He helped make the chocolates, and did the loveliest job with the painting. He also delivered them to the next-door and downstairs neighbours.
I also worked on the chocolates (flavours this year were: almond centres, berry centres, white choc lemon coconut, peanut butter choc, milo - and also some sugar-free date/carob ones for the little guy) and put them all together in beautiful bags!
A few weeks ago, we were out the front of our house, waving 'goodbye' to some friends who had popped in. As they drove away, he declared, "I'm going to put some pants on, and I'm going to Toowoomba," and began marching up the street (clearly, the 'pants on' wasn't as crucial as the 'going').
The following weekend, he had invitations to THREE different birthday parties! What fun! BUT when he woke up on the Saturday, he was far too snotty to take along to the pirate-themed gathering of one-year-olds that morning. We asked him what he'd like to do instead, and he announced, "I'm going to Toowoomba!" So he called his Nanma on the phone to ask her. It was the loveliest day trip! Sitting in the car, chatting and singing songs, isn't a bad way to spend a few hours when you're snotty. He had lovely playtime and reading-time with his grandparents (pictured chatting with Nanma in the back yard).
And the next day he was sufficiently de-snotted to attend the other 2 parties!
I was allowed to stop at ONE Toowoomba op shop on the way through town. It was a good one! It was also across the road from a construction site with numerous excavators and other wonderful things to watch, and near a playground. Perfect.
The April activity at Southbank's Thursday Kids' Club is Music (February and March were Circus and Rugby). There are plenty of percussion instruments for him to play with, so he loves it - and happily stays seated and engaged for the whole 45 mins (and again for another round a few minutes later)!
Saturday was the first day of school holidays and I got to spend part of the day sitting at a cafe with my teacher-friend. We shared the 2 meals pictured. The Chocolate French Toast (yes!) erupted with chocolate when we cut into it. Oh my goodness!
Perfect gig timing: post-nap and pre-dinner! He spent the first set sitting on my lap, staring at the band, sometimes mouthing 'boom boom boom' along with the drum-beat. The next set he spent at the retro arcade game table, with some other kids, having a ball. The photo shows his special, hearty laugh which he generally reserves for interactions with other kids. He has certainly found his inner-crazy lately!
We saw my friend play with her band at the bowls club on Saturday afternoon!
You know you've got true friends when they bake you a birthday cheesecake! And, it turns out, I have TWO cheesecake-baking friends! One friend brought homemade baked cheesecake in the afternoon, and another brought white chocolate cheesecake in the evening. Both incredible! Another two friends brought me cheese, another two brought different, incredible cakes. Gosh I felt special. What a divinely cheesy and cakey day! Of course the following days were also awesome, as we had a fridge full of delectable delights to devour.
Distracted by cheesecakey radiance, I forgot to take pictures of the goods (thankfully my afternoon-cheesecake-friend snapped the one above, entitled "Eyes on the Prize")!