Between a new baby, two other kids, Rich beginning a new job which means he returns late in the day, and online teaching - life is absolutely frantic. I'm writing this with Hattie in the Moby, asleep, as this is her favourite place to snooze. This is a good thing because it means that I have hands free to hang out with the boys. Almost everyday, depending on the weather, Charlie, Harriet and I pick up Raf from school and head to the play ground. Charlie acts like the big kids, and terrifies me slightly as he climbs the big climbing frame, swings high on the big kid swings, and hangs with his big boy friends, especially Nyah and Brodie!
More fun is to be had in our neighbourhood. We have so many great neighbours and friends - and the boys have tons of friends to hang out with, too. We walk around the neighbourhood picking up play dates, the grown-ups getting to chat (and sometimes drink beer, wine, and sangria en route!). We are often out there for a couple of hours.. it's really lovely.
This week we took Raf's training wheels off his bike. He did so well and would ride for a few seconds without Rich holding on but on realizing he was cycling on his own, would panic and stop. He hasn't tried again, but we're hoping he can find some courage and get back on.
Charlie also mastered his tricycle! His little legs now reach the pedals..
And here is Hatts hanging out.. tolerating so well the schlepping around.
Even to swimming...
And being loved on by the boys and Benjamin!
And morning snuggles.
Raf is really into dressing himself, at the moment. He likes to pick out 'cool' clothes, and this is one of his ensembles. Charlie is also VERY picky about what he wears, especially the socks he wears. It's getting more tricky to clothe these fellas.
Helpers in the kitchen.. being all cute.
And after this we scooted up to another neighbor's house to watch a play put on by one of their friends.
The weekend was topped off by a really lovely beach picnic with the same neighbours and friends. It was just truly serene.
12 hours later I was back at the same beach for a run. We're so lucky (remind me of this in the midst of winter).
We're also lucky to have older neighbours who are very tolerant of adventurous little boys who are always perilously close to falling on their beautiful garden. This rock is a much beloved climbing challenge.
One of the favourite things to do during the summer is to eat al fresco. With wine..
The boys play really well together.
Charlie is literally hysterical as he watches his brother bounce on his bottom on the trampoline.
And then Chaz has a turn...
And then some relaxing to finish off the busy day.