Sunday, September 29, 2013

Springtime Celebrations!

A few weeks ago we drove over to Kings Park to take a walk and look at all of the beautiful spring flowers.  While there we stumbled upon a full-blown Springtime festival!
The Adorable Florables were parading around the park.  The boys were fascinated with them, but wary of getting too close.

The lovely everlastings were in bloom everywhere.

The boys were able to get involved in some of the demonstrations of Aboriginal culture.

Here Eliot is pounding resin from the grass tree.  They take the powdered resin and mix it with kangaroo poo.  Then they can mold it onto the end of a stick and press sharp rocks into it.  They place it in the fire where it bakes into a very hard material to make tools and weapons.  So interesting.

Aboriginal face painting!

A lot of aboriginal art is painted onto sheets of canvas.  There was a man drawing animals onto canvas for the children to paint.  Eliot chose to paint a kangaroo.  After having painted a small boomerang Peter had had enough of sitting still and opted for running around with Daddy.

Feeling the spray of the fountain.

It was a beautiful day and it was so fun to watch the boys enjoy the flowers.  We watched the bees, who were hard at work gathering pollen, and Eliot was gobsmacked by the idea that the bees took that pollen and turned it into honey.  It's so much fun seeing the world through their eyes.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Christopher Robin rides again!

A couple of weeks ago Eliot's school held a book fair.  The children were invited to dress up as a character from a book.  Eliot's costume was a no-brainer:  Christopher Robin! The little shoes that I made for him when he dressed up last Halloween had vanished, but he was happy to wear his black wellies, which actually fit quite well with the Christopher Robin look.  Yellow Bear, of course, went as the faithful Pooh.

All of the children got to parade around the school grounds in their costumes.  The building in the background is Eliot's classroom.  The schools here are all open-air campuses with classes held in their own individual little buildings.

The parade made quite an impression on Eliot, who now demands that we all walk in a single-file line when we go some place as a family.

Attending the assembly.

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Walk in the Reserve

Just thought I'd share a few photos from a recent family stroll in the Herdsman Reserve.

The boys love these little yellow flowers.  When we go for a walk I end up with fistfuls of them.  They also load them into their little trucks and float them in puddles.

This little wooden bridge is a favourite spot.

Launching "boats"

The board-walk is a great place to run, and run, and run.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Looking Back: A wild day at the library

Back in April, during a school holiday, the boys and I had the chance to attend a wildlife presentation at our library.  The boys waited anxiously for the animals to arrive.

While we waited, we browsed through a few good books.

Eliot was very impressed with the snake.

Peter was considerably less impressed.

The boys got to pet a dingo and a koala.  It was pretty cool.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Happy Birthday Daddy!

The First of September was Daddy's birthday.  It was also Father's Day down this way.  Eliot and Peter made cards for him and Eliot brought home a framed photo of himself from school.  In church the Primary children sang songs for their fathers and Eliot (though shy of singing) mouthed the words.  That evening we had lemon cheesecake to celebrate.

The boys and I are so thankful for Spencer.  He is such a great husband and daddy.  He loves his little guys so much, and they love him.