A little bit of art at GoMA on a Sunday morning.

It’s little moments and days like these that I love living in the city. I love that my kids will grow up with access to such an amazing cultural precinct. 

Back home and into the heat. 

There is nothing like being away for a month to make you realise how much your child has grown. When we left, Owen had just learnt to sit and although he had mastered the skill, he was still a little wobbly at times. Now, he is so much more agile. He crawls, moves into the seated position, catches himself, grabs and pulls with greater skill. All of this, of course, has made us realise that we desperately need to “Owen-proof” the house! 

This is Eva’s room currently. It’s always evolving — new pillows, quilt cover and I’m still searching for the perfect rug. I’d love to paint Eva’s bedside table (step stool), but I’m too indecisive! What colour should I paint it? A shade of pink? Bright? Pastel? Or should I go with a contrasting pop of yellow?

This is Eva’s room currently. It’s always evolving — new pillows, quilt cover and I’m still searching for the perfect rug. I’d love to paint Eva’s bedside table (step stool), but I’m too indecisive! What colour should I paint it? A shade of pink? Bright? Pastel? Or should I go with a contrasting pop of yellow?

Disneyland - Day 3 

Despite the jet lag and slightly overwhelming nature of Disneyland, the kids did incredibly well. Eva had a blast and Owen, of course, was his smiley self. Childhood memories have been made and we’re already making plans to visit Disney World in a couple of years from now!

Disneyland Day 2 — the transformation into ‘Princess Eva’!

Eva’s favourite ride — the Tea Cups. In fact, we rode it four times during our three day trip! 

Alice in Wonderland is a favourite movie and book of Eva’s, so when she had the chance to meet Alice and the Mad Hatter, she excitedly started to jump up and down. Immediately, in full character ,”Alice” responded with, “Oh, you like to jump? Well, I do too” and they all held hands and started jumping around in a circle! It was perfect and made such a special experience for Eva. 

Straight from the airport, we drove to Disneyland. Having only slept a few hours on the 14 hour flight from Brisbane to LA, we pushed through. Determined to make the most of our time, we checked into our hotel, showered, dressed and began walking the streets of Disneyland. It was magical, exciting and beyond. 

Eva met a slew of princesses and Disney characters — many of whom she didn’t even know existed, but that didn’t take away from her excitement.

Of course, no amount of princesses and Mickey Mouses could compare to Eva getting to meet Rapunzel.

In Eva’s mind, Rapunzel was one of her best friends. She had playing with two wooden peg people for a month naming one Rapunzel and the other Eva. And they had a number of adventures together around the house. So after a wonderful, abbreviated stage production of Tangled, Eva noticed Rapunzel in costume around the corner from the theatre. She took off like a shot and nearly bowled the poor actress over with the biggest hug ever. “Rapunzel”—like all the characters at Disney— was wonderfully accommodating as Eva met her hero. We later lined up to meet Rapunzel and Flynn and get their autographs, but Eva has too star struck to say anything but the faintest of a “hello” and a “thank you”.

For his part, Owen was less enthused with the specifics, but excited by the whole spectacle. But his favourite by far was the haunted mansion!

Owen Henry —- 7 months old

At 7-months old, Owen is still all smiles. He is such a social baby. He shrieks when excited, will laugh along with the group, waves to everyone —with an out stretched arm, and will let just about anyone hold him.

He is definitely the down-to-earth contrast to Eva’s melodrama.

Milestones

Owen is crawling (everywhere and anywhere as fast as he can). He is babbling (mamama, bababa). Johnny says Ds and Gs are next and is desperately hoping for a Dada. When he is not crawling he is trying to climb something. He can pull himself up on the legs of the dining chairs and the low-set coffee table. He doesn’t really yet have the strength to be doing that so he is keeping us on our toes with the constant spills.

Owen is teething and now has four teeth—top two and bottom two.

In addition to crawling everywhere, waving to everyone, climbing anything, he is also eating everything. If there is food being eaten, he wants some of it, and he demands to drink out of any cup in your hand. A few of his favourites are broccoli, nectarines, pear, apple, carrot, baby puffs, but surprisingly he is not so keen on bananas.  

He now has object permanence and will find hidden toys, although he is still not happy being left in a room by himself and has started becoming rather clingy. 

Loves: reading any peekaboo-flap books and especially Dear Zoo. Eva!, Eva’s toys, playing peekaboo with Eva, and wrestling with his Daddy.

Dislikes: car rides, having Eva’s toys taken away from him (usually by Eva), pulling arms in his sleeves, and most of all, sleeping alone. 

Eva Lilly — 3 years and 7 months old. Where has the time gone?

2013 — the year that brought us our beautiful boy, Owen Henry. Happy New Year!

HAPPINESS IS EVA


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