Monday, July 23, 2007

Fifi Mad

Our house is totally overrun with Fifi this and Fifi that. There's Violet, Primrose and Bumble and I believe Stingo and Slugsy will be joining us soon.

I bought Stephanie Issue 2 of the Fifi Magnetic Playworld as I liked the big portfolio type bag you got for $9.95. I was so impressed with the magazine and the colouring in and activity book as well that I got Issue 3.

Of course, it wasn't complete without Issue 1 so with a few phone calls I located a newsagency that one left. Off we went, in the Search and Rescu for Fifi.

When the lady behind the counter pulled out the Fifi package, Stephanie squealed and jumped for joy and it was the best $4.95 I've spent to date. Everyone in the newsagency smiled to themselves. There's nothing more contagious than a small child's shriek of delight.

Since then it's Fifi all over the place. The packages are pretty good value for money. You get a double sided magnetic Fifi scene and each packet contains some Fifi character magnets and the magazine has things like Fifi's jam tart recipes etc., Great for kids. The big portfolio bag keeps the lot bundled together, although we've already misplaced Fifi's magnetic watering can.

If you're intersted all the information you need can be found at

Happy Fifiying...

Friday, July 20, 2007

What I'm reading

For the past 2 weeks I have immersed myself in the books of Dave Pelzer and one by his brother, Richard Pelzer.

Dave Pelzer is a survivor of one of the worst cases of child abuse in California during the 1970's. Since being rescued he has achieved amazing things. Stuff that you could never expect from someone who was treated so poorly. It's truly an inspiration to read his books.

His first. A Boy Called 'It', written from the child's perspective did not make me cry or upset to read like I thought it would. It's very easy to read and I finished it within a day. The second book, The Lost Boy, was just as rivetting and easy to read.

I'm 2/3rds of the way through, A Man Named Dave and am finding this one a bit of a tissue jobbie. Probably because of the adult style it's written in. I don't think it's about the recounting of his abuse that is the upsetting parts, but rather, the way the author allows the legacy of his childhood to show through to his adult life.

It is with great compassion that he can allow himself to forgive his father, and then finally his mother.

I really must say these books are a tremendous read and if anyone thinks that bad things happened in their childhood that hold them back or follow into their adulthood then these books are a must, because if Dave Pelzer can achieve all that he has with what was done to him as a child, then I can say with all confidence that our experiences are no excuse.

Angus and Robertson have the Dave Pelzer trilogy pack for $29.95.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Mums new Boots

My daughter can hardly resist putting my new boots on at any opportunity she can.

With her new shirt on for the first time today, she was happy to pose for the camera.


My daughter, Stephanie, hardly ever dances. She simply won't do it. Dancing is not high on her list of things to do, so I was completely thrilled to snap some shots of her when she started hamming it up for the camera.
At almost 4 this is the first time she's done anything remotely like dancing for the camera. Even though we've been going to Kindergym since she was 14 months old she has never joined in with the hello and goodbye singing.

I'm hoping that by the time she goes to school she will be more willing to get into the swing of things.
This is one of three I took of her swaying on our bed.