Another Run….

Alan is in training AGAIN for the Melbourne Marathon in October.  Every year he says its the last time then 6 months pass and something gives him renewed determination to take on the 42km again.  It’s a constant mind battle to ‘beat his time’.  Anyway, on July 18th he ran the 10k in Run Melbourne in 44:10.  The race started at 9a.m. so it was an early (and very cold) start to get all the kids ready to drive into the city, find a parking spot and get to the start line on time.

Charlie with Alan at the finish

And the boy gave in to sleep on the drive home

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Another Run….

Happy 5th Birthday Ella

Ella turned 5 on July 22nd, something she was very excited about!  I think excitement took over as both she & Charlie came wandering through to our bedroom around 2 a.m., thankfully they both went straight back to sleep.  I eventually gave in to the lack of space and got up around 5:45 – this is what I left behind:

Once Ella woke up she delighted in opening some presents, could she be any happier?

And then she found her new bike!

She had a fun morning at kinder because Alan did fruit duty with Charlie and then he stayed on to do birthday ice-cream for all the kids.  Ella was delighted!  She was very excited when I got home from work because she got to open more presents and Auntie Jill & Uncle Dave, Auntie Mhairi & Uncle Harry and Blanche & Tim came to see her.  Here she is:

Happy Birthday Ella

Poppy & Ruby enjoying cake

Charlie with his little present from Hugh & Rory

Ella has been into running with Daddy over the past few months so she was very excited to get her first pair of proper trainers from Auntie Jill and her own running clothes from Grandma.  Here she is all kitted out:

Here she is the next night going out for a run along the beach with Daddy & Charlie:

Ready to Go!

In Action!

On Saturday afternoon she had a few friends over for birthday cake and pass the parcel.

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Happy 5th Birthday Ella

A Week Full of Fun

This has been a hectic week.  I’ve been trying to get some quality time with all of the kids before I start work on Monday!!!  We spent Monday in the zoo with Dora and her boys Daniel & Yianni.  Of course the highlight was the baby elephant ‘Mali’.  It was fun, Christine was with us so with an extra pair of hands it meant Ruby & Poppy had freedom to be out of the pram.  Ella & Charlie would have kept on going but after 5 hours I had to call it a day – my hip is still not 100% since surgery and it was not happy at all the walking around.  I’m sure not to be in the good books when I see my physio in the morning!

On Wednesday Ruby & Poppy went to childcare as usual but I kept Charlie with Ella & I and we went on an adventure to Scienceworks on the train.  The love going on the train!  Every time we go I’m reminded of what a fantastic place it is.  They both love playing in the cafe and Charlie in particular loves the construction site.

Happiness on the Train

Charlie listening intently to Ella telling him what he had to go and get from the kitchen!

Playing House

Balancing (they’ve put a narrow piece of wood across a streetscape as if you were looking down from the top of a tall building and looking down actually does make you a bit wobbly!)

Bob The Builder (Charlie loved matching the different tools to the different screws, nuts etc.)

Of course it all got too much for Charlie on the train ride home!

This morning I took Ella & Charlie to see Toy Story 3 with their friends Eve & Ewan and their dad, Shannon.  Ella was engrossed and said she really enjoyed it but Charlie got a bit scared at parts.  I could see where he’s coming from, it was a bit ‘darker’ than the previous movies.  In the afternoon Ella went to play at Tassie’s house and Christine & I took the others to the playground.  Poor Ruby & Poppy are choked with the cold but they still enjoyed running around in the fresh air.  Tomorrow will hopefully be a relaxing day for everyone!

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A Week Full of Fun

Life as it Unfolds….

…..This is Charlie as he is right now:

One minute we were chatting about going out for a walk or on our scooters and Charlie was saying he was too tired, next minute Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.  To put it in perspective Poppy is sitting next to him playing with a very loud (and repetitive) Dora game, Ruby keeps sticking her fingers up his nose and he is not bothered in the slightest.

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Life as it Unfolds….