflake sequins and used the rest of the pages from the damaged Maisy book that we'd previously repurposed to make stick puppets.

We've also been making crackers with cardboard tubes, string and used wrapping paper and bows. Inside are a compass, a whistle and a little jar of craft glitter, balloons, chocolates and (because Sunnyboy wants the crackers to go bang) party poppers.

This week at our charity shop decorations have been half price and for £2 we bought all of these new (secondhand) decorations and a Santa aka Homer Simpson (to be explained) bottle-opener. We've added these finds to the rest of our winter decorations.

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21 December 2009

50 festive links and a song

A winter solstice message in {here comes the sun} at journey wildly.

Photographs of children and snowflakes in Blizzard Today… at Life with Kaishon.

Beautiful Frost pictures at Free Flowing Ways.

The Seasonal Event of the Year™ in A tale of Christmas Present at Like a Starfish.

A collection of Salvation Army Band toy soldiers in Favorite Christmas Decorations! at The Quintessential Magpie.

A charming photostory called Snowman Tea at the road goes ever ever on.

A brand new hat in Winter Weather Brings...Hats for Babies! at Motherhood Moments.

A mosaic of My Snow Birds at Viewing nature with Eileen.

More birds in Time to Flock Together at soeurs du jour.

A book review in Urban Picture Books: Anna's Wish at What Do We Do All Day?

A recipe for Cranberry Mincemeat at Corridor Living.

A series about the Twelve Days Of Yule at On Bradstreet.

Some thoughts on Christmas at grit's day in a series called Grit's guide to Christmas for mean parents.

Mama Liddle contemplates Is There a Santa?

More on Santa in A Foundation of Trust at API Speaks.

Eclectic gift wrapping in I'm dreaming of a .... wrapping paper-free Christmas at Going to Graceland.

Ideas for a Simple Joyful Christmas... at Our Unschooled Family.

Solstice Ideas at serendipity.

A Winter Solstice Story at living our own lives.

A Mountain Mama writes about Christmas in Our Cabin.

Truly Celebrating... at Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op.

Memories of Me and the metal Christmas Tree! in Monday Memories: The Fortieth! at Planet M Files.

Giveaways in the "Gift of Jewels" project at Necessary Room (entries remain open until 6th January 2010).

Win a set of 5 bookmarks to celebrate the New Year in Ruby Tuesday Giveaway for the Holidays! at Work of the Poet (link to your Ruby Tuesday post by midnight EST on Tuesday 22nd December).

Lots of festive links in And The Stockings Were Hung at Shivaya Naturals.

Festive crafts:
12 Days of Handmade Holidays -- Round Up - Frugal Family Fun Blog
Gifts Kids Can Make -- Chocolate Nut Bark - Frugal Family Fun Blog
5 Little Snowmen Play Set - Frugal Family Fun Blog
Green Christmas Crafts - No Time for Flashcards
Super Simple Snowflake/Star Ornaments! - No Time for Flashcards
Festive Baking - Home Baked
Christmas craft and tutorial links - Home Baked
Cinnamon-applesauce ornaments - 5 Orange Potatoes
Newspaper chain countdown - 5 Orange Potatoes
Paper Cup Angels - The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman
Snow Fun-Painting Alternative Snowmen - Marghanita
Snowflake T-shirts - Pepper Paints
Yarn Ornaments - Someday Crafts
Button Snowflakes - handmade beginnings
Holiday Countdown: Felty Button Tree - scrumdilly-do!
Frugal Fun: Pine Cone Christmas Tree - Pocketful of Posies
Holiday Craft: Kids Table Bead Jars - 4 Crazy Kings
Fun Christmas Trees To Make - The Crafty Crow
Gifts That Kids Can Make - The Crafty Crow
Big List of Toddler Art Gift Ideas - The Crafty Crow
40 Gifts Parents Can Make For Their Children - The Crafty Crow
36 Green Gift Wrapping Ideas - Wise Bread
Making Your Own Holiday Gift Wrapping by Robyn Coburn - Natural Life Magazine, November/December 2009
Yule Food and Decorations - Gaiatribe
Winter Solstice Celebrations for Families and Households - Circle Sanctuary

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White Snow, Bright Snow

White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt (with illustrations by Roger Duvoisin)

'But the children laughed and danced, trying to catch the lacy snowflakes on their tongues. While the rabbits hid in their warm burrows under the ground.'

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