Right at the beginning of July we went to Melbourne for 4 days to visit my 97yo grandmother. While we were there we also went to check out the city and Mum decided that we may as well go and have our first snow experience seeing as we were there in winter, and generously paid for a private tour.
Artificial rock climbing at the PCYC fundraiser. Didn't get a lot of photos as we got rained out!
11yo went to a birthday party for one of his team mates and won a dancing competition not because he's any good at dancing but because he was full of confidence and energetically went at it where a lot of his friends were too scared to even get on the floor.
7yo got one of those hatching dinosaur eggs for his birthday.
The fully "grown" thing is now sitting on his shelf with all his other dinosaurs.
I organised to meet up with JJ's family (parents, sister and her family) at Whiteman Park. We met up at the pretty large and cool playground that had a pretty tall slide tucked into one corner:
Our year started fantastically with being able to go to a performance of The Lion King Broadway Musical courtesy of mother in law who bought us tickets.
We were up in the nosebleed section so couldn't see fine details of costumes or clear facial expressions but got an awesome view of everything going on on the stage and around the theatre (as the performers didn't restrict themselves to the stage).
Might try to do these as monthly things rather than semi-random ones.
Firstly, we are chick central again. About three clutches with 7-10 chicks in each one. Chappie's family want some of the naked necks. This was the first lot. Idiot hen had gone next door to brood, kids heard the cheeping and went next door to investigate. Neighbour was astonished as she hadn't even realised they were there behind the shed, and just as well they'd only hatched that morning as she'd been dogsitting and the dog had left earlier in the day.
The picture of them is as day olds, they're now a week or so and feathering up.
Do you know how hard it is to do a coast to hills transect with three kids under 12?
Not that hard actually if you go with their interest levels. I would have liked them to observe how the vegetation and soil changed as we went from the eastern outer metro to the coastal part of the Wheatbelt. They were mostly interested in getting to the beach so we just ended up pointing out sand dunes that were covered in vegetation and having quick chats about why the vegetation is important for holding the sand together, and how the soil colour changed from browny-red clay to sand to white sand.
8yo has made it into the "Sunflowers" group which is a group of Level 2 girls who the coaches decide are good enough for competitions. Level 3 is the official competition level for the PCYC clubs (I have no idea about in general) so the Level 2 girls get to go along to the comps for fun and get a medal based on their overall scores. 8yo participated in her first comp and got a silver.
I'm doing a reasonable job doing everything else and an atrocious job blogging.
9yo displayed that he does have some organisational skills while we were playing Minecraft and he wandered off and said he had found some mines, then told me the coordinates so I could join him. He had made a book and quill to use as a journal (and would be less likely to misplace seeing as it's in-game) in which he was writing down the coordinates of our bases and any mines he encountered (which would then be deleted once we'd finished exploring and digging them out).
7yo wrote me a poem:
Recently we were at a nephew's 3rd birthday party. Seeing as we were in the area we followed JJ's parents back to their place as his dad had said he had a straight razor belonging to his grandfather that JJ might be interested in (seeing as he's recently gotten into shaving with straight razors).
JJ showing 9yo how to examine razor's edges. Or something.
JJ was intending to take the straight razor and clean it up and return it, but FIL said he could keep it and use it but he would be upset if JJ lost it. The razor had lived inside a briefcase of JJ's great grandfather's stuff.