Summer has been fun in our house, except for a heatwave or two. Alex was overjoyed that the forecast was for 42 degrees yesterday as that red sun on the TV weather means they get to go in the pool. It's only a blowup number but it works a treat for them. Nik not so much. They went bowling for the first time last week and visited the zoo, train museum, a few restaurants and spent a day at the pool when we had friends over just after xmas. You know we got up to a lot when Alex announces "I've had a GREAT holiday" and we hadn't been anywhere. Even catching the bus into town so they could ride on a tram was a huge hit - getting to sit in another fire truck was just an added bonus.
Dinosaurs remain the toy du jour in our place, with the remote control dinosaurs they got for xmas making an appearance again this morning. The recent zoo visit was definitely a bigger success due to the dino exhibition they're currently showing. Boys loved that they moved and made sounds. Gift shop was just about as big a hit as Alex managed to score a T Rex book, which we've nicely complimented with visits to the library. They definitely know most of the names ("that's a stegosaurus mum") and its great spelling practice. Boxes from the supermarket make great caves and high rise apartments for our herd. Tickle feathers are also in, so we hunt for feathers when we're out and about. Boys got the most amazing collection after visiting my brothers house on the weekend as he breeds parrots, including those amazing bright blue macaws with those long tail feathers. Score!
They both crack us up daily, with a few highlights being:
* T "I am the present" vs being Santa helper (see photo below).
* A constantly reminding us to "ssshhhh" as we were driving around looking at xmas lights as it was night time (so we had to be quiet), even though every window in the car was up.
* A "if I plant a seed [from the bread with heaps of grain], will it grow a sandwich?"
* The playroom being renamed as "the shed".
* A requesting a soft needle for their travel vaccination ( as "sharp doctor medi" hurts).
All has been good on the medical front lately, except for hayfever and Taj getting an ear infection (only time Nik washed his hair they both forgot to put in the ear plugs). Boys both had minor conjunctivitis which resulted in a three day mini vacation being cut to one night. Alex has thrown a few fantastic tantrums, but hopefully we're over that as I kept reminding him they scored so well at xmas as they're nice kids - and nice kids don't throw major wobblies. And while I'm on the xmas subject, I'll quickly capture what we gave them so I have a record somewhere: books with reader; superhero bath paint; dinosaur tshirts (from each other); car track thing that attaches to the table (from the cat). I got a purple dinosaur. Roughly did their heights last month and Alex is still around 90% on the height chart (projection 185cm) and Taj 50% (projection 175cm). Will be interesting to revisit this post when they're 15 and see how accurate it is! There's about 7cm between them still. We rarely get asked if they're twins now.
And that will do from me (the "old sea creature" - absolutely no idea why) until I attempt to upload photos later. Ciao!
Kindy is obviously VERY hard work - completely
trashed after day one.
Santa helpers or presents (according to Taj).
I think we all agree they're the best gift ever.