Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Assorted things

Ella at the Gawler Show

Charlotte at the Gawler Show

Lucy at the Gawler Show


Charlotte at Ella's school disco

Trying to get a nice photo for Real Nappy Week

A rather gratuitous breastfeeding photo of my nearly 15 month old toddler! It was Breastfeeding awareness week back in August, so just a plug for sustained breastfeeding

Moon Lantern Parade

Ella has been busy at this school during Indonesian lessons creating wire and tissue paper lanterns. It all came to fruition on Sunday night with the lovely Moon Lantern Festival, as part of OzAsia at the Festival Centre.
After a wet and windy start to the day, it was clear and calm when it was time to walk. There were hundreds of very excited children, with about 10 from Ella's class. She had a lot of fun, and was goggly eyed at everything. Our kids very very rarely get to see nighttime, so just being out after 7pm was excitement itself, let alone the added buzz of the Parade. Lucy had obliged us with a 4 hour (!) sleep during the day, so I was relaxed and content that the late night wasn't going to kill anyone :)

The lantern by the light of day

It's dark now!

Full moon

2 x 3

It has been such an experience witnessing Sophie and Charlotte growing up together (for those not aware, Sophie is Charlotte's youngest cousin 6 months younger than herself) They are both extremely 'old' children with the wisdom of 4 older siblings overlaying all that they do. Watching the games they play and the way they interact is pure gold.
It is common for me to have Sophie here for a day, as Rachel gallivants around the place, doing lunch and revelling in massages. Today she made her eldest wag school. Those poor children :p
Charlotte, before we headed off to school this morning, had collected about 8 sticks of assorted lengths, that had blown down in yesterdays winds. She had them all laid out ready to play the 'stick game' with Sophie. Sounds like fun, huh? Two 3 year olds and enough sticks for everyone to lose an eye!

So, we all agreed on a few ground rules - sticks must stay below our elbows, sticks must always point at the ground and no hurting each other! Of course, within minutes of the 'stick game' starting, Sophie had a scratch right near her eye. Unintentional on Charlotte's behalf, so a cautious hug rectified the tears. (hugs are always cautious between these two, as it is fairly common for the wounded one to turn on the other one and lash right back at them, even if the incident was accidental, and the attcker was genuinely remorseful)

So, I was lsitening for them, as I was doing housework, and they were chatting away ion the driveway, then I here them running to the back door and they both invited me out to watch the show. The sticks were now balancing beams, as an intricate winding pattern was laid out all over the driveway. The started with the obligatory 'Ladies and Gentlemen' and then they giggled their way ofrom start to finish, with much cheering on completion.

They then went on to something else - creating an obstacle course - after watching them clamber over two chairs placed back to back on our concrete path, I suggested that they put the chairs on the lawn, as I could see what was coming, with all that excitement.
We had a lot of rain yesterday, so the chairs sunk nice and deep and tight into the back lawn, so they clambered over these back and forwards. Not long after, they came galloping inside to collect assorted dolls and books and back outside to set up this.

Theirs is a pretty fiery relationship. They always want to be at each others house, or in each others company, but gosh! they are volatile. It can be very very wearing having the two of them together. They are like a finely tuned slapstick routine at times, you can see that the sideways glare from one is enough to set up the domino effect for the rest of the day.

Thankfully, the planets were aligned today and there was only one short incident, that I only became aware of because I glanced out the window and saw them both sitting, with arms crossed and scowly faces, far away from each other. No pushing, no yelling. And a quick 'who wants some watermelon?' was enough to break it open.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Some of my favourite things

A few online things that are keeping me interested at the moment are a friends website/forum called Celebreast It is a very positive pro breastfeeding site, with some lovely positive stories.

I am also having fun trawling around babblebaby Another friend of mine writes articles here and it always a bit exciting seeing her name up there!

Though, my biggest plug has to go to the most enlightening parenting book that I have come across (and I have read more than a few!) It is called Parent Effectiveness Training I have got a lot out of it and I do recommend it for anyone that is a parent! I actually think that it is extremely relevant to all relationships.

School photo time

That year went very quick! Ella's second lot of school photos came back this week.
She looks rather unkempt, but delightful.

She is really happy at school and we can't go anywhere without hearing 'Hi Ella!' everywhere. She is such a friendly, happy, eager to please child. We have parent teacher interviews next week, which should be enjoyable.

Speaking of next week ... it is my birthday on Wednesday. 32 years. I have always been a bit gobsmacked about how quickly the last decade has passed, and have been quick to shoot down the passing years, but in a moment of acceptance this week, decided that 32 is pretty fine and dandy.

Ella is a very fluent reader now, and my most favourite sight is to see my two big girls snuggled up in bed together with the book light clipped to the novel of choice, with Ella reading out loud to her sister. Charlotte will sit and listen to Ella for hours. Ella has just taken a big leap in to just writing for the sake of writing, without continually asking how to spell words. So now I am continually stumbling across notes from her from "I love you" written in my diary, to intricate labelled pictures of all manner of things.
This morning I drove Raff's car to school and when I returned home rummaged around in the back seat for the kids' long lost drink bottle and found the following note.

The weather has become very Spring like this week, so we have now have a 'no computer or TV after school' rule. Lucy is now walking pretty confidently, she wears shoes and is extremely happy to potter around outside iwth the big girls. They have been BUSY, setting up tea parties, reorganising the cubby house, creating presents for me (rose petals wrapped up in leaves), playing fencing with broomsticks, swinging around on the clothesline, kicking balls around, wrestling each other, playing chasey, making mud pies.
Last night I took advantahe of the perfect light and caught some nice photos of them all. The kids all came in filthy and with a raging appetite. Tonight there was no mention of 'screen time' they were both outside instantly, picking up where they left off last night. I really really love Spring.

