Thursday, July 3, 2014

A winter interlude

Being a nearly teen, Sarah can spend hours in her room at a time. But then she can suddenly appear again and do something spontaneous. Like volunteering to take her little brother outside. They like to sit on the grass together, taking in the sunshine. It must be a winter thing.


Three little garden gnomes


There's plenty of time during the school holidays, for cheeky smiles and plucking the lawn. Peter loves to pull the grass and throw it around. Sarah watches him quietly. Even the cat joins the circle of lawn appreciation.


Piggy in the middle


That is until Peter decides to get closer. He's really gentle with our cat, except when he starts screaming at her. It's a game. He screams and the cat runs - Peter then laughs. Muesli ignored him for the most part, until he got too close...


Hasta la vista, baby


She decided to take-up a more comfortable position, and looked back at her lawn plucking, and occasionally screaming, friend. When I saw them all together on the lawn, I just had to get the camera. A lovely winter interlude of distraction.



10 comments:

  1. Sarah is growing up so fast! And so is Peter! The teen years were not so bad in hindsight for my kids. At the time I worried a little, but now I can't see why I didn't just trust more. Of course, keeping eyes wide open is important too.

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  2. "Trust", absolutely, I'm learning to let go so that she can form her own identity. It's hard knowing the line though, as I still won't allow certain things. But then she's only eleven and she gets a little more freedom every year.

    I'm glad to hear your teens weren't so bad - must have some good kids and some good parenting skills. :)

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    1. 11 is very young if you ask me. I hope her demand for freedom is in line with her age! I let go a little bit at a time-they always think they are too big for their boots so need reminding now and then of who the boss is. It seems pretty bad sometimes but if you handle it right its over sooner than later. Being too in control will kill development or create unnecessary rebellion which for teens can be downright dangerous.

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    2. It's more that she wants to view more adult content on television and more mature movies. I always tell her that once those images are in her head, she can't get them out again.

      When she reaches the developmental age to process the movies she wants to watch, then she can watch them. I wanted to watch more violent movies growing up too, and then when I did, I always regretted it. But every year we let her watch something a little more mature and see how it goes.

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  3. Lovely photos of kids and cat! We have a similar looking cat but yours looks a lot younger than ours. Speaking of cats (and curiosity) I've been wondering about how you found the taj Mahal blog. I was surprised to see it in your list because we know the guy that writes it. Do you know him personally too?

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  4. It's amazing how many cats like mine there are - I saw them on a few other blogs I read too. Since our cat got attacked one late afternoon by a tom, she tends to stick close to home now. She'll only go further afield if we're going for a walk.

    Does yours have a skittish sort of behaviour too? Are they difficult to pat without an affectionate nibble on the hand, as if to caution not to get too comfortable, lol?

    No personal association to the blog you mentioned. I came across it on a home builder discussion forum and thought it very interesting. I like the inventiveness of some of their solutions on a difficult site. We have one of those too!

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    1. Skittish? Demanding, aloof, loving when she feels like it! I get told off for getting in my OWN bed if I disturb her. Our girl is twelve years old now so a treasured pet.

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    2. Definitely like our cat then. ;)

      I think the children tame her though. They can be more feral than her sometimes, but then they can all sprawl out on the lawn and hang out together, too. I don't think I would change her, even if I could.

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  5. I have to comment on these adorable photos. Looks like you're having a mild winter day there. Always nice for kids and critters.

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  6. Thanks Leigh, it was a lovely winter's day. Our winter tends to be very mild, but its still nice to radiate towards the sunlight. :)

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