Thursday, 26 February 2009

A tale of woe and disappointment

Originally uploaded by Crit Chicken
For his birthday D'Arcy got a Dymo labelmaker, which I though would be fun for an 8 year old boy. It was. Kind of. The problem is that the labelmaker doesn't really work. The tape gets stuck and doesn't feed well at all. So D'Arcy wrote them a letter to let them know how disappointed he was. In November. It's now the end of February and we have heard bugger all. Occasionally he gets it out and struggles to make a label for something, but it really isn't cutting it. What would you do?

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Vampire teeth

Vampire teeth
Originally uploaded by Crit Chicken
Here's a picture of someone's four (4) teeth. There are more, including some of him in the outfit that his Grandma Joyce sent him for Valentine's Day, at Flickr. Not all that much going on really. Eating and sleeping. Still fairly cross-eyed at times, which we'll be getting checked out in May. There's some fairly enthusiastic and increasingly co-ordinated crawling going on, and some more communicative noises. Still very growly though.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Big Laugh

We've had the lovely Davy staying with us for a few days, and the boys love him a lot. He likes playing a game with Erik with the caterpillar...

In other news D'Arcy is back at school. He has two teachers for his class (they job share, half a week each). One of them is the same one he had for first grade, which is OK - we're not overjoyed, but she's fine - just not really dynamic somehow, but D'Arcy is perfectly happy with her. Sadly he's still not in a class with his best friend, and it seems to be affecting their relationship. Still, at least this year there are three straight third grade classes (no composites) so they're all in the same corridor close to each other. Last year there was a 1/2 2 2 and a 2/3. The two 2s were next to eeach other, with the 1/2 next to one of them, but the 2/3 was a long way away. So they eat lunch together and do lots of stuff together.

I bought him the Pirateology book and an accompanying model pirate ship, which he built, with a bit of help...

Monday, 9 February 2009

We have lift-off!

Well, kind of. Locomotion, at any rate...

It's finally cooler here, and the Beloved got home yesterday, jsut in time for the end of it, so he feels like he's had some, but not too much heat. I think I acclimatised by the 3rd day of 40 or almost. It was weird. It will be weirder sleeping with bedclothes tonight.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Breakfast tales

As my Facebook friends will know, Erik has a new favourite food for breakfast - mangoes! Here he is having a go of the seed. Sadly the season is coming to an end, with the yummy Kensington Pride variety already over to be replaced by the ridiculously oversized and comparitively bland R2E2.

It's been bloody hot here, but not as bad as Adelaide or Melbourne where is has been well over 40°C. In Adelaide it's been that for about a week now. My coping mechanism has been to go to the local pool if I have D'Arcy, or one of the local malls if I don't. Both strategies work fairly well, though the house is hideous when I get home.

Erik is almost crawling, as one of the other Flickr photos will show. He can wriggle backwards to almost any location in the house. Under the liquor cabinet is a favourite, and I'm hoping it doesn't say something about his coming years, though if he's anything like his father....

And I can now bring you some footage of Erik scooting in his Bumbo. Not to reach a power cord, or the fridge magnets, but some plastic shopping bags. Notice how Erik checks his trajectory and makes a correction, I was particularly impressed by that. Cameo by Larry's tail.