Sunday, January 10, 2021

Just another Saturday

We have Niece Jo staying with us until Monday. She arrived after Sister and she visited Mother in hospital and we shared a takeaway pizza for dinner Friday night. Sister went on home to the Bellarine. We will return Jo to Sister in a rather interesting way. No, not a balloon and we won't parachute her in either. 

Today, Saturday, we visited Ex Sis in Law and her husband and the cafĂ© latte coloured twins. Oldest Niece rocked up too with her three, Little M, Little Em and Little L, her boy. Tradie Brother turned up too, Ex Sis in Law's former husband. The twins mother, Hippie Niece was having a dirty weekend away with her new beau at some thermal springs. 

While it was a bit too warm for me outside, I survived and it was a very nice day with lots of chat and a barbeque lunch. The small inflatable pool was cleaned out and filled and the kiddies all had a great time. As she didn't have bathers, Little Jo did not want to go in the pool with the others, but Ex Sis in Law suggested she look in Hippie Niece's bedroom and see what she could find, and she did find something to wear in the pool and enjoyed playing with the much younger children very much.

R and I call Little L, The Smiling Buddha. He is a fat little toddler who has just started to walk and he is the happiest child you can imagine and always smiling ear to ear. Not so today. Just our luck. He slept badly last night and he normally never stirs during the night but he did. He fell back to sleep and then a smoke detector went off for no reason and he woke again. It was his nap time when he arrived, he was tired and cranky and nothing like his usual self. He would not nap. Over the course of a few hours, he went A over T, one of twins went A over T and and Little Em went A over T. An occupational hazard of being a child I suppose. Generally they bounce back, unlike we of a certain age who would be like a dropped blancmange. 

22 comments:

  1. I don't blame him. I get cranky at squawking smoke detectors too!

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    1. They are a necessary evil Steve.

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  2. I don't blame him either. And sadly I make a rather heavier crash these days than blancmange.

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    1. EC, we can only try to not fall.

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  3. I'd be worse than the kids after too short a sleep, cranky as all get out.

    Too bad your little buddha wasn't his usual self :)

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    WWW

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    1. WWW, most of us would be I think.

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  4. It sounds like a normal life! How wonderful!

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    1. Maribeth, believe me, we know what we've got and how lucky we are.

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  5. Sounds like a lovely day for everyone except cranky Buddha. I remember a day when my first son, second child was miserable for a good part of the day when he was usually such a sunny kid, next day we found he had sprouted four molars all in the one day! Maybe the teething was the cause, maybe not, since we never had the same problem ever again with any of the kids. I miss the days of kids and splash pools.

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    1. River, I would very much think that was the case with yours. I remember cranky teething siblings.

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  6. And as they tell all stressed out parents......one day you will look back at this and laugh.

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  7. When my children, nieces, nephews and their friends were young, I quickly discovered this good piece of advice: NEVER ever try to entertain and supervise more than 2 children per adult in the house. Otherwise clever children can run in different directions and leave you looking a bit hopeless.

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    1. Hels and how quickly the would take advantage of a hopeless person looking after them.

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    2. Hels, I remember looking after toddlers and babies for a group of Bible Study women, as many as seven some weeks and never having any trouble with them. Even the baby who had a reputation for screaming when being left by her mother was quiet and happy for me.

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  8. I know how he feels. I get cranky when thunder wakes me up, and there seems to be no good reason for that either.

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    1. Kirk, if thunder is loud enough to wake me, I will be excited by it and the possibility of lightning.

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    2. Me too, I love storms.

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  9. They grow up so fast. I only realize this as years pass now like nothing. The neighbor boy was underage when I moved in here, now 14 years ago. I don't recall how old, maybe 12 or so. Now he's up in his mid 20's. Still living with his mom, probably will til she dies, as he has asbergers. The girl from across the street was born just after I moved in. But they've split and she's with her mom and I only get a glimpse of her now and then, if she visits her dad. She looks all grown up now. She's the smartest kid.

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    1. Yeah Strayer. They just grow up while we get older, much older as I feel at times. Where did the years go?

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  10. Never a dull moment when we spend time with family, right? Hugs to you Awesome Andrew! RO

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