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20th April 2014

Around here there has been so much going on – which is hardly surprising when I stop and think about why I might be busy!  There always seems to be something to do, and some things that are not done yet as there are not enough hours in the day.  But days are filled up with four little beings who leak energy non stop and never seem to be out of any energy.  I only wish it was contagious, as quite honestly, some days I would sleep all day given the chance!

We are in school holidays right now, and we have had quite an eventful two weeks!  We have successfully been to a movie and been able to sit the whole way through!  I was nervous that we would end up leaving half way through and that Hayden would miss out on seeing all of the Lego movie.  Well, I was proven wrong!  The trio were amazing!  Not sure if was that they loved the movie, or that it was completely full, but they did not muck up at all!  I actually even got to watch the movie.

Popcorn!

Popcorn!

everything is awesome!

everything is awesome!

 

It is the first school holidays the triplets have had.  They have now completed their first term of Kindy.  A milestone in itself!  The holidays sees them enjoying the relaxed routine, but also asking when they are going back to Kindy as they are missing the play and the kids there.  I really can see why so many parents go round the bend and cannot wait for school holidays to be over!  These guys have had a busy few weeks with lots of picnics, parks, play and fun, and yet it seems to not really be enough!

In saying that, it is actually unbelievable that we are nearing the end of April *already*.  The year is almost one third completed (I seem to use the rule of thirds a lot!!) which is scary considering it still feels like January some days!

And March is done!

And March is done!

Every day I still collect one photo at least that is shows some significance of the day.  It is a great memory keeping device, and this is the third year I am doing it.  Works well with my Project Life spread as well 🙂  The kids do like looking at the photos and seeing things we were doing even a month ago is the source of a good laugh some days!  It is also a great way to see the subtle changes in my little chickens as they grow.  And they grow every day!  Emma no longer refers to grapes as “Apple Trees” any more.  I find that sad as it was so darn cute!  I have even asked if she would like some apple trees for morning tea and she corrects me – “Mum they are grapes, not apple trees”!!

They really are growing so fast. And they hear everything! I was delivering a class to some of my students a few weeks ago and they were listening to all of the anatomical terms and points of our bodies. I always find it amazing that my children take interest in what their Mum or Dad do for work, and seem to want to know the quirks of our jobs.  Being both a teacher and a nurse, the kids often think it is tricky that I can do two jobs that are kind of the same.  Anyway, here is their version of anatomy –

I think it is just a bit cute.   I think toilet humour will never grow old.  Like NEVER.  Haha!

We went to Dreamworld the other day, and it was a great day.  The girls and I got to spend a bit of time in the Fairy Shop and we walked out with two full bags of fairy and princess goodness (and in all equality, the boys got some super cool stuff in the animal store at Dreamworld).  There was much deliberating and oohing and aahing, but no fighting over the same thing (it honestly *never* ceases to amaze me how inately different these two girls are).  It was a very exciting shopping trip!

The end result is that we have a rainbow fairy (Emma)  and a princess (Caitlyn). Caitlyn wants to be a princess when she is ‘a growed up’.  When pressed for a name, she often quips, “Princess PooPoo” much to the humour of many siblings and friends. Emma is quite firm in her aspirations – she wants to be a Ghostbuster, but wants to wear a rainbow uniform and not the brown one.  Chalk and cheese right there.

Onto the dresses.  They are so cute.  I mean they are heart melting – that is how cute they are.  It is one of those mummy moments when you think, ‘yep, I have little girls’ – much the same as the lego moments, or dump trucks or dirt and mud for boys.  Filled with pride and wonder for what these gorgeous little beauties will become, and how they will remember this day, if at all.  I did get a bit teary truth be told – but more so from their comments than anything else.

Two pretty girls!

Two pretty girls!

So this was the dressed up result.  Gorgeous!  They were both using their wands and aside from turning their brothers into toads, they were wishing big.  I mean really big – and this comment/wish made my heart full.  “Mummy, when I get bigger, I want to magic the whole world to have cups of tea and cake, *every day*”.  I think this is gorgeous.  The insight into this – ‘everyone would be much happier mummy if they had a nice cup of tea and some cake every day – just like a birthday’.  We don’t have cake every day, but Caitlyn says ‘Happy Birthday’ everyday to someone (usually me) in the hope that there will be cake.  Cute, and long running as she has been doing it for over a year!  She also has been of late, introducing herself as “Cakelyn” as she wants to have ‘cake’ in her name.  I hope she remembers this, as I can see the neurons firing and the ideas and imagination just in full swing.  She is a delight – all my kids are, and what makes it even more delightful is their differences.  Emma is all for cups of tea and cake everyday, but she thinks that it would be good to have drawing and colouring every day with pens that smell like strawberries.  This is the stuff I want to remember!  Little minds completely open to any dream and hope. My job as their mum is to keep those minds open, enquiring and fuelled.  If there has to be tea and cake every day to keep them adequately fuelled, so be it!

So that is about what has been going on around here lately!

