We’ve been thinking a lot lately about where we’re at and why we’ve been renting a property for so long and the simple answer is largely affordability. We moved into a bayside suburb within walking distance of childcare, beach, parks, cafes, shops, swimming pool, kinder etc. Sounds ideal, well yes, but unfortunately the convenience has a price tag attached and that price tag is HUGE! The house 2 doors down from us came on the market on Friday and while the size of it with 4 bedrooms, plenty living space and the added bonus of a pool sounds great, the price tag of 2.9-3.1 million dollars (roughly 1.6-1.7 million pounds) is not!!
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I’m not sure if Charlie has had a challenging week simply because he’s 3 and pushing his boundaries or is aware of having less attention since Grandma & Grandad left last weekend but whatever the reason he is testing my patience to the absolute limit. I may have a selective memory but I don’t remember Ella behaving in this way or at least not as extreme. Everything peaked on Thursday, here’s a rundown of some of his activities:
– intentionally breaking Ella’s toy hospital
– taking Poppy for a ride on his train tracks (naturally she toppled backwards and bumped her head)
– stuffing an entire roll of toilet paper down the toilet
– drawing all over himself and the stair gate
– stuffing his t-shirt, shorts and undies down the toilet
– picking his balance bike up and throwing it over a wall into a garden
– above followed by a complete tantrum when I refused to go and get it for him
All I can say is I was so glad when Alan came home from work that night!!! The joys of parenting I guess……
Auntie Mhairi & I took the kids to the Australian Open Tennis this afternoon. We purchased ground passes which gives access to Margaret Court Arena and all other side courts. We spent a lot of time in Garden Square watching on the big screen and keeping an eye on the kids who kept going in opposite directions. Ella & Charlie could be bribed to sit still for a while with ice cream but Ruby & Poppy had other ideas. Alan joined us later in the afternoon and he took Ella & Charlie to watch some of the juniors matches. We headed home before the Federer v Hewitt match because little people were getting too tired (as was I having been out of the house since 9 am) and watched it on TV instead.
Testing their skills as ball kids
Ella testing her speed and agility (she tried at least 15 times)
Poppy & Ruby
Charlie with his Aussie tattoos ahead of tomorrow’s Australia Day celebrations
After what seemed like 5 long weeks (from our end) Charlie and his best buddy Jake were re-united this morning at the beach park. Jake had been on holidays back to the US over the Christmas/New Year holidays and Charlie never tired of asking why he wasn’t at Treehouse and wasn’t at the park to play. They had fun this morning and Ella was delighted to see Cameron (Jake’s older brother) too. For me it was great to catch up with Danielle and finally meet her mum who has flown back with them to spend a few weeks in Melbourne. Here’s to another playdate soon….
Yesterday we all said goodbye to mum & dad/grandma & grandad after 12 weeks in Melbourne. Hopefully the memories of sunshine and fun with the kids help them adjust to the cold wintry conditions in Edinburgh!! Here are some pictures from their last few days:
Today Charlie turned 3 and in a few weeks he’ll be starting 3 year old kindergarten. He’s grown up so much lately. We had a party with his friends at the house this morning complete with his big ‘surprise’ – a Lightning McQueen jumping castle in the back garden. The only stumbling point being that his best buddy, Jake, is still on holiday and if you asked Charlie at any time who was coming to his party, Jake was top of the list (looking forward to reuniting them soon!!!). He had so much fun today.
Birthday Morning – opening some presents
Waiting for his Surprise
The After Party (safe now for Ruby & Poppy to have a turn)
Happy Birthday James – another party!!!!
Charlie’s friend James turned 3 today also, he was at Charlie’s party this morning and we went to his party in the park this afternoon. Here’s the birthday boy blowing out his candles.
Everyone was tired after 2 parties and also filthy from the park. This is bath-time Donaldson style…
Mum, Jill, Mhairi & I are at Gold Grass at the Botanics to watch Mao’s Last dancer. Essentially you watch the movie sitting on the grass with Picnic but going gold treats you to a bean bag bed for comfort! Glass of wine in hand and movie starts in 30 mins.
Mhairi, Mum & I
Mum & Jill
Settling down to watch the BIG screen