Archive for December, 2014

My room is ready for 2015

December 31, 2014
For my birthday this year I was allowed to decorate my room.

For my birthday this year I was allowed to decorate my room.

I spent quite some online with Mum looking at ideas and ordering in the necessary things in.

I spent quite some time online with Mum looking at ideas and ordering in the necessary things.

And today we got busy putting the plan into action.

And today we got busy putting the plan into action.

So this is the garden view (there are more flowers by the bathroom door)

This is the garden view (there are more flowers by the bathroom door).

I have birds above my bed to sing me to sleep.

I have birds above my bed to sing me to sleep.

And I choose blue gems to swap out my boring drawer handles.

And I chose blue gems to swap out my boring bronze drawer handles.

My room is ready for 2015 (Mum edit: and beyond please!)

My room is ready for 2015 (Mum edit: and beyond please!)

Five!

December 30, 2014
Because I'm turning 5 today I got to choose today's activities.  First stop, Rainforest Cafe.

Because I’m turning 5 today I got to choose today’s activities. I had been planning this for quite some time.  First stop, Rainforest Cafe.

I kept my hood on because it rains in the rainforest.

I kept my hood on because it rains in the rainforest.

I told the waiter it was my birthday and so after lunch they gave me a cupcake and sang Happy Birthday to me.

I told the waiter it was my birthday and he rounded up some of the guys to sing Happy Birthday to me.

And gave me a birthday cupcake.  Which Mum made me share with Rafa.  So he better share his on his birthday.

And gave me a birthday cupcake. Which Mum made me share a bit with Rafa. But that’s okay.

My next request was for a carousel ride.

My next request was for a carousel ride.

I told the ticket lady it was my birthday and she gave me a big, red balloon.

I told the ticket lady it was my birthday and she gave me a big, red balloon.

I had to remind Mum that I still needed a home cake.  She came through with a big cupcake with a snowman and snowflake ring.  I still had to share with Raffy.

I reminded Mum that I still needed a home cake. She came through with a big, blue cupcake topped with a snowman and a snowflake ring. I still had give a bit of that one to Raffy too.  I hope he remembers that on his birthday.

It was a special day.

The day went perfectly to plan and I got everything I wanted.

A very important shopping trip

December 29, 2014
With our birthday party less than two weeks away today we went shopping for some party essentials.

With our birthday party now less than two weeks away, today we went shopping for some party essentials.

This place has everything!

‘Party City’ was full of awesome stuff.

Finding Spiderman stuff was easy.

Finding Spiderman themed party things was easy.

But White Tiger isn't as popular and so we had to make do.

But White Tiger isn’t as popular and so we had to make do with things we found in other parts of the store.

Decorations, plates and napkins sorted.  When are we going to organise the cakes?

Decorations, plates and napkins sorted. But what I want to know is when are we going to organise the cakes?

Farewell to 2 and 4

December 28, 2014
Grandpa John and Jennifer have left on the next leg on their journey but wanted to celebrate our upcoming birthdays before we went so we farewelled being 2 and 4.

Grandpa John and Jennifer have left on the next leg on their journey but wanted to celebrate our upcoming birthdays before they went so we farewelled being 2 and 4.

Which was fortunate for us because I'm now the proud owner of a Pandora charm bracelet.

Which was fortunate for us because I’m now the proud owner of a Pandora charm bracelet.

And Rafa, a new Super Hero outfit, complete with cape.

And Rafa, a new Super Hero outfit, complete with cape.

NASA

December 27, 2014
Mum, Papi, Grandpa John and Jennifer went to NASA before Christmas on a VIP tour.

Mum, Papi, Grandpa John and Jennifer went to NASA before Christmas on a VIP tour.

They got to do 'VIP' things such as go to the big pool the contains the International Space Station replica.  The astronauts train for working on the ISS and apart from the drag of the water it's pretty close to how it feels in space.

They got to do VIP things such as go to the big pool the contains the International Space Station replica. The astronauts train in their suits in the pool because apart from the drag of the water it’s the closest they can get to simulate the difficulties of working on the Space Station.

