11 May 2010

what i don't know about Alligator Snapping Turtles isn't worth knowing . . .

Greetings all,
Now that is a blog post title you don't see every day!!  Let me explain.  I am raising my girls with exposure to . . . a work environment like this with beautiful handmade dolls from Tiny Concept, who keep following me home . . . gorgeous new born babies like Josiah from Grace Designs . . .

we love girlie accessories like Little Slave bangles & lovely potions from Highland Habitat . . .
my girls can run like the wind or at least chase other girls running faster than the wind . . . as seen at yesterday's regional Cross Country where my 3 girls all ran so well, like ladies . . .

Ok, so the boy isn't that into it, bless his 6 year old-ness, not yet eligible to compete in any representational athletics . . . anyway, this is a post about my girls . . .
& biggest princess of them all had to catch up on beauty sleep after all that ferocious exercise . . .

our house is filled with flowers - this lot from my parents who felt sorry for me being alone with 4 children on Mother's Day (sounds like a punishment, actually it's my 8th one without father of said children around to spoil me, but may i refer you back to the previous post, he also sent huge bouquet of flowers this year in his absense) . . . my parents felt even more sorry for me when i said i was mopping the floors in my nightie when the young man delivered the flowers to me early Sunday morning . . . anyway, my point is . . . my girls are growing up in this lovely lady like environment, so tell me why they chose the following topics for this year's Rostrum Speeches . . . Guinness Book of World Records; Alligator Snapping Turtles & da dah Crocodile Jaws.  What??  Why not the origin of fairy tales, who shot Versace or the history of polka dots . . . no, they went for alarmingly boyish butch scary themes.  Or as my husband would say "they'll make great girlfriends".  He thinks that is funny until i remind him a boyfriend would be invovled!!
For the uninitiated, Rostrum is a speech competition when children make 2-3 minute speeches (in round one stage) to go onto state/ territory finals, by which stage they are putting on English accents, making wide eye excitement & pompus hand gestures Bindi Irwin style.  No, i didn't like the girls who did public speaking at school much either.  Just wondering, when given the choice, do your children pick wildly bizarre topics to research??  Or do you surrender, go with their happy choices & learn something??  FYI Did you know crocodiles have the stongest jaws of all animals??  You probably did, yes, 12 times stronger bite than a Great White Shark.  But did you know you can hold their jaws closed with your finger tips??  Crocodiles' jaw opening muscles are so weak, they won't be able to overpower you, even the big 7m salties (see my Darwin NT speak there??)  Why yes!!  Just useful information like when i learned last year while studying 12 different types of horrifying spiders, that Funnel Web Spiders actually can't jump, what a relief!!  Love Posie

13 comments:

Heidi said...

Your girls are adorable, My boys are my older ones and yes they love facts about anything nature, science. sometimes nature is gross but they love it!

You sound like you had a wonderful Mothers day filled with Love!

p.s. those dolls are fantastic.

The Creative Beast said...

oh my! your girls will be 'fun girlfriends'!! i certainly wasn't into such topics growing up but it does sound fascinating to me as an adult, but hey! i love to learn new things!

Lizzie said...

Definitely must be a girl thing, nearly 13yr old granddaughter just did one on Coconut Crabs from some island or other, she tells me with great glee that they are as big as a garbage can!! It's ok though, they rarely harm humans..just coconuts!!!!
Lizzie
xxx

yardage girl said...

Great post and gorgeous photos! Those flowers are amazing. Glad you had a happy mothers day too! Nic

Corrie said...

everything looks gorgeous! i'm sure keira will be doing her talks on barbie or fairies, she's such a girly girl

and how great does ros look, love the name josiah! adorable!

Corrie:)

My Love is..... said...

OH!! I can't blame you for taking those pretties home with you!! So gorgoeus :)

angelique said...

Posie, girls have to have an interest in both sides then when it comes to those said 'boyfriends' they can give them a run for their money. They will be able to capture them with all their beauty and intrigue them with their wonderful if not useless knowledge.
By the way thank god you put that piece of info about the spider.....I can sleep a bit more soundly now.

clare's craftroom said...

They'll have Bindi eating their dust after the speeches , lol !

Rubyred said...

Hey, you learn something new every day! They'll make great girlfriends!
I do admire you for being on your own for long periods of time! I have a Hubby who works away quite a lot and it can be hard at times!
Usually the first 2 weeks are ok but by the end of the 3rd week I'm blubbing down the phone that I really miss him!
The bouquet looks gorgeous!
Rachel x

Andrea said...

Then perhaps you would be interested to know that a giraffe can wrap it's tongue around it's head or so I am told by one of my 9year old students....
Andrea

Kylie said...

Happy Mothers Day dear. Know where you are coming from - this is my first mother's day with said sperm donor and my 9th Birthday without him (not bad for an 11 year relationship)
Amelia will b the same as your girls - you should have herd her on the phone to er grandfather tonight, she was telling him the alphabet and he was trying to askher what 2+2 was - the answer "Grandpa - four is not in the alphabet" Bless her. Hope the kids showered you in extra hugs and kisses on the weekend.

Brenda said...

Your flowers are beautiful as are all your children.
Megan had her cross country last week.............too funny, she has convinced herself that she came 7th when it was more like 27th.

Thanks for you lovely message, the kids ARE going to school tomorrow, maybe then I can get a little bit more productive on the owl side of things. Which do I need to do more of Sad Owls or Pincushions?

Rosalind said...

Thanks for sending those pics too btw :-) xx