Monday, April 28, 2008
We arrived on Wed night, unpacked and headed straight over the Graham's children's for dinner. It was a lovely night, but Eb didn't settle like she normally would - I think too long in the car and then out again.
Thursday morning we were up bright and early and headed to THE ZOO! I was far more excited than Eb - she had no idea. It was fantastic - we didn't get to see anything like as much as I wanted to see - but what we saw Eb loved, although I do think another few months will see her enjoy it even more. We saw the tiger, monkeys, butterfly's, elephant and ! the meerkats ! which I love :)
Eliza, Eb and Mei in awe of the big Tiger
Mei, Camille and Eb have a 'ride' on a cement version :)
Eliza, Eb, Mei and Camille together with the carved Elephants
and my sweet girl on one
You can just see the big Orangutan in the background
We then visited Sandi, Steve, Molly and their darling son (just returned from China) Ming. He is delightful and he's a REAL boy. Loves all the boy things. Ming is 3 and 3 months so it's been an interesting journey for Steve, Sandi and Molly - but I think they are doing so well - raising up to the challenge and giving this precious little man a life that he never could have known in China. Good on you guys - you're doing a wonderful job. Sadly I didn't take any photo's! I can't believe it :(
We then headed home for the night and some play time with cousins Beccy and Lizzie - Eb had a ball with all their toys...and them!
Drawing with Beccy and Lizzie
Friday it was on the road early again to visit Aunty Lyn, Manda, Aunty Lea and Gabriella. We had so much fun there too - it just wasn't long enough - although I'm just glad we had an hour or two.
Eb, Manda and Gabbi - 3 little China dolls
Then we visited my sister and her family. Eb had lots of fun playing with Jess (20) and Renee (11) - my 18yo nephew Chris had his newish girlfriend there...so we didn't get much sense out of him! I can't believe I didn't take photo's again!!! very unlike me.
Friday night we headed over to Chris, Ruth and Mei's for the next two nights. We had a lovely time, although we missed Chris who had to go to NZ to see his mum. The photo's really tell the story.
3 happy girls watching the Wiggles
then it was in the car and on the way home again!
Now for 3 boring and useless random facts about me.....
1 - I have to wear orthotics in my shoes and I hate them. They stifle my sense of 'style' :)
2 - My absolute favorite pastime is scrapbooking......yet I never seem to get to do any.
3 - I had surgery for a variety of things (mostly my 'plumbing') at least once a year for a period of 15 years!
....now who am I going to tag.....let's see.....
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Mummy, Daddy, Ebby …..lots and lots. She’ll just sit there and say mummy, daddy, mummy, daddy, mummy, daddy until she’s sick of it!
* help still sounds very much like ‘howp’
*out sounds like ‘art’ (plumb in mouth!)
* dod (God)
* reada = read
* ‘Take baby’ (when she wants to take Gabi doll with her)
* ‘wuwu’ (Wiggles)
* Doroty (Dorothy)
* Todey (Colin) as in Colin Buchanan her favourite DVD
* eat – as clear as a bell!!!
* wawer (water)
* nigh nigh (good night)
* fower (flower)
* moo tow (moo cow)
* tar – (car)
* told – (cold)
* shit down – (sit down)
* tank shoe – (thank you)
* yappy (nappy)
* suse me (excuse me)
* kissing (with a lisp)
* owut (out)
* epeeze (please)…go figure!
* amore (more)…go figure!
* hanno (hello)
* swi (swing)
* sighed (slide)
* da doo (love you)
* nmimah (Jemimah from Playschool)
Then ones she says clearly.....
Then ones she says clearly.....brekkie, more , book, park, pusher, baby, shoes, boots, bed,
lay down, toys, shoes, tea (as in cuppa), too cute....the list goes on, but that's a start. ….and Eb can now count to 10 all on her own (happened 8th April 08) and is starting to learn her colours.
….and Eb can now count to 10 all on her own (happened 8th April 08) and is starting to learn her colours.
