A Morning at Don Cuthbertson Reserve

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Yesterday I took Scarlett down to a park we hadn’t been to before, even though it is just around the corner – Don Cuthbertson Reserve.  It was quite pretty with a big lake and lots of ducks.

It’s funny how as soon as the old stale bread is meant to be for the ducks, it suddenly becomes very appealing.  After chowing down on the duck bread, we had a big walk, gooed and gaaed over some very cute ducklings and enjoyed a play on the playground equipment.

Another successfully busy morning = easy nap time… hurray!

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Hey ducks, you want some bread…?

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… well too bad cos I’m gonna eat it!

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Telling tales – mum it was him that stole my bread!

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“He’s got a funny face!”  Well yes I suppose he does!

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The cute little family we met 🙂

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3915web“A plane!”  Spotting a plane is always very exciting!

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“I see it Mummy!  A plane!”

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She’s so freaking cute!

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This looks deceptively as if Scarlett is going down the slide.  Scarlett doesn’t do slides.  She is actually climbing a very short way up and scooting down a few centimetres, which is actually progress for her.

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As you do.

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Poor little owie knee from taking a tumble.

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“Don’t want photooooooo!”

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Family Christmas Trip 2012 – The Highlights

Seeing as we spent Christmas over here in Australia last year, we decided to make the trip to New Zealand for Christmas and New Years this year, to see my family (Scarlett’s grandma and aunties).  They hadn’t seen her since our trip over there when she was 6 months old, so they loved spending some time with her, and she loved it as well!  She got very spoilt for Christmas!

Seeing as there is no direct flight from Perth to Wellington, we decided to break the trip up a little and had two nights in Sydney on the way and two nights in Melbourne on the way back.  I’m really glad we decided to break the flights up like that (flying with a 16 month old can be challenging at best!), and it was really nice to get a quick little glimpse of two Aussie cities that I’m rather fond of.

The weather in Sydney and Melbourne was fantastic, and even Wellington turned on the sun and a bit of warmth for Christmas Day!  Daddy C and myself even got a couple of nights on the town in Wellington thanks to a grandma eager to babysit 🙂

Travelling with a toddler certainly isn’t the laidback beach-chillin that comes to mind when you think of the word “holiday”… but we had a really great two weeks together and it was a wonderful break away from everyday life to round off a really good year.

I decided to write this as a highlights post and pop up a photo from each day of our holiday… there will be individual posts for each day with many more photos to come 🙂

 

Saturday, 22 December – Flying to Sydney

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Sunday, 23 December – Sunny Day In Sydney

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Monday, 24 December – Christmas Eve – Family Time in Wellington

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Tuesday, 25 December – Christmas Day in Wellington

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Wednesday, 26 December – Boxing Day – Drawing

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Thursday, 27 December – Fun at Grandma’s

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Friday, 28 December – Grandma’s 52 Year Old Teddy Bear

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Saturday, 29 December – “Cooking”

bubba pretending cooking

Sunday, 30 December – Hanging With Nana

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Monday, 31 December – New Year’s Eve – Family Day

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Tuesday, 1 January – New Year’s Day – Three Generations of Girls

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Wednesday, 2 January – Flying to Melbourne

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Thursday, 3 January – Melbourne Hotel

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Can’t beat Melbourne on a good day!

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Friday, 4 January – Flying Home!

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{360/366:2012} Christmas Day

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Christmas Day is upon us!

And Santa didn’t disappoint!  By Santa, I do of course mean Grandma.  I saw a onesie in Target once that said “Who needs Santa when you have Grandma?”  I think that is pretty accurate!

Bubba enjoyed it much more than she did last year, when she was only 4 months old.  She helped rip the wrapping paper and enjoyed her presents, but it all got a bit overwhelming after a while.  We kept heaps of presents still wrapped to give to her over the next few days.

She really did enjoy the gifts she got though 🙂  Her favourites were: a pink hairbrush with her name on it from Mum, a fat cat toy from Dad (“awwww bidta!”… translation = “awww bedtime”… fat cat comes on TV in Australia at 730 pm when it’s time for girls and boys to go to bed), a Playmobil motorbike with a little man from Grandma, and a little handbag with a cat that sits in it, also from Grandma.

