Monday, June 25, 2012

A Green and Pleasant Holiday

We rode on an aeroplane to England!  The flight varied in length, depending on one's perspective.  For Louise, it was "very fast."  For Charlotte, it was much too long, and she "wanted to go home" after 6 hours. 

We were all very happy to arrive at Pop and Granny's house.  The sun came out, and the girls happily played outdoors with Pop and Granny whilst Daddy and Mummy collapsed for several hours.  Sleep was a struggle Sunday night.  Claire & Charlotte started in Uncle Andrew's old room, then moved to Mummy & Daddy's room (with Daddy).  Mummy then came in, and Daddy left.  Around 11pm, Charlotte became quite talkative.  Amongst a million other things, Charlotte told her sister: "When two suns come up, then we will play football, Claire."  Sadly, that also proved to be the condition for England beating Italy.

Today, we woke around 11am and went to several parks with Nana and Grandad.  Louise became a balloon vendor after dinner time.  "Come to the shop to get a free balloon," she cried.  "Only $6!"

Monday, June 11, 2012

Up a tree

Much to Mummy's regret, Louise demonstrated Good Listening Ears this week, when Daddy was joking with Mummy.  The next day, Louise was talking about her favourite characters from Cars.  "Carla Veloso is fast.  But she doesn't enter every race - it depends on the time of the month."

Claire is not easily impressed.  On Friday, Daddy told her: "If you are a good girl, you'll get a surprise tomorrow after gymnastics."  The following day, after gymnastics, Mummy took Claire and Charlotte to the mall, where they rode on a train, got balloons, and watched a Curious George show.  During the walk back to the car, Claire turned to Mummy and asked, "What's the surprise?"

We had a wonderful time at Aunt Candy's birthday party.  Mummy was rather unsuccessful in her efforts to climb a tree, but Louise blamed the equipment.  "You were strong enough, Mummy - you just weren't wearing the right shoes."  The kids also had the opportunity to play with cousins, watch other people climb the tree, ride a tractor, look at bee hives, stare into a pond with lily pads, and eat CAKE.