This weekend Mr O Jnr 1 committed THE cardinal sin! He played his first official game of Australian Rules Football instead of playing the game that Mr O says is “in his blood”, soccer. Kids want to try new things, so it is only natural that Mr O Jnr 1 would want to try out the local sport! Mr O did make an effort to understand the scoring and asked questions about frees and penalties, so he is learning…. Mr O tells the story of when he was first in detention here another detainee said “Come and watch the football” so he naturally assumed soccer. He couldn’t understand what on earth the game on the TV was at all!
For those of us in lovely Victoria, Australia the last two weeks have been school holidays. As we both work, we leave the noise machines at home, hoping they don’t burn the house down. Don’t all parents hope the same thing during the holidays? These noise machines are 17, 14, 11 and 9 respectively.
Last night they just HAD to show me some photos taken during the day. The first looks lovely, doesn’t it? Wait for it……….
Isn’t he a sweet young man, cooking an omelette for his younger siblings. And, it seems, aspiring to be an entrant on MasterChef. Read more
Today it is a little cooler. The first really coolish day so far this autumn. A certain young man was complaining of the cold. I dished out my usual lecture: “Go and put some clothes on!”
No, of course he wasn’t running around naked, but shorts and a t-shirt do not exactly keep one warm. They are decidedly designed for keeping a body cool!
The young man in question did as he was told – and both his brother and I fell about laughing. These are clothes that haven’t been worn for a good six months.
We are pretty sure we didn’t shrink those tracksuit pants in the wash, so there is only one other explanation. “Honey, I stretched the kids!”
I guess I’m heading back to the shops……… That is 10 months of growing, folks. What will the next 10 months bring? We will have to stop feeding him, I can see this so clearly now.
“Finally 14!”, were the words of the birthday boy. Everyone else has had a birthday in Australia, poor Mr O Jnr 1 had to wait until today. His birthday is the first of the year, but given everyone arrived in June, his was the last to be celebrated on Australian soil. Let me say this: it takes while to light 14 candles!
Happy Birthday, Mr O Jnr 1! He is looking quite the young man now, no longer the little boy I met in May 2010!
We wish him many more happy birthdays to come! Bit of a cutie, isn’t he? Offers of movie roles can be made to parents only! His highpoint of the day, I believe, was getting a sim for his phone and credit! Cute with a phone. Oh my, what have we done!
Mr O Jnr 2 has posted drawings in the past. Tonight it is Mr O Jnr 1′s turn to share one of his Art Class pieces.
The task was to make a face out of various cuttings from magazine photos. Not being an art teacher myself, I’ve no idea of the grading criteria, but Mr O Jnr 1 received 5/5 for his artistic flair! This might end up on my office wall, I think. Much more interesting than boring academic degree stuff!