I took the kids over to join in the festivities of the Defence Lake Attack event in Albert Park this morning. Its an annual community charity fun run & walk (5K & 10K) organised by the Department of Defence and the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
Charlie was delighted to climb on board the helicopter and they loved getting in the army trucks with William & Darcy. There was lots of entertainment for kids which of course cleaned me out of gold coins!! Ella had her face painted and went on the trampolines, Charlie went on the jumping castle and into the animal farm. Ruby & Poppy were happy wandering around and excitedly took all the free snacks that were handed to them.
……and this time he’s not ours!! Our friends Neil & Kirsteen have come back from bonnie Scotland for their citizenship ceremony with new (3 mths) baby Charlie and we’re lucky enough to have them staying with us. Charlie is one extremely contented little baby and Ella & Charlie are loving trying to entertain him. Here is he:
I took all of the kids swimming on Saturday morning (largely to avoid lifting heavy stuff in the house move) because Ella & Charlie had lessons and they all have fun playing in the kids pool beforehand. Auntie Jilly came to help and here are some pictures she took of Ruby & Poppy in action:
I think this picture speaks for itself:
Charlie spent the afternoon with Danielle, Jake & Cameron on Saturday while we moved house. He had a great time and loved showing Jake around his new house when they came home. It’s an adventure for them to have an upstairs having always lived on one level!
Tonight is the last night we’ll spend at 120 Park Street, it seems like the end of an era in many ways. It was the first house we took a long term lease on in Australia, our first family home and the home where many of our friends and family have stayed/visited since we arrived in Melbourne 5 years ago. It definitely became our ‘home’ as well as just our house and I’m sure the change will take a bit of adjustment for everyone.
I sit here surrounded by boxes and can only hope that tomorrow goes smoothly! On the bright side the kids have all been great this week, understanding why things had to get packed away (even helping with their toys) and of course having fun with the boxes:
Our little girl is growing up very quickly. Yesterday she went on her first excursion with kinder to watch a show called “The Fastest Boy in the World” by the Patch Theatre Company. She was adamant that we had to be at kinder early that morning, according to her 6a.m. when in fact they just wanted everyone there a few mins early to ensure everyone was safely on the bus in time. All very exciting for a 5 year old.
When I got home from work in the evening I asked how it went and all I could gather is that there was someone who wasn’t very nice to the ‘fastest boy in the world’. She was more excited that Susan (Ari’s mum) had looked after her.
It seems as though the months before school are rapidly running away from us and Ella swings from being very exited at the prospect to crying that she wants to stay at kinder with Annette & Andrea. I have to admit the teachers are fantastic and that if I was a 5 year old I wouldn’t want to leave such a nurturing environment.
Big congratulations to our very special friends Fiona & Mark and big brothers Hugh & Rory on the arrival of a beautiful baby girl, Robyn. We’re so excited for you and wish we could be there to share it with you. Sending all our love and something appropriately ‘pink’ in a parcel for Robyn!!! Mum – I do have a picture which I’ll post tonight because I know you’re going to ask…..
Here she is with proud Grandma