this ones for you Louise…

We have a mixed tape that Louise made for Moo when she was born and we play it at breakfast and lunch time in the kitchen. Moo has picked up on a number of different songs and had started to sing along to the ones that she knows the words to.

The other day a song was finishing up and she started saying “jeripo next – jeripo next!!!!!”.

I had no idea what she was talking about until the next song came on and went a little like this:

“Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho..”

Its the song of the week…

tooth it up

TB is cutting more and more teeth – and her grin is becoming a very toothy one indeed. She has four up the top and four down the bottom and looks like she is getting at least 3 more at the moment. Her cheeks are very red hot and she is very snotty but other than that she is going great!

the wheels on the bus

Maisie has shown a great deal of interest in the buses that run around here. Mostly they are the ones filled with kids coming and going from school. The coolest thing for her is that her cousins catch the bus, so a few months ago she was asking me when she could catch the bus with them and I told her that when she is 5 years old she can go on the school bus.
The topic has been brought up a few times, mostly when we are driving and we see a school bus, but yesterday when we were in the depths of doctors office the conversation went like this:
Dr Man: “Whats your name?”
Maisie: “Maisie. Maisie Whibbourn”
Dr Man: “And how old are you Maisie?”
Maisie: “2.”
Dr Man: “And do you go to pre school?”
Maisie: “When Maisie 5 I go on school bus”
Dr Man: “Really!”
Maisie: “Tali go on school bus when 5. ”
Maisie: “Bubby go on school bus when 5.”
Lisa: “Hokay – thats enough sharing our lives with the dr..”

Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory

We’ve almost been living in Wagga Wagga 12 months, and to our shame we’ve only now made it out to visit the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory.
Licorice making in progress
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I would make a safe bet that ‘the factory’ would easily be Junee’s number #1 tourist attraction. I don’t think the Correctional Centre really offers much competition. The Roundhouse Museum doesn’t even have much appeal.
Chocolate-coating process
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The tour of the licorice and chocolate coating facilities is cheap, and short but sweet (literally) – with lots of free samples distributed along the way. I can’t believe how efficiently they can use such a small amount of space to produce world-class confectionary, that is actually distributed all around the world. They even hold the world record for the longest unbroken strand of licorice – 400-and-something metres I think.
Packing room
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A smash cake – kinda like a lazy man’s piƱata
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And the key marketing angle to the place is the ‘organic’ nature of the delicious sweets they produce. Organic wheat is used to make organic licorice, which is then coated in Belgium’s best dark chocolate – it’s gotta be the healthiest indulgence around. And if licorice is not your flavour, try coated cofee beans or almonds, or Sun Muscat’s, or ginger, or …
Maisie enjoyed herself
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Ofcourse, given that Junee is such a long 30 minute drive from Wagga, we stocked up on at least a week’s worth of goodies before heading home.
So far, my favourites are the dark chocolate coated cofee beans
spoils

Running

I’m running again, slowly but surely. And not exactly without limitations, but I’m getting there, ever so slowly.
I reckon it will be well into spring before I am satisfactorily ‘fit’ again, as long as I stay injury-free. I had forgotten how awful the process of ‘getting fit’ is, and so I have a new appreciation for those people starting out on an exercise regime only to give up because it is all too hard.
Short term goals:
* 2 August, 2008
29th birthday – 1hr of constant easy running
* 17 August, 2008
10km Wagga fun run – complete event in 45min-ish
* 14 September, 2008
9km Wagga Lake to Lagoon – respectable time
Recent performances:
* July 18, 2008
Distance: 8.55km
Duration: 40′ 5″
Calories: 633
* July 17, 2008
Distance: 6.80km
Duration: 30′ 46″
Calories: 503
* July 16, 2008
Distance: 6.73km
Duration: 30′ 9″
Calories: 498

I’M ONE!!

Its party central here today as Tali turns one!

Getting some help opening up the presents from someone more experienced…

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Hardly awake, but its present time!

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Now Im one, I get the winnie the pooh couch all to myself!

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I still have to fit some learning in – now where is Tasmania?

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I'M ONE!!

Its party central here today as Tali turns one!
Getting some help opening up the presents from someone more experienced…
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Hardly awake, but its present time!
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Now Im one, I get the winnie the pooh couch all to myself!
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I still have to fit some learning in – now where is Tasmania?
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wombats

Maisie has two books about wombats:
One Woolly Wombat, written by Rod Trinca and Kerry Agent
&
Wombat Stew, written by Marcia Vaughan and Pamela Lofts
This morning I walked down to the playroom hearing “wombat stew wombat stew nummy chewy nummy chewy wombat stew” and assumed that she was reading herself the Wombat Stew book. On closer inspection, she was actually reading One Woolley Wombat and pointing to the words on the page saying “wombat stew…”
Close enough!

GAME TIME

For anyone who is ready for a bit of fun – here is a game for you to play along at home.
BOY OR GIRL?
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Leave your answer in the comments!
(if you want to play hard – you can also guess the date & weight as well – double the fun and double the prize!)

Hungry, thirsty and tired

Maisie has a few new favourite expressions that she has learnt to use for great impact.
“I’m huuunnngrrry”
It’s hard to refuse a toddler pleading for sustenance. Although she gives the game away when she continues to plead for food even though we offer her an assortment of options. It seems she’s not hungry so much as she wants something specific to eat, and it’s usually not the healthy fruit option but a bikkie of some description.
“I’m thirrrrsty”
Maisie usually uses this one once we’ve put her in bed for the night. Clearly this is a delaying tactic, but I must admit I fell for it the first couple of times.
“I’m tiiiiiired”
Lisa and I are yet to work out exactly why Maisie claims to be tired from time to time. She may actually be tired, but that seems unlikely when she is otherwise bouncing around. Our best explanation is that she knows she can have her happy (dummy) and wrap when she goes to bed or lies down on the couch, and since being sick a couple of weeks ago, she has been a lot more needy for her comfort items.

Future song writer

Moo wrote her first song whilst we were in the car on the way to Winter Camp, and she now likes to perform it with her piano to give it the edge that it needs.
She performed it last night for Stacey and me whilst we were in the play room. I will try and get it on video, but here are the lyrics for those who are interested:
Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
There are birds in the trees everywhere
(then repeat as many times as possible and add a funky beat if you feel like you need to)