You know they’re growing up when….

1 May, 2007 at 9:20 pm | Posted in Kidlets | 4 Comments

they can defeat you with logic. And arguments you have used on them in the past.

Tonight is one of three nights a week when I get to talk to my children on the phone. Talking to Anthony (3 and bit years old) is sometimes trying, as he can’t seem to put into words what he did during the day, and there is always something to distract his attention. And I don’t believe in placing children in solitary confinement just to talk to me.

 Natasza (7 and a half years old) is quite the conversationalist, and most of the time I can have a quite mature conversation with her.

 Tonight I had finished talking with Anthony (who’s only piece of information that was volunteered was that another kid in childcare had hit him with a train- the rest of the conversation consisted of “yeah”, “I dunno” and “loveyoubye”), and had spent about 45 seconds talking to Natasza when she said “‘Dancing with The Stars’ is back on.”

In my manipulative Daddy’s way, I said “So, that’s more important than talking with me, is it..?”

“Well, Daddy, this is the GRAND FINAL, and I can talk with you any time!!!”

What could I say? I could hear the ex in the background saying, “You are supposed to be talking to your father, now, not watching the TV”, and I said that Natasza’s little statement was quite right.

After all, it’s the kind of statement that I make when I want her to do something….”you can watch that DVD anytime, but I need you to brush your teeth NOW!”

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Anthony’s little speech impediment

28 April, 2007 at 7:10 pm | Posted in Kidlets | 5 Comments

You may recall I posted here about Anthony trying to say the word Popcorn. And not getting it right. I managed to film him with my digital camera attempting the same thing, with the same results.

I think it’s funny, and kinda cute, although some people may find the words coming out of a three year olds mouth a little offensive. All I can say in response is this- if, as a three year old, you had perfect control over the english language, precise enunciation, and understood what every word in the english language meant, you have a right to be upset. IF, however, you still can’t see the funny side of this video, I suggest you should consider treatment for your lack of humour.

 

Easter 2007

8 April, 2007 at 7:19 pm | Posted in Kidlets | 3 Comments

Easter has been a fairly quiet affair this year, although the little darlings woke up at 6.30 this morning, keen to find all the eggs the discerning Easter Bunny had left around the house. And of course, they had to wake me up to do it!’

 So the easter egg hunt went quite well, with the kiddies very happy at the eggs left all around the house and surrounds. And to work off some of the additional energy gleaned from the consumption of the chocolate, we went into Canberra to go for a bike ride around Lake Burley Griffen. Anthony (3 yrs and two months) was the star of the show, riding his little push bike around (without training wheels) at a milllion miles an hour. At least that is how it seemed to him; the gearing on the bike is for ease of riding, rather than the achievement of speed. So based on the number of revolutions his pedals did, an adult would have travelled about 350 kilometres, pedal for pedal (well, maybe 50 kilometres).

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Kids and horses

3 February, 2007 at 7:49 am | Posted in Kidlets | 9 Comments

When my kids found out I was riding horses, they (Natasza in particular) kept asking me if they could go for a ride as well. Luckily, the owners of the horse I ride are really nice people, and they agreed that my children could come and have a ride on “Dooba”, with the proviso that I didn’t sue their asses off if there were any injuries… No injuries, but lots of smiling, happy faces. It’s just a bit of a pity Anthony hardly saw anything of his ride-we didn’t have a helmet small enough for him.

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My Place-III

28 January, 2007 at 12:13 pm | Posted in General Stuff, Kidlets, Vlogs | 2 Comments

Another day of finding entertainment for the kids resulted in them playing under the sprinkler on my lovely green lawn, which has just been mown.

 Immediately after mowing the lawn, I pushed the mower to the back half of the block, and heard another slithery kind of noise.

So I went lizard hunting. The kids were fascinated, although I told them it may have been a snake (I wasn’t 100% sure myself, but I figured it was the lizard from Friday) and it was just as well it was the lizard. If it has have been a brown snake, I would have been in trouble (Brown snakes are the second deadliest land snake in the world, and are prolific right across Australia).

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