Late afternoon impromptu trip to the playground. 

Sunday Afternoon.

Sunday Afternoon.

Nap time. 

Nap time. 

Preschool. Kindy. Eek! 

We know it was coming. Johnny stood in line for registration at 4am over a year ago. We had been to orientation. We had read all the information sheets. We were ready.

But I am not ready!

There is no going back. School is such a milestone. An irrevocable one. And as excited as I am about seeing how Eva changes and adapts, it is so bittersweet.

It has been the first of many “Back to School” sales, and for this first one I chose all of Eva’s clothes and supplies carefully. Even though I can’t fully control what happens at preschool, at least I can plan and prepare — labelling everything! 

The lovely people at Stuck on You sent Eva a few things to help her prepare for the year ahead — new labels, a drink bottlebag tag and a library bag. Eva specially chose the Sweet Treats design and was super excited to show her teacher the pictures of pop corn, ice cream and lollipops. She filled her library bag up with books and carried them around the house — just to practice. And of course, she loves seeing her name in print! I, on the other hand, love the stainless steel drink bottle (no plastic aftertaste) and the high quality labels that last wash after wash. 

I see Eva in her new school outfits. Her new backpack. Her hair braided in three plaits—just as she requested. Her lunch packed. And it makes me as anxious as Eva is. Will she adapt? Will she make friends? Will she be teased? Will she miss me? With Eva, I am all positivity and smiles, but inside I am a ball of nerves. Rationally, I know that she will adapt, that she will make friends (she already has), that she will miss me (but she will have fun). 

But she looks so big and so small all at the same time. 

Eva Lilly — 3 years, 8 months old
Loves: playing chasey with Owen, imaginary play, Octonauts, Frozen, Charlie and Lola, dressing up, rice, sushi, the colour red, The Nutcracker, giggling, books, “swishy” dresses, playing “princesses, bad guys, pirates and boys”. 
Hates: having her hair washed. 

Eva Lilly — 3 years, 8 months old

Loves: playing chasey with Owen, imaginary play, Octonauts, Frozen, Charlie and Lola, dressing up, rice, sushi, the colour red, The Nutcracker, giggling, books, “swishy” dresses, playing “princesses, bad guys, pirates and boys”. 

Hates: having her hair washed. 

Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play Ever! 

Protected from the rain, Eva carried her Charlie and Lola umbrella along with her Lola doll as we walked to QPAC. Charlie and Lola has been a long-held obsession of Eva’s, and this year she was old enough to see and understand the Charlie and Lola play.

Bubble filled the auditorium during the bath scene. Paper butterflies flew down from the ceiling. The whole of the set was lit with twinkling fairy lights, and there were ogre shadow puppets. Throughout it all, Eva and Ruby watched intently, while other kids around us fidgeted or had tantrums. At the most intense scenes, Eva hid behind her Lola doll.

But when it was all over, it truly was the bestest play ever!

The best thing about summer? Getting to see Owen’s little baby rolls on display! 

GoMA & QAG

Sunday morning we spent a couple of hours exploring Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery. We visited Cai Guo-Qiang’s exhibits again and went to the California Design 1930-1965 exhibition, both were fantastic. I went home researching Eames and desperately want to purchase a piece! 

The kids on the other hand had a blast staring at the replica animals and then playing with the air vents! 

These two. Words can never describe how full my heart feels. 

Owen Henry — 8 Months Old

Owen is developing such a sweet temperament. He is full of cuddles and slobbery kisses. He waves and is constantly smiling! Owen is now crawling faster, navigating slight inclines, pulling up on furniture. With every day he seems to have more balance and control enabling him to move with greater agility. In fact, this morning he managed to climb up the first step of the staircase! 

Loves:

Books — especially lift the flap or pop-up ones. Dear Zoo and Peek-a-Who? are his favourites. 

Water — bath time, the shower, running water, the hose, buckets, cups. He loves it all, although he is not so keen on the waves of the ocean…

Food — surprisingly Owen is still not a fan of banana, but loves pretty much anything and everything he tries. Although he seems particularly excited about eating watermelon and blueberries.

Toys — Eva’s toys and figurines! He also loves these Kid O stacking and nesting cups.

Eva — Owen is fascinated by his sister. He will try to chase her down while she runs circles around him. If she is crying, he will go looking for her. And he wants to be doing whatever she is doing. For her part, Eva is a loving sister (within reason—after all, know right-minded person would be willing to share their favourite toys with anyone). But every morning, they both have big smiles and cuddles for each other.

Hates:

Sleeping alone — although he naps in his cot during the day, at night we have resorted to co-sleeping just so we can all get a little more sleep! 

HAPPINESS IS EVA


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