The Rockstar, The Queen, And The 4ft Inflatable Swan

The best things in life are the cardboard boxes. Y’know, that old adage about how the best toys for kids are cardboard boxes…. and their imaginations. (Some cheek, me saying that – Rockstar is a huge technology nerd and Her Highness will flood you with requests to join interest classes (art, sports, music – just not phonics or <snort> math) because she wants to meet new kids (usually “naughty” older boys who need a telling off. Seriously). Well anyway.)

Here's one.

Here’s one.

The kids are eating crackers and cheese (in Rockstar’s case make that extra stinky blue) in an inflatable swan on the bed. Queen E umm, saw the swan one evening when I was scouring “cardboard box” sales for ideas to entertain the kids and wanted it. One thing led to another and well lemme just say after this the characters “4-f-t” shalt always leap out of the page at me. (For real, though – WHO makes 4ft pool swans?! I thought this was one of those inflatable swim rings for one child, it was HKD 100-something…)

Oh yeah they decided to eat by camp-light

They decided to also try eating supper by camp-light

At 11.40pm (hope this wasn’t on a school night) Rockstar decides to have a parade. So dis issa 4ft inflatable swan being forced through the door.

<squishing rubber sounds>

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(Yeah they've got a slide attached to one of the beds too; but they just jump over the side a lot)

(And yes we have the Redundant Slide too – as in, they could slide out of bed, but sometimes just jump over the side too – I…fairly recently eyed a friend’s twin mid-bunk beds and couldn’t get the image of my kids hurling themselves from one to the other on occasion)

You might think this is nuts but then you might agree having little kids is nuts. Little kids push you to find all kinds of ways to use your erroneously purchased inflatable swan (and stripped bedroom because workmen had to come look at the faulty air-conditioning unit) and think Now, How Can I Keep Stuff From Breaking The Kids From Breaking Myself Sane These Two Busy For Awhile More?

I have visited friends on playdates where there are: 1) huge (I mean huge – like, a whole squatter extended family can live there) tent facilities crowding out the tv and filling the entire living room. Bonus: No tv! 2) bed frames turned into ball pools 3) sheets over the dining tables and chairs… and I once received 4) a video clip of Rockstar’s friends and  siblings learning to heelie (the shoes with the wheels in the heels) inna cleared out living room, clutching at giant wheeled luggage as they rolled – then whizzed- along.

Necessity is the mother of invention when you and your laptop need to be alone.

Swan ate-a Rockstar

Swan ate-a Rockstar or two (and yes we have a crazy-loud disco dance mat too; brought it to playdate, and for some reason the kids were not invited to bring the thing back haha)

I smell a Halloween Costume in the making.

But Icelandic pop star eat us to it by like, a decade

(But Icelandic pop star beat us to it by like, a decade) – pic from zimbio.com

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Get A Worm: Queen’s E Latest Homework Assignment

Dis is work, people

Dis is work, people

Queen Elsa’s Kindy has a worm farm. (Previously silk worms, but the kids have since released the emerging moths..) Naturally, parents were called upon to contribute any earthworms we might come across. Parents who go fishing might have more luck, (bait shop will probably pack some nicely for you in tupperware) but since I don’t know any bait shop nearby, we went to look under a few rocks on one of JD’s regular 3km walks at the Peak, over the recent Dragon Boat holiday.

Dis issa worm, people

We lucked out – Dis issa worm, people

After the rain, turning over a few paving stones yielded 3-4 small earthworms, but it took us much longer to actually catch one unharmed. (Speaking of which – did you know how fast these things disappear back in the soil when you unearth them? Still quite impressed…) Because we have no idea what the elasticity of earthworms is (how hard can you pull before they snap <cringe>) we kept digging too far under them – and they kept sliding away and escaping.

Finally...... Success!

Finally…… Success!

This is Princess Sophia Queen E (as in, she gave the worm a middle name after her own):

So this is "Princess Sophia"

Dis Issa Very Unhappy Worm

Queen E carries her worm the rest of the 1.5km walk back.

Excerpt of conversation with mum friend:

MF: You have to keep it alive till school?

Me: Omg is it hard to keep the thing alive??

MF: Google it….

Me: …. :(  …gross eyeful…

MF: Ah yes!!! ….(Once had to) google tonsillitis….

So anyway:

"Can Earthworms Count" is one of the top hits??????

WHO are all these people who tried to teach earthworms to count???

Come morning however, Princess Sophia is barely alive. Really didn’t expect that, I thought people on survival camp trips do things like keep live earthworms (won’t go bad!) in their waist pouches for “protein” – how hard can it be to keep a worm in an open bag in an old sea monkey tank alive? On the way to school I email:

“…dug up a small earthworm yesterday in a park… found it dying this morning ..(Queen E) will be very disappointed….. we have a big favour to ask… transport the “sick” worm into the worm farm anyway…”

Immediately we get this reply, “No worries, will do our best to ensure “Princess Sophia” makes a full recovery in the worm farm… 😉 “

They’re lifesavers.

ps: We should probably stick to bait shops next time because I think we secretly killed a worm that could otherwise have lived a long happy life on the Peak. Bait shop worms have their days numbered anyway, they’re getting an upgrade in Kindy worm farms.

  

 

 

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When There’s No Lego, The Guidecraft Dress-up Carousel’ll Do

Awhile ago, we bought this thing online for Queen E’s birthday. Several cancelled orders later (because no one wanted to ship it), the pieces arrived. Added bonus: saved us getting a Lego set. I am guilty of calling Scratch projects and Ikea assembly instructions Lego sets. Everything’s a Lego set. Or a jigsaw. Like, all those little kiddie pretend building sets they sell for tonnes of money (and convenience) and the there’s lotsa real-life stuff you can use..

Over here we have under-utilised cheap free child labour to assemble furniture (NO glass; those are child-safe mirrors).

JD builds a mean Guidecraft Dress-up Carousel.

JD builds a mean Guidecraft Dress-up Carousel.

But Queen E did quite a bit with the alan key.

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dis is an alan key (pic from popista.com)

dis is an alan key (pic from popista.com)

The instructions are quite comprehensive...

Lego instructions separated at birth

The instructions are quite comprehensive, the kids could search the parts for those little alphabet stickers… we put Queen E on Alphabet Location Detail… but we still ended up having to reassemble this thing a couple times. Ok fine, I held stuff up while they reassembled. And bickered about reading the instructions wrong.

She's using her little turtle magnets to pull the screws back out after unscrewing them.

Although here she’s using her little turtle magnets to pull the screws back out after unscrewing them.

The turntable was tonnes of fun

The turntable was tonnes of fun…

Almost done...

Almost done…

...and voila! Now Anna and Whatsisname can go for a spin (while she takes an egg break)

…and voila! Now Anna and Whatsisname can go for a spin (while she takes an egg break)

...And now you know why there are animals strewn everywhere.

Joyously, Queen E moves all her Animal Subjects in. (Like, the look on her face is just cray, okay.)

Voila! Animal high-rise

Voila! Animal high-rise that goes round…. and round….. and round…… and round…………!

Ps: I just got back. In a manner of speaking. Been awhile, my marbles were elsewhere.

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