Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Life lately (or, where did August go?)

Life lately. I could hardly tell you what we've done, this past month has flown by even faster than usual and it's been mostly spent preparing for our move as the movers will be here in just a couple of weeks. Eeeeeeeep!

I'm still trying to figure out this strange place we're in right now - it's a kind of limbo land, and I don't like it. Most of Ollie's friends have started kindergarten and as much as I know we made the right decision to withdraw him (he'll start in January in Australia at the same time as his peers and will be among the oldest in the class, as opposed to the youngest here), it's been hard. I'm having to get creative and try to figure out some kind of new routine to keep the boys entertained and myself sane. He's SO ready for school, it's not funny but having one less transition in this period is definitely not a bad thing.

Life lately - there of course have been many (many) photos snapped of our sweet Anneke...

Craft time with the boys - lately we've done bubble painting, rainbow color explosions (not sure what to call it - vinegar + gel food colouring + baking soda), toothbrush splatter painting and homemade silly putty...

Homemade pizza (Ollie's favourite thing to help make) and movie nights on Saturdays...

Breakfast parties for doggie and teddy....

Plotting mischief...

Park visits...

Making lemonade (I'm going to miss our big ol' lemon tree!)...

Spelling/writing practice...

Endless fun with a giant cardboard box...

Lots of Mixel creating...

A Mixel cake for our big boy turning 5...

Austin's first self portrait...

And last weekend, we took a day off from our never ending to do list and took the boys out for some fun. Mini golf, sushi boat and ice cream - it was a much needed break for ALL of us!

54 sleeps and counting!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Q&A time - Mr Oliver, age 5

Birthday questionnaire, Mr Oliver at age 5...

1. What is your favourite colour? Red.

2. What is your favourite toy? A dinotruck.

3. What is your favourite fruit? I think... Mango.

4. What is your favourite TV show? Little Einsteins.

5. What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch? Ahhhh... I think... Grilled... No I didn't think grilled... Let me think. Orange juice and peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

6. What is your favourite outfit? I think my dinosaur one that is a green shirt.

7. What is your favourite game? Ah, Risk.

8. What is your favourite snack? I think orange juice.

9. What is your favourite animal? Lion.

10. What is your favourite song? The crazy one.

11. What is your favourite thing to do? I think... Play with... No, eat cake.

12. Who is your best friend? Andre.

13. What is your favourite place to visit? Granny's house. 

14. What is your favourite thing to do outside? Jump on the trampoline with my Mum.

15. What is your favourite drink? I think chocolate milk. Do you like chocolate milk Austin?

16. What is your favourite holiday? When we go to Hawaii.

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Teddy and doggie.

18. What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast? I think. Actually. Egg and ham!

19. What do you want to do for dinner on your birthday? I think Chick Fil A!

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Astronaut.

Oh Ollie, today you are FIVE! A true handful. My big boy. My wild one. You are all boy; energetic and full of crazy faces and funny noises and sometimes just plain old crazy. Yet despite your wild side, you know how to focus and you're actually quite shy in unfamiliar social situations. You're an observer just like your mama was as a kid. You love to sit down at your table and draw detailed picture after picture or practice your writing or learn new things in your workbook. You love making things for people and are forever depositing 'jewelry' or other things you think I might love on my desk. You love making treasure maps and jumping on the trampoline and running through the sprinkler. You give hugs and whisper I love you mum in the most unexpected of moments. You and your brother tease each other endlessly but you're also best friends and on the rare occasion Austin takes a nap, you ask constantly if you can wake him up because you miss him and you're bored. And your baby sister - you simply adore her. You tell her she's cute every single day and I hope your protectiveness over her lasts for life. 

Five years ago today you made your very long, drawn out arrival into this world and took my breath away. Our sweet little guy, never did I imagine back then what you would teach us about this old life thing. Dadda and I love you to the moon and back - Happy Birthday, Oliver John!

And a flashback - Mr Oliver at age one, twothree and four...

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Lake Tahoe (aka the first getaway as a family of 5)

I like to think of myself as a fairly adventurous person. We've had all our kids while living in foreign countries and have traveled the globe with them, but I've got to say - having a third has really changed our family dynamic. Not in a bad way, it's just different yet again. Life is busier, naturally and this whole being outnumbered by tiny humans thing makes traveling a tad more challenging. Almost enough to make me wanna just be a homebody for a few years...

We decided to do a 'trial' weekend away last month before our longer holiday to LA & Disneyland. Originally we had booked a long weekend to go hiking in Lassen National Park, but it was snowed under so we changed it up last minute to go back to our favourite, Lake Tahoe.

The 4hr drive there was awful. Anneke only napped an hour before waking up and having a blowout all over herself and me while I was feeding her. She then was wide awake and grumpy the remaining 3 hours of the drive and Austin was having fairly constant meltdowns. By the time we arrived, I was losing it. But thankfully - it's Tahoe. Getting out of the car and smelling that fresh mountain air and seeing the lake - well, it's my happy place.

Sleep was a little lacking the entire weekend for all, but even so it was a lovely getaway. The boys played at the beach, we lazed back on our chairs and snuggled Anneke. We ate at our favourite pizza place in the world (Base Camp Pizza in South Lake Tahoe FYI. Their thai chicken curry pizza is to die for). We went somewhere new in Tahoe; Fallen Leaf Lake (which was gorgeous but freezing cold and SO windy, we couldn't hear each other talk so took a quick pic and moved right along). We'd planned to do one of our favourite activities, taking the gondola up to Squaw Valley high camp to go swimming in the mountain top pool, but the high winds meant it was closed. We came home more exhausted than when we left, but it was still a fun weekend :)

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