I thought I’d send you a few pictures of some of the things we’ve been doing since Christmas, firstly Joshua starting to build his first Lego present, a fishing boat (I can’t help telling him about his Great Granddad Jim when we’re playing with boats!). He had a large hand in finding the right bricks, looking at the plans and helping to put it together. I was very impressed.
Second picture is the boat, complete and floating in the bath at bath time. He very much enjoyed lowering the fishing rods and catching the Lego fish, Dad would have been impressed.
The third picture is of the boy flying through the air with the greatest of ease. He went up-diddley-up-up, he went down-diddley-down-down! We built the trampoline on boxing day and he has been on it at least once a day since then. he has even invented some moves of his own, including one called a face-head-splat, which does pretty much what it says on the packet, face first into the trampoline.
Last is a slightly lower quality pic’ of us today in Nana’s swimming pool, the weather was incredibly hot and I was sent home from work slightly early because the air-conditioning was broken and the inside of the building got up to about 35°C. I got home, changed into my bathers and Deanne picked me up and took me to her Mum’s house where Joshua was already splashing about, with Julie, in the pool. The temperature reached about 40° today so it was nice in the water.
Julie cooked a nice tea for us, and Donna, who is leaving tomorrow. Josh is staying tonight so he can go to the airport with them in the morning to say goodbye.
Tomorrow is new year’s eve, I’ll tell you about what we’re doing for it afterwards because it sounds like an exciting night.
Building a Boat
The Boat, Built
The Boy, Bouncing
…Sorry, Can’t Alliterate This One!
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Hope you’ve had a good day, I tried Skyping Rich a few times but I suspect you’re at one of the many parties, you mentioned, with him.
We had a brilliant day ourselves. Josh came into our room at about six to report that Santa had been, so we got up and opened a bunch of presents, including the two boxes of Lego, dinosaur themed Matchbox cars and the Old Spinosaurus from Dinosaur Train, that you bought him.
He was very pleased but just a little disappointed that he hadn’t got the Octopod from the Octonauts, which he had written himself on his Xmas list. He was, therefore, rather glad when Pops turned up with some more presents, including the Octopod!
We made breakfast, fruit toast, nice bread, hash browns, poached eggs, etc. and chatted to Bob until about half eleven, then headed to Julie’s.
There were even more presents at Julie’s house, plus all the relations you could shake a stick at (don’t worry, we didn’t). There was food and drink and sun and then swimming in the pool between courses. What can I say, my first Australian Christmas!!!
I forgot to take my phone this a’vo but thought you might like a picture which sums up Joshua’s day, as it shows his Octopod, Lego, beach towel and bathers plus his new school bag, as well as the beanbag that Janice bought him, which he also loves.
It’s been a good day, but I have missed you all.
Lots of love
Just a quick one before I leave work for Christmas. I thought you might like to see the picture that Arlo drew in our Christmas card, which arrived yesterday.
It’s Superman, but you could probably have seen that for yourself! I was very impressed.
Hopefully we can speak tomorrow but I’m not entirely certain of your current whereabouts, so get Rich to drop us a quick message on Skype so we know what’s going on.
As you can imagine it’s been a pretty busy few weeks, even the weekend was crazy.
On Friday Deanne went out with the Mum’s from Kindy for an Xmas meal, so Joshua and I went to get some fish and chips, which we ate at the playground at Riverton. During Daycare he had actually taken part in some facepainting (for the first time ever) so I thought I better capture it for posterity, which is the first picture.
Joshua seemed more interested in playing on the playground than eating his chips and potato scallops, but eventually he did take some time out from his busy schedule to have dinner. The second picture is of him looking through the spyglass at the park, this was after we had eaten and we played together for a bit, ho didn’t get to bed until about 9 o’clock.
On Saturday I did what remained of my pre-Christmas, Christmas shopping. I’ll send the UK contingent’s stuff out in the new year. Then I met with Deanne and Josh at the shopping centre at Success, I turned up just in time to stop at Miss Maude’s for a drink and a cake, which was nice. Then we did our food shopping and came home. It was super busy at the shops, but I still have a bit of a disconnect going in my head about Christmas being three days away because it’s sunny and hot!
On Sunday we had an impromptu trip to the Zoo, most of the animals were laying about relaxing, although it wasn’t such a hot day as a few lately, we’ve been up to the high thirties a couple of times. The best picture I got was probably the third one below of the Koala having a bit of a kip.
My final, slightly exciting, news is that I’ve actually got round to publishing my book on Amazon. If you or ToF want it I’ll chuck you a copy of the finished one straight to your Kindles, but if you happen to get a chance tell Rich he can even buy it in Brazil by going to the Brazilian Amazon website and searching for Dan Ladle. The cover of the book is the fourth picture, although I’ve updated it since I did that one but it hasn’t shown up on the site yet!
Rudolph the Red Nosed Joshua
Jump by Dan Ladle
I’m on call this week so keeping it short and sweet.
Joshua finishes his first year at school tomorrow, and what a year! He’s taking in some cards for his friends and might be meeting up with a few of them over the summer holidays.
That still feels weird, breaking up for the summer holidays…and Christmas!!! Barbecues all round.
He also did his last gymnastics lesson of the year today, but will be starting again in 2015, as well as being enrolled to start swimming lessons. He’s going to be super busy.
Deanne is working hard to get her business off the ground, while she’s not at work on a Monday and Tuesday, and I’m still figuring out what to do at work, as well as getting closer each day to publishing my book.
I’ve also been making some Xmas decorations as we left all ours in the UK. The one you can see below is an Ewok, from Return of the Jedi.
So much happening at the moment I don’t know where to start! You can tell I’m busy ’cause I have almost 40 unread emails in my PERSONAL email, which is unheard of. I usually read through them as I get them!
It was, of course, Deanne’s birthday at the weekend. We went to the cafe at Point Walter for lunch with all her family, Joshua played for a while before everyone arrived then we ate. The food was lovely, we’ll take you there when you come over.
Dee got lots of lovely things for her birthday, including the “wooly [sic] thing that goes round your neck” that Joshy told her about.
On Sunday we went over to Jackson’s house in the afternoon, had drinks and nibbles and chatted to Jackson and his wife and two of their other friends who were there. Josh played with the four kids (two each couple) who weed there and got to decorate some cookies Rachel had made.
This week has flown past so far. Had an interesting meeting at work today but I’ll tell you about it next time we Skype. Tomorrow I’m starting early as we’re going on a boat ride in Mandurah in the evening.
Well the Adventure World party was great. Joshua made us go see the dinosaurs first. Then we went on a little roller coaster, which was for kids but still ended up bruising my leg and making Josh laugh the whole way round.
As we headed back to our stuff to get changed we bumped into Clayton, Penny and Lillian, who were going on the waterslide. After getting our bathers on we also went and did the same. It was really fun but Joshua didn’t like the bit at the bottom where I had to try and keep his head above the water, with limited success. Apart from that he thought it was brilliant.
We then went back to the dinosaur bit and Joshua spent some time going down the youngsters’ water slide there and then doing it again. Deanne made us a fantastic picnic and we spent some time eating that before having another wander around and look at stuff, before getting Joshua’s present (a pillow monkey thing) and grabbing his free ice cream before we came home.
The next day we went to Scitech and saw the new exhibit, about gardens. They’ve also moved a lot of the things around and set up a few new things. The picture is of an electronic face that you could move around on screen and then convert into expressions on a real robot.
Joshua also played in the building section before we went, which is the other picture.
Last but not least, I don’t know if you’ve seen the below video yet but I got quite excited when I saw it.
Joshua the Builder