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Dirty Duck Water

OMG! My heart was in my throat on Sunday before my body could react to what had just occurred. Thankfully my dad was not as slow to react as me and all was fine.

The little man said he wanted to see nanna and grandpa on Sunday morning when he woke up so I rang to see if they were going to be home and that we would be popping out if that was ok. All good so we got ourselves ready into the car and off on the 50 minute drive to their house.

When we arrived he just wanted to play with the toys that are there and nothing else. So we posed the question of feeding the ducks at Ringwood Lake. He thought this would be fun and off we went.

Arriving at the Lake we had to park in an area that had been fertilised recently and the little man kept saying “why can I smell animal poo?” “Animal poo stinks and it is yucky!” Once we cleared the smelly area all was good and we could see the ducks on the lake.

We had three pieces of bread to feed the ducks and out on the deck we ventured. To begin with he was throwing the tiniest pieces of bread to the ducks that they couldn’t even see the motion or the ripple in the water. I showed him what size to break off and watch them come to us. He loved it and we had mentioned not to get too close to the edge as no fence and to be careful.

After getting a bit zealous with his throwing of his bread the unthinkable happened, well in hindsight probably not that unthinkable, he did a big throw and followed the bread in the water.

I’m standing there thinking I have bags in my hands and do I strip off to jump in after him blah blah blah going through my head. Whilst I’m thinking this my dad is on his tummy reaching in the water to grab my little man and pull him up. I am still thinking am I going to have to get in there because I’m not a great swimmer and it’s going to be bloody freezing!!!! How deep is it as well due to being out on the deck???

Dad got him and pulled him out of the water, not a mean feat mind you as he had on boots and a thick pullover due to having a cold and asthma so this added to his normal weight of around 22kgs. He was so good and more in shock than anything else and freezing of course!! He didn’t panic and he didn’t thrash about, mind you it literally happened in the blink of an eye. He kept saying “I fell into the dirty duck water.” All I wanted to do was cuddle the heck out of him but he was soaking wet.

As we walked back to the car he kept saying that he had fallen into the dirty duck water and then added that they had hit him on his head with their feet! I think it might have been his Grandpa trying to get a grip of him.

As the day wore on the story of his fall got bigger and bigger, which was very cute.

Can’t tell you how grateful I am to my dad and that my little man was ok and didn’t seem to have any side effects from his impromptu swim on the dirty duck water.

feeding time

feeding time

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after the fall (grandpa in the background) - drowned rat

after the fall (grandpa in the background) – drowned rat

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My Protector

The other week we had the kinder movie night. I requested from the little mans dad if we could swap nights so that he could attend – that is another whole story in itself which I wont go into detail about. Anyway the long and the short of it is that yes we attended the movie night and no he never saw his dad that weekend.

I only told him about it the morning of as I didn’t want to get him too excited incase his dad said no. As you can probably gather he was so excited it was ridiculous. After attending kinder in the afternoon we went home and I made him have a little rest before having dinner and heading back to kinder at 5.45pm.

I told him we would need to take the torch as we were walking and it would be dark and that he needed to wear his coat. Off we set with him carrying the torch and swinging it around as we wandered around the corner.

The movie was Happy Feet 2 and I think he sat there for the first half hour then realised they had opened up his room and wanted to play in there. I said to him if he didn’t want to watch the movie we would be leaving. He came back to me about 10 minutes later and said he wanted to go home.

Homeward bound with him and the torch again and telling me he was my protector and would look out for me. He checked for monsters and dinosaurs in all the fences and gates as we walked the 500m home and was so cute about it; it made me want to cry tears of joy and happiness for the fantastic little man that I am raising!

I love my protector with all of my heart and hope he never losers the innocence he has and this thoughtfulness towards others.

My protector (with Pooh bear of course!)

My protector (with Pooh bear of course!)

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Adventure Days

We have been on a few adventures as the little man likes to call them. First off we went to Collingwood Children’s farm with a girlfriend and her daughter. Again a beautiful sunny winter’s day for us to be out in the fresh air. The little man was a bit disappointed as last time we went we had free pony rides and tractor rides; this time neither were on offer.

Duck having a bath 1

Duck having a bath 1

Duck having a bath 2

Duck having a bath 2

old plough in pigsty

old plough in pigsty

After wondering through the farm and getting up-close and personal with some goats we decided that they had had enough so time to depart. Although the best part for me was seeing Chris Judd there! Pity I hadn’t put the little man’s Carlton jumper on that day as I might have gotten it signed!! He was there with his family enjoying the sun as well.

