{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #10 – Tea Parties

{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #10 – Tea Parties

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A couple of weeks ago James’ parents came up to see Isis performing in a show.  They often come up to see us, we wrote about it on our Ordinary Moments post 2 weeks ago and James’ Mum brought some of his old toys for the children to play with.  They are having fun with all of them, loving the lego, enjoying the jigsaws and this old skool ‘Barbie’ tea set keeps making an appearance.  They love playing tea parties, my Mum bought Eden a set (more modern with a singing tea pot) for Christmas and she has loved it, I’m loving that they’re enjoying this so much… the same tea set that Daddy used to enjoy when he was a child.

Finding things that the children like to play with for longer than two minutes makes me happy.  We try and avoid resorting to DVD’s and the iPad as much as possible.  Obviously, sometimes needs must, but if we can find something else to do that doesn’t have the two year old screaming for Fireman Sam then I am on board.  Having tea parties seems to be one of those things, they just love pretending that they’re drinking tea.  Sometimes I wonder if my husband is so secure in who he is and his sexuality because his Mum wasn’t adverse to him playing with non-gender specific toys?  I’m not saying this is based on anything other than thought, but I’ve had some friends who literally freak out if they see my little boy pick up one of his sisters fairy wands or something.  I explain that it doesn’t bother me what he plays with, it’s all the same at his age and his personality will develop better and naturally if unhindered by potential narrow-mindedness.  Anyway, I guess that’s a huge aside but would be interested to know other’s thoughts if you would like to comment below.

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I love the concentration in Eden’s face as she’s stirring away.  I’m finding it great having Martina here, I can just set them up a little task, so I feel like I’m still involved in the play that would normally be with me, and then I can clean the kitchen or finish the laundry.  I set up the tablecloth and tea set for them and they were so excited to play.  I love to then grab some shots of whatever the children are up to before resuming my chores.  Argh, chores when you have seven people in your household are just infinite.  It never lets up, I think that I have made the house lovely and then an hour later it’s horrendous again.  This is another huge bonus to imaginary play, it makes no mess and keeps them entertained for at least a half hour.

So this week we have had a lot of imaginary tea and I don’t see it letting up anytime soon, nor is it a habit I’m particularly eager to break.  Love seeing their little imaginations at work, also, so far Fireman Sam hasn’t had to make an appearance for a faulty kettle *winks*.

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Thank you to Katie over at ‘Mummy Daddy Me‘ again for this lovely link up.  I always enjoy taking the time to remember the beautiful ordinary that occurs in our week.  Follow the badge below to see the other posts linked up.

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