Sunday, February 24, 2013

Big Kid Kindy!

Eadie now attends Kindy! At long last!! She just loves it. Five days a fortnight she enters those magical doors and all her 'cares' and 'boredom' disappears as she is presented with countless, endless wonderful and awesome things to do and play and touch and squish and mix and glue and swing and jump on. It's Eadith Heaven!

So far Eadie's Kindy experience has been joyful and exciting. When I ask her what she did that day, the answers are always the same: "I played in the sandpit, and I did paintings and I read books and I played with my friends (of which she can never remember their names I might add, but the teachers assure me that yes, she does have them!), and I sung songs and I had a nap, and I ate lunch, and I... " the list goes on. By the time we leave kindy and have arrived at Tori's school parking lot which is about a four minute drive away, I kid you not, she is STILL sitting there telling me 'all the things she did' that day. It always makes me smile.

I was fortunate enough to watch her as she held up a photo of our family and spoke to the class about each one of us. I stood there paralyzed with fear about what she would say... You never know with Eadie; she could just as easily say the words, "Mummy gets mad when I spill my cereal, and daddy sits on the toilet for a long time", or something equally horrendous. LUCKILY, she opted to go the other way this particular day! And as she was asked to point out what we did as a family, I listened eagerly for her response. She said, "Um...." and after some thought, she added, "Me and my sister Tori play games together, and mummy..... Mummy makes things, and daddy, he likes to play soccer... and Anabel... Well, Anabel likes to watch T.V." I laughed. That's us, basically! LOL. I was thinking to myself, 'Hmm, what would I say about each of us?" And as I listened to her confident response, I thought "yep, that's pretty much it actually!" and it made me laugh. :-)

Eadie never ceases to amaze me. She is so confident and sure of herself. She is darn stubborn, but I feel that in the future this will prove a strength rather than a weakness (which is is at this age), as she wont let people push her around. She doesn't care what other people think, and she says it the way it is. My only prayer is that she uses these strengths for good and not for bad!!!

Eadie is just loving Kindy. I wondered how she would handle it but, as she proved to me in her orientation day, she gets through every day with flying colors. Her teachers love her and she is happy and confident when she speaks and polite and obedient when she has to be. Despite the fact that she cannot remember her kindy arrival morning 'routine' of what goes where and what to do before she goes out and plays, she always accomplishes it with my help, and with a huge smile on her face. And that, combined with her adorable choice
of clothes which usually consists of odd-matching socks
which go not-so-well with her sparkly patterned sneakers and mismatched colored clothes, she puts a smile on everyone's face she walks past. And did I mention she has to pick up every feather she sees along the path to the kindy? yep. That's just her. My special Kindy girl!!

Prep!

I can't believe my oldest daughter is in Prep!! After graduating Kindy last year, Vettoria has entered into "Big Girl School", AKA Prep, which is a full-time preparatory class before grade 1. She just LOVES it. She cannot get enough of it. When she is home she wishes she was there, and when she is at school she is sad when she has to go home. The transition from Kindy to Prep has been, to no surprise whatsoever, completely easy and stress-free. Not one tear shed, not one frown shown. It has been nothing but go-go-go, yay-yay-yay all day every day since that first big girl school day. She loves it, and so do I!  She attends her class just like other students at the school, 8.30am-2.30pm every weekday. She had five other Kindy friends, including her best 'boy' friend Austin, also join her at Chatswood Hills Primary,  so she could jump straight in and have fun with friends straight away. But she has also made lots new friends as well which is great.

Meanwhile, my Big Girl school experience this year as been very different from the laid-back social life I had created for myself at Kindy last year. Instead of mingling and hanging out with other mums in the morning and afternoon as our kids played on the toys or we watched them doing different activities, for me there is no time to stop as I go from one school to the other dropping off Tori and then Eadie who is now in Kindy. We've got a pretty good routine down pat, although it never ceases to amaze me how hectic and insane the parking situation at the primary school is, come 2.30pm. Lucky for me, my friend Fiona also sends her daughter Myah to Chatties (the geeky name us mothers of Chatswood Hills kids call the school for short), and so she offers to pick Tori up three days a week, which makes my job SOOO much easier, especially since I'm now teaching seminary! And Tori loves it more than anything. (We have had to have talks about not being so rude to mummy when she comes and picks her up instead and Tori will start to cry because it's not Fiona and Myah... I tell you what, as much as I would kill for time to myself every once in a while, it sure does break a mum's heart when the daughter's the one saying "I'd rather be with my friends, thanks".. :-(

I have actually been surprised that Tori has already been given 'home readers' which are little story books with sight words to learn and practice. I wasn't expecting this kind of thing before grade 1, so already I am impressed with the school, and so far I'm really happy with our primary school of choice. Plus, it's literally around the corner from our house, a 5 minute walk down the road, which is also a bonus.

