'That man smells funny’

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

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, June 8, 2012

And yet again, morning comes too soon. We buy ourselves a little time with an audio book and a bowl of cereal for woody.  If we could just find a way to keep Woody's cereal and milk by our bed...

My alarm goes off 3 times before I get up.  It is fair to say, I am reluctant.  I have cooking to do and the house needs a bit of a spruce up, but nothing happens until I have filled my face with porridge.  Better already.

I make gingerbread dough; cupcakes, chocolate icing and then I roll out the gingerbread and add bear paw prints.  Excellent.  Essentially, I make a mess in the kitchen and Noah tidies up elsewhere.  Teamwork.  Woody loiters in the kitchen to lick the beaters and taste the icing.  He is happy.  I sort the kitchen and we are organised.

And, as if by magic, Mel and Riley arrive.  Elwood has been very excited about them coming and has been watching for them at the window.  When he sees them he runs and hides, because that is what 4 years olds do.

Riley is very excited to have a quick game of hide and seek, and finds Woody.  And then the fellas get on with the business of playing trains and wearing fancy dress.  Excellent.  Mel and I can chat. 

We give the fellas paw print biscuits for morning tea.  We tell them a bear ran across the biscuits and left dirty paw prints.  They are happy with this story.

We eat lamingtons which were made in heaven, and brought to Southport by Mel.  Yum.  Just so good.

We chat some more.  The fellas play more trains.  And then we make bear masks and then it is back to playing brother bear.  Woody is insistent they catch fish, leave them in a basket, and a bear steals them.  So the two boys spend a long time sorting 'fish’  and using a lot of string to find a way to suspend a basket of fish.  They are happy.  Woody keeps telling Mel it is Brother Bear day and launching into his brother bear stories.

We put on some Wiggles and the boys love it.  Every time a song comes on they both get up and dance.  Very cute.

I rustle up toasted sandwiches for lunch.  Good stuff.

We then do some cupcake decorating with the boys – and riley is delighted to decorate cake with chocolate.  Woody is more focussed on the eating rather than the creating. But that’s okay, it’s Friday.

Mel and Riley head off.  I think Woody gets annoyed that Mel does not let us keep Riley.   But other than that, all is well.

I tidy up, Noah works, and Woody watches some brother bear and then continues to tie up a basket of fish so it is safe from bears.  He then sets some traps for bears.  You cannot be too careful.   Woody then gets out lots of stuff from his bedroom and rearranges some furniture in the lounge. There is a filing cabinet filled with Lego in the middle of the room and a chair by the door which is part of the pulley system for keeping the fish away from the bears.  There is also Lego and fancy dress everywhere.  It is proper Friday afternoon chaos but I leave Woody to it.

I make some dinner.  I do not what I am thinking.  I make a curry, with lentils, and pumpkin.  I have no idea what effect this is going to have on my insides.  I fear it is a pretty dynamic combination.

Woody calls out that he thinks we have some visitors.  I look the window and there is the owner of our house heading for our front door.  Crap.  Much crap.

He was meant to come last Friday and did not turn up, and we forgot all about it.  Turns out there was a mix up somewhere along the line and he is coming today.  We apologise for the chaos and he comes in.

All is well for the first 1 second, and then Woody says, ‘that man smells funny’.  Yikes.  I did not hear him properly, and like a giant idiot I ask Woody to repeat himself.  He does.  Not good.  I do not know what is more embarrassing; that Elwood insulted this man about his odour, or that the fact that the odour that Woody is complaining about is his dinner.  Generally awkward all around. 

And then Woody realises he is in the presence of someone who he has not told the Brother Bear story to.  So he runs off, and reappears in his luminous outfit which he insists he looks like an Inuit in. (everybody else thinks he looks like a road mender...).  And here we go again, Woody starts telling the man the story of Brother Bear, about the main character Kenai, and of course, the spirits.  I do not think I will ever tire of the earnest way Woody tells this story or the look of utter confusion on the other person’s face.  It is brilliant.

The owner goes and we sit down to dinner.  I put chicken in Woody’s curry and he loves it and frequently says how much he ‘loves things that are chicken’.  We know Woody; I believe you have mentioned this before.....

Woody has a bath, his books, tricks me into an extra book and he is asleep.

I submit my article; make some plans for next week and blog.

At some point, I quite accidentally eat all the leftovers from today.  Hmm, not feeling so great.

Happy Friday super lovely people.  Good Night. x
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