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Life lately, in reverse

Let’s go back in time.  We’ve been enjoying some unseasonably good weather lately, so Chip and I kidnapped D and took him to Kowhai Park for lunch.  Beats sitting in an office!  It’s days like this that I love being a stay at home parent, able to take full advantage of sunny weather, and being the master of my day.  It’s not all sunshine and roses, of course, but these days make it all worthwhile.

Chip had his third birthday, and was lucky enough to have three parties!  He had a very long list of loved ones that he wanted to come to his party, but our house isn’t big enough to fit more than 12 people comfortably.  He had a little party with some friends (easiest party ever, fish and chips, glow sticks and a few games), and I hosted a lunch for family.  Chip’s great-aunt made him the cool biscuit cake pictured above.  Chip goes to a playgroup with my Mum, and he also had a little soiree there!

Before that, was my birthday.  Here are two of the lovely gifts I was given this year:  Harry Potter Scrabble (so much fun!) and a drawing by a church friend of mine.  So blessed.

D and my brother playing HP Scrabble.  Just recording for posterity that I won…

 

Before that was the school holidays.  We had loads of fun, but the holidays felt super-long.  We had several play dates and outing with friends.

Sausage at Helentown Museum, Murrayfield

 

This miraculous photo of my two children looking and smiling at the camera at the SAME time was taken at Virginia Lake

We also went on an absolutely marvellous trip to Taupo to take part in the Taupo Winter Festival.  It was fan-flipping-tastic!  I highly recommend it to anyone, and especially for families.  Most of the events are free or quite cheap, and it made for a fun and frugal holiday.

Taupo can be an expensive place, but I managed to find a good holiday home which gave us our third night free.  Just as we were leaving for Taupo, a massive storm swept through, leaving huge dumps of snow.  This was the first time my kids had played in snow.  They had a ball.

The festival had a light show (free), an ice slide (free or $5 for 3 slides and cutting the queues), a giant snow globe ($5, they were setting up as we arrived, and our children got extra time because D helped shovel snow!), street performances, a giant colouring competition and so much more.

 

Free Pancake Breakfast, part of the festival

 

Not all our doings were frugal, like this trip to a restaurant

 

The festival was packed with performances like this one, The Biggest Little Circus

D and Chip enjoy the FREE ice slide

Sausage slides solo

Chip enjoyed playing in the giant Snow Globe 

 

This face says it all

D and I at the light show

I don’t know where she gets these poses from…

Colours are for everyone

While there, we also stopped at a place called Mind Junction, which is sort of a sciency place.  It was very over-priced but had lots of cool stuff.

 

There were several optical illusion exhibits

 

The highchair at our holiday home was put to good use

 

More posing, this time at Virginia Lake

Lest you think that life is all joy, joy, joy, here’s the reality of life with kids.  Before the holidays I was stuck at home with sick kids for two weeks!  Chip got sick first and wasn’t too bad, but then Sausage caught it, and was off kindy for a fortnight.  Here she is, too tired to colour in and do a sticker book (‘my arms are too tired Mummy, you do it’).  Sausage is massively into Tintin at the moment, and I was extremely grateful when a friend lent us his box set of the TV series.  She watched it all, as she had no energy for anything else!

 

 

 

 

 

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I think a change is gonna come…

I’ve been rather absent on here for a couple of reasons.  One, life just got busy and I didn’t have the headspace for Tots in Tawhero.  Even churning out a small post can take upwards of an hour.

Reason Two – we will be moving soon.  This news threw us for a bit of a loop.  D is in his last year of theology studies, and will begin a two-year internship before he becomes ordained as a fully-fledged reverend.  While we were super-excited about this change in career, we were hoping to be able to remain here in Whanganui for the internship.  But it hasn’t worked out that way.  We were given the options of several places in the South Island (we currently live in the North Island, overseas readers) that are looking for ministry interns, and were told to rank them in order of preference.

This really made my head spin, as some of the options were places I had never visited before.  Pre-internet, I suspect this would have made my ENFJ(oh yes, I am such a planner) head explode, but within a few days, thanks to Google, we had a fair idea of where we want to end up.  I can’t reveal where until meetings have been had, and contracts have been signed, but I think we’ve been given the best opportunity for D to grow as a minister, and for us as a family.  We’ve definitely had the feeling of being in good hands, both in terms of the people who make the internship decisions, and in God’s.

