Puffing Billy Adventure

Ella & Charlie went off on an adventure to Puffing Billy last week.  They were very excited when they set off from the house in the dark with packed breakfasts at 7a.m.  They had to catch the tram into the city and then a bus to Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges.

Here they are eating breakfast at Federation Square (very happy for 7:30 a.m.!!)

Grandad feeding the Cockatoos – a highlight for Charlie!

On the Train

Off We Go!!

K

Puffing Billy Adventure

Grand Prix 2011

Another Grand Prix has come and gone.  It always seems we anticipate the event for so long with the transformation of the park into a racing circuit over the 3 months before and yet the weekend of the race goes by in the blink of an eye.

Here is Charlie out for ride on the circuit the weekend before the race

Charlie went in with Grandma & Grandad on Thursday despite the pouring rain.

Ella & Charlie both went in with Alan on Friday.

Charlie and Alan went back in on Sunday morning to enjoy the pre-race atmosphere.

Here is Charlie studying his map while he waited for the gates to open.

Alan was lucky enough to score 2 tickets for the Red Bull Grandstand/hospitality so he spent the afternoon being waited on with his friend Bryan.

Bryan & Alan kitted out in their Red Bull gear

Even in the supermarket last night, Alan managed to score a Mark Webber for Charlie!

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Grand Prix 2011

This & That…..

Many of these photos belong in the pile “I meant to put that on my blog” so here are some photos from the last few months:

Charlie with Mack at a Cars Expo in Docklands

I’m enjoying my chocolate ice-cream (reward for bravery after his immunisations!!)

Ella waiting for her medal on the last day of Athletics

Ruby with Jess the guinea-pig

Out for a Stroll (day 2 of toilet training!)

Ella’s first school Excursion to the Beach

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This & That…..

Impeccable Timing

As a parent, how often do you marvel at the impeccable timing of children? On Saturday night Alan was out and I had a thumping headache so I decided to have an early night. I put my head on the pillow at 10 (ok that’s early for me) and at that moment heard a thud on the floor in the kids room. I found Ella had fallen out of bed but worse there was an overwhelming smell of vomit. Poor Ruby was sound asleep covered in it.
Once I cleaned her up she was unsettled for a few hours and had disturbed sleep through the night. As I lay with her beside me I could hear Ella shouting out in her sleep, obviously disturbed from her earlier fall. Eventually I drifted off to sleep, all the time aware of Ruby by my side.

I glanced at the clock periodically as Ruby woke with a sore tummy, each time thinking how close it was to morning and how my body craved hours more sleep.  Alan came home around 2 and wanted to have a ‘chat’ about why Ruby was in our bed, a ‘chat’ I pointed out we could have in the morning.  And so the night went on.   When Charlie wandered through to me at 5 having wet his bed, all I could do was throw back the covers and let him snuggle into an already busy bed telling myself I would deal with it all in an hour when the other kids woke up.

I was so thankful for that hour as I ushered them all downstairs so as not to disturb a hungover Daddy and sleeping grandparents.  We all cuddled up on the sofa to watch the Gruffalo until Grandad appeared at 7:30.  Then the mayhem of breakfast in the Donaldson house took over and at the same time dealing with all the laundry generated from the night’s upsets.  Timing, or lack of it, is obviously a child’s prerogative!

K

Impeccable Timing

Girls Weekend (and Grandad!!)

Alan took Ella & Charlie to Bright camping this weekend leaving Ruby, Poppy, Grandma, Grandad & I at home.  We went out for dinner to Rococo on Friday night with Auntie Jill.

On Saturday morning we started potty training in earnest.  Poor little souls loved the idea of wearing undies but were a bit put out having to sit on the potty so often.  So day one was hit & miss.  The sun was shining at least so we spent all day outside playing with playdough, painting, building, baking.  Here they are in action:

Sunday was a much better day and by the end of it they were asking to go on the potty.  Bribery in the form of hot chocolate seemed effective too!!

This is a holiday weekend so hopefully 3 days at home will help Christine with them when she comes back tomorrow!

K

 

Girls Weekend (and Grandad!!)