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Eli has enjoyed playing priests for as long as I can remember.  He received a homemade mass kit from my MIL a couple of Christmas’ ago and it is still being put to good use!  Today however, saw a progression in his mass… he included the homily!!!  The homily (not related at all to the readings!) was about how God created the universe in seven days. He worked for six days and rested for one.  Therefore we work for six days and then take a day of rest, the sabbath.  Wow, I was inspired to have a rest, but unfortunately we are plodding through some stuff today, including a newly tweaked routine of activities.

Gubbs finishes Kindy this year and I wanted to use these holidays as a trial run of homeschooling three kids.  I have homeschooling two down, but three will be more of a challenge!  I did want to start at 9am this morning, but how could I interrupt mass for mother initiated morning prayer???  So, we are starting later and I get to have a bit of computer time (interrupted by receiving communion), and my kids are praying and learning in their own natural way. Oh how I love being able to go with the flow 🙂

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This is typical of our second son.

We were doing some reading today, a book titled “How the dinosaur lost his roar” and we were about half way through. Zi said “I’ve had enough Mummy” and I said, “okay just finish this page” which he did with no complaint. “Mummy can I go outside to play now?” he says. Then it clicked…. “oh, are you going to be a dinosaur outside?” I say. “yes” he says and roars off… I should’ve known!!!

The book had captured his imagination!

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These past week has been all about teeth in our house!!  I had my wisdom teeth out on Wednesday, which was a long time coming.  I originally booked to have them out over two years ago.  The day before, I had a suspicion I was pregnant, and lo and behold… I was!  Zeek was born eight months later, and I still had my wisdom teeth!  I had to cancel everything with the dentist, thank goodness they were great about it!  This time, I was not pregnant! The dentist said they were a lot easier to extract than they had thought, so it was quick, cheaper and painless during (I was under IV sedation), but hurt afterward.  I slept off the anaesthetic that day and was fine the next day, though still on painkillers!

Eli is missing his two front teeth.  He lost one a couple of weeks ago and lost the second at football last week.  He felt it in his mouth and took it out and handed it to Daddy!  He cashed in three teeth with the toothfairy (one he swallowed ages ago, the other had been in my purse after losing it at playgroup, and the most recent one!).  The toothfairy was very generous giving him $10 and some fairy dust.  Gubbs woke up the next morning and proclaimed (quite loudly) that he had met the toothfairy that night.  He asked her where she got the fairy dust from and she said that she grinds the teeth up and uses it as fairy dust!  Apparently she is very little, with wings and a beautiful dress. Yep, he definitely met her!  Eli has said that he is saving up for a Nintendo DS with his money….  so much for a robot!

Zeek has been getting his molars for about 6 months now.  The bottom two got really swollen and bruised and then went down and no teeth appeared for about 3 months.  All four molars have come through over the past three/four weeks.  He wakes in the night when they first cut through (which happened to be the night after I had my wisdom teeth out!) and then he’s fine, maybe a bit clingy.

So, if you are wondering what we have been doing lately, that’s basically it!  We have also been fitting in some homeschooling and began a new spelling programme, but that’s for another post!!

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We were booked into to go for a holiday to a little town 2 hours north, but due to a severe weather warning and no other accommodation available, we used the opportunity to stay at home and do fun things with the kids.  We went to Scitech on the Friday and the older boys got to watch a movie in the planetarium with Daddy.  We then had take away for dinner and watched Star Wars for the first time.  Eli liked it, but Zi loved it.  The swords captured his imagination for weeks afterwards.  We went to Ikea and bought a new dinner table – yay, now Zeek can sit with us at dinner.  It also means that we now have a craft table (the old six seater table) and an eight to ten seater dinner table to utilise during the day.  It was decided that we buy the plastic tablecloth with jelly beans all over it.  It is driving me mad.  I can’t see dirt on my table and am constantly putting things on wet patches!

We went to visit Father M on Sunday.  We attended mass at his parish (an hours drive away)and then spent to rest of the morning and afternoon with him.  The kids absolutely love Father M.  It was really nice to spend some time with him.

Derek and I did some cryptic crosswords together and we all spent a night in our sleeping bags in the lounge room!

Though our weekend didn’t go as planned, we were glad to take time out of our busy lives and enjoy each other and create memories for the future.

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Yay, this post is to commemorate the event! I always get myself into a tizzy when it comes to officially saying that my baby can walk. When is it? When they choose to walk over crawling, when they walk more than they crawl, when they can walk even though they choose not to?  You see, this announcement was not made without much inner turmoil from me!  We have video footage of Eli walking across the playroom (about 15 steps) kicking a balloon on his first birthday.  I wasn’t telling people that he could officially walk then, but looking at the video, he was obviously doing a good job of it!

