Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Our Little Cassandra

Two nights ago Z helped me make dinner and was a wonderful assistant.  He wore my apron while we worked, and when supper was ready he had to really wrestle with it to get it off.  When he finally rid himself of the apron he ran through the dining room shouting, "I'm free!  I'm free!" with great joy.  Eden, who was sitting in her highchair, watched him run by and then muttered forbodingly under her breath, "But you're NOT free!"  Scary.

Monday, 19 August 2013

A Day at the Zoo

Today was Z's first day of 1st grade!  I took him to school this morning (he'll carpool with friends from now on), and he just acted like an old pro.  His first grade class lined up beside a kindergarten class -- oh the kindergartners!  They are so little and scared!  I'm glad Z was so brave last year, because I was not!

But with Z off to school and me still not in school, Eden and I decided to hit up the zoo.  We had fun!

Eden and the Kookaburra -- "Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra"

Feeding the ducks was the highlight -- see the videos below!

What a big girl she is becoming!

Friday, 9 August 2013

Popsicle Sticks and Papu's Birthday

Tonight we had popsicles for dessert and then a contest after to see who could throw the sticks the farthest.  Z usually won, and maybe it was because of his willingness to yell something crazy each time.

And it is also Papu's birthday -- Happy Birthday Papu!!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Creek-Walking and Lake-Swimming

This morning we all jumped out of bed and headed to Lake Vermillion.  Nathan and Z started out fishing and Eden and I went off to explore the creek.  Thanks to the Ergo, we were able to boldly go where no mother and toddler have gone before (thanks, Trudy!), and had a splendid time throwing rocks, catching frogs and just hanging out.

Then Z decided he was done fishing, so he joined us and the exploring got a little more rigorous.  Before long Z had us all wading up the creek to see what we would see.  We didn't catch any more frogs or turtles, but we did get wet and we did have a good time!

"What's that??"

Our little scientist.

This is one of Eden's favorite looks.
Yaya and Papu -- please notice the shirt!!

He didn't fall down (this time), just went in for a closer look.

"This is fun!"

My view for the few minutes I was sitting down.

And the very big and very dead turtle we discovered.  Some girls fishing also gave us a live turtle they caught, but I didn't get a picture of it.

By this time we were all hungry, so we picked up Daddy, who had caught two huge carp, and went to lunch and then swimming in the lake.

That's Z in the water.

Z's creation on the beach.  The "T" shape is a big tar pit and the mound on the left (just by the rock) is a volcano.  (We saw Titans of the Ice Age at the Pavilion this week.)

Bathing beauty, complete with floaties.

This picture reminds me of The Great White Man-Eating Shark: A Cautionary Tale.

I like how you can see Nathan taking the picture in our sunglasses.

And a fine day was had by all!