Just 4 Sydney-side Hartnells

Just 4 Sydney-side Hartnells

Thursday, October 31, 2013

National remote boats

We went one Saturday AM to a small "lake" or what I would call part of a river for the Australian National remote boat race. It was an interesting AM. Each boat is a few thousand dollars and can have several different types of sails. However, each race has the same sails on the boat for the whole race. So all the boats are the same and the winner is the person who judges the conditions like the wind the best.

There were about 30 boats or so on the water in several different heats. A course was laid out and you had to do so many laps to win. It wasn't nail biting as a clear winner came out in front pretty early. Cam & I each picked a boat. Here was mine: I liked the characters on the sail.

 Nev was so excited he fell asleep! Check out the beautiful day and general setting for this relaxing Sat AM.

Occasionally one of the boats would tip over and a guy and the boat's owner would head out into the water in a small dingy. At least you get a sense of scale with this shot. These boats aren't very big, but they traveled pretty fast.

After the races, we headed over to a skate park to watch some of the kids and also to check out the airplanes coming in for a landing. I'm trying to explain to Nev what's happening...not sure he got it all, but at least it was interesting to watch.

"Me and my Friends"

Nev's a popular kid. Whether we are hanging out with the mothers' group or our friends in the park, he really gets around. I recon its his charm (that he gets from his dad). Here's some shots where you can decide what makes Nevlin so loved.

We tried to sit up all the kids at the mothers' group, with some success. Here's a shot of everyone lined up with Nevlin in the foreground.

Stopping by at Cam's work allowed Sean a bit of a cuddle. Can you see the blazing sun? Doesn't Nev look a bit squinty-eyed?

We have a play date with Ava almost once a week. She's also part of the mothers' group but lives super close. Here the kids were hanging out in a basket before they really were able to sit up on their own pretty well.

Cam, Nev, Jo and I went on a picnic in the Adelaide parklands in October. It was such a beautiful day! We sat under this gum tree and ate lots of good food. Nev even got to eat some rice cracker things, which are a current favorite of his. Handy too, because they are a bit of finger food & he gets to hang with the big people.

In the gum tree above us, we had a visitor: a KOOKABURRA! I sung the song "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree" and he sung back to us his clear call. Nev didn't really get he was there, but he could hear him. Its hard to pick things out of all those leaves.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Random Sept Shots

I've been slacking on uploading photos. Here are a few from the last month or so...In his Indian's uniform and practicing holding up that head.

Gnawing on the closest thing in the bath. One thing that everyone notices is the amazing eye contact that Nevlin gives everyone. Its really piercing and he concentrates so much.

This is possibly my favorite bib. I haven't bought many things for Nevlin, but this one was impossible to pass up.

Nevlin and Cam went on a few bike rides. Its been an adventure, but there is always love when you get to see the ducks. "Quack, quack; waddle, waddle; quack, quack; waddle, waddle."

A while back all the mom's from my mother's group went out to dinner. It was a really fun night, and I even was able to catch a ride, so I had a cocktail or two. Great that we got to see each other as something other than just "so & so's mom."

Nev goes RETRO!!!

MaryEd, Cam's mom, brought with her some of Cameron's old clothes from the mid-1970s. These are such absolutely amazing outfits and we can't thank her enough for saving them. CLASSIC 1970s stuff, and even a few bits from the early 1980s. For those who like to go skiing or for football fanatics is the following.

Then there is the super hero. The sleeves were a little long, but the rest of it fits quite well.
This cotton outfit really was challenging as the child who is wearing it now is a bit heavier than the one who wore it 30+ years ago.

Check out this shot of Toby and Cam (on the right) in the same thing. I recon there's a bit of family resemblance.

The look of wonder on Nevlin's face in this shot is just amazing. He really is captivated at books, they transport him to another place and he loves it.

OK, so the color is just better in the new photo, and the two of them were about 6 months different, but you can't tell me that the outfit is timeless (or priceless). By far my favorite.

Finally here's a shot I took today of Nev. Really had to squeeze him into this one, but didn't want him to wear it earlier as it hasn't been warm enough to run around in. Unfortunately this will be the only time he squeezes into it, as the buttons were nearly impossible to fasten.