Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Life Lately - School Holidays and Other Ramblings...

 
And so another school holiday period has been and gone and seemed to flash past us before I could really grasp wind of it. All I have to show myself that they (both the kids and the holidays), were actually around at all is a few candid shots (okay, maybe way more than a few), of my babies doing things to keep themselves entertained while my sanity was patchily preserved.
 
 
There was the week of rain that drowned Melbourne for the first half of the holidays. This part was difficult to say the least but the kids did find ways to keep themselves marginally happy. They all chipped in to produce this giant drawing as seen on Instagram. Impressive yes, and already in the bin (awful Mum - I have been doing some cleaning up and had to push all sentimentality aside), at least I have this photographic memento.
 
 
My youngest decided to ditch the hands and knees thing pretty much altogether and began her life on legs midweek around April 9th, aged 15 months. (Or is she 16 months?) This is my farewell to the experience of my own babies crawling during a long career as a Mum. I am saddened yes, but my heart has lifted to the sight of a very happy little girl who wobbles and waddles with a beaming-bright smile and with an infectious confidence and excitement to match. Crawling is now reserved for extra special occasions and quick missions like nappy change escapes and chocolate sightings.
 
She's got legs. She knows how to use them.
 
We visited the brand-spanking new Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. (Stay tuned for a coming blog post), where Celeste practiced her newfound skills with much joy over the Melbourne skyline.
 
Keeping one eye on the sights and one on the baby gave me a sore neck indeed!
 
My boys (and big girl), happily gamed in messy bedrooms for hour upon hour, day after day. Who was I to complain? Despite my weekday gaming ban which kicks back into effect as soon as the school holidays end, my kids were free to game themselves to oblivion these holidays and this they did. (Let's not forget it was raining endlessly but why make excuses? They were quiet and well behaved and that's all that mattered to this Mum.)
 
 
Indiana turned a 14. Fourteen! (I cannot believe I am a Mum to a 14 year old!) She nabbed herself a very expensive Canon DSLR camera and hastily retreated back to her room where she spends most of her life these days. With the increase in her age has come a new independence. For the first time ever, my big Miss has decided she no longer wishes to accompany us on every any family outing, choosing instead to stay home (in that bedroom), doing whatever it is that teens enjoy.
 
Apparently selfie taking while dressed in a onesie, alone, is what teens enjoy most
 
 
Another year, another event (Easter), another photo opportunity at the top of the stairs. My boys eagerly await the go-ahead on Easter morning, to commence their egg-hunt. I am witnessing their ageing looking back over these shots and a bit sniffly about that.
 
 
Keeping it real: Just minutes into the egg-hunt and Joaquin and Taite launch a full-scale brawl over legal ownership of a single dropped egg.
One saw it first: One touched it first - To whom does the egg belong? (I put that to you, dear reader.)
 
 
A sweet, albeit blurry image from minutes later when the youngest of the clan joins in. Realising sensibly, that they all have much more chocolate than they can ever possibly consume, Joaquin and Taite try to pass off some of their stash to the baby.
 
I am still wondering who that woman holding a baby and smiling directly into my camera actually is?
She looks as if she should be coming home with us.
Total photo bomb by an unknown member of the public.
 
We visited a chocolate factory. (Yarra Valley Chocolaterie - a coming blog post? Yes, maybe - why not.)
My boys scrambled along with Melbourne's multitudes, in the hunt for tokens which converted to eggs, awarded by this big, fluffy bunny. It rained and it was muddy but there was loads of chocolate to be enjoyed and so these minor inconveniences were ignored.
 
Were the holidays a success? Yes. It looks as if we had a great time, even if I can barely remember now thanks to the pace with which they travelled.
 
How were your school holidays?
What did you get up to? I challenge you to remember!
 
Who do YOU think had legal ownership of that dropped egg?
 
 
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25 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great holidays, well done! It's been jolly wet in NZ too!

