Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Marvellous boy!!!

If there was ANY doubt about Bryn's genius status, let me put it to rest now...

WARNING: the following anecdote contains descriptions of feeding a toddler commercial FAST FOOD, and may offend some readers...

Today after buying the plane tickets to go visit my parents in Adelaide next month (YAYAYAYAY!), Bryn and I went and had a celebratory lunch! I decided, because they serve poptops with their kids meals, to go to Red Rooster (ok, it was really because I LOVE their Flayvor meal)...

So, Buddha got three chicken nuggests and some far too salty chips. His meal was VERY hot when we sat down and he tentatively bit into a nugget, but recoiled from the heat and put it down. A minute later, he tried it again, but it was still too hot. Then he took the nuggest and broke it in half, peeling away a bit of the batter and eating that. At first I didn't think much of it...

Next, having not eaten any more of the first nugget, he takes the second nugget and breaks that in half as well and sets it aside, and then the third. Then he plays with his complimentary toy for a while before taking on of the half nuggests and eating it...

The boy SOMEHOW realised that by breaking the nuggets in half, all the heat trapped inside the batter could escape and the nugget would cool down faster so he could eat it!!!

Now that's genius!!!

Caught a pic of him the other day telling me about the "Goggy" next door who was yapping up a storm at something or other... He just LOVES dogs so I'm really looking forward to spending a few days at mum's with her Bichon...

This is what greats me every Saturday morning... This is after a week of trashing his shelves - the big boys help too...

Usually on Saturdays either one of the boys or I sort through the rubbble and match all the various toys into their groupings, and Bryn spends Sunday reacquainting himself with his toys... However, Dave was suggesting a cull last Sunday, and looking at this mess, I have to wonder if he doesn't have a point... I forgot to take a pic of the shelves after we tidied them, will try to remember to do that next Saturday night, hehehe...

Bryn loving on his yellow bear...

Ok, I know tv is baaaaaaad for children, and under the age of three it should be avoided all together, but seriously Bryn gets so much enjoyment out of the Hooley Dooley's these days. We have two HD segments on an ABC DVD and he asks to have them played over and over, he's learned some of the words to the songs and all of the actions, and he even says goodbye to the Dooleys and waves to them at the end of each segment...

How can that be bad???

Ah, this is a photo of a longstanding tradition whereby Dave shows the boys how to spin coins. Bryn even gave it a go on his first exposure to this new game! Both Erik and Luey are dab hands at coin spinning now...

Monday, June 25, 2007

The bittersweet of turning six...

Well, after a surreal night of constant waking to seeing if Leah had sms'd me, Dave and I woke with the alarm just after 6am this morning, which was not a great departure from how our day started six years ago when we were headed off to the hospital to have my waters broken to encourage Luey out into this world (he didn't take much encouraging, after 15 minutes of no actions, then 1 hour and 15 minutes of painless contraction, then transition and 30 minutes of painful contractions, came out like a ball out of a canon...

Last night I was waiting to hear the news that Kate had finally met her baby, and she did! At two am, Baby B (no first name as yet) made his grand entrance into the world at an impressive 10lb and 2oz!

After cereal Luey was ready to attack his presents (cereal went half uneaten, truth be told)...

From Bryn he got a Luey Blue soccer ball!

From Erik the red he got a footy!

From us he got the safety gear Dave insisted upon, and the skateboard Dave swore on his life our boys would never have!

So, now he's a skater boy, isn't he just the coolest little dude!! Erik noted tonight that Luey didn't get any "toys", and I had to explain that Luey hadn't asked for toys, that's why. Erik obviously felt that was a great opportunity lost - they're so different!

For dinner we had hotdogs and after dinner there was cake. Luey had been hoping for a party, but this year we just don't have the fundage, so he was very gracious about us just having a family gathering with Safeway cake...

And then he went to sleep hugging his footy...


back in a moment to post more...

Ok back, now that I´ve rebooted to get by my computer going super slowly...

Anyway, so last year turning five was a big deal, he suddenly seemed like such a big boy, and this year has been a lot more low key. And yet this birthday has brought to light how much things have change for Luey in the past year... And it is at once awe inspiring and kind of sad... He´s starting that journey from being home oriented to being community oriented that I believe will culminate at his next birthday.

I´m a big believer in the 7 year cycles of life. The first seven years being about finding ones place in the innermost circle of the family and family friends. The next seven years being about finding ones place in the next circle of local community; school, sports groups, local community etc. The following 7 years about finding oneself in the wider community; much more on a societal basis, and finally realising ones place in the global community...

So, Luey is starting to branch out. He has not been afforded the same "safe haven" Erik had. Erik had the full seven years at home, and Luey was thrust (though he asked for the experience, but of course could not foresee all the variables) into the school community this year. Perhaps he's not quite ready for that, though like anyone on the brink of outgrowing one skin and shedding it to expose a new shiny skin, he is all but bursting to start this new chapter in his life journey...

So, today was a case in point. It was his birthday. He took his new soccer ball to school, full of excitement to share his birthday excitement with his friends... Only thing was today, of all days, even his best friend had a better offer and so no one played with him. My heart aches for him even as I write this. My poor, wonderful lovely bright eyed little boy... It not a big thing in the scheme of things for us adults who know that tomorrow his mates will want to play with him again because whatever took their interest today won't take it tomorrow, but for him it was a big deal...