She also knows most animals now…..cat, dog, giraffe (raffe), owl, ladybird (abug), rog (frog), tuttle (turtle), birdie, sheep, moo tow, fischie,
…she sings ‘twinkle, twinkle little star’ – ‘eyes and ears and mouth and nose’ (while poking you in the face!) – the wheels on the bus, and Jesus loves the little children
And, when a song gets really ‘fast’ she runs around the room as fast as she can! all good fun and good to remember for the years ahead!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Today was Eb's first go at it. Unfortunately she's come home from our holiday with a cold and is not what I would call 'full speed' at the moment, but she seemed to enjoy it. She spent far more time on the activities that didn't involve running around...very unlike her!
Here's some photo's
Sunday, April 13, 2008
We stopped at Port Fairy to have some lunch - that was nice - but then food always is to me.
I fell asleep between Port Fairy and Yendon - and it wasn't pretty when I woke up. I feel really yucky when I wake up from a sleep in the car - and I think Mummy and Daddy end up feeling yucky with me! We stopped on the side of the road for a minute while I settled down.
Then we got to Ruby's home.....it was such good fun being with one of my China buddies and playing with her and her toys. Mummy said she was really proud of me 'cause we played together SO well. Ruby is a fun friend. I feel very lucky.
Mummy said I had a bad night though and ended up having another mild version of a 'sleep terror' whatever that is - I don't remember.
We had to get on the road in the morning 'cause we had lots to do on the way 'ome'. It was real good to get home when we finally did though!
Bye bye Nelson (this was the view from the table we ate at)
We had LOTS of fun!
...and cuddles! (how cute?)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I love reading with my Daddy
Then it was time for ANOTHER walk and to collect some kindling for the fire
...and a ride on Daddy's shoulders...I love it up here
this is me running toward the bath until I found out it was that horrible 'pa bath' again....I just cried my lungs out to let them know my thoughts! (but I still didn't win!)
The three of us on the bridge at Nelson
You probably can't tell, but this is me playing in the rain and loving it!
This is a photo Mummy took of the storm
We are away at Nelson. Eb has been watching Toddler tunes on TV and I have been reading a compelling and disturbing article in an older Ni Hao magazine about RAD – something that sounded alarm bells to me with my girl some months ago. Then, out of the blue, like welcome rain on the dusty earth, my little girl came over to me and just gave me a beautiful hug. It was precious and it was like a gift to let me know that everything IS ok – she is not suffering from RAD and she loves her mama. As I write this article, she has just come over yet again and rested her raven black hair framed face on my hands as my fingers make their way across the keyboard. She obviously just loves her mummy in a way that I’ve wondered was ever possible.
Friday, April 11, 2008
The Blue Crater Lake in Mt. Gambier
This time I had to 'take baby'!
I love cuddles with my Mama
In my higair (highchair) at a pub in Robe...can't remember what was so funny!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Anyway – we had a good day – did a bit of sightseeing and then got to have fish 'n chips on the beach with Tracey and Michael….it was good fun and I got to chase more seagulls.I had a sleep there and then we went back to our hoday hme again
Me 'n Mummy having a good giggle together
Fish 'n chips on the beach...yummy!
Me stealing Michael's drink
I love chasing the seagulls
But I don't love the feel of the sand!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Doing my 'lay back lenny' while watching paysool (playschool)
Me 'n my best Daddy
I love running!
but sometimes I just don't want to walk!
Jamesen is such good fun and he was so good to me!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Hey - aren't I cool?
Me and Daddy skipping down the drive
Mummy took this one from the bridge over the Glenelg River
Time to play - yippee!
Mummy takes funny photo's sometimes don't you think?
...and I LOVE playing in the park
no matter what equipment it is
Monday, April 07, 2008
When Eb woke we donned our coats and walked down to the pier at the end of our street – Eb had an absolute ball running around with gay abandon. We collected kindling on the way back so we could have a fire (that’s what the blue bag’s for!).
Mummy's first breakfast and Ebby's second!
When the beach was still fun!
then the fun was over
Safe in Daddy's arms
Managing to find a smile again
Eb and her Daddy
Eb and her 'blue bag'!
Ebby enjoying Daddy's shoulders (not sure about Daddy though?)
Ebby and Mummy....and the blue bag again!
....you call this kindling Daddy??