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  2. Wow - your youngest is walking - big moment! One that I'm looking forward to VERY much - my little munchkin just loves to move and isn't all that patient about prolonged sitting (in prams or cars), so it will be so much easier to get out and about when he can be on his feet!
    Sounds like wonderful holidays - I appreciated all the inspiration for activities from a very experienced mum!

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    1. I know that impatience well. It pretty much sums up the whole of the babyhood thing pre-walking doesn't it? Babies never really stop whinging until they are on their feet and able to get about alone. You do miss it when it's gone though.

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  3. Yay Celeste! Mine has taken to cruising along the furniture and climbing everything, she always wants to be standing. She only crawls now to get from one room to another when theres no furniture she can walk along. Its giving me a slight heart attack because shes only 8 months old. I wanted an immobile baby for a lot longer than this.

    That lady photobombing is a little bit creepy lol.

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    1. Not long now Toni, the walking unaided is just around the corner for you too. They all go at their own pace. Don't worry too much about it being soon - that's just where she's at now :D

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  4. I think anything goes on school holidays, and it looks like yours had the best time!
    Isn't it scary how quickly they grow up? Mine turned 11 yesterday, and I'm still trying to get my head around it x

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    1. Oh I am glad you have an older child too (just to make you feel older!). They go so fast and the parenting gets trickier and harder too as they age doesn't it?

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  5. My 13 month old is now walking a stroller so I'm hoping she will get the hang of walking soon once I have my next bub (fingers crossed!) The holidays sound great. A bit of mingling at home and out and about. I'm sure I will look forward or dread them when I have my girls in school too.

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    1. So sweet! I am looking forward to hearing all about your number 3 very soon!

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  6. Hmmm, the ownership question is a tough one. If it had been me and my sisters then of course whatever I happened to do, see or touch, would be the correct answer. To be honest though, I would have just waited until they were asleep and then stolen them anyway! #teamIBOT

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    1. Yes it seems the first to grab it scores the prize! That's the way things roll with siblings :D

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  7. Love that stranger photo bomb! We had one of those not too long ago, and the pic cracks me up :)
    As for ownership, of egg, I have no idea. We hide ours in clumps of four so everyone knows to take one only, and we keep it split evenly :)

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    1. Wow Jess that is so diplomatic! We usually just give the younger kids a head start and then help them find the hard to find eggs while the bigger ones dive all over the place!

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  8. The holidays have been a whirl wind haven't they? I am in denial that second term started today. Love your images and that stranger photobombing your shot is ummm....very weird!

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    1. She is weird! I didn't notice her at all at the time but she was there in a big way when I looked back over my images!

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  9. Haha! Yes I remember that instagram snapshot you shared. I myself can get pretty ruthless when going through the myriads of doodles, paintings, scribblings of my kids. At least you snapped a photo of it, so you can consider the photo as a keepsake of that piece of art.

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    1. Photos are great for preserving kids art. The real thing takes up too much room. It feels awful when you discard it though and I often have to do it in secret. Tossing some of it meant picking up whole piles and intentionally not looking at them for fear of hanging on to it.

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  10. Love the photo bomber, some people are so random! And yay for Celeste walking!

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    1. Is your little one walking yet too? I can't remember her age but I know they were close!

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  11. Looks like a wonderful school holidays ! They went way too fast if you ask me :)
    Our holidays were filled with a little more gaming than I would have liked too, but oh well, as you say it is the holidays after all.

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  12. A school holiday hour is about 10 minutes compared to a school term holiday... x

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    1. I'll drink to that Bron! Weekdays and school terms drag terribly.

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  13. Wow that photobombing lady is a bit weird. My mum had Mr 4 for a week of the school holidays (she is a teachers aide and so gets the school holidays off) so I enjoyed the time to catch up on some sleep!

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    1. How lucky are you having such a great Mum and a Mum experienced in children on a professional level too! I am impressed! Can I borrow her? I would love a week off - maybe in 20 years time!

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