Sunday, 17 August 2014

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"A portrait of our children once a week, every week, in 2014."

A & E: There have been lots of requests to watch something this week and I have allowed because these bugs, while diminishing are still lingering. It feels like we haven't done much other than go to the doctor's once a week and have the odd trip to pick up or drop off Superma over the last almost-month! I guess that's winter for us. We are, however, getting very very excited about our closely-approaching holiday to Switzerland, so we're trying to take care of ourselves and get well before that date arrives. I had a lot of fun visiting several shops in the city yesterday collecting fun things for you both to do during the flights and long-ish layover in Sydney. I couldn't resist showing you (!) but now we all have to be very patient for another three weeks ;o) 

T: You love playing with the kitchen utensils, but I've noticed since last week's visit from Lucy (who now feeds herself) you have been doing a lot of stirring in bowls and insisting on trying to feed yourself too! It's very cute. We have a little progress to go yet, but you are very focused and sweet to watch. You've also stood on your own a few times for several seconds, so it can't be toooo long before you realise how close you are to walking. In the meantime you busy yourself in finding any possible exit into the hallway to get to the laundry to watch the washing machine or eat Katie's cat biscuits, or alternatively make a beeline for the toilet. If the doors are shut, then pulling the heater plugs out or going for the kitchen drawers and cupboards are much-frequented destinations, but the jammed fingers not so fun :o( Constantly moving, discovering and finding things to play with these days!

:: 32 : 52 ::

"A portrait of our children once a week, every week, in 2014."

Our little guy's birthday week! What a wonderful gift it is to celebrate one whole year of spending life with you! You are much loved by us and we had a fun week celebrating you :o)

A: Your brother's teepee was occupied with pillows and blankets and girls within minutes of being set up! Thankfully at this age he was quite unaware ;o) I'm sure this will be the centre of many adventures to come.

E: Sweet girl - a photo taken by one of your favourite people in the whole wide world - Aunty Jomine :o)

T: The birthday boy! This photo was taken with some very stealthy crown placing movements by mummy followed in quick succession by funny distractions because boy, you are fast to remove anything that gets put on your head! Your birthday gift of Duplo has been strategic in ensuring you also get to play with your sisters...seeing as you own quite a large share of it now!

We had a lovely little celebration among our northern family this weekend, complete with two of your favourites present - Oska and cousin Lucy - and enjoyed yummy treats in the winter sunshine. And, though you still have ear infections, your happy self returned on your birthday and your colour is back - though the sickness is still sticking around.

:: 31 : 52 ::

"A portrait of our children once a week, every week, in 2014."

The bugs have continued with us throughout this week, so with wild wintery weather included, we've spent a lot of time indoors! Much time at the table making beautiful pieces of art ;o)

A: You always have an entertaining, enthusiastic running commentary as you draw. We were drawing faces for the first time. I drew the circles and you filled in the details. It's always fun to see what you create and how different you both are. 

E: Quietly creating and adding wacky hairstyles to your faces. You're so sweet to watch, engrossed in your artwork. 

T: This was a pretty tough week for you, little guy. Two ear infections and a croupy cough - it was no wonder you looked so pale and were not your usual happy self for several days. With necessary medications we hope you'll be back to your smiles by your birthday in a few days!

:: 30 : 52 ::

"A portrait of our children once a week, every week, in 2014."

We've been plagued by winter bugs this week. Pale faces, runny noses and tired little bodies. 

A: Engrossed in a video. Your recent favourites are Arthur and Berenstain Bears, after books we've been reading. The enduring favourites are anything Veggietales, Tchoupi, Petit Ours Brun, among others!

E: For you, our water-loving girl, it doesn't get much better than a spa! It's been a treat to have one in the garden, however a mystery leak has meant it is now empty and waiting to be fixed (Papa has hopefully solved the mystery!). 

T: Our ever-moving, adventurous boy. One of your favourite spots is here - playing with the handle of the fire door. Thankfully only within reach when it's open and being cleaned out or set up for a new fire - not when it's hot!