Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sam's 9th Birthday Part 1

Sam setting up his Lego Mousetrap game with Zaydyn, Elijah and Joseph. Sisters looking on.
Eating pizzas (no pics of pizza-making: too busy!)

Lego Brick Cake. No comment (kids liked it!)

Violet, Abigail and Elijah looking on.

Who's blowing out those candles anyway?
In preparation for Sam's 9th birthday, we gave him a myriad of activities we could take him and a small group of friends to. His choice: a bonfire and sleep-over at home. Our response was, "Sam, have you seen the weather lately?" and he assured us it was all he really wanted to do. It has rained every day in September, without fail. And today even, we had some rain. But wouldn't you know it, Paul's outside right now at 7:45 in the evening, building a fire in the brazier with four very happy (and silly, I must say) boys looking on. God is good, isn't He?
My job was the pizzas and the cake. For the rest of the evening, Paul is in charge. The boys are roasting marshmallows now, followed by games on the wii and then a movie: The Princess Bride, while all tucked into their sleeping bags in the lounge. My girls are in bed and I get to play on my computer or make cards to my heart's content. Good choice Sam. And good friends too, I must add.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tree Climbing after Cluster Cross Country

Yup, this is the right sized footstool


Got it! Now, hanging time.

Legs up the trunk...

UP UP...

And hang! Monkey time.

Did it Mum!

Madeline and Sam ran in the Inglewood Cluster Cross Country yesterday and did very well. Both ran the whole way and were puffed at the end. Madeline came a creditable ninth out of all the 5-year old Inglewood girls and was so overwhelmed, she burst into tears at the finish line. However, despite being absolutely spent, later that afternoon at home she found a new challenge. Something got stuck up the Willow Tree and after working out how to get it down, Madeline stood looking at the tree for ages. Being the little monkey that she is, I could see the plan she was cooking so grabbed the camera. Sure enough, she went and found a small log for a foot stool and was able to reach with a little jump to grab the limb of the tree. The photos above show the steps she went through to get herself to hang in delight off the branch.

Colouring Competition Winners

Abigail's Winning Colouring Page
Violet's 2nd = Colouring Page

Proud Girls with their prizes.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Jump Jam Part 2 and a New Friend

They do say that wonders never cease. Sam's teacher caught me at the end of the day and said, "Guess what?" very excitedly. I thought, hmmm, sunny day, they must have finally had a rendezvous with a KiwiRail train. No, "Sam led Jump Jam!" Pardon me, did I hear that right? "Yes, he led one of the songs with the seniors. Stood up at the front with everyone watching him and did all the actions."

Stood up at the front with everyone watching him and did all the actions.


Followers of my blog will know that it wasn't that long ago that Sam refused to have anything to do with Jump Jam. It involved loud music and performing bodily actions, both of which are a no go as far he's concerned. You don't ask Sam to sing. You certainly don't ask him to dance. What you need to understand is this is not a simple stubborness for Sam: he has been this way since a tiny tot. To think of the years I dragged him to mainly music which was no less than torture for him.

Now the question is, has he worked us out and he wants another family dinner to the Lone Star? Or is it, in fact, that he would do anything for his teacher, Mrs. P? I'm inclined to think the latter because she certainly is one of those rare finds, an absolute gem.

Sam's reward in this case was out of our hands: he has a new friend. A family from school with a really nice boy in Sam's class has just moved right around the corner from us. Sam couldn't wait to get home from school today so he could walk the dog: it turned out he was casing the joint, and told me he saw the vehicles but no one was outside. Reading between the lines I asked him if he would in fact like to go ask Elijah to come over and play (aside: it doesn't seem that long ago that I was the little girl doing the asking!). Off he ran again, big smile on his face, even bigger when he returned with Elijah in tow. Seems Elijah is a Lego fan. Match made in heaven. Literally. :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Daffodil Day Colouring in Competition

Today after Little Shamrocks Violet told me how she, Abigail and Olive Rose won a competition, but couldn't tell me what the competition was. I thought maybe there were more chair aerobics happening and they were the most cooperative? Or perhaps some cross country practise? It all became clear when Paul sat down after tea to read the Moa Mail, our local rag. "Abigail!" He called out, "You've won the colouring competition! And Violet, you're second equal with Olive Rose." Sure enough, there it was "4 yrs: 1st Abigail Dominikovich St. Patrick's, 2nd = Violet Dominikovich/Olive Rose Whitmore, St. Patrick's." They were pretty chuffed! And I must admit to some maternal pride here: Abigail is an outstanding colourer and it is really nice to see her recognised and awarded. She is extremely deliberate and patient. And a big thanks and thumbs up to Mrs Nielsen for entering them in the competition in the first place.