Out of Quarantine

After a week spent pretty much indoors as we all suffered from cold/flu symptoms I figured it was time we got ourselves back into the land of the living.  Ella & Charlie didn’t know what had hit them this morning as I hurried them around to get out the door for 9 to go to playgroup.  Charlie snoozed on the way and Ella delighted in singing and reeling off the names of all the friends she was about to see.  She had an absolute ball tearing around the place with all the other children and spent a fair amount of time at the drawing table creating some masterpieces!  Charlie was good as gold and rolled around the floor putting any toy he could find into his mouth – I’m sure those teeth must be coming soon.

This afternoon we went along to the park, well Ella pushed Charlie in the pram insisting “Mummy not push Charlie, Ella do it”.   We stopped in the cafe for coffee & baby cino with Ella’s friend Zoe and her mum Bertie then met up with William and his mum Jenni in the park.  The three of them battled over turns on the slide.

Tomorrow morning we’re hoping to get to storytime at the library if all goes according to plan in the morning…….

Kirstin

Out of Quarantine

Return of Junior

Junior, the rabbit that we’ve been looking after for Matthew, went back to his home today. Ella and I returned it this afternoon, Ella was surprisingly OK with it all. She had taken to him over the last 2 weeks and always asked for him to be brought into the house. She also became quite comfortable with picking him up, although the poor rabbit didn’t look quite as relaxed about it!

Ella also got a new easel today which is an early birthday present from her Grandma and Grandpa Donaldson. I can’t believe she is going to be 2 next week. Kirstin and Mhairi did the market run early this morning for our weekly fruit and veggies, then Ella and I headed off to IKEA. We got there for it opening at 10am which is definitely the best time to go. IKEA isn’t my favourite place to visit as it is usually manic…..although  I am partial to a hotdog!!

Ella and I also visited the pub yesterday (I’m also partial to a beer), there is now a smoking ban in public places similar to Scotland here in Victoria, so the pub is now child friendly….yippee.

Return of Junior

Christmas in July

Our Christmas in July celebration was a great success (well in our eyes anyway & hopefully our guests thought so too!!). Festivities started around 2 when the first drinks were poured and the unnecessary pre-dinner nibbles were opened. We were joined by Amanda, Neil & Kirsteen (all from home) and Whitney, Brian & Maddie (our American friends).

There was frantic activity in the kitchen as Mhairi & I began to appreciate what Mum does every year to get everything ready at the same time – no mean feat! I should say that Mhairi deserves most of the credit here as I was otherwise engaged feeding Charlie when everything was ready to be served. Still, the turkey was declicious. We’d even managed to source Christmas Pudding which was a ‘first’ for Whitney & Brian.

The drinks were flowing and secret santa (or Kris Kringle as its known here) was a hit. Ella and Maddie were in fantastic form and played happily together. The poor rabbit was tormented though.

After dinner we attempted to play a Musical Boardgame but I think a combination of too much alcohol and the fact it was Australian made us all equally poor at it so it was quickly abandoned. Thereafter a few renditions of “If It Wisnae fir yir Wellies” began leaving poor Brian clueless as to what was being said. The Scottish accent definitely becomes somewhat harder to understand when its alcohol-fuelled.

I’m sure the neighbours were delighted when we decided it was a good idea to push each other around on Ella’s Wheelie Bug, not recommended for anyone over 36mths. The walls & floors have the scars to prove it. I gave up after this realising it was 1:45 and I’d be getting back up to feed Charlie in a few hours. The partying went on until around 4 with Mhairi, Amanda, Brian and Neil the last men standing.

As you can imagine the house was a lot quieter on Sunday morning when I woke with Charlie at 6. Thankfully he went back asleep and Ella had a long lie after all her excitement. There were a few unexplained occurences – a random dining chair in the bathroom, dirty dishes stacked and put away in the cupboards. Then there was the bottle count – a bottle of whisky, a bottle of gin, 40 beers, half bottle bacardi, 6 bottles of wine and a half bottle of port. Poor Alan felt physically sick at the sight!

Apart from a few sore heads everyone looked remarkably good the next day (maybe except Alan). Mhairi claimed to have no hangover, Brian had managed wine with Sunday brunch, Amanda was up and about leaving only Alan & Neil to feel sorry for themselves on their respective sofas.

Roll on next year’s festivities…………….

Maddie & Ella

Kirstin

Christmas in July

Looking after Junior

Ella has been over the moon this week as we’ve been looking after Matthews rabbit while he is on holiday. The rabbit (Junior) is house trained and Ella just loves having him run around while she is playing. At first she was a little timid with him but now she loves to stroke and cuddle him.

Hopefully the novelty will wear off before he has to go back next week!

Alan

Looking after Junior