Archive for December, 2012

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012
We spent New Year's Eve with friends.

We spent New Year’s Eve with friends.

Which is how New Year's Eve should be spent.

Which is how New Year’s Eve should be spent (Tinkerbelle was also involved at this stage of the evening).

One happy little girl.

One happy little girl.

One happy little guy.

One happy little guy.

And lots of really, really happy mum's and dad's.

And lots of really, really happy mums and dads.

Oh, and Papi's new year resolution?  To do more yoga with Mum and me.  Malcolm thought that was a great idea but his toes are even further away than Papi's.

Oh, and Papi’s new year resolution? To do more yoga with Mum and me. Malcolm thought that was a great idea but his toes are even further away than Papi’s.

A very healthy and happy 2013 to everyone!  Muy feliz ano nuevo para todos.

With love, Ana, Rafa and their Mum and Papi.

Three!

December 30, 2012

Overnight balloons and Dora decorations appeared all over the house.  The Christmas tree even turned into a birthday tree!  It was soooo exciting.  I skipped from room to room singing “Happy Birthday to meeeeeeee”.  FINALLY I am three.

My playroom also had a new addition.  A castle with a Dora snow globe inside.

My playroom also had a new addition. A castle with a Dora snow globe inside.

The morning was busy with food preparations.

The morning was busy with food preparations.  Cup veggies and a fruit plant were the table centre pieces.

And then my friends turned up to help me eat it all.

Then my friends turned up to help me eat it all.

We turned the playroom upside down.

We turned the playroom upside down.

And played pin the bracelet on Dora.

And played pin the bracelet on Dora.

Swiper tried to steal the cake.  We had to yell "Swiper, No Swiping!"

Swiper tried to steal the cake. We had to yell “Swiper, No Swiping!”

We successfully stopped Swiper from swiping my Dora cake.  Which is good because it was delicious!

We successfully stopped Swiper from swiping my Dora cake. Which is good because it was delicious!

My friends totally spoiled me with gifts.  A Dora bathroom kit, Tinkerbelle blanket and bubble bath, magnets, a fire train and all the Princess gear and Princess needs.

My friends totally spoiled me with gifts. A Dora bathroom kit, Tinkerbelle blanket and bubble bath, a magnet book, a Thomas the Tank Engine fire train and all the Princess gear a Princess needs.

I danced around my birthday tree, so happy to be three!

I danced around my birthday tree, so happy to be three!

By Ana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crowd surfing

December 29, 2012
Crowd surfing is such a rush.

Crowd surfing is such a rush.

One of these things is not like the others

December 28, 2012
Well, guy 'B' is wearing a santa hat, and guy 'D' has a bow tie.

One of us guys is not like the others.

The guy to my right is wearing a Santa hat, and the guy to my left, a bow tie.

Well… the guy to my right is wearing a Santa hat and has antlers, and the guy to my left is wearing a red bow tie.

Oh.... hang on.

Oh…. hang on.

By Rafa, more than just your average bear.

My favourite show

December 27, 2012
My favourite show was on again tonight.

My favourite show was on again tonight.

It's full of action, live, and starring two of my favourite actors.

It’s full of action and stars two of my favourite actors.

Run, Ana!  Run!

Run, Ana! Run!

Aye, aye, aye.  It's always the same ending.  She's caught and then it's time for bed.

Aye, aye, aye. The ending is always the same. She’s caught and then it’s time for bed.

 

 

 

More late night grooving

December 26, 2012
But this time in tap shoes.

But this time in tap shoes.

And my purple tiger leotard over my elf top and my stripy mittens.

And my purple tiger leotard over my elf top and my stripy mittens.

My bedroom is my stage.

My bedroom is my stage.

By Ana, with a hint of drama queen.

 

 

Christmas 2012

December 25, 2012
At last!  We were allowed to open the presents!

At last! We were allowed to open the presents!  Ana opened all of hers and then helped the rest of us with ours.

Rafa played with his duplo aeroplane.

I played with my new duplo aeroplane.

Whilst I whizzed around on my bike with my new "indoor" helmet.

Whilst Ana whizzed around on her bike with her new “indoor” helmet.

Rafa got very excited about his globe.

Papi and I had a big conversation about my globe.

And my squirrel game is the bees knees.

And Ana thought her squirrel game is the bees knees.

