just saying...#15

...encouraging and allowing creativity teaches us to think out of the box.

Alva is really interested in the creative stuff Ohad and me do. I guess simply because he sees us do things that we like and make us happy. One of those things is taking photographs. After a few days in greece and seeing us busy with our cameras (we opted to take our two old canon compact cameras instead of the DSLR camera), Alva said he wanted to try as well, so we obliged. We first told him how delicate cameras are and Ohad taught him what a photographer would NEVER do (let the camera touch sand, drop the camera, leave it out of sight in some place and walk away, etc.) then we showed him where the on/off button and the shutter is and told him that he needs to look at the screen to see what's in the frame. We told him that we usually take pictures of things that are interesting to us and that he should take pictures of whatever is interesting to him. From that moment, he didn't wanna give the camera away anymore, he was very careful to respect the instructions of what a photographer would NEVER do and was extremely proud and happy when he saw the pictures that he took all by himself. I love them. For me, they are the funniest, coolest shots from our holidays. Here is a small selection (omitting the 50 shots of the house door, bathroom door, chairs and beds / the 20 shots of me talking, yawning, and rubbing my nose /the 28 pictures of Ohads feet and hand in the sand)...

Abba swimming...

The baby in ima's belly and abba

Camera the other way around

Beautiful things #1

Since Alva’s birth we are getting a big amount of presents for him. To be honest, it is something I was nervous about even before he was born, to the point of having bad dreams about it. I felt we have to tell everyone that we are kind of special regarding presents for kids. Both Ohad and me are no fans of plastic toys and are favoring pale pastel and natural beige tones to the shrieking colors that are so common to toys designed for children. So we told everyone that we would be happy about toys made of wood or fabric and in general things in neutral colors. I felt kind of strange to give friends and family instructions about what presents to buy, but everyone was very understanding and took up the challenge. We got some really beautifully designed and/or very educational presents. Here are 5 items out of our favorites:

1. Bunny lamp (the porcelaine gives the entire room a beautiful very dimmed light. We usually leave it on at night.) available here:

2. Rattle (made of cornstarch) available here:

3. Storage bin (100% cotton, really cool to store toys, laundry ect.) available here:

4. Swaddles (made from muslin, they get softer with every wash) available here:

5. Wooden animals (every one of them is a little hand crafted jewel) available here:

How about you? Are you having trouble finding nicely designed and educational toys for your kids? What are your favorites? I am looking forward to read your suggestions and comments about this.