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the simple things in a child’s life

Found this in my drafts so slightly out of date whack but here it is never the less!!!

We had a jam packed family weekend as my brother and nephew were over from Perth for a football game and we caught up with them at my nephew’s game as well as breakfast the next morning. The little man was so excited to see both of them he kept calling out to both during the game which was very sweet.

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cousins


breakfast with Buzz as well

breakfast with Buzz as well

When we returned home from breakfast I decided there was no TV on and he was not happy about this so I suggested making a cubby over the dining table. He said no but I still went and got a sheet from the linen press and took it out to him. He decided it was going to be over the couches instead and I had to make sure there were two doors and a window! He isn’t demanding at all is he???

So I swished the sheet over the couches, placed his little table and chairs under there and he went and got some toys to entertain himself. Best hour and a half of my life as he was so engrossed I got to read the paper and some of my book uninterrupted!!! Yay for me!!

cubby

cubby


checking out his goodies

checking out his goodies


some of said goodies

some of said goodies

I will be storing this idea away in the old memory bank and pulling it out again as the little man thought it was great!

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flying mand with goggles

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Family time

Sorry I have been off the blog for a bit lately and not really sure why?  I had made a pack with myself that I was going to write at least weekly and I was doing ok for a while there and then off the bandwagon I fell!!!

We have had my brother and his family over from Perth so that has been great for me and the little man to spend some time with my three nephews as well as brother and sister in law.  The little man was on the phone the other weekend to my aunt and he said to her “my brothers and cousins are coming to visit me”, they are his cousins but he refers to them as his brothers even though they aren’t.  He doesn’t even refer to his half siblings as siblings at all?!?!

When they arrived on Saturday night he was so excited to see them all he was squealing with delight and then I had to put him back to bed!  All went well though and the next morning there was lots of chatter amongst them all.  My eldest nephew is 12, then 10 and 4 so there is a big age gap with the older two and only 14 months between the youngest and the little man.

We got a photo of them all on the couch and they are a pretty spunky lot of boys – biased I know…..

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We then had dinner with them last Thursday night and the little man was a bit feral as he’d been at his dad’s all day and over tired as well as getting dropped off 37 minutes late which all added up.  Anyway we all survived dinner and the younger two were lucky enough to score a smartie cookie for dessert.

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I missed the cutest image but I wouldn’t have shown up in a photo of the two cheeky monkeys above shaking their tail feathers to the music playing in the café!  We were all in hysterics and they thought they were pretty good getting all the attention from us.

I couldn’t ask for a better family and neither could the little man as they all get along so well considering three of them live on the other side of the country.

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Chalking!

On a beautiful Melbourne Sunday morning we went outside to play with the neighbours two girls scootering, riding, fixing items and then getting the chalk out.

We were instructed to draw sharks/fish/a mix of the two to represent members of the family.  I first drew my little man and then he wanted a Grandpa and Nanna shark to go next to him.  My neighbour asked him who else was missing from his family and he looked at her blankly, to which I replied “pooh bear.”  I received a scowl from my neighbour as I am guessing I should have said myself but hey if my child doesn’t want me to draw me then I am not going to suggest it; I’m just grateful he didn’t say his dad and his half siblings!!  Naughty thought I know …….

Below are a couple of images of my attempts at drawing his family, sans pooh bear.

Coop is the blue one, grandpa is the green one and nanna is the pink one!

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The two people I miss the most

There are two people in my life that I miss the most at the moment. They are my brother and my best friend Babe.

My brother lives in Perth and there are times I miss him desperately and need his shoulder to cry on and for his reassuring words. He sees things from a different point of view to me, which I need at times. As much as we had our differences growing up, as soon as he moved out things took a change for the better, and as we have gotten older even better. I wish at times so much that he and his gorgeous family didn’t live so far away as I miss them all terribly and would have loved for the little man to have grown up with his only cousins. I talk about/refer to them all the time and the other day he said his three cousins were his brothers and best friends. Talk about making my heart swell and break at the same time. I need my brother more than I’ll Iever admit to him at this time in my life. Mind you he has done more than any sister could ever ask for, as well as his family, and for that I will be forever indebted to them and only hope my munchkin will realise how important his family is in the future.

The second person is Babe. I met her at university and we clicked when we did our industrial year and have never looked backed! We lived together for two years and everybody said we would not be friends at the end, well 17 years later we are still as close as ever; even though she lives in Singapore and I’m a tight arse with my phone. I asked her and her husband to be guardians for my little man in my will and I would do anything to have her back in Melbourne where I could go to her house and drink copious amounts of wine and cry my heart out to her. Again, I miss you Babe more than I can put into words.

It’s hard having two people I want to see on a regular basis so far from me as they know me the best, the good and the bad!

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Children’s Garden

Last week I decided on a semi hot day to take the little man to the Children’s Garden in at the Royal Botanic Garden as I have never been before.  I am not sure what I was expecting but it was more serene than I thought it was going to be and there was enough space for each parent to have their little bit of the sanctuary.

