Sunday Funday (11/11/12) – Taronga Zoo

This Sunday our weekly outing was the zoo.

We had pancakes for breakfast.

We ate lunch on the way there.

We travelled over by ferry.

We go to the zoo quite a lot (we have an annual pass). Monster is a big animal fan. When asked recently what he wanted to do when he was older he said ‘zookeeper’!

Many times we’ve been and asked, β€œWhat would you like to see next?”

And received the answer, β€œDinosaur!”

So we explained that dinosaurs aren’t alive any more and don’t live in zoos.

Then today we go to the zoo and this is what we saw:

Dinosaurs!

It was a very busy day.

There was a very tired Monster walking back to the entrance.

He had a lovely day though πŸ™‚

Birthday Week Fun!

A bit late, but our last week in pictures:

There was lots of playing with birthday presents this week, including…

…taking photos, …

… playing drums, …

… and playdoh. (There was also lots of lego and trains, but I don’t have photos of them!)

There was also lots of swimming as it was pretty hot, …

… both at swimming lessons …

… and at home.

I was taken on a boat driven safari at playgroup to see crocodiles, whales and penguins!

He had lots of fun climbing and sliding at soft play.

And on Friday we went to a Corroboree at nursery where there was aboriginal singing and dancing followed by a BBQ and ice poles.

Plus we got to watch his favourite activity that he does at nursery every week – racing down the hill on the trucks!

3rd Birthday Celebrations!

Monster turned 3 on Sunday!

He requested a green dragon cake with red fire coming out of it’s mouth.

We set out all his presents, put bits together and put up the banner ready for the morning.

We started the day singing Happy Birthday and blowing out the candles.

If you can’t have cake for breakfast on your birthday, when can you?

We started our journey into the city by train, but due to trackwork ended up on the rail replacement coach. Monster chose to sit on the very back row!

We went bowling in Darling Harbour. He sat very patiently waiting for his turn.

He was very excited when it was his turn (and also liked that the big TV screens were tuned to Cartoon Network which was showing a Lego show)!

We all clapped whenever the ball knocked some pins down.

After lunch we went to Wildlife Sydney. Monster took his new camera to take photos too.

We were lucky as the wombat is not usually out and about when we visit.

We saw the new echidna exhibit.

There were baby emus.

Lots of wallabies had had joeys.

Even the crocodile was out of the water for us to have a look at.

We had a really good day πŸ™‚

M is for Monster

Very appropriate I thought, what with Halloween and it being his birthday this week πŸ™‚

Our week in pictures

Making Eggbox Ghosts – painting it white and adding googly eyes.

Mmm, Marshmellows! Practising co-ordination using chopsticks.

Monster puzzles. (He’s saying “Look, I did it!”)

Ready to do some mixing.

Decorating our monster biscuits ready for …

… our Halloween party tea, whilst watching Monsters Inc. Spot the little hand that’s eager to start eating grapes! And see our Eggbox ghosts decorating the table πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Good Boy!

It’s true that your children will copy the things that you say! Two conversations from the past week:

“Sauce please Daddy,”
Daddy passes the sauce. “Here you go,”
“Good boy Daddy!”

And then today when I showed Monster something I had made for Daddy:
“Yeah! Good boy Mummy!”

I had to explain that Mummy wasn’t a boy, Mummy was a girl, so he corrected himself:
“Good girl Mummy!”

I couldn’t think of a good way to explain that was something we said to him but that he didn’t say to us!!

Matching initial sounds

Every night Monster reads books in bed before he goes to sleep. We have lots of books, but at the moment his favourite are the letter books, where each page has pictures for a certain letter. The last page has a match the letter to the picture activity, which is a bit too old for him but he insists on doing it anyway.

So it goes a little bit like this:

“P, p, p, p pencil!”

We clap him and we move on.

“S, s, s, s, sun!

A, a, a, a, a pencil!”

πŸ™‚ It’s not right, but that’s a blinkin’ good try!!

Why am I here?

This is kind of an online diary where I can share my photos and describe all the things I don’t want to forget as Monster gets older.

I read lots of blogs, and have lurked around the world of blogging picking up some super ideas of things I want to try at home. Lots of blogs link up to each other and share ideas on a theme, and I’ve often thought “I could do that, I have something to share,” but you need a blog of your own to do that – so here I am!

It seems to be a blog convention that children are referred to by their initial or a nickname to stay moderately anonymous to the world at large. This seems sensible to me, and Monster has been fondly known as Monster since well before he was born so that was the natural choice πŸ™‚

 

Hello world!

Aha, a blog for the little monster, somewhere to put down all the things we do and the fun we have.

Although to be fair, he’s not quite so little anymore, he’s nearly 3!

All I have to do now is figure out how all this blogging stuff works and we’ll be laughing πŸ™‚