Craft, Kids

April…..Already

8th April 2013

Hella Autumn & Hello April!  Some days I am dumbfounded that we are in the fourth month already.  Hayden has completed term one of school, and the triplets are 2 years and nine months old today!  Time flies…and lately it has been hectic to say the least!  As you can see, my blog has had an overhaul (and looks amazing) – the very talented Kellie Winnell is totally responsible for the gorgeousness 🙂
So, a catch up of sorts….Tuesday night we had the pleasure of food poisoning.  Three hours in, and about 20 sheets later I had one of those ‘never thought I would be doing’ moments where I was forcing vomit down the sinkhole plugs.  You know those idle moments where you actually stop and think about what you are doing?!  Well that was one of them for me!  And I have to say, ten years ago, I would never have thought I would be forcing vomit down a plug hole!  Thankfully all four kids were perfectly fine by morning, leaving just me to recover and wash (and wash and wash…..)
Every day I am realising is just whizzing on by.  I am so thankful for technology!  I am able to capture so many moments every day with my phone.  Yep, my phone gets more of a work out than my ‘real’ camera these days, but I love the shots!  We have had quite a few milestones lately – B had his first hair cut – he looks like a real little boy now (not that he was fake before, he just had the baby curls!)  Here are some before and after shots –

The curly mullet :)

during the hair cut - so well  behaved!

during the hair cut – so well behaved!

Showcasing his new style :P

Showcasing his new style 😛

The girls can wait a little longer to have their first hair cuts – Caitlyn has crazy curls still…and Emma, well her hair is super long and more than halfway down her back now!

Easter was a quiet event this year.  We went to the family egg painting day – Caitlyn took things into her own hands and went just a little crazy with the paint…

Crazy Pants Caitlyn

Crazy Pants Caitlyn

The kids had a ball painting eggs and catching up with family.  Here are some of their creations – Emma has a very big artistic streak and had to be dragged away from the eggs and paint!!

Emma getting artsy!

Emma getting artsy!

Some of the 'creations' :)

Some of the ‘creations’ 🙂

One of Emma's many eggs

One of Emma’s many eggs

Red handed!

Red handed!

I love this pic - B nicked off with a Hot Cross Bun to eat it - alone!

I love this pic – B nicked off with a Hot Cross Bun to eat it – alone!

Hayden getting in on the body painting!

Hayden getting in on the body painting!

The kids wear ‘old’ clothes for reasons you can clearly see!  They had a ball 🙂

Hayden’s school Easter Parade was very cute – this year he really had his listening ears on and actually did do the dance correctly!  His Bonnet was also a big cute –

School Bush Dance ;)

School Bush Dance 😉

Hayden's Easter Bonnet

Hayden’s Easter Bonnet

Paying attention!

Paying attention!

The Easter Bunny’s visit was very well received in our house – thankfully the Easter Bunny did not go crazy with chocolates!  There was four very happy little kids here on Easter Sunday.  Chocolate after breakfast was according to B “very yummy”!

The Easter Bunny has been :)

The Easter Bunny has been 🙂

March seemed to fly buy – and looking through photos we did what we do so often, went to the museum a few times!  The Explore-A-Sauras exhibit ends this week, and we have had about 4 visits now.  The kids just loved it.  Hayden is already wondering what will be the next exhibit!  More strolls through Southbank on Sunday afternoons where it is still a blistering heat – longing for the cooler days!!  One Sunday recently we stumbled across the supposed nocturnal possum –

Yep, it is a possum!

Yep, it is a possum!

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The kids were amazed – we used to get many possums at our previous house but only ever saw them at night.  So Caitlyn was wondering why this possum was ‘awake’ when it wasn’t ‘nigh nigh time!’.  I snapped another cool shot – it is of an Ibis, and whilst they are pests, they are really only around because we leave so much waste!  But here is a cool shot anyways –

Ibis

Ibis

This photo actually has no filter – and is not shot in black and white – it is in colour, its just the angle I snapped it at (how the kids saw it – so from 4″ high!).

Daily routine takes over, as we juggle the kids, work and normal day to day things like groceries!  Some days, there is nothing better than nap time.  The trio really try my patience lately, but I guess I am always going to be outnumbered!  In saying that, they are 2 years and 9 months old today and have developed perfectly, and met every milestone often before they should.  I am pretty darn lucky I know, just some days. wow, I am one tired mumma!

We headed to Australia Zoo last Monday.  We bought annual passes last year when we went with some visiting friends.  So we were not bothered about ‘seeing everything’.  Jase forgot the pram…so we had to hire this –

Choo Choo hire!

Choo Choo hire!

The kids loved them – they were great for getting them around and we had often thought about buying them. I think they are probably too old for them now!  We did however, attract a lot of attention!  Hayden was very brave and handled a few creatures –

Alligator!

Alligator!

We spent a great deal of time meandering around and the kids all had a Pony ride.  Interestingly enough, the kids were absolutely entranced by the snakes – in particular, the Taipan!

Taipan!

Taipan!

Our other big milestone – Hayden’s first wiggly tooth!  He is so very excited 🙂

wiggly wobbly tooth with 'adult' tooth behind!

wiggly wobbly tooth with ‘adult’ tooth behind!

I can’t imagine what Hayden is going to look like with his two front teeth missing!  But am surely going to find out soon enough.

That about covers the last few weeks…busy times!