Mermaids and castles party

September 1, 2014
Not only did we get today off school (Labour day) but we also had a birthday party to go to.

Not only did we get today off school (Labour day) but we also had a birthday party to go to.

It was an Ariel theme and everything was mermaids and castles, from the food

It was an Ariel theme and everything was mermaids and castles, from the food

to the fun.

to the fun.

Alexa liked her My Little Pony present.

Alexa liked her My Little Pony present.

and we liked the lollies we ate on the way home.

and we liked the lollies we ate on the way home.

Chuck E Cheese’s

August 31, 2014

Mum had a picnic planned for today.  She’d chosen a new park with a kid’s playground and had planned the menu.  But she forgot to organise the weather.  We woke to dark, thick clouds.  The temperature has dropped to 79F (26C) which feels quite chilly so we decided to go to an indoor venue instead.  I was THRILLED when I saw the Chuck E Cheese’s mouse on Mum’s computer screen but there was something funny about the mouse that greeted us at the door.  I’m sure it was just a person dressed up as a mouse.  Mum said I might be right about that.  Perhaps Mr Cheese was busy today.

If you don't know, Chuck E Cheese's is an indoor arcade and fun park.

So, if you don’t know, Chuck E Cheese’s is an indoor arcade and fun park (Mum says she actually remembers going to one of Mr Cheese’s restaurants in San Antonio when she was a little girl so they must have been around a really long time).

We started off in the junior section.

We started off in the junior section.

But soon moved up the bigger stuff.

But soon moved up the bigger stuff.

Although we've now learnt neither of us are ready for our licenses.

Although we’ve now learnt neither of us are ready for our licenses.

I thought the virtual roller coaster was really cool.

I thought the virtual roller coaster was really cool.

Mum and Papi could see the fun we were having from a screen above the ride.

Mum and Papi could watch the fun we were having on a screen above the ride.

Well… the fun I was having any way.

Well… the fun I was having any way.

Rafa preferred hitting things.

Rafa preferred hitting things.

And throwing things (he was really good at those ones too).

And throwing things (he was really good at those ones too).

The KenChuckE Darby was a favourite.  We spent lots of our tokens on that one.

The KenChuckE Darby was a favourite for both of us. We spent lots of our tokens on that one.

Hut hut.

Hut hut.

Go horsey!  Go!

Go horsey! Go!

Anyway, with each game of skill, you win tickets.

Okay, so not every game. Some of them were really hard.

We won over 50 tickets!

We won over 50 tickets!

And exchanged them for Check E Cheese's whistles!  So it's okay we didn't get to go on our picnic.

And exchanged them for Chuck E Cheese’s whistles! It’s okay we didn’t get to go on our picnic after all.

Saturday lake and pool

August 30, 2014
After Rafa's soccer we went to hang out by the lake.  Have some lunch and play on the rocks with the ducks.

After Rafa’s soccer we went to hang out by the lake. Have some lunch and play on the rocks with the ducks.

After nap we headed to the pool.  Play under the rocks and waterfall.

After nap we headed to the pool. Play under the rocks and waterfall.

Dinner with the grownups

August 29, 2014
Mum and Papi had planned to go to dinner with some of their grownup friends but couldn't find a babysitter, so instead of cancelling, we tagged along.

Mum and Papi had planned to go to dinner with some of their grownup friends but couldn’t find a babysitter, so instead of cancelling, we tagged along.

It was an Argetinean restaurant called Tierra Del Fuego and the food was really, really good.

It was an Argetinean restaurant called Tierra Del Fuego and the food was really, really good.

And they had cool music and tango dancing.

And they had cool music and tango dancing.

We finished our dinner before the grownups had and there was no playground there...

The problem with a grownup restaurant like this is when we finish our dinner ahead of the grownups there is no playground for us to run around in.

but Mum surprised us with the iPads for dessert.

but Mum surprised us with the iPads for dessert.

Rainbow shoes

August 28, 2014

Ana, what did your friends think of your new rainbow shoes?

Just the girls liked them.

Just the girls liked them.

The passport process

August 27, 2014

Renewing my Aussie passport from the US is quite a process.  Mum has almost finished all the forms and getting the documentation together, so tonight we went out to get new photos.  We printed out all the requirements from the website because we’ve heard they can be really strict about how it looks.  I wasn’t allowed to smile, or put on my Elsa face for the camera which I think is kind of strange because that’s how I normally look.  Not like this!

Papi trying to teach me how to put on a neutral face.

Papi trying to teach me how to put on a neutral face.

And to put in perspective how long I’ve been blogging, my very first post ever was about getting my first passport!

Battle of the superpowers

August 26, 2014
Elsa

Elsa

versus Spidey

versus Spidey

Haaaaaaarrrr!  Shooooooo!!!

Haaaaaaarrrr! Shooooooo!

Back in blogging action!

August 25, 2014
Yipee!!

Yipee!!

Start of the school year celebration puns and preparations

August 21, 2014

There has been a ton of excitement in the air as we get ready for the start of the new school year.  I’m now officially in Jr-K  (although I have been hanging out with them all summer) and today my teacher gave me a bag of gold fish snacks to mark “O-FISH-ally” joining the Jr-K class.  Raffy is moving into “Get-Set” this week and his teacher gave him a rice crispy treat because his class is “sticking together”.  Ha ha!  We did take a photo for you but we’re having difficulties with uploading photos onto the blog so until we’re technically sorted, our stories will have to do.

Tonight we’re getting ready for our end of summer and start of the school year celebration day tomorrow.  Mum is busy cooking up gluten-free pizza tonight so Raffy can eat at the lunch-time pizza party (his favourite food in the whole world) without getting scratchy.  Meanwhile, I’m sorting out our costumes.  I’m planning on being Elsa so I can freeze everybody and Rafa wants to be Spiderman.  If we can upload photos tomorrow we’ll show you!

Ana knows best

August 19, 2014

Mum:  Ana!  What are you doing with the light on?  It’s 10:30pm!

Ana:  I wanted to read!

Mum:  Well please stop turning the light on.  You need to sleep.

Ana:  I only turned it on once.

*     *     *

Mum:  Oh my gosh!  You two are like herding cats this morning!

Ana: Because we’re cute?

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