They also got a tour of the warehouse that holds the internal replica of the space station, also for training purposes and the robotics department where this robot asto-car was hanging out.

They also got a tour of the warehouse that holds the internal replica of the space station, also for training purposes, and the robotics department where this robot asto-car was hanging out.

The Mission Control Building was a highlight.  This is where the team are currently controlling the ISS.  That's the Flight Director (the big boss) and the CapCom (communications) in the foreground.

The Mission Control Building was a highlight. This is where the team are currently controlling the ISS. That’s the Flight Director (the big boss) and the CapCom (communications) in the foreground.

Up a few floors was the old Mission Control.  It was incredible to think that they flew astronauts to the moon with this technology.  Screens, dial phones and hand written notes.

Up a few floors was the old Mission Control. It was incredible to think that they flew astronauts to the moon with this technology. No computers just  display screens, dial phones and hand written notes.

Today was our turn to check out the rockets and exhibits.

Today was our turn to check out the rockets and NASA exhibits.

We learnt about the different gravitational pulls on different planets.  (It's hard to lift that weight on Earth, much easier on Jupiter)

We learnt about the different gravitational pulls on various planets. (It’s hard to lift that weight on Earth, much easier on Jupiter)

Checked out the Mars Rover.

Checked out the Mars Rover.

Papi and Grandpa John went on flight simulators (Papi has bruises on his shoulders from spinning upside down)

Papi and Grandpa John went on flight simulators (Papi has bruises on his shoulders from spinning upside down)

We did a spot of flying too.

We did a spot of flying too.

And docking our space ship into the International Space Station.

And docking our space ship into the International Space Station.

We checked out the space suits and how they've changed through the years.

We checked out the space suits and how they’ve changed through the years.

The very best bit was going on a rocket ride.  Up into space to launch the Hubble and then safely back down to Earth.

The very best bit was going on a rocket ride. We went up into space to carry the Hubble telescope into orbit and then safely back down to Earth, getting back to the ground just in time for lunch.

Leftovers with friends

December 26, 2014

We combined Christmas leftovers with friends and had a post Christmas get together.  A great chance for Rafa and I to share our new Christmas toys.

boxing day 1

boxing day trains

Boxing day horses

Christmas 2014

December 25, 2014

CD 1

CD stockings

CD twilight sparkle

CD planes

CD Easle

CD train set

CD riding pony

CD wagon

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2014
Gifts for my wonderful teachers - our last day of 2014!

The day before Christmas started with gifts for my wonderful teachers.  

It's our last day at the office this year.  We made reindeer food and watched The Polar Express.

We had a short day in the office (our last day of 2014) but packed in many fun activities such as making reindeer food and watching ‘The Polar Express’.

When we got home we celebrated Christmas with New Zealand family via Skype.

When we got home we celebrated Christmas with New Zealand family via Skype.

Later, a Christmas lights tour.

Later, a Christmas lights tour of neighbouring streets.

A neighbour bought around Christmas cookies so we dug into those.

And Christmas cookies a neighbour delivered just as we were finishing dinner – what timing!

We left some for Santa and his elves, of course!

We left some cookies for Santa and his elves, of course!

And didn't forget the reindeer.

And didn’t forget the reindeer.

Checked the calendar… ONE MORE SLEEP!

ONE MORE SLEEP! WE’RE READY SAINT NICK!

Mum and Papi’s Christmas Present

December 23, 2014
Mum and Papi going on a date night whilst we're looking after the grandparents.

We’ve let Mum and Papi out on a date night whilst we’re looking after the grandparents.

Christmas week is here!

December 22, 2014
Christmas week is here!  And tonight we were allowed to open a present early.

Christmas week is here! And tonight we were allowed to open one of our shared presents early.

It's a book!

It’s a book!

Greek Myths.  Cool!  Let's go read it.   Mom!  Story time!

Greek Myths. Cool! Let’s go read it. Mom! Story time!