If you send me the address for the Hotmail account I’ll see if I can get it set up to send these posts to! Hope Paul and his enormous family are all okay. Joshua definitely seems to have some natural history genes, but not sure if they have skipped a generation on my side or come straight from Deanne (more likely)!
This morning Joshua and I had some chores to do. First and foremost was taking his library books and DVD back, which we did first thing. He got three more books and another Pooh DVD out and has already watched the DVD all the way through once, then part way through in French (his decision, not mine) and had two of the three stories, one before we collected Deanne this afternoon, one at bedtime.
We also went to the bank to pay in some money Bob gave us, because the man can’t seem to stop giving us money. Not that we’re ungrateful but I hope he isn’t making himself short of cash for our sakes. There was an indoor farm at Bull Creek shopping centre so we had a quick look at the animals, then went to the pharmacy so I could buy some more blood test sticks.
After lunch we had to go to the bank again to get a cheque made out so we could go buy Deanne’s new car. We picked her up from work and went straight to Fremantle so she could collect it, so now we’re a two-car-family and almost have a house (roll on Thursday).
Tomorrow I’m going to take Joshua to the Dinosaur Discovery exhibition at the Museum of WA, it has lots of animatronic prehistoric Australian reptiles and should be a good way to amuse Joshua for the afternoon.
Joshua Doing A Dinosaur Roar
Joshua woke up to go to the toilet at about six, but after I turned the tap on to wash his hands (it’s too stiff for him) he went back to bed and we all got up at about seven.
After having breakfast we got down to the important business of opening his presents. He started off slowly, then got a bit more excited after each present. I couldn’t believe how generous all his classmates had been at the weekend, and of course all the ones from Mummy and Daddy, Nana and Poppy Richard and of course Grandma and Grandad. The thing he was most excited about was a fish bowl with a little toy fish that swims round in a random manner. He spent a good hour or two over the course of the day playing with them. But as always he’ll play with all of them once he’s calmed down a bit.
We went to Freo to test drive a little car we’re going to buy, we picked Big Nana up on the way back and then it was party time. The family turned up in drubs and drabs until everyone was here. Of course this meAnt Joshy got even more presents and cards and so will be starting his own toy shop soon.
While I was making drinks for everyone Josh came in and said he was tired and that he wanted me to run his bath, however it turned out that this was just so he could play with his fish while he was bathing. I ran his bath and he played, then Deanne read his new Harry and the Dinosaurs book and he went to sleep.
I’ve included the only picture I took on my phone which is of him playing with a magnetic fishing rod. Shortly afterwards he said that when Grandma and Grandad visit it means he can go fishing with Grandad.
I finally have my appointment with the endocrinologist next week, so after dropping Joshua off this morning I went to the doctors to have a blood test. It was fine but the nurse insisted on asking me about how long it took to get from Heathrow to Gatwick, as she is planning a holiday to the UK and thought I might be able to help her understand a bit about London.
When I got home I did our ironing and put on about three loads of washing, one of which I still need to hang out, but I’ll do that in the morning before I go out.
I picked Deanne up from work at four so we could drop an application in, to rent a house I looked at last week. The whole house renting thing is a bit on the complicated side but we’re slowly getting the hang of how it all works. Now we just need to wait a couple of days to see if the owners like the cut of our gib.
We came home afterwards and picked Joshua up. He was tired after kindy and wanted to stay at home and watch a bit of TV before going out again, then we went to the library to take his books and DVDs back and get some more for him. After that we drove to Fremantle to look at a small car which we’re thinking about buying, then home for dinner and a bit of a relax after another hard day.
Tomorrow is Joshy/Nana day but there was a sign up at kindy saying they needed someone to help out in the morning, so I put my name down. Joshua’s teacher told me I shouldn’t put myself out as Joshua isn’t in tomorrow, but I told her that it was his day with Nana and so I needed something to get me out the house and would be happy to.
Yes, that is a lot of money, even with the exchange, but that’s how much we’ve spent on our car today. But we have done it now and it’s parked in the driveway. We feel quite happy with our purchase and can fit Joshua’s bike in it, so that’s good 🙂
Julie took us to the riverside today and Joshua played in the water for a while, we got the chance to stroke a jellyfish as there were a bunch of them, we knew they didn’t sting ’cause some kids were messing about with a dead one, then on a playground nearby once the equipment was out of the sun and had cooled off a bit. Then we went to pick up the motor and drove it home. We looked at car seats (so Julie and Rick can keep one in their car) on the way back and realised that it’d probably be cheaper to buy one on-line in the UK and send it over that to get it here!!!
On a slightly less happy note I seem to have developed a toothache in the last couple of days, so have booked myself in to the dentists tomorrow at 12 so that can be sorted out. I also went to the pharmacist, that will hopefully be our local once we move out of Julie and Rick’s house, and dropped in my NDSS form, which means I should at least be able to pick up free stuff for my Diabetes from now on.
Joshua is off to his nursery for a “settling session” at 9am in the morning, so I’ll let you know how that goes. other than that tomorrow is apparently the day he’ll be trying out his bike for the first time (we’ve asked him a few times since we arrived and this week he has been saying “on Wednsday” whenever we ask, so hopefully he’ll be true to his word.
Today we spent an enormous amount of money… Well, actually that’s not quite true, we put down a (quite large) deposit and will spend the money in a couple of days time! We have bought a car! It’s a Hyundai i30 which is similar in size to Deanne’s old Honda Civic, but it’s a “station wagon”, which means it has one of those big rectangular boots so we can fit all our stuff in to it.
It’s actually a new car, although it’s a 2013 one which is last year’s model, there is a newer one which is why it was already discounted. Ernest would have been proud of me as I managed to haggle $1,000 off the price. It’s red, which is a bit of a shame as Deanne really wanted a different colour this time 🙂
We also opened a bank account for Joshua this morning. There is a little branch at his school so he can take money in and pay it into his account.
This av’o (getting the lingo already!!!) we went out with Bob to a little Museum which was full of stuffed animals and models of dinosaurs (some of which were labelled wrong, I should probably have told them). Joshy thought it was brilliant and we were all quite impressed, it was like Dorchester Museum used to be with furry, feathery and scaly things everywhere. The best one was probably the brachiosaur, not full size but pretty big.
Computer is acting weird so I’ll go now and write again soon.