He longs for that mateship Erik seems to have found with 2-3 class mates, but he doesn't yet have the skills to make it happen, and that confuses him...

As is Luey's nature, none of this came out until Dave was chatting with him in bed (as is Dave's habit of an evening)... Luey asked why nobody likes him, and Dave said, we like him. Luey said he knew Mum and Dad and Erik and Bryn liked him, but why didn't the kids at school like him? Dave said, they hadn't gotten a chance yet to get to know him the way we know him, that takes time, but he (Dave) was sure the kids liked him; his friend LC likes him, and other kids play with him during playlunch and lunch most days... We don't know if that helped Luey or not...

I said to Dave afterwards, I don't know what to do. We can't save them from these situations and these feelings. I could offer to homeschool them, but that wouldn't protect them from feeling hurt or isolated. We can't make other people like our kids, we can ony make sure they know we like them, and hope they can figure the rest out for themselves...

Turning six seems like such a little thing, after turning five, but really it's the beginning of the final year of his being "just ours"... Next year he becomes so much more community oriented and the anxiety crisis tonight was like a big street sign announcing the freeway exist to the next stage of his life!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

More babies at the museum...

Ok, putting these up for my own enjoyment...









I'm REALLY happy with this one...

















Isn't that just the cutest BIG smile!!!





Friday, June 22, 2007

Three of my favourite things...

Took some pics yesterday when I picked the boys up from sports clinic after school...

This is Bryn playing with a gate of a house down the street from us, he loves this gate... In this shot he's on the property to which the gate is leading, LOL... He's not shy, that's for sure...

Bryn is LOVING scrunching through the leaves that are blown into heaps by the side of the footpath... He'll walk back and forth through a pile a number of times to satisfy his desire to feel the inertia created by the leaves and the sound of them crackling under his feet... His favourite place is a natural strip under a Maple tree near the boys school where the leave are so deep he's wading up to his knees in them!

One of the houses on the way to the bus stop has a mini Japanese inspired rock garden right out in front, and Bryn loves the feeling of the little rocks falling through his fingers...

He'll routinely pick up several handfuls and just watch them as they drop out of his hands...

Bryn recently discovered that if you put money in these vending machines at the shopping centre you get a little toy in return... Unfortunately, as much as he tries to "order" which toy he'd like, he can't seem to get the machine to understand his request...

Aaaah, check out the blissed out look on this little mug... I'm assured those are just Smarties on that Dotti cookie, but I dunno know...

Managed to catch Bryn flirting with a school girl about 14 years his senior! His approach is not quite as suave as Erik's used to be, one might be forgiven for thinking he's saying, "Hey you! Point those peepers in another direction... Pronto!"

Just loved the colour contrast in this frame...

Erik at sports clinic weaving the soccer ball in and out of witches hats... Note the shoe laces flying about - he DOES know how to tie his shoe laces, he simply CHOOSES not to...

Luey and his best mate LC, these two are the smallest in their class by about three inches, LOL, and now looking at this pic, I see Luey is actually quite a bit smaller than LC - so really, Luey is just a tiny widdle boy, awwww (don't tell him I said that, he's turning 6 on Monday and maintains that means he's actually a BIG boy)...



Here, Luey has just been smacked in the cheek with a soccer ball and the teacher is make sure his jaw isn't broken because the child's mother is pointing a mega zoom camera in his direction and who knows if she'd sue if her precious widdle boy was hurt...

Luey seems fine and goes after the ball!

I just loved the motion in this shot, despite it being a bit blurry... There is something so BOY about these kids, don't you think...

Ooops, somethings up... Luey's not looking happy and has sought out his big brother...

It seems his thumb hurts and his cheek is now also feeling pretty sore. Erik is telling him to go to me...

Erik walks Luey over to me to make sure he's ok... Awwww, brothers!

At the bus stop afterwards, Luey is looking tired, it's been a long day... He's still got the dirt on his cheek from where the soccer ball hit him...

Erik, in true Erik fashion is jazzed after the excitement of the sports clinic - it's so funny how these boys react differently to the same situation...

Gawd, isn't he just a painting! So sweet! I can't believe he's going to be six... I can't believe I've had him for six years!

Bryn playing Erik's shadow while waiting for the bus... Now, how do I get up on that wall to sit like my big brother?

Picking up a few groceries on the way home. The boys also spent their pocket money on toys and Pokémon cards...

Check out the tongue action on Luey... I can confidently tell you he inherited that long giraffe tongue from his Father!!!

How little does my littlest man look in the big bad shopping centre! He is so confident walking with us now! I've only been letting him walk with us all the time for the past two weeks, but in that short time, he's proven himself to be very fit and also very EASY to walk with. Bryn (unlike his big bro Luey) never wanders far, and always comes back when called! In fact, I had to back away from him and get Erik to distract him to get this shot, because otherwsie he would have come right up to me. If I stop walking to look at something or check something, he'll stop right next to me. I'm totally in awe of Bryn for this!

"Hepp me, hepp me!" What a groovy looking ride!

So, in case you haven't figured it out, three of my favourite things are these three gorgeous, lively, caring, sensitive, funny little goys I call my sons...

Teenagers and the failing parent...