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
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!
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!
Ruby & Poppy have taken to dolls and playing with Ella’s doll pram recently. Here are some pictures of Ruby taking Poppy for a walk.
…..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.