Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Genna's 6th Birthday party with her school friends

Practicing writing at school

She colored this to hang on the door - so people would know it was her party :)
pretty decorations by Dadda's picture

Little mermaid was the theme obviously lol

We love balloons! VERY festive!

First we celebrated Helen's birthday :)

with a yummy cookie cake!

first guest has arrived - time to start decorating cupcakes!!

I'll have a few marshmallows please!

Getting organised for pass the parcel

while brother entertains himself :)


Genna's best friend Olivia :)
Genna & her friends :) Such sweet little things - I think they all had a GREAT time!

Showing off their hand tattoos - little mermaid themed of course. They sat there and colored for ages!!

Then it was CAKE TIME!

She chose an ice cream cake :)


She got such lovely gifts
and lots of shopkins - she's a new fan!!! :) (it's 'the thing' for girls her age I guess!)

I love these earmuffs!!
LOL! A fabulous afternoon. Genna loved it, so did her friends. A huge Thank You to Helen for all her help and Murray for keeping Max entertained during the party :)
next day we prepped cupcakes to bring to school!

Fun early birthday celebrations :)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

23 Months

WOW he looks SO grown up here - where has the time gone???

This month he officially now says 'Yea' instead of just nodding his head for yes. He understands SO much and is such a lovely cuddly guy.

He yells no and pushes my hands away when I try to help (or just make sure he doesn't fall!) up or down the stairs. So I walk behind him with in arm's reach, but not actually touching him, instead!

He's such a sweet little guy though, this morning he got up quite early so laid in bed next to me for another half an hour and was just saying over and over 'Dadda, Happy' :) :)
Happy brother, cranky sister :)
They LOVE watching 4 wheel drive dvds with Dadda
Another harsh Australian Winter :) It gets a bit chilly outside - but usually warms up to the 60s if the sun is out!

The other day on the way home from school Genna said to me 'I wish we were born at the same time so you could be my twin and come to school with me. But you've already done school, so they probably wouldn't let you go.' I said nevermind how old I am for kindergarten' :) Sweet though, she was just saying that she likes spending time with me, and I do too. I love time with our big girl :)
Trying out the backpack leash - he didn't mind it as it allowed him to walk to the park, but without us worrying about him darting into traffic (he thinks running away from us is hilarious!!)
The week before last we had a few tough naps days - where he just refused to go to sleep in his crib. Ended up on the sofa like this :)

Sweet boy - I don't mind now & then - was nice to just cuddle him and be still (no naptime chores!)

Fun at the mall

another refuse to nap day - ended up taking a drive and he had a nice comfy nap in his carseat
The LOVE this new ride at the mall - another $2 waste of money for a 2 minute 'ride'! But fun to play in :)

Genna's first sick day this year - we took it easy because she had been up coughing alot in the night and was exhausted - fun to just sit and color together.

So so so so proud - she earned this Merit ribbon by getting 7 merit tokens for English (reading)
VERY proud :) !!!

An older pic I forgot to post from their school blog - cute little number 5!

Pop art they made - she's bottom row, second from the left
Designing a playground, with her partner Jake :)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Max Talking, Genna Dancing & a Tooth!!!

I finally got a few videos of Max talking. It's hard to catch because as soon as I get my phone or camera out he runs over to see what I'm looking at! Lately he's been singing 'Beep beep beep, all day long'. Of course impossible to get on video - sigh!
Also I just need to note: the last week or so I've started a new routine that before I put him to bed I put his head down on my shoulder and say 'do you want me to say Rock A Bye?' Tonight he popped up and nodded his head and said 'Baby RockBy' :) :) :)

Genna's first school 'disco.' They had a dj for the kindy-year 2 kids from 5-6:30, then a later session for the older (year 3-6) kids. 5-6:30 was just perfect for us

Of course little brother wanted to be part of the action too!!

Genna with her besties - Izzy & Olivia

Dancing with Olivia

This is SO fun!! He was bopping along with the music too - it was just too dark for me to get a video unfortunately!

On Stage!!
She had SUCH a fantastic time :) :)
Horsey rides after dinner :) They are getting VERY good at entertaining themselves after dinner so I can clean up the kitchen !  

I had to take a pic of this - Genna made a card for her friend Olivia :) :)

It's a Mary Poppins dressup kind of afternoon (the next day while she was at school Max got out the umbrella and hat to replicate her outfit lol)

She lost her first tooth - SOOOOO exciting!! This is a note from a Peppa Pig book about losing your teeth that she's had for YEARS - she has so been looking forward to this
It says:
Dear Tooth Fairy
My tooth fell out today
I've given it an extra
special clean so that
it is lovely and sparkly
for you. I hope you like it!
Love from Genna

Also - she was thrilled when Helen arrived that evening for a sleep over - to show her the tiny tooth she lost! Helen also gave her a gift - a lovely GAP top and leggings - she said 'How did you know I'd have a gap in my teeth????' lol soooo sweet

 So 2 hours after she goes to bed I sneak in to replace it with a $2 coin (which seems to be the going rate for the kids in her class....). It's a TINY tooth so I had her put it in a little drawstring bag. I come in and she's face down hugging her pillow with both arms!!! I desperately tried to fish it out without stirring her and she pops up and says 'did she come'??? and throws her pillow to the side. Sighs when she sees the bag with the tooth in it still there. I say oh she must not have come yet, I was just adjusting your blankets, go back to sleep. So I go read for 45 minutes and figure she MUST be asleep again by now. She's now asleep on her back and I can easily reach the pouch, which I put up under the corner of her pillow for easy access. And she pops up sitting AGAIN! Totally drowsy 'did she COME???' I quickly swapped it out with the coin and put the drawstring bag in the waistband of my pjs. OH LOOK Genna - it's here - the coin - she came!! She was SO thrilled (and thankfully so drowsy she didn't see me do the swap....). She said she's going to spend it on 'something she can keep' rather than use it in the canteen or for an ice cream :)