Last month we took a trip to Canberra.
We travelled there by train. Monster had his own seat by himself of the other side of the aisle to us: We let him choose where to go for tea. He chose his favourite: nice rice! On our first full day we visited the Mint and looked around the centre. Monster took a liking to this sheep!
We went into the city again this year for the New Year Fireworks. This year we decided to stay only for the Family Fireworks at 9pm.
We had lots of time to spare before finding a spot to watch the fireworks so we went to the Maritime Museum. They had lots of children’s activities running as it’s the school holidays. Monster enjoyed dressing as a pirate: He made his own pirate flag at one of the craft tables and then found a glockenspiel to play with in the pirate tent: He caught some magnetic fish before going out to play in the water fountains outside:
We had some tea and then went to find a god spot to watch the fireworks in Darling Harbour. We sat on the steps along the harbour as it got dark and waited for the fireworks to start:
The fireworks were really good 🙂
The weather was quite varied for the rest of December so we saw a number of different outfits.
There were some colder days so Monster got to try out his new jumper from swimming (whilst enjoying his Christmas chocolate!) There were slightly warmer days when Monster chose his own oufits – his trousers that Mummy made (that are nearly too small now), a shirt, his green hat and shoes, and his Mr Tumble spotty bag: And then it got hot again and we were back in shorts and t-shirt:
We had a few trips out.
We went on the bus to play at soft play: And we went to the zoo. He wore the new shirt he got for Christmas and his sunglasses – a real cool dude! Monster was eager to try out the binoculars he bought with the Christmas money he received from Grandad – he looks a proper little explorer!
He’s a happy little boy 🙂
December seems to be flying by – only 10 days left til Christmas!
This is what December looks like so far: Reggie gave Monster a Bee Bee Bear hand puppet, which was taken and shown to everyone for several days. Here he is showing Bee Bee Bear what can be seen from the bus window.
It’s very hard catching him still enough to get a non-blurry photo! The reflection in the mirror is slightly less blurry! Playing Thunderbirds wearing his International Rescue hat 🙂
We’ve been watching Dr Who together recently. You can tell from his playing. I asked him what was happening:
“The TARDIS has landed on the garage! It’s a red TARDIS!”
It then took off again and went spinning round the room before landing again!
He insisted on carrying the basket to do the shopping!
This was last Sunday in Sydney. Monster requested we take his photo – so we did!
And this is him posing for another photo, looking a right cool dude in his hat and sunglasses!
This week has been hot. Probably the hottest since we’ve been here. So we’ve done a fair bit of staying indoors and trying to keep cool.
I built Monster a big train track to play with while we watched the new Thomas DVD that we borrowed from the library – Thomas and the Blue Mountain Mystery.
Monster wanted to help wrap presents so I gave him his own pieces of paper and tape to play with.
We took a trip to the Post Office and took his scooter instead of the buggy. This was us waiting at the bus stop.
Since it was getting fairly late we decided to surprise Daddy by calling into his office on the way back to walk/scoot home with him!
We went to the shopping centre to meet Reggie Egg from Reading Eggs. Monster did not like big Reggie. He says he likes tiny Reggie (as he appears on books and the computer)!
And because it’s been so hot we’ve been swimming every day. Monster has been practising and his swimming teacher was very impressed with him this week.
He is much better at staying horizontal and kicking and splashing his legs now.
He can also do this:
Jumping in without holding anybody’s hand! (it took lots of jumps to get a photo mid-air!!) He’s very proud of himself 🙂
Bits and pieces from the last 2 weeks:
Currently his favourite game – Catch the Fish!
Being grown up carrying his own bag to swimming.
Helping Sam the Ant climb the ladder.
We’ve also been to sign the new lease for our house. We had to wait a while and told Monster we needed to be quiet as the people were very busy doing work.
He decided he needed to do busy work too!
We’ve been out and about on the bus lots.
They’re now starting to decorate them up for Christmas!
And as always there was lots of this:
Building rockets and flying them round the room!