Life is Full of Surprises

The past few weeks have been all about swings and roundabouts! As parents we know that life is full of ups and downs, and against a background of struggling for over five weeks with a dose of bronchitis that morphed into pneumonia (which is the sickest I have ever felt, at least in my adult life), a number of projects that have been in the making for months now have started to fall into place. I can’t wait to share further details with you all as they are confirmed.

One of the ‘ups’ that came as a complete surprise today was a phone call informing me that Childhood 101 has been selected by a panel of judges as one of five finalists in the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards 2011, within the Best Parenting Blog category.

Having won the award in 2009, it is an honour to be selected again. Childhood 101 is without a doubt a labour of love for me. I started blogging here as a place to share my experiences as a new Mum and early childhood teacher passionate about the importance of play to children’s learning. What I never expected was how much I would receive in return – community, friendship, support and inspiration from all around the world. Thank you all for coming on this journey with me. Thank you to the team of regular contributors for all that you share. Thank you to everyone for their support of Playopedia and Play Grow Learn. It is through your support and sharing that we can together continue to create a place to celebrate childhood.

And now it is over to the public to decide the winner for Best Parenting Blog.

You can vote for Childhood 101 here. Please select a blog in each category – it literally only takes a few seconds to click through each one. When you get to β€˜Best Parenting Blog,’ just be sure to check Childhood 101 πŸ™‚Β  Votes can be submitted every two hours and close on November 27th but I promise not to harass you all too often!

There are a number of Australian based finalists within the other categories which I think is pretty fabulous considering the size of the Asia Pacific wide blogosphere. Congratulations to Lizosaurus – Original Blog Design, Rachel Devine – Best Photography Blog, Grab Your Fork – Best Food Blog, Y Travel Blog – Best Travel Blog, Sea of Ghosts – Best Fashion Blog, Sassi Sam – Best Entertainment Blog, Melburnian – Best Micro Blog, Eat Show Tell – Original Blog Design, Citrus and Candy – Best Photography Blog and A Beach Cottage – Hidden Gem (I’ll add others as I discover who they are).

And thank you all again xx

Voting is now open. Please cast your vote here.

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  1. Well done you deserve the recognition….as you continue to inspire πŸ™‚ Good luck

  2. Congratulations Christie – so well-deserved.x

    1. Thank you, Debbie. And thank you for being a supporter for such a long time now x

  3. Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots says:

    Congratulations, very well deserved! Good luck! You have my vote πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you, Kate. Voting is finally open and it feels very real and exciting now πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats, Christie! Still remember the good fun we all had in Singapore day tour in the 2009 Awards, though you didn’t join us to the late party haha πŸ™‚

    Send my regards to the little one and hope you have even greater fun this time in Malaysia!

    1. It was a great trip, Michael, and my first experience meeting other bloggers πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear you won’t be joining us this time!

  5. yay!! congrats Christie! well done, fingers crossed for you β™₯

  6. Congratulations and thank you for the mention! I am waiting for the excitement to set in after the shock wears off! Looking forward to spending some time with you in KL!

    1. If it is anything like 2009, it will be lots of fun! I look forward to finally meeting you πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Elise, it is such an honour just to be nominated πŸ™‚ Voting is finally open which makes it all very exciting xx

  7. That’s very exciting Christie – you do deserve the recognition! Congratulations!

    1. I am thankful for your support and your wise words of wisdom shared here xx

  8. Yay, congratulations – you deserve it! Make sure you remind us to vote again soon, as they haven’t opened it up yet, and I know I’ll forget otherwise.

  9. Congratulations Christie!! And thanks for mentioning us. Can’t wait till we can vote πŸ™‚

  10. Margaret Elvis says:

    Congratulations for once again being nominated. You work so hard that you certainly deserve that nomination. I think we have voted for you but it doesn’t seem to tell us that our vote has been received but we will keep on perservering until the deadline. Love to you. xxx

  11. Margaret Elvis says:

    Pop’s vote has (I think) also been registered but with these computer thingies I am never quite sure. Hope it has anyway. xxx

  12. Congratulations Christie! I’m voting for you all the way and can’t wait to meet you all at the awards. Thanks so much for the shout out too πŸ™‚

  13. Well deserved!!!! Thanks for helping us stay sane with your idea!!!! Sanity saver!!! Good luck!

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