Ethan’s birthday week is always crazy, compounded this year by that inconvenient employment issue I have been having for the last six months….MY JOB! I really love it actually, I just like to complain.
Lucky for Nana, Grandparents day was the day before Ethan left kindy for ever, so they got to enjoy a special day together before his departure to school.
Hallejulah, OMG it finally arrived. I love New Zealand, I love New Zealand I really do love New Zealand, but winter in Auckland sucks ass more than anywhere else that I have ever lived (specifically Florida and San Diego – tough crowd I know).
Anywho, the sun arrived in opposite land this week and we have been loving it. Fathers Day was on Sunday and we celebrated by taking Ethan’s training wheels of his bike. He had it down in 2 hours! Kid is crazy. Our lawn is so big and flat (have I mentioned it takes 2 hours to mow the whole thing?) that we didn’t have to leave the house to find a suitable place for Ethan to practise, this was handy as it meant we didn’t have to find to-go cups for our mimosa’s!
Everything is better when done in your pajamas, you understand. What this really means is that we were talking to Ethan about taking the training wheels off, and he was all like “Yeah! Lets do it NOW” so we were all “OK” let’s do it, clothes can wait.
Jim had his own first on Sunday, he caught his first chicken. Luckily Ethan was able to chicken-whisper the poor thing away from Jimbo;
To celebrate Fathers Day the absolute best way, we had our first BBQ of the season! Whilst cleaning the winter cobwebs off the BBQ Dave discovered that someone had moved in over winter;
Ethan knew right away that she was a girl because of her big egg laying spike-thing coming out of her bum, and that she was scared as she was making a huge racket with her legs. He ooohhhed and ahhhed over her for about 5 minutes than found her a new home in the dark abandoned doghouse.
Mum also had a first (of sorts), she caught the bike riding bug from Ethan and they rode laps around the lawn together, little Marley running alongside of course! I don’t think she has been on a bike for years;
So, a little late, but there are a few firsts for Writers Prompt this week.
My uber-talented little brother leaves next week for his next international mission – off to Europe to gig on a luxury cruise for 4 months. So we had a big family GTG for him today at Mum and Dads. I think I weight about 5kg more than I did this morning. swear to god.
Ethan & his Great-Grandmothers; Other-one Nana (L) & Old Nan (R)
We had a working bee at Mum and Dads on Good Friday and helped spread the dumptruck-load of mulch through the orchard. When we arrived the Easter Bunny aka Nana, had just been and dropped off a sweet stash of easter eggs and awesome goodies;
The answer is Molly, Marley, Louie, Ethan, Dave and I. We took the pups out to Muriwai last weekend for lunch on the beach to lament the end of daylight saving and to celebrate the fact that dogs can go on the beach all day now! Everyone had such a good time, little Marl surprised us by swimming in the rock pools and ocean – he was charging it! Lou bear just watched the water play of course but was loving having his cuzzies from the farm to play with.
When I picked Ethan up from his first day back at kindy, he was just about busting at the seams to tell me about the collage he had made of his Grandad’s NEW SHED, the sides are even true to colour! (The little box to the left is Nana’s house, indicating the sheer size of the shed in Ethan’s mind);