Archive for June, 2014

The boardwalk at Cross Creek Ranch

June 30, 2014
They've built a series of boardwalks around the polishing pond at Cross Creek.

They’ve built a series of boardwalks around the polishing pond at Cross Creek.  The pond is as big as 48 football fields and also functions as an engineered water quality basin.

We went down there tonight to hunt for alligators and birds.

We went down there tonight to hunt for alligators and birds.

We saw lots and lots of dragonflies, mosquitos, ducks and other birds.  But no alligators.

We saw lots and lots of dragonflies, mosquitos, ducks and other birds. But no alligators.

and pretty flowers.

even in the long grass.

Nevermind, it's always good to get outdoors for a run.

Nevermind, it’s always good to get outdoors for a run.

and some fresh air.

and some fresh air.

Maybe there were no alligators today because they were all here.

And we need to send in a family boardwalk photo to the community centre.  Which one should we send?

Sunday cooking

June 29, 2014
We had a BIG sleep in then decided to make vege muffins for brunch.

We all had a BIG sleep in then decided to make vege muffins for brunch.  First we greased the tins.

Mixed up all the ingredients.

Mixed up all the ingredients.

Filled the tins and popped them in the oven.

Filled the tins and popped them in the oven.

They were fresh out of the oven smack on World Cup time which made the "eating at the table" rule a bit of a dilemma.  Both the muffins and the game were awesome.

They were fresh out of the oven smack on World Cup time which made the “eating at the table” rule a bit of a dilemma. Both the muffins and the game were awesome.

PS.  Thanks Diana for the inspiration!  We used brown rice flour in the end.  They were intended to be for Rafa’s lunches this week but there’s only one left.  Whoops!

Our first block party

June 28, 2014

We had SO.MUCH.FUN at our first block party.  There were about as many toys to share as there were plates of food and all the big kids played with us too.  We LOVE this town!

block party 1

block party 2

block party 3

block party 4

block party 5

block party 6

block party 7

block party 8

block party 9

block party 10

block party 11

block party 12

 

Outdoor seating sorted

June 27, 2014
We love deliveries.

We love deliveries.

Especially ones we can climb on.

Especially ones we can climb on.

Alright Mum, we're helping.

Alright Mum, we’re helping.

Outdoor seating sorted.

Outdoor seating sorted.

Words of wisdom from Rafa

June 26, 2014

Situation:  On the potty

Mum: go pee Rafa.

Rafa:  But it’s not working, mama.

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Situation:  Helping with the new cushions

Rafa:  What’s that?

Mum:  It’s a tag.

Rafa:  No eating it, mama!

Mum:  I wasn’t planning on it!

Rafa:  I was.

 

At splash day today.

At splash day today.

My turn

June 25, 2014

Monday was Ana’s gym show day

Today was my turn.

Today was my turn.

Mum, Papi and Ana all came to cheer me on.

Mum, Papi and Ana all came to cheer me on.

and I got a medal too!

and I got a medal too!

By Rafa.

Gluten free

June 24, 2014

After it had been suggested one too many times to ignore, I’ve gone gluten free for a week to see if it helps my skin.  It has helped A LOT.  My skin has (almost totally) cleared in a matter of days.  This news is a bit of a double edged sword to me.  I’m happy not to be itchy and scratchy but not so happy about the new diet.  My teachers have borne the brunt of my irritation, having to explain each snack time why I have to eat snacks mum prepared instead of the Gold Fish, cinnamon sticks and other delights my friends are eating.  My teachers have taught me well.  Today I noticed that Ms Tamekia was eating something that I was allowed and I insisted on her sharing.

Eating Miss Julie's lunch.

Eating Ms Tamekia’s lunch.  I guess I owe her one.

Gym show day

June 23, 2014
Today was a chance to show our parents everything we learnt this year.  AND we got medals!

Today was a chance to show our parents everything we learnt this year. AND we got medals!

A blast at bowling

June 22, 2014
My friends had their birthday party at a bowling alley today.

My friends had their birthday party at a bowling alley today.

It's the first time I've been bowling and so much fun.

It’s the first time I’ve been bowling and so much fun.

I wasn't terrible at it either.

I wasn’t terrible at it either.

And it wasn't about winning, but I won!  (Okay, I got lucky)

And it wasn’t about winning, but I won! (Okay, I got lucky)

The Frozen dance recital

June 21, 2014
After months of practice our annual dance recital was this morning.

After months of practice our annual dance recital was this morning.

The theme was "Frozen".  Could that be more perfect?  Here we are as trolls.

The theme was “Frozen”. Could that be more perfect? Here we are as trolls (and please note, we’re all in time)

and in our Elsa dresses...

and in our Elsa dresses…

which we get to keep!!!!!

which we get to keep!!!!!

We were presented with a medal at the end and I got big cuddles from Mum and Papi too.  So much fun.

We were presented with a medal at the end and I got big cuddles from Mum and Papi too. So much fun.