A month in review – September 2017

Last month Emma and I flew up to Townville for a very quick trip.  We got to spend some quality time with Grandma.  By quality I mean they played and I had afternono naps.  Quality.  Emma also got to spend some time with her little cousin Corey; who isn’t so little anymore.  Julia came to Townsville for the weekend and we caught up with some family.  It was a very quick trip; hopefully next time we’ll stay longer.
I took Emma to the NSW Train Safety Week actitities in the city.  Emma learnt some very important rules; hold a trusted adults hand, stay behind the yellow line, mind the gap, and the emergency buttons are only for emergencies.  There was story time, a song and dance.  Emma got to sit in the train drivers seat and push some buttons.  Then we went on an old fashioned steam trip for a short trip down the train line.  It was a really fun day.
Julia has enrolled Emma in in a Russian school.  Every Sunday afternoon for 3.5 hours they have classes for children where the only language spoken is Russian.  At Emma’s age group the children draw, paint, dance and sing songs.  All while the teacher speaks in Russian.  Emma seems to be enjoying it and is understanding more Russian.
Emma is still going to baby ballet class on Saturday morning and has moved from the little ones class to the bigger girls class.
Here’s an amusing, and sad, story.  While we were staying at Mums in Townsville there was a lovely 90 year old lady staying there as well.  We had been out to celebrate my Uncle Merv’s birthday and were now at home chatting.  She said Emma was beautiful, and asked if we were going to have more children.  I said no, we’re too old now.  She said but aren’t you only… 28 years old?  What a lovely dear.  No, I’m 41 I told her.  Well she said, I though you were younger.  She paused and said, ‘but I did forget my glasses’.  And my mum added ‘and you did have that glass of wine tonight’.  ‘yes thats right!’.  Sigh….
Emma fit in this car as a baby
Not anymore
Train safety week

A month in review – July 2017

Emma was sick recently with the flu. She’s still got a cough but is mainly ok.
She passed it on to Julia who is now sick. So far I’ve escaped the flu germs.

I’m trying to teach Emma about choices, and how she can’t have everything. We went to the local shopping centre and we were going to buy Emma a juice. In the shop we looked at a stall that was selling knitted things. She said she wanted a finger puppet. I explained she could have a finger puppet, but it would mean she couldn’t have juice. She was ok with that. I bought the puppet and she was happy. Then we went into the shop to get a few groceries. ‘Daddy can I have a juice?’. I explained that she made the choice to not have juice, but instead have the puppet. “ok Daddy’ she said, bottom lip quivering, tears starting to roll down her cheek. I bought her the juice. I dont know if she doesn’t understand choices, or if she knows exactly how to wrap her father around her finger.

Daddy/Daughter outing – We went to see Disneys Frozen on Ice.  Frozen is Emma’s favourite movie and she is always singing the songs.



Brunch in a cafe – who says you can’t have a smartie cookie for brunch

Emma often asks to help with jobs.  I got her rinsing bottles for recycling.

Last month we all went to a church wedding.  Emma thought the bride was a princess 🙂

She loves her new kitchen from Ikea.

Emma tired 🙂

Emma go have a nap.  “No I’m not tired”.  Proceeds to lay down on the loungeroom floor.

Daddy/Daughter outing

A month in review – May 2017

What have we been doing…
Easter; I took Emma to the local Bunnings Hardware easter night. We ate hotdogs and painted rabbits.
Parks; we go to the parks every chance we can.
Ballet class; after a break during school holidays class has started again and Emma is still loving it.
Emma has been helping out at home. She feeds the cats their dinner. She also cleans up her toys in the lounge room (sometimes) after Mum has asked her only 4-5 times.
We started renovating our bathroom last month; and the floor had to be replaced as it was rotten in parts. Emma was very surprised to come home and see no floor in the room. Very surprised.
Last Saturday night we went to the zoo for a light festival. Lots of light sculptures. We all loved it.

Rug made by grandma

Emma’s first selfie!

Upset because daddy gave her cereal.  In my defense; she asked for cereal.

A month in review – March 2017

Last month Emma got to experience her first hail storm; and it was a big one. The hail went through our roof at the back door (and old roof, not the house) and ripped a clothes line cover to shreds. No other damage for us though.

Emma is still going to ballet class every Saturday is is loving it. I think she is the teachers pet.
We’ve had lots of rain; almost every day this month. Last Sunday we took Emma to the cinemas for the first time to see the Peppa Pig movie. She loved it. I had to take two extra pillows from home for her to sit on so she was high enough. She really liked the popcorn too.

A month in review – February 2017

This week Emma has turned 3! Julia organised a birthday party for her at a playcentre in a shopping centre. A great move considering it was a very hot weekend in Sydney.

Emma has also moved from her cot; to a big girl bed.

Lunch at an outdoor cafe – Emma and her friend Lara – they went exploring and found chicken eggs behind the hay.

The old cot

The new bed