So Zeek can walk.  He chooses to stand and walk about 50 % of the time.  He will crawl and then want to go faster so stand up and try walking.  He’ll take about 7-8 steps (if he doesn’t get distracted) and either get to his destination or decide to crawl again ( and then he goes through the same decision process all over again!).  He will often walk from the table etc, instead of crawl.  He is choosing to walk, so he is walking.  That’s my decision and I thought I’d better blog about it so that I can stop thinking about it.

The end.

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I have been reflecting a lot on sin during the last few weeks.  The reason? Because Eli is going to do his first reconciliation/penance/confession (whatever you wish to call it :-)) and because it is the season of lent.  I want him to understand what sin is and the effect it has on his relationship with God and others.

Derek gave Eli a explanation  which has become a real teaching point in our lives.  It is about the origins of the word ‘sin’.  Apparently  ‘sin’ was used as an archery term meaning ‘to miss the target’.  Such a beautiful description.  That God wants our arrows to hit the target every time, but that sometimes we miss.  It is not the end of the world though, because we can always go and pick it up and look for the target and aim again. We can always pick ourselves up, ask for forgiveness, look to God (the target) and try again.

The kids and I extended the description to explain the root of sin.  Where does sin begin? With us of course, with our attitude, our heart.  It begins with the person holding the arrow.  I have been asking the kids to ‘change their attitude’ a lot lately.  I knew this phrase didn’t really mean anything  to them and so I explained it to them as I was helping them to aim better toward their target so that they may be more likely to hit it.  If their ‘attitude’ had continued along the same path, then they were going to miss the target.  They had to choose to change it though, so that they could aim better and not miss (sin), Mummy can only remind them!

And so how do we learn to aim better???  By being in relationship with God and Jesus, by participating in the sacraments (especially reconciliation), by reading God’s word, by letting the Spirit live in us and through us, through communion with the target.  The lives of the Saints give us an example of how to aim and hit the target.

Gubbs held the door open for me today.  As I walked through  he said “Mummy I hit the target didn’t I”.  Yes Gubbs, by using kindness and consideration for others, you did hit the target – bulls eye!!!

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Wow, what a month it’s been for this little man!  Zeek has done soo much in the last three weeks…..  here’s a record.

He started taking a few steps about three weeks ago and now he is taking about 8-10 in one go.  He will stand up by himself and walk (when he feels like it), though the faster method is still crawling.  He enjoys standing and will do so a lot more than walking.  He often will stand up by himself rather than use the furniture to pull himself up (even when he is right next to the table!).  He is so proud of himself.  He will look over to whoever may be looking with eyes that say  ‘look at me, I’m doing it!!!!’  I caught him today carrying a violin case and walking!  He is getting stronger!

Zeek loves to talk, well he thinks he’s talking.  A lot of his talking is done with his cheeky eyes.  One look of his can tell you exactly what he is thinking!   Here’s a list for milestones sake.

mama – for milk or me I can’t decide

dada – for daddy

ta – usually when he wants to give me something

oh – for oh oh

uh uh – when I tell him he isn’t to do something or for ‘no’

all gone – sign

dog – sign and panting

yuck – sign – he just sticks his tongue out and says ‘aaa’

waving – for bye

up – sometime he’ll copy me when I say it to him.

His brothers and sister call him Buddha-Biddha.  He loves it and will chase them all around the house playing with them.  He gets most upset if they exclude him from a game.  He is great at sticking up for himself. He will scream and wave his arms to get them away.  He has started to initiate play with them when he wants to (usually by screaming and then crawling away really fast or hiding).

He loves to play peekaboo with a cloth or table.  He loves Twinkle twinkle little star and will try to twinkle with his fingers (ends up being more of a wave).  He loves to ‘sing’ at church, ahhhing with the music. He has begun to give us kisses this week carrying on the tradition of ah-wa that the rest of them did (must reflect the way we kiss them?!).  He has given away a few fly kisses when saying goodbye as well.

Zeek has begun the whole shy thing.  He hides his face when he doesn’t want to interact with someone.  He isn’t very shy though, often it’s a rouse to begin a game of peekaboo with a stranger!

Zeek, you a delight to have in our family.  You bring so much joy to everyone everyday.  We love you little man.

