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September

As Andrew is working on Sundays now we postponed Father's Day to the Saturday afterwards. We marked the occasion with a round of mini golf at our local Putt Putt course. Unfortunately the land has been sold to developers and the course is closing forever in April 2016. It was a feature of my childhood so I wanted my kids to at least have one game there before it disappears to make way for apartments. Evie enjoyed her round and even managed to get a hole in one on one of the holes. Teddy loves balls so he spent most of the time chasing and trying to pick up golf balls. Eventually we tamed him with a large red slurpee.
Photo by Jess, on Flickr
Photo by Jess, on Flickr Photo by Jess, on Flickr

October

October's highlight was celebrating Halloween. I'm so glad (some people in) Australia have decided to adopt this holiday as it's such a fun one. I also like that Australians are starting to add a bit of Aussie style to the celebration. I saw my first watermelon Jack o lantern this year. That's a much better idea than pumpkins in Spring. We can even eat the inside of a watermelon (or turn them into watermelon slushies!)

We headed up to Avalon to hang out with the Tin Cranes and Campbells. About 10 houses were participating in the streets around the Campbells which was just the right number in my opinion. The kids were able to really experience the fun of trick or treating without going overboard on the sweets. Evie is already talking about what she will dress up as for next Halloween. Evie has decided it is the Tin Cane's turn to host.
Photo by Jess, on Flickr Photo by Jess, on Flickr
Photo by Jess, on Flickr Photo by Jess, on Flickr

November

We had our yearly TD photo with the grandkids in November. We started out with the usual Bell craziness and then they all came good at the end for a lovely photo.
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December

December is my favourite month of the year as it combines so many of my favourite things. Christmas celebrations, family fun and summer.

Evie had her dancing concert in early December. I love that my little girl loves dancing (and I hope she continues to love it for a very long time.) This year Evie did a ballet and a jazz / hip hop number. Evie's serious expression really suited the jazz / hip hop number and she looks very bad ass in the photos.
Photo by Jess, on Flickr

We managed to squeeze in lots of Christmas fun this year. We had both a kids' and adults' gingerbread decorating session. The kids actually decorated houses this year instead of just eating lollies (except Eddy. He didn't want to decorate or eat lollies. Just his house.) Though, when Evie had finished her house she wanted to eat it straight away so we might have to work a bit on delayed gratification. We had a few house collapses when it was the adults' turn. It was such a hot evening it wasn't very conducive to the setting of royal icing.
Photo by Jess, on Flickr

I think my favourite Christmas outing was our evening out to look at Christmas lights. It was a very late night for our kids. Australian Summer is not friendly to Christmas light viewing. The house on Burwood Rd was the winner. Every inch of the house was covered in Christmas lights which flashed on and off in time with music. The house even had a snow machine blasting out snowflakes. Evie and Teddy had a blast dancing around in the snowflakes. Even the tree out the front of the house is completely covered in lights. They get an A+ for effort, presentation and Christmas crazy.
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We finished the year with a week away at our favourite farm stay Kookaburra Cottage. It really is the perfect holiday location for our family. The kids love doing the farm tour each afternoon and it's only a short drive to the beach or pool. We went with the Campbells, Tin Cranes and Warhursts so we were able to share the parenting load. It meant there was someone to watch my kids so I could go for a swim in the ocean on our beach visits. Swimming in the ocean makes Jess happy.
Photo by Jess, on Flickr

More photos from Kookaburra Cottage (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 23rd Jan 2016, 15:11 tags: summary year_review summary15


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May

It was Evie's turn in 2015 for a big party so she shared an Under the Sea extravaganza with Elliot. Evie had a mermaid cake and Elliot had a fantastic shark cake. The theme provided Clare and I lots of chances for theming the party food. I'm not sure what I'll do when my children start having an opinion on these things.
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More photos from Elliot and Evie's party (slideshow) on Flickr.


June

We had the loveliest visit to Copa on the June long weekend. The weather was warm enough for the kids to swim suit up and paddle at the beach. Evie has turned into a real beach baby and loves digging in the sand and jumping waves in the surf. It looks like Teddy is going to skip the "I hate the beach" stage as he loved it too. In June, we had to keep an eye on him to make sure he didn't crawl off into the water. I'm so thankful to have two beach kids as it's one my favourite places to be.
Photo by Jess, on Flickr

Photo by Jess, on Flickr Photo by Jess, on Flickr

Photo by Jess, on Flickr

July

It was Wilsonpalooza in Goulburn. We headed down to join the Brisvegas Wilsons on their visit. We all squished into Grandma and Grandpa's house for a few days. It was cold! So cold in fact that there was a thin layer of ice on the birdbath and water barrell each morning. Evie loved playing with her cousins. The boys had an influence on her games. She told me "My killer robot's name ie Elsa, Mummy". Isaac has such gentle nature and he really enjoyed playing with Teddy.

Photo by Jess, on Flickr Photo by Jess, on Flickr

More photos from our visit to Goulburn (slideshow) on Flickr.

