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Happy Zombie Jesus Day

Dear Mum,

I saw the title of this post on a social network somewhere, referring to the fact that if someone is raised from the dead you tend to refer to them as a zombie! Well, I thought it was funny! I shall now use the acronym ZJD when talking about Easter.

I tried calling you a couple of times this weekend but seemed to miss you somehow. We have had an utterly bonkers few days, I was off work on Friday and today. The first day off was spent preparing food and going down to visit Janice in Mandurah. There was lots of food and good company, plus we got to meet (Richard’s son) Kasey’s girlfriend, seems like a nice lass.

On Saturday I took Josh to Garden City to exchange a new alarm clock that has issues with the display, works otherwise though. Deanne stayed at home and did some coursework. We swapped the clock, then had a look in Myers at the Octonauts toys (think that was the highlight for Joshua) then stopped for a drink, Joshy had a babycino and a heart shaped shortbread biscuit, mine was a Diet Coke.

Yesterday Bob popped over in the morning at about ten, he had a cup of tea and we all chatted, while Joshua played with his Lego and did some colouring, then went outside to play on his trampoline, while Bob and I threw his frisbee and a couple of bouncy balls over the top at him. He thought it was great. After Bob had left we went to Julie’s for lunch. Donna has been down for a few days and she was leaving this morning, so we went over to spend a bit of time before she went. However Joshy stayed the night so he could go to the airport with them this morning.

Today Deanne and I got a bit of a lie in, only waking up at about half eight, which is almost unheard of these days. I got up and made some sausage mix to start preparing for Joshua’s family party next weekend, I froze the mix then not long afterwards Julie and Rick dropped the young ‘un off.

Donna had given him a sort of big roll of paper which has dinosaurs on to colour in, most of the day was spent doing that while Dee did some more work, although we did go for a walk at about four, during which we happened upon one of Joshua’s classmates, Chloe, who only lives a couple of streets away.

The pictures are of Joshua helping to make a cake, along with the shopping list he wrote, for 320 grams of caster sugar (plus a picture of a balloon with Joshua’s face and hair) which he and I bought on the way back from Garden City on Saturday.

Love

Dan

ZJD Cake Bunny

ZJD Cake Bunny

Josh's Shopping List

Josh’s Shopping List


They Have To Mate First!

Dear Mum,

Life is barrelling along at the moment. Deanne is busily learning at University, Joshua is learning at school and I’m working. I hope you got the pictures I chucked in the dropbox the other day. Josh’s swimming lesson was fantastic, watching him walk into the water with his pyjamas on was hilarious, and he did such a good job of his life-saving exercises, paddling on a surfboard, pulling other kids out of the water and generally having a huge laugh the whole time.

He’s also preparing for his birthday party, he’s been getting out of bed a bit early and drawing and cutting out Octonauts vehicles, as he’s having an Octonauts party. He ran in the other morning to show us a bunch of them. He has also written a rather exclusive list of who he would like to come to his party, although it’s not on for another few weeks because a lot of people are on holiday over Easter.

I mainly wanted to tell you about the conversation Joshua and Deanne had when Joshua brought home the rather fine model of a Triceratops he made at school today. After getting in he got a marker pen and drew a baby Triceratops on the Mummy. Deanne said that not all female animals have babies inside them, to which Joshua, quite seriously, pointed out that “no Mummy, only after they’ve mated”!

I have, of course, included a picture of said Triceratops. If you look carefully you can see the fetus just above the cereal bowl.

Love

Dan

A Pregnant Triceratops

A Pregnant Triceratops


New Goggles

Dear Mum,

Just wanted to say “hi”, we’re okay just incredibly busy! Thought I should tell you what’s been going on a bit…

Josh is having a great time at school, he seems to have settled in really well and is starting to recognise the other kids in his class, even if he doesn’t know any of their names yet. Although when I dropped him off at pre-school care on Friday another boy from his class was there, it was Harry, who we met at the very beginning of last year but haven’t really seen since. Joshua made an amusing face with a gum nut and Harry thought it was funny, so hopefully they might get to know each other.

He’s also loving the gymnastics and swimming lessons, he is trying to take it all quite seriously, however the way it usually turns out is with him laughing and either falling over (gymnastics) or getting a mouthful of water. But he is definitely improving, he now just splutters a bit after an immersion, rather than wiping his face for a couple of minutes and coughing.

Deanne’s job finally finishes in a week or two, she is a bit nervous but looking forward to getting back into academia. Can’t remember if we’ve actually told you about that, I’ll fill you in next time we Skype.

Personally I’ve been quite busy doing all sorts of different writing things, there is the new ‘blog I’m contributing to at http://www.semplesize.com. There is also the writing ‘blog at http://ladlewritings.wordpress.com on which I recently published a Competition to identify the Twitter accounts for the six characters from my book, the winner gets a free copy of my book.

I’ve also started writing two new books, the one I mentioned about Diabetes, and the other one about the Vampire, both are progressing nicely, although not as fast as I would hope, but that’s what happens when you have a life!

Gotta go, it’s bed time and we’re all tired after a day watching some Giants, going to a swimming lesson and generally having a lot of fun.

The picture is of Josh in his new goggles, which actually fit him!

Love

Dan

New Goggles

New Goggles