Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Cal's Camping Adventure!

Last week Cal had his first camping adventure with Oma and Opa, which by all accounts was a roaring success. He's still talking about Oma and Opa's tent. Here's some pics from the fun week.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sleep All Summer

When it comes to Cal's day nap we're still trying to find the right mixture. If it was up to him he'd sleep 2.5 hours during the day and stay up till 10pm. To get him in bed by 8-8.30pm we try to limit his nap to an hour but it's almost impossible to wake him up. He's like a hungover teenager and responds to annoying questions like, "Honey don't you think it's time to get up?" with an efficient shake of the head before covering his eyes with an elbow and rolling over. If I'm really persistent, I'll get a "Mummy Go Way."

Saturday, 2 August 2014

A New Place To Swim

Poor me is stuck inside with a pile of work, but David and Cal found a lovely new place to swim. Het Twiske is a small lake about 15 mins drive north of the city. 

Thursday, 31 July 2014

First Compliment

This morning I put on a dress I haven't worn in a while and when I walked into the living room Cal looked up at me and said, "Nice T-shirt!"
Be careful Cal, I'll eat you up I love you so

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Around These Parts

Cal's friend Emil came over and they shared a mutual appreciation of Chuggington on YouTube
Emil's a little older and takes train-play very seriously
Crackers for breakfast
Cal and David, July 2014
So-not-gender-neutral toys

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Summer At Home & Tantrum Times

Cal has survived week one of his summer 'stay-cation' at home with his parents. So far we're all still talking to one another. Funnily (not coincidentally?) this week has also seen the onset of Cal's terrible-two-tantrums. Until now we thought we'd dodged the whole tantrum thing that you hear about. But not so, it arrived this week like a freight train. 

Unlike a lot of things in real life, Cal's tantrums are just like you see in the movies. They're conducted in highly public and usually dangerous places. The middle of busy roads and train station thoroughfares are sure-fire tantrum zones. A supermarket aisle is an oldie, but a goody. And they're never very original, sorry to say Cal. A refusal to get off the road and out of the path of a tram, the knee lock, the slide to the ground, the roll onto the back, the leg flail, the roll to foetal position and then the jagged sob.

But then comes the bear hug and the minutes of peace and quiet. The good thing about tantrums is that they press the Restart button. And we all need that sometimes. Here are some sweet pics from around the house this week, in no-tantrum times.
Rainy day toilet roll bowling
Pretty intensely into Brio trains these days
He calls them his "Trainas"
The whole jar of raisins is also a fave
Hello humidity curls, how I love you

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Beach

Dinner at the beach was on Cal's summer to-do list so off we went yesterday to Wijk aan Zee. It was a pretty windy day so we didn't spend much time down near the water before Cal had had enough of the sand in his face and asked to go back to the cafe for chippies.
Love this guy's beach hair
There were some nice little waves to play in 
And the water wasn't tooo cold (still too cold and grey for me though)
Wijk Aan Zee with beautiful windmills and ugly steel factory behind
David thought it was only fair to take the breakers at Cal's height xx

My water babies
The Photographer
The Collector
Excellent pre-dug hole, no sandy hands required, which he doesn't like
A cargo ship on its way down the channel behind the beach
Beach bar games
Time for chippies, let's go
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