The little man loved the water shooting up from the ground at the entrance of the garden and played there quite happily for sometime before he noticed some other boys with toy trucks and cars who were walking down the to the back area.  He asked me if he could play with them too and I said yes but as they were the boys toys in particular that they may not want to share with him.  To his dismay this was the response he received so I said next time we come we will bring your toys and you don’t have to share them if you don’t feel like it.

We walked around the little channel there as well as a grotto like section.  I can’t get over how serene it was and that you are nearly in the city of Melbourne.  We went back to the shooting water as this was more interactive, as no toys to push around, and he played happily until it was time to pack up and go home to get ready for kinder.
We found some friends in the garden who were watching over the children’s garden entrance.

There is so much to see and do in your own backyard that sometimes I find it hard to fit it all in and seeing it through the eyes of a 3 year old is just beautiful.

so excited coming to see me
in the grotto area
Old tree in grotto
water fun

Friends watching the entrance
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Nearly Santa time

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown!  Do you feel the same way?

I only work two days a week and thought the year would drag but it has been the complete opposite.

Below is our depleting advent calendar with only a few more goodies for the munchkin left to go.

Advent calendar

Advent calendar

I also love the Santa Babushka dolls I brought for the munchkin for his second christmas & they will be something I give him when & if he eventually moves out of home! Hoping they may turn into a heirloom for the next few generations – crazy thought or sane one??

Babushka Santas

Babushka Santas

I haven’t really had the Christmas spirit for a years as I have lived by myself & thought “what is the point?” Now I’m getting more into it as my munchkin gets older & so excited about Santa.

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Bring on the holidays still I say…..

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Wiggles Sunday!

Yesterday was the busiest day my munchkin and I have had for such a long time.

It started at 5.30am when he came into my bed, I still receive my visitor every now and then, but luckily for me I did manage to get him to go back to sleep and then woke him at 7.00am but rubbing his back.  He then said “keep playing on my back please”, too cute.  We got out of bed and had breakfast before I packed our bag to head off to the Wiggles Concert!!!

We were out the door and in the car by 8.25am and on our way to fill up the care before embarking on our big day ahead.  Munchkin was very excited about seeing Captain Feathersword and his car, to which I replied “I think he has a boat as he is a pirate and not a car bub.”  He didn’t believe me and kept on talking about Captain Feathersword and his car.  He then wanted to know if the ‘red’ car would be there and I said “yes it will be on stage.”  This perplexed his little mind as I don’t believe he has ever seen a stage before so I had to explain this to him and that we would not be able to go for a ride in the red car or see/touch the Wiggles.

Got to the Botanic Gardens just after 9.00am and found that car parking on the street is free on weekends – Bonus!!  Parked the car and started our little trek to Rod Laver; about 7 minutes into the walk I had thought ‘did I lock the car??’  So back we went to double check and still not sure as stood on the other side of the road and hit the button and the lights flashed so I knew it was locked for sure!  On the walk back a little voice says “carry me”, to which I replied “bub you are too big I can’t carry you but I will piggy back you until we get to the bridge then you have to walk for me.”  This was fine for both of us and off we trundled.

Walking inside we tried to find the ‘freebies’ as I am on a tight budget and we got a few things before finding our seats.  Well the munchkin was so excited and was dancing and singing along to the tunes and nearly wet himself when Captain Feathersword and Wags the Dog came on stage and a special surprise visit from Santa as well. Nearing the end he was starting to lose his concentration so it was great that time was up and out the doors we headed.  Upon nearing the exit door there were mini VW cars with iPads set up as steering wheels so he had to get in one (blue) and then wanted the red one as well but I said a firm “no” which was met with wales of screaming and tears and he wouldn’t leave the venue!  He did end up leaving but kicking and screaming in the arms of his mother and not the end to the morning that I had anticipated at all.  Due to all his wailing he wanted to be carried – again I said you are too heavy but that didn’t work and I carried him across the bridge and then said if you’re not going to walk then it is piggy back time to the car.

Arrive at the car with mum hot, bothered and sore whilst munchkin was as happy as Larry!  Off on the next adventure out to the Yarra Valley for lunch with my parents and aunts and uncles as a belated birthday lunch for my dad as his brother was in South Africa on his birthday.  I thought the munchkin would be a nightmare at lunch as such a big morning but he was fine (in a way).  Ordered a baby cino as soon as we arrived and then wouldn’t decide between the fish or chicken so ordered him the chicken.  When this arrived he turned up his nose and talked to everyone instead or tried to eat their entrees!  He was driving me batty so sent him to my aunt and he sat there and happily ate all his lunch and dessert, as well as everyone else’s dessert too!  By 4.00pm he was done and had started spitting his water out of his mouth and running around the restaurant like a headless chook (not that I have ever seen one).  Time to get in the car and keep him awake as too close to bedtime for a car nap.  Didn’t need to keep him awake as he chatted in the car on the way home nonstop; around 1.5 hours.

Upon arriving home I thought he wouldn’t want dinner but he said he’d have an omelette which I made and he ate nearly all of it as well as an icy pole – where it all went I am still in awe.  Bed at 7.00pm and asleep by 7.30pm and all was quiet until 6.15am this morning.

Such a big day for a little boy who coped amazingly well.  Love you munchkin! xxx

 

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