Monthly Archives: October 2014

Painting time

Enjoying some time together painting


The foot phone

Grace and Eli decided to try and have a chat on their foot phones…


Eli recently learnt that if he is naked and running around the garden, that can can go and make a wee in the bush if he needs to.

This has had one major impact: He has stopped saying, “Poo!” when he needs to go to the toilet, and now he says, “Bush!”

Dust bath

Grace was wearing different clothes when Donné fetched her from school today, which was surprising seen as there were school photos and they had specifically asked everyone to wear blue/red/white or a combination of those. Grace’s teacher said that after the class photo she turned around and Grace was sitting on the ground and, “there were just plumes of dust,” as she rubbed her legs on the ground and threw sand up in the air around her.

She was wearing white pants


Donné…to put it mildly…unimpressed, and one of the consequences was that she had to wash her own clothes. So she was given a bar of soap and bucket of water and sent down to the river to beat her clothes with a rock.

Washing clothes (not really down at the river)


This was hard work for Grace, because Donné supervised to make sure that she was putting enough shoulder grease into it and she expected Grace to do a decent job of it.

At the end of the day Grace says to me, “I’m going to have a dust bath at school tomorrow, so I can get gooder (sic).” I’m a bit confused, so I ask her, “Grace, what do you want to get better at?” She replies, “I need to get better at washing my clothes.” Oh, no…backfire!


Eli has (very sweetly) started counting to 5 with Donné. His speech, much like Grace’s, is a bit behind, but he’ll catch up.

Sunday swims

We’ve all been enjoying having a pool, even if the water is still quite cold (like it was last week). Eli and Grace have only ever known heated pools (at swimming instructors and the gym), so it is hard work for their bodies (and minds) to adjust to the cold.

Kicking away to stay warm


Karen gave Grace a lilo for her birthday, and she is finally getting to enjoy it. It also gives her the chance to be in the pool without actually having to be in the pool


My boat is fun!


Even Donné made it into the water today


Swimming as fast as she can in a circle to get out of the cold water as quickly as possible


It’s just a little bit too cold dad!


Tools, tools, tools

Eli loves tools, just about any tools, but I think his favourite are the drill (he makes a drilling sound whenever he sees it), and anything that you can hammer and bash with (which is actually quite a wide range). Screwsdrivers also feature fairly high – they can be used for “opening” locks and threatening sisters.

Zoot, zoot goes the drill