I have a series of photos that is pretty funny. Of Ella storming off, because she wanted to stand behind Lucy, and then one of Charlotte crying because she couldn't see Lucy if Ella was in the way and then of Charlotte dragging Lucy off the stump, cos it was her turn to sit on it.

Friday, August 08, 2008

My three

Lucy is a wise little one, and now that she has done with cutting her seventh tooth, her mood has improved. We still are getting multiple wake ups a night, not sure what is with that. She is walking fulltime now, and really is just quite content to hang out by herself.
She loves books and shape sorters and pushing prams and riding the rocking horse. She has recently found her appetite and is eating a lot more, plus increasing her breastfeeds each day. I think she enjoys the novelty of being able to 'ask' for milk.

Just this week she has learned about 10 more 'words' and has formed a massive attachment to a stuffed bear. She calls him 'bah-bear' and really doesn't like to be far from his side. I am bidding on a replacement on ebay at the moment, as he is just getting filthy every day, so the earlier I can double up, the better, I reckon.

Ella was the same age when she formed an attachment to her 'Menna' and still sleeps with her every night and mooches around with her when she is feeling woeful. Poor old Menna is very very worse for wear. She had a big stitch up job done a few weeks ago, as her whole face was full of 'ladders'. Must organise a photo - I just went and looked and she is wrapped up so tightly in Ella's arms, I can't really unpeel her ...

Charlotte mastered writing her name this week, so many letters! so she still needs reminding about which order they go in, but pretty swish for a 3 and a half year old, I think :)

Our curly haired fairy

First piggy tails

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Health Related

Okay, so this is a bit of a cheat blog, but I am going to link to two blog entries made by a good friend. She will be a doctor by the end of the year, and she is extraordinarily clever and an always wonderful read. These two particular entries have just made me want to share how precious our bodies are, and how we really ought to look after them.



Heart you Jenn xx

Monday, July 21, 2008


Baby + Sudocrem

Introducing the Cousins to The Sims

Lucy with her favourite boy cousin

Lucy with her first pair of shoes

Lucy enjoying some homemade pizza

Lucy is taking lots of steps, but still seems to be a fair way off 'walking' The video below is what she spends her whole day doing, taking 5 or so steps and the plonk on her bum, over and over :)

Belated Happy Birthday to Ella

A bit behind over here, the school holidays were luxuriously lazy and I felt like doing nothing much :)

Well, a couple of weeks ago Ella turned six! We had a pretty low key day, with a visit to a different playcentre http://www.cccsalisbury.asn.au/playcafe.html with the cousins, which was pleasant enough. We also went out for dinner with everyone in the evening.

Ella received some very grown up presents. A watch, a music player, a silver charm bracelet and, her favourite from Nana and Papa, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe book. A read it aloud to her over the next few days and it was really lovely, she was captivated. We have just purchased The Adventures Of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton and are doing the same with that.

She said to me yesterday morning 'Heeey, I'm six now ... Adam and Eva said I'll be six next time they see me! Are they coming home this week?'

Back to school today - it is so lovely to see her bouncing in to her classroom so happy.

Charlotte started in the Kindy Room at childcare today, and Lucy has settled brilliantly in the Baby room at childcare. She eats and sleeps for them there!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Happy birthday to Lucy

Oh, the quickest year of my life! My baby, my curly locks, my little Lu, all growing up.
It was a lovely day today, with just a handful of people. Lucy seemed to enjoy herself and all three kids were exhausted tonight.

Lucy is a marvellous creature, she is joyful and quick to laugh and adventurous and just delicious. She will be walking soon and we get to experience a whole new world then.

I just asked Raff to describe Lucy and he says interactive, cheeky, lively and fun. She is soaking up her world and roars like a tiger, woofs like a dog, moos like a cow and meows like a cat. She climbs and she rocks and she draws and she rips and she throws things and she plays peek-a-boo, and doesn't miss a thing. She will copy her sisters all day. And with a touch of gentle guidance over the last week or so, she now sleeps!

The cake

Her new wagon

The cousins


I will blog about her party later, but look what the birthday girl learned today!!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

First day of winter

so of course, thanks to global warming, we get to have a picnic in the back yard!
It was another warm sunny pleasant day, we have had a real run of them. You really appreciate it at this time of the year as you never know when it is going to get freezing suddenly. It was a lovely long day that included a walk/bike ride, coffee at the bakery, vacuumed and mopped floors, two loads of washing, yummy dinner, vacuumed and washed car, time at the park plus plenty of time for Ella and Charlotte to hang out playing paper dolls, Fairytopia, pretend-you're-the-big-sister-and-I'm-the-little-sister, teachers, playdough, bug catching and cloud watching.
Lucy played in the dirt most of the day ...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

on the way to toddlerhood

So, only 6 short weeks ago I had a baby that looked like this

Much like the older girls, really with straight brownish hair. Fast forward to today and check her out!

She is such a curly head. It is very very cute. I can't wait till she needs a haircut, so I can snip one of those ringlets off to keep forever.
She keeps us super busy, having mastered climbing over the last fortnight. Everything is fair game, as you will se by the pictures I will put up in a minute. And these are only the ones that I was game enough to step away from her to grab the camera. I haven't included the standing upright on the kids drawing table, or hanging on the breakfast bar, or standing on the top level of the girls dolls house.

Today was a pleasant day, so Lucy and Charlotte were playing outside, I came back to see that Charlotte had turned the outside tap on to fill up her watering can and had left the hose running. That made for one very wet (and happy!) baby, drenched to the core in quite cool water. I stripped her down, went inside to get some dry clothes, came back to her trying to jump on the inflatable trampoline.

This was closely followed by this, as she tried to disembark frontwards on wet slippery plastic ....