Last night we replaced Ben’s sleeping bag with a doona (better late than never). Oh my goodness there was all kinds of excitement. He rolled around the floor with it, wrapped Bonnie up with it and didn’t want to get out of bed to have his bath. He calls it ‘Ben’s Blanket’. All this excitement bought smiles and giggles for all involved.
It reminded me how easily I get wrapped up in the unimportant and that sometimes I do forget to have a giggle. It was a simple, joyous moment. Ben reminds me that things don’t need to be complicated – Benjamin, you are a joy and delight to behold!
Play School live shows are specially designed to delight children and parents alike. Ben, Andrew, Chris, Bree, Joseph and myself recently attended a concert at Cavendish Road High School Hall. The show features 40 minutes of songs, games and stories with two of the TV Shows presenters (Leah and Teo) along with many of the well-loved toys. Everything in the concerts was carefully paced especially for the little ones. There was songs to move to, as well as quiet times to just watch and listen. Ben and Joseph just adored it. They spent most of the time on our laps clapping and singing but did work up the courage to get up and dance. It was fantastic – highly recommended!
Toilet training has began….. not that successfully. Every night before Ben’s bath he sits on the toilet. Every night we talk about what should be happening and every night…… nothing. However, Ben loves to sit on the toilet. He plays his ukulele and sings away. He dresses up with all kinds of hats and glasses. I think he is a little confused. I am sure he thinks the small room with the funny seat is for entertaining!!
Ben now asks to get his picture taken. We need to work on the SMILE!!
Andrew dusted off a couple of old bikes that we got off Mum and Dad …… maybe about two years ago. Our neighbours had given us a child seat for the bikes so we could take Ben for a ride. After some tinkering, the bikes were cleaned, tires were pumped and seat was fitted. The helmets had seen better days as the inside padding was deteriorating but they did the job. Once Ben clapped his eyes on the bikes and helmets there was no turning back. He was a little excited to say the least. Andrew was the first to take a test ride and survived. I however was a little more reluctant as it has been maybe eighteen years and some ??!! kilos since I last rode a bike. But after some fluffing about I was on, peddling and steering (a little wonky at first). We set off to Limestone Park and had a great ride. Our legs a little wobbly on return but we stayed on with no incidents!! We can’t believe it took us two years to dust the bikes off. It may just have to become a weekend ritual!
We are truly blessed to have wonderful neighbours. Ben loves to play with Charlotte, Finlay and Ryan. It is great to be outside most afternoons as the days are warming up. Bring on Spring!