We also went back to Werribee Zoo to see the animals and go on the safari bus. The little man loves this bus and I have to keep telling him to keep his arms in the windows as they might get bitten off!! Not really but only thing that makes sense to him.

my safari boy

my safari boy

riding a hippo

riding a hippo

This is a great zoo for kids around the age of 3.5 as it only takes about two hours to see everything, One hour walking around and seeing the animals in their natural habitat, having a bit of a play on the old ‘wrecked’ boat and digging for dinosaurs in the sandpit. Then onto the safari bus and you are done and dusted around the two hour mark. Home before the tantrums begin or the whinging sets in.

Gotta love a day like that!

Rhino

Rhino

Giraffes

Giraffes

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Laughter and babies

I have to start by saying I have never laughed so hard or for so long in such a long time that it was the medicine that I needed!!

What is she talking about I hear you ask. Well the other month my little man had gone to bed and was happily winding down after his day when I hear a voice say “mum”, “yes “ I reply. I then hear “I got babies.” For the life of me I could not think what he is talking about so I ask him to come to the living room and show me.

He appears with the majority of his stuffed toys, which live on his bed, jam-packed into his onesie pj’s! Priceless!!! He then explains that he’s got babies and lots of them. I laughed and laughed like I have not in years and thought how cute and adorable he was – biased I know. He seemed so proud of what he had done and was happy that I was laughing and enjoying his antics.

big belly boy

big belly boy

babies inside!

babies inside!

Even after I had taken all the toys out of his pj’s and put him back to bed I was laughing to myself on the couch and wondering where he got the idea from. It is amazing what kids pick up on and then make it their own.

I must admit even the other day he said he would like a baby. I had to tell him that I can’t help in that area at the moment as much as I would love to have another child I need a partner to achieve that goal in my life. I had decided if I won the $50 million lotto the other night I would have done something about having another baby but alas I was not one of the lucky two winners.

Have any of your kids done something as insanely funny as my little man??

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p>It was the long weekend in June and the little man and I had been down the beach house and I thought we should do something different on our way home.   I decided to go and check out The Briars in Mt Martha as I have been going to the MorningtonPeninsula since before I was born and have never been.  Plus they had pony rides and face painting as well.

We arrived to a beautiful and tranquil setting with wide open spaces, three different nature walks, a café, visitors centre and a restaurant further up the hill. We waited in line for the pony ride and when it was the little mans turn he decided he didn’t want to go on the ride so we wondered off to the old trolley that was there and he happily played on it for about 20 minutes. 
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We then went into the visitors centre and had a look around it and read the history of the place – very interesting indeed.

We walked up the hill to the carriage that sits there and the little man received a leg up and played in this for about 15 minutes.  The perfect winter’s sun on the day made it all the more stunning.

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After this he decided that he wanted to go on the pony ride after all so we went back down the hill to this area and he had short 5 minute pony ride on buttercup and thoroughly enjoyed himself.

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It was a lovely detour for about 1 hour and will definitely go back as we didn’t do any of the walks and would love to take a picnic lunch there as well.

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Aftermath of a Autumn day park visit

The little man and I decided one sunny Autumn morning to go to the park for a break in the mundane routine. He happily played with other ‘best friends’ he made and was having a ball running around and expending the energy that I wanted him too! As park time was nearing an end he decided to go down the slide!!

I thought I had warned him not to as it had rained over night and the plastic slides were wet, but if I had he chose to ignore his mothers advice and down he went. He cam up to me and said “I got wet pants.” I thought he had had a toilet accident but realised it was all on his bottom and not the front. Slide accident to the max. Time to leave and take off his pants in the car and travel home in his wet undies; luckily it is only about a 3 minute drive.

Too be young and carefree again……

Pants off wet undies

Pants off wet undies

look no pants & love my gumboots!

look no pants & love my gumboots!

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Homemade gifts

Here is the little man painting some gifts for nanna for “Mothers Day.” This just proves my point that I have been off the airwaves for a long time.

We made a coaster out of icy pole sticks and then he painted it. The best part of this little project was that he got to eat an icy pole every night as we had to get the ‘perfect’ stick before adding it to our little pile.

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I realised after we had given the gift to mum that I should have sealed the paint either with a sealer or maybe even clear nail polish as I am sure the first time she puts an ice cold glass on it the paint will run or end up on the bottom of the said glass.

He then did some general and finger painting and on the finger/hand painting I wrote a poem on it after it was dry called My Handprint. Unfortunately I don’t have an image of this as I did it the morning of and straight into the car and off we went.

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It is hanging at nanna’s house in the exact same spot where she used to hand my brothers and my artwork from kinder and school. Good to see some old habits never die.