Friday, 20 January 2017

Dutch Son

Our first day back in Amsterdam was lovely. Impressively cold but full of golden sunshine. Tasks were kept to a minimum - mittens for Cal, a bike for me, grocery shopping. And while I sat out the cold afternoon the boys went to the Vondelpark where Cal had his first walk on ice. David said despite the weather (-4 degrees) he didn't complain about the cold once. Dutch DNA kicking in fast.

Monday, 16 January 2017

The Birthday Party

On a sweltering January morning Cal had four little friends over for his 5th birthday party. With the move in progress (and a bedroom full of packed boxes) we kept it simple. We transformed his bedroom into the 'balloon room', which the kids went nuts for, had two party games; marshmallow munch and shoot the cups, and then we cut the cake - a jungle swamp version the the Women's Day Pool cake. Five year olds don't need much more than that to have fun.

The Marshmallow Munch pics, where the kids are bobbing for sweets pics are my favourites.I found the idea on Pinterest and it made for a hysterical 5 minutes of crazy giggling.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Almost 5, An Interview

Cal and Elara, Clifton Gardens, late December 2016

Hey Cal, what's your favourite thing? 
To give you cuddles and kisses (kid knows where his bread is buttered)

What makes you really scared?
Redbacks - every single spider actually.

What makes you jump for joy?
When you say I can watch TV.

What makes you fall on the ground crying?
No ice-cream.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A photographer like Daddy. And a writer.

What do you think the best thing about being five will be?
Being taller.

Where's your favourite place?
On a plane, going to visit Oma and Opa.

What do you like to do best with Grandad?
Go on the boat, in the dinghy. Put the anchor down.

And AnneMa?
To the Powerhouse museum. To see the mummies.

What are you really good at?
Tricking Daddy with my Batman costume. (Every day at 4pm he puts it on and we all pretend not to know where Cal has gone!)

What aren't you so good at?
Opening doors with keys.

What's the best thing about out family?
When we all have a cuddle at the same time.

Cal: Aren't you going to ask me about my best toy?
Me: Sure! What is it?
Cal: The Star Wars toy we just ordered online for my 5 birthday! (Laughs maniacally)

I love my almost five year old so so much. When I imagined myself as a parent it was always to a kid this age, and later a teenager. It's way more work than my scanty fantasies of parenting included, but just as funny, poignant and adorable as I'd imagined. I'm so lucky to be his mum. Happy Birthday, soon, dear heart Cal. xxx

So Long, 2016

No lengthy post mortem this year. There were slices of happiness, slices of sadness, always plenty of inescapable big decisions to be made, but mostly what I'll remember from 2016 was the sunshine. There's been lots and lots of it and we've enjoyed every minute whether swimming in it, shooting in it, repelling it with hundreds of dollars worth of sunscreen or waking up happily to it almost every day. The photosynthesis has been good for us three this year. May 2017 continue to warm us, wherever it takes us. Onwards in the glow.

Christmas 2016

I found some Christmas pics from this year on my phone that aren't the best quality - but it was such a nice Christmas that I want to put them up anyway.

These first are from our gorgeous lunch at the Botanic gardens restaurant. Mum, Alex, Cal and I.

And these from Christmas morning before David came home later that night. Thankfully I convinced Cal to put pants on before present opening!

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