Friday, 26 April 2013

Baby baking...

So since it was ANZAC day here today, earlier this week Sophia and I decided to bake some ANZAC biscuits (well I decided, whenever I ask Sophia about anything I usually get a very decided 'no'). I had never baked with Sophia so started with something easy just to see how it would go. I must say although it was very messy, it wasn't as bad as I anticipated. 

She helped me to sift the flour, add the other ingredients, then mix it all together. For her own special take on the recipe she decided to take some out with a measuring spoon and tip it on the counter and herself. Then I added the next few ingredients as they were hot, while Sophia played in the mess she had created. 

Then once all the mixture was mixed we rolled the mixture into balls. Well I did anyway, Sophia was too busy taste testing the mixture to really help but then we flattened the remaning balls down with a floured fork, put them in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes. 

As they were baking Sophia made a quick job of the bowl, leaving behind hardly any mixture. I forgot to take a photo of the finished product but I did manage to get a quick (albeit slightly blurry) picture of Sophia enjoying the fruits of our labour. It was sooo much fun! I wish that I had baked with her sooner! I certainly needed to have a lot of patience and time to do it, but she really enjoyed herself and so did I. It was a great way to spend an afternoon.

Baking and babies,

Monday, 22 April 2013

A moment to be proud of....

*DISCLAIMER* This may be a very controversial topic to talk about, and if you don't have the same opinion as I do then I respect that. However, please also respect mine!*

This week was a proud week for me as a New Zealander. I am not usually a very patriotic person and I never really get involved in politics. I have my ideas, I know who I want to vote for, but it is not something I am ever passionate about. However this all changed the other night. I was glued to my seat watching parliament TV. Yes, it is exciting as it really sounds. It is broadcasting what is happening in the debating chamber, and what politicians are talking about. Normally I would find this a yawnfest but on this occasion I was so moved I even shed a tear. 

So what was so riveting you ask? I was watching history in the making. I was watching politicians give speeches on their stance on the marriage equality bill. They were deciding whether or not Gay, Lesbians, Intersex, Bisexual and Transgender people would be able to marry their partner of choice, male or female and it didn't matter what sex they were. Of course there were some people against it. However it was the speeches supporting the bill that moved me the most. 

This is controversial, and many of the letters and emails that the politicians included in their speeches shocked me. I was a supporter of the bill, as I didn't see it as fair for anyones right to get married taken away from them, not matter what their sexual orientation. However, I do understand the fact that it is something people are uncomfortable with. Some people feel as though marriage is a religious thing, and that homosexuality and marriage would not be okay under the eyes of god. (This is just some opinions that were brought up during parliament  I am sure not all people feel this way, and some will. I am not judging the way anyone views this topic.)

However the spin that was put on it by many politicians was that marriage was no longer just a religious thing, it was something that is entered into by many people who are not religious and have no religious ties whatsoever. Therefore it becomes a human rights issue. Since our government is not officially affiliated with any religion, how was it their place to tell a group of people they could not marry? Under their government, marriage is a legal contract that two people enter into. Therefore, with 77 votes to 44, the bill was passed and now everyone can marry the person they love. The moment the votes were read out, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. Although this bill did not affect me directly, I just knew how important it was to so many kiwis.

Here is a speech from that parliament sitting that has begun to spread around the world.


Proud Moments, 

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Another mans trash.... a little girl's treasure. 

We all get them. Dandelions. They grow so fast and so tall telling all your neighbours you haven't mowed your lawns and most people I know hate them. There are a weed, and not something I treasure. The following post is why I love children, (especially my child) they can see beauty in the world where us adults can't. A weed, and a reminder to do yard work turned into an hour of fun and exploration for my wee girl... Something so annoying (to me) was adored by Sophia, I will never see dandelions the same again... 

Hey mama, Look what I found...

Isn't it pretty?
They smell so pretty

Here mama, you hold them for me...

Just a few more....
Let me just have another sniff

I insisted on bringing them inside so Mama
put them in water for me...

And they took pride of place on the living room mantle...

We had such an awesome time outside. Sophia loves the outdoors and especially flowers. She sniffs every flower she sees (even those in books and magazines). I was amazed at the time she took to pick nearly every single dandelion on the lawn. Its moments like this I really cherish being a mama, watching them discover the wonder of the world around me. So often she teaches me to see the world in a new light, no longer is a dandelion a weed, it is just a beautiful flower in an inconvenient place.

Treasuring Toddlers