Dubbo Trip

Last weekend we had out little road trip to Dubbo.
My mum flew down the night before and came along with us for the trip.

The drive from Sydney to Dubbo was a long one. We stopped for lunch along the way to break up the drive (~5.5hours).

When we got to Dubbo we stayed in a Big 4 Caravan park, in one of the cabins. Funnily enough the cabin was on ‘Emma Street’ 🙂
The park had its own water park which Emma loved. The water was cold so after 30mins of swimming she was turning blue, but insisted she was fine and wanted to keep swimming.

The highlight of the trip was the Dubbo Zoo. We rented a golf cart (you can drive your own car, or rent bicycles) to take around the circuit.

As well as the Zoo we went to the nearby town of Wellington and went on a couple of underground cave tours. They were very interesting.

A month in review – November 2017

We’ve been to a few birthday parties (kids). Emma has resumed her ballet classes. Although this term she is more interested in doing her own dancing moves, rather than paying attention to the teacher. Luckily the teacher has more patience than us.

Emma’s Russian lessons continue. I think she has passed me in her understanding of Russian. Это бред!

In non-Emma news. We’ve renovated our bathroom and our kitchen. Both very nice and modern. And two weeks ago I crashed my 12 year old Toyota Corolla 🙁 Nothing serious, but due to its age the insurance company wrote it off. So we have purchased a used Nissan Pulsar as its replacement.

Next week we are taking a long weekend and will be driving to Dubbo to show Emma the Dubbo Zoo.

Exploding Microwave (aka Bing Lee sucks)

So we recently renovated our kitchen. And the microwave we had, while still working, was looking very tired. It was white and the white plastic had changed colours to the old yellow colour. Time for a new microwave.

We went to Bing Lee and purchased a new Sharp microwave. This was on a Saturday.
On the Sunday Julia went to cook some microwave popcorn. Emma and I were watching the popcorn in the microwave, nothing was happening, we were waiting for the popping to start. Then suddenly it exploded. Luckily the microwave door remained closed. The popcorn packed had been on a dinner plate. The plate had bounced up into the roof of the microwave denting it, and broke in to shards, some of which stuck in the door of the microwave.

We took at back to the Bing Lee store and advised when them what had happened. The store manager was rude and aggressive. He said the machine looked fine, nothing wrong. This despite the roof being collapsed. Then he said we must have cooked the popcorn wrong. I asked them to get the machine checked for faults. He said they would charge us $70 for the inspection.

A week later still no information. I called them and was told the machined was checked and was fine; I asked for a copy of the report. Another two weeks pass and no report. I chase them several more times and eventually get a single page document, with the single line “Unit appears to be working ok”.

After discussing with Julia I decided to call Woolworths. Because if I heard that someone had been hurt by this, and I’d not reported it, I’d feel bad. So I call Woolworths and explain that I’d purchased popcorn from them, the microwave had exploded, and ‘apparently’ the microwave was without fault. Woolworths were really good about it. They took all my details. I still had the popcorn packet so gave them those details. I got a call the next day from the person in charge of nuts and snacks saying if I didn’t get any updates to please escalate with them. I also got a call from the manufacturer of the popcorn. Over the next week they did some tests on the same batch of popcorn. They couldn’t find any problems. But as a sign of good faith about their product they offered to re-emburse me for the cost of the microwave AND the service fee that Bing Lee charged. How great is that.

In summary; don’t go to Bing Lee. They suck.

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