Lily and Lottie are now firmly best of friends. I just love seeing the capers they get up to around the house! Seeing the imaginations of a child tumble forth through a beloved little companion is a grand thing indeed... especially a little buddy as sweet and adventurous as Lottie!
Yes, as I wrote about previously, we are pretty big fans of Lottie around here :)
Well, after the folks of Lottie read my previous blog post raving about Lottie, they must have recognised a mega-fan in Lily, and kindly posted her a little surprise all the way from the UK - five new outfits for Lottie!! Well, can you imagine how thrilled Lily was? Um.... very! :) Such a wonderful thing to do. Lily immediately scrambled to dress Lottie in her new gymnastics leotard so they could practise a gym routine on the trampoline....
As you can see, Lily thought it was pretty funny and extremely cool that Lottie could join in her flipping and tumbling (mmmm, I'm glad she is a hardy doll as she went through quite the acrobatics routine!!!!). Lily is now extra keen to get back to gymnastics classes... and take Lottie along with her (though she seriously informed me that Lottie would have to watch from behind the fence because 'You're not allowed to take toys on the mat, you know, Mum').
(The team behind Lottie are clearly as lovely as Lottie herself - thanks so much for bringing so much joy to my little lady!)
I was going on a bear hunt... going to catch a big one... it was a beautiful day.
I was going through the grass... the long, wavy grass.... (which there was obviously no option to avoid)...
(swishy swashy, swishy, swashy)
when all of a sudden a bear leapt out and roared at me!!!!
Obviously he was so adorable, I wasn't scared one bit :)
Little Mr Chill has so far shown no interest in walking. 'Why go horizontal when you can go vertical?' Seems to be the motto of this crazy climber! (I think all the doting from the rest of the family isn't really helping, haha).
But after seeing a little friend pushing one of our doll's prams, he suddenly decided that walking was a pretty cool idea after all, and now spends most of his time strutting around like this.
So perhaps he will be walking solo before too long after all!? But no rush, little dude, we know you will get there when you are good and ready! :)
PS Note the doting sister hovering by his side!!
PPS This kid definitely seems to be a talker, not a walker. He now calls all the family by name, including Papa and likes to count to two (not that he really understands counting, just loves to say it!). And his animal noises are too cute for words!
His nightly routine.
Around 11pm each night, he rugs up (even in the dead of winter) and takes off for a run around the suburb. Yes, with a headlamp to light the path where street lamps don't do the job well enough, and beanie and even gloves when it gets really cold.
I find it hard to comprehend too, from my cosy position on the couch, haha!! But off he goes, every night! :) Very disciplined, this man of mine.
PS Yes, my handsome hubby is also growing a beard. I am still getting used to the new look as it's growing in, and reserve the right to nix it, but so far... I'm loving it :)
Project 52: A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2014.
More highlights from the week that was...
|Love those feet with too-big school tights.|
|Lottie masters the balancing ball ;)|
|Just some cartwheel action!|
|Even poor Lottie gets some static hair on the trampoline!|
|Lily and Lottie: Besties :)|
|Arranging the stones I collected at the beach. These simple, beautiful stones have triggered all kinds of creative play...|
and we have more plans for them still to come :)
|Sweet Eli had the great idea to sit Miles on the little seesaw with him. And he loved it!! Eli is such an adoring brother, he|
happily bounced his baby bro for ages. Love it :)
|Remnants of Autumn lingering on our Japanese Maple|
|Miles examines a 'tugging box' I made after seeing a friend link the idea on FB. An awesome and easy home-made activity for busy babies to explore.|
It was a big week for school milestones. And my, oh my, didn't I feel well and truly like a School Mum by the end of it (Goodness me, is this reality?!).
We also had Lily's first assembly where the Kindy kids 'led' the whole assembly. The two Kindy classes sat on stage in front of the whole school, sang several songs, Lily played the tapping sticks in the 'Kindy Band' and the whole class just did amazing for 45 whole minutes! I was in awe :) Super duper cute. Lily even had her own line to say on the microphone. The line 'Would the Green team please make their presentation' will forever be burned into our brains ;) She loved it and assured us she was not embarrassed, just excited. She kept her eyes trained on us the entire time, it was so precious. Yes, our proud parent heart's did swell!! Mark managed to get there for it, to Lily's utter joy. I loved seeing all these parents there, wrangling younger siblings or having just ducked out from work, but proud as punch and enjoying their big/little kids moment to shine. They all did - brilliantly!
|It was a big week for school milestones.|
|This little guy declared 'I love Lily's assembly' and was so in awe of his big sister on stage. What a sweetie.|
|Oh Eli. Never change, dude!|
'I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.2
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.'