Monday, January 25, 2016

bookfest 2016

He behaved predictably and consistently!

During both visits to Bookfest last week, she spent the entire time announcing, "Ball! Ball!" when she saw kids clasping helium balloons, and "Quack!" "Moo!" "Baa!" "Woof!" depending on which book I had most recently passed her to distract her from the balloons. Thankfully she was handed a balloon on exit and proudly carried it on the train and walking home from the station with Daddy.


As always, I had a super time (twice so far - and there's still a couple more days before bookfest closes...) and was pleased with my loot of mostly young reader chapter books. I'm trying - unsuccessfully - to read each book (and get rid of those I don't like) before he gets his hands on them. I'm also currently enjoying a very silly book by Miranda Hart, called 'Is it just Me?' and 'The Happiness Show' by Catherine Deveny, which I borrowed from a friend at Book Club.
I also enjoyed reminiscing (thank you, blog) about past bookfest fun

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Just before Christmas, we went to a lego show and, of course, he was awed and inspired. The inspiration was timely, as he received A LOT of lego for Christmas and birthday. He builds during play time, rest time and eating time. Last night he read 'Lego Ideas Book' (borrowed from friends) instead of sleeping, for much of the night. How much is too much?


She roamed the exhibition with her big pal/sis, and enjoyed finding and acknowledging familiar objects - plane, flower, car, hat...
At home she also loves to investigate and eat lego pieces - she's happy with lego, duplo, primo... They all taste the same!

 I won a family pass to the Lego exhibition "Brickman Experience" at the Convention Centre (of course, B had already purchased a couple of tickets before we found out...). I loved this collaborative piece.

Friday, January 15, 2016



4 days of celebration:
Sunday: Lovely times with his little sis during our family morning at the market. In the afternoon he had a joint birthday party at the park with his pal - fancy dress (of course) with a great crowd and many hours of playing. 
Monday: We met another friend for a cupcake party at a playground, a visit to the dog park and drinks at the cafe (where he chose to sit on his own with his babyccino and read his new Zac Power book). We then picked up Daddy from work (his first day back there after 3 weeks off - he was ready for diversion, and cake) for a special lunch at the sushi train.
In the afternoon he had his first visit to the dentist (the mother of a friend, who ensured it was the MOST positive dental experience a child has EVER had... cheery conversation, playing with the up/down buttons on the chair, a take-home showbag and a 'rooster' balloon made from a rubber glove and dental floss). 
Tuesday: He received some cards and gifts in the mail and took cupcakes to kindy to share with his classmates for morning tea. Later, Nanma and Pa came to surprise him and stayed for dinner and a sleepover! Nanma helped him with some of his birthday lego and Pa helped him with his birthday bike.
Thursday: Our regular Thursday Dinner with friends included three birthday celebrations this week (a 4-year-old, an 8-year-old and a grown up)!

She relished every bit of every celebration.


Much sugar-free baking! 4-layer cake for the party ("four layers because I'm 4!") and cupcakes with homemade sugar-free sprinkles for kindy.