Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Had a look and really enjoyed it.
Description of bookMotherhood is the world's most demanding-and rewarding-job. It comes with incredible highs and gut-wrenching lows. How best to express both the joys and challenges inherent in parenting the next generation? Leave it to the one and only Bradley Trevor Greive. In this loving homage to mothers everywhere, the best-selling author has masterfully paired his insightful prose with humorous animal photography that quickly and succinctly sums up his narrative's loving nuances. From birth to toddlers to teenagers, The Incredible Truth About Motherhood covers the many stops and starts children make on their journey to adulthood and describes how a devoted mother is both teacher and student.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The ones in Color are his extension words for the super spellers in year 1. Remember -- this child is still only five. If I asked Jim to spell half those words, he would have to think long and hard about them. WHOA! btw - Andrew can spell them all!!!!!
BUT, Andrew on the other hand -- no accent has yet to cross his lips, unlike his sister who is terribly hard to understand. Every other sentence we have to ask her to repeat because we can't understand her. Well, this afternoon when I picked him up from a playdate with his classmate, Seb (short for Sebastian) as we were leaving Seb's house, Andrew yells back to Seb, "See you later, mate!" like it was nothing. Just normal conversation. UGH!!!! He has been Aussiefied!!! No accent, but the lingo is taking hold. Please help me...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I can only imagine what he would be like if it would have been a normal summer with real beach weather where it wasn't raining each weekend. I think we went to a beach maybe 2 or 3 times over the course of the whole summer. Even when we were in Hawaii we had such crappy weather with the rains and all.
Thank goodness we have this new house with a pool. He has become such a fish. I can see his confidence in the water grow each time he hops into the pool. I truly think it has helped him overcome his dislike/fear? of the beach.
Can't wait until next summer!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
First stop, Bill's restaurant in Woollahra. This is the guy (Bill Granger) whose cook book here in Sydney I actually enjoy cooking food from. The recipes are real food. They are yummy and true flavors. Not flashy or over the top.
Sat down. Ordered our cappuccinos and settled down with the menus. Decided on organic scrambled eggs with sourdough toast and a side of toasted apple, dried cherry and almond bread with ricotta and honeycomb spread (knowing Jim would eat my sourdough since I don't like it) and Jim would go with the ricotta hotcakes with bananas and honeycomb butter with a side of chicken chippolatas. A few minutes later the server came back saying that their fresh delivery hadn't arrived yet with the chippolatas, so he had to settle for bacon. Oh well.
Monday, March 24, 2008
I am writing this to keep a history of what we are doing, but I do know you are out there living vicariously through it, enjoying pieces of it as you go. So, if you do pop in to read... please say so or send a message. Say 'HI' when you pop in to read. Drop us a line with a comment or two. Or an email. The kids do read the comments and are really excited when they read them. And then your comments become a living part of our history, too!
I am stepping down from my soapbox. Stepping down, now.
Got up, watched the clouds fight with the sun over who was going to win. Jim walked up to Bond's Corner to grab a coffee and of course they weren't open -- Easter Monday. Official cafe holiday. Businesses not open until Tuesday. No coffee for him! But banana bread at home at least! :)
I hopped in the shower and no sooner did I do that then Andrew Ford called and said since the sun had come out we should all go down to Balmoral Beach for a couple of hours. It was agreed we would meet at their house in 30 minutes. I changed and packed up the gear while Jim and Emmalee grabbed a quick swim in the pool. I talked to mom and dad back in IL to wish them a Happy Easter -- listening to them talk about the 12 inches of snow they are dealing with while we are swimming and going to the beach!
Emmalee and Anthea building in the sand
bridges and holes by 10.15. Had fresh cappuccinos in hand by 10.30. All the kids swimming in
Next thing you know, we get a call requesting a Barton drop-off for a couple of hours. Sounded good to us. The more the merrier! By 1.30 we had 6 kids, 2 dads and 1 mom over. Looked like after school care gone amuck! Kids were splashing in the pools, riding scooters, doing art, playing dolls, playing yard tennis, skateboarding...
Ended the day of course with a couple of quick Wii games of tennis and bowling. Can't have a playdate without Wii! Especially if Fraser is here. But man did we pack in alot of stuff today.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
When I got back from the cast removal and drop off at school I met up at Schmooze with Teesh to check up on how the morning went. She said well, but when it came to walk up the hill to school, Andrew started to complain, "My legs hurt" so Letetia offered to kick Timmy out of the umbrella stroller and stroll Andrew to school instead of Tim. Andrew took her up the offer!!! Little toad! Tim wasn't too happy either. Even the thought/threat of being teased about being pushed in a baby stroller wasn't enough to stop him. What a lazy guy...
Nothing like a huge armful of not-so-real little creatures to haul around.
We get taken into the patient area by the doctor since they are 2 physios short today. UGH! Sounds like we are going to be waiting a while since all the beds and chairs are full of clumsy children.
He said her wrist looked great. The tan lines looked a bit funny, but that was to be expected. Her muscles had turned to jello, so the kids at school got to wiggle her arm a bit. Its still quite tender, so we are baby-ing it for the next few days until she gets used to it again!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
There was a band playing with lots of dancing, especially by the little people and eventually joined in by the daddies.... Those dancing lessons at school have been coming in handy!
Well, it opened today and we got the first showing.
Met at 10.50 at Chatswood. Sophie brought her Mom(Esther) along. The seats Teesh & I (mostly Teesh) chose were too close for Esther's eyes, so she wanted to move back. When we did, Esther noticed that the rope to the La Premiere seating (BIG CUSHIE SEATS -- $32 a ticket instead of $13) was down and said lets sit there until we get asked to move! So we did. We sat there -- and acted like we were supposed to be there even when a member of the staff walked by. Didn't even question us!!!
The movie was good. Followed the book pretty well, added a few things that weren't there that really didn't need to be there. Skipped some things that we all thought were quite important to the main plotline. But it was a LONG book, so you do have to pick and choose what you keep and drop. But for the most part we did enjoy it. And I think it was a welcome break for Sophie from her house building/renovation work and for me, a break from my headaches.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree.
Merry, merry king of the bush is he.
Gay your life must be.
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Eating all the gumdrops he can see.
Leave some there for me.
We had these glorious creature visit us last week early one morning while Jim was clipping his nails on the deck. Something about the sound of his clipping drew them in. So much so that we (I) could get right up close and take their photos. They kept flying in -- I think we had five at one time. Two on the rails, one on the floor, one on the bbq and one on the roof. It was quite a sight.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sign Up for Earth Hour -- March 29 - 8pm!!!
Monday, March 10, 2008
This is the view from our drive way of the front yard. And of the walkway to the back of the house. I know its not much, but its something. The front yard is green grass. Soft enough to actually walk on in bare feet, not St. Augustine grass -- just watch out for the bindiis. Or spiders. We have a blue jacaranda tree growing on the left hand side facing the street
On the opposite side of the walk from the laundry as you head to the back there are two huge hydrangea bushes. I think they bloom a deep mauvey-lavender color, but I am not totally sure as they were already bloomed out by the time we moved in. I just get the fun of cutting the dried blooms off. All through-out the back there are south african lilies which bloom with this huge ball of periwinkle blue of star shaped flowers in December and January.