Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Eli does Easy Rider

Ballerina Party

Audrey was invited along to one of her friend's 'Ballerina' Party this weekend.

We've never really encouraged the pink outfits that seem to be de rigueur with 3 year olds at the moment, but I guess it's a sign of how little influence you actually have over your children that Audrey wears a pink fairy princess outfit almost every day.

She was joined at the party by throngs of other would-be princesses. We speculated where the cross over between angel/ballerina/fairy occurs, it seems a pretty universal outfit and the boundaries between each classification are fairly loose.

The party was monumental for lovers of all things fairy. A mass of pink sweets, favours, decorations even a pink fairy castle piñata which was joyfully smashed by the (older) boys at the party with a cricket stump.

I don't think either Audrey or Eli have eaten quite so many sweets(Aus:lollies) in the whole of their lives. They were absolutely wired on sugar by the end of it.

Audrey capped it off by winning the fairy princess statues dancing competition. It was funny to watch her disappointed reaction to winning the 1st prize (a make an angel kit) when the kids who had been knocked out in preceding rounds had all collected sugary pink "musk sticks". (Amy fortunately nicked one before the end for her)

Audrey eats her 15th lolly

...then devours a cake

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Audrey in the garden

Here's Audrey adding sand from the sand pit to the vegetable patch


Audrey spotted an old picture of her with her brother dressed as fairies and wanted to dress him up again in one of her spare fairy princess dresses. Poor kid..

(he doesn't seem to mind though)

National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra has just undergone a major face lift with no less than 11 new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries as well as a new shop and cafe. We liked the old gallery but the new one is even better!

It's only a few minutes drive from our place and so I took the kids there while Amy enjoyed a trip to Coles supermarket!

The new galleries are great. We particularly liked the dingos in the North Queensland gallery.

The gallery also owns a version of Monet's Waterlillies (Nymphéas) click here if you don't know what it looks like. We looked at it for quite a few minutes until Audrey turned to me and said, 'There's no frogs', which I thought was a pretty decent observation.

We discussed that perhaps Monet wasn't all he is cracked up to be as an artist. It's tricky drawing the back legs of frogs, and perhaps he just didn't fancy it.

A couple of pics from dinner time

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Australia drop to fifth place in Test rankings

Ahem. I thought it worth noting that ahead of the Ashes series Australia have dropped to 5th in the Test rankings - their lowest ranking ever. That would be below England. Here's an extract....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Eli playing peekaboo!

Spot the difference

One of these children didn't eat enough of their lunch to qualify for pudding, the other did...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Audrey Painting

A short video of Audrey being let loose with a paint roller..

Let the renovations begin!

We've just purchased our rental property. I actually don't know how Amy let me get away with it. In terms of condition it's possibly the worst house I've ever lived in, and as a student in Birmingham and Sheffield I lived in some preeetty dodgy houses.

We'll probably finish the decorating at about the same time that we pay off the mortgage in 2093.

We started last weekend with Eli's bedroom. Audrey was so excited to paint - she wasn't so keen about the lengthy preparation but sang happy little songs once she was let free with the roller.

Here's a few pics. This blog is likely to get filled up with DIY successes and disasters over the next few months - it'll probably be about as interesting as watching paint dry!

Eli’s chipped tooth

Eli is a great walker, but sometimes gets a bit clumsy. There’s an added complication too of the toys that are usually strewn around the floor making walking hazardous whatever your age or ability.

On Thursday night he went for a spill on the kitchen floor and cracked a third of his front tooth off. A visit to the dentist followed the next day, but being his baby tooth the dentist advised against any remedial work. It’s given him a bit of a crooked smile, but not in the same league as Shane McGowan.

Amy's parents come to visit

Amy's Mum and Dad (Wendy and Ivor) came for a 5 day visit to see Audrey and Eli (and maybe to see us too!) Audrey was so excited that Nanny and Poppy were coming to stay and that, as an added bonus, Eli was going to be sharing her room for the duration of their stay. The first night they mucked about giggling and laughing until after 9:30pm, the second night until 8:30pm and the third night it only lasted 20 minutes or so...the novelty had obviously worn off.

While Mum and Dad were here we got Dad working hard in the garden which was very overgrown after being a rental property for at least 10 years. He and Trevor managed to clear it so that we can see the back fence and most of the side fence too. We probably will be cursing ourselves as it gets hotter as some of the shade has subsequently gone too but it will be nice once we get our citrus trees and some shrubs in and growing.

We did give Dad a bit of a break on the Monday when we all headed off to Floriade which was, as usual, beautiful and a very pleasant way to spend the morning.

It was great to see Mum and Dad and we're looking forward to catching up with them in Mildura over the Christmas/New Year break.