Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the Mums out there – including my wife – you rock!

Google thinks so too:

Happy Mother's Day!

Family update

And since I’ve rediscovered by blog today(!), I might as well post again to complete the trifecta for the evening.

Here’s a couple of recent photos of the kids and the vid we grabbed of some of Amy’s earliest steps…

Riding hippo at the zoo – shortly after her new hair style thanks to Mum and Aunty Jen,

Next up, the video of Amy starting her walking. Soon after this she reverted back to “knee-walking” with only the occasional steps. Now however, she chooses to walk whenever she can and delights in pushing her little prams around the house – very cute!

Early steps,

And along with her early steps, her first words are taking off – many related to food (that’s my girl!) including “more”, “milk” and “custard”. Her first word was of course “Dad”, although I believe Lou will say it was “Mum”… and rather than call the cats by name she delights in squealing at them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, here’s a recent pic of Matt – also at the zoo where he loves to drive the jeep!

Matt has taken great joy in Amy’s walking and delights in pointing out every time she walks across the room. He’s also super at entertaining his little sister, and I think between the rough and tumble he’s actually getting protective of her! As for entertaining us, Matt (like all toddlers no doubt) comes out with some funny things at times, but it’s the way kids approach language that fascinates me and makes you realise how silly some expressions are. One quirky statement of late is “I did that last day” – meaning yesterday – which actually makes perfect sense! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ah the joy of kids – just as long as Amy grows out of her obsession with the Hi-5 Dance Hits DVD… ๐Ÿ˜›

Life Flight Open Day

Props to the folks at Life Flight – they certainly put on a good Open Day.

Matt and I headed down to the airport yesterday to see the aircraft and emergency vehicles on display. As well as the Rescue Helicopter and Life Flight Metroliner, the airport fire trucks put on a display, and the Police, Ambulance Service, Army Bomb Squad, and Customs Service dogs were all in attendance. Also for the kids was face painting, bouncy castles and hot dogs (applies to adults too!). Needless to say Matt had a great time and it was well worth the $5 donation – especially given the cause. Here’s a few pics from my Life Flight Open Day album,

Matt in the rescue chopper,

Controlling the bomb squad robot,

Driving the Police car,

Holiday greetings!

Merry Christmas (belated), happy holidays and hello 2010!

Sadly, our family holiday to “the bach” in the Sounds is over and I’m back at work in Wellington. We had a great time with the Noble and Chinn families this Christmas – staying with John and Jenny and my sis Nicola, husband Andrew and kids Oliver and Katie.

Following our time away, I’ve now uploaded a few snaps to my Picasa Albums, and here’s a sample,

The family on Christmas Day,

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Matt with his first fish!

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Amy the little rockstar!

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For more photos, including a sneak peek at our Christmas fare, click through to the photo albums.

And wherever you are (or were), I hope your Christmas/holiday time is equally enjoyable.

See you in 2010!

Happy Birthday Amy

One year old today!

Boy how time flies. This time last year we had our little girl at home after an exceptionally good delivery in the wee hours of the morning, with just 4 hours or so in hospital. Since then she’s delighted us as she’s grown up into a cute little girl who will soon be running around after her cheeky brother.

For a look back on the past year in photos, check out Amy’s Introductions, 3 Months, 6 Months and 9 Months albums.

Three and nine

A little belated, but hey.

Matt is now 3 years old and Amy is 9 months – oh how time flies!

The lad turned 3 on August 2 and had a fun party with some of his friends at Tinytown in Kilbirnie – toys, playhouses, cars, a bouncy castle and party food! Lots of party food and an awesome clown cake out of our new kitchen!

And his fav toy is of course from his parents(!) – his new scooter,

Along with his third birthday came a new room at Kindercare – his creche – “Pre-school One”. So far so good – he loves the new room, new toys and big kids playground!

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The day after Matt’s birthday, Amy turned 9 months old – meaning about now(ish) she’s spent as long with us as she did growing inside Mum! How’s that for a random fact and celebration?! She’s going great guns with her growing – 95th percentile for height, and weight, well, um, apparently it’s not polite to mention a girls weight (or her thunder thighs!). Moving along, she’s also crawling now and for the most part has abandoned commando crawling in favour of all fours,

This has created all sorts of new challenges for the boy as Amy can now get to his toys! Additionally, she’s very vocal and has teeth,

Actually that popped out around a month ago and now the front two bottom ones are well up.

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So there you go. A quick update on the kids, and for the family we’ll try and get some fresh vids online soon so stay tuned…

Amy!

A quick update on our little girl – not so little any more at 7.5 months!

Amy is going great guns on her food (apparently I’m not allowed to mention her thighs, and I’m definitely not allowed to call her “thunder thighs”… oops! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and as a result is looking very healthy on the charts. She’s a happy wee girl and with Lou recently returning to part-time work I’ve had the pleasure of some daddy-days with her of late.

While still not crawling, she does do a good beached whale impersonation, and can sit fairly well now with her first vocalising sound being “ba”. ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s also found her toes, loves anything with buttons (has her own cell phone as a result) and thinks her crazy brother is hysterical.

Finally, here’s a recent vid (~6 months) having fun with Mum,