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Gifts Galore

Dear Mum,
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.

Love

Dan

Building a Boat

Building a Boat

The Boat, Built

The Boat, Built

The Boy, Bouncing

The Boy, Bouncing

...Sorry, Can't Alliterate This One!

…Sorry, Can’t Alliterate This One!

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TV Times

Dear Mum,

I took Josh to school this morning. We played with some plastic building stuff with a few of the other kids in his class and made a very thin tower which was almost as big as me.

Deanne had showered by the time I got home and I spent the morning working, while she sat next to me on the sofa and we watched TV together. She is feeling a bit better and thinks she will go to work tomorrow, although Joshy and I will have to drive her in as she is still taking the anti-dizziness/nausea tablets which can make you sleepy.

I heated up the leftover curry from last night and we had it for lunch, then we headed to Target to do some xmas shopping. Yep, you heard me right. There is a big toy sale on at Target at the moment and both Julie and Olive have given us money to get Josh’s presents for Xmas, so we went along and spent some time looking at and picking things out. This is apparently fairly normal behaviour over here and there were an awful lot of people at the shop picking out yuletide gifts, then laying them over to pick up at some unspecified point in the future.

For your info we have picked him some “bigger boy” Lego from Olive, and ourselves. However we are sticking with our usual principle of relatively non-violent things and non-branded stuff and so have got him a pick up truck and a camper van (a bit like Nana and Poppy Richard’s caravan so he can relate) as well as a water-plane and boat set. They are all from five to eight years old, but by then he is, of course, going to be nearing his next birthday. We also got him three more Dinosaur Train interactive toys…I know, I just said non-branded, but Dinosaur Train is at least educational and is something we know he loves, and hopefully still will in December!

After picking him up we left Deanne doing a bit of stuff on the computer and went to the park so he could have a scoot, as he was a bit overly full of energy. This seemed to help and after having our slice and mash and veg for tea he had some more jelly and ice cream then it was bath time, toothbrush and story time. He got a new library book at school today, about dinosaurs, so he chose that and read it. We were up to the letter Q in his dinosaur A to Z last night (Quetzalcoatlus!) so not a bad place to take a one night break.

The picture is of what Joshua brought home from School today, his cutting and pasting is getting pretty good now.

Tomorrow is going to be the first Joshy/Daddy Thursday for a good while, we might go to Kings Park after we’ve dropped Dee off at work, but it depends a bit on whether Josh is in the mood.

Love

Dan

Farmyard

Farmyard


Redo From Start

Dear Mum,

In case you’re wondering the title is an old computing joke, kinda! …and what I’m actually talking about is the fact that today I reinvigorated my job hunting, by which I mean I logged on to all the different websites that are employment related and updated all my details, uploaded a new and improved copy of my CV and put in our new address, etc.

Josh went off to Nana’s this morning after we played with his Lego and his Play Dough. We made an enormous house, out of the mass of Lego he now owns and then after tidying that up I made a nest and he made Play Dough eggs to go in them. I still don’t know what kind of birds they were, although I think one may have been a cuckoo as there was one particularly large egg!

This evening Deanne cut my hair, which is good ’cause I looked a little like a vagrant, especially after forgetting to shave this morning. Tomorrow Joshy is at daycare so I’ll be continuing with my newly invigorated job hunting, tomorrow night we’re heading down to Mandurah as it’s Kody’s birthday and there’s a meal out, so I may not be able to write depending on what time we get home.

I didn’t take any pictures today but thought I’d include one of the cubby house we built after Matthew and Joshua’s visit at the weekend. (Our) Joshua slept in it for a couple of hours but then realised that it wasn’t very comfortable on the floor (I had put some sheets and blankets down for him).

Love

Dan

Cubby House

Cubby House


SciTech

Dear Mum,
No accidents today, you’ll be pleased to hear!
We got to SciTech at about 11 and headed down to the far end, where there is a stage and a little kind of theatre-y show with actions (which Joshua didn’t take part in) and some ventriloquism, which he thought was rather good.
After the show we had lunch then started looking at the actual science and technology things. It was really good. Everything there is interactive, so there are lots of things to wind up and make balls go round big metal circuits to show how kinetic and potential energy and momentum all work. Then you could build cars out of Lego and race them down a big ramp to see which design was best, and all sorts of other exciting things for little boys (and big boys) to do.
At 12:30 there was a “bubbles show” which did exactly what it said on the packet. It was pretty good but the girl who was doing the show was trying to rely a bit too much on audience participation from a bunch of 2 to 5 year olds, which made it go on a tad longer than it should have done!
It was also good because there was an area with seats and tables, so you can take your own food and drink, which we did do, and so not have to buy lunch.
We went out for a quick drink, and a bit to eat for Josh. But on the understanding that yes, we would be going back in before we took him home. Then after that we spent another half hour or so, where he played at being a builder and put foam bricks in a wheelbarrow and then built and destroyed a wall and hoisted them up in the air. Then we actually did come home.
Joshua was ever so well behaved and I think we’ll probably actually buy ourselves season tickets, as I could see us spending a fair bit of time there.
I did try Skyping you when we got home but you appeared to be out so we’ll have another go tomorrow.
Love
Dan
P.s. apologies if this isn’t very well spelled or formatted, I’m writing it on the tablet because I couldn’t be bothered firing up the laptop after such a tiring day!