Skyping family was fun.  We started with Abuelo John in Perth, then spoke to family in Formosa, Hamilton, Auckland and we're still trying to get hold of Uncle Willie.

Skyping family was fun. We started with Abuelo John in Perth, then spoke to family in Formosa, Hamilton, Auckland and we’re still trying to get hold of Uncle Willie.

Christmas lunch was exceptional.  Ham, cooked veggies and salad.  Mum and Papi had some of that Veuve Clicquot stuff too.

Christmas lunch was exceptional. Ham, cooked veggies and salad. Mum and Papi had some of that Veuve Clicquot stuff too.

Christmas dinner was at a friend's house.

Christmas dinner was at a friend’s house.

After dinner the kids took turns at the piano.  I enthusiastically danced and sang through the recital.

After dinner the kids took turns at the piano. I was back up dancer and singer.  I didn’t have a starring role but I stole the show.

This has been a great first Christmas.  Merry Christmas everyone!

This has been a great first Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!

By Rafa.

 

 

 

The night before Christmas

December 24, 2012
We opened our last holiday book.  An interactive version of 'Go Dogs Go' I made the dogs dive off the boat into the water and drive their cars around in circles with the wheels.

We opened our last holiday book. An interactive version of ‘Go Dogs Go’ I made the dogs dive off the boat into the water and drive their cars around in circles with the wheels and I turned a white dog black and white with a pull tab.

After bath the most important task of the evening.  Putting Santa's beer, apple and  nut bar, and some carrots out for the reindeer beside the stockings.

After bath the most important task of the evening. Putting Santa’s beer, apple and nut bar, and some carrots out for the reindeer beside the stockings.

I have to get to bed now so Santa can come!  Merry Christmas to all, and to all, goodonya mates!

 

Seaside promenade and treasure hunt

December 23, 2012
We wrapped up in our beanies and as many layers as we could fit under our jackets for a morning walk along the promenade.

We wrapped up in our beanies and as many layers as we could fit under our jackets for a morning walk along the promenade.

Rafa, of course, still wanted bare feet.

Rafa, of course, still wanted bare feet.

It wasn't exactly "beach" weather but the seaside walk was beautiful.

It wasn’t exactly “beach” weather but the seaside walk was beautiful.

and it didn't stop us from utilising the beach swing set.

and it didn’t stop us from utilising the beach swing set.

We solved our first treasure hunt clue at the end of the Promenade.  See how the image at the middle bottom matches the very top of the 'h' on this sign!

We solved our first treasure hunt clue at the end of the Promenade. See how the image at the middle bottom matches the very top of the ‘h’ on this sign!

We didn't solve all the clues but we thought the initiative put out by the seaside visitor center was really cool.

We didn’t solve all the clues but we thought the initiative put out by the seaside visitor center was really cool.

Tonight's book, suggesting I wash my face in orange juice is another Aussie book.  Mum tried to sing all the songs but I think we need to listen to the CD because it sounded very wrong!  We were in fits of giggles though.

Tonight’s book, suggesting I wash my face in orange juice is another funny Aussie book. Mum tried to sing all the songs but I think we need to listen to the CD because despite being very funny it sounded very wrong!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seaside

December 22, 2012

 

After we had breakfast we went to give the seals at the aquarium their breakfast.  We threw them fish over the fence but had to keep our hands away in case they thought our fingers were little fish!

After we had breakfast we went to give the seals at the aquarium their breakfast. We threw them fish over the fence but had to keep our hands away in case they thought our fingers were little fish!

We made fish faces at the other sea creatures in their tanks.

We made fish faces at the other sea creatures in their tanks.

I thought the day couldn't get any more fun... and then I saw it.  The most magnificent thing I had ever seen in my life.

I thought the day couldn’t get any more fun… and then I saw it. The most magnificent thing I had ever seen in my life.

Papi and Rafa rode together.

Papi and Rafa rode together.

Mum and I rode various animals because once around wasn't enough.  I think we probably covered their day's overheads and I plan to do the same again tomorrow.

Mum and I rode various animals because once around wasn’t enough. I think we probably covered their day’s overheads and I plan to do the same again tomorrow.

Mum sang us tonight's book.  Abuela sent Raffy a book about a dragon named Puff since he's a bit of a dragon.

Mum sang us tonight’s book. Abuela sent Raffy a book about a dragon named Puff since he’s a bit of a dragon.