Saturday, 25 July 2015

Wise Guy

This morning at breakfast with David and Cal I was moaning about the cost of haircuts when David suggested he cut my hair. He seemed confident so I thought we'd give it a go and save 60 dollars on a tiny trim. 

As David started chopping I said to Cal, "Oh, I hope this works out and Daddy can always cut my hair." 

Cal, the monkey, said "And if it doesn't work out, you'll have hair like Daddy's."
Balmoral with Daddy, July 2015

Balmoral, We Love You

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Cal's Very Exciting Week

1. New kindy, new friends. Playdates are go!
2. A week with Dad and AnneMa while "Meetings-Mum" was at work. (That's actually what he's started calling me, the cheeky rascal).
3. Mini-sized torches ordered off the internet that arrived by post whilst he was standing next to the post box waiting for them. Timing is everything.
4. Night-time adventure to test the torches out. What a week!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

The Boat

Growing up we were lucky to have parents with a boat. Of course we didn't appreciate it as much as we should have at the time, but I guess that's the job of children, to be thoroughly unappreciative.

Anyways, being on a boat on Pittwater and having a beach like Portuguese Bay all to yourself is bloody heaven - so thanks Dad for today and all the beautiful boat days from our childhood.

Cal took to the boat like any water activity, with aplomb. There's very little about a potentially dangerous situation that scares Cal and today was no different. He was scooting round the deck like he was born on it and had two good long swims in the 15 degree water.

David joined him on one and even swam right out to the boat, climbed up onto the top deck and did an excellent "bombetje" as the Dutch say.

There were chicken bread rolls, lemon tea cake, lots of cups of tea and a couple of head bumps on low ceilings - just like old times. Another Aussie dream fulfilled, being able to take David and Cal to this special place with the family.

Also, it's been so long since I've been on the water that I'm swaying while writing this. 

A million photos coming up..

Friday, 10 July 2015

We're Trying Something Different

Since moving to the new house Cal's been TV free. We've never had an actual TV, but we've always let him watch a lot of kids shows on our laptops, phones and the iPad. But since coming here we've gone cold turkey. We told Cal we don't have any internet here and that we're gonna do other fun stuff instead. And bizarrely he's totally accepted it. He's asked for TV about 3 times in the past week and I can't get over how smoothly it's gone. I was expecting meltdowns, whingeing and perhaps even physical violence, but nada. In fact, I think we miss it more that he does. I definitely miss the "stun gun" as we call it and its gifts of quiet half hours for reading or peaceful make-up application.

The decision came about because we noticed that he was having a lot of trouble playing on his own. If he wasn't watching TV he was driving us crazy with requests for Nickelodeon-style high adventure games, and it was absolutely knackering us. So in an effort to calm everything down a bit we're trying to do slower, gentler things with him. Lots of reading, drawing, cooking, outdoors adventure etc - probably like we should have been doing all along. And of course he's happy with more of the right kind of attention from his folks. As for independent-play it hasn't quite kicked in yet, but we're still hopeful.

It's probably not a forever thing, the no-TV, but at the moment it's a good thing. Although I do kind of miss the Octonauts and Fireman Sam, which is something I never thought I'd say.
I wasn't even sure he could digest food without YouTube but so far, so good
It's a good sunny space, a little cold this month with all the glass but we're loving the new house
Sunday Scone-day 

Filling lolly-bags to give to his friends at HH kindy to say goodbye
Sometimes filling the bags, mostly eating the candy
Bedtime comes early, right at 7pm and he's sleeping beautifully
The story of Mum's greatest adventure. The time she climbed a volcano in Bali
With a promise to take Daddy and Cal to the top one day to see the fire
A walk around the neighbourhood to find new friends
Didn't go quite to plan
And home again stuffing a chook to roast for GrandDad
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