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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Influenza and Project Runway

My six year old has been home sick for a couple of days.

It just wouldn't be winter without a bit of influenza in the house.

I have to admit, though, that I've really enjoyed the two days we've spent quietly together. Little Sister, still fighting fit, has gone to daycare as usual. Daddy has been at work. It isn't often that it's just My Big Girl and me, but for the past two days we've had our Own Time.

We've watched DVDs. We've done crosswords. We've read The Folk of the Faraway Tree (My Big Girl enjoyed it as much as I did at her age). 

Best of all, we made a new game for ourselves.

My Big Girl has several books containing outlines of "models", with stencils that you can use to trace clothes onto them. We got bored with just tracing and colouring, and started to wonder whether some real models' clothes might fit our girls...

I grabbed a couple of old InStyle magazines that had been relegated to toilet-reading, and we got to work:






If My Big Girl ever ends up on Project Runway, I will claim this as the day it all began.

She is almost better again now. I probably should feel happy that she will be well enough to go back to preschool in a day or so. Except that I'll miss her so much.




9 comments:

  1. You can design my clothes any day!! I have a positively un-girly football playing tomboy girl who scorns all things female - the result of being the youngest and coming after 3 boys (my eldest daughter is "too old" at 21 yrs to be much of a female influence)... it would be so lovely sometimes to play a game like this as opposed to meccano cars and fighting games and footie!! x

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    1. I have to say that I love all this girly crafty stuff (I admit that I even did a couple of extra dresses on my own after my daughter had moved on to another activity...) I will enjoy it while I can. My younger daughter is a total tomboy, and already it's all about train sets and cars and throwing balls with maximum force and destruction...

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  2. Oh, that looks lovely. I have two sick little girls as well today, but our days consists of much lap hanging (both of them on my one lap...) and tv. They are only 1 and 2. Looking forward to doin gstuff like this!

    And thanks for our comments on my site. Maybe I'll can ask you help with the Auzzie lingo, as we are considering moving there. Got the visa sorted already. I don't want to mention it on my own site as hubbie's colleagues might be reading there... Which part of Oz are you from?

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    1. Karien, I'm from Brisbane. How exciting that you might be headed there! I think it's a great place for children to grow up. There are lots of lovely Aussie bloggers out there, too :) Please feel free to "pick my brain" as far as information on Australia (or Aussie English) is concerned!

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  3. Ah those Magic Faraway Tree books were my favourites too.

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    1. Enid Blyton really was a great storyteller, wasn't she!

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  4. Sometimes "sick days" can be the healthiest and happiest of all.

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