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The Good Day...

Well, after all the worry and stress of this last week, it was really nice to have a good day yesterday in our family...

The morning was pretty much spent as Saturday mornings are spent in our house. The boys watched cartoon while I fed Ari (for hours, rofl, he is very much a cluster feeder - early morning, early afternoon, early evening, the rest of the time he's either sleeping or "chatting" with us)... Dave did the dishes, and I checked out the net and tried to organise some stuff for the boys.

Luey had a nap late morning - this child REALLY needs a nap on a Saturday to "get over" all the stimulation of the school week. Often we have to make him take a nap (because he is being so obstinant and argumentative and cranky), but yesterday he took himself off for the nap.

Erik and Bryn had a quasi lunch, I had a shower, Dave looked at some clips on You Tube and kept an eye on Ari, who was also napping.

When Luey got up we fairly quickly got everyone changed into going out gear (we're very much a family who gets around in "comfy/house/pj clothes" unless actually going out...

Then we headed off to the new big shopping centre together.

This is a fairly big deal because we very rarely go out all of us together. We had quite a wait at the bus stop because we just missed one bus and the next bus must have been cancelled. Erik got a bit restless and defiant at the bus stop, so I ended up having a long talk with him about considering the needs of other people. He seems very taken with the concept of "What is it worth to me..?" whenever he is asked to do something (in this case it was staying in the bus shelter so that drivers didn't have to worry if he was going to run onto the road at any minute, he wasn't getting that they couldn't know that he knew better than to run onto the road when he was sitting/standing right on the edge of it)...

The bus finally came (I'm hoping Dave can see that we'd have been at the shopping centre about 40 minutes earlier if he had a lisence)...

We got to the shopping centre and I showed Dave around (he'd been there briefly once or twice but isn't very good with orienting himself in busy places like shopping centres)...

We went to Big W and I bought undies and a some new tops. Erik and Luey FINALLY got to pick out their presents from Ari (and Bryn picked out a small something for himself too, rofl)... Big W was giving away free fairy floss so all the boys had some of that.

Then we went and bought Erik some new shoes for school (his FOURTH pair this year, the child is so rough of his shoes). We were insisting on Dunlop Volleys because they're the most hard wearing for him, but he wanted something else (which was also much more expensive and probably wouldn't even see the term out), in the end we compromised on Volley slip ons that a very popular atm and he was very happy with thos.

Then we made out way to the food court and had a late lunch/early dinner, before going home again.

The boys built their lego sets when they got home (they actually both opted for the same small set each, LOL, which is a first for them)...

All the kids were asleep by 7pm, and Dave and I watched SBS and hung out and chatted.

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Today we've tidied up the house (was getting very messy which always leads to the kids being loud and frenetic (it's AMAZING how sensitive our boys are to a chaotic environment, each one of them)...

Now Dave is showing Bryn clips on You Tube, Erik and Luey are chatting and playing quietly (wow!) in front of the fireplace. Ari is asleep next to me here on the dining table.

My brother is coming over in about an hour for a visit. This afternoon I'm getting to pick up my BUGABOO (SO EXCITED about that, can't even convey my excitement!)...

It's going to be a busy and probably somewhat emotionally turbulent week coming up, but it's been nice to have a relatively (for us - sometimes I liken our family to den of Icelandic Trolls, yk) peaceful weekend.

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