Posted on January 1, 2013

 

We caught up with two lots of friends today, firstly a little friend who is close to Charlotte’s age, and then with baby Jasmine, who has just turned one.

I think it’s safe to say that both Charlotte & Jasmine were smitten with each other.

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Posted on January 1, 2013

 

A beautiful day for a trip to the park, and one last catch up with our Mothers Group for the year.   Charlotte had been looking forward to this most of all.  She absolutely adores her little friends from our Mothers Group, and none more so than her beloved Harvey.  They are like chalk & cheese, but are as thick as thieves, and CJ will tell anyone & everyone she meets that Harvey is her “very best friend”.

I love watching them together.  They’re rarely far apart from each other at any kind of gathering, and are just so comfortable together.  I am so sad to separate them (I’m so sad that she has to leave all of her friends), but I hope that through Skype and yearly visits home that their friendship will survive the distance.

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Posted on January 1, 2013

 

Farewell Sydney, and hello Melbourne!

Today, Charlotte and I headed to Melbourne for the week – both for some work for me, and to say goodbye to our Melbourne friends.  After a week in a hotel room, it was lovely to go and stay with a friend for a little touch of home.  Not long after we arrived, I was treated with homemade pumpkin soup and Charlotte with baked beans – in a very “high tea” style.  Baked beans never looked so good!

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Posted on January 1, 2013

 

Today, on our last day in Sydney before heading to Melbourne, the three of us headed back to Manly for the afternoon for some beach fun before meeting up with some friends.  Also, to just soak up as much “Australiana” as we can before we head overseas.

Charlotte was thrilled.  She loves the beach – jumping over the waves, running away from them, digging in the sand.  Matthew left us both at the beach and headed off to grab some fish & chips, and then Charlotte decided to run off to have a bit of a splash in the shallows.

Unfortunately, a few minutes after this was taken, our poor girl was stung by something.  We think sea lice, as they stung me after touching her, and then her Dad as well.

I have never heard her screaming in pain like that before.  It was heart-wrenching.  And ear-splitting.  I found myself wishing for a few more arms as I vainly attempted to collect the belongings of three people, all while trying to hold & console a distraught three year old, screaming about how much it hurt.  Despite the beach being absolutely packed, help was nowhere to be found.

We had originally cancelled our plans to catch up with our friends as our poor girl was so distressed, but we ended up popping into his shop (also in Manly) to administer some first aid.  Thankfully some warm water, some “special cream” (cream and bandaids fix all ails in this household!) and some apple juice and our little love was all fixed.

 

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Posted on January 1, 2013

 

Our girl is equal parts her daredevil father & her far more sensible mother.  While we were out shopping today, she asked her father for a skateboard, and the voice of reason (that would be me) being nowhere to be found, he (of course) agreed.

She couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel to ride her skateboard.  Gung ho doesn’t even begin to cover it!  However it wasn’t too long before my more cautious genes kicked in and she realised that standing on the skateboard was way too scary – sitting on it was a much better idea!

 

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Posted on January 1, 2013

 

There’s very little that my little Peppa Pig enjoys more than jumping in muddy puddles.  Or any kind of puddle, for that matter.  When we moved up to very dry Brisbane from very wet Melbourne in July, one of the first things she bemoaned was “Mummy, there are no muddy puddles!”.

She has now learned that if there are no puddles, then she just needs to make her own!  Along with her little partner in crime for the morning, Juliette, Charlotte made some enormous puddles at the park, and soon enough they were both running around in them giggling hysterically and jumping up and down.

Because, as you know … “everyone loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles!”.

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Posted on December 13, 2012

 

Firstly, please do excuse the quality of today’s photo – it was taken in our very dimly lit hotel room.

Our girl is an animal lover.  All shapes & sizes.  It’s extremely rare that she walks past a dog or a cat without squatting down and giving it a pat.  She delights in looking out the window in the car & spotting farm animals on long drives.  So far this week she has encountered dogs, cats, guinea pigs, chickens, a giant stick insect and a snake and has been thrilled to see each & every one of them.

However, she has recently advised me that horseys are her “favourite animal in the whole world“.  She has been telling me about how she’s ridden a horse, and is asking to ride one again.  God help me.

I really hope that the plastic variety will satisfy her.  Doubtful.

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Posted on December 12, 2012

 

After 2.5 days of miserable weather, by lunch time today it was beautiful.  So off to beach we went (to meet up with yet another set of friends).  Charlotte had been asking to go to the beach for days, so she was thrilled that we ‘finally’ went.

Australia certainly does have some exquisitely beautiful beaches.  This, I will miss.  Very, very much.

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Posted on December 12, 2012

 

After our day & night in Canberra, my little love & I got back in the car and headed off to Wollongong to catch up with two more sets of big & little friends.  Charlotte has missed her little friends desperately since we’ve been in Brisbane, so our trip to NSW has already been a source of great happiness for her.  And me, for that matter!

It’s always interesting to watch her interact with new friends – and they are friends too, oh the joy of being a child.  Yesterday, with her first new friend, I witnessed the following interaction:

CJ: You’re my friend.  Elena: Yes.

And it’s as simple as that.

I have now watched her with five different sets of siblings (10 children in all) over the past three days, and she’s played differently with every single one of them.  Kane is a year older than Charlotte, but they clicked immediately and it was so sweet to see them together.  They seemed quite similar in personality, and I have no doubt that if they lived closer together that they would be firm friends in no time.

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Posted on December 12, 2012

 

Today, the three of us flew (awfully early!) from Brisbane to Sydney.  Matthew went off to work, and my girl and I went on our first road trip together!  We bundled ourselves into the hire car and drove to Canberra to catch up with two sets of friends (both big & little).  She’s a great traveller, and even after getting up at 5am and having already flown that morning, she was all smiles.

It was so lovely, after the frantic-ness (yes, it’s a word … on this blog!) of sorting out Switzerland, flying to Melbourne to finish work and packing the house in Brisbane to be able to just drive.  Nothing but me, my girl & the highway.

Okay … nothing but me, my girl, the highway and a lot of snacks of dubious nutritional value.

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