Time to Celebrate!

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Family and friends are like quilts, pieced with memories, bound with love. . .

Ben turned three on the 16 April.  It was a time to celebrate with family and friends.  Ben is blessed to have so many people around him that love and care for him.  His third birthday was a celebration that began on Friday and lasted until Sunday night.  It was wonderful to have a house full of family and friends and messages from those who could not attend making special memories for our special little man xoxo.

The morning of Ben’s third birthday didn’t begin as early as we had imagined.  Ben slept in and we had to wake him!!!  He was overjoyed to see a bunch of wrapped presents in the lounge room.  He unwrapped them starting with the smallest ones!  He was delighted with his gifts – Rocky the crane (from Thomas), Hot wheels Cars, Hot wheels Racetrack, Thomas the Tank Engine wooden track and engines, a book, and the favorite and most cherished was a Push Mower with a pull cord.  When we bought the mower it was packaged in its  box…… OMG it is the loudest mower ever!!!

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Ben spent the day at the Railway Workshops with Mum, Grandma, Bree, Joseph and Tom.  It is his favorite place to visit.  The Vegemite sandwiches and chips were a hit at lunch!  Friday evening saw family and friends begin to  arrive  in preparation for the party on Saturday.  It was fantastic to have so many extra hands to get everything organised and to assist in the last minute challenges.  Thanks to all who helped with the balloons and reviving the lamingtons!!

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DSC_1330.JPGBen was so excited Saturday morning.  His excitement when his friends arrived was so lovely.  The children made box cars, played with bikes, scooters, pushcars, gyrocar, kite, trains, matchbox cars, dolls and balloons.  They ate lollies, donuts, lamingtons, cake and sausages.  They had a fantastic time with the birthday cake.  Finlay added some extra decorations which nearly gave me a heart attack.  After we had sung happy birthday and blew out the candles I stepped inside to get a knife and in went all the little fingers.  The kids loved it!!  Andrew and I enjoyed watching the children and loved catching up with family and friends old and new.  Ben was very lucky to receive some great gifts.  His grandparents were especially generous with Nanny and Grandad George giving him a train table, track and  trains and Grandma and Grandad giving him a tool bench with all the tools and some great 3D Melissa and Doug car puzzles.  Thank you to everyone who made this time so special.  We love, love, love Birthdays in our house!! xoxo

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Batteries, Remotes and Things that Fly!!

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Ben is still discovering little nooks in the house.  He particularly loves the spare room cupboards.  He loved to hide in them initially……. but now he is enjoying finding hidden treasures.   He keeps appearing from the cupboards with remote controls, handfuls of batteries and things that fly.  Andrew has quite a selection of remote control planes and helicopters and Ben seems to have made his way through all of them.  Andrew has had an interesting time teaching Ben how to fly some of them.  Ben has some difficulty following all directions which has been amusing.   But now Ben seems to have it sorted and just can’t get enough.  I am constantly amazed how much Andrew and Ben have in common…. boys and their toys!

Makeup Man

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When I am getting ready for they day in the bathroom, Ben on occasion has sneaked off with something from my draw.  This particular morning he was very quiet.  Every mother is automatically suspicious when things are very quiet.  I walked out to discover Ben applying mascara to himself.  He refused to let me wash it off.  We were on our way into Mum’s for the day.  So…… Ben spent the day proudly wearing his makeup and running to the mirror looking at himself!