Callum loved the whole idea of dressing up, getting treats and visiting people for Halloween.

But the moment a 4 foot Frankenstein appeared at our doorway, he completely freaked out and that was the end of our Halloween experience.

Haha. I love this pic. He even had the claw hand all sorted.


Callum (2.5yo) is a ferocious jigsaw puzzle maniac.

Now I know most kids his age are quite good at puzzles, but watching your child assemble a 25-piece puzzles in merely a couple of minutes is SCARY.

It’s like watching a kungfu zen master doing his thing. Or one of those possessed piano-playing child prodigies.

Anyway, today I bought Callum a 60-PIECE Thomas the Tank Engine puzzle. He giggled and bounced in his car seat all the way home, shaking the box and exploding with excitement.

Home. After 10 minutes and a bit of help from mum, the puzzle was done.

Finished. Crickets chirped. And his silence was deafening.

The toddler was not appeased. My husband suggested that next time I should throw ALL the jigsaw sets together just to see what he does with it.

My Mid-Week Night Out

Last night I went out for dinner… with a bunch of people I don’t usually hang out with. They were from my church and they were all much younger than my ripe old age of 27 – but haha I had a really good time chatting, gossiping and partaking in the endless mockery.

For some reason (I forget), I found myself talking to the manager. It turned into a long silly banter, and in the end, we made a deal that if I made my group sing the theme song to The Smurfs, he would get one of his waitstaff (the one who looked like Michael Hutchence) to do a strip dance for the birthday girl. Ha!

I walked away from the conversation shaking my head, thinking
“I will surely be struck down by lightning for this…”

Carnivals and carrot sticks

We live walking distance from a cute little primary school, and today they were holding their spring carnival. The weather was absolutely stunning, so I took the kids for a stroll. There were rides, games, stalls, bouncy castles, food stall, tents, music, laughter, balloons, fairy floss. Parents were behind the stalls, school kids were doing face painting, teachers were selling drinks, a choir was singing songs. It had such a nice family atmosphere.

I had a warm gooey feeling in my tummy… making me feel so happy that my kids are going to grow up in a caring, community-focused environment like this.

I found the second-hand stall and I ended up with a STACK of quality bargains. Classic children’s books and toys selling for 10 cents. It was sacrilege. My pram was loaded and I only spent $5.

Callum had a great time. He won a pinwheel, a balloon and a bag of lollies. He got his face painted. Ate some ice cream. Played with other kids in the playground. And basically watched and absorbed everything around him. Haha. I believe he now thinks that this is what happens at “school”.
Oh and Sean had a good time too!

My proud parent moment : When we got home, I gave Callum the little bag of lollies that he had won. It was quite possibly the second time he has ever eaten jelly lollies. He spent ages examining a green snake and making it slither – it was really cute. He munched off its head, but quickly spat it out. “I don’t like lollies mummy. I want carrot sticks.”
Whoa. I wonder how long that will last?!?

Funny moment : Callum had spent all weekend making this weird worried grin (right pic in the top banner) I’d occassionally turn around and catch him grinning to himself. It was so odd. So finally, while he was eating his carrot sticks, I asked him why he was making that face.

He scampered off into the lounge room, rummaged through our magazine rack, and came back a few minutes later with last week’s store catalogue. He pointed to a kid wearing a halloween mask and said, “I’m being a angry red man mummy!” It was so funny, random and weird. I just laughed and laughed. And we spent the rest of the afternoon making funny angry faces at each other. Hahaha. Are all kids this weird? Or did I just get a funny one?

Thank God it’s the weekend

Sick husband + sick kids = a really crap week.
But it’s the weekend. And things are looking up.

Things that cheered me up :

Emails from nice people dropping by my site from a couple of recent plugs in the Western Independent, HWM Magazine, and The Oriental Post.

Someone asked for my “Shag Wishlist” :
David Duchovny
John Rzeznik
Mark Wahlberg
Chris Martin
George Gregan
Preferably in that order. Haha. Some of my favourite pics here.

Discovering that your 2.5 year old can count to 10! However he always forgets the 6. Oh well. Close enough.