Unfortunately in these pics I took on her first day of school, I forgot to include her little tie she has to wear with her 'formal' uniform, which is a white shirt. She alternates between her formal uniform and her 'sports' uniform which is a blue and green polo shirt. Both look absolutely adorable, and I must say, we are definitely lucky to have the best looking uniform in the district...Don't you agree? :-)  Meanwhile, I'll have to get a pic of the trend she has set with her school socks. SOOO funny. These pics were taken day 1, so I showed her how to fold down her own socks, but as of day 2 and the rest of the time, she has opted to roll them down all the way, like a big circular tube sitting around her ankles. It always make me smile, because I remember my sister Sarah used to roll her school socks down when she went to school - IN THE 80s!!! But Tori refuses to wear them any other way, and I'm cool with that. :-)  Trendsetter already? ;-)







Thursday, February 21, 2013

Happy Birth Day Cooper and Jacob!

ANNOUNCEMENT!


After what seemed like the longest pregnancy ever, Alisha and Glen had two beautiful identical baby boys about a week ago, named Jacob and Cooper! They are the sweetest, cutest little twin boys ever to be born, and I am just besotted with them... So small, both of them weighing about 5lb12oz and 47cm. How perfect! Unfortunately Alisha and the boys have had to stay in hospital over this past week as they have suffered with jaundice and low blood sugar, so they haven't been home yet, but we are hoping it will be soon. Alisha is doing really well and is recovering perfectly thus far.

Did I ever tell you the way these two babies came to be? Well, it's a story to be told, so here goes...

Alisha was driving in the car doing the school run one day when she got an overwhelming feeling that, if her and Glen wanted more kids, now was the time to do it. She said the feeling came so suddenly and so strong that she went home and told Glen about it. And sure enough, Glen felt the exact same way. I kid you not, one month later, she was pregnant - with twins! This was her dream come true!! Ever since I can remember Alisha has wanted twins. She wanted Emily to be twins, Thomas to be twins, and yes, Mitchell and Olivia to be twins - no joke. It blows me away every time to think that she actually got her dream come true. She ALWAYS wanted a big family (she's the first to admit that she would have 12 if she could!), even when she was a little girl when she was obsessed with babies, and now with her six kids under 12, I think its safe to say she definitely has her big family!

I love love love how these two boys came to be. My sister is a wonderful example to me of the blessings that come through righteous living.

I look forward to posting more pics when I see them again!! I can't believe my sister has six kids..... three is work enough for me!! :-)

Meanwhile, here they are!
Welcome boys! 
                               Jacob Dean                                                             Cooper David

So CUUUTE!!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Happy Anniversary to Us!!

This year Juan and I celebrated our SEVENTH anniversary... wow!! So much has happened during this  time... What a wonderful thing is marriage. I for one am totally grateful for it. I acknowledge how blessed and happy I am every.single.day. And I owe it all to my wonderful husband. He is everything I ever dreamed in a man, a husband, and a father.

When I was about 24 years old and single, all of my closest friends were married, and had been for at least 3 years each. I would watch them and listen to them talk with each other and the way they acted around each other. I wanted it. I wanted someone to laugh with, someone to hold, someone to love me as much as I loved them. I had read about it, seen it, watched it, and I knew exactly what it would feel like when I met The One. 

I remember one day I was chatting with my friends Kara and Eli, and they were telling me how on their three year anniversary they loved each other more than when they were first married. 
I didn't really get it...  I remember thinking, "Maybe some loves take time to grow stronger over time?" 
Well, now I get it. I completely understand what they were saying. Because Juan and I feel the same about each other. It's not that your love gets 'stronger' as such, but rather it's like you love them so much more because you know them so much more. The experiences you have with each other really do strengthen the relationship and as you learn more about each other and adjust your temperaments, attitudes, and opinions towards becoming more unified with the other, the love naturally increases. It's so great! 
 

This year Juan took me to my 'dream' restaurant, Aria, owned by Matt Moran, a celebrity chef who I had seen on TV about five years ago and had wanted to go to his restaurant all these years... It was worth every.single.penny (many, many pennies...). Between the randomly unexpected valet parking, the manager who introduced himself in Spanish because he saw our surname on the guest list, the most amazing service I have ever experienced in my entire life, and not to mentioned THE most delicious entree EVER where I ate Quail for the first time just like they make on all those cooking shows (!!!), plus all the delicious little things we were given all night as we sat there feeling like rockstars, it was a beautiful, perfect night. We walked along the river holding hands and had an awesome time just the two of us.

Seven years and more in love with my husband than our first year... Can't wait to feel what the eighth year is like!! :-)
 

Naughty bubba!

So I'm sitting in my room minding my own business when I hear this little voice call out, "Muum! Muuuum!"
So I walk toward the voice and stop when I see...

...this:

Little stinker!! And get this, she didn't just unravel all the toilet paper and let it fall to the floor.... No, Anabel sat there and tore each piece off from the other, and then tore those individual pieces in half again and again! The paper was completely shredded, it was almost impressive. 

Needless to say, in usual Anabel style, as soon as I lifted her off that seat, she was off and running to find something else fun and carefree. 

That's my girl!