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Today my oldest reached seven years old.  Hard for me to comprehend that I have a seven year old who calls me Mummy!  We had a full on day today with playgroup (science and cupcakes), drama and sport, and then tee ball training (with more cupcakes).  Eli really amazed me today.  He has started doing sport and drama once a week with a group of homeschoolers.  I knew he would love the sport, but the drama I thought may be confronting for him.  Anyway, he did drama first and was quite shy about having to take his shoes off (which he didn’t have to do!) and then with introducing himself to the group.  I held his hand while he was in the circle and the teacher asked him his name which he said with confidence and also his age.  They then sat down and I left the circle but stayed in the room.  I said to him that he will have to use his courage and that I would be right there, but to my surprise and delight the teacher asked the mums to leave the room.  Eli was a legend.  I peeked in on him a couple of times and he was smiling and enjoying himself. The older boys took him under their wing and Eli’s confidence grew amazingly in the space of an hour.  I am so proud of him for conquering a fear that I am not sure I have even conquered myself!

He had a small party yesterday with his cousins and the boys from the M family.  It was nice to be able to focus on a small group of kids and to play games while the other two mums made themselves at home (and even got their own coffee!).It was quite stressful at one stage when Eli, Zi and Gubbs were all crying and wanting my 100% attention and I was trying to run a game!  Eli chose a great cake, a pinata cake.  He used a hammer to smash the shell of chocolate covering the cake which was topped with Easter eggs (cos there were no gold coins in the shop!) and smarties.

Eli got some lego (which he already built!), books, a game, a marionette puppet, an electricity kit and crazy crabs for his birthday.  He has named his crabs Thomas and Snoopy.  Another milestone was reached when Eli requested Hungry Jacks for his birthday dinner (I wasn’t going to cook after a long day!) – he had his first big whopper!  Happy Birthday Eli, we love having you as the big boy in our family.  I love watching you grow, everyday in little ways, into a strong, good man.

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Gubbs began his adventures in kindergarten today.  He was so excited.  All he wanted to do was play with play dough and paint, which amazingly were available on the first day!  He knew the drill so well.  he placed the fruit in the bowl, looked for his name, put his bottle in the box, bag on the hook, hat next to the bag and then we read some books before the bell went.  Gubbs knew exactly what the bell meant and promptly kissed me and said ‘bye mummy’ and sat down in front of Mrs S’ chair.  Even Jordy knows the drill and can’t wait to go to Mrs S’ pink kindy (why pink you ask? Because anything that is pink must be Jordy’s!).

When I picked Gubbs up after half a day, he was most upset that he didn’t get to bring the picture of a man that he had painted home.  He’d had a fantastic morning.  We are so blessed to have Mrs S as our teacher.  She has taught Eli and Zi kindy as well and we all love her.  I cannot fault her teaching practises (which is amazing for a home school mum!) and she is so respectful of the children.  Our kindy experiences have been amazing because of her!

Oh, I got some beautiful pictures of Gubbs in uniform that I will post later!

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The Zoo and C

We had a fantastic weekend.  On Saturday, we spent the day with my cousin C and took her to the zoo, which was sooo much fun.  The kids adore her and we have so many beautiful photos of them playing and running after each other.  C led the way at the zoo and we got to visit just about everything she wanted to.  My sister (also C) and her daughter Moo met us later on and joined in our fun.  After the zoo we went to my parents’ house for dinner and then to the beach for an ice cream.  I thought the kids would be exhausted after a long day out (I certainly was!), but they were all wide awake on the 45 min journey to C’s Grandma’s home.  You see, C was playing a game that they thought was hilarious.  It went like this…

Eli:  Do you know what you’re having for dinner tonight?

C: What?

Eli: Monkey’s brains!

Everyone: hysterical laughter…

Zi: Do you know what you’re having for dinner tonight?

C: What?

Zi: potato and peas mashed with poo!!

Everyone: hysterical laughter…

C: Do you know what you’re having for dinner tonight?

Eli and Zi: What?

C: A zebra’s stripy bum!!! (that had been a highlight of our zoo outing!)

Everyone: hysterical laughter…

And so the journey went on.  I don’t know how the game started, but it was one of those ‘in’ jokes being formed between C and our kids.  You know, the joke that the ‘people who were there’ often bring up and the ‘people who weren’t there’ just don’t get.  We got to our destination and C decelared that she would see us on Saturday (I hope so).  The kids and her didn’t want to say goodbye, but Zeek was screaming andthe others were tired.  We left and the kids fell asleep within about 3 mins.  Derek and I had a lovely drive home.

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