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Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Today we almost go to preschool, but we don't. Well, we do, but we do not stay.  It has been raining heavily all night.  And yet someone, it manages to get heavier.  There is a torrent running down our road.  We take Woody to preschool and when we arrive there is a bit of a kerfuffle.  Apparently there are some nearby streets already flooding, it is still pouring down and apparently there is a storm coming.  (Noah mutters – does that mean this isn’t a storm already?  He cannot believe it.)  Some children are already being collected from preschool .  We decide to stop and have a play and preschool and chat to the teacher, who is from the UK.  We exchange stories about this not being the weather we had in mind and about Route 66.  Miss Cassie is also is a big Cali fan just like us.  Elwood enjoys showing Noah some stuff at preschool and then we head back out into the rain. 

We decide to take Woody to an indoor play area to let off some steam, as he did not have a proper run about yesterday, and if it just a couple of streets from home if we need to get home quickly.  Basically, Woody runs around like a kid possessed for an hour and a half.  It takes him about 5 minutes to become a sweaty mess, and for the remainder of the time he just gets worse.  We head home with a shattered and damp little boy.

We sit him down with his morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea and he gives it all a pretty good shot. He watches some TV and looks slightly less exhausted , but I would not go as far as to say refreshed.   When I come and check on him he  has the entire tin of chocolate scones on his lap.  He jumps out of his skin when he sees he has been caught.  Ha!

Woody wants to play a game with me, he says, 'Mummy can you please be grandma.’  So he happily chats to me pretending I am Grandma, and I have a big lump in my throat, the same one I have had for over 3 days now.  He then asks ‘ Grandma’ if he they can go collect Riley and Jayden  from school.  I am even welling up writing about this now.  We are so happy we have made this move and we are 100% sure we have done the right thing.  But we are dying for our little fella to make friends and feel completely settled.

Noah cracks on with some work and I attempt to Woody wrangle.  For a minute I think he is going to fall asleep, he gets into bed and I read him 3 stories.  I am just about asleep, and out of nowhere he gets a second wind.  This is not fair – I was fine before I sat down and suddenly I am struggling to keep my peepers open and the little fella is wired.

For the next hour (at least) Woody pretty much hunts Noah and I down constantly and launches foam rockets at us with force, and  taking us by surprise.  Noah and I swing between being very annoyed (when we are hit)  to hilarious laughter (when the other one is hit).  I fear these mixed messages we are sending our son might be the reason I keep getting a foam rocket in the back of the head....

The next thing that happens really takes me by surprise.  Woody wants to sit with me and practice his letters.  This is such a rarity.  I have quite a flawed technique for teaching my son to write.  He is only really interested in some of the letters, the good letters.  eg ‘e’ for elwood, ‘g’ for grandma, ‘l’ for lion are popular choices .  Similarly I can’t get him interested in writing letters on their own, it has to be words he likes.  So the words that are commonly in the’ learning to write’ books eg cat, dog are of no interest to Woody.  But he is interested in writing ‘fire’ as he pretends it is an emergency just come into the station (and runs and gets his fireman’s hat).  Today he wrote chocolate (because I said if he wrote a letter to grandma asking for chocolate, she might send him some).  He wanted to write a letter to nanny and papa because we have lost a DVD they bought him – so he wants to see if they can send him another one.  Whist he is on a roll, he wants to write another letter to Nanny as word on the street is she might send him the book ‘Gruffalo’s Child’  book so he wants to let her know that would be great.  Woody is so funny.  The letters themselves don’t really inspire him but teach him how to write words which mean people might send him stuff, and he is suddenly very interested!

Then we get some good news.  Noah has a job interview tomorrow on Australia Day.  I am thinking this is a good sign.  So I make Noah try on interview outfits, just in case we have to dash to the shops and reinvent him.  I have to have a serious conversation with Noah about how even brand new flip flops / thongs are not considered smart attire for a job interview – not even on the gold coast. 

Buoyed by this exciting news and the fact that it has stopped raining, we decide to head to the beach.  We get our shoes on, and it is raining again.  We are still a bit British, so we go to the beach anyway.  I get some more food that I had forgotten on the online shop and feel reassured that we will not run out of salt and vinegar chips if we get flooded in.  What a relief.

The fellas play on the beach and then we all play in the park.  It’s a lovely end to the day, although it is terrifying watching Woody on the zip wire.  His laugh is the most fantastic thing I have ever heard in my life.

When we get home, I watch my fave new addiction – ‘Australia’s Biggest Loser’  and there is much talk of chocolate and cakes etc and I get the munchies snack on chocolate throughout the program.  I am fairly confident, watching people talk about morbid obesity should be an appetite suppressant – bit for me it made me peckish.  Wrong.

We have just learnt that Australia Day shenanigans in our local park have been cancelled.  Boo hoo.  Damn rain.  But, we are still very very happy to be spending Australia Day in Australia. 

So I keep eating and blogging and Noah does blog photos and prepares for his interview. 

It is still raining and the weather forecast is looking pretty dire.  This is not what we had in mind for Australia Day.

Despite this, we are feeling optimistic.

High five! xx
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Liz on

Hi Gang

Shame about the weather !! been wet here too don't worry. I hope Noah's interview goes well.

I have a stinking cold, my first pregnancy illness so I shouldn't complain, but the amount of snot is very disproportionate to what it should be and I can't stop blowing my nose which is now red raw !! also gutting because I am due to be going to a National Australia Bank Australia Day function tomorrow night, my City swan song !! not sure I can face it feeling like this though.

Take care all xxxx

nanny on

Elwood your messages have been received and understood. Will do.
The scones look wonderful - I wish I could share one with you!
Good luck to Daddy.
Lots and lots of love NannyPapa xxx

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