Just Like Lightning!!

I switched the telly on this morning and car racing was on.  Ben caught a glimpse of it and before I could change the channel he was shouting out to Andrew  {Darn it!!! I wasn’t fast enough}.  I popped out of the room for a while and returned to the boys having a race of their own – Lightning McQueen verses Chic Hicks!  Lightning was the winner – Well done Ben !!

Picnik collage nascar racing

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The Christmas Challenge “2010 update”

We  purchased Ben a fort for Christmas 2010.  Andrew and I  researched and decided on a climbing fort from Pepper Town on the Gold Coast.  We chose the Skyfort Clamber Climber with some additions.  But there was only one small obstacle….. it was proving to bit of a challenge to build it.  It didn’t stop raining.   Fortunately for us we have great family and friends and with their  help and a tarp to keep off some rain, the fort was built ready for Christmas. We can’t thank Uncle Al, Uncle Phil and the Durringtons  enough.



We told Ben it was a new Chicken House but he isn’t stupid and soon informed me that it wasn’t a Chicken House but a Ben Sized Play Fort!  We didn’t put the finishing touches on until after Christmas so we could wrap them up and put them under the Christmas Tree.  I also convinced Andrew and Dad  decorate the fort in the pouring rain on Christmas Eve.


We were so excited to see Ben’s reaction on Christmas day……. but there was only one problem IT WAS STILL RAINING!!  I think Andrew and I were more disappointed than Ben about the rain.


Ben still managed a little play between the showers.  I think his face says it all.  It is a hit!!

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The Force is Strong!

Uncle Darrin introduced Ben to Star Wars!!  On Boxing Day he and  Ben played Star Wars Lego on the XBOX!!!  Ben loooovvvved it. I was not that sure about it.  Since then it has been Obi-Wan Kanobe this and R2-D2 that.  It’s just Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars!!!  I come from a Star Wars family.  My Mum loves it, my Brother loves it, my Nephew loves it and Andrew loves it.  They have filled Ben in with who are the goodies and the badies.  Ben even gets the DVD’s out of the cabinet and studies the covers and inserts.  He will be waiting a while to see the movies. I did encourage this obsession a little when I came home with a light saber. Oh there was all kinds of excitement!!



Tonight while putting Ben to bed he told me that Darth Vader and General Grievous were in his bedroom.  I asked him why he thought that.  His reply was ‘they are from the Dark Side of the Force’.  His room was dark, I had just turned the light off!!  He told me not to worry because he was Obi-Wan Kanobe and  he had it covered!!  Very cute… thanks for that!

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Brisbane floods: before and after

I thought these two news items on the ABC web site were a great use of tech for visualisation of the flooding around Brisbane and Ipswich.

Part 1: Milton (Lang Park), Rosalie, Rocklea (Markets), Fairfield, South Bank, Brisbane (overview), Bundamba (Ipswich), Riverside (CBD), Rocklea (wide view), Basin Pocket (Ipswich), Chelmer, Milton (Coronation Drive), Bellbowrie and Riverhills, Jindalee, St Lucia (University of Queensland), Toowong, West End, Graceville, New Farm, Yeronga.

Part 2: Floating pallets in Rocklea industrial estate, Rocklea industrial area, Ipswich farmhouse, Houses in Elmes Road, Ipswich, Riverfront homes in West End, Cow takes refuge on Ipswich roof, HMAS Diamantina in ‘dry dock’ at South Bank, Trucks and cows stranded by floodwaters on Ipswich Road at Rocklea, Riverhills Rowing Club, Jindalee Swimming Pool, Toowong CityCat terminal, River Walk floating walkway New Farm, Eagle Street Pier, Milton business precinct, Riverfront restaurant in Milton, Rosalie Village, Albion Park Raceway, University of Queensland running track and tennis courts St Lucia, Debris in Brisbane River near Pinkenba, Homes in Fig Tree Pocket, Homes and streets in Fairfield, Moggill Ferry, Industry on Donaldson Road Rocklea, Riverfront homes in Tennyson, West End parkland, Two men in a floating ‘spa’ in Chelmer.

These images or PhotoMaps are provided by NearMap.  Here you can see the entire region with a time scale across the top.  Move the slider to the left for the “before” images.

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Ben Keeping Dad Busy!

Ben jumped out of bed this morning and has not stopped since his feet hit the ground.  He is all about making the most of Daddy on the weekends.  So far this morning Daddy has made box construction V8 Supercars, played play dough with the digger trucks and now they are in dress ups fighting fires – Ben is Fireman Sam and Daddy is Elvis.  I wonder who will need  a nap first?  MMMm some how I don’t think it will be Ben!!!