We had a fantastic Christmas roast lunch made by my mum, absolutely delicious!  We were so stuffed that we had dessert for dinner!  But what a dessert – chocolate and raspberry trifle – yummo!

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2512web-3This is Grandma’s stocking for Scarlett.  Yes, all for Scarlett.  She must have been very good this year.

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New shoes!  A gift from daycare.

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A Day In The Life

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I can’t pick just one photo for today, so we’re going to have a little photo story about Scarlett’s day instead!

First up (above), she gets up and is just chillaxin, watchin some teeeevs…

Mum’s got the camera out, as usual, so she cracks her special camera smile:

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Then it’s time to head outside and tip the cat biscuits out all over the ground… but she was having so much fun, I couldn’t be mad!

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My pretty girl 🙂

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In the evening we headed to the park to let off a bit of energy, wearing the beanie she found and insisted on wearing, and carrying Dad’s shoe…. as you do!

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She cray-zeh!

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We Finally Made It To The Beach!

When we first decided to build our house, one of the things that drew me to this location was the fact that there is a coastline and beach just 5 minutes drive from the house site.  And yet, we moved in and somehow just never made it to the beach!  At first we didn’t have a car, and it really is just that little bit too far to walk.  Then we got a car… but it was winter… and life settled into a routine… and we just never got around to it.

A few weeks ago I decided I really needed to check out this local beach!  So Scarlett and I popped down for a quick little visit.  It’s gorgeous!!  Fairly secluded and quiet but totally stunning, it felt like being on holiday and it was less than 5 minutes drive from our house!

As soon as we got over the sand dune, Scarlett started pointing at the ocean and emiting her little interested noises “ah!  ah!”  I put her on the sand and she started racing off towards the water!  I didn’t let her go in this time because I wanted to go to the shops afterwards, but we definitely have to head back there soon with togs and towel and let her go for it in the wet sand.

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Seagull!

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13 Months: The Growth of Comprehension and Independent Thought

I gotta tell ya, 13 months has been pretty challenging for me.  She has been constantly grizzly and clingy, which I find very difficult to deal with.  I have done my best to remember the lesson I learned the other day, to just let go of stressing about getting anything done and just be present to her – which helps and I think I have largely been the mother I want for her (with the help of a few deep breaths from time to time!).  Sometimes it’s like she doesn’t even know what she wants herself – she’ll grizzle to be picked up, so I pick her up only to have her twist out of my arms, and then immediately whinge to be picked up again!

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I know it’s just because of her growing little brain though, and I really do feel like she has turned some kind of corner developmentally lately.  Just little things, but somehow they always excite and surprise me and make me look at her differently.

She’s starting to play little games and use her budding little imagination.  For example, the other day I turned around and she was pretending to write on a piece of paper with a pen.

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Later the same day, she started playing a peekaboo game with me – she crawled into our bedroom and shut the door then started peeking around the door and giggling and then shutting it again.

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And perhaps the cutest of all, while Daddy C was away for a few days recently, she kept picking up her toy phone and going “Dad!  Hi Dad!”

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Her language and comprehension is really growing too.  The other day I said to her “Shall we go for a drive?” and she lifted her arms up to me and said “Car!”  Her latest word is “nana” (meaning “banana”).  I made the mistake of showing off her new word to Daddy C the other night, and then she refused to eat anything for dinner except the “nana!” she could see on the bench!

It’s hard to explain how it feels to have her suddenly start expressing herself and developing her own little sense of volition like this.  The best analogy I have is this – imagine you had a pet dog, and you woke up one morning and the dog just wandered in, opened its mouth and said “Good morning, sleep well?”  Wouldn’t you feel like your whole frame of reference for this dog and who this dog was had changed?  I don’t want to liken my child to a dog of course, but that’s the best way I can explain how it feels to me – this kind of taken aback, slightly excited feeling when this little being for whom I’ve had a certain frame of reference for so long (“baby”) suddenly starts to demonstrate understanding and expression that just yesterday she was incapable of.

This age is hard and it can be frustrating – but it is certainly also amazing to watch all these changes as she grows into a little person… a cheeky, funny little person!

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