The quality’s not great – the video is all taken with the still camera, which takes nice still photos, but pretty terrible video. We took the video camera with us, but taking both out just for a playground trip leads to pretty bulky bags. I have nearly an hour of short clips of Sam playing at home (over the last year) taken with the video camera, which I’ll try to make some short videos from at some point.
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Last week we all drove up to Paihia to visit Simon, Jolene, Adam & Regan, who spent the week up there. Sam did quite well with the 4.5 hour trip (probably his longest so far), with just a little stop at Wellsford for some lunch. We didn’t really do anything on Wednesday night, but on Thursday we took the ferry to Russell.
As far as we can recall, this was Sam’s first trip (and second, on the way back) on a boat. He didn’t seem to know quite what to make of it, but had a good time anyway. He did a lot of walking around Paihia and Russell – hardly used the stroller at all. We had lunch at a little restaurant in Russell, and Sam & Adam had lots of fun running around and playing. The weather started to turn bad (and there isn’t really that much to do in Russell anyway!) so we headed back after that.
After a quick swim and spa, we headed back south, with a brief overnight stop at the grandparent’s place in Whangarei (where Samuel tricked Grandma into staying up an extra hour and Olyvia and I were of limited use to Granddad’s quiz team). Back to Auckland the next morning to rescue the lonely dog (who did have great fun at Aunty Brenda’s, apparently). Short in time, but somewhat long in distance!
Liv’s family is still making their merry way across Europe (one each in Germany, France, and Italy at the moment, I think), and Sam hasn’t seen his grandparents on my side for a few weeks either (they’re making their daily merry way across Whangarei to work…), so another update.
The last couple of weeks have been quite busy, with extra work on, but the weather has finally improved (for a while it seemed like we were going to have rain the entire time Nana was in Europe!).
We visited the Pukekawa Playcentre yesterday for their “Carnival Day”. Sam played on the playground again (Adam’s birthday party was there last year), did some painting, ran around on the tennis courts, patted the donkey, and seemed to have quite a bit of fun (he warmed up to the other people quite quickly, so hopefully the shy time is wearing off, or has been worn down by seeing so many people recently). Everything was quite good, except that I woke up with a rather sore wrist for some reason, and was stung by a bee on the underside of my foot (feel free to insert comments about shoes here) at the Playcentre, so was a bit tender on the left side. We visited the Kellys for a little while afterwards and came home mid-afternoon.
Liv and I watched Shrek the Third last night. One of the things I really admire about the work that Pixar does is that they stay away from sequels (apart from the Toy Story sequel that Disney made them do). I don’t know if Dreamworks has managed to do anything much worth seeing apart from the Shrek franchise. However, even though it was a sequel it was still pretty funny (better than the second movie) and worth watching.
Olyvia looked after Adam & Regan as well as Samuel last week (and Madeline and Veronica were here for a while, making four little ones to look after) while Jo did some job interviews, and did remarkably well with the three of them. She’s doing it all over again this Tuesday, so hopefully that goes as well!
Sam had swimming again as usual this morning, and it went well again thankfully. Recently he’d been a bit shy (like elsewhere) and struggled to take part. Last week and this week he was back into it, though, and is nearly swimming by himself – he’ll even put his head under the water by himself now. He’ll probably be moving to the next class up at the end of the term. Liv, Sam and Sebastian then went for a walk with Milo & Debbie in the afternoon, and I’m told that Sam walked nearly the entire way around the park, so I imagine he’ll be sleeping pretty well tonight!
No doubt there were other things over the last fortnight, but nothing else comes to mind right now (there was a zoo visit with Veronica, Madeline and Jacs, but I don’t remember exactly when that was). Another busy week coming up, although there’s Easter at the end. Hopefully everything is still going well for all of you!
p.s. As you may have noticed, I’m managing to keep up with the photos a bit more now. In fact, in the latest bunch, there are even some from my cellphone that have been sitting there for a while (Sam looks pretty different on the swing at the playground up the road to a few months later on the swing at home!).
So, we went to swimming this morning as usual and Sam has decided that he can put his head under the water on his own now. I was so surprised! We count 1,2,3, then submerge and today he did it himself, right on cue, twice, and even blew bubbles. Very cute and talented.
We went to a surprise party for my Grandfather’s 80th yesterday at Pitt St Church (where Sam’s Christening was). The party went well and I made another cake (I am developing a new skill), a bunch of balloons made of cupcakes; there will be photos uploaded for you to stare in awe at soon…
Sam, however, loved running up and down the aisles of the church and talking to his echo (very quietly of course). It was so funny, he just went and went for ages. It kept Daddy busy while Mummy mingled with various family and friends.
Yesterday morning Sam was busying himself as I was baking 36 cupcakes. Tony came into the dining room and Sam pleasantly offered Tony something to eat from his little hand (he does this often now). Taking it politely in his mouth Daddy thanked Sam and nibbled on the morsel. Mummy cracked up hysterically upon seeing this scene from the kitchen.
“Do you know what that is?” Mummy knowingly asked Daddy?
“I thought it was a raisin, why?”
“It’s a cat biscuit!” laughed Mummy.
Hahahaha! Sam had stolen the whole bowl of cat biscuits from the kitchen while I had my hands busy with the oven and I had not yet removed them from his possession.
The look on Tony’s face was awesome as he spat out the cat biscuit he had just been sucking on.
One of my all time favourite moments of parenting so far.
Thats all from me.
So it has been two more months and, as predicted, Sam is not far from running. He went from a couple of wobbly steps to full-on walking pretty quickly. We think it was a confidence thing, once he got some he was sweet to go. Now shopping trips are far more interactive for all involved (much chasing, less carrying and more “don’t touch!”). But it is still a bit of a novelty for us and therefore all extremely cute.
Our little monkey has also developed a few words. Cheese, teeth, keys and yes are all fairly similar in their very secretive, half-whispered delivery. He is doing really well with his sign language, too. He knows about 8 signs well now and has even started to put them together; at Aunty Debbie’s he managed to point out the “fish” and told me they were “swimming” using sign language, then promptly tried to join them in their pond. He obviously understands a lot more than I gave him credit for. Until recently I still kind of assumed he wasn’t paying attention or understanding us; how wrong I am. He knows things we haven’t ever taught him and he seems to pull out all his new tricks at the moment. He follows heaps of instructions like putting things in the rubbish bin for us and helping tidy up and, even though he doesn’t always agree, “no” is well used – and from the little tantrums, understood.
We have the pool up again and Sam still loves swimming. His lessons come to end for the year this week and he is doing really well, he even stands on the edge of the pool and jumps in with great gusto.
Sam’s second Christmas is close and we were concerned that a tree and a toddler wouldn’t mix, but so far so good (touch wood (ho ho ho)), he helped decorate it (sort of) and has not showed that much interest in destroying it yet! The presents under the tree, however, are far more enticing. He already half-unwrapped a couple yesterday, so the next few weeks will be interesting and Christmas Day should be immense fun for his little hands. Looking forward to it actually.
Merry Christmas everyone and, if we don’t see you before, Happy New Year.