Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Conversations With Cal

Driving along the other day Cal told me that when he grows up he wants to be a doctor. One who puts the babies in the mummies' tummies. He said he's going to put them in soft places, not on the hard bits, so they'll be safe. And also that he's going to wear gloves.

On the way to school today we saw a 'men at work' sign depicting a rudimentary workman figure. He said, 'those drawings of people with no necks make me so mad!'

'Mum, you're the worst. You're worse than a box of pins. Mum you're the best.' All in the same 5 minutes, all the time these days.

Cal, dear heart, I love you so.

First Good Swims Of The Season

We had our first really warm day this week (32 degrees) and David and Cal had their first good swim down at Balmoral. Cal and I also took a very pleasing dip at the little beach down by Neutral Bay Ferry last week. The water in the harbour is even brisker than the ocean beaches, but it was lovely to swim so close to home - the bottom of the street! I think we'll be back there a lot this summer.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Spring School Holidays

Cal is on his Spring school holidays this week and next. All up he has about 3 weeks off and we're planning to stay in Sydney and take it easy. He'll go to Sports camp twice a week from 9-3, but other than that David, myself and Mum will juggle the rest of the days. We've relaxed the iPad rules a bit and he's enjoying watching Wall-E, The Little Prince and How To Train Your Dragon. He 'earns' his TV privileges by suffering through homemade worksheets that I make for him to keep up his reading and writing. These are some pics from David and Cal's favourite bushwalk from Curl Curl to Dee Why, which Cal managed to do without needing to be carried at all. Except for one 20 meter piggyback he walked the whole 7 kms there and back, apparently!

Monday, 26 September 2016

A Trip To The Countryside

This past weekend we went out to visit Grandad at his friend Libby's house an hour outside of Sydney at Cattai. Cal loved making a fire and having a turn on Libby's favourite toy, her ride-on lawnmower. It was a lovely chance to get out of the city and Cal has already asked when we can go back and light another fire. Thanks for having us, Libby!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Four And Three Quarters

Cal and Skyler after music class, September 2016

There's a lot of new stuff coming Cal's way. Tomorrow we'll go to his primary school to buy his first school uniform - after these school holidays it's the home stretch! Last term at pre-school. And he's just started karate, which also requires a snazzy uniform of white kimono-style scrubs and a white belt. I thought the miniature kickboxing gloves were a bit much, but they assure us he'll need them very soon when he begins punching stuff.. Can't wait for that..

Cal, as usual, is looking forward to it all. Just like his Dad and unlike his Mum whose favourite hobby is sitting around imagining all possible future worst case scenarios. We spent the day at the primary school carnival the other day and he had a good chance to walk around the school, play on the equipment and see the kindy classrooms. The school grounds were full of rides, fairy-floss and toy stalls, which I carefully explained would not be there on a regular school day. Ha ha, I hope he was listening otherwise he's in for a rude shock.

It's September and the rapid switch from winter to summer that passes for spring here is well underway. Cal is suddenly starting to talk a lot about sports, how Australian. He does a brilliant impersonation of the sports coach at pre-school and likes to make up his own sports games at home and in the park. Today he designed a circuit workout for me on the exercise equipment out the front of North Sydney library. He told me that he would watch from the bench and that I could call him if I needed any help.

Tonight as I was kissing him goodnight he told me that when he grows up he wants to be a writer. He said he can't wait to grow up, because being so tall will be so, so fun.

Five will be here before we know it.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Summer Strawberry Tart

Just before we packed up the house in Amsterdam Hans and Nicky surprised us with a box of beautiful strawberries from their orchard. Nicky brought the pie crust and filling she makes every year for Hans' birthday and Cal was excited to help with the assembling.

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