Teddy started walking at the end of July. I always see the transition from crawling to walking as the official end of babyhood and start of toddler terror. Not that it's a competition or anything but we worked out that Evie walked at 1 year 3 months and 14 days old and Teddy has walked at 1 year 3 months and 6 days old. We were surprised at how similar the age was.

August

I was a bit excited about Evie's first ever book week in August. I've decided that in our house you have to dress up as a character who inspires you to read. Evie selected Betty O'Barley from the Scarecrow's Wedding. It was actually a pretty easy introduction to Book Week as we could use stuff from the house for her costume. First year was a success; let's hope it continues to be as simple.
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August also marked the end of Teddy's sleeping issues. We finally figured out that dairy products were making Teddy sad at night. When we removed them from his diet he started sleeping through. From 7 at night to 7 in the morning with only the occasional need for resettling. It only took us 15 months to figure it out. Hooray for sleep in the Wilson household.



jess - 18th Jan 2016, 19:48 tags: summary year_review summary15


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Well, I've never been a big one for Christmas Cards so I thought I would write the yearly summary I would send to everyone in a Christmas card on here. Let's just ignore the fact it's mid January.

I think it's time to resurrect the blog. I miss recording stuff.

January

The whole family travelled to Hong Kong to celebrate Paddy and Christina's wedding. We all had a blast. The highlight of the trip for me was a day at Disneyland (sorry Paddy!). I've always loved everything Disney and it was lovely to share the happiest place on earth with Evie. (Teddy was a little bit young. We'll have to go again!) There were also two awesome roller coasters at Hong Kong Disney and we managed to ride them a couple of times. I love me a rollercoaster. Disney aside, the wedding was also amazing. It was definitely a good one to end wedding season on as I can't see us attending many more weddings in the future (not until our kids start getting married! Let's not think too much about that).
Photo by Jess, on Flickr

More Hong Kong photos on Flickr:
Disneyland (slideshow), Ocean Park (slideshow), Wedding (slideshow), Miscellaneous (slideshow)


February

We moved Evie from a long day care centre to a local community preschool. It was such a good decision. Evie has had the loveliest year there. The staff are fantastic and really respond and tailor learning to the children's interests. One day Evie said that she wanted to run away and join the circus and the next day they had set up a circus area for the children. Evie loves dressing up and pretend play and she has lots of opportunities to do that at preschool.
Photo by Jess, on Flickr Photo by Jess, on Flickr



March

The highlight of march was a visit to the Easter Show. Unfortunately the weather was horrendous. It poured the entire day. It wasn't a great day to discover that my raincoat is no longer waterproof. Apart from the rain Evie had a fun day out with her cousin Audrey. She did all the fun show things. We rode a horse on the carousel, we were chased and headbutted by the goats in the petting zoo (the goats really love their food) and we were awed by the ginormous pumpkin in the fruit and vegetable display. When she came home she said to Andrew "Daddy! I pet a cow!" It was a pretty big cow too.

(Teddy was a little young to appreciate the show so he stayed home with Grandma.)

Photo by Jess, on Flickr

More Easter show photos (slideshow) on Flickr.


April

In April, we celebrated Teddy's 1st birthday. We had a monkey themed party as he is our cheeky little monkey. In April, he was crawling, pulling himself up on things and getting into everything. Playing with the blinds, the bottles on the wine rack and all the power points. All with the cheekiest grin on his face of course. We never had to child proof with Evie as she was such a rule follower. Teddy has been a completely different story.

Photo by Jess, on Flickr

Photo by Jess, on Flickr Photo by Jess, on Flickr

More photos from Teddy's 1st birthday (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 12th Jan 2016, 14:18 tags: summary year_review summary15


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As you can probably tell from this blog I like to journal and document things. With Andrew's milestone birthday this year I decided to interview Evie about her Daddy. I also got her to draw a picture of her and Andrew. (With a bit coercion, mind you! Evie hasn't started the drawing / colouring in phase yet. Please tell me it will start soon!)

The inspiration for the Daddy interview was Evie's third birthday interview. I loved how her birthday interview captured a complete snapshot of three year old Evie. We have millions of photographs of Evie but I want to try to remember everything.

I really had to struggle to keep a straight face when interviewing Evie about her Daddy. I think my favourite response is the answer to the question "what is Daddy good at?". Her observation was that "Daddy is really good at drinking all his beer". He sure is, Evie.

My Daddy by Evie


jess - 5th Feb 2015, 14:17 tags: evie andrew birthdays


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Evie is pulling what she calls her "Pirate face" in most of October's photos. She's such a funny girl. She makes us laugh.
October: Evie + Teddy
October: Evie + Teddy
October: Evie + Teddy


Here are the photos starting from the beginning:
May: Evie and Teddy June: Evie and Teddy
July: Evie and Teddy August: Evie + Teddy
Evie and Teddy October: Evie + Teddy

See Evie and Teddy's monthly photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 28th Jan 2015, 14:46 tags: evie teddy


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