Mummy is not making me feel very welcome

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

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, May 25, 2012

Wait for it. I get up first with Woody and Noah has a lie in, of sorts.  It starts well.  We have brekkie, and we listen to audiobooks and I update our incoming and outgoing record keeping.  Tick.  That is a job off the list.

Woody is brilliant, just playing and occasional wandering off and then reappearing and disappearing again – looking busy.  And then I notice he is wandering around with the camera.  He wanders off again and I follow him.  Noah is sleeping and Elwood is taking photos of him.  Woody looks very pleased with himself.  I take a look at the photos he has taken and they are hilarious.  Some extreme close ups of the sleeping Noah, some pictures of me I had not noticed he had taken, plenty of photos of Woody's fingers, some of his feet and there is even a bit of video.  Woody is very pleased and I just crack up laughing.  I think Noah wishes we would go and let him sleep.

Next I sort through Woody’s craft stuff and some projects we have underway.  Things get chaotic and messy and then it is sorted.  And that is something crossed off the list.  Excellentness.

Noah heads out for a meeting and I finish up the last of my record keeping. Woody plays very happily, a game where two puss in boots go head to head in a sword fight.

When Noah comes back we chat about his meeting, we eat the best toasted sandwiches ever and I fold the biggest pile of clean washing in the world.  It must take an hour to fold it all.  But, I am not one to complain...

So, we now have 2 quotes for a website.  Good.  Noah then rings around and gets another quote.  Today, we cook with gas. 

Woody and I briefly cross swords when he goes a bit crazy and I have washing folding fatigue.  I take him to his room to tell him to calm down and he burst into tears saying that I have not made him feel very welcome.  What?!  I stifle a laugh.  In the lead up to Woody’s party we spoke at length about how to make people feel welcome in your home, how to behave and nice things to say etc.  Apparently I have not been doing this, although I was actually telling him to calm down and I am not sure how to do this in a more welcoming fashion.  I think Woody missed the point that he was being told off.  Anyway, we hug, we make up, and then Woody runs off to Noah to tell him how 'Mummy made me feel very unwelcome.’ Grrr

The fellas play for a bit, whilst I continue to fold Mt Washing, and then they head out to buy Woody a superman costume as he is going to a superhero party over the weekend.  They also swing by the preschool to drop off some pirate paraphernalia.

Right, now I sort out my National Insurance contributions and contact the account about Noah’s UK tax return.  And that, my friends, is another thing off the list. Yeeee-haaah!

When they get back Woody is asleep.  Noah does some work and I finish up on the UK tax stuff.  We then sit and compare our 3 quotes and once we have got our head around it we speak to the agencies with questions.   Very good.

Woody wakes up.  He  is delighted with the Superman suit but it brings with it a cruel realisation. Woody thought he would be able to fly in it. He jumps up and crashes to the ground. I feel sad that he has realised he cannot fly and pleased he learnt that lesson in the house and not up a tree.  The fellas make a cubby house and play and I make a delicious curry and whip up some cupcakes. 

We have a lovely meal together and Woody engages us with his witty banter.  He tells us Spiderman has webs which come out of his wrist.  He says he knows this as he saw the Spiderman movie when he was in New Zealand.  With Grandma.  This intrigues us, as neither Noah nor I can recall this quick trip to New Zealand he had.  He then says, ‘Dad, why is New Zealand new?’  We don't know...

After dinner Woody has a bath, I tidy up, and we all sit down to watch a movie.  After much discussion, we watch Lion King 2.  Noah dozes off and Woody keeps waking him at the ‘exciting’ bits.

Meanwhile I look at other people’s blogs and website to get some inspiration.

In the movie, Simba’s daughter is rude to her Dad.  I tell Elwood that I thought she was very rude and that was not appropriate (I am fun to watch a movie with).  Woody tells me, quite seriously, ‘It is okay to be rude to someone if they won’t let you in their Kingdom.’  I am learning a lot about etiquette from Woody.

At the end of the movie Woody goes straight to bed.  He is shattered and we have tears about his tooth brush being red and not blue.  And then he cries about only having 1 toothbrush when he would really like 2.  He then goes to bed, give us the run around for about 20 minutes, and then he is soundo.

Noah and I blog.  And then I discover a great, great movie is on TV.  Crazy Heart.  Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal.  It is awesome.  Try and watch it some time.

And so, life is good today.

Despite our circumstances, optimism hangs in the air.  We are busy, we are getting things done, and there is also a lot of snacking. But, we are on our way to something.  Not exactly sure what.  But being on your way to something is better than being on your way to nothing or not even being on your way yet. That's our thinking.

Sleep tight.  bx
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I love your costume Elwood. I hope you had a great party. Gxx

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