Friday, March 11, 2016

Max & Genna & little Max from Germany

A few weeks ago Genna said 'Mama, I got in trouble at school today.' (I know she has some 'naughty' boys in her class that have been to the principal for bad behavior, had to miss recess for time out etc., never her though). I said oh really, what happened? She said she was the person set in charge of their reading group (they are put in groups of 4. They alternate who the 'captain' is). The captain holds a card and the group need to listen to them. She held the card up to her forehead and her teacher said 'Genevieve, that is not what we do with our captain cards!!' That was it! Sweet thing, she was so upset about it.

Murray was singing Genna a lullaby the other night. Mid song she stops him and says 'Dadda, you sang a few of the lines wrong. That's a waste of our time and mine. Please start over' lol!

The other night (my bday) Genna says 'I have a surprise for you once you finish putting Max to bed. She pops out of the closest and yells SURPRISE! She had made the bed and lined all the pillows up and tidied the books that were on the floor. She says 'I tidied for your birthday, it's your surprise I will do once a year. You can do it for me on my birthday too!' She was so proud of herself :) So sweet. She got a lot of extra cuddles that night :)

Max loves the words rainbow, truck and helicopter (KAH KAH) this week. He can repeat SO many words as well. He must have 60+ now. He says red, blue & yellow, but really doesn't understand what they mean yet (we're working on it!). He likes me to hold his hand with a pointed finger and point out things in his books that we can name.  However he still refuses to say the word yes!!! I have heard it once or twice, but usually when we say Yes he smiles and says 'no no no'. Lol!! Last night he was holding up a fork and I said do NOT throw that Max, give it back to Mama. He gets this cheeky look on his face, tosses it as far as he can then starts swiping his hands on the high chair try so all his food goes flying!! OMG! So I quickly removed all the food and said are you done? Do you want to get up? And he reaches up his hands and says 'Up - Play!' So nice that he can communicate a bit now!

I'm looking for the bath plug last night and can't find it anywhere. Finally I spot it in an obvious spot. Genna says 'Mom you were man looking' lol - she says her (male) teacher taught them that means not looking as well as a woman would ha ha ha!

relaxing with Dadda

iced lollies on a hot day with friends (Max was still napping!)


Trying a lamb cutlet - yumm

Cuddles with my baby

While Genna multi-tasks and does my hair :)
Fun with Dadda at the mall

and a silly Genna

On the 100f+ days we stay inside in the afternoon when the sun is the hottest

Thank goodness for tile floors! Keeps us nice & cool

CHEESE! I love his cheesy smile :)

yogurt fruit pops on a hot day 

now that he knows they exist he screams for one every time I open the freezer - I've had to hide them at the back!!

Dropping Genna at school - I thought they looked SO cute

Looking cute cute another day too

Tired boy listening to bedtime stories

Our visitor from Germany - Maximilian!

I've known Markus for 20 years! He came to Sydney with his wife and baby - was great to see him & meet them

Franzie and I walking from Darling Harbour out to the new Barangaroo Park

Markus took Max for a walk 

Stunning views - and such a lovely park

Their last full day in Sydney we took them to Manly

First - a coffee!

Then sand sand sand!

We had a GREAT time! And thank goodness for the umbrellas - the sun was boiling hot!
Last morning while they were packing - Max popped into their room to play with little Max
They really adored each other

Genna liked this cool nightlight they brought 

We really enjoyed having them visit and the kids had SO much fun playing with Franziska and Markus. We were sad to see them go!


  1. Love this new post! The best is the video on the big wheel....their cheesy smiles are WONDERFUL!! I watch it over and over.
    Love and miss you's,
    Great Auntie Jani

  2. Dearest Monique,
    I loved all the writing at the beginning of your Blog. What a wonderful job of reminiscing about special moments with both of the children. The stories enveloped me and took me on a magical journey to Sydney to sit beside you and the children. Cute photos as usual, too. How nice that you had a lovely time with the Markus and Franziska and little Max. What a good hostess you were. Sending love across the miles and counting down the days until we get to see your family this summer. Love and hugs. Oh there is one concern. WHERE ARE YOUR MARCH 7th BIRTHDAY PHOTOS? What did you buy for yourself with our gift certificate? How was your dinner out with Murray? Didn't you have cake with Helen, too? Add another Blog with your Birthday Celebration! : ) Love, Mom and Dad