Parenthood
May 27, 2009
Double the trouble or twice the fun?

I caught a glimpse of life with two kids today as we took Erika for the afternoon.  Mom - I'm quite impressed...

 

Elizabeth enjoyed hearing her cousin sing to her, but naptime suffered a wee bit.  We played with toys, puzzles, made cookies and read books and more books and more books.  And then suddenly it was 5:30pm and Auntie Mary ran out of steam. 

 

So we resorted to computer games.  Fisher-Price has a phonics game that Erika found very interesting and she enjoyed the alphabet zoo game too.  Most of the others she found about as lame as I did.   Watching an animated hockey player shoot a puck into a net over and over again while a narrator counts is not the most thrilling way I can think of learning your numbers (and Erika knows her numbers already anyway).  We tried out a memory matching game that was deemed a little too ugly and a classic adventure style game that I highly doubt was designed for preschoolers.

 

Then we discovered the free colouring sheets and the computer lost its appeal except as a magic colouring sheet generator.

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May 26, 2009
A study in bed head

We called this series of pictures "A study in bed head".  Elizabeth may grow up to be a pilot like her Grandpa, if the joy she takes in playing airplane is any indication... 

 

 

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May 25, 2009
Disinfecting toys

What's the best way to disinfect toys that are used by many children in a semi-public place?

 

Our church nursery is looking for suggestions.  They had been spraying the toys with Thymol,
an organic spray that apparently smelled "really really bad".  They are now looking for an alternative that is ideally non-toxic, non-smelly and doesn't require wiping.

 

Brendan says: "It kind of makes me feel like asking if anyone also knows the average air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

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May 23, 2009
A shower and the Great Glebe Garage Sale!

Like a child on Christmas morning Elizabeth was up at 5:30 this morning.  She must have known it was going to be a big day.

 

Today was the 23rd annual Great Glebe Garage sale.  We've been donating lawn space to Grandma J's dragon boat team for the last couple of years, and I'm always amazed by how organized they are about the items they sell.  It's really great having them because it means that our lawn is a happening place year after year (and repeat visitors are starting to pick that up).  We can also sell a few items of our own without needing to save up junk - if we didn't have other people using our lawn, our version of the garage sale would be rather sparse.  Since we were up anyway...we helped set up.

 

My mom and sister sold a few items too, including a bike and my Dad's old windsurfers.  Many people stopped to look at them, weighing their desire to purchase the boards against how unimpressed their significant others would be if they brought home an eight foot long or a six foot long garage sale item to store.   We had to get Dad on the phone to figure out which sails, masts, wishbones and other paraphenalia went with which board! 

 

With the garage sale going full tilt Erika and Uncle Chris came by to visit and play with Elizabeth.  "We have a new Maria-baby" announced Erika proudly.  Chris may only have a few days experience of handling two kids at once, but he is very very good at it.  I got to practice a little bit later while both dads succumbed to the charms of a nap.  Erika and I made "a very messy business" (lunch and brownies) to feed our hard-working garage sale sellers.  Erika cracks me up...

 

After the garage sale Grandma H, Janice, Elizabeth and I piled into our car and headed off to Elizabeth's baby shower, where we were shown much love and affection, and played pass-the-baby.  Elizabeth was as good as gold, sleeping most of the time to make up for the napping she missed earlier in the day due to the garage sale noise.  Grandma H was quite discombobulated by having driven our car instead of her own and was quite shocked when leaving the shower to find that her car was not in the driveway where she had left it ;-).

 

In case the day hadn't already been exciting enough, coming up Bronson on our way home from the shower (via South Keys) we got to see thousands and thousands of runners streaming across the street as far as the eye could see.  It was a bit like watching a really long train and completely amazing to realize how many people were participating!

 

Elizabeth seems to have taken it all in stride (or snooze I guess).  She is such a good baby.

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May 22, 2009
Sailing time!

Grandma H, Elizabeth and I went out to visit Maria (and Auntie Yukiko and Uncle Chris) again this afternoon. We were just in time as they were preparing to head home just as soon as Maria had finished her latest snack!

 

After a lovely visit, it was time to head to Britannia Yacht club for a practice sail to see whether racing is incompatible with breastfeeding and bedtime schedules.  It was amazing to be back on the water and for a couple of hours I concentrated on remembering what to do and learning where everything is on a Kirby 25 - a new boat type for me.  Poor Brendan apparently had a much less amusing and louder time.  He gave Elizabeth her first bottle to less than rave reviews and walked her up and down and up and down. 

 

Mommy thought he did very well and is very appreciative!

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