I will continue blogging here until we move, but then this site will be redundant as my tots will no longer be in Tawhero!  I plan to start a new blog once we’ve settled in to our new town, but the focus of this blog will be less parenting stuff, and more…well, I don’t honestly know just yet.  Because quite frankly, I’m over parenting blogs.  When I started blogging several years ago, there weren’t so many parenting blogs, but now they are everywhere.  I followed many for a while but have unfollowed most of them now.  Many parenting blogs are divisive and fuel the fires of the mummy wars that I see raging around me.  Breastfeeding vs bottle-feeding, attachment vs ‘babywise’ etc,  the vitriol meted out at those who dare to have a different opinion can be astonishing.  I am saddened by the nastiness that women (because let’s face it, most parenting bloggers are mums) can display towards one another.

I realised with no lack of cringing, that I was contributing to this in my own small way.  Many times I think we parenting bloggers put stuff out there just so we can have others go ‘Oh cool, well done you’, and thereby justify our own decisions as being the ‘right’ way to do things.  Some bloggers have rabidly loyal followers who pounce upon anyone who dares to question anything the blogger has said.  And it’s brutal.

So while my new blog will have some kiddo-related stuff in there because I have kids in my life, it’s not going to be the main focus.  It will be just Angela, doing Angela things.

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Three

My baby is now three.

Three!

 

Blowing out the candles on the Mainly Music ‘cake’

People kept saying to me ‘Gosh, that’s whizzed by!’  Nuh-uh.  Two felt loooooooong.  Chip is a challenging kid who keeps me on my toes.  He has oodles of energy, much of which is spent testing every boundary known to toddler-kind.  Chip has a strong personality with big emotions.  He can be exhausting and exasperating, AND hilarious and cheeky in equal measure.  Many times I have thought ‘It’s just as well you are so cute!’

From about 2 and a half, he went through an aggressive pushing and hitting stage that seemed to go on forever.  And truth be told, he’s not quite out of it yet.  But hey, he’s three.

Receiving a gift on his birthday

 

Over the past few weeks the changes in his behaviour as he moves into his ‘threenager‘ year are quite pronounced, and rather delightful.

I CAN DO IT!  Chip is a very independent guy, but he has cranked this up full dial.  He currently runs about our house with a chair so he can get things from the fridge or cupboards himself, and – most fun of all – turn the lights on and off.

WHY? This is his favourite word.  Every. Single.Thing. must be questioned.  ‘Okay, it’s time to go.’  ‘Why?’  ‘Oh look, it’s raining.’  ‘Why?’  ‘Do you want peanut butter or jam?’  ‘Why?’  ‘I think Mayor Goodway from Paw Patrol is definitely on psychotropic drugs.’ ‘Why?’  You get the picture.  If you have a bad case of the whys in your house, hang in there!  Sure, it’s weird to have your every utterance questioned, but it doesn’t last long.  And also, this is how they LEARN.  Don’t interrupt that, even though it makes you want to have a nice lie-down in a sensory-deprivation tank.

YES, I HAVE HEARD OF THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY.  Three-year old’s KNOW stuff.  They’ve got skills, man.  Any attempt I make to teach something in his orbit of interest is met with a scornful eye-roll and groans of ‘I KNOW that, Mummy’.  And if I get my backhoe loaders mixed up with my excavators, he will be sure to point it out.

Just for the record, this is a steamroller

WHY, INDUBITABLY, MY DEAR WATSON!  Chip was an early talker, but just lately his conversational skills have increased in fluency.  He’s capable of speaking in quite long sentences, and telling reasonably complicated stories that generally involve bad guys getting their comeuppance.

I’M SUPER, THANKS FOR ASKING.  Like most three-year old’s, imaginary play now takes up a lot of Chip’s play.  He likes super-hero stuff – although I don’t yet let him watch Batman/Spider-Man etc because it’s too dark and violent.  He likes to be Maui (from Moana), and Optimus Prime (from Rescue Bots) but is equally into Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Postman Pat, those everyday, working-for-a-living heroes.  A favourite book is The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, by Michael Chabon, which I highly recommend to parents if you want a giggle.

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Thanks, Whanganui District Library!

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER.  Chip announces ‘I want rice bubbles for breakfast’, or ‘I want a drink of water‘ and then howls forlornly when presented with said item.  ‘I don’t want rice bubbles!’  ‘I didn’t ask for water!’  No amount of reasoning with him that Mummy, Daddy and his sister all heard him ask for it, will persuade him otherwise.  It must have been Not-Chip.  And do not get me started about the theatrics if we give him the wrong cup, or cut a sandwich the wrong way, or even worse, cut his bread at all.  We have managed to alleviate some of these tantrums by simply fostering his independence (see above).  I allow him to cart a chair around so he can help himself from the fridge and cupboards.  I even purchased those pouring containers for storing cereal so he can easily fix himself